Dandelion Sprout Software Curatory

Last updated 26th of April 2018 22:00 CEST

I got bored one night in late April 2018, and decided to resurrect an old project of mine: A software curatory with convenient download links, to programs and apps that I want people to use.

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Dandelion Sprout Software Curatory

How to access Disney.com from abroad and worldwide

Have you ever lived outside of America, and have been pissed off that you haven’t been able to access Disney’s American websites since 2013? Don’t despair anymore, because I’ve found the solution.

All you have to do is to add /?intoverride=true to the URL you’re trying to access.

Prominent example links:
• http://www.disney.com/?intoverride=true
• http://fairies.disney.com/?intoverride=true
• http://movies.disney.com/?intoverride=true

As far as I can determine, only visiting one /?intoverride=true link will add a cookie to your browser that makes all American URLs (even those without the tag) load the American website versions from then on. Which is a very good thing, if there’s any doubts about it.

This has been tested from Norway with a Norwegian IP address, and I have every reason to think that this will work in virtually every other country on planet Earth as well.

How to access Disney.com from abroad and worldwide

How to remove tens of gigabytes of meaningless caches that are on your hard disk

So you’ve owned your Windows PC for a few years, and probably one with an Nvidia graphics card, or maybe even just for one or two years. And you’ve found yourself wondering, “Is it time for me to invest in a bigger hard disk?”. However, you can possibly be able to hold off the purchase for another while, since chances are that a considerable percentage of your hard disk is currently filled with practically meaningless caches, temp files and fallback files, that can reach into the tens of gigabytes on many systems.

In this article, I’ll cite all the culprits that I am able to remember from memory, after having undergone a deep cleaning process a few days ago.

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How to remove tens of gigabytes of meaningless caches that are on your hard disk

How to force-update an Android phone — A guide with all the info that you actually need

The guide is now considered to be fully-functional and ready for use by anyone! Do not be afraid of looking up other guides if you ever feel that this guide lacks any details, however. 🙂 The risk of bricking is somewhat low: Even if you do end up with no Android version on your phone, you can still use the recovery environment(s) and the phone’s bootloader to remedy the issue in some or another way. If you do somehow brick it, however, I am not responsible for anything bad that do/has/will occur (nor for any of the faults that the phone manufacturers have committed).

There are twenty fantasillion guides out there on how to install custom updates on your Android phone. You’ve heard talk everywhere about them. Cyanogenmod, Ubuntu Touch, LineageOS, SailfishOS, or just a promise to install a new Android version that your phone manufacturer (or in rare cases your cellular service) couldn’t be arsed to send out to you. And then you look up guides on how to do it, and you quickly realize that the guides omit vital details, fail to cover entire chunks of the process, and are written by such stuck-up nerds that they assume that you already know all this stuff.

Therefore I will write a summary on how to do it, the right way. This has been tested with LineageOS 14.1 (a vendor-edited version of Android 7.1) on my own Lenovo Vibe K5 (A6020a40 system structure), on the 4th of June 2017, as well as Cyanogenmod 11 on an HTC Wildfire S. I see no reason why this wouldn’t work with other phones too, although some differences may occur for users of Samsung phones and other smug brands, as they’re notorious for changing vital Android system functions to their own liking. Let’s delve into this, shall we?

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How to force-update an Android phone — A guide with all the info that you actually need

The Wide Cartoon World of Sports: Sofia the First

This will be the first in a new series of extremely infrequent articles, in which I analyze sports competitions that take place in cartoons, and analyze their feasibilities compared to real-life sports.

Today it will be about the Flying Derby episodes of Sofia the First, which are S1E01 where Sofia tries out for the derby team, and S2E03 where her team competes in the latter stages of Enchancia’s national derby competition. Most focus will be given to the latter episode, since it shows more details about how the sport is organized.

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The Wide Cartoon World of Sports: Sofia the First