My work and contact resumé

This is going to be a simple post, really. I need a centralised place to detail my work, contact methods, and other things as well.

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How to add Google Calendar calendars into Thunderbird Lightning without using “Provider for Google Calendar”

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Yes, I decided to just take the screencap from my regular Norwegian setup. Also because I haven’t looked into Thunderbird 68’s language settings just yet at the time of writing.

Do you want to have one less extension to have to deal with in Thunderbird, especially if you’re on the Beta release channel, or you can’t find a good download link for Provider for Google Calendar anymore? Here’s something that will save your day.

  1. Go to https://calendar.google.com/calendar/rMy Calendars → the calendar you want to add → Settings and Sharing.
  2. In the Access Permissions section on that page, activate the Make the calendar publicly available setting.
  3. In the Calendar Integration section further down on the page, take note of the calendar ID, which would be something like alphanumericalcompletenonsensestring@group.calendar.google.com.
  4. Open Lightning in Thunderbird, right-click in the calendar menu, and choose New Calendar…
  5. Choose Network. On the following window, choose CalDAV as the format, leave the username empty, and use https://apidata.googleusercontent.com/caldav/v2/[The calendar ID from step 3]/events as the address.
  6. If it worked, it’ll either immediately work, or will lead you to a Google login popup. If it didn’t work (in which case it immediately gets greyed out in the calendar menu), double-check steps 2 and 5 in particular.

How to run an NTP Pool server on a Raspberry Pi

The NTP Pool is a very interesting crowdcloud project that aims to synchronise internet-based tech system clocks around the planet, and provides a solid alternative to NIST (which is an American government agency) and to the corporate-run clock servers from Microsoft, Apple, and Google.

However, their instructions for joining NTP Pool with your own server, appears to me to be written for external Azure-esque servers, and their use of imperative statements can seem scary to laymen. So today I’ll write to you all a simplified assuring guide on how to join the pool with a Raspberry Pi that you have physical access to in your own home.

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My own personal dietary and nutritional advices

I consider myself to be a lover of good food. At the same time, I’ve now been living in my own apartment for some 18 months, at the time this article was originally published. As such, there’s a lot of considerations I’ve had to take when it comes to buying, consuming, and preserving food and drinks.

In this guide, I’ll share most of them with you.

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An open and somewhat grumpy letter to the adult Cartoon Network fandom

I’m 24 years old. I like cartoons. Including ones for children. I enjoy watching a fair few such cartoons. But in the past 7 years I have found myself increasingly estranged from the viewpoints of other adult cartoon enthusiasts.

I like a good laugh, coming from silly jokes with good timing. I was someone who grew up with Dave the Barbarian (2004), Brandy & Mr. Whiskers (2005), and Fish Hooks (2009). So when Teen Titans GO arrived on Cartoon Network Nordic in 2013, I was sold. I liked the bizarre jokes, the colourful settings, and the weird plot developments. It was therefore puzzling to me when I saw millions of people online grab their pitchforks and begin to harass and threaten everyone who spoke even vaguely positively of it.

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How to work around Windows 10 October 2018 Update’s bizarre font substitution problems

When Windows 10 October 2018 Update was released in October/November/December (Strike out those that don’t apply) of that year, it gained a reputation for being the most buggy version of Windows of the previous 20 years. Among one of the most bizarre issues that made it to the stable channel, and which somehow still hasn’t been fixed more than 3 months later, is how the font fallback for some types of legacy programs suddenly vanished. The result of that, was that alphabet fonts couldn’t fall back on characters from symbol fonts, or vice versa.

The existence of this problem broke through on the 24th of October 2018, with one Reddit thread and some articles in tech magazines, after which it has never been spoken of again. Until now.

In this guide, I’ll share the complex workaround I’ve found, that somewhat solves a problem that should never have existed in the first place in the products of any decent tech company.

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My recommendations for Bitwarden’s “Domain rules” system

Last updated: 13th of December 2018

So let’s say that you’ve begun to use Bitwarden as your password manager of choice, and have become intrigued by the possibility to get quick password autofills not only on your web browsers, but also on your Android phones. There’s just one problem: The setup for that is really cumbersome.

The default domain rules are not only woefully inadequate, and have no rules that cover Android apps, but they haven’t been updated for months (if not years) despite how it’d be very easy to do so for a GitHub-hosted, open-source project, as they simply can’t be bothered to merge any pull requests about them for whatever reason.

So here’s my attempt to remedy this issue in some way!

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