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Tuesday, 28 August 2018


Duplicati - backup software

I know, I know, I'm taking it easy here with the low hanging fruit of backup software. I mean, it's the rock star of the software world, on the forefront of everyone's mind. Or not.

Anyway, I've been using Duplicati for quite awhile now. It's running on my Windows laptop as well as my Linux machines. It's super easy to use, and you can target a local drive (I used a USB drive that's fully encrypted using Veracrypt) or a vast array of online storage.

Whaaaat? Local USB thumb drive for backup? Is this 2005? After the initial data seed to the cloud (AWS S3 in my case) it doesn't very long at all to do more online backups. But I'm quite often working from weird locations where I'm tethering from my phone, and I want to be as careful as I can about burning through data, so I use the local USB.

Anyway, check out the site linked above for more info and may get a copy for yourself. Did I mention that it's FOSS?

Windows 95 - The App

Windows 95 - the operating system that everyone loved to hate - is now available as an app. It's multi-platform - it runs on Linux, Mac, and yes, even Windows.

This fun little app let's you take a trip down memory lane. Admittedly it's not perfect, it still borks from time to time. But then, that's probably less to do with the app and more do with Win95.

Go to Github to download the app for yourself:

Here are some more screenshots:

On Windows it's just a binary exe

Hopefully I'll have some time to get some screenshots from running this app on Linux soon.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Great Suspender

I love browser tabs! Love love love 'em! But having tons of tabs open has an adverse affect on my laptop's performance.  So I use tab suspenders to reduce my browser's memory footprint.

The Great Suspender (Chrome)

Tab Suspender (Opera)

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

  • 20 large jalapeno peppers
  • 1 pound thick-sliced bacon
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, uncased
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • Toothpicks
  • Liquid smoke or chipotle sauce

  • Preheat the oven to 450F
  • Prep the jalapenos by cutting off the stems and splitting them in half lengthwise. Remove the membrane and seeds inside.
  • Roast jalapenos in the oven for 20min and let cool
  • Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Drain the excess oil and combine the sausage with the cream cheese, add liquid smoke to taste
  • Take two jalapeno halves, stuff them with this sausage-cream cheese filling, and then sandwich them together.
  • Wrap in bacon and secure with toothpicks.
  • Place the bacon wrapped jalapenos in the oven for about 15 minutes.
    Turn them once so that the bacon browns evenly.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Dozy Don

Trump nods off during a meeting with Trudeau

Putting aside Trump's narcolepsy for now, Twitter's biggest customer has some serious issues with the truth. In fact, it is completely accurate to say he's the least truthful president in history.

For fun, here's the Toronto Star's fact checked list of every false claim Donald Trump has made as president. Man, I love data.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Get your window back!

Ever have that problem where you open a program in Windows but you can't see it on the screen?

Here's the keyboard commands to bring it back into view.

  1. Press Alt + Tab to choose the application
  2. Press Alt + Space
  3. Press 'm' key
  4. Press any arrow key once
  5. Move your mouse - the misplaced window will follow your cursor

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

White BBQ Sauce

It's summertime now, and thoughts naturally turn to the BBQ. Most BBQ sauces tend to have aspects of sweetness and hotness, which we here at the Funked Up Shift love. However, sometimes we like to push the flavour in a more savoury direction.

Taking a cue from our neighbours to the South, I have for you not one, but two recipes for a White BBQ Sauce!

White BBQ Sauce One

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper


In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to one week.


White BBQ Sauce Two


Place all ingredients in a very large blender or food processor. (It may be necessary to do this in 2 batches; just add 1/2 of each ingredient and then repeat.) Blend for 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and mixture is smooth. Pour sauce into a large bowl.
Use when grilling chicken; brush lightly over the chicken during the last few minutes of grilling. This sauce is also great for dipping; set some sauce aside for passing at the table.