Brendan

Undervolting 2020 Dell Laptops like the Vostro 7500 and More Tips to Improve Thermals, Battery Life, and Speed

Disclaimer: Changing voltages or editing BIOS settings not surfaced by your laptop manufacturer is risky and thus I give no guarantees or warranties that any of this will work well for you. This is merely a recap of my own experiences with making my Vostro 7500 run faster! In July 2020 there was a deal-stacking slick deal on Dell’s new… Read more →

How to Fix Noise / Snow / Display Issues with Netflix on 1440p (QHD) Resolutions Over DVI

2020 was a terrible year for people, but a pretty good one for monitor manufacturers. I got an ASUS PB277Q monitor for working from home, which features a nice 1440p (2560×1440) resolution and HDMI, DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort inputs. I found the DVI port was able to handle the max 1440p resolution at the max refresh rate…most of the time.… Read more →

Google Places API Alternative in React Native: TomTom Fuzzy Search API + react-native-autocomplete-input

On July 16, 2018, pricing changes for Google’s Map and Places APIs went into effect that priced out many developers, including myself, from using them anymore. (My API usage used to fall within their free tier usage, but would now cost me about a grand a month with their new pricing structure. Goodbye, Google!) And so began the hunt for… Read more →

How to Test Surge Pricing in the Uber API Sandbox Environment (Java/Android Rides SDK)

Uber has released a Rides SDK to open its API up to developers in a slew of different packages (Java, Python, Android, and iOS). But it’s new, so hunting down answers on StackOverflow or in its docs isn’t easy. One of the trickiest parts of Uber’s Rides SDK is handling surge pricing. You have to redirect users to a Uber page for them to confirm acceptance of surge… Read more →

Socket.IO’s CDN SSL Certificate Expires, Breaks Apps Everywhere

To paraphrase Chris Brown, these CDNs ain’t loyal. If you used Socket.IO for your web app, you may have run into a few issues today, 5/27/16. A few issues is probably a bit of an understatement, as any secure app that used Socket.IO’s CDN to serve their client the necessary library to communicate with their server today was crippled. The culprit? Socket.IO forgot to renew… Read more →

NoSurge – Avoid Uber Surge now on Android, Windows, and iOS; tops 11,000 installs!

Wow. Originally just a fun project to try to make my first mobile app (and originally only for Android), NoSurge has hit over 11,000 installs on the Google Play Store! I’ve learned a lot in the process, and have also released it for Windows, and just released it for iOS after multiple requests. Thank you for your downloads (and for those of you… Read more →