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Binary Code Spells: Writing in Binary for Tech Witches

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Binary Code Spells: Writing in Binary for Tech Witches

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Binary code is a system of zero’s and one’s that represents text and computer processing instructions. Basically, it is how a computer stores information, and was developed as an evolution of telegraph code. Writing in ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Exchange) Binary Code is relatively easy once you get the hang of it. Like learning any kind of alphabetic code, it just takes a lot of practice. Each corresponding letter in the alphabet, in lower case or upper case, is assigned a 7 or 8 digit number to represent it.

Lowercase Letters:

Uppercase Letters:

The first zero’s are kind of optional, I’ve seen some people use them and some don’t. It’s up to you. Personally I write them in 7 numbers, not 8. Writing spells in binary is a good way to keep unwanted eyes unaware of what you’re writing. Few people who are not fluent in Binary will take the time to translate or even read the seemingly unending series of zeros and ones. Here’s a few example spells I’ve written up, and words that you may find useful.

Storm Summon:

1000011 1101111 1101101 1100101 1010100 1101000 1110101 1101110 1100100 1100101 1110010

1000011 1101111 1101101 1100101 1001100 1101001 1100111 1101000 1110100 1101110 1101001 1101110 1100111

1000011 1101111 1101101 1100101 1010011 1110100 1101111 1110010 1101101

(Translation: Come Thunder, Come Lightning, Come Storm)

Love Glamour:

1010011 1100101 1100101 1101101 1100101 1110100 1101000 1110010 1101111 1110101 1100111 1101000 1110100 1101000 1100101 1110010 1101111 1110011 1100101

(Translation: See me through the rose)

Protection Ward:

1000101 1110110 1101001 1101100 1100010 1100101 1100111 1101111 1101110 1100101

(Translation: Evil, be gone)

Those are just a few examples, but you get the idea. You can do any kind of spell with these and I think it’s a lot of fun! So go wild and get your geek on!

Tanmay Coding Tip #3

It’s Computer Science Education Week, so we asked 13-year-old cognitive coder Tanmay Bakshi to share his top tips for aspiring developers. Here’s what he had to say about learning to code:

“Learn at your own pace, and be open to learn. Take your time! This gives you a solid foundation and understanding of coding. However, you also need to be open to different learning media, such as books, YouTube, blogs, fora, documentation, and more.”

Learn to code with Tanmay, check out his tutorials →

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Want your Pokémon over 1000 CP? Here’s what it needs to be

Without 1,000+ CP Pokémon, chances of taking over and holding an enemy gym are pretty slim. Reddit user, Kyurun calculated all the CP levels Pokémon need in order to guarantee a CP over 1,000 in its final evolution (above chart). If that’s not helpful, there’s actually a calculator that let’s you put in a Pokémon’s CP and see how high it will be after it evolves.

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Doing Work

Stay Organized

Stay Informed

Physical Accessories

Health

Time Management

Math

Languages/Vocabulary/Memorization

Stay Connected

Music

Taking Note

wallpapers

→ design love fest
→ dress up your tech
→ lovely indeed
→ breanna rose
→ the sweet escape 

screensavers/extensions

momentum - a chrome extension that is a favourite among studyblrs
fliqlo - a clock screensaver and another studyblr favourite
lanes - a popular alternative to momentum
currently - another extension but this one tells the time and the weather!

apps

forest - a great app to help you focus. available on almost all platforms
evernote - a convenient app to keep all of your notes in one place
tomato timer - a very simple website that uses the pomodoro technique of productivity. you can find pomodoro apps all over
my study life - a one-stop shop for everything to do with your academic life: from a calendar for your classes/breaks to reminders for assignments or exams - made with flexibility and the student in mind.
swipes - a simple to-do list app that lets you swipe a task once it’s finished or postpone it; keeps your to-do list organized by time so things that you can’t do right now aren’t staring you in the face.
 flux - for late night studying; it adjusts screen colour so that it doesn’t strain your eyes or keep you awake
coffitivity - coffeeshop sounds to relax or stay productive

extras

clean out your inbox - a tedious but rewarding task. there is nothing better than a clean inbox. take buzzfeed’s five-day inbox cleanse  
use a calendar app - as much as we love physical paper planners (and we do) nothing compares to being able to check or change your calendar at a moment’s notice. utilize your phone’s built-in calendar app. the sunrise calendar app is another great one
back up your computer - this is especially important if everything you need is on your computer. invest in a good external hard drive (at least 1TB) and back up all of your files every 1-2 weeks
uninstall apps - if you don’t frequently use an app, it’s time to let it go. it’s takes up precious phone/tablet/computer space. you can always reinstall it if you feel like you need it again!
back up documents - never lose a document again! back up all your documents on a usb drive, or upload your documents to your google docs

⌚️ #StudyTip : find yourself being on your computer but not getting enough done daily? Being on tumblr and having too many study breaks?

Be aware of these bad study habits - track how you spend your time with this application called RescueTime!

The time that I’ve spent on my laptop, be it typing a report on Google Docs, blogging on Tumblr etc is logged down by the app and you can categorize them as either “productive”, “unproductive” or neutral.

The app then generates a report in the form of charts so that it’s easy for you to tell how you’ve been spending your time for each hour of the day.

Never knew I was such a workaholic until now!!! Literally 90% of the time I spend is on work 😂 it makes me feel really conscious of the sites I browse cos I didn’t want my productivity score to be lowered 😂 and I managed to reduce time spent surfing aimlessly around tumblr too 🙈🔫 (I use time on public transport for that now😜)

For more info, simply head down to http://RescueTime.com

▶️Sign up for an account: https://www.rescuetime.com/plans
▶️Download link (Mac only): https://www.rescuetime.com/download

Tried it? Let me know how it goes! And also, a quick question : how do you usually spend your day typically? Feel free to message me @happyhealthymin :)

Most Innovative Tech for Athletes

While being a good athlete requires immense hard work and dedication, these technologies enhance, assist, and guide athletes to achieve their goals.

Halo Neuroscience materializes in a headset, but instead of playing music, it contains pads in the headband that sends electrical pulses to the athlete’s brain. These pluses helps stimulate the athlete’s brain, boost their learning curve, and enhance their retention of muscle memory. It has been tried and tested on professional skiers and claims to be applicable to any and all sports. Notably, Halo Neuroscience was a competitor at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield last month. 

The Linx IAS is a device that is capable of detecting the severity of an impact to the person it is connected to. While it can be utilized by anyone, one of its primary users are athletes who compete in heavy impact sports. This device weighs only as much as a nickel, provides a response from up to 300 feet away, and instantly syncs the response with the cloud accessible by and Android or iOS device. This device can greatly assist its users by determining their likelihood of a concussion.

The last device is specific to one sport: cycling. Connected Cycle is a GPS & GSM module that users install on the pedal of their bicycles. It provides the athlete with tracking information and alerts the owner of the bike if anyone touches or tampers with their bike. Additionally, Connect Cycle links to your Android or iOS smartphone and instantly provides you with feedback within the respective areas making the athlete’s cycling experience much more smooth.

Everyday Uses for Drones

Once a scary, obscure device, drones are now becoming an everyday reality. Here are two ways that you might interact with drones in today or in the near future.

Delivery

Delivery drones are closer than you might think. Companies, such as Amazon, have released teaser videos to entice the public, but none have launched a mass-market, consumer delivery drone yet. However, many are getting close. Notably, Domino’s Pizza in Australia tested semi-autonomous drones, called “delivery experts,” which might become a full-time addition to the Domino’s team. Other than pizza and product delivery, drones will be able to distribute basic, necessary goods, such as medicine, to people around the world. For now, we’ll have to wait until delivery drones become more mainstream, but I am eager to see how fully integrated delivery drones will be in the future.

Photography

Perhaps the most common use for drones in everyday life is photography. If you’ve been at any large convention in the last few years, you’ve probably noticed drones flying around to capture images. The field of aerial photography has expanded widely due to these drones, and the field is becoming more accessible as these drones become more common. One of my favorite YouTubers, Casey Neistat, is an avid user of drones and frequently documents his trials and tribulations with them. As this is becoming such a prominent field, there are a vast array of photography drones to choose from. Personally, I recommend the Phantom 4; I had a chance to try it out earlier this year and got some incredible footage. Another drone that has piqued by interest is the Lily, which claims that you can throw it in the air and it will begin recording. It’s still on pre-order, but I will be checking it out once it’s available. 

Drones are being utilized in more ways than ever today, and people are always finding new ways to utilize them. One of my favorite humans, Simone Giertz, even released a video revealing how to cut your hair using a drone. Good luck. 

There are 2 easy ways to keep your Wi-Fi from being hacked

Wi-Fi contains one glaring flaw: it’s vulnerable to hacking. Even if it’s secured with a password, proficient hackers can bypass your network and infiltrate your  devices. Fortunately, there are two simple techniques you can use to scare away potential cyber criminals.

Change your Wi-Fi SSID

SSID stands for Service Set Identifier, but really it’s just a technical term for a network name.  When hackers are looking to gain entry into a network, they’ll most likely target these default SSIDs because it indicates the user either isn’t competent enough to change the SSID or simply didn’t care to — thus suggesting the network owner has their guard down. Altering your SSID is an easy way to ward away potential hackers.

Hide your Wi-Fi network

If you want to take additional measures to secure your Wi-Fi, you can hide your network from public viewing altogether. Start by entering the same “192.168.1.1” number (or whatever number your router uses) to access the router’s basic settings. There should be an option to Enable SSID Broadcast, or it could be listed as Visibility Status or Hidden Wireless. Once you locate the appropriate option you simply need to uncheck this box and your Wi-Fi will be undetectable going forward. Read more

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