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Nexus Tools 5.0 is now available!

Nexus Tools is a simple installer for the Android SDK Platform Tools package, which includes ADB, Fastboot, Systrace, and other applications. It’s one of my longest-running software projects, since I published the first version in December 2013, and it remains one of the most popular ways to get started with Android development and debugging (especially on Mac). Now I’ve finished the biggest update yet.

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Nexus Tools v4.7 now available!

Nexus Tools is a simple installer for the Android SDK Platform Tools package, which includes ADB, Fastboot, Systrace, and other applications. It’s one of my oldest software projects, and still one of the most popular — almost 200 people have used it in just the past week. Since Nexus Tools is just a bash script, it works on macOS, most Linux distros, Chrome OS, and even Windows (through the Linux subsystem).

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I’m done with Opera

I develop several browser extensions in my spare time, which I’ve generally published across three browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. These browsers generally support enough of the same APIs that the actual software development isn’t difficult. However, each browser has its own add-ons repository with different requirements and review guidelines, which does eat up my time.

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Introducing NoPlugin 7.0

’ve been developing a browser extension called NoPlugin for a few years now. It acts as a compatibility layer for modern browsers, allowing content from many plugin embeds (Adobe Flash, QuickTime, Windows Media Player, etc.) to be viewed without said plugins. In recent updates, it has added support for upgrading old Flash players for popular video sites (like Twitch, YouTube, and Vimeo) to their newer HTML5 versions.

NoPlugin 7.0 is now rolling out to Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, and it’s a big update. It includes many of the features I’ve wanted to implement for years, along with some much-needed design updates.

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Moving Google Photos data with Linux

Now that Google Photos is getting rid of its free cloud storage backup, I decided to move my 6+ years of photos and videos to Dropbox. I already pay for Dropbox because it’s the only major service that supports Linux, and the mobile app backs up photos in the same manner as Google Photos. I decided to document my process here, in case it becomes useful for anyone else.

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