Be careful when importing older games for video game consoles, they may be region-locked.
If you do want to play foreign games on an older consoles, however, there are a few options:
1. Play the game on an emulator. Emulators usually play games from any region.
2. Mod your console. This usually doesn't require you to alter the hardware nowadays. In most instances, you run an exploit and install software to allow you to play out-of-region games.
Are you not able to get a Mastercard in your country? In Europe, fintech banks like N26 and Revolut allow you to get a Mastercard for a one-time fee (at the time of writing, they also have no currency exchange fees).
Note: Somewhat off-topic, but if you experience IBAN discrimination in Europe, check this: https://twitter.com/EU_Finance/status/1389171200786583552.
This one is especially for Google Pay users.
Did Google decide to release Google Pay in your country, but not the app to add/remove cards? You can sideload the Google Pay app (https://dragon.style/@bluefire/106954256568932581) or find it in Settings > Google > Settings for Google apps > Google Pay.
Did Google arbitrary restrict the use of Google Pay on Wear OS watches in your country? Use a VPN om your phone, and the Google Pay app should appear on your smartwatch after a while.
Imported a DVD/Blu-ray, but you can't play it because it's region-locked? DVDs of all regions work just fine in PCs using VLC, or you can use a program like MakeMKV to rip your DVD/Blu-ray in original quality, removing any region-locking and DRM.
Tip! When importing movies, look for the 4K Blu-ray version. 4K Blu-rays don't incorporate region-locking like DVD and (HD) Blu-ray.
Want to install a foreign app on iOS? Here you go:
1. Create a new Apple ID (https://appleid.apple.com/account). Select a country the app is available in. Spoof the address by finding an address (e.g. of a McDonalds) in that particular country. Make sure to remember the password.
2. Log out and log back in with your foreign Apple ID. You can do this in the App Store or your phone's settings.
3. Open the App Store. Do so if you are prompted to change the App Store's region. Find the app, download and install it.
4. You can now switch back to your original Apple ID. The App Store will propt you when an update for your foreign app is available. You will be asked for the password of your foreign account if you try to do so.
Can't get an app because it's not available in your country? Happened to me many times. Here's what to do on Android:
1. Install the Aurora Store (https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.aurora.store/). It's an app store that sources apps directly from Google Play and has the ability to download apps only available outside of your country and without a Google account.
2. Go through the setup and login with an anonymous account.
3. Find a direct Google Play link to the app you wish to install. Open the link using Aurora Store (you may need to set Google Play not to open Google Play links in your phone's settings).
4. Install and enjoy! You can update the app using the Aurora Store, too.
Many video streaming services, unlike music streaming, incorporate geo restrictions. One of the first things to try is a VPN, which masks your IP address and spoofs your location. I personally use Windscribe.
If that doesn't work, and there is no other legal way to watch, well... I guess there's piracy. It's not your fault you can't give money when distributors actively prevent you from doing so.
Note: If you have an Android TV, connecting it to a VPN may cause your entire interface to change, be warned.
Finally made the switch back to Linux. Currently running "Dragon System" based on the recently-released Debian 11. https://dragonprojects.net/dragonsystem
Just started playing Mini Motorways and have spent way too much time playing this game this evening. It's so satisfying once you've got a complex road system working smoothly, only for the game to throw more crap at you until you just cannot cope any longer... fun!
I think you would really like this game. @VK3VKK
How I visualise different units in my head
"inch": A diagonal row of standard-size iPads, which have a 9.7 inch screen.
"foot": I rather not visualise stinky human feet, so I rather don't visualise anything at all.
"Fahrenheit": 50 is cold, 100 is hot. As for everything in between... Oh well, if precision really mattered, metric would've been used instead.
"(imperial) ton": Pretty much the same as a tonne.
"metre": A big step (pretty funny, makes it seem related to feet).
"kilometre": An awful lot of walking.
"Celsius": 0 is freezing cold, 100 is boiling hot. Literally.
"hour": We use metric over here, so obviously, we think of this as about four kiloseconds.
"ounce": A letter that just barely requires me to put two stamps on it instead of just one because it's over 20 grams. Damn it!
Very excited about the future of smart homes
Tuya devices will support local control through Home Assistant soon. That's quite huge.
Just so you know, local control for smart home devices is very important. It means you stay in control. If any of your smart devices are reliant on third-party servers/services, they could shut down or start charging money, which can cause your expensive smart devices to stop working.
Previously, if you wanted full control, you most likely needed to invest in very expensive Zigbee hardware. Tuya, on the other hand, provides a software to manufacturers to make their devices "smart". Because it's available to many different manufacturers, Tuya smart home devices are often incredibly cheap.
Now that local control for Tuya devices is coming, you can finally a cheap smart home while staying fully in control, which is great!
Also, shout out to Dolphin Emulator. How the heck can games from a console that was still current less than 10 years ago run on a phone — not built for gaming, focussed on efficiency and not power — flawlessly? Not to forget, since this is emulation, and the phone is running Android (apps don't have low-level access to the hardware), there is a massive amount of overhead too — seemingly not a problem.
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