How to caption images in the Game of Thrones font on iOS

Game of thrones is going to go down in history as possibly one of the most popular TV shows ever, and also one of the most pirated. It has great characters and great one-liners that make for excellent picture captions. It’s not just the dialogue though; it’s typeface is as popular as the ones used in the Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings franchises. If you’d like to caption images in the Game of Thrones font on your iPhone, you can do so with an app called Game of fonts.

Game of Thrones font

Game of Fonts is a free app that you can download from the App Store. Run it, and the buttons at the bottom will allow you to select an image or a video to add a caption and frame to.

Add the video/photo first and then add either the font (first button from the left), or a frame (third button from the left).

The app does have the correct font, and the frames it has are relevant to the show but they’re both limited. The font size can be changed but the smallest it can get is still fairly large. There are three frames; the iron throne frame, a fire frame, and an ice frame. The font is available in these same variations and you can change the alignment of the text in addition to its size.

Once you have your image captioned, you can save it to your Photos or you can share it to one of the many social media apps it supports. The image does not feature a watermark or anything.

Game of Thrones is in its final stretch and apps like this are going to become common as the last season progresses. Other social media apps have also introduced special filters for it and Snapchat even has a special geolocked lens that only works in New York though it may have expired by now.

The real trick is going to be creating the right image and sharing it on social media. The fonts don’t make for great reading on all types of images. If you use a darker image, you can use the iron throne or ice font and frame. If you’re using a light mage, the fire version will probably be the easiest to read. If you’re looking to combine this app’s font with other social media apps, you should first create the image in the social media app and save it to your camera roll. Load it in Game of fonts and then add your caption.

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How to view WiFi signal strength on Windows 10

If you’re home, you likely only have one WiFi network that you can connect to i.e., the one you paid for. On the off chance your neighbor has an unprotected network, you could connect to it but that’s unethical if not illegal. If you do happen to have a choice between which network to connect to, you should definitely connect to the strongest one. Here’s how you view WiFi signal strength on Windows 10.

Available networks list

If you click the WiFi icon in the system tray, you’ll see a list of the nearby networks in a pop-up. The WiFi symbol next to each network will indicate its strength. The more filled out the symbol is, the stronger it will be. Of course, this isn’t a very accurate measurement and two networks may have the same strength.

Signal strength values

If you want a more accurate way to tell which network is transmitting a stronger signal, download Nirsoft’s free app WiFiInfoView, and run it.

The app gives you information about nearby networks but since we’re interested in signal strength, only the Signal Quality column is relevant.

To make things quick and simple, the higher the number in the Signal Quality column, the stronger is the signal being transmitted from it. You should also take a look at the Average signal strength column to check if the network can consistently deliver the strength is is transmitting at the moment. It’s a good idea to allow the app to run for a few minutes so it can gather this information for some time.

All this information can be obtained regardless if you’re connected to a network or if it’s password protected or not.

Command Prompt

This method only works for the network you’re connected to. Open Command Prompt and run the following command;

netsh wlan show interfaces

Scroll to the end of the output and you will see a ‘Signal’ entry telling you how strong the signal of the network you’re connected to is. In the screenshot above, it’s 80% which more or less is the same that the WiFiInfoView app reported.

PowerShell

The trick again only works for the network you’re currently connected to. If you don’t like using Command Prompt, you can use PowerShell instead.

Open PowerShell and run the following command;

(netsh wlan show interfaces) -Match '^\s+Signal' -Replace '^\s+Signal\s+:\s+',''

The command will return the signal strength as a percentage. In my test, PowerShell’s value doesn’t match with Command Prompt and WiFiInfoView but it may be because the signal tends to fluctuate from time to time.

If you need more information about a WiFi network, check out our list of the best WiFi analyzers available for Windows 10.

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How to enable DirectPlay on Windows 10

DirectPlay is an old API library that was used by DirectX to run games. It’s so old that modern games don’t need it any more which is why, you won’t find it on your Windows 10 PC. You might have the latest version of DirectX running but DirectPlay may not necessarily be enabled. Games simply don’t need it anymore however, if you’re trying to run an older game, you will need to enable DirectPlay on Windows 10 to get it going. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to do.

Enable DirectPlay

DirectPlay will need DirectX installed if you’re trying to run a game so go ahead and install it. Once you’ve done that, you can proceed to enable DirectPlay.

Open the Control Panel and select Programs. Click the Turn Windows features on or off option. Alternatively, open File Explorer and enter the following in the location bar. Again, click Turn Windows features on or off.

Control Panel\Programs

In the window that opens, you will see a list of features that you can enable. This is where you can enable or disable Internet Explorer if you want. In this list of items, look for Legacy Components and expand it. Under it, you’ll find DirectPlay. Select it and click OK.

The component will take some to install and you will run into one or two prompts. Once it has been installed, you will have to reboot your system for the change to take effect.

Playing games

While DirectPlay may be an essential component needed to play older games, it likely isn’t the only thing you need. Older games that were built for older operating systems, architectures, and technology relied on multiple components to run. After you enable DirectPlay on Windows 10, check what else is required to run the game you want to play.

The older the game is, the more you will need to install additional components to make it compatible. You can try looking into emulators and they may take the pain out of running an older game however, there are few emulators that can run every single legacy game there is. The games themselves are too many to account for and legacy games might span a period of ten years which will make for different requirements depending on when it was released. It’s been a while since gaming improved and quite a lot of the popular games are now old, legacy ones which is why there’s no single emulator to run them all. In fact, you might be better of running an older version of Windows in a virtual machine and installing and playing the game on it if it’s very old.

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How to back up the Dropbox sync folder on Linux

Dropbox is a stellar backup system. It’s one of the few major cloud sync providers that offer up mainstream support for Linux (albeit limited in recent updates). Still, the Dropbox syncing system isn’t perfect on Linux, or any platform for that matter. The fact is, things can break, syncing can fail, and it puts your data at risk.

A great way to ensure that the data in your Dropbox folder is always safe is to create a local backup. On Linux, there are many different ways to create backups, so we’ll be exploring a couple of ways to back up the Dropbox sync folder, with minimal effort on the user’s part.

Method 1 – Tar

The fastest way to create a back up of the Dropbox sync folder is to use the Tar tool to create a TarGZ archive, for easy storage. The benefit of going this way is that there is no additional software to install; compress and go.

Tar in terminal

Creating a Tar backup of the Dropbox sync folder in the terminal is probably the easiest way to do, as you need to run a command. To create a new backup of your sync folder, follow the step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Go to the system tray on your Linux desktop and locate the Dropbox icon. Once found, right-click on it with the mouse to reveal its context menu.

Step 2: In the context menu, locate the “Exit” button and click it to close the Dropbox sync client.

Step 3: Open up a terminal window and use the tar command to create a new TarGZ archive of your Dropbox sync folder (~/Dropbox)

tar -czvf dropbox-backup.tar.gz ~/Dropbox

Step 4: Let the Tar program archive scan through all of the files in your Dropbox sync folder and add them to the new dropbox-backup.tar.gz folder.

Step 5: When the archiving process is complete, copy dropbox-backup.tar.gz to an external hard drive, home server, etc.

Encrypt backup

Many Dropbox sync folders contain sensitive data. Things like tax documents, personal family photos, etc. For this reason, you may want to encrypt your backup. That is if you want to prevent unwanted people from accessing the backup file.

To encrypt the Dropbox backup, you’ll need to use the GnuPG tool.

Note: need to install GnuPG? Check out Pkgs.org for more info.

In the terminal, run the gpg command with the “c” command-line switch to encrypt the newly created dropbox-backup.tar.gz file.

gpg -c dropbox-backup.tar.gz

After entering the gpg command, the terminal will ask you to enter a passphrase. Enter something memorable and secure. Alternatively, generate a password with the Strongpasswordgenerator.com tool.

Following adding the password to the file, Gpg will finish the encryption process and output dropbox-backup.tar.gz.gpg. Next, you must delete the original dropbox-backup.tar.gz file, as it is not encrypted.

rm dropbox-backup.tar.gz

Finally, copy the dropbox-backup.tar.gz.gpg file to an external HDD, home server, or somewhere else safe.

Restore backup

To restore a Dropbox backup made in Tar, do the following.

Step 1: Move dropbox-backup.tar.gz or dropbox-backup.tar.gz.gpg (if you chose to encrypt your backup) to the home folder using your Linux PC’s file manager.

Step 2: Turn off the Dropbox sync app.

Step 3: Delete the original Dropbox sync folder.

rm -rf ~/Dropbox

Step 4: Extract the backup and restore it to its original location.

gpg dropbox-backup.tar.gz.gpg 

mkdir -p ~/Dropbox

tar dropbox-backup.tar.gz -C ~/Dropbox

Method 2 – Deja Dup

Want a more turn-key backup solution for your Dropbox sync folder? Consider using the Deja Dup tool. It can automatically archive and encrypt your Dropbox files with minimal effort.

To gain access to Deja Dup, install the app.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install deja-dup

Debian

sudo apt-get install deja-dup

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S deja-dup

Fedora

sudo dnf install deja-dup

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install deja-dup

Open up the Deja Dup application on your Linux desktop. Then, inside of the app, find the “Folders to save” option and click on it.

Click the “+” button to open up the file browser, and use it to add your Dropbox sync folder to the “Folders to save” list.

Next, click on your home directory in “Folders to save” and remove it from the list, so that Deja Dup only backs up your Dropbox sync directory.

After adding the Dropbox folder to Deja Dup, click on “Storage Location”. Then, set Deja Dup to save your backup to an external hard drive, local drive, server, or whatever other location you choose.

Click on “Overview”, then “Back Up Now” to create the new backup. Be sure to check the box that enables encryption, if you want to keep your files safe.

Restore backup

To restore your Dropbox backup made with Deja Dup, do the following.

Step 1: Open up the Linux file manager on your computer.

Step 2: Shut off the Dropbox sync client.

Step 3: Find the Dropbox sync folder, right-click on it with the mouse and delete it from the computer.

Step 4: Open up Deja Dup and click “Restore.” Be sure to select “Restore files to original location”.

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