Steam is hosting a festival for ‘digital tabletop’ games next month

Date Published: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 23:20:05 +0200

Valve and tabletop company Auroch Digital will host an online festival next month for “games that cross between physical and digital.” Called the Steam Digital Tabletop Fest, the event will be streamed live from October 21st to the 26th.

I did do a video about 2 months back on how the game "Tabletop Simulator" works. It's really interesting to be able to play and interact with other players anywhere in the world whilst playing cards, Monopoly, D&D, and many others.

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The festival runs from October 21st to the 26th.

It’s Official — Consumer Reports Confirms EV Owners Spend Half As Much On Maintenance Over A 200,000 Mile Service Life

Date Published: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 15:38:28 +0200

Data is king, and when it comes to information on the frequency of repairs on automobiles, Consumer Reports has more data than anyone. For its latest report, it did a deep dive into the data from its 2019 and 2020 reliability surveys of electric and gasoline powered vehicles. After crunching all the numbers, Consumer Reports says “drivers of electric vehicles are saving an average of 50% on maintenance and repair over the life of a vehicle compared to owners of gas-powered vehicles.”

Chris Harto, CR’s senior transportation policy analyst, says: “Electric vehicle owners don’t need a coupon to get half-off typical maintenance and repair costs from their dealer, it comes standard! These savings are going a long way to offset the upfront costs for consumers.”

“Electrics just don’t need as much maintenance as gas-powered cars, and even though repairs won’t necessarily be less expensive, they are less frequently needed,” explains Gabe Shenhar, associate director of CR’s Auto Test Center, which specializes in electric vehicle testing.

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Consumer Reports has examined its most recent data and determined that the cost of maintenance for an electric car is half that for a conventional car.

How to play Wolfenstein: the new order (and many other Windows games) on Linux

Date Published: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 15:19:27 +0200

The method described using Steam Games and Proton has worked for me with many high-end games on Linux.

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Wolfenstein: the new order is an action FPS video game developed by MachineGames and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game centers around a universe

Unlike proprietary what3words, Google's Plus Code is open source and freely re-usable for addresses anywhere on Earth

Date Published: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 15:17:40 +0200

According to Google, billions of people don't have an address, or if they do, it's not very accurate. To remedy the problem, the company created a digital address-making system called Plus Codes.

To get a Plus Code for a specific location, open Google Maps on your computer, and click on a location to get a little pop-up of the bottom on the screen. Click on the pop-up to get more info on that location in a sidebar, where you'll also see the Plus Code for that location. On a mobile phone, do a long press on a location to get the pop-up, which you can slide up to reveal the Plus Code.

Yep what3words is a lot easier to remember but at the end of the day open and freely re-usable standards must win. It is typical Google though to use a logical algorithm, but not one that makes easy sense for humans to remember.

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Access Dots: Here’s How To Get iOS 14 ‘Orange Dot’ Privacy For Android Phones

Date Published: Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:07:58 +0200

Android 11 will prevent apps from accessing either without restriction, so permanent permission to use the camera will be a thing of the past. Background usage notifications are all well and good, but are often dismissed by users in the same way that terms of usage agreements are. Frankly, the usage indicator light of iOS 14 is such a simple yet powerful approach to privacy awareness that it really should be on Android devices.

Access Dots has been created by an XDA recognized developer and mimics the iOS 14 recording indicator feature.

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Want an orange dot recoridng indicator just like iOS 14 on your Android phone? No problem.

Since Discontinuing Google Analytics and Disqus Comments on my website I've ditched over 30 trackers and 3rd party cookies, and seeing more visits as many users block Google and trackers

Date Published: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 22:47:59 +0200

At first, I thought something was wrong as I saw so many more visits than I saw with Google Analytics... After digging deeper though I realised its because so many, like myself, block all 3rd party cookies and trackers so these visits just don't show up. Disqus Comments and Google Analytics are both notorious for deep tracking so it was high time I ditched them.

I've switched to using AwStats which just reads the server logs and displays similar information without the use of trackers or 3rd party cookies. AWStats is a free powerful and featureful tool that generates advanced web, streaming, ftp or mail server statistics, graphically. The site is a lot cleaner now and I must just still disable StatCounter in the coming days. AwStats does what I need for basic info, so I'll be using it going forward.

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South African non-profit organisation Code for Change has launched a free-to-use coding and front-end web development training platform for South African high school learners

Date Published: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 22:44:21 +0200

The platform is available on both desktop and mobile devices and makes it easy for learners to access the organisation’s CodeJIKA programme.

CodeJIKA was launched in 2017 and has reached over 250 schools, 26,500 learners, and 1,520 teachers.

It teaches foundational coding, web development, and computer science skills and is designed primarily for under-resourced, offline, and mobile-oriented schools and communities.

Glad to see it uses freely available web technologies and editors so really no cost to get going. It's also not dependent on some corporate lock-in.

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South African non-profit organisation Code for Change has launched a free-to-use coding and front-end web development training platform for South African high school learners.

Watch this Space as we need freedom of choice: Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

Date Published: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 21:30:07 +0200

The announcement addresses recent concerns around Android app development, including a fight over alternate in-app payment systems and difficulties for businesses moving online because of COVID-19.

Android users can already install apps through third-party stores like Samsung’s Galaxy Store. Google says that in response to developer feedback, it’s adding features to next year’s Android 12 release that will “make it even easier for people to use other app stores on their devices while being careful not to compromise the safety measures Android has in place.” It will release more details on these changes in the future.

It will also be up to 3rd party app stores to get their game together though in terms of quality control. I'm still hoping we see an emerging independent app store but that will require resources to operate. At least there is still choice.

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We’ll hear more about the changes later.

Highly sensitive information about South Africans from Experian breach now freely available online (21,263,393 unique records)

Date Published: Sun, 27 Sep 2020 19:23:18 +0200

This is actually pretty detailed information about over 21 million "people", assuming a unique record represents people as even ID numbers are included. Given that the POPI Act has been a time coming and has actually been promulgated I'm really hoping a good example is set here... considering penalties include the CEO of the responsible company being sent to jail. If it's not done we can expect sloppy security and preventative measures to continue.

And for the record, even though this was socially engineered that has zero to do with the information not being protected. The POPI Act is not only for breaches of firewalls, it is for protection of personal information even if it is kept in a shoebox on paper pages. To state otherwise is inexcusable ignorance around the Act.

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Highly sensitive financial and personal information about South African citizens and businesses has been leaked online. Here are the full details.

Calibre 5 Released with eBook Highlighting and Page Count Estimates, Switches to Python 3

Date Published: Sun, 27 Sep 2020 19:05:47 +0200

Calibre is a popular piece of cross-platform eBook management, reading, and editing software — and this weekend it saw a new release.

Calibre 5.0 is the first version of the app to use Python 3 fully. I understand this sounds like a pretty boring “feature” to spotlight, but the switch is long overdue. Python 3 support gives the app a better footing on which future releases can stand, and ensures the app runs as securely and stably on modern Linux distributions.

Apart from highlighting and word count estimates I also see the possibility to add custom columns for 3 different ease of reading indexes.

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Calibre, the popular eBook manager, editor, and reader recently gained some new features. We look at what's new in Calibre 5.0.1 and show you how to get it.

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