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Posted on: Tue, 2018-04-24 - 23:11 By: admin

Piwigo is a good replacement for Flickr to host your own online photo collection if you have lost faith in cloud providers

With Flickr recently being bought out and the possibility looming of my 9,700 photos being moved and having all my social media links broken, I had a look at some free open source alternatives.

I found Piwigo which not only has a very rich selection of plugins, but it also has one that will import my Flickr photo albums complete with each photo's caption and tags.

I've captured a few screenshots from my album to give an idea of what some of it looks like (there are numerous other themes to choose from). So this is my first link to my self-hosted photos at https://photos.gadgeteer.co.za/index.php?/category/piwigo.

There is also direct upload/export support from digiKam to Piwigo. Photos can be auto resized smaller on upload to save space. More nfo on Piwigo itself at http://piwigo.org.

#flickr #piwigo #photoalbums


Piwigo Web Photo Album | Danie's Photos
Piwigo Web Photo Album

Electric buses go mainstream - For every thousand battery-powered buses on the road, about 500 barrels...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-04-24 - 21:06 By: admin

Electric buses go mainstream - For every thousand battery-powered buses on the road, about 500 barrels a day of diesel fuel will be displaced from the market

Electric buses were seen as a joke at an industry conference in Belgium seven years ago when the Chinese manufacturer BYD showed an early model.

“Everyone was laughing at BYD for making a toy,” recalled Isbrand Ho, the Shenzhen-based company’s MD in Europe. “And look now. Everyone has one.”

Suddenly, buses with battery-powered motors are a serious matter with the potential to revolutionise city transport — and add to the forces reshaping the energy industry. With China leading the way, making the traditional smog-belching diesel behemoth run on electricity is starting to eat away at fossil-fuel demand.

The numbers are staggering. China had about 99% of the 385 000 electric buses on the roads worldwide in 2017, accounting for 17% of the country’s entire fleet. Every five weeks, Chinese cities add 9 500 of the zero-emissions transporters — the equivalent of London’s entire working fleet, according Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

See https://techcentral.co.za/electric-buses-go-mainstream/80857/


Electric buses go mainstream - TechCentral
Posted on: Mon, 2018-04-23 - 19:27 By: admin

Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug - But the photos will be moved to Smugmug which could break links posted on social media over many years

The buy-out by Yahoo in the past left Flickr as a website undisturbed but the communique from SmugMug now states: "We think you are going to love Flickr under SmugMug ownership, but you can choose to not have your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug until May 25, 2018. If you want to keep your Flickr account and data from being transferred, you must go to your Flickr account to download the photos and videos you want to keep, then delete your account from your Account Settings by May 25, 2018. If you do not delete your account by May 25, 2018, your Flickr account and data will transfer to SmugMug and will be governed by SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy."

On the FAQ at https://www.smugmug.com/together/faq SmugMug seems to state the opposite: "Will anything happen to my photos? Will they be moved?
No, you’ll still be able to access your photos as you do currently and they’ll retain the same Flickr or SmugMug URL as always. Over time, we’ll be migrating Flickr onto SmugMug’s technology infrastructure, and your Flickr photos will move as a part of this migration — but the photos themselves will remain on Flickr."

Well, that is pretty confusing! Many like me have around 10,000 photos on Flickr over the last 10+ years with 80 to 120 views per day. Many posts made on social media also link back to Flickr photos or albums. I have albums shared with family only or friends only and I cannot see how this will all transfer cleanly into SmugMug? , Moving this will break untold amounts of links.

But it is probably yet another valuable lesson about any cloud service - nothing lasts forever unless you do it yourself and maintain your own links. Look at Google Reader, Picasa Web Albums, and mnay more.

Looks like I'll be starting to cast around to create my own self-hosted photo albums to which I can link. That way I lnow they'll be around as long as I'm here. I've probably relied on Flickr too long to just be there (13 years now).

#flickr #smugmug


Together, SmugMug + Flickr | Frequently Asked Questions
SmugMug has acquired Flickr. You probably have some questions, and luckily, we've got plenty of answers in this FAQ.
Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-22 - 22:01 By: admin

Hubzilla Social Network - A Feature-rich alternative to Facebook (screenshots)

This network has nowhere near the number of followers that Facebook has but it is run without advertising or providing your data to 3rd parties and does federate with Friendica, Mastodon, Diaspora, GNU Social and others. I've posted a few screenshots below on Flickr that highlight some of its features and also gives a feel for what it looks like.

It is certainly feature rich and whilst it does federate with other networks I may still give the edge to the Friendica network in terms of having maybe an even richer integration (but Friendica lacks many of the other features that Hubzilla has).

The screenshots are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dvdmerwe/albums/72157694171340231 and my feed stream is at https://hub.opensocial.africa/channel/danie. This particular instance of Hubzilla is brand new so only a few users, and it was created by Africans for all Africans as most other instances are in USA, Europe, etc. This instance can be found at https://hub.opensocial.africa. A Mastodon instance has also been started for Africa at https://opensocial.africa for those who want more of a Twitter type experience.

#deletefacebook #hubzilla #social #alternative


Hubzilla Social Network
Showing some screenshots from a Facebook alternative social network called Hubzilla. You can view my stream there at hub.opensocial.africa/channel/danie.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Integrates Canonical Livepatch for Rebootless Kernel Updates

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-22 - 11:39 By: admin

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Integrates Canonical Livepatch for Rebootless Kernel Updates

The upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system is coming with a new feature that would make it easier for users to use the Canonical Livepatch service.

Canonical Livepatch is a free and commercial solution for applying Linux kernel updates without rebooting your Ubuntu computer. Initially designed for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series, Canonical's kernel livepatch service is coming in an easier-to-use form in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, due for release on April 26.

See http://news.softpedia.com/news/ubuntu-18-04-lts-integrates-canonical-livepatch-for-rebootless-kernel-updates-520680.shtml

#ubuntu #opensource


Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Integrates Canonical Livepatch for Rebootless Kernel Updates
Canonical Livepatch is now integrated in Software & Updates
Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-22 - 11:35 By: admin

German Federal administration relies on Nextcloud to save and exchange documents in the cloud

In order to save and exchange documents, the German federal administration will use Nextcloud in the future. The open-source cloud should run on its own server infrastructure, project staff do the support.

Around 300,000 users are members of the federal administration, which has been looking for a file-sharing and sync solution in a call for tenders via its IT service provider ITZ Bund (Federal Information Technology Center). It is all about the fact that the employees quickly and easily exchange documents and keep, but also work together on these.

The contract was awarded Nextcloud. The ITZ Bund has been running the cloud solution since October 2016 with about 5,000 users in the test.

See https://fullcirclemagazine.org/2018/04/19/federal-administration-relies-on-nextcloud/

#nextcloud


Development of eSIM standard halted after allegations arise that AT&T and Verizon colluded to sabotage...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-22 - 11:08 By: admin

Development of eSIM standard halted after allegations arise that AT&T and Verizon colluded to sabotage it

In yet another example of why American consumers have such little faith in AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the two companies are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice over whether they colluded to sabotage the eSIM standard. An embedded SIM, or eSIM, is a standardized SIM chip that allows users to switch between carriers without changing a SIM card. eSIMs are commonly found in smartwatches but have recently been added to a few smartphones such as the Google Pixel 2. The main benefit of eSIM technology is consumer freedom, which is exactly why certain telecommunication carriers have allegedly sought to block its adoption.

According to the NYTimes, AT&T and Verizon have been accused of working with the GSM Association (GSMA), the organization that is responsible for standardizing the technology used in the mobile telecommunications industry, to “establish standards that would allow them to lock a device to their network even if it had eSIM technology.” The development of such a standard would be antithetical to the benefits of an embedded SIM, and if passed, would effectively sabotage the technology which is poised to be the successor to the SIM card. The NYTimes report claims that the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the alleged collusion after an unnamed carrier and Apple filed a formal complaint.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/esim-standard-att-verizon-colluded-sabotage/

#eSIM #mobile


Development of eSIM standard halted after allegations arise that AT&T and Verizon colluded to sabotage it
Embedded SIM, or eSIM, technology allows users to easily switch between carriers without swapping a physical SIM card. A report claims that the Department of Justice is investigating AT&T and Verizon over alleged collusion to sabotage the standard by introducing a way to lock an eSIM to a network.

Google’s Crostini lets you run GNU/Linux apps on Chromebooks without enabling developer mode

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-22 - 02:29 By: admin

Google’s Crostini lets you run GNU/Linux apps on Chromebooks without enabling developer mode

People have been running Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux distributions on Chromebooks for almost as long as Chromebooks have been available. While some folks have replaced Chrome OS altogether or created dual boot systems, the simplest method is to use Crouton, which allows you to install a Linux distribution in a chroot environment, allowing you to run Ubuntu or another OS alongside Chrome OS and switch between the two environments without rebooting.

In order to do that you need to enable Developer Mode on your Chromebook though, which removes some of the security protections that you normally get with Chrome OS.

But now there’s an easier way to run Linux apps. Google is developing a new Chrome OS feature called Crostini that makes it possible to run Linux apps on a Chromebook. Now it looks like you can take it for a spin… if you have a Google Pixelbook. The feature will probably roll out to additional devices in the future.

See https://liliputing.com/2018/04/googles-crostini-lets-you-run-gnu-linux-apps-on-chromebooks-without-enabling-developer-mode.html

#chromebook


Google's Crostini lets you run GNU/Linux apps on Chromebooks without enabling developer mode - Liliputing
People have been running Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux distributions on Chromebooks for almost as long as Chromebooks have been available. While some folks have replaced Chrome OS altogether or created dual boot systems, the simplest method is to use Crouton, which allows you to install a Linux distribution in a chroot environment, allowing you to …

Choose any colour AirPods you want - from ColorWare

Posted on: Sat, 2018-04-21 - 22:50 By: admin

Choose any colour AirPods you want - from ColorWare

Spice up your AirPods with some color! Customize these awesome little headphones with your favorite color or pick a creation from the “Inspire Me” section. You can choose whether or not to have the charging case painted, you can even choose 2 different colors for each AirPod! Either way you’ll have a unique pair!

I'd always wished I could have bought matte black AirPods instead of white. Really cannot understand why Apple would not offer such options.... but Steve knows best ;-)

See http://www.colorware.com/p-743-apple-airpods.aspx

#airpods #colorware


New Jezetek eInk eBook Readers, Includes First Frontlit 10.3-inch Model

Posted on: Sat, 2018-04-21 - 22:35 By: admin

New Jezetek eInk eBook Readers, Includes First Frontlit 10.3-inch Model

Android-based eReaders (but seems the stylus handwriting is still work in progress) looks quite interesting with the front lighting (adjustable for cold or warm colour). I really wish there was more selection of larger format eReaders. An e-reader is not something you replace every two years so it is worth paying a bit more to get the full selection of features you require.

Watch a video on this e-reader at http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2018/04/21/new-jezetek-ebook-readers-includes-first-frontlit-10-3-inch-model-video/

#jezetek #ereader




New Jezetek eBook Readers, Includes First Frontlit 10.3-inch Model (Video) | The eBook Reader Blog
I came across a video on YouTube showing some new ereaders from a company called Jezetek. I've never seen the brand being sold anywhere, not even on Chinese wholesale websites like Banggood, so they might only be sold in China and a few other countries but they're somewhat similar to the Boyue ereaders so maybe these
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