Classic MG TC in Assetto Corsa racing simulator

Date Published: Wed, 1 Apr 2020 10:04:05 +0200

After watching a lot of sim motor racing recently I decided to buy Assetto Corsa mainly because it has lots of mods (like this old MG TC as well as South Africa's Kyalami race track) and it does run on Linux with a few tweaks. The MG has the typical drift characteristics of its thin tyres but it may be a while before I get to doing proper online competitive racing... but I have a while now ;-)

#technology #gaming #motorracing

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Microsoft's Skype struggles have created Zoom and Houseparty moments - Interest overview on Skype's involvement since Microsoft bought it

Date Published: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:17:07 +0200

To be honest I can't remember when I last used Skype, and also up to last month I knew nothing or little about Zoom. Yet a bunch of us got going with Zoom and have been enjoying using it.

This article reminded me of the peer-to-peer days of Skype and looking at where Microsoft is now focussing on Teams I'm just recalling a few short years ago when Yammer was the flavour of the day (I think Yammer is still alive on life support somewhere).

Even Whatsapp today (bought out by Facebook) is nowhere near the innovator that it was years ago. It really seems that when someone founds a product, and that's all they do, it really develops well and takes off. Then it gets bought out... and it stagnates.

Which is why my own opinion is 'be wary of the all-in-one service' because it's not easy to back out of at all. Combining a few best-of-breed products can mean mitigating your risk if one disappears (like the excellent Wunderlist todo manager). You can more easily replace a single product. Of course if you are the vendor an all-in-one service is what you want to try sell...

See Microsoft’s Skype struggles have created a Zoom moment

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Zoom, Houseparty, and others are capitalizing on Skype’s failures

Raspberry Pi Network Monitor Tracks Your Internet Performance (DNS, Speed, Bandwidth, Latency, Local LAN)

Date Published: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:09:44 +0200

Troubleshooting network issues can be tricky. That's why we appreciate creators like Mr Canoehead — as he's known on Reddit — who has come forward with a new solution. Better yet, this network performance monitor project has maker written all over it, as it's based on a Raspberry Pi.

Built on top of a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, the project is designed to monitor network activity and performance. It uses the data to create a report with critical information, like network speeds and bandwidth measurements, making it much easier to track issues and when they arise.

The system is designed to use five network interfaces. Two are reserved as a transparent Ethernet bridge for monitoring the bandwidth between the modem and router.

This project is interesting in that it plots various parameters over a period before anything goes wrong. It is also looking though at local performance as well as DNS because Internet issues are not just related to your connection being up or down.

See Raspberry Pi Network Monitor Tracks Your Internet Speed

#technology #network #diagnostics

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Troubleshoot internet issues with Raspberry Pi.

Professional Ventilator Design Open Sourced Today By Medtronic and Virgin Orbit Will Start To Manufacture A New Bridge Ventilator

Date Published: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:37:36 +0200

Medical device company Medtronic released designs for one of their ventilators to open source for use in the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a laudable action, and there is plenty to glean from the specs (notable is that the planned release is incomplete as of this writing, so more info is on the way). Some initial reactions: medical devices are complicated, requirements specifications are enormous, the bill of materials (BOM) is gigantic, and component sourcing, supply chain, assembly, and testing are just as vital as the design itself.

Virgin Orbit has developed a new bridge ventilator that can be mass produced to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Pending clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Virgin Orbit aims to start production at its Long Beach manufacturing facility in early April, sprinting to deliver units into the hands of first responders and healthcare professionals as soon as possible.

See Professional Ventilator Design Open Sourced Today By Medtronic and https://www.virgin.com/news/virgin-orbit-develop-and-design-mass-producible-ventilators-covid-19-patients

#technology #opensource #covid19

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Medical device company Medtronic released designs for one of their ventilators to open source for use in the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a laudable action, and there is plenty to glean from the spec…

Audible is giving away hundreds of stories for kids — and there's no catch - you don't even have to register or log in

Date Published: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 19:07:27 +0200

The audiobook behemoth recently announced that hundreds of their kid-friendly titles are available for 100% free with absolutely no catch. Seriously, you don't even have to register or log in. Just click the link and get to listening.

So the next time your little ones are going a bit stir-crazy but you don't have the time to sit and read to them, let Audible do the work. There are stories perfect for all ages, from Winnie-the-Pooh for your tiny toddler to The Mystery of Alice for your tween. Plus, there are a ton of options in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.

You can stream all the titles on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet.

See Audible is giving away hundreds of stories for kids — and there's no catch

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Keep your kids occupied while social distancing.

We’re in the midst of a massive work-from-home experiment. What if it works? What if this is our chance to prove remote work, well, works?

Date Published: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:57:45 +0200

Though the arrival of a novel virus isn’t the best circumstance for a company to be forced into remote work, Caplan does hope there will be an even bigger shift toward this type of professional option, because the “cat is out of the bag.”

“Coronavirus is going to expose more people to working remotely than ever,” he says. “Most people will see that it is very possible and start to grow accustomed to the benefits of [remote work], including autonomy, no commute, and less distractions than open offices. Companies that don’t allow remote work already are going to have to continue supporting it going forward, now that they have proven to themselves that it works.”

After COVID-19 passes and businesses try to return to normal, there is a real possibility that professionals may change their tune on what matters most to them. That’s already the case for many, according to research from the International Workplace Group. Their March 2019 findings showed that 80% of job seekers would choose a job with a flexible work-from-home policy over one that doesn’t offer the same benefit.

The ability to grow a company without a lease is becoming more and more attractive. Also productivity may be more focussed on outputs instead of just presence behind a desk, or clocking time by working late in an office.

See We’re in the midst of a massive work-from-home experiment. What if it works?

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While much of the news is scary, I’ve found a silver thread of hope in this pandemic: What if this is our chance to prove remote work, well, works?

Video conferencing app Zoom to stop sending data to Facebook - Maybe login with an e-mail address instead

Date Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:29:05 +0200

Popular video conferencing Zoom has updated its iOS app to remove the software development kit (SDK) that was providing users data to Facebook through the ‘Login with Facebook feature.

Earlier this week, a network traffic analysis carried out by Motherboard said that Zoom for iOS was sending data to Facebook without making any mention of the practice in its privacy policy.

See Video conferencing app Zoom to stop sending data to Facebook

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420 Free Kindle eBooks including Sesame Street books and a Nikola Tesla biography

Date Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2020 11:48:16 +0200

Yes many are free "Book 1" books of a series (which I never really like) but there are a few gems to be found and plenty of children's books to keep them entertained.

See https://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2020/03/28/420-free-kindle-ebooks-for-children-and-adults-plus-kindle-deals/.

The Nikola Tesla one is at https://www.amazon.com/Nikola-Tesla-Imagination-Invented-Century-ebook/dp/B00CATSONE/ref=sr_1_158?dchild=1&qid=1585474231&s=digital-text&sr=1-158 with a 4/5 rating by 7,878 reviewers.

#technology #reading

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If you're looking for something to read while being stuck at home, authors and publishers have you covered. There's currently this list of 420 free Kindles

How to Make a Raspberry Pi Smart Doorbell that works with open source Jitsi Meet video conferencing

Date Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2020 11:17:03 +0200

The smart doorbell opens a virtual meeting room for the guest when they press the button. It also sends a notification to your phone with a link to the same meeting room so that you can chat with the guest. Make two of these doorbells and they can join the same meeting room and be used as a video intercom system.

What is not covered in this video is the actual door opening part. If you are concerned about privacy you could also host the Jitsi side yourself in your own home (because its open source and you can!).

Watch at How to Make a Raspberry Pi Smart Doorbell

#technology #DIY opensource #RaspberryPi

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In this video, we show you how to use a Raspberry Pi 3 (you could also use a Raspberry Pi 4) to power a DIY Smart Doorbell. The smart doorbell opens a virtua...

Preview and more information on the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 multiplayer modes

Date Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:07:49 +0200

As before it looks stunning and there is also some movement on possible alpha invites coming soon.

Watch at Flight Simulator 2020 Multiplayer Episode and Exciting News!

#technology #gaming #aviation

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Episode 7 from the Microsoft Flight Simulator Discovery Series is here! Multiplayer! Also we are getting some interesting updates worth checking out, and as ...

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