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LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice: Making the Write Choice

Date Published: Sat, 3 Feb 2018 18:18:05 +0200

LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice: Making the Write Choice

Anyone who’s been following all the drama and intrigue of office suite software development news for the past several years will know that LibreOffice has basically risen from the ashes of OpenOffice, as developers from the latter decided to go off to start their own project (while using the open-source code from the work they’d done on OpenOffice up to that point).

For a while it looked like OpenOffice was doomed, with Apache announcing that their development team was dwindling and unable to keep up with updates addressing everything from UI improvements to security vulnerabilities. But after record-low download numbers in 2017, OpenOffice seems to have bounced back a bit, with a big update triggering people to take an interest again. In this article we compare the two Office suites to figure out which one wins.

See http://bit.ly/2FEZSiE


Wild West Tech - Train Technology in the US's Wild West

Date Published: Sat, 3 Feb 2018 16:28:42 +0200

Wild West Tech - Train Technology in the US's Wild West

An interesting documentary not only about the technology used in the locomotives but also related to the pioneering railways of the time. For those who do not know how a basic steam locomotive works there is also a great segment showing this in easy to understand terms.

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/-m7pk2P05NM


Here's What You Can and Can't Eat on the Ketogenic Diet

Date Published: Sat, 3 Feb 2018 13:25:09 +0200

Here's What You Can and Can't Eat on the Ketogenic Diet

The keto diet is getting a lot of buzz lately. Are you considering trying it out to see how it makes you feel? This article has rounded up a bunch of recipes (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to get you started, but before you jump in let's get back to the basics: What can (and can't) you eat exactly?

See http://bit.ly/2E9fez0


Business Insider: The best shaving brushes you can buy for a great shave

Date Published: Sat, 3 Feb 2018 10:42:39 +0200

Business Insider: The best shaving brushes you can buy for a great shave

More and more men are discovering the simple, masculine joy of traditional wet shaving, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably one of them. You may have already completed the first part of your wet shave journey — selecting a good blade — but after you’ve already upgraded your routine with a double-edged safety razor, your next step is to hunt down a high-quality shave brush.

A good brush is an essential part of your shaving ritual. When used with a good soap or cream (one that, unlike canned foam, is made for wet shaving) a nice bristle brush is the key to getting a rich, creamy lather that lubricates your face well for a smoother shave. Your brush is used both to generate a proper lather and to apply it to your skin, and the bristles of the brush, arranged into what’s called a “knot,” also help to soften and stand your whiskers up before your razor does its thing.

Ideally, bristles should be soft enough at the ends to not feel scratchy or prickly on the skin, yet feature good rigidity or “backbone” so that they’re not too floppy to work up a lather. The purpose of a brush is also to transfer heat and water to your face, and the different kinds of bristles each have distinct properties that help or hinder this.

Personally, I've always liked a good boar bristle brush, despite having tried silvertip badger brushes. So never just choose by price or perceived quality, rather choose by the category of brush that would suite you best.

See http://www.businessinsider.com/best-shaving-brush/


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5 open source personal finance tools for Linux but most of which work with Windows and MacOS too

Date Published: Sat, 3 Feb 2018 10:01:02 +0200

5 open source personal finance tools for Linux but most of which work with Windows and MacOS too

Just as no two people have identical bank accounts, there's no single personal finance tool that works best for everybody. For some, automation and simplicity are their main goals; for others, customization and having lots of features matter most; while still others would benefit most from a large community to provide support. Each of these tools was designed with Linux in mind, but there are builds for other operating systems as well.

See http://red.ht/2EbCGvn


Who Remembers Samna, WordStar, MutiMate and WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS Word Processors?

Date Published: Fri, 2 Feb 2018 23:34:26 +0200

Who Remembers Samna, WordStar, MutiMate and WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS Word Processors?

In my early days of doing desktop support (before Windows made its clunky appearance), I remember starting out supporting Samna word processor (WordStar was also in use at that time) along with Harvard Graphics and Lotus 123 spreadsheet (I'm doing a separate post on retro spreadsheets). They were pretty good in their day but with the advent of WordPerfect that took the world by storm (WordPerfect actually started out on DOS back in 1982 already). WordPerfect was the MS Word of its day and many wondered how it ever got displaced by Microsoft Word (which was only running on the Mac at the time). One thing that Microsoft did do, was to more tightly integrate their bundle of word processing, spreadsheet and presentations tools vs Corel bundling theirs more as best of breed separate products.

Fact is WordPerfect was "perfectly" good and did transition quite well to Windows but MS Word had a two year head start on Windows and had already adapted well to the GUI and mouse environment. WordPerfect's stumble to Windows cost them dearly and goes to show that as big as a product may be they can stumble and lose out (look at Internet Explorer too).

WordPerfect had an excellent "reveal codes" view and a strong macros functionality that allowed powerful tweaking and fixing, and had also a strong following within the legal and government environments.

I still have a few .wp5 documents on my hard drive!

More at:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samna
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordStar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MultiMate


This disappearing Cape Town reservoir is a preview of climate nightmares to come

Date Published: Fri, 2 Feb 2018 23:33:03 +0200

This disappearing Cape Town reservoir is a preview of climate nightmares to come

In less than 100 days, Cape Town — a South African city of about 4 million people — could run out of water, in what officials call “Day Zero.” A view of the crisis from space shows the city’s massive reservoirs drying up after just three years of drought — a preview of the nightmares climate change could bring, unfolding right now.

Cape Town relies on six main reservoirs for its drinking water; together these reservoirs can store 230 billion gallons (about 870,000 megaliters) of water. After back-to-back years of severe drought, these reservoirs hold just 26 percent of that total — a level that is likely to continue dropping until the rainy season starts in May. The time-lapse, captured by the Landsat-8 satellite and published by NASA’s Earth Observatory, shows Cape Town’s largest reservoir, Theewaterskloof Dam, drying to just 13 percent capacity.

It’s a terrible warning to places like California that the time to start modernizing ageing water infrastructure is before a crisis — not during one. You only have to watch that reservoir drying to a puddle to see why.

See http://bit.ly/2FG2qgi


Best VPNs for South Africa in 2018

Date Published: Fri, 2 Feb 2018 22:11:10 +0200

Best VPNs for South Africa in 2018

South Africa is one of the most technologically rich countries in Africa. Estimates suggest at least 60% of the entire continent’s internet traffic originates here, largely due to the fact that over half the total population has reliable online access. Even though digital freedoms are generally respected by the South African government, there are still a number of privacy concerns you’ll want to keep in mind while in the country’s borders.

See http://bit.ly/2E8D9hN for the best VPNs to use in South Africa, keeping you safe and secure no matter what!


Renewables will be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020, research says

Date Published: Fri, 2 Feb 2018 09:51:20 +0200

Renewables will be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020, research says

The cost of renewable energy sources like wind and solar continue to fall drastically, and it was only a matter of time before they were cheaper than fossil fuels. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) believes that’ll happen by 2020 based on their new report (http://www.irena.org/-/media/Files/IRENA/Agency/Publication/2017/Jul/IRENA_Renewable_Energy_Statistics_2017.pdf?la=en&hash=E93A8DF9B1BE56B6E7838E4552A7EC9C0C95867F). Prices could be as low as three cents per kilowatt-hour for onshore wind and solar photovoltaic projects over the next two years.

Across the board, average costs of producing renewable energy projects have been very competitive. Hydropower was the cheapest at five cents per kilowatt-hour, onshore wind at six cents, and bioenergy and geothermal sources at seven cents. Solar projects are still high in comparison at 10 cents per kWh, but that figure has dropped 73 percent since 2010. That’s led to residential systems being 67 percent cheaper.

Onshore wind has fallen by 23 percent in the same timeframe. Based on projects that have been auctioned and will be in development over the coming years, renewable energy will end up being competitive or even cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020. Auction prices for solar photovoltaic and onshore wind projects have reached a record-low three cents per kWh in places like Dubai, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Canada, and Germany.

See http://bit.ly/2FCtBJf


Podcast: It’s been said “Leaders are readers.” But what should a leader read?

Date Published: Fri, 2 Feb 2018 07:26:06 +0200

Podcast: It’s been said “Leaders are readers.” But what should a leader read?

A very interesting audio podcast with Admiral Stavridis about why he decided to write a book about books rather than a book about leadership, why do leaders need to be readers, how does the Admiral make time to read, what’s his reading strategy, what do fiction books offer that non-fiction doesn’t?

Listen at https://www.artofmanliness.com/2018/01/23/leaders-reading-list/


Podcast #373: The Leader's Bookshelf | The Art of Manliness
It’s been said “Leaders are readers.” But what should a leader read? My guest today set out to answer that question by polling 4-star generals and admirals in the U.S. military to get their best recommendations. His name is Admiral James Stavridis. He’s served as the commander of US Southern Command, US European Command, and …
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