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Workona - Manage Lots of Browser Tabs With This Chrome Extension

Posted on: Tue, 2018-08-07 - 21:51 By: admin

Workona - Manage Lots of Browser Tabs With This Chrome Extension

Yes there are others and Vivaldi does it much better and intuitively than Chrome does, but for those who have tons of tabs open and have not yet found a suitable way to manage them, this may be another option to try.

People generally fall into two groups: Those who constantly have 15 or more tabs open vs those that just have the minimal ones open in actual use.... If you are a "many tabs open user" and have found a sustainable way of managing your open tabs, lease a comment below.

I like Workona's sync option but don't like the layout design (myself) and the paid option is not affordable for me vs what I already get from Vivaldi. If your're a serious tabs user you may well want to also consider what Vivaldi browser offers in terms of grouped tabs and split views.

See https://lifehacker.com/manage-lots-of-browser-tabs-with-this-chrome-extension-1828165025

#productivity #tabs


Manage Lots of Browser Tabs With This Chrome Extension

Learn Python programming the easy way with EduBlocks - EduBlocks brings a Scratch-like GUI to writing...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-08-07 - 07:45 By: admin

Learn Python programming the easy way with EduBlocks - EduBlocks brings a Scratch-like GUI to writing Python 3 code

If you are you looking for a way to move your students (or yourself) from programming in Scratch to learning Python, I recommend you look into EduBlocks. It brings a familiar drag-and-drop graphical user interface (GUI) to Python 3 programming.

One of the barriers when transitioning from Scratch to Python is the absence of the drag-and-drop GUI that has made Scratch the go-to application in K-12 schools. EduBlocks' drag-and-drop version of Python 3 changes that paradigm. It aims to "help teachers to introduce text-based programming languages, like Python, to children at an earlier age."

The hardware requirements for EduBlocks are quite modest—a Raspberry Pi and an internet connection—and should be available in many classrooms.

EduBlocks was developed by Joshua Lowe, a 14-year-old Python developer from the United Kingdom.

See https://opensource.com/article/18/8/edublocks

#python #programming


Learn Python programming the easy way with EduBlocks | Opensource.com
EduBlocks brings a Scratch-like GUI to writing Python 3 code.

Google announces the availability of Android 9 Pie!

Posted on: Mon, 2018-08-06 - 22:25 By: admin

Google announces the availability of Android 9 Pie!

The new release seems a bit earlier than expected but Google's blog has announced its availability with an overview of some useful new tweaks (especially UI tweaks and battery management). I'm expecting to get my update during this week for my Pixel 2 XL so will probably do the install on Thursday or the weekend.

See the announcement at https://www.blog.google/products/android/introducing-android-9-pie/

#androidpie


Android 9 Pie: Powered by AI for a smarter, simpler experience that adapts to you
Android 9 Pie is baked with features to make your phone smarter and simpler, and help you achieve digital wellbeing.

Scare off burglars with this ridiculous Alexa skill

Posted on: Sun, 2018-08-05 - 22:50 By: admin

Scare off burglars with this ridiculous Alexa skill

Some people leave lights, music or the TV on when they’re away from home in an attempt to ward off burglars, but a new Alexa skill called “Away Mode” has a different idea. Instead of lights and noises, you can keep your home safe from unwanted visitors by playing lengthy audio tracks that sound like real – and completely ridiculous – conversations.

When you launch Away Mode, Alexa will play one of seven audio tracks penned by comedy writers from SNL, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and UCB. The company doesn’t have permission to share all the writers’ names at this time, but says there were half a dozen involved, including Kristin Belka Maier of “Always Sunny…”

These include gems like “Couple Has Breakup While Also Trying to Watch TV,” “Two Average Guys Brainstorm What’s Unique About Themselves So They Can Start a Podcast About It,” “Emergency PTA Meeting To Discuss Memes, Fidget Spinners, and Other Teen Fads,” and more.

There are conversations from a book club where no one discusses the book, a mom walking her daughter through IKEA assembly over the phone, a stay-at-home mom losing her s***, and argument over a board game.

The tracks themselves are around an hour or so long, so Away Mode makes more sense for those times you’re out running errands, but can’t take the place of things like timers that turn off and on lights while away on vacation, for example.

See https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/03/scare-off-burglars-with-this-ridiculous-alexa-skill/

You can listen to sample clips at https://awaymode.com.

#alexa #burglars


Scare off burglars with this ridiculous Alexa skill – TechCrunch

There is now a Sonoff-Tasmota add-on for Home Assistant which allows management of flashed Sonoff home...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-08-05 - 15:31 By: admin

There is now a Sonoff-Tasmota add-on for Home Assistant which allows management of flashed Sonoff home automation devices

I have not yet tried flashing via this new community add-on but it looks really useful considering I had to manually flash and setup all the Sonoff devices on my home automation before.

It was really easy to set up and get going on Home Assistant: Just click to install, let it finish installing and startup, and then clicked on "Open Web UI" and that as it. I did have to specify the IP address range to auto-scan as my Home Assistant is running within a Hassio container which has its own IP address range. But after that, it detected my connected Sonoff switches.

See https://github.com/hassio-addons/addon-tasmoadmin

#sonoff #tasmota #homeautomation


hassio-addons/addon-tasmoadmin
addon-tasmoadmin - TasmoAdmin - Community Hass.io Add-on for Home Assistant

Imported DE Razor Blades for R2.41 ($0.18) vs local Gillette Fusion at R62.37 ($4.65) per cartridge ...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-08-05 - 15:05 By: admin

Imported DE Razor Blades for R2.41 ($0.18) vs local Gillette Fusion at R62.37 ($4.65) per cartridge - What do you Shave with?

So I already knew that good quality double-edged razor blades (like the Derby Extra Super Stainless) were going to be a lot cheaper than Gillette Fusion blades, but I was also interested to see today it is cheaper to buy the Derby blades via Amazon import than through local online retailers in South Africa (inc delivery, duty and VAT to front door). So I just bought two year's worth of razor blades.

For me using double-edged blades is not only a lot cheaper, they are also environmentally friendly (I recycle the plastic cases as well as stainless steel blades), and of course they give a better shave than Gilette's cartridge blades (no ingrown hairs and no chemical soaps).

The price comparison worked out as follows:
* Gillette Fusion 8 Pack = R499 ($37.31) or per blade R62.37 ($4.66)
* Local Astra DE blades 100 = R400 ($29.85) or per blade R4.00 ($0.30)
* Amazon Derby DE blades 100 = R241 ($18) or per blade R2.41 ($0.18)

Exchange rate calculated at R13.40/US$ and Astra blades being similar in price & shave to the Derby blades.

So what do you use to shave with?

#shaving #traditionalshaving #wetshaving #razorblades

Decentralising the web: Why is it so hard to achieve?

Posted on: Sun, 2018-08-05 - 00:25 By: admin

Decentralising the web: Why is it so hard to achieve?

Simply put, the internet's reliance on centralised hubs of servers and data centres means that the more servers you control the more power you have, with all the negative consequences that follow from the creation of data-haves and data-have-nots.

To redress the balance, data needs to be freed from silos with control handed back to users, but how to do that while retaining the convenience and ease-of-use of the current web?

The Decentralized Web Summit plays host to a gathering of web luminaries such as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Brewster Kahle and Vint Cerf. On top of that, activists and authors such as Jennifer Stisa Granick, Emili Jacobi and Corey Doctorow will be appearing, alongside cryptocurrency pioneers like Zooko Wilcox, blockchain developers, and academics.

Then, there's what the Guardian's John Harris calls the Punk Rock Internet - companies like MaidSafe and Blockstack who play by their own decentralised rules.

The original web was designed to be decentralised, but over the course of time it has been largely fenced off by a small number of quasi-monopolistic powers we know as 'the tech giants'. This makes designing a new decentralised internet - one that's ‘locked open' in the words of the Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle - a challenge even more daunting than those pioneers faced. Selling ads and services through the centralisation and mining of data (‘surveillance capitalism') has made the tech giants very powerful, and it can be hard to see beyond this model.

"The only thing that will force those decentralised systems to change on a fundamental level is a mass shift by consumers toward decentralised systems."

Certainly, a very interesting debate going on at the summit. It won't be an easy journey, but neither was building the original Internet, but it is an important one if we don't want one handful of companies dominating the whole Internet.

See https://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/3036546/decentralising-the-web-why-is-it-so-hard-to-achieve


Decentralising the web: Why is it so hard to achieve? | Computing
Ethereum developer and others on the difficulties in disrupting the prevailing model,Internet ,ethereum,IPFS,blockstack,OmiseGO,Etherium,blockchain,MaidSafe,Tim Berners-Lee,Brewster Kahle,decentralisation

What is Traditional Shaving? If Shaving isn't the Most Invigorating Part of your Day, then You're doing...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-08-04 - 23:26 By: admin

What is Traditional Shaving? If Shaving isn't the Most Invigorating Part of your Day, then You're doing it Wrong

Back in the day before aerosol and multiple blades, things were simple, and simple worked very well. Unfortunately, it seems to us that the large companies got carried away with large-scale marketing, but really got away from a great shave. Traditional shaving has made a big comeback as many people are coming to find truth in the basic ways of shaving those whiskers.

A classic wet shave takes you on an aesthetic journey back to the root of your male essence.

But somewhere between the time Ruth was calling his homers and Bonds was pumping roids, we lost our way. Fast cars. Fast money. Fast shaves. Keep the first two if you must, we won’t object… but your shave?

It’s time to slow down, return to your roots, and boldly reclaim your mug.

But don’t despair! Once the underdog, traditional wet-shaving has made a big comeback as fine lads like you (well and ladies now too) have come to re-discover the timeless male wisdom of how to masterfully shave their whiskers.

Consider this your initiation - a rite of passage into all that is right and sacred.

You see, a true man of discernment treats each action like the living art it is. He is congruent, consistent, and unabashedly purposeful in all his pursuits.

This is what gives him integrity.

So why would you sip on single-malt, dress like Don Draper, yet scrape your face with a “cooler” version of what your mother uses on her legs just because a famous tennis star or golfer told you to? Hmmm. That’s a chin scratcher, ain’t it? The truth is, wet shaving is far simpler than you think, and to help lead you back to your birthright, we put together a quick guide.

So true... a quality tool and materials make for a great and enjoyable shave. I used to dread shaving rash and ingrown hairs, all of which disappeared a month after I started with traditional wet shaving. Invest in a good razor and soap, and you'll be surprised to see you are saving money after the first 12 months too!

See West Coast Shaving's guide to traditional shaving at https://www.westcoastshaving.com/pages/a-guide-to-traditional-wet-shaving

#wetshaving #traditionalshaving


A Guide to Traditional Wet Shaving | West Coast Shaving
A classic wet shave takes you on an aesthetic journey back to the root of your male essence. But at somepoint we lost our way. Fast cars. Fast money. Fast shaves. Keep the first two if you must, we won’t object… but your shave? It’s time to slow down, return to your roots, and boldly reclaim your mug.

Getting started with Mu, a Python editor for beginners

Posted on: Sat, 2018-08-04 - 12:51 By: admin

Getting started with Mu, a Python editor for beginners

Mu is a Python editor for beginning programmers, designed to make the learning experience more pleasant. It gives students the ability to experience success early on, which is important anytime you're learning something new.

If you have ever tried to teach young people how to program, you will immediately grasp the importance of Mu. Most programming tools are written by developers for developers and aren't well-suited for beginning programmers, regardless of their age. Mu, however, was written by a teacher for students.

Tutorials and other resources are available on the Mu users' website.

It will run on Linux, Windows, Mac OS or on a Raspberry Pi.

See https://opensource.com/article/18/8/getting-started-mu-python-editor-beginners

#python


Getting started with Mu, a Python editor for beginners | Opensource.com
Meet Mu, an open source editor that makes it easy for students to learn to code Python.

Some Cryptocurrency Miners Are Building Their Own Electricity Infrastructure

Posted on: Sat, 2018-08-04 - 12:40 By: admin

Some Cryptocurrency Miners Are Building Their Own Electricity Infrastructure

This does highlight though the impact that cryptocurrency mining is having on the environment and fellow residents. The same can be said though for fossil fuel mining as here in South Africa a group of mines had negotiated a fixed electricity tariff way below what consumers were paying. Then years plus later we were all suffering under load-shedding and increased rates whilst this mining group were getting away with increased usage at the expense of residential consumers. So there is also a lesson to be learnt by power utility companies to cap any concessions given. It's these types of realities though that may economically catch up with cryptocurrency mining in the future. At least this initiative may leave a useful legacy if cryptocurrency collapses as it can still sell power to other consumers.

See https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/9kmnba/cryptocurrency-miners-canada-building-their-own-electricity-infrastructure-dmg

#cryptocurrency


Cryptocurrency Miners Are Building Their Own Electricity Infrastructure
Canadian company DMG Blockchain is expanding its mining operation in British Columbia with its own electrical substation.
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