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Safety vs Cartridge Razor - Which is Better?

Posted on: Sat, 2018-04-14 - 10:26 By: admin

Safety vs Cartridge Razor - Which is Better?

Given this is hardly a scientific study and that geofatboy does prefer safety razors, but it is again worth noting that many people buy and use cartridge razors solely because of media advertising. I was not previously aware of safety razors myself when I grew up and I struggled with ingrown hairs and skin irritation for decades.

I took the plunge to move to safety razors only a few years back now, and have never looked back. Zero ingrown hairs since, far cheaper blades, and better quality shaving creams. The only downside is if I travel my bag has to go through the luggage hold of the plane.

I'd love to know who has tried both shaving methods and then still stuck to cartridge razors, and why?

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/2TE4G26pXAY

#shaving #traditionalwetshaving #razors #ingrownhairs


Be very wary of mobile operator telesales renewal offers - this is how I nearly got ripped off

Posted on: Fri, 2018-04-13 - 23:15 By: admin

Be very wary of mobile operator telesales renewal offers - this is how I nearly got ripped off

I'm not going to mention the respected company's name as I know they will make good and cancel the sale now, and it is very likely that this is not their standard operating procedure at all. I just want to highlight what you should be very wary of.

I do record all my phone calls for quality and training purposes so that not only the corporate has a record of what was said or insinuated. There is lesson one.

Basically, I have a 5GB mobile data contract expiring soon so I thought I was getting the call to talk about renewal options as the option of upgrade/downgrade was mentioned.

1. I was told I was currently paying an average of R339pm and this new offer was going to be R10 less. Sounds good, but when I double checked at home I am actually paying a fixed R259pm. How do you check this when driving, and is R329pm not a lot more actually than R259pm?
2. I asked for an e-mail copy of the offer to be sent to me but was told I could see it on the website, to which I replied the website is rather confusing and I can actually not see what is going on (I had been looking earlier in the day). They just ignored this request further.
3. I asked if the device being offered would get me 7 to 8 hours of battery life like my current device. The sales guy then said he was checking the specs and confirmed that it gets 7 to 8 hours and it is a "strong one". When it arrived I saw it had a puny 1,500 mAh battery and its specs say "up to 6 hours". 6 is less than 7 to 8 hours?
4. Knowing my contract still has a month or so to go I asked him what "happens in the interim, and I'm not going to pay double for a month or two". No, he says I'm just going to "pay pro-rata this month and my contract ends next month". Well, NOT true! Actually, my contract ends end of June, and I will be paying double for May and June.

So the moral of the story is be very very careful of these telephonic contracts where the corporation has the recordings and you cannot check the facts. Sitting in the shop they can call up the data for you to how you, or you can add some writing onto the paper you sign where they acknowledge something.

So although I'm not mentioning the company I am going to make the case to the Consumer Ombudsman that this is a good example of why telephonic contracts can ride roughshod over ill-informed consumers. Yes, it is good that we have an excellent Consumer Protection Act but it is not easy for a consumer to protect themselves where they have no record of what was said or offered.

So nothing lost my side and I sincerely hope this was just a rogue salesperson testing me.


The best Android file manager apps

Posted on: Fri, 2018-04-13 - 07:35 By: admin

The best Android file manager apps

File management isn’t the sexiest area of smartphone ownership — but if you use your device for productivity, it’s an important subject to consider.

Your phone, after all, is your on-the-go connection to the world. It’s basically the new PC. And whether your work involves presentations, PDFs, Word documents or images, you’re bound to find yourself fumbling around with files on your pocket-sized screen sooner or later.

With the right tools, though, dealing with files from your phone doesn’t have to be a hassle. And the good news? Android’s got plenty of outstanding options.

I use Solid Explorer's FTP server function so that I can use my desktop file explorer to view and copy photos back to my desktop machine.

See https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268115/android/best-android-file-manager-apps.html


The best Android file manager apps
From optimizing your phone’s storage to integrating your device with the cloud, these standout Android apps will let you juggle files like a pro.
Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-12 - 22:15 By: admin

Homemade Pi: Open source Raspberry flavour in place of an expensive Victron Color Control GX

Victron makes top quality renewable energy devices that play well together. Many may not know that they use Linux and have open sourced their software (for bug spotting, connectivity to other devices, etc) so it is possible to "build your own Color Control GX" using a Raspberry Pi and the Venus GX software.

See how Alan Major did this for his camper van at https://www.victronenergy.com/blog/2018/04/11/homemade-pi-open-source-raspberry-flavour/


Homemade Pi: Open source Raspberry flavour
At Victron we really like Open Source projects. Here's one recipe from Alan Major, for his desirable camper van.

Inspired by Izak Burger and his successful porting of the Venus software to a Raspberry Pi, Alan decided to investigate Victron’s open source software and communication protocols - to

Free range duck fat is now far cheaper than butter in South Africa

Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-12 - 22:03 By: admin

Free range duck fat is now far cheaper than butter in South Africa

Butter prices are universally high at the moment as milk production dropped in 2017 even as consumers switched to full-cream milk and started using more butter, inspired by banting-style high-fat diets.

You'll find speciality restaurants in the United States and in the United Kingdom that brag about frying their chips in duck fat. A couple of years ago it was recommended as a "twice a year" treat because of its cost.

But in South Africa duck fat is today cheaper than butter anywhere there is a +WOOLWORTHS SA food store.

See https://www.businessinsider.co.za/duck-fat-is-cheaper-than-butter-2018-4

#LCHF #duckfat


Free range duck fat is now far cheaper than butter in SA
Once duck fat was the luxury product. Now, with stupid butter prices, it is actually the cheaper way to fry potatoes.

‘GameMode’ is a new tool that can improve gaming performance on Linux

Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-12 - 20:45 By: admin

‘GameMode’ is a new tool that can improve gaming performance on Linux

Wish you could wring every single drop of performance from your computer when gaming on Linux? Well, a new open source tool from games porting company Feral Interactive wants to help you do exactly that. Say hello to GameMode.

Launched today, ‘GameMode’ is a small daemon/lib combo for Linux that allows games to temporarily request your CPU’s frequency scaling governor is set to “performance mode“. Or, to put it another way, GameMode lets games optimize system performance on demand. Feral say this small tweak lets Linux users ‘get the best performance out of their games’.

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/04/feral-interactive-gamemode-linux


'GameMode' is a new tool that can improve gaming performance on Linux - OMG! Ubuntu!
Wish you could wring every single drop of performance from your computer when gaming on Linux? Well, a new open source tool from games porting company Feral Interactive wants to help you do exactly that. Say hello to GameMode. GameMode is all about performance Launched today, 'GameMode' is a small daemon/lib combo

How many Linux users are there anyway? It depends on how you count them! And can you actually count ...

Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-12 - 20:31 By: admin

How many Linux users are there anyway? It depends on how you count them! And can you actually count them?

Yes counting website based traffic really does not do justice as some Linux machines are running as media machines that are just accessing say Netflix and YouTube, others are running on multiple Raspberry Pi's in a house, and they often all sit behind one public IP address for a household, or a school lab of 30 machines may not even be connected to the Internet.

Remember Linux has many distros and there is no registration or sales per machine like with Windows, and one download could install or update 5 computers in a house, or 200 in a business....

So the legacy model of a typical computer being only a desktop computer that browses everywhere on the Internet, and has to have its OS registered for use and downloaded per computer is not true for Linux.

So to be honest who really knows how much Linux is actually installed and used?

See https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-many-linux-users-are-there-anyway/#ftag=RSSbaffb68


How many Linux users are there anyway? | ZDNet
It depends on how you count them.
Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-12 - 20:14 By: admin

Top 9 open source ERP systems to consider

Businesses with more than a handful of employees have a lot to balance including pricing, product planning, accounting and finance, managing payroll, dealing with inventory, and more. Stitching together a set of disparate tools to handle those jobs is a quick, cheap, and dirty way to get things done.

That approach isn't scalable. It's difficult to efficiently move data between the various pieces of such an ad-hoc system. As well, it can be difficult to maintain.

Instead, most growing businesses turn to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

The big guns in that space are Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft Dynamics. Their offerings are comprehensive, but also expensive. What happens if your business can't afford one of those big implementations or if your needs are simple? You turn to the open source alternatives.

See https://opensource.com/tools/enterprise-resource-planning

#ERP


Top 9 open source ERP systems to consider | Opensource.com
Explore how the principles behind open source--collaboration, transparency, and rapid prototyping--are proven catalysts for innovation.

Google Says Its Upcoming Fuchsia OS Is Not Linux, Uses Zircon Kernel

Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-12 - 20:10 By: admin

Google Says Its Upcoming Fuchsia OS Is Not Linux, Uses Zircon Kernel

Google has recently published documentation for its upcoming Fuchsia operating system that many believe it will someday replace both Android and Chrome OS.

Fuchsia OS has been in development for more than two years, and Google didn't actually say anything to the public about its secret project until now, when it published in-depth documentation about the upcoming operating system, called "The Book."

As both Android and Chrome OS are using the Linux kernel at their core, many believed that Fuchsia OS is also a Linux-based operating system, but Google makes it very clear that "Fuchsia is not Linux" in the newly published documentation.

According to the documentation, Fuchsia aims to be a modular, capability-based operating system using a so-called Zircon kernel, which is a microkernel providing the core drivers and the C Library (libc) implementation for the Fuchsia OS.

"Fuchsia’s filesystems themselves can be changed with ease -- modifications don’t require recompiling the kernel. In fact, updating to a new Fuchsia filesystem can be done without rebooting," reads the documentation.

It will be interesting to see how Google transitions the app level stuff from Chrome OS and Android but it is quite possible if you consider how WINE already runs Windows apps on top of Linux.

See http://news.softpedia.com/news/google-says-its-upcoming-fuchsia-os-is-not-linux-uses-zircon-kernel-520641.shtml

#FuchsiaOS


Google Says Its Upcoming Fuchsia OS Is Not Linux, Uses Zircon Kernel
Fuchsia might replace both Android and Chrome OS
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