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Is The Ideal DE Razor Adjustable? What Options Are There and What Characteristics I Should Consider?...

Posted on: Thu, 2018-05-31 - 20:46 By: admin

Is The Ideal DE Razor Adjustable? What Options Are There and What Characteristics I Should Consider?

The linked article delves nicely into what sort of characteristics most shavers would look for in an adjustable razor and the goes on to compare a few of the popular brands. I agree wholeheartedly with the comments about the Parker Variant Adjustable.... just that single small improvement would make it the perfect choice!

If an adjustable gets things right, it is great to be able to dial your shave closer when you need it.

See https://sharpologist.com/2018/05/ideal-de-razor-adjustable.html

#traditionalwetshaving #shaving #wetshaving #DErazor


Is The Ideal DE Razor Adjustable? - Sharpologist
There are razors that may be ideal for a given person. The ideal DE razor meets the needs of virtually every shaver. Could an adjustable razor be it?

Solar Power - An active Google+ Community focussed on all things solar power

Posted on: Thu, 2018-05-31 - 17:50 By: admin

Solar Power - An active Google+ Community focussed on all things solar power

This community has just under 18,000 members and is regularly updated. The nice thing with a Community (vs my Collection where I post and others just comment) is that any member can also post themselves. So the content can be quite dynamic.

See the Community at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115977234520990967948?cfem=1

#solar

Posted on: Thu, 2018-05-31 - 17:45 By: admin

How to Stream Steam Games to Your Android Device with Steam Link

You don’t have to lug your desktop PC around your house or apartment whenever you feel like gaming somewhere else. Though your laptop might not be able to run The Witcher 3 natively—or at least, not very well—it’s a lot easier to let your gaming desktop do all the heavy lifting and stream its output to another device, like the three-year-old laptop you’re using from your backyard hammock.

Valve recently released Steam Link for Android (and, briefly, for iOS, until Apple realize it accidentally turned off the App Store’s “Greedy Mode” that week). I’ve been playing around with it, and Steam Link is a great way to play your favorite PC games on an Android smartphone or tablet—within reason. While you can certainly use Steam Link to stream an epic Civilization VI match to your smartphone, you’re going to drive yourself crazy trying to tap tiny armies on your Galaxy S9.

See how to set it up at https://lifehacker.com/how-to-stream-steam-games-to-your-android-device-with-s-1826390959

#steam #gaming


How to Stream Steam Games to Your Android Device with Steam Link
I’ve always been a fan of Valve’s Steam streaming, because it means you don’t have to lug your desktop PC around your house or apartment whenever you feel like gaming somewhere else. Though your laptop might not be able to run The Witcher 3 natively—or at least, not very well—it’s a lot easier to let your gaming desktop do all the heavy lifting and stream its output to another device, like the three-year-old laptop you’re using from your backyard...

Google Chrome now lets you sign in to most services without a password

Posted on: Wed, 2018-05-30 - 22:37 By: admin

Google Chrome now lets you sign in to most services without a password

Google just released Chrome 67 for desktop, as spotted by ZDNet. This version of Chrome will allow password-free sign-ins for most websites, meaning you can avoid hunting through a password manager for specific credentials.

Password-free sign-ins come from the Web Authentication standard, which was launched in March by the FIDO Alliance and the W3C. It lets you sign in to any virtually any online service through unique credentials that you don’t have to memorize, such as fingerprint readers, USB keys like YubiKeys, etc. The standard is also meant to make it less likely a bad actor can obtain your most commonly used passwords by making it easier to give each service different login credentials. Chrome 67 is also increasing its use of site isolation, keeping each browser tab separate so that a site can’t easily access data from other open tabs, which is a fix it initially rolled out to address Spectre-style attacks.

Mozilla’s Firefox was the first to get the standard.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/30/17409480/google-chrome-sign-in-without-password

#passwords #security #chrome


Google Chrome now lets you sign in to most services without a password
Secure credentials you don’t have to remember
Posted on: Wed, 2018-05-30 - 19:55 By: admin

EasyJoin is a PushBullet and Join alternative for sharing links, files, and more between Android and your PC

Transferring pieces of content from a computer over to your Android device used to be quite the hassle. Most stuck with just sending an email to themselves, but there are some who came up with creative solutions to the problem. We saw the introduction of the Pushbullet application which soared in popularity before the developers introduced a paid tier and roped off a number of core features that so many people had grown to love. After some time we saw another developer join the fray with the application called Join, and it’s grown to include a lot of unique features. Now there is yet another contender with a new alternative called EasyJoin.

EasyJoin does a lot of what we already get from applications like Pushbullet and Join, but it does them in a way that offers something new to the end user. A lot of the features include the ability to interact with devices on the same network that have the EasyJoin app installed. No pairing required. You’re able to send SMS messages from your PC or tablet without ever pulling your connected phone out from your pocket and you can manage your phone calls like that as well. It even comes with the ability to send and receive files, folders, and contents of the clipboard from one device to another.

Some caveats on using this software before you decide it is for you:
1. It is local LAN connected, not Internet, so gives added security but you can't receive notifications for your phone you left at home. It also does end-to-end encryption so security is a big plus here.
2. It is a once-off $4.99 for the Pro Android version versus Pushbullet's $4.99/month.
3. Works fine for universal cut-and-paste (Pro only for Pushbullet).
4. It is desktop app only so no built-in browser integration.
5. The Linux app is actually a Windows app running with Mono so no native install. This works OK but it is not popping up notifications if the EasyJoin app is minimised to the taskbar. Maybe I missed something but I suggested to the devs that they consider a native Linux app in a Snap or AppImage for easy distribution.
6. There is no iOS version so interoperability between Android/Other and iOS.

But the app is still young so it would be interesting to what else develops. It could be though that your use case scenario just fits perfectly with this app vs PushBullet. For others PushBullet may still be a better option if the free version does what you need.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/easyjoin-pushbullet-alternative-sharing-android-pc/

#easyjoin #android #pushbullet


EasyJoin is a PushBullet alternative for sharing between Android and PC
EasyJoin does a lot of what we already get from applications like Pushbullet and Join, but it does them in a way that offers something new to the end user.
Posted on: Tue, 2018-05-29 - 21:12 By: admin

Figment AR for Android and iOS - turns your world into an augmented funhouse

Augment reality with objects, portals, and effects! Create imaginative scenes and capture them to share with friends. Make your world more fun by placing 3D emoji, animals, and other objects around you. Or step into another world by using portals and walk into a new dimension. Enhance these scenes with environmental effects like snow or fireworks or add filters to change your view of the world!

Whilst Google's camera AR Stickers does also have interesting characters, what sets Figment AR apart is that it works on more devices and has portals. A portal could be set up to show artwork you don't have on the wall, or even to show a view through your window (to a view you don't have outside your own window).

See https://viromedia.com/figment/

#AR #android #ios


Figment AR App
Create imaginative scenes and capture them to share with friends. Figment AR is an augmented reality application for iOS and Android powered by Viro Media.
Posted on: Mon, 2018-05-28 - 22:55 By: admin

Using Flatpak on Ubuntu and Other Linux Distributions [Complete Guide]

Flatpak is a new universal packaging format from Fedora. Enabling Flatpak will give you access to the easy installation of many Linux applications. Here’s how to use Flatpak in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.

Installing an application in Linux is as easy as opening the Software Center, searching and installing it. The applications which are not available in the App Stores can be installed via the DEB or RPM packages. Some of them are available via PPAs (for Debian based distributions) and if nothing, one can build from the source code.

There are some limitations though. The App Stores do not generally have the latest release of an application, handling dependencies can be tiresome and the PPAs may not always be safe! And, building from the source requires some terminal hands-on.

With several Linux distributions and the package management systems, there was a need of a Universal Packaging system that could run an application irrespective of what Linux distribution you are using. Canonical thought of it and created Snaps. There is also an independent universal software package called AppImage where you download an application and run it without actually installing the application.

Along with Snaps and AppImage, there is another universal package system called Flatpak from Fedora. This guide will show you how to install and use Flatpak on most Linux distributions along with its advantages.

See the guide at https://itsfoss.com/flatpak-guide/

#flatpak #linux


Using Flatpak on Ubuntu and Other Linux [Complete Guide] | It's FOSS
Flatpak is a new universal packaging format from Fedora. Enabling Flatpak will give you access to the easy installation of many Linux applications. Here’s how to use Flatpak in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.
Posted on: Mon, 2018-05-28 - 20:20 By: admin

PeerTube - free open source software to host your own federated YouTube

PeerTube is a software that you install on a web server. It allows you to create a video hosting website, so you can create your own "homemade YouTube".

The difference to YouTube is that it's not intended to create a huge platform centralizing videos from the whole world on a single server farm (which is horribly expensive). On the contrary, PeerTube's concept is to create a network of multiple small interconnected video hosting providers.

The advantage of YouTube (and other platforms) is its video catalog: from knitting tutorials to minecraft constructions through videos of kittens or holidays... you can find everything! The more the video catalogue is varied, the more people are interested, the more videos are posted... but hosting videos from all over the world is (very, very) expensive!

If the hosting provider Knitting-PeerTube becomes friends with Kittens-Tube and Framatube, it will display the videos of others on its site: thus diluting hosting costs while remaining practical and complete for Internet users. PeerTube's federation protocol will be fluid (everyone can choose their "friends" hosts), and based on ActivityPub: this will open the possibility to connect with tools like Mastodon or MediaGoblin.

When you host a large file like a video, the biggest thing to fear is success: if a video becomes viral and many people watch it at the same time, the server has a big risk of falling! Peer-to-peer broadcasting allows, thanks to the WebRTC protocol, that Internet users who watch the same video at the same time exchange bits of files, which relieves the server. There is nothing to do: your web browser does it automatically. If you are on a mobile phone or if your network does not allow it (router, firewall, etc.), this function is disabled and switches back to an "old-style" video broadcast.

The only downside for some is that you cannot monetise your videos right now through PeerTube. That said the federated servers are run independently by different people and organizations. They can apply wildly different moderation policies, so you can find or make one that fits your taste perfectly.

See https://joinpeertube.org/en/

#peertube #youtube #joinpeertube


Take back the control of video streaming! #JoinPeertube
PeerTube is an open-source federated video network. Videos can be hosted by the people, with the people, for the people.
Posted on: Sun, 2018-05-27 - 19:59 By: admin

Diesel cars are finished says European Union

Consumers may do as much as regulators to propel the car sector into the electricity-powered age foreseen by Tesla Inc., according to the European Union’s industrial-policy chief.

European Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said the EU has had a “breakthrough moment” since Germany-based Volkswagen AG admitted in 2015 that it fitted diesel engines with software to cheat U.S. checks on smog-causing discharges of nitrogen oxides. This deeply affected “the emotions in society toward emissions and cleaner cars,” she said.

“Diesel cars are finished,” Bienkowska said in a May 24 interview in her ninth floor Brussels office. “I think in several years they will completely disappear. This is the technology of the past.”

The auto-emissions scandal may help the EU gear up for a technological revolution in road transport. Europe is seeking to retain leadership in the worldwide market for passenger cars in the face of competition from the U.S., where Tesla is based, and China, which accounts for about half of electric-vehicle sales.

The issue has been politically thorny in Europe because around half the cars in the region are powered by diesel — which causes more urban pollution than gasoline while having less global-warming impact — and because many member states have struggled to meet clean-air goals meant to reduce human sicknesses and premature deaths.

“People have realized that we will never have completely clean — without NOx — diesel cars,” said Bienkowska, who comes from Poland.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/motoring/261867-diesel-cars-are-finished-eu.html

#diesel


Diesel cars are finished – EU
Consumers may do as much as regulators to propel the car sector into the electricity-powered age.
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