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Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition 9370 laptop now ships with Ubuntu 18.04 Linux

Posted on: Mon, 2018-07-30 - 18:51 By: admin

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition 9370 laptop now ships with Ubuntu 18.04 Linux

Dell is now offering its latest and greatest laptop, the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition 9370 with Canonical's newest Ubuntu Linux 18.04 Long Term Support (LTS) edition. That's not the only Linux desktop Dell has for sale. The Austin, TX-based computer giant also offers many of its Precision line of laptops and desktops with either Ubuntu or Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.3.

All the models include dual Thunderbolt ports, a USB 3.1 port, an SD card reader, a headset jack, and a 52-watt battery. The top-of-the-line developer edition comes with 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a UHD (3,840 x 2,160) 13.1" display. To run your programs it uses an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U Processor. The pricing for this model hasn't been released yet. It would appear that it will be approximately $2,000.

If that's too rich for your blood, you can also get the low-end Dell XPS Developer Edition, which is $1,050. This model comes with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and a full HD display.

See https://www.zdnet.com/article/dell-xps-13-now-ships-with-ubuntu-18-04-linux/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

#dell #ubuntu


Dell XPS 13 now ships with Ubuntu 18.04 Linux | ZDNet
Want a top-flight laptop with a high-end Linux pre-installed? Then you'll want to check out Dell's latest XPS 13.

John Oliver on Facebook's apology ad - "We've got your data and your friends, and really, where are ...

Posted on: Mon, 2018-07-30 - 17:17 By: admin

John Oliver on Facebook's apology ad - "We've got your data and your friends, and really, where are you going to go, Friendster?"

So apart from the fact that I did indeed delete my Facebook account and moved to Friendster, the moment in the video at 3:25 really does capture the essence of why so many people have not been able to leave Facebook at all. Bottom line is most of their friends are there... and that really sums it up. No matter that other networks may have zero adverts, zero selling of data, better control over what you see in your feed, have clean chronological post feeds, etc for most people, it is about where their friends are.

Those that have moved on have already done so and I really believe it will only be legislation now that may possibly protect the remaining Facebook users. Facebook has apologised too many times already to be really sincere about protecting privacy. Their business model is built upon selling adverts and data and unless they change to a non-profit model their users are pretty well much going to be stuck with things as they are.

My real hope for the future lies in federated networks that will allow you to choose the federated view you see, and still link and follow friends in other federations. That gives choice whilst retaining friendship links. Each federation/Network competes in its own niche without lockin... but do we think that Facebook is going to truly open up their walled garden? Well, legislation will tell maybe... I've seen it in action already by using Hubzilla and Frienster, where I follow pople on Twitter, and I have followers from Diaspora and other networks.

Watch John Oliver at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=247&v=sbNv9MP27xE

So how many of you do still have a Facebook account versus those who do not, and especially those who actually deleted their accounts in protest?

#deletefacebook

How to Enable Picture-in-Picture in desktop Google Chrome for YouTube

Posted on: Mon, 2018-07-30 - 16:23 By: admin

How to Enable Picture-in-Picture in desktop Google Chrome for YouTube

This is a newer feature coming to Chrome so may not work on older versions (I got it to work on my slightly below version Chrome Beta but Vivaldi is only opening a black window with no video). So your mileage may vary with this feature until it goes more mainstream but I it is certainly a feature I'll be using a lot.

See http://www.iphonehacks.com/2018/07/enable-picture-picture-google-chrome.html

#PIP #chrome


How to Enable Picture-in-Picture in Google Chrome
With macOS Sierra, Apple introduced Picture-in-Picture mode for Safari. While the feature is definitely handy, Safari is not widely used by everyone despite it being faster and more resource efficient. Most Mac users primarily use Chrome as the browser ofaaa

SineSpace - a virtual 3D world that looks more modern than Second Life

Posted on: Sun, 2018-07-29 - 00:36 By: admin

SineSpace - a virtual 3D world that looks more modern than Second Life

Second Life has been around a long time and has had some really wonderful worlds created in it but its interface and technology has become a bit jaded. SineSpace has been around a shorter time and I'm not sure how many regions/worlds are created yet but its interface is a lot more modern (and even has a browser client. But its avatars default to mesh which means everything looks and fits better.

You can also buy lots of skins, accessories, vehicles, etc. Best of all though (and unlike Second Life) each avatar gets its own home area with a home on all ready to customise and make your own. With Second Life you had to rent your own land or apartment and would lose it if you stopped paying.

SineWorld is also VR enabled!

So on the face of it, this has a lot going for it and may be a lot more fun for people to try out.

See my Flickr photo album at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dvdmerwe/albums/72157693755090630 and an intro video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y75gByl8oV4&start_radio=1&list=RDY75gByl8oV4


SineSpace 3D Virtual World
More info at sine.space

An Introduction to Traditional Wet Shaving: Good for the Earth, Great for Skin!

Posted on: Sat, 2018-07-28 - 19:34 By: admin

An Introduction to Traditional Wet Shaving: Good for the Earth, Great for Skin!

"About four and a half years ago, my husband was desperate to find a solution to a problem that had plagued him since adolescence. He had tried every brand of razor and shaving cream on the market, but he could not seem to find a shaving routine that didn’t leave his skin raw, sensitive, and riddled with ingrown hair. While most men looked forward to weekends for a break from the office, he looked forward to the weekends because it meant he wouldn’t have to shave."

"Discovering the practice of traditional wet shaving was revolutionary for him. Gone are the ingrown hair problems, and the raw, irritated skin is a thing of the past as well. Today I want to share some of what we have learned in the past few years about what traditional wet shaving is, why it is better for skin, and why it is more friendly for the environment than mainstream shaving practices."

It's not just about less packaging and waste generated, but also the products used are more skin friendly too.

See https://theartofsimple.net/an-introduction-to-traditional-wet-shaving-good-for-the-earth-great-for-skin/


An Introduction to Traditional Wet Shaving: Good for the Earth, Great for Skin! | The Art of Simple
Throughout the month of April, we’ve discussed eliminating toxins in the home. We all know that less toxicity equals better health for our bodies. When you add in the the happy by-product of better health for the earth, it’s hard to resist the appeal of eliminating toxicity from the routines of every day life. Here …

Reprogrammable braille could be the future of e-readers for the blind

Posted on: Sat, 2018-07-28 - 19:17 By: admin

Reprogrammable braille could be the future of e-readers for the blind

Braille books are big. Dauntingly so. For example, when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was translated into the system, it was over 1,000 pages across 14 volumes of thick paper. Well, researchers at Harvard have taken a big step into making this a thing of the past with reprogrammable braille.

The idea was to create an information storage system that could be manipulated at will. And, weirdly, the scientists from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were influenced by a fruit bowl when designing it.

Basically, it’s is a thin, curved elastic shell on which braille-indents can be made with a stylus. Importantly, these indents can remain after the force creating them has been removed. In many ways, it’s similar to how braille books are produced now, but with this method, the text can be changed at will.

What separates this from the braille e-readers that already exist – such as the BLITAB – is the characters can be supplanted on the surface without the need for an underlying lattice. This gives creators much more flexibility in form and display.

See https://thenextweb.com/science/2018/07/25/reprogrammable-braille-harvard-books/

#braille #blind


Reprogrammable braille could be the future of e-readers for the blind
Braille books are big. Dauntingly so. For example, when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was translated into the system, it was over 1,000 pages across 14 volumes of thick ...

New Zealand Government spends $150,000 to create video game to teach people how to run a business

Posted on: Sat, 2018-07-28 - 19:04 By: admin

New Zealand Government spends $150,000 to create video game to teach people how to run a business

Government, Joy Business Academy, Xero and BNZ have teamed up and created a video game to give players insight into running their own business.

The Ministry of Social Development spent $150,000 on the game but the total cost of development could not be revealed. It took 14 months and eight designers to create.

The Tycoon Game series, which consists of Restaurant Tycoon and Tech Tycoon, challenges players to use what the World Economic Forum has deemed as 10 essential skills vital for the future of employment.

The educational game will teach players business skills including emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility, as well as critical thinking and creativity - skills the Forum has this year bumped up the prescribed list.

See https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12095092. Restaurant Tycoon can be found at https://tycoongames.org/tycoon/diner and Tech Tycoon at https://tycoongames.org/tycoon/tech

#entrepreneur #restaurant #tech #tycoon #game


Government spends $150,000 to create video game to teach people how to run a business
Government has teamed up with Kiwi firms to create a business video game.

Domain Name Speed Benchmark - Are your DNS nameservers impeding your Internet experience?

Posted on: Sat, 2018-07-28 - 14:14 By: admin

Domain Name Speed Benchmark - Are your DNS nameservers impeding your Internet experience?

Why a DNS Benchmark?
People use alphabetic domain names (www.grc.com), but Internet data packets require numerical Internet IP addresses (4.79.142.202). So the first step required before anything can be done on the Internet is to lookup the site's or service's domain name to determine its associated Internet IP address.

Since nothing can happen until IP addresses are known, the use of slow, overloaded or unreliable DNS servers will get in the way, noticeably slowing down virtually all of your use of the Internet.

Unless you have taken over manual control of the DNS servers your system is using (which, as you'll see, is not difficult to do), your system will be using the DNS servers that were automatically assigned by your Internet connection provider (your ISP). Since they are likely located close to you on the Internet (since they are provided by your own ISP) they may already be the fastest DNS servers available to you. But they might be in the wrong order (the second one being faster than the first one, and that matters) or, who knows? Many people have discovered that their own ISP's DNS servers are slower than other publicly available alternatives on the Internet, which are faster and/or more reliable.

This DNS Benchmark will give you visibility into what's going on with your system's currently assigned DNS servers by automatically comparing their performance with many well known publicly available alternatives.

The app is compatible with all versions of Windows from Windows 95 through Windows 7, and compatible with Wine (Windows emulation) running on Linux and Macintosh. It is hand-coded in 100% pure assembly language for highest precision and smallest size: 166 KBytes. It is also installation-free — nothing to install — just run the small executable file. (Won't change anything or mess up your system.)

See https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm for lots more info and the download link for the app.

#DNS #benchmark


GRC's | DNS Nameserver Performance Benchmark
DNS Nameserver Performance Benchmark

New way to recycle lithium-ion batteries could be a lifeline for electric cars and the environment

Posted on: Sat, 2018-07-28 - 09:46 By: admin

New way to recycle lithium-ion batteries could be a lifeline for electric cars and the environment

The promise of a global electric-vehicle transformation has a looming problem.

The cathodes in the lithium-ion batteries typically used in electric vehicles are made of metal oxides that contain cobalt, a metal found in finite supplies and concentrated in one of the globe's more precarious countries. But an assistant professor at UC San Diego says he has developed a way to recycle used cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries and restore to perform as well as they did when new.

"Yes, it can work effectively," said Zheng Chen, a 31-year-old who works as a nanoengineer at the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering. The method also works on lithium cobalt oxide, which is widely used in electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops.

The new cathodes have been able to maintain the same charging time, storage capacity and battery lifetime as the originals did. "Originally I thought we couldn't get all this performance back, that we would lose 10% or 20%," Chen said. "But it turns out we're getting exactly the same performance."

Now that the method has been established in the lab, the goal is to optimize the process so it can be economical on an industrial scale.

See http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-lithium-ion-battery-recycling-20180316-story.html

#recycling


Urban Electric’s Pop-Up Charge Point Could Solve Curbside Urban Charging

Posted on: Fri, 2018-07-27 - 20:45 By: admin

Urban Electric’s Pop-Up Charge Point Could Solve Curbside Urban Charging

The new chargers are designed to be installed in blocks of at least 20 per neighborhood, then hidden out of sight underground until they are needed. This strategy allows for much larger deployments of plug-in vehicle chargers without the nuisance of large, unsightly charging pedestals lingering on the sidewalk.

The UEone was designed specifically to solve the challenge of home charging for the 43% of UK households who park on the street, which resulted in a total system design that allows it to be installed in clusters and with integrated demand management. This allows utilities to install charging for a full neighborhood at once without having to worry so much about how much strain the new charging system will put on the grid.

When a plug-in vehicle drive needs to charge, they simply request a charging session via the app and the UEone rises up out of the ground to standard height and can deliver a charge of up to 5.8kW. After the charging session is completed, the station sinks back into the ground. A preliminary analysis shows that the charger is suitable for more than 90% of residential streets, thanks to its shallow installation depth.

The UEone isn’t just a concept, it’s taking the streets by storm with a £600,000 trial with Oxford City Council, which proposed the creation of the world’s first Zero Emissions Zone by 2020.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/07/24/urban-electrics-pop-up-charge-point-could-solve-curbside-urban-charging/


Urban Electric's Pop-Up Charge Point Could Solve Curbside Urban Charging Challenges | CleanTechnica
Urban Electric has developed a unique plug-in vehicle charger designed specifically for residential urban curbside charging. The UEone pop-up charger remains out of sight until it is needed. Then the charge point lifts up out of the ground to allow for charging vehicles. This approach clearly has multiple benefits, and with an installation depth of only 405 mm (16 inches), the device is well suited for installation in many urban residential neigh...
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