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Good Mastodon screen layout meme that was intended for new users coming from Twitter - Yes Mastodon ...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-03-18 - 09:08 By: admin

Good Mastodon screen layout meme that was intended for new users coming from Twitter - Yes Mastodon is still going well

Mastodon is a decentralized, open source social network which is similar but different from Twitter.

The Mastodon instance that I belong to, Mastodon.social, has a bit more than double the users it had in 2017 so there is certainly still steady growth happening on Mastodon. Many are users who were disgruntled (eg. with the censorship rules) with the way Twitter operates, and have found a happy home on Mastodon. The meme below gives a summary of what the screen looks like on Mastodon and what each column is for.

Mastodon's key features are many separate instances (just under 4,000) each operated with its own rules and theme (a list at https://joinmastodon.org/), all these instances are interconnected so you can follow anyone from any instance, but your local timeline will show the local instance conversations (so if you join an instance for artists the local timeline discussion will mostly be about art). 500 characters to post with and an option to hide spoilers makes posts more flexible. A post or Tweet is called a Toot on Mastodon.

I can be followed on Mastodon at https://mastodon.social/@danie10.

See https://mastodon.social/@adamk678/99426489220924396


Adam K on mastodon.social
I have a bunch of friends from Twitter joining Mastodon tonight so I made a quick guide to how the site works. Making it public so anyone can see/boost it if it's helpful. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

5 Big Companies Doing Progressive Web Apps Right

Posted on: Sat, 2018-03-17 - 13:18 By: admin

5 Big Companies Doing Progressive Web Apps Right

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are web applications that are regular web pages or websites, but can appear to the user like traditional applications or native mobile applications. The application type attempts to combine features offered by most modern browsers with the benefits of a mobile experience.

Progressive Web Apps have taken 2018 by storm. Over the past two years, a lot of major companies put their developers to work on PWAs to overhaul and improve their mobile experience. Now in the early months of this year, Progressive Web Apps have brought about major benefits and trackable results. PWAs are transforming the best practices and standards of the mobile web and native mobile applications. Businesses are using PWA’s to replace their current desktop website, their mobile website, their native mobile app, or all three of them! Read about these five well-known companies that are doing Progressive Web Apps right.

See https://www.business2community.com/mobile-apps/5-big-companies-progressive-web-apps-right-02026522




5 Big Companies Doing Progressive Web Apps Right
Progressive Web Apps have taken 2018 by storm. Over the past two years, a lot of major companies put their developers to work on PWAs to overhaul and improve their mobile experience. Now in the early…

What happens to your Bitcoin if you die? It's like buried treasure and whether you have left a map or...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-03-17 - 12:48 By: admin

What happens to your Bitcoin if you die? It's like buried treasure and whether you have left a map or not determines if it will be found

Five years ago, Matthew Moody was killed during an observational flight when the two-seater plane he was in crashed flying over a canyon in Chico, California.

His father, Michael Moody, knew his 26-year-old son had been mining Bitcoins — today worth thousands of dollars each — but had no idea how many he had or how to find them. Michael Moody has spent the past three years seeking the answers.

“My son was actually one of the earliest people to mine it,” said Moody, a retired software engineer. “He used his computer at home to mine Bitcoins when you actually could do it that way and he had a few we think.”

The decentralized and unregulated nature of Bitcoin means that without the keys to access his son’s digital wallet, hosted by blockchain.info, Moody has no way of accessing any funds.

And it’s almost impossible to find out whether a person is sitting on peanuts or a fortune, as wallets can contain an unlimited number of unique addresses, or identifiers, with Bitcoins assigned to each. Without knowing every address, it’s not possible to locate every piece of currency.

“There is no authority that could be appealed to fix this,” Nolan Bauerle, director of research at cryptocurrency analysis website CoinDesk, said of an individual’s Bitcoin stash becoming inaccessible after they pass away. “Those coins would be abandoned.”

See https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/international/what-happens-to-your-bitcoin-if-you-die-13260965


What happens to your Bitcoin if you die? | IOL Business Report
The nature of Bitcoin means that without the keys to access a digital wallet, there is no way of accessing any funds if the wallet owner dies.

Groundbreaking study: low carb is an effective treatment for fatty liver

Posted on: Sat, 2018-03-17 - 11:00 By: admin

Groundbreaking study: low carb is an effective treatment for fatty liver

Approximately 25 percent of adults in the Western world have fatty liver and are thus at an increased risk of developing cirrhosis, liver cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Fatty liver is considered a chronic disease, but researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now proven that it is possible to get rid of the liver fat in just two weeks. The medication is called: a strict low carb or keto diet.

The study, which was published in Cell Metabolism (http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/fulltext/S1550-4131(18)30054-8), included only ten people and is small, but it’s a very interesting piece to dig into as a biochemist like yours truly. It’s an extremely detailed map showing what happens when a person cuts down on sugar and starch in their diet. The liver metabolism changed almost immediately. Instead of creating fat, it started burning it and already in the first day you could see a significant reduction in liver fat. As a great side effect, the participants also improved their cholesterol profiles.

Both the Gothenburg and the USCF study are small and lacking a control group. In order to establish a new treatment, a better form of studies is required, randomized controlled trials. The Dietary Science Foundation just invested in this type of study at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, where a strict low-carb diet will be compared to 5:2 intermittent fasting and conventional treatment. If the study confirms the results above, it’s an important step in establishing a new dietary treatment in the medical care. And a chronic disease with over one billion sufferers, might turn out to be treatable in just a couple of weeks. Guess if that would reduce a lot of costs and strain on the medical system?

See https://www.dietdoctor.com/groundbreaking-study-low-carb-effective-treatment-fatty-liver


Groundbreaking study: low carb is an effective treatment for fatty liver - Diet Doctor
The following is a guest post by Ann Fernholm, author, science journalist and PhD in molecular biotechnology. She is the founder of the not-for-profit Dietary Science Foundation. Approximately 25 percent of adults in the Western world have fatty liver and are thus at an increased risk of developing…

How to create a complete Microsoft experience on Android

Posted on: Fri, 2018-03-16 - 22:53 By: admin

How to create a complete Microsoft experience on Android

I like the way that Microsoft has made their offerings available this way on Android. I may not agree with everything that Microsoft does but I do like that they are embracing various other OSs and make their offerings available there. I value the freedom to move between platforms whilst retaining my data.

So as an Android user you have yet another option, but you're not locked into using only this one. For Microsoft diehards, this will make them feel more at home on Android with a MS launcher, news feed, browser, assitant, apps, and of cource Bing (which does search).

See https://www.computerworld.com/article/3262705/android/how-to-create-a-complete-microsoft-experience-on-android.html


How to create a complete Microsoft experience on Android
Forget Windows Phone: With the right set of software, you can turn any Android device into a Microsoft-centric, PC-syncing machine.

GitLab vs GitHub: GitLab is like GitHub on Steroids

Posted on: Fri, 2018-03-16 - 16:37 By: admin

GitLab vs GitHub: GitLab is like GitHub on Steroids

Version Control repository management services are a key component in the software development workflow. In the last few years, GitHub and GitLab positioned themselves as handy assistants for developers, particularly when working in large teams.

With the latest release of GitLab 10.0, GitLab took a major leap forward from code management, to deployment and monitoring. GitLab calls it Complete DevOps. They aim for the entire software development, deployment and DevOps market.

That means when talking about the differences and similarities of GitLab vs GitHub, we need to look beyond code repositories and take a look at the entire process.

GitLab says about their recently announce Complete DevOps vision: Now, we’re taking it a step further to unite development and operations in one user experience.

See https://usersnap.com/blog/gitlab-github/


GitLab vs GitHub: Key differences & similarities

You can now ask Google Assistant on Google Home to set a location-based reminder on your phone

Posted on: Fri, 2018-03-16 - 06:48 By: admin

You can now ask Google Assistant on Google Home to set a location-based reminder on your phone

Setting a reminder was previously limited to time, but now you can ask your Google Home to set a reminder at specific location so when you arrive there, Google Assistant on your smartphone will remind you of your task. For instance, if I say “Hey Google, remind me to buy milk at Walmart” it will add a reminder that activates when I arrive at any Walmart.

The addition of this feature is a welcome step in making Assistant more useful to the average consumer. Just recently, the service gained the ability to wake you up to your favorite song or playlist and look up TV show schedules.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/google-assistant-location-based-reminder/


You can now ask Google Assistant on Google Home to set a location-based reminder on your phone
Location based reminders are now available in Google Assistant for smartphones and the Google Home. This lets you set a reminder that activates when you reach a specific location.

How to manage your passwords with Bitwarden, a LastPass alternative

Posted on: Thu, 2018-03-15 - 22:12 By: admin

How to manage your passwords with Bitwarden, a LastPass alternative

Many people turn to popular services like LastPass and 1Password to help them wrangle their passwords. While solid, those services are also proprietary and closed source. So where can an open source enthusiast turn to find an alternative?

Enter Bitwarden, an application that's aiming to become the go-to open source password manager on the web.

Nice that it offers a fully self-hosted option and it's premium service is less than half the cost of LastPass (not with all of LastPass's bells and whistles though). It ticks all the boxes for cross-device support and secure synching. I see it also makes allowance for custom password fields (like my bank which adds a third PIN number field) and although I did not get it to work properly yet, I may just have to tweak it.

Yes there is also open source KeePass but to be honest, KeePass is not that easy for non-technical users with a few different devices.

See https://opensource.com/article/18/3/managing-passwords-bitwarden or have a look at the thread on Reddit where the developer announced the product at https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5e54bs/i_am_a_software_engineer_that_created_a_free_open/


How to manage your passwords with Bitwarden, a LastPass alternative
Do you ever feel you have more passwords than you can keep track of? It's probably more than just a feeling. Like most of us, you probably have a hard time remembering all those passwords, no matter how simple or complex they are. Many people turn to popular services like LastPass and 1Password to help them wrangle their passwords. While solid, those services are also proprietary and closed source. So where can an open source enthusiast turn to f...

Would you accept increased work time monitoring in order to work from home?

Posted on: Thu, 2018-03-15 - 20:29 By: admin

Would you accept increased work time monitoring in order to work from home?

Seems many bosses just won't let go to let employees work from home (where their job is of a type that makes it possible) despite technology often fully enabling it eg. VoIP phones allowing you to receive and make office calls from home, secure remote login to work systems, cloud-based documents, team chat and collaboration platforms, etc. I often spend days away from my own office working on client sites, so I know one can be fully productive from outside the office without physically needing to be there.

So if it's not the technology, can it maybe be that bosses just don't trust their workers or they feel comfortable watching employees being in the office (and checking their Facebook, GMail, etc)?

So what if such bosses would feel more comfortable by employees opting in to have increased monitoring such as signing in and out of a presence monitor at home to indicate they are available or not (like a virtual time clock), would you opt in or prefer to stick it out in the office?

It may also be most bosses are totally unaware there is such technology. Some useful examples are at https://www.business.com/articles/11-tools-for-tracking-your-remote-staffs-productivity/. They also list tools such as IDoneThis which is more orientated towards outputs instead of time.

Many bosses are also not aware of what advantages VoIP telephony brings and this old article from 2007 actually explains some those benefits quite well. See https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-top-five-advanced-voip-features-your-business-needs/.

From an employees perspective working from home can often increase job satisfaction, improve concentration and productivity, save travel costs and a lot of time spent in traffic jams. Many employees even work slightly longer hours from home because they are saving so much time and frustration by not sitting in the traffic. That said, conditions do need to be right to work from home, such as a dedicated or distraction-free environment, good Internet link and a computer with audio and video capability. A sense of self-discipline is also needed to stick to schedules, dress as if going to work, and minimising any interuptions from family who may also be at home.

Raspberry Pi 3 B+ has faster CPU, dual-band Wi-Fi, and easier compliance testing - still $35

Posted on: Thu, 2018-03-15 - 05:28 By: admin

Raspberry Pi 3 B+ has faster CPU, dual-band Wi-Fi, and easier compliance testing - still $35

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new version of its modular compute platform: the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

The B+ has the same form factor and dimensions as the Pi 2 B and Pi 3 B, making it a drop-in replacement but with a better processor and connectivity. Compared to the Pi 3 B, the B+ adds many hundreds of MHz—it runs its quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor at 1.4GHz, up from 1.2GHz—along with dual-band 2.4/5GHz 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, up from 2.4GHz and Bluetooth 4.1.

And I just bought the previous model two months back....

See http://bit.ly/2Hztz5I


Raspberry Pi 3 B+ has faster CPU, Wi-Fi, and easier compliance testing | Ars Technica
Keeps the same form factor and $35 price.
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