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RSAMade is the official E-Store of Proudly South African

Posted on: Tue, 2018-09-04 - 21:00 By: admin

RSAMade is the official E-Store of Proudly South African

Together, these powerhouses promote the manufacture and consumption of locally made goods, made by South African manufacturers.

The website can be found at https://www.rsamade.co.za. Whilst its still early days and a lot of products are not yet online I did find an interesting electric E-Cruze E-Bike that requires no riders license or road tax - see https://www.rsamade.co.za/product/3-wheel-e-cruze/.

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6 Best Ubuntu Derivatives To Check Out

Posted on: Mon, 2018-09-03 - 21:59 By: admin

6 Best Ubuntu Derivatives To Check Out

For as good of an operating system that Ubuntu is, the OS isn’t for everyone. Despite being “Linux for human beings,” the OS can feel rough around the edges. As a result, many “derivatives” are showing up. These “derivatives” use the Ubuntu Linux operating system as a base, but try to make things easier for users, and overall improve on the experience. While not all Ubuntu derivatives are attempts to improve on Ubuntu, it is worth pointing out that the vast majority of them make this the primary objective in their open source mission.

Make no mistake: Ubuntu is king when it comes to Linux on the desktop. However, if you’re in need of something lighter, more straightforward, or more accessible, an Ubuntu derivative is a better choice.

There are many Ubuntu-like OSes out there. See 6 that are really worth checking out at https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/best-ubuntu-derivatives/ with their notable features highlighted.

1. Linux Mint
2. Elementary OS
3. Zorin OS
4. Peppermint OS
5. KDE Neon
6. Ubuntu Studio

I know someone is going to ask "why?" so an example was my mom's old computer she uses has been incredibly slow. Turns out her machine is a 64-bit computer (lowish end machine) with 3GB of RAM. But it came with Windows 7 Starter Edition which says it only sees 2GB of RAM. So I took the plunge this last weekend and put 64-bit Manjaro KDE on it - that computer now sees 3GB of RAM and is flying. She's really happy and I don't think she really knows the difference in OS as she only uses Chrome browser to check her e-mail and LibreOffice to type documents (she had LibreOffice on her Windows machine before). This has saved her either buying a Windows uypgrade or a new computer.


6 Best Ubuntu Derivatives To Check Out
6 Best Ubuntu Derivatives To Check Out

4 Million Electrified Vehicles Sold Globally, 5 Million Expected In 6 Months (Bloomberg New Energy Finance...

Posted on: Mon, 2018-09-03 - 21:52 By: admin

4 Million Electrified Vehicles Sold Globally, 5 Million Expected In 6 Months (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

“Nobody wants to buy an electric car.” You hear that all the time from the troglodytes who owe their fat salaries to fossil fuel interests. But the truth is, sales of electric cars are skyrocketing and the pace is accelerating. Are we near that long sought after inflection point when electric cars go mainstream?

It took 60 months for the first million EVs to find buyers. The time needed to reach successive sales marks is shrinking. It took 17 months to get from 1 million to 2 million and only 10 months to get from 2 million to 3 million. BNEF predicts the 5 million mark will arrive about 6 months from now.

Unsurprisingly, China — with its aggressive incentives and policies — is now the world leader in EV sales. It accounts for roughly 40% of all EV sales. BNEF expects that trend to continue. China will reduce direct incentives next year and replace them with a credit system patterned on the one used in California. Each battery electric car will get three credits, a plug-in hybrid two credits, and a hybrid 1 credit. Manufacturers of conventional cars will need to buy credits from EV makers in order to sell their combustion engine offerings, which will make the price of traditional cars higher.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/09/03/4-million-electrified-vehicles-sold-globally-5-million-expected-in-6-months-bnef/

#EV


4 Million Electrified Vehicles Sold Globally, 5 Million Expected In 6 Months (BNEF) | CleanTechnica
BNEF says 4 million EVs have now been sold worldwide and the pace of sales is increasing. It expects the 5 million EV level to occur in just the next 6 months.

ZeroPhone Is “Coming Soon”: A Raspberry Pi-Based, Linux-Powered Phone For Just $50

Posted on: Mon, 2018-09-03 - 21:47 By: admin

ZeroPhone Is “Coming Soon”: A Raspberry Pi-Based, Linux-Powered Phone For Just $50

ZeroPhone is a Raspberry Pi-based, open-source, Linux-powered handset that has been launched as a project on Crowd Supply; we’ve already told you about the phone in the past. The device promises no carrier locks, no pre-loaded apps and good riddance from harvesting of data without users’ knowledge.

The phone will be based on Raspberry Pi Zero, the ESP8266 Wi-Fi module, and an Arduino microcontroller. What makes ZeroPhone stand apart from the other conventionally available smartphones is the presence of a mini-HDMI port and a full-size USB 2.0 port. Apart from these, the phone would also feature Wi-Fi connectivity option and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

As far as the drawbacks are considered, the ZeroPhone will have a smaller screen size — 1.3-inch 128×64 OLED display and will be initially launched with 2G SIM connectivity with 3G and 4G options available gradually.

According to ZeroPhone’s creator Arsenjis: “ZeroPhone his user-friendly and will have the typical features of a phone, but will give you advanced features when you need them.”

He also added that the phone could be modified and repaired easily as it will be designed from the widely available components.

See https://fossbytes.com/zerophone-raspberry-pi-open-source-linux-crowdsupply/

#zerophone


ZeroPhone Is "Coming Soon": A Raspberry Pi-Based, Linux-Powered Phone For Just $50
With data security and privacy becoming an alarming issue while dealing with the data-hungry companies, ZeroPhone seems like a sigh of relief.ZeroPhone is a

WhatsApp messages could be read by hackers, security experts warn, if backed up to Google Drive

Posted on: Mon, 2018-09-03 - 21:33 By: admin

WhatsApp messages could be read by hackers, security experts warn, if backed up to Google Drive

The latest security warning comes as the Facebook-owned chat app announced plans to start backing up users' messages to Google Drive for free.

Although WhatsApp protects all sent messages, images, videos and documents with end-to-end encryption, opting to back-up with Google Drive stops this security practice – leaving texts exposed to online hackers.

WhatsApp has long allowed people to store their messages in Google Drive.

Until now, these back-ups counted towards users' Google Drive storage limit. However, WhatsApp recently announced a partnership with the company that means back-ups will no longer be counted toward their Google Drive allowance. This means more people will likely take advantage of the feature, leaving more people potentially exposed.

What's interesting to me is that the messages are decrypted and sent to Google Drive. The ideal is to have messages encrypted with your own key, and if you lose your password your messages are lost forever. The moment a third party can reset your password (and retain access to data), or can decrypt your data, or can search your data, it means you are not in full control of your data. You either have security or you don't have it - there is no half security. Assuming in this WhatsApp case the data is still transferred via SSL to your Google Drive it may not be intercepted by another 3rd party, but it is unencrypted on Google Drive which means Google's search can see the information (and anyone else who manages to hack your Google account). SpiderOak and others encrypt locally and store in encrypted format with your one encryption key - they (or anyone else) just cannot access that information.

See https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/technology/whatsapp-messages-could-be-read-by-hackers-security-experts-warn-16809336

#whatsapp


WhatsApp messages could be read by hackers, security experts warn | IOL Business Report
Hackers could soon read through your WhatsApp text messages, images and videos.

Geoff Marshall's Secrets of the London Underground YouTube Playlist

Posted on: Sun, 2018-09-02 - 14:01 By: admin

Geoff Marshall's Secrets of the London Underground YouTube Playlist

Secrets of the Underground explores the fascinating world of the Tube in London, as Geoff takes you on a tour around things you may never have spotted before...and if you're still planning to visit London this series of videos may provide some items of interest to look out for.

Watch the YouTube playlist at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz1JuTRxlXhIYyzEu-M02R64Too01SsPT

#tube #underground #london


Secrets of the Underground - YouTube
Secrets of the Underground explores the fascinating world of the Tube in London, as Geoff takes you on a tour around things you may never have spotted before...

How to Install and Test Google Chrome OS on Virtual Box in Linux, Windows, or Mac OS

Posted on: Sun, 2018-09-02 - 12:29 By: admin

How to Install and Test Google Chrome OS on Virtual Box in Linux, Windows, or Mac OS

Virtualbox already runs on Linux, Mac and Windows and these instructions will show you how to get Chrome OS up and running. This is useful to test out a Chromebook experience before buying one, or before installing it as a main OS on older computer.

See https://aatayyab.wordpress.com/2017/02/11/install-google-chrome-os-on-virtual-box-in-windows-10/

#chromeos #chromebook


Install Google Chrome OS on Virtual Box in Windows 10
Here’s how you can install Chromium Operating System in Oracle Virtual Box on Microsoft Windows 10. If you have 8GB+ USB Flash Drive, you can follow the official procedure at this link to cre…

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50 Years In Tech Why HP Fell

Posted on: Sun, 2018-09-02 - 11:49 By: admin

50 Years In Tech Why HP Fell

"Despite these differences, everyone lived by HP’s unwritten credo: We design products for the engineer at the next bench".

HP grew up around a strong culture which was established by its founders. What also grabbed me in this read was:

"I inhaled everything about the 9100A, its technology (which was quite strange in retrospect, especially its two ROMs), the programming techniques, the applications. I started reading manuals in bed on Saturday mornings, a habit that served me well with colleagues and customers."

"I quickly put together a sales team of like-minded techies who pitched the 9100A to engineers, mathematicians, and physicists across France. As part of my standard sales pitch, I completely disassembled the product and then put it back together as I lovingly described each component."

There was that self-driven interest to really understand how the product works. No 5-day course with a certificate. It is easy to see where HP's focus got lost, and the culture diluted by outsiders taking over management and where it just became yet another business.

Today I see new entrants into organisations just getting an induction course and then put to work where they also see their job as just a job. When I started out working there were no courses to attend on repairing PC's. I bought books (with no expectation of being refunded by my company) and studied them, I got parts and took computers apart, I learnt to program, I learnt to do network support, and it was only years later in my career that courses started to become mainstream. The pity is that without learning all the fundamental basics down to the nuts and bolts, you don't have a fully contextual view and an ability to diagnose properly. It's easy for a tech-savvy client to poke a hole in a "thin covering" or where we have become reliant on a 3rd party support company to come and diagnose a fault and convince you a device is "uneconomical to repair".

So this was an interesting read for me for a technology sales environment. If we talk about excelling and succeeding in differentiating, it does (for me anyway) boil down to the essence of the company culture and the self-drive of its employees to seek to learn and understand its products and services. A lot of that also does depend on hiring the right people that fit well with that ethos. But today maybe too much emphasis is placed on "an applicable degree or diploma and 5 years experience"... No longer do we ask "what have you built". It's not necessarily the fault of employees (people are no less driven or intelligent than previous decades) but company cultures no longer seem to value or seek that behaviour, especially after their founding visionary has moved on.

Read Part 1 at https://mondaynote.com/50-years-in-tech-when-hp-led-desktop-and-mobile-computing-72fefb4299d3 and Part 2 at https://mondaynote.com/50-years-in-tech-part-2-why-hp-fell-621c42238479.

#HP


50 Years In Tech. Part 1: When HP Led Desktop and Mobile Computing
by Jean-Louis Gassée

Doom 2’s impossible secret is discovered, 24 years later - Co-creator John Romero sends his congratulations...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-09-01 - 23:33 By: admin

Doom 2’s impossible secret is discovered, 24 years later - Co-creator John Romero sends his congratulations

Almost 25 years after it was released, Doom 2 has finally given up its last secret (with some qualification as to what the secret really is).

It’s secret No. 4 on Map 15 (Industrial Zone). Now, the area in question has been known, seen and accessed by other means (usually a noclip cheat code). Getting to it without a cheat appears to be deliberately impossible, according to Doom co-creator John Romero.

Romero tweeted out congratulations to the solution’s discoverer, Zero Master. Zero Master figured out that the way to trigger the secret was to be pushed into the secret area by an enemy (in this case, a Pain Elemental). Romero’s explanation shows that what has been considered a glitch was instead deliberate.

See https://www.polygon.com/2018/8/31/17807464/doom-2-last-secret-discovered-map-15-level-15

#doom



Doom 2’s impossible secret is discovered, 24 years later
Co-creator John Romero sends his congratulations

Intro to Wet Shaving - "I wish I would have known the benefits of traditional wet shaving decades ago...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-09-01 - 22:31 By: admin

Intro to Wet Shaving - "I wish I would have known the benefits of traditional wet shaving decades ago"

Many people have trouble getting a good, close shave without getting razor burn, ingrown hairs and general irritation. It took me 20 years to realize that my shaving routine caused many of these problems. The solution was simple and cheap – shaving the way my grandfather did. I wish I would have known the benefits of traditional wet shaving decades ago. Not only does it lead to clearer skin, but it is also a much more enjoyable shaving experience. The goal of this guide is to share how shaving with a safety razor can give you a consistently better shave with less irritation.

Ever since middle school I have been blessed (or cursed) with thick coarse beard hair. Its perfect for growing a great beard. But unfortunately, I stay clean-shaven most of the time for my job. Shaving has never been enjoyable for me. Getting a good, close shave takes a few passes – even with a 5 blade razor. And no matter how close my shave is, I have never been able to prevent ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and irritation.

That was until a friend encouraged me to consider shaving with a safety razor – the kind my grandpa used. I never even considered using an old-school razor. It couldn’t possibly match the performance of a 5-blade, pivoting-head cartridge with moisturizing lube strips, right?

Wrong. The old-school razor gave me the best shave of my life. Not only is my shave better, but the ingrown hairs, bumps and irritation are gone. Not just reduced…but gone. My face is less dry and noticeably smoother. I actually enjoy shaving for the first time in 20 years.

This is a beginner’s guide for the first-time DE shaver.

See https://saveyourshave.com/intro-to-wet-shaving/

#wetshaving #traditionalwetshaving


Intro to Wet Shaving
Many people have trouble getting a good, close shave without getting razor burn, ingrown hairs and general irritation. It took me 20 years to realize that my shaving routine caused many of these p…
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