How to Recycle Your Used Multiblade Razors - Safety Razor users don’t need this as they dispose of clean metal blades

Date Published: Sat, 23 Mar 2019 22:11:00 +0200

While the exact impact of disposable razors isn’t known, an EPA statistic back from the 90s estimated that Americans throw away some 2 billion razors each year. And think about how that number has probably changed dramatically, given that so many gym and spas now stock locker rooms with a near limitless supply of disposable razors (not to mention the rise of buzzy, low-cost brands like Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club, which promote re-usable razors with disposable blades).

Gillette announced it’s partnering with TerraCycle, an online recycling program, to collect razors and blades of all kinds and brands. What types, exactly? Think of any plastic disposable type, as well as any replaceable-blade cartridges.

TerraCycle actually operates in 20 countries but it is unclear whether this is a US-only initiative. Normally multiblade razors are a problem to dispose of due to the mixed materials used. For safety razor users one cheap metal piggy bank tin will collect a few thousand used blades which can be taken to a metal scrap dealer to recycle.


#recycling #razorbaldes

15 Most Secure Linux Distros for Privacy and Security Concern Users - Anyone using the top-rated Qubes OS?

Date Published: Sat, 23 Mar 2019 22:11:52 +0200

If you are looking for the most secure Linux distro for your desktop here Qubes comes up at the top. Qubes is a Fedora-based operating system which focused on desktop security. This OS will secure you by isolating and virtualizing various VM separately. Qubes isolate your other personal files from the malware without being affected.

This OS is best for advanced users. So if you are new, then it will be a bit tough for you to manage this system.


#qubesos #linux #security

What Is Sandalwood And Why Is It In My Shaving Stuff?

Date Published: Sat, 23 Mar 2019 22:09:57 +0200

Sandalwood is not a single scent or even a single plant. Sandalwood is a class of woods from [slow-growing] trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades.

However, what most people think of as “genuine” Sandalwood is Santalum album, a threatened species indigenous mainly in southern India. Although most genuine Sandalwood trees have a government-controlled harvest due to over-harvesting for years, many trees are illegally cut down for their oil.

Traders often accept oil from closely related species, as well as from unrelated plants with similarly-scented wood or oil. However, most woods from these alternative sources lose their aroma much more quickly than genuine Sandalwood.

More interesting in on Sandalwood as well as its benefits at…

#traditionalshaving #sandalwood #shaving

A first look at Microsoft’s new Chromium-powered Edge browser - This could be your new default browser on Windows

Date Published: Sat, 23 Mar 2019 22:08:28 +0200

Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chromium. The software maker has been testing versions of this browser internally at Microsoft, and now The Verge has secured an exclusive first look at the early work thanks to a source who wishes to remain anonymous. While the previously leaked screenshots made Edge look very similar to Chrome, Microsoft is adding its own touches and animations to make it look and feel like a Windows browser.

When you first install the Chromium version of Edge, Microsoft will prompt you to import favorites, passwords, and browsing history from Chrome or Edge (depending on your default). The setup screen also prompts you to pick a style for the default tab page before you start browsing.

Most of the user interface of the browser is a mix of Chrome and Edge, and Microsoft has clearly tried to add its own little touches here and there. There’s a read aloud accessibility option, and it simply reads the page out loud like it does in existing versions of Edge. Some features that you’d expect from Edge are missing, though. Microsoft hasn’t implemented a dark mode just yet, the set aside tabs feature isn’t available, and write on the web with a stylus is missing.

Microsoft also has support for extensions, and a dedicated extensions page for ones that it has approved. You’ll also be able to install Chrome extensions from Google’s online store, just by flipping a switch in the extensions settings.


#edge #edgebrowser #microsoft


Dirty lies: how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions for profit at the expense of many lives

Date Published: Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:35:44 +0200

It was clear right away that something was off. At first, German wondered if the cars might be malfunctioning, and he asked if a dashboard light had come on. That didn’t really make sense, though – the cars had just passed the California regulators’ test. His partners thought there might be a problem with their equipment, and they recalibrated it again and again. But the results didn’t change. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from the Jetta’s tailpipe was 15 times the allowed limit, shooting up to 35 times under some conditions; the Passat varied between five and 20 times the limit. German had been around the auto industry all his life, so he had a pretty good idea what was going on. This had to be a “defeat device” – a deliberate effort to evade the rules.

Months later, California ran new tests. Emissions were still far over the limit. Now regulators wanted to see the software controlling the vehicles’ pollution systems. And they made an extraordinary threat to get it: if Volkswagen did not turn over the code, it would not get the approvals it needed to sell cars in California and a dozen states that used its standards. The EPA threatened to withhold certification for the entire US market. “That,” German says, “was when VW came clean.”

Dieselgate, as it became known, exploded into one of the biggest corporate scandals in history.

The software detected when emissions tests were being run, and pollution controls – components inside the engine that reduce emissions, sometimes at the expense of performance or fuel consumption – worked fine under those circumstances. But outside the lab, the controls were switched off or turned way down, and NOx levels shot up as high as 40 times the legal limit. With mind-boggling gall, Volkswagen had even used the software update it was forced to carry out to improve cars’ ability to detect when they were being tested.

In Germany, testers found all but three of 53 models exceeded NOx limits, the worst by a factor of 18. In London, the testing firm Emissions Analytics found 97% of more than 250 diesel models were in violation; a quarter produced NOx at six times the limit. “As the data kept coming in, our jaws just kept dropping.

In the US, where only around 2% of cars are diesel, the rule-breaking had an impact. But the health consequences have been far more severe in Europe, where drivers had been encouraged for years to buy diesel cars – when the scandal broke, they accounted for more than half of all sales. In 2015 alone, one study found that failure to comply with the rules caused 6,800 early deaths. To put it more plainly, tens of thousands of people had died because carmakers felt so free, for so long, to flout the law.

A shocking and fascinating story at…

#dieselgate #NOx #airpollution

Jaguar’s R1.7-million I-Pace electric car test drive in South Africa - But best news is charging station installation footprint for long distance

Date Published: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:13:45 +0200

I won't comment on the very hefty price tag except to say they could have included the home charging station for free at that price!!

The car has a respectable 470km range on a tank but the interesting news for me (well this is quite big in SA) is that Jaguar South Africa has rolled out 82 public charging stations across the country, which can also be used for any other electric vehicle with a type-2 connector. These AC/DC combination chargers are at dealerships and shopping centres around major hubs in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and East London.

Long-distance travel between cities is also possible through 52 charging stations. These stations are a network that Jaguar calls the “Jaguar Powerway”. It allows travel between Johannesburg and Durban, and Durban and Cape Town via the Garden Route without worrying about an empty battery.

The I-Pace can be recharged with a 22kW AC charger, taking it from 0-80% in two and a half hours, and a 60kW DC charger does the same job in 72 minutes. The 7.4kW home chargers (available separately) takes just under 13 hours for a full charge. The idea is to charge it overnight at home, and using a smartphone app, one is able to select a time for it to be ready.

It's all about building out the infrastructure and sharing it with others...


#EV #jaguar

NexDock 2 Turns Your High-End Android Phone or Raspberry Pi into a Laptop for $179

Date Published: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 18:27:57 +0200

Yes I know it is a Kickstarter project but it is a second iteration done to a higher standard, and they did deliver the first time around to thousands of backers.

The new NexDock unit is a 13.3-inch laptop shell that turns smartphones and small-form factor PCs into fully-fledged computers. The chassis is made from aluminium, a major step up from the cheap plastic-construction of the OG unit. Also benefitting from a notable upgrade is the screen. The NexDock 2 features a 13.3-inch IPS LCD display at full 1080p resolution (and 16:9 aspect ratio).

With no CPU, RAM or graphics to house there’s more room for a beefy battery, which for this model is rated for 38Wh. Built-in speakers, a full-size keyboard, and multi-touch trackpad also feature, as do a wide range of ports and connectivity options, including USB-C in, USB-C charging, and full-size HDMI.

Anything that can be connected to an HDMI in port will, in theory, work with the NexDock too, e.g., Raspberry Pis, small form factor PCs, even FireTV sticks, and games consoles.


#convergence #nexdock2

uMap let you create maps with OpenStreetMap layers in a minute and embed them in your site

Date Published: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:09:55 +0200

* Choose the layers of your map
* Add POIs: markers, lines, polygons...
* Manage POIs colours and icons
* Manage map options: display a minimap, locate user on load…
* Batch import geostructured data (geojson, gpx, kml, osm...)
* Choose the license for your data
* Embed and share your map
* Its open source

I created a quick sample at to show where Cape Town is and the code embed will allow the map to be easily embedded on a web page. See UMap at

#umap #openstreetmap #googlemap

How to stream music from your phone in an older non-Bluetooth enabled car using a simple Bluetooth FM transmitter

Date Published: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:10:09 +0200

We're seeing more and more automakers incorporating Android Auto-compatible displays into their vehicles, but you don't need to buy a brand new car to take advantage of Android's car-optimized way of interacting with Google Assistant, maps and music apps. The mobile app can give you the same experience right on your phone, with a Bluetooth FM Transmitter and your choice of car mount completing a seamless setup.

See how to set it up at……

Survey of 1,705 people who live near wind turbines prefer them to solar and fossil plants - The preference for wind is strong even in US coal-producing states

Date Published: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:57:57 +0200

The results came from a survey of 1,705 people living less than five miles from at least one commercial-scale wind turbine across the United States. The survey, conducted in 2016 by the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, included a hefty set of questions aiming to get a full understanding of how community members feel about their local turbines. It asked questions like how involved people felt in the planning process for the project, how noticeable the turbines are from people's homes, and whether they notice the impact of things like turbine noise.

Because the data from the survey was publicly available, Firestone and Kirk were able to use part of it to delve into the question they were interested in: how did people feel wind power compared to other options? Research on people's acceptance of wind power, they write, usually frames the question as being a choice between wind power or no wind power. But that's unrealistic: society needs to generate electricity somehow, so they argue that the real question should be "whether society should generate electricity by wind or from some other source."

So, they focused on the survey questions that explored people's preference for wind power relative to other options. Those results were stark: around 90 percent of the respondents said they would prefer their local wind farm to a hypothetical nuclear, coal, or natural gas plant at the same distance from their homes. There was even a preference for wind over solar power, although that was less stark—around a third of respondents had no real preference, 15 percent said they would prefer solar power, and 45 percent said they were happier with wind power.

Those results were stable across different demographics. Across urban and rural areas, red and blue states, states that produce coal and those that don't, people overwhelmingly preferred wind power. This held true even for the people who lived closest to the actual turbines, sometimes just around half a mile away from one. And this wasn't just a case of people begrudgingly choosing the option they'd hate the least: on average, people had positive attitudes to their local wind farms.

Quite interesting as I would have expected "noise" or "hum" or similar to be an issue vs silent solar...



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