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Ecosia - Plant trees while you search the web

Date Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:31:48 +0200

#AlternativeSearch

Ecosia is the search engine that plants trees with its ad revenue. Get the free browser extension and use #Ecosia every time you search. They also publish their monthly financial reports and tree planting receipts in the spirit of transparency and accountability.

Pity it uses a search engine called Bing but I imagine that is for integration capability and the best deal on revenue to go towards the #trees.

See https://www.ecosia.org/
Ecosia – the search engine that plants trees!

The easiest way to help the environment: Just search the web with www.Ecosia.org instead of Google!

Linux on Android smartphones: Project Halium wants your handset to run Ubuntu, Sailfish

Date Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:46:17 +0200

A group of developers hope to unite several Linux-based mobile distributions with a common Android base that will make it easier for them to run on Android hardware.

The developers are aiming to create a better way for non-Android GNU/Linux distributions like Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS, Plasma Mobile, and others to make progress in the context of porting an OS to Android hardware.

Many of these projects were on the go before Canonical started Ubuntu Touch, and the projects continue.

See http://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-on-android-smartphones-project-halium-wants-your-handset-to-run-ubuntu-sailfish/
Linux on Android smartphones: Project Halium wants your handset to run Ubuntu, Sailfish | ZDNet

Developers hope to create a common Android base to fix Linux mobile fragmentation.

Meet the 'Dungeons & Dragons' Players Who Make a Living Running Games

Date Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:30:39 +0200

"Most of my clients are busy professionals. These people simply don't have the time it takes to go out and get all the books, read them all, develop a campaign, learn the rules well enough to run a game and so on," says Dempsey. "It's much easier for them to just pay someone else to do it. I show up, I unpack my stuff, we play a game, they pay me, I pack up my stuff again and I leave. It's very convenient for the clients, which I think is a big part of the appeal for them."

Gaming, even tabletop games, is becoming a paying business more and more...

See http://www.glixel.com/news/meet-the-dd-players-who-make-a-living-running-games-w479506
Meet the 'Dungeons & Dragons' Players Who Make a Living Running Games

For some, a professional dungeon master can be the difference between a fun time and a boring slog through a fantasy landscape

Cross-platform development with Python and BeeWare

Date Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:33:27 +0200

If you want to develop for Android, you have to use Java. If you want to develop for iOS, you have to use Objective C. And if you want to develop for the web, you have to use JavaScript. Right?

These may be the preferred languages for these platforms, but at the end of the day, mobile phones and web browsers are computing platforms, and with a little work, you can use any language you want. With the BeeWare suite of libraries and bridges, you can use just Python. And, you can use the same code to deploy on all these platforms.

Python is one of the easier languages to pick up, and it doesn't have the learning curve of Java or Objective C. And recently, many scientific communities, including astronomy and data science, have picked up Python as their go-to language. To be able to use a language they already know to create their own applications, such as mobile-based data recording systems, without having to learn entire new languages would be a great asset to all these scientists.

See https://opensource.com/article/17/4/cross-platform-development-python-and-beeware
Cross-platform development with Python and BeeWare | Opensource.com

Learn how the BeeWare suite of libraries and bridges will help Python developers deploy code across platforms.

Creativity.cafe is a Mastodon instance for creative people including musicians

Date Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:00:27 +0200

Creativity.cafe is a Mastodon instance for people who make things - artists of any kind, including visual, musical, glitch, 3d, net art, writing, sculpture, and more. Even people who don't create but are just really enthusiastic about creating are welcome! Come on down to talk shop and be around fellow creators.

#musicians #artists

See https://creativity.cafe/about
creativity.cafe

creativity.cafe is a Mastodon instance for people who make things - artists of any kind, including visual, musical, glitch, 3d, net art, writing, sculpture, and more. Even people who don't create but are just really enthusiastic about creating are welcome! Come on down to talk shop and be around fellow creators.This is an invite only instance, in order to make sure that people who are here truly want to be here (and to keep my server costs low)...

LinuxRocks.Online - a Mastodon Community-driven instance for people who love Linux

Date Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:51:32 +0200

See https://linuxrocks.online/about
linuxrocks.online

Community-driven instance for people who love linux

Tags: mastodon, linux

LinuxRocks.Online - a Mastodon Community-driven instance for people who love Linux

Date Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:51:32 +0200

See https://linuxrocks.online/about
linuxrocks.online

Community-driven instance for people who love linux

Tags: mastodon, linux

One Year Shaving Costs = Gillette Cartridge Blades R3,478 vs Wet Shaving R1,003.60

Date Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:30:31 +0200

This was based on the following assumptions:
- Gillette Fusion blade used to get me a week of shaving
- Gillette Shaving Gel got me 3 months (not sure on this now?)
- I use 2 blades per week for DE blades (last two months have been using -
Gillette DE blades but first 10 months were top of the range Feather blades)
- Shaving soap - I use hard soap that gets a about 4 to 5 months use but I rounded it up to 3 for the the year
- Yes DE razor and brush already bought but it was once off over two years back
- DE shaving costs from RiverValleyTrading site but no petrol spend on going to buy local blades
- Not bulk purchase pricing

Traditional Wet Shaving:
Tabac shaving soap refills R105 x 3 = R210
Feather blades R65 for 10 blades (2/week 10 months) = R572
Gillette 7 o' Clock Double Edge Safety Razor Blades R13 for 5 (8 weeks @ 2 blades/week) = R41.60
Delivery costs for blades R60 x 3 orders = R180
TOTAL = R1,003.60

Gillette Cartridge blades:
Gillette shaving gel R75 x 4 = R300
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Blades R490 for 8 = R3,178 (1 per week)
TOTAL = R3,478

Even if I had stuck to Feather blades that cost would have totaled R676 less the R40. But then I did not switch to traditional wet shaving to save money, it was to prevent the constant ingrown hairs I was getting from using a multi-bladed cartridge razor. Is it not ironic though that Gillette sells perfectly good DE blades for R13 for a pack of 5 vs a pack of 8 Fusion blades for R490

#wetshaving #gillette

Later, Twitter. All the cool kids are heading to Mastodon

Date Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:57:24 +0200

As Mastodon already passed over 500,000 users and 1,300 separate Instances things are starting to mature and emerge within this new social network. There are Instances already dedicated for animal rights activists, gay lesbian rights, tech, etc where local posts are highly relevant to those groups. Some brands are starting to emerge but with no VC investment and sponsorships it does not take on the appearance of Facebook, Twitter etc networks,

So why the different servers? For one, it makes it easier to run as a non-commercial enterprise if the costs are distributed among a bunch of volunteers. Also, if someone gets bored and stops managing a server, the entire ecosystem doesn't go down with it. Each server can have it own rules and admin, and this also creates safe spaces for some groups.

#animalrights #mastodon #LGBT

Mashabale has doen a nice overview of this maturation at http://mashable.com/2017/04/04/mastodon-twitter-social-network/
Bye, Twitter. All the cool kids are migrating to Mastodon.

And the big-name brands are following closely behind.

US Environmental Protection Agency website down for 'political review'

Date Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:30:40 +0200

It sounds like a joke but this is what is stated: "We are currently updating our website to reflect EPA's priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt". That is basically politicians reviewing what and how they want something stated. This has a familiar ring to it.

The webpage, which has been in existence for more than 20 years, explained what climate change is, what caused it and, how it affects your health, among other things. In opposition to what Trump has said in the past about climate change (he doesn't believe it is man-made), the webpage notes many times how humans have contributed to climate change.

See http://mashable.com/2017/04/28/epa-climate-change-section-removed-trump
Trump's big EPA website change should make you furious

The EPA is calling it an "update."

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