Linux has very long been able to mount NTFS partitions but now finally Windows 10 now lets you mount Linux ext4 filesystems in WSL 2

Date Published: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 10:45:21 +0200

Starting with Windows 10 preview build 20211, WSL 2 now includes a wsl --mount command that lets you mount ext4 and other Linux kernel supported filesystems, directly in installed WSL distributions.

This feature is especially useful for users who dual-boot Windows 10 and Linux and would like to access their Linux drives while using Windows.

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Windows 10 now allows you to mount physical disks formatted using the Linux ext4 filesystem in the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.

Be careful what you say on WhatsApp (actually any social platform) in South Africa

Date Published: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 23:04:26 +0200

Some interesting insights into recent prosecutions in South Africa and it should be noted that there is a line drawn between a one-to-one communication and a broadcast to a group for some complaints, and this also raises a point not mentioned that disappearing messages, if screenshotted by multiple recipients, will act as corroboration even if the sender securely deletes the message.

Just not sure why all the prosecutions are for Whatsapp users as they do not involve anything technical related to that platform. Of course the really infamous one was the case of the poor lady sending a mistaken photo to a Whatsapp group in SA which she deleted too late. No criminal case but it ended up costing her marriage. Then again many criminals have also been caught through their use of social media, so social media has been an interesting ride for its users...

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South Africans should be aware that they can be sued for making derogatory remarks about a particular person or company over WhatsApp.

A short video of our walk in the Majik Forest in Cape Town

Date Published: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:47:07 +0200

It's about a 2,8km walk that takes 55 minutes at a very easy pace. The walk uphill can be done on the left-hand side which is mostly paved and open area right below the houses. The return walk can be done via the forested side which has a number of tracks, but watch out for cyclists on this side as they have right of way.

There are two guards who patrol the area and the open area side is obviously the safest side, but we often pass a mom or two with her kids even on the forested side.
There are a few benches to sit on, a kiddies play area (very basic) and many people do sit and picnic here (or have their wedding photos taken here like we did). You'll see ducks swimming around, various birds, and even fish in the two small dams.

Access can only be gained by a gate at the top and the bottom, which if I recall correctly are opened at 7am and locked at 7pm daily.

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It's about a 2,8km walk that takes 55 minutes at a very easy pace. The walk uphill can be done on the left hand side which is mostly paved and open area righ...

Hear Native Speakers Pronounce That Foreign Word You Can't Figure Out

Date Published: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:44:30 +0200

Learning a language with an app like Duolingo is perfectly respectable, but unless you want your French to have a noticeable Siri-like quality, you need to branch out. That’s where sites like Forvo come in.

Aiming to one day have “all the words in the world pronounced,” Forvo relies on users to record the proper pronunciations of words that other users request. So you could, for example, check out the pronunciations of different cities, and if you can’t find the city whose pronunciation you’re uncertain of, just head to the add a word page and put in a request for the word you want.

Oddly enough all the pronounciations for 'Ubuntu' are correct - seems just all podcasters get it wrong!

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Learning a language with an app like Duolingo is perfectly respectable, but unless you want your French to have a noticeable Siri-like quality, you need to branch out. That’s where sites like Forvo come in.

Dozens of scientific journals have vanished from the internet, and no one preserved them

Date Published: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 22:40:06 +0200

Eighty-four online-only, open-access (OA) journals in the sciences, and nearly 100 more in the social sciences and humanities, have disappeared from the internet over the past 2 decades as publishers stopped maintaining them, potentially depriving scholars of useful research findings, a study has found.

An additional 900 journals published only online also may be at risk of vanishing because they are inactive, says a preprint posted on 3 September on the arXiv server. The number of OA journals tripled from 2009 to 2019, and on average the vanished titles operated for nearly 10 years before going dark, which “might imply that a large number … is yet to vanish,” the authors write.

This is a major risk of the Internet - our current generation could be responsible for a lot of digital loss until some better solution is found. We have the Way Back Machine Archive but it really only makes snapshots of some pages and is not a 100% reliable location for all publications.

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Specialists worry about a potential loss to scholarship

Gartner on cloud contenders: AWS fails to lower its prices, Microsoft 'cannot guarantee capacity', Google has 'devastating' network outages - You are locked in, and it's going to cost you

Date Published: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 20:28:19 +0200

The research company has countless magic quadrants, which analyse sectors into leaders, challengers, visionaries and niche players, but this one is more of a magic bifurcation, since Gartner failed to identify any challengers or visionaries. There are three leaders, according to Gartner, and they are AWS, Microsoft and Google, in that order. The others are niche players: Alibaba, Oracle, IBM and Tencent, in order of nicheness.

Despite some sharp criticisms of the big three, it is hard to see much changing in the overall picture. Cloud lock-in is real but there is also a strong case for stating that multi-cloud is the wrong answer – which means many companies will mostly shovel more money at their existing preferred provider. Microsoft will build more data centres, and AWS will continue to fail to "reduce prices broadly."

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Take your pick, folks! Latest Magic Birfurcation has some strong caveats, but little is likely to change

Raspberry Pi for Ham Radio - A set of tutorials for beginners on how to configure a Pi for various services

Date Published: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 11:53:27 +0200

Guides on how to set up your Pi for remote access, OpenWexRx, radiosonde auto rx software, GQRX, and more.

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Introduction Since 2012, the Raspberry Pi nano computer has become an increasingly important part of the DIY and « maker » community. The increase in power of the Raspberry Pi…

Waze now lets you send directions from your computer to your phone - Plan on the computer before you get in the car

Date Published: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 11:32:39 +0200

Google Maps has offered a similar feature for years, so it’s nice to see Waze finally getting the functionality. Waze says that both Android and iOS users will be able to have directions from a desktop sent to their phone.

Waze is also adding the ability to view saved locations on the web. That means you won’t have to manually type in addresses for things like your home or your favorite coffee shop, as long as you have those saved in your Waze mobile app.

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Both iOS and Android users can get directions sent from their web browser.

Android 11 is now available in stable for Google Pixel phones and in beta for some OnePlus, Xiaomi, Realme, and OPPO phones

Date Published: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 19:46:58 +0200

The article below gives a good high level summary of key new features as well as the links for the downloads for all Pixel phones.

I'll probably be doing my PIxel phone today or tomorrow subject to ensuring my rooting is safe to continue working (this can sometimes not be ready immediately so always worth checking otherwise disappointment can set in if you lose your wonderful extra freedom and you are relegated to being a standard user).

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Android 11 is here with stable builds rolling out for Google Pixel smartphones and betas for select OnePlus, Xiaomi, Realme, and OPPO phones.

Project Connected Home over IP — a unified, open-source smart home platform from Amazon, Apple, the Zigbee Alliance, and Google is on track for a 2021 launch

Date Published: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 19:38:11 +0200

Additionally, the announcement clarifies what sorts of smart home devices the Project Connected Home over IP is aiming to work with. If the number of companies being brought together wasn’t ambitious enough, the list of device categories is a lengthy one: “lighting and electrical (e.g., light bulbs, luminaires, controls, plugs, outlets), HVAC controls (e.g., thermostats, AC units), access control (e.g., door locks, garage doors), safety and security (e.g., sensors, detectors, security systems), window coverings/shades, TVs, access points, bridges and others.”

But it does seem rather home assistant driven which means cloud data and privacy. However, it could mean if one supplier goes out of business the services could continue working. But I'm wondering where Chinese WeLink and Sonoff are as many of those devices are in broad use throughout the world too (and are reflashable with 3rd party open source software).

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Easier smart home setup could be on the way.

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