Orbiter, a real-time 3D space flight simulator, is now open source

Date Published: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:58:56 +0200

It is a hyperrealistic space simulator. Granted, you can put it in an easy mode, but its real strength is you can very accurately model spacecraft like the Space Shuttle and have very realistic controls. In order to spur development, the program is now open source (such as now possibly being ported to Linux or macOS, although it does run with WINE on Linux).

If you ever wanted to contribute into a project of this scope, here’s your chance. You might not want to write a full-blow space simulator, but you might have something to add. However, open source also means you can see how the program works and either reuse it in your own open source projects or just simply learn from the techniques.

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We always have it on our list to learn more about Orbiter. If you haven’t seen it, it is a hyperrealistic space simulator. Granted, you can put it in an easy mode, but its real strength is yo…

How to back up your Gmail, or you can install Thunderbird and sync offline locally

Date Published: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:45:30 +0200

The article below really describes the Takeout method, but in many cases that is really not easily usable elsewhere. Thunderbird installs on Windows, macOS and Linux, and will connect to your GMail and fully sync that mail offline for you. This allows you not only to have a fully searchable offline repository of your mail, but it will also connect to any other mail service, allowing you, if you so wish, to use other mail providers whilst retaining all the history of your older e-mails.

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20 Basic Linux Commands for Beginners Explained with Examples: Bookmark It If You Only Visit The Command Line Occasionally

Date Published: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:43:11 +0200

Are you new to Linux? Here all the list of basic Linux commands contains all the common commands you’ll need to know to get you started.

When dealing with Linux, you need to use a shell – an interface that gives you access to the operating system. The commands are required as inputs to inform or direct a computer program to perform a specific operation. While most Linux distributions are user-friendly and come with an easy to use graphical interface, knowing how to use the command line can be very useful.

For example, I still use 'du' quite often as it is way faster to determine space hogs from the command line on a remote VPS or server that using any GUI package. Some things are just better on a command line.

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Are you new to Linux? Here all the list of basic Linux commands contains all the common commands you’ll need to know to get you started.

BritBox streaming service in South Africa on 6 Aug 2021 at R100/month

Date Published: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 19:11:39 +0200

Sakaan said that BritBox would offer the largest selection of British boxsets of any video streaming platform. The South African library will boast a record number of titles because linear British TV in South Africa is limited.

TV shows included in the line-up are:
* Absolutely Fabulous
* Blackadder
* Broadchurch
* Fawlty Towers
* Inspector Morse
* Line of Duty
* Luther
* Manhunt
* Mr Bean
* Unforgotten
* Professor T
* The Midwife
* The Office
* Wedding of the Century
* Vera
* Young Victoria

The platform will be available on the BritBox website, mobile apps, and TV apps on Samsung and LG TVs.

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The South African launch date and pricing for BBC Studios and iTV’s BritBox video streaming service have been revealed.

Early Skype developer Jaan Tallinn splashes cash in latest funding for Matrix-based instant messenger Element - Decentralised comms is where it's at

Date Published: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 16:12:25 +0200

Remember when Skype was peer-to-peer, and it just felt more secure (no middle man) and robust (no central server to switch off)? Well open source Matrix is a decentralised end-to-end encrypted real-time communication platform, with Element as its client for mobile and desktops. The funding announcement comes hot on the heels of the news that Germany's entire healthcare system is to adopt Matrix-based communications.

As for what the money will be spent on, "Element's funding means there's continued significant investment in the Matrix protocol, which hugely benefits the entire Matrix ecosystem," said Matthew Hodgson, CEO of Element and technical co-founder of Matrix.

Certainly as far as decentralised secure instant messaging goes, Matrix/Element is one of the easiest and most adopted, and one that we've seen governments themselves adopting for their own use. For increased security they often host their own server without federating to other Matrix servers.

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Decentralised comms is where it's at

Your Wireless Earbuds Are Trash (Eventually) And Will End Up In A Landfill

Date Published: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:23:45 +0200

Bottom line is all rechargeable batteries die at some point in the nearish furure, and most true wireless earbuds do not have replaceable batteries, and much for the same reason, they can't be recycled. So hundreds of millions of these earbuds will just end up in landfills.

Attempts like the Acouva One, which have replaceable rechargeable batteries, and bulky and that seems to a difficult sell.
In my case, after my first expensive Apple AirPods died after just two years, I decided to rather buy cheap earbuds as there is no way I'm spending that much on something that I just throw away every two years.

Will really need standardised small replaceable rechargeable batteries around which earbuds can be designed.

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Wireless earbuds are great, but their small batteries have a limited lifespan. Are you willing to sacrifice longevity for convenience?

Ramble is a privacy based Reddit-like platform available through a variety of networks such as normal web, Tor Onion, I2P, Lokinet, and Yggdrasil

Date Published: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 20:52:42 +0200

I've covered Lemmy before (a federated open Reddit alternative) but Ramble is an effort to also promote the use of alternative internets ie. not just https regular web.

The great thing about their setup is that it allows users from various anonymity networks to actually interact with one another in a seamless, transparent fashion. Someone browsing their Onion Service may be responding to a post made from the clearnet, and have their response upvoted from someone who agrees with their comment from the I2P eepsite while a Yggdrasil user is creating a forum. Regardless of the method you choose to access the Ramble website, you'd be interacting with people from outside of your network in a relatively unique fashion. You can login to your account through any network that you wish. Post on your phone using the clearnet website, come home, and hop on the I2P eepsite and you'll have everything right there.

Another interesting feature is a fully transparent moderation log, showing any banned users or other deletions made (a bit like Aether does) with a reason. You only need to choose any username and password to get going, no e-mail or phone number requested to register.

See Welcome to [RAMBLE]

#technology #alternativeto #reddit #ramble #privacy

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Posted by Rambler admin | on December 9, 2020 at 3:10 PM in ramble (edited on December 9, 2020 at 3:11 PM) If you've not had the chance, take a gander over at our wiki as it will address in more detail some of what this post will cover. First off, welcome to [RAMBLE]. This place is a bit different than some other "similar" sites, but that's by...

How to use cron on Linux - The cron system is a method to automatically run commands on a schedule

Date Published: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 20:15:30 +0200

The cron system is a method to automatically run commands on a schedule. A scheduled job is called a cronjob, and it’s created in a file called a crontab. It’s the easiest and oldest way for a computer user to automate their computer.

It's fairly simple to grasp really, as a line consists of two parts: the command or script to execute, and a schedule when to execute. The scheduling is quite easy once you understand how the scheduling syntax works.

I had a Manjaro Cinnamon machine with cron disabled, and if you find this, then just execute systemctl enable --now cronie.service.

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The cron system is a method to automatically run commands on a schedule. A scheduled job is called a cronjob, and it’s created in a file called a crontab. It’s the easiest and oldest way for a computer user to automate their computer. Writing a cronjob To create a cronjob, you edit your crontab using the -e option:

Android Auto: Here’s everything you need to know about it! Especially if it's illegal to operate a phone whilst driving in your country

Date Published: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 20:12:19 +0200

For those of you who are unaware, Android Auto is an app that you either need to install or comes pre-installed on your Android (duh) smartphone, which allows you to connect your phone to your car’s entertainment system, either through a cable or wirelessly, to help make things easier while driving. You can make and receive calls, send text messages, reply to them via voice input, use navigation, run third-party apps, etc, all on an interface that’s easy to use and less distracting while driving.

My current car, a Hyundai, has a dash system which is both Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay. It was an important factor in choosing a new car for me, as I can do everything I need to do, without ever touching or holding the phone while driving.

See Android Auto: Features, Compatibility, and Everything you need to know!

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Android Auto allows you to connect your phone to your car to avoid distractions while driving. Here's everything you need to know about it!

Some scenes showing why I love playing SnowRunner

Date Published: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:29:16 +0200

Just some quick clips showing some of what I enjoy about playing SnowRunner after having clocked up over 134 hours. It is a free-roam open world of various maps that you can explore, with missions and tasks to complete to earn upgrades.

You can also join up with some friends online to explore trails, or complete missions, together.

Although it's a Windows-only game, this is installed and running on Manjaro Linux.

Watch at Some scenes showing why I love playing SnowRunner

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Just some quick clips showing some of what I enjoy about playing SnowRunner after having clocked up over 134 hours. It is a free-roam open world of various m...

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