Bottles for Linux can easily run Windows software and help you manage multiple Wine prefixes quickly and easily with support for Proton GE, Lutris, and DXVK

Date Published: Sun, 2 May 2021 18:46:41 +0200

Yes there is Winetricks and PlayOnLinux, but Bottles is a bit closer to Lutris, and is focussed on gaming as well as general purpose Windows apps. It is not the scripted games installation that Lutris has, so you'd configure a bottle and then install the Windows game as if you are on Windows. You can enable Proton GE, Lutris as well as DXVK (multimedia and 3D support by translating Windows Direct3D 9/10/11 calls to Linux) for gaming, and it has its own drivers (termed a runner) too called Chardonnay.

You can import wineprefixes from other third party managers such as Lutris and PlayOnLinux.

So this will be of interest to those not wanting to use Steam Games, and who intend to buy and install the game themselves.

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Run Windows programs on Linux.

Zoom Earth - LIVE animated weather satellite, radar, wind maps

Date Published: Sun, 2 May 2021 13:29:33 +0200

Zoom Earth shows live weather satellite images of the Earth in a fast, zoomable map. Explore near real-time weather images, rainfall radar maps, and animated wind maps. Track tropical cyclones, severe storms, wildfires, natural hazards and more.

Live weather images are updated every 10 minutes from NOAA GOES and JMA Himawari-8 geostationary satellites. EUMETSAT Meteosat images are updated every 15 minutes. Blue clouds at night represent low-lying clouds and fog.

Fire/heat spots show approximate locations of fires and high temperature, updated daily using data from FIRMS.

This is really ideal for folks who like to see visually what is going on, and is probably great for use in a classroom as well.

See Zoom Earth | LIVE weather satellite, radar, wind maps

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View LIVE weather satellite images, rain radar, animated wind speed maps. Track storms, hurricanes, wildfires and natural hazards in real-time.

DIY Remote pool temperature monitor using PVC pipe, ESP32, a DS18B20 temp sensor and an Adafruit MagTag

Date Published: Sun, 2 May 2021 11:27:05 +0200

The itch being scratched with this project was for kids who regularly want to swim at a family members house, but instead of bugging them with constant phone calls about whether the water is warm enough to swim in, they can monitor it remotely with the display on their own fridge.

The source code has not been published, and there was no mention of that, but I thought firstly this is an interesting idea, and secondly that Adafruit MagTag looks really useful for many other stats you want to monitor at a glance on your fridge door.

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Toyota's New Revolutionary Solid State Battery - Around 500 km range with 0 to 100% charge in 15 mins, but it's not all perfect yet

Date Published: Sun, 2 May 2021 11:06:36 +0200

I know the various manufacturers and 3rd party research entities are pumping their energy (pun?) into research around improved battery storage not only for EVs but also for grid storage. Battery tech has been largely stagnant until this more recent requirement for EVs, and now it is taking off in all different directions.

I actually thought Toyota had been holding back and preferring to go with hydrogen fuel cell EVs, but it turns out no, they have also been working very hard around solid state battery technology.

This video explains what solid state batteries are, the advantages we can expect to see, but also some of the challenges before they really go mainstream into the market (assuming of course something else does not have a break through).

Electric vehicles are already becoming the "now" but we clearly battery technology is still advancing rapidly, but that battery technology has to be affordable and efficient.

Watch at Toyota's New Revolutionary Solid State Battery

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Toyota's New Revolutionary Solid State Battery.
Electric vehicles have gone past being the future, they are now the present. Tesla Motors as well as a few legacy car makers have done extensive work to push the worldwide acceptance of battery-powered vehicles and there's some notable impact already. There are several benefits to electric cars and one of the greatest ones is that environmental pollution will be reduced.

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Move aside malware, the rising threat is stalkerware which targets an individual and their identity

Date Published: Sat, 1 May 2021 15:12:01 +0200

Much like traditional crime it shifts from a closing opportunity to other means where the opportunities are easier. Car anti-theft systems got better and better and then that crime pattern evolved to hijacking with owners already inside the vehicle.

In the same way many of the really juicy opportunities for ransomware attacks have been closing down, with companies better protecting copies of their data, and now often just refusing to pay up (as few actually have their full data returned and it can still be leaked out by the perpetrators).

So attacks are moving away from just flooding the Internet with malware files, to now targeting specific individuals after research has been done about them. Of course someone will try to sell a "solution" to this problem but nothing is as effective as a highly aware workforce who don't easily get tricked into blindly clicking on links in e-mails (even if received from a 'known' sender) and being wary of anyone requesting personal information. Which is why it's so upsetting to still see our personal details being leaked from Facebook and numerous other companies that we trust.

See Move aside malware, the rising threat is stalkerware | Fin24

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Consumers must remain vigilant when it comes to their online activities if they are to keep themselves safe from the growing threat of cyberattacks.

This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent - Is AI An Excuse Not To Expose The Algorithms?

Date Published: Sat, 1 May 2021 14:17:56 +0200

It is presented as this ethereal and objective way of making decisions, something that we can plug into everything from teaching kids to deciding who gets bail. But the name is deceptive: AI is neither artificial nor intelligent.

AI is made from vast amounts of natural resources, fuel, and human labor. And it's not intelligent in any kind of human intelligence way. It’s not able to discern things without extensive human training, and it has a completely different statistical logic for how meaning is made. Since the very beginning of AI back in 1956, we’ve made this terrible error, a sort of original sin of the field, to believe that minds are like computers and vice versa. We assume these things are an analog to human intelligence, and nothing could be further from the truth.

Too much today gets passed off as AI, for example a dashcam with lane guidance. No, it's just algorithms matching lines and those algorithms do very quick checks, and if it gets say more than an 80% match of what it expected to see, then it is following a road line marking. The reason why humans have to keep tweaking the algorithms, is because that is the 'learning process'. But it is much the same as a programmer constantly tweaking and adjusting a complex algorithm. Another algorithm could make adjustments to the first one based on outcomes, but it's really not intelligent, has no emotions, no guilt, no feelings.

This is partly the danger of just trusting AI blindly. You can't - you have to build hard boundaries in, or limit it to known problems. Maybe AI for bail applications must state when something is just beyond its algorithmic capabilities. Are algorithms just being used as a new way to covertly exert power? We need to recognise AI as still being a product of its creator's mindset.

See This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent

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Kate Crawford, who holds positions at USC and Microsoft, says in a new book that even experts working on the technology misunderstand AI.

3 Best Free NAS Software Solutions For Home or Small Business Network Storage

Date Published: Sat, 1 May 2021 11:32:36 +0200

Nowadays, NAS is used by everyday families who simply want to share photos and enjoy access to a digital library of entertainment, no matter where they’re at. So whether you’re looking to build your own private network, gather movies, music, and TV shows, or just to take data backup to the next level, NAS might be what you’re looking for.

The simplest way to think of NAS is as a type of specialized file server. It allows data storage and retrieval from a central location for authorized network users and various clients. In other words, NAS is similar to having your own private cloud in home or in the office. It is faster, less expensive, and offers all of the benefits of a public cloud on-premises, giving you complete control. So you can back up all the computer devices in your home or business to this single device.

I'm using OMV mainly because I also host some applications on it as well.

See 3 Best Free NAS Software Solutions For Network Storage

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In-depth review of 3 best free NAS software solutions for home users and businesses: TrueNAS CORE, OpenMediaVault, and Rockstor.

Magic Earth - Completely Free and Privacy Respecting Turn-by-turn navigation, OpenStreetMap, Crowd-Sourced Traffic, 3D maps, Satellite maps, Offline maps for iOS and Android

Date Published: Sat, 1 May 2021 10:50:03 +0200

Magic Earth uses OpenStreetMap data and a powerful search engine to offer you the optimal routes for driving, biking, hiking, and public transportation. They don't track you, nor do they profile you. They don't trade in your personal data, and they don't collect it (as stated in the Apple app privacy statement).

Interestingly it also has an AI function built in if you activate the camera to use it as a dashcam, with Driver Assistance warnings such as avoiding collisions, lane departure warnings, stop and go assist, etc.

It also has support for Apple CarPlay as well as Apple Watch.

If there are any incorrect map issues you can fix those yourself using OpenStreetMap.

See Magic Earth - Free Navigation & Maps App for Android and iPhone

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Magic Earth is a free maps and navigation app based on OpenStreetMap data. Enjoy 3D maps, Satellite maps, Turn-by-turn navigation, HD Traffic, Offline maps

Ultimate guide to backup Ubuntu (or any other Linux) systems using Timeshift for system snapshots

Date Published: Sat, 1 May 2021 10:32:34 +0200

Timeshift is a fabulous tool that is used for the backup & restoration of the Linux operating system, it takes incremental backup after the first initial complete backup. TImeshit creates filesystem snapshots using Rsync or BTRFS. It has a nice GUI as well as support for CLI.

Timeshift is one of those utilities you really should install on any Linux distro. Mostly backup apps are backing up your home directory data but not system data. Timeshift is intended specifically for system snapshots. Mine is set to do snaphots to a second hard drive on my system.

See how to install and use it at Ultimate guide to backup Ubuntu systems using Timeshift - LinuxTechLab

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Learn how to create the Ubuntu Backups using Timeshift. Timeshift also have support for scheduled snapshots, multiple backup levels & also

Experiencing the /e/ OS: The Open Source De-Googled Android Version

Date Published: Fri, 30 Apr 2021 22:57:31 +0200

/e/ Android operating system is a privacy oriented, Google-free mobile operating system, fork of Lineage OS and was founded in mid-2018 by Gaël Duval, creator of Mandrake Linux (now Mandriva Linux).

Despite making Android an open source project in 2007, Google replaced some OS elements with proprietary software when Android gained popularity. /e/ Foundation has replaced the proprietary apps and services with MicroG, an open source alternative framework which minimizes tracking and device activity.

But something to note, that I experienced with my rooted Android phone, is especially with banking apps there is a trend to move away from SMS OTP authentications and many are starting to require the banking app to be used. A few have also only made their apps available on the official stores, and even don't have all their functionality available on desktop web browsers. For example my banks virtual cards is only available via the mobile app. I'm just seeing this as a looming issue...

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A privacy first mobile OS /e/ and an ethical smartphone device Fairphone. Here's the experience of using the combination of these two.

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