5 open source alternatives to GitHub because GitHub is not open source, and conditions of service can change

Date Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:56:15 +0200

Git is a popular version-control system, primarily used for code but popular in other disciplines, too. It can run locally on your computer for personal use, it can run on a server for collaboration, and it can also run as a hosted service for widespread public participation. There are many hosted services out there, and one of the most popular brands is GitHub. GitHub is not open source.

With open source you can choose whatever solution works best for you. In fact, because Git is also distributed, you can even choose multiple solutions. There's nothing stopping you from hosting your code on several services and writing to all of them with each push.

See the alternatives at 5 open source alternatives to GitHub

#technology #programming #code #opensource #Github

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Git is a popular version-control system, primarily used for code but popular in other disciplines, too. It can run locally on your computer for personal use, it can run on a server for collaboration, and it can also run as a hosted service for widespread public participation. There are many hosted services out there, and one of the most popular brands is GitHub.

A simple animation I did using open source Krita software

Date Published: Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:05:26 +0200

It took me a lot longer to figure out the basics of the animation technique in Kritas too many videos I watched did not explain some of the finder details. In the end I actually read the Krita online manual which showed the easier SHIFT + Arrow advancement etc. I managed to use plain layer transform to rotate the vehicle.

I see Krita is supposed to include tweening now too which could really help speed things up as I moved each frame manually. But even given that, it took about 10 minutes to do.
The background image is actually taken from a map for the 3 Oct 1949 Arbor Day Road Races in the Paarden Eiland area in Cape Town, where my father raced his MG TD.

#opensource #krita #animation

Discovery Bank in South Africa has also launched a Virtual Card but apparently only on their Mobile App and not the Website

Date Published: Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:22:23 +0200

It's a no-brainer today to use a virtual card for any online purchases or subscriptions services, so very good to see another SA bank going live with this.

I'd certainly immediately start doing all my online purchases with my Discovery Virtual Card as Nedbank still offers no virtual card, nor any timeline for when they intend to do so. My only drawback is Discovery's mobile app will not work on my rooted Android phone and that seems to disqualify me, as the functionality is also not on the desktop browser version of their site.

See New Discovery Bank features launched – Including a virtual card

#technology #banking #southafrica #discoverybank

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Discovery Bank has announced a number of changes to its digital banking services, which include a new virtual card.

Five Excellent Cross-Platform Open Source Free Animation Applications For Presentations Or Videos As Alternatives To Adobe After Effects

Date Published: Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:02:38 +0200

These are some top-notch applications, some of which are used professionally too, for doing animations for videos and movies. Typical applications may be where you want to animate a diagram for illustrating something, but they can also do a lot more advanced work too.

If your kids are bored at home one of these free applications could be fun to learn something really useful. Whole careers are launched around being able to do animation.

Covered in this overview are:
* Blender
* Pencil2D Animation
* Krita
* OpenToonz
* Sozi

Watch at Best Free Animation Software in 2020

#technology #opensource #animation #Videos

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Free animation software has come a long way! Here are 5 of the best free and open source 2D animation programs available in 2020. Each is a free, full versio...

Google Silently Adds a New Button on Android Auto That Will Show All Songs Matching the Search You've Just Performed

Date Published: Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:30:40 +0200

When using the Assistant to start playing a specific song: if there are multiple versions of the same track, Android Auto just plays one of them randomly, so there’s no way to choose the tune you actually want to listen to.

When tapped, this button brings you to a search results page displaying the songs matching the search you just performed using a voice command via Google Assistant. So theoretically, if there are multiple versions of the same tune, you can just tap one to start listening to it.

See Google Silently Adds a New Button on Android Auto, And You’re Going to Love It

#technology #androidauto #googleassistant #music

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The integration of Google Assistant in the Android Auto experience comes in handy for a wide variety of reasons, and one of them is the capability of playing music with just a voice command.

My Green Technology And Environment posts on YouMe Social can now be filtered by category of post

Date Published: Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:39:18 +0200

I have well over 300+ posts about impact on the environment by air pollution, Big Oil, wind generation, solar PV, battery storage tech, etc. I have now created categories in this group which can easily be filtered to see posts just relating to that category (this is why I love social media that has proper groups and categories for posting from a profile).

I have a similar group at MeWe which has a tag cloud of tags relating to all posts, and by clicking on the tag it would achieve a similar result.

See Green Technology and Environment

#environment #technology #EV #solar #socialmedia

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Cross-Platform Luminance HDR is an open-source GUI tool that provides an easy-to-use toolkit for HDR imaging

Date Published: Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:42:53 +0200

It is also available on all major Linux operating systems and is excellent for photographers. It offers some quite advanced functionality that will be appreciated by photographers.

See a guide for installations on Linux at How to install Luminance HDR

#technology #opensource #photography

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Luminance HDR is an open-source GUI tool that provides an easy to use toolkit for HDR imaging. It is available on all major Linux operating systems and is

Jeff Bezos invests in Africa-focused fintech start-up called Chipper Cash for transferring cash between African countries and abroad

Date Published: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:27:33 +0200

“Jeff Bezo’s backing of Chipper Cash will widen the company’s product suite through inclusion of more business payment solutions, crypto-currency trading options and investment services,” the company said in an e-mailed statement.

Chipper Cash enables instant cross-border mobile money transfers in Africa and abroad and will use the funds for expansion into countries it will announce in 2021. The company has three million users on its platform across Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa, and processes an average of 80 000 transactions daily, according to the statement.

See Jeff Bezos invests in Africa-focused fintech start-up - TechCentral

#technology #banking #Africa

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Jeff Bezos has agreed to back Africa-focused financial technology company Chipper Cash, making it his first start-up investment on the continent.

WhatsApp Soundly Beaten As New Facebook Messenger Alternative Goes Live but FB Messenger is not most secure platform and neither is Google Messenger E2EE... But we still have Signal

Date Published: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:13:04 +0200

Whatsapp has made a rather half-hearted attempt at disappearing messages more to save space than to be secure. Even their FB Messenger has done a better job as the article points out.

Google's own Messenger went live globally this week with the RCS messaging protocol but it is "not yet implementing end-to-end-encryption". Telegram still defaults to non-E2EE although it is feature packed especially for large group management.

The free solution is still available from Signal though. Out of the more "mainstream" messengers it is still the most solid secure messenger with features most users are  needing.

See WhatsApp Soundly Beaten As Stunning New Messenger Alternative Goes Live

#technology #instantmessaging #security #privacy

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If you use WhatsApp, it's not as secure as you might think...

Linux KDE users can easily display any webpage as a live updated desktop wallpaper

Date Published: Sun, 22 Nov 2020 22:38:36 +0200

I did this short video to show how easy it is to use any webpage to show it updating live as a desktop wallpaper on a KDE desktop. I used a ham radio page that updates JS8Call digital contacts but you could use this for watching news, sports, results, and anything else. You could also opt to have the page be interactive as well. Other KDE plugins will also display live video as wallpapers and you can see some of these in the video when I show the plugin list to select from.

The only downside you may notice is that Firefox shows the day / night shadow whilst this uses Chromium based rendering which is not showing that shadow overlay.

Watch at Live Webpage as a Desktop Wallpaper on KDE Desktop

#technology #linux #KDE #HTMLWallpaper

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This video is for Linux KDE Desktop users who want to have a webpage updating as a live wallpaper in the background. I used a plugin called HTML Wallpaper to...

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