MakuluLinux LinDoz Offers Windows Comfort Zone, but It's All Linux Under the Hood

Date Published: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 21:15:29 +0200

The LinDoz distro uses Microsoft Windows themes integrated with superior Linux functionality. It provides a comfortable, familiar computing platform for those looking for an easy-to-use alternative to the Windows OS platform. It runs a heavily tweaked version of the Cinnamon desktop.

LinDoz is not a Windows 7 or a Windows 10 clone, but users coming from those operating systems will feel right at home as a result of the Windows-style themes.

Combining that look and feel with the inclusion of Q4Wine, a GUI app to manage Wine, lets you bring your essential Microsoft programs to this Linux OS more easily than with other Linux options. Q4Wine enhances the functionality of the WINE Windows emulator.

However, users already familiar with Linux who have no need for Wine can just ignore or remove the emulator. They can change the theme choice to make the desktop view less like Windows. LinDoz is highly configurable beyond the look and feel of the themes.

See the review at MakuluLinux LinDoz Offers Windows Comfort Zone, but It's All Linux Under the Hood | Reviews | LinuxInsider

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A new MakuluLinux LinDoz release is pending last-minute finishing touches and is perhaps days away, according to developer Jacque Montague Raymer. It is designed to make using Linux easier than ever. Recently, Raymer discussed the trials and tribulations of advancing his Linux line of distros. He revealed a process that no doubt is similar to what confronts many software developers.

The Background Story of AppImage [Interview with its Creator] - And why its not the same as Flatpak or Snap

Date Published: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 20:52:36 +0200

As a Linux user, you might have come across AppImages. This is a portable packaging format that allows you to run an application on any Linux distribution.

With AppImage, you get a software stack where the application author had a chance to cherry-pick which versions of libraries work together, test and tune both functionality and performance. As of early 2020, there are now around 1,000 official AppImages made by the respective application authors that are passing his compatibility tests and can run on the oldest still-supported Ubuntu LTS release.

Using AppImage is really simple. You just need to give it execute permission and double click to run it, like the .exe files in Windows. This solves a major problem in Linux as different kind of distributions have different kind of packaging formats. You cannot install .deb files (of Debian/Ubuntu) on Fedora and vice versa.

AppImage wants to be what exe files or PortableApps are for Windows and what apps inside dmg files are on the Mac – but better.

See the interview with Simon Peter at Interacting with Simon Peter, the creator of AppImage

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We talked to Simon, the developer of AppImage, about how and why he created this project. Read some of the interesting background story and insights Simon shares about AppImage.

Analyzing The Traditional Wet Shaving Industry In 2020 - Looks like 'Hardware' is ascending while some 'Software' is declining

Date Published: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 20:00:19 +0200

Ready or not 2020 is here! A new year has begun. What better way for a traditional wet shaver to kick it off than to look at the latest trends of popular wet shaving gear (because we always want something more...)? Will these trends stand the test of time? We’ll just have to check back at the end of the year to find out. Let’s take a look at some of the items that have recently changed perspective amongst wet shavers and look at some of the reasons why.

See the trends at Analyzing The Traditional Wet Shaving Industry In 2020 - Sharpologist

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Ready or not 2020 is here! A new year has begun. What better way for a traditional wet shaver to kick it off than to look at the latest trends of popular wet shaving gear? Will these trends stand the test of time? We’ll just have to check back at the end of the year to …

'Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux', squawks West Midlands Police - Or drives a Toyota, or uses a Nokia phone?

Date Published: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 19:34:39 +0200

The UK's National Crime Agency has publicly distanced itself from a poster urging parents to call police if their child has installed Kali Linux, Tor or – brace yourself – Discord. Issued by the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU) via local area councils, the poster in question lists a slack handful of common infosec tools – as well as some that clearly have nothing to do with computer security.

Apart from the fact most kids will now want to go try these out, most people use the tools they do so that they are not spying on by anyone, whether government, Google, Facebook or advertisers.

Two things come to mind and clever commenters have already noted them:
1. Maybe this police entity is looking for cheap IT support?
2. Maybe it's an attempt to relive 1984 or Nazi Germany and get family to betray their family?

It's what you do with your car, computer, telephone, public road etc - you can't outlaw the road, the car, the phone or computer itself. Any social network too had good and bad apples, but we can't bring down the network for the good apples because of two or three bad apples.

See Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

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Maybe stick to walking the beat instead of infosec advice, eh?

Huawei to launch flagship phones without Google in South Africa - And how they will ensure Facebook, Whatsapp, etc installs for users

Date Published: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 19:19:21 +0200

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will launch upcoming flagship smartphones in South Africa, even though they don’t have access to Google Mobile Services, the company said on Friday.

The company is working hard to ensure it’s as easy as possible for consumers to access popular apps, including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, without access to Google’s Play store.

Though many apps are already available through Huawei’s AppGallery alternative, Mohamed conceded that some apps will have to be loaded directly from links to the APK (Android application) files, including Facebook. These links will be available in AppGallery and will be secure, Mohamed said. It will offer 24-hour access to a support call centre, a WhatsApp line as well as installing customer service points in more than 100 shopping centres across South Africa.

See Huawei to launch flagship phones without Google in South Africa - TechCentral

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Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will launch upcoming flagship smartphones in South Africa, even though they don’t have access to Google Mobile Services, the company said on Friday.

New electric vehicle fast-charger can be deployed to conventional power sources and can charge two e-cars with up to 150 kilowatts of power at the same time

Date Published: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 13:40:52 +0200

The charger integrates a battery system, making it possible to install ultra-fast charging stations at a much lower cost without civil engineering or mains connection, the companies claimed. “The quick charging system can charge two e-cars with up to 150 kilowatts of power at the same time, thus providing an additional range of around 200 km on average in just 15 minutes,” the statement said. The charging station is fed by a standard 16- to 63-ampere power connection to ensure that it has sufficient capacity at all times.

Tesla’s V3 Supercharger stations currently offer the fastest charging capability, with a peak rate of up to 250kW. This means it takes five minutes to add around 120km of range.

See New electric vehicle fast-charger can be installed anywhere

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Volkswagen and electric utility company E.ON have revealed a prototype quick electric vehicle charger that can be deployed to conventional power sources without the need for other additional infrastructure upgrades.

Google pulling out of free Wi-Fi project in South Africa (and rest of the World) - Yet another project abandoned by Google but at least not killed off

Date Published: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 13:27:39 +0200

Google Station, which is Google’s global free Wi-Fi programme, is shutting down across the world. This includes its partnership with Think Wi-Fi in South Africa. “We are transferring our Station operations in South Africa to Think WiFi, who will now carry out the project independently.”

“The launch of the free Wi-Fi initiative in the Western Cape has been more successful than anticipated and plans are already underway to roll free Wi-Fi out to the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and some areas in Mpumalanga,” said Think WiFi CEO Janine Rebelo. Internet sessions are 30 minutes in length, and to initiate or extend a session users must watch a video advert.

We can see now why so many people are getting very cautious about getting excited about anything new from Google. Their core business is Search and is built on advertising. Yes GMail has also been going a long time, as has Maps, but I suspect it is because the information from both is very useful to Google. I also suspect this is why GMail has never got any built-in end-to-end encryption like OpenPGP.

But its not just Google... You need to look at what a company's core products are (those that it stands by and is known for). Microsoft used to be Windows and MS Office (the former has become less important as it moves Office into its cloud offering). But consider how many messenger platforms Microsoft has gone through, and Windows phone... Flight Simulator, MSN Groups, Dynamics Entrepreneur, Questions and Answers. I paid for MS Money back in the day and it was abandoned...

If you can install and use it locally you have a reasonable chance to continue using the abandoned product for a while, but of course if its hosted in the cloud your service could be dead within months. Best is not to assume anything is long term in the digital world.

See Google pulling out of free Wi-Fi project in South Africa

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Google Station, which is Google’s global free Wi-Fi programme, is shutting down.

Low self-discharge batteries like the Panasonic Eneloop and Powerex Imedion still hold about 90% of their charge after a year on the shelf

Date Published: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 10:13:25 +0200

They can cost slightly more than standard Ni-Mh rechargeables but generally have about double (1,000 or for Eneloops 2,100 cycles) the recharge cycles. So again you more than recoup your money especially compared to Alkalines.

Apart from that, they are similar to normal Ni-Mh characteristics running most of their cycle flat at 1.2V and down to 1V. I've started using rechargeables in my weather station, and I notice the device reports a low battery. This is because normal Alkalines start off at 1.5V and steadily drop over their usage period down to 0.8V. The Ni-MH start at a bit above 1.2V but drop to 1.2V and remain flat at 1.2V for ages until they start to actually get near the end of their cycle when they drop quickly to 1V. Most battery level indicators are set for Alkalanes so think the 1.2V is a "low battery". So if all goes well my weather station should just show :"low battery" for a couple of months.

So the Eneloop and Imedion batteries could also be better for use in very low drain devices such as remote controls - imagine that, one set of batteries for your remote - your remote will die before you ever need to buy another set of batteries!

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What Every Open Source Software User Needs to Know About Open Source Licenses

Date Published: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:54:13 +0200

Not all free and open source (OS) software licenses have been created to achieve the same goals, and failure to understand the differences can have dire consequences. Some OS licenses are business-friendly in that they allow the code to be combined with downstream proprietary applications without imposing open source licensing requirements on those downstream applications. Others do not allow such combinations in any circumstances (at least if the developer wishes the products to remain proprietary), and some licenses fall somewhere in between these two extremes. Here is the minimum knowledge your company and development team should have regarding OS license types before incorporating OS code into software you develop.

Permissive, MIT, BSD, CopyLeft, GPL, weak and strong GPL are some of the license terms covered.

See What Every Open Source Software User Needs to Know About Open Source Licenses | ConsortiumInfo.org

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Not all free and open source (OS) software licenses have been created to achieve the same goals, and failure to understand the differences can have dire consequences.  Some OS licenses are business-friendly in that they allow the code to be combined with downstream proprietary applications without imposing open source licensing requirements on...

Now you can actually call an Uber - anyone in Arizona USA (for now) that is

Date Published: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 18:09:37 +0200

Starting Thursday, anyone in Arizona can call 1-833-USE-UBER (that's 1-833-873-8237) to book an UberX, Comfort, Black, SUV, and Assist or WAV rides in some cities for people who need assistance or who use a wheelchair. The number is supposed to help those without a smartphone or who don't or can't use the Uber app, for whatever reason.

If you want to call an Uber you call the number (did you memorize it yet?) from a cellphone that can get texts. A live human will pick up. You give your credit card information along with pickup and drop-off info. The support person will give an upfront price estimate. If it's your first time ever using Uber you'll have to confirm a verification code and agree to terms of service.

Then you're sent text messages with all the pertinent Uber information (license plate number, driver name, ETA, and such) without ever opening the Uber app. Almost everything is the same as the traditional Uber app experience, except for tipping. For now, if you want your driver to get tipped, bring cash.

My comment: Right now though anyone can actually book an Uber for someone else using the app - you just make sure you select the correct start and end destination (even if in another country). You'd use one of your linked payment methods and would need to inform the rider what description car and driver will be arriving. It's not ideal but will do the job remotely for anyone.

See Now you can actually call an Uber

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Got a pen? It's 1-833-USE-UBER.

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