Xiaomi is gunning for Samsung and Huawei in South Africa - They were globally 2nd to Samsung for Q2/2021

Date Published: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 14:12:39 +0200

Xiaomi has seen significant growth in South Africa since establishing a dedicated local team in the country at the end of 2020.

There is good reason why their phones are selling so well, and for many it will become difficult to choose between Samsung and Xiaomi in the near future. On paper anyway, buck for buck, Xiaomi looks like it is offering slightly more than Samsung.

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#technology #southafrica #smartphones #xiaomi

Xiaomi has big plans for growth in South Africa, which could see the company biting into the market share of Huawei and Samsung.

Reverse Proxy with Nginx for Improved Security, Performance and SSL Termination: A Step-by-Step Setup Guide

Date Published: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 13:29:30 +0200

A reverse proxy is a server that sits between internal applications and external clients, forwarding client requests to the appropriate server. The reverse proxy service acts as a front-end and works by handling all incoming client requests and distributing them to the back-end web, database, or other servers. Then it forwards the response back to the client.

If you're hosting from home, you certainly want something like this running in front of all your services. My home router points all open ports to my reverse proxy, and any known URLs get defaulted to my external website to handle. If the command line is too daunting, you could consider checking my YouTube or Odysee channels where I also showed a GUI version running in a Docker container, with external subdomain names working for different services.

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#technology #reverseproxy #security #selfhosting #nginx

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step-by-step tutorial is going to show you how you can easily set up a reverse proxy with Nginx to improve security and performance.

Uptime Kuma: A free and open source self-hosted alternative to Uptime Robot

Date Published: Fri, 3 Sep 2021 22:35:33 +0200

Features include:
* Monitoring uptime for HTTP(s) / TCP / Ping / DNS Record
* Fancy, Reactive, Fast UI/UX
* Notifications via Telegram, Discord, Gotify, Slack, Pushover, Email (SMTP), and 70+ notification services
* 20 seconds interval

See GitHub - louislam/uptime-kuma: A fancy self-hosted monitoring tool

#technology #opensource #selfhosted #alternativeto #uptimekuma

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A fancy self-hosted monitoring tool. Contribute to louislam/uptime-kuma development by creating an account on GitHub.

Some Basic Linux Vocabulary and Terminology, to Help us Know what People are Talking about on Forums, etc.

Date Published: Fri, 3 Sep 2021 16:44:56 +0200

Although this was posted back in 2013, nothing really changes around the fundamentals of Linux. I looked through the list, and it is all as relevant today, except maybe no mention of Arch Linux, AUR, and pacman, but those are all relevant for Arch only, and it's derivatives.

This list is great for newbies to Linux though, who wanted some context on kernels, distros, desktops, panels, sym-links, RPM, KDE, GNOME, Debian, repos, mirrors, and more.

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Some Basic Linux Vocabulary, to Help us Know what People are Talking about on Forums, &tc.
by lectriclucas on We can make Linux Work

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#technology #linux #newbies #terminology

Security Researcher Develops Lightning Cable With Hidden Chip to Steal Passwords - Another End-Point Vulnerability That Could Affect Standard USB Too

Date Published: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 23:08:00 +0200

The "OMG Cable" works exactly like a normal Lightning to USB cable and can log keystrokes from connected Mac keyboards, iPads, and iPhones, and then send this data to a bad actor who could be over a mile away. They work by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot that a hacker can connect to, and using a simple web app they can record keystrokes.

The cables contain a small implanted chip and are physically the same size as authentic cables, making it extremely difficult to identify a malicious cable. The implant itself apparently takes up around half of the length of a USB-C connector's plastic shell, allowing the cable to continue to operate as normal.

So beware of those cheap 3rd party cables...

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#technology #security #vulnerability #USB

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A normal-looking Lightning cable that can used to steal data like passwords and send it to a hacker has been developed, Vice reports.

The...

Electric Pickups And Vans Are Now Available In Some African Markets Like Ghana, Zimbabwe, And Kenya — Time For Fleet Operators To Electrify

Date Published: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 22:59:19 +0200

A lot of these fleet operators will be in the market for pickups and vans. Electric & water utility companies, telecom firms, agriculture, mining companies, logistics firms, tour operators, municipalities, and provincial and national governments are some of the major fleet operators that regularly purchase pickups and vans. All of these vehicles have traditionally been ICE vehicles as there really weren’t any electric vans and pickups available in this part of the world. This is starting to change as several firms are now offering really great electric vans and pickups in some markets.

We haven’t started seeing any of these electric vans and pickups yet in South Africa, but it’s something OEMs and dealerships need to expedite. South Africa is Africa’s largest market for new vehicles. Electric pickups similar to the JAC T8 and Dongfeng Rich 6 EV with a range well over 300 km will do well in this market.

See Electric Pickups & Vans Are Now Available In Some African Markets — Time For Fleet Operators To Electrify

#environment #africa #EV #ghana #kenya #zimbabwe

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Fleet operators constitute the bulk of brand new motor vehicle purchases in a lot of markets on the continent. They also represent an essential customer segment — repeat customers! Fleet operators normally replace their fleets at regular intervals. These replacements are generally based on the vehicles covering a certain mileage or having been in service […]

Wallet Creator: How to manually add your vaccination certificate (or other QR coded cards) to Apple Wallet for easy access

Date Published: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 22:48:32 +0200

Apple Wallet is usually a quick double-press away on the iPhone or Apple Watch to pull up payment cards or travel cards. In a very few places you can already add drivers licenses and IDs, but beyond that, not much else (I did note Discovery Health in South Africa does a quick add of your health insurance as a digital card too).

Wallet Creator is an app that allows you to easy scan QR codes and manually add these with some details to Apple Wallet, no matter what region you are in. It works ideally with a QR code being scanned, because although it can also scan a photo or image, this ends up as a tiny thumbnail only, as far as I can see.

Just a pity my vaccination card has no QR code, and the imported image is too small to read.

See How to manually add your vaccination certificate to Apple Wallet

#technology #applewallet #digitalcard #vaccinationcard

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Whenever you’re requested to show your vaccination certificate, you’re a double side click away from entering your favorite spot.

EasyEffects for Linux - An open source audio effects application for recording audio

Date Published: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 21:38:58 +0200

This application used to be called PulseEffects but it was renamed to EasyEffects after we started to use GTK4 and replaced GStreamer by native PipeWire filters.

This is really useful for cleaning up audio when doing recordings for videos. Yes OBS Studio has many of these built-in, but if you are using third party screen recorders like say SimpleScreenRecorder, they have no audio input processing, and this is where EasyEffects is really useful. There are a good 23 effects, but some like auto gain, compressor, equalizer, and noise reduction will be most useful.

I installed from AUR for Arch Linux, but there is also a Flatpak install that should install on most Linux distros.

See GitHub - wwmm/easyeffects: Limiter, compressor, convolver, equalizer and auto volume and many other plugins for PipeWire applications

#technology #Linux #EasyEffects #Audio #Recording #opensource

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Limiter, compressor, convolver, equalizer and auto volume and many other plugins for PipeWire applications - GitHub - wwmm/easyeffects: Limiter, compressor, convolver, equalizer and auto volume and...

How to set up the Odoo business suite on Ubuntu Server - It's a powerful open source ERP system for businesses

Date Published: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 21:46:42 +0200

With Odoo, users can boost their sales, run POS, timesheets, help desks, inventory, and purchases. In this guide, they'll show you how to install Odoo on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Although the guide is for Ubuntu, Odoo also install files for Windows, Debian, and RPM. There are also mobile apps for Android and iOS to access the server side.

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#technology #opensource #ERP #Odoo

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Odoo is a business suite platform that runs on Ubuntu. With Odoo, users can boost their sales, run POS, timesheets, help desks, inventory, and purchases.

The Postmortem Password Problem - Google, LastPass, Bitwarden, etc allow you to set Emergency Contacts

Date Published: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 21:31:36 +0200

Death and passwords: two things we just can’t avoid. With so much of our lives tied up in cloud services nowadays, there’s good reason to worry about what happens to these accounts if we drop dead tomorrow. For many of us, important documents, photos, financial information and other data will be locked behind a login prompt. Your payment methods will also expire shortly after you have, which could lead to data loss if not handled promptly. The most obvious way to address this is to give a trusted party access in case of emergency.

The article below is food for thought certainly, but not comprehensive at all in terms of what services offer this. Emergency contacts are trusted users you nominate, who will either gain access by default if you are not using the account for a period and fail to respond to prompts, or else they can request access. A good password manager will quickly enable the accesses they need to get to photos, documents, social media accounts, etc. It's your choice, but it's worth also considering from your family's perspective too. Or yes you could save the master password on a piece of paper in your safe (assuming your family knows what to find where - you've planned all that haven't you...).
https://hackaday.com/2021/09/01/the-postmortem-password-problem/

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#technology #death #passwords

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Death and passwords: two things we just can’t avoid. With so much of our lives tied up in cloud services nowadays, there’s good reason to worry about what happens to these accounts if w…

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