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20 Useful Telegram Bots to Wean You Off WhatsApp

Date Published: Sun, 8 Sep 2019 13:38:48 +0200

OK, so WhatsApp IS the most widely-used instant messaging app, but it’s certainly not the best. The Facebook-owned software has many worthy competitors, one of which is Telegram.

Telegram bots are useful tools that can do everything from helping you streamline your productivity to helping you discover new music. There are literally thousands of bots available on Telegram.

Covered in this linked article are:
1. Weatherman
2. Feed Reader for RSS
3. What Music
4. DeLorean to set reminder notes
5. Crypto Whale to track cryptocurrency price movements
6. Just Dharma Quotes
7. GetMedia to download photos, video, and audio from most of the leading social networks
8. Pomodoro Timer is a time-management methodology
9. To PDF is a productivity bot
10. Skeddy also for reminders
11. UberTaxi
12. Wolfram Bot
13. Spotybot is a multi-functional Spotify bot
14. Giphy GIF Search
15. PronunciationBot for 84 languages
16. Trending Bot
17. Text to Speech Bot (or should this one be speech to text?)
18 Markdown Bot to add bold, italic and underlining to messages
19. PokerBot
20. Storebot

See https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/telegram-bots-whatsapp-users/

#telegram #messenger
#^20 Useful Telegram Bots to Wean You Off WhatsApp

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Telegram bots can save you tons of time and help you be more productive. Here are some of the better ones that are worth your time.

The 19 Best Self-Defense Products For Women - Most Are Non-Lethal But Some Are Not

Date Published: Sun, 8 Sep 2019 13:00:04 +0200

The linked article lists some of the most popular and effective self-defense gadgets for women and college students. A few quick tips to help you decide which item will be best for your situation.

  • When it comes to picking the best self-defense device for women it basically comes down to what you find most comfortable carrying. If for some reason, you find a specific self-defense weapon a burden carrying with you, you are likely to not have it on you which defeats its whole purpose.
  • Personal protection devices come in a few categories, there are impact weapons, sprays and maces, and stun guns and tasers. Before you buy a female self-defense product decide if you prefer a range or melee device. Most women, and men too, will prefer to deal with a mugger or rapist from a distance. However, in certain situations, this is not realistic. For instance, when you need to defend yourself in really crowded spaces a melee weapon will be more effective.
  • Do your diligence when buying cute, non-masculine looking self-defense items that are specially designed to look appealing to women. Shiny products that look like jewellery or have a bling factor might not be your most effective option.
  • Also, keep in mind that no device is 100% effective. Yet the 15 products listed here are all known and proven to be potential lifesavers.
  • If the situation warrants it (you feel immediately threatened) and you have a non-lethal product, rather use it and apologise later as the initiative can be lost if you waiver.
  • Practice a bit with whatever you choose so that you can bring it into action quickly and not fumble around.
  • Always check expiry dates of any spray or battery-based products and replace them in time.

See https://www.hobbr.com/self-defense-products-for-women/

#selfdefense #women #rapedefense
#^The 19 Best Self Defense Products For Women – hobbr

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Below are the most popular and effective self defense gadgets for women and college students. First a few quick tips to help you decide which item will be best for your situation. 1. When it comes to picking the best self-defense device for women it basically comes down to what you find most comfortable carrying. If, for some reason, you find a ...

How Much Should Enterprises Worry About Vendor Lock-in in Public Cloud? Not so much with IaaS but SaaS is a different story

Date Published: Sun, 8 Sep 2019 09:11:31 +0200

It is true that when we bought dedicated hardware in the years before IaaS cloud we were locked into that hardware for a period but any cloud-based Infrasture-As-A-Service offering you sign up for today and could cancel in 6 months with nothing lost as you move to a different provider (you pay only for what you use and when).

However, when subscribing to something more at a software (Software-As-A-Service) level like say Office 365 when you end that subscription you have just your documents but no more application to read or edit them. Office 365 does not include perpetual use of a desktop client version of the software. The same goes for Adobe Cloud. An obvious answer may be to rather save everything in open data formats like ODF, PDF, etc but most people do not do this and often this cloud-based software does not support those formats properly (for good reason,m why would they want you to be able to en your service with them?).

You could achieve similar results though by using something like Nextcloud (or Dropbox/GDRive) to sync and share documents created using free LibreOffice.

See https://www.business2community.com/cloud-computing/how-much-should-enterprises-worry-about-vendor-lock-in-in-public-cloud-02237481

#cloud #IaaS #SaaS
#^How Much Should Enterprises Worry About Vendor Lock-in in Public Cloud?

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One of the key drivers to a multi-cloud strategy is the fear of vendor lock-in. “Vendor lock-in” means that a……

COBOL turns 60 - Why it will outlive us all

Date Published: Sun, 8 Sep 2019 08:57:45 +0200

In computing's early years, the only languages were machine and assembler. In those days, computing science really was "science." Clearly, there needed to be an easier language for programming those hulking early mainframes. That language, named in September 1959, became Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL).

"While market sizing is difficult to specify with any accuracy, we do know the number of organizations running COBOL systems today is in the tens of thousands. Any time you phone a call center, any time you transfer money, or check your account, or pay a mortgage, or renew or get an insurance quote, or when contacting a government department, or shipping a parcel, or ordering some flowers, or buying something online at a whole range of retailers, or booking a vacation, or a flight, or trading stocks, or even checking your favorite baseball team's seasonal statistics, you are interacting with COBOL."

See https://www.zdnet.com/article/cobol-turns-60-why-it-will-outlive-us-all/

#COBOL #programming
#^COBOL turns 60: Why it will outlive us all | ZDNet

In the beginning, there was machine languages and assembler. Neither was easy to use, but then along came COBOL, and everything changed.

Ford Survey Finds Most People Have No Idea What An Electric Car Is Or What It Can Do - 42% of Americans said they believe electric cars still run on gasoline

Date Published: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 22:15:02 +0200

Ford commissioned a study. And boy, did it ever get a truckload of negative feedback from the people it hopes will be buying its electric vehicles. Here are some of the findings, as reported by CNET Road Show and The Drive. If the following leaves you shaking your head in disbelief, you’re not alone.

  • 42% of Americans said they believe electric cars still run on gasoline.
  • 67% said electric vehicles have no towing capacity.
  • 65% said they would not consider an all-wheel-drive electric vehicle.
  • 80% said electric vehicles don’t work in hot or cold conditions.

A lack of incentives for dealers to sell hybrids and electrics, a lack of training for the salespeople who sell them, and an incessant industry campaign to roll back emissions standards all conspired to leave the public dazed and confused. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Detroit. It tolls for thee.

So ironically now a lot of this misinformation is counting against the big car manufacturers who finally now want to market their electric vehicles. Beware of what seeds you sow, as the minds of the general public take many years to change eg. eating fat would make you fat.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2019/09/06/ford-survey-finds-most-people-have-no-idea-what-an-electric-car-is-or-what-it-can-do/

#EV #Ford
#^Ford Survey Finds Most People Have No Idea What An Electric Car Is Or What It Can Do

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As it prepares to launch its first electric SUV next year, Ford is starting a new campaign to educate the public about the benefits of electric cars. It's about time.

10 Older But Still Very Useful Telegram Features You Should Be Using

Date Published: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 21:16:43 +0200

If you’re still using WhatsApp or one of the many slick WhatsApp alternatives, you may be interested in checking out reasons to start using Telegram instead. But if you’re convinced that Telegram is the future and have already switched over, here’s a list of lesser-known Telegram features that you may have overlooked but should be using.

Covered in more detail are:
1. Multiple Phone Numbers
2. Multiple Profile Pictures
3. Secret Chats
4. Customize Your Telegram Theme
5. Telegram Bots inc weather, RSS, UberTaxi, Giphy GIF search, etc

When I look at all that Telegram does (and which WhatsApp cannot do) it boggles my mind that so many people still use WhatsApp. But it is good to see about every week or two I see more of my contacts joining Telegram so clearly there is an increasing takeup.

See https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/useful-telegram-features/

#telegram #whatsapp
#^10 Useful Telegram Features You Should Be Using

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You've made the switch to Telegram, but are you using it to its fullest? In this article, we pinpoint several useful Telegram features you may have overlooked.

13 Best Shaving Soaps – Easier Shaving With a Luxury Lather - I still prefer Soaps over Gels or Creams

Date Published: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 21:03:34 +0200

If a high-quality shaving soap is a gourmet dish of spaghetti bolognaise prepared in Italy, then shaving cream is two-minute noodles.

When it comes to men’s products, shaving soap has been around for just about as long as the concept of shaving itself. These days, canned shaving cream has mostly taken its place on convenience store shelves. However, those who value tradition, quality and luxury still suds up with a quality puck when it’s time to trim their whiskers. Though it requires a bit more time and effort, these products are perfect for men who value class, grandeur, and the timelessness of quality shave.

Speaking generally, shaving soap usually has higher-quality ingredients that allow for heightened performance. Because products like shaving cream must include additional preservatives and accelerants in order to permit canned storage, their overall quality is inevitably lesser. Shaving soaps, on the other hand, generally have straightforward, natural ingredients list. For those who are truly invested in the quality of their shave, there’s no better option.

This is an excellent article that explains the differences between soaps, gels and creams, as well as terms such as triple-milled, semi-hard and croap. It also covers some of the types of ingredients and finishes off with a list of some of the best-rated soaps - I've used the Mitchell's Wool Fat, Tabac Original and Taylor of Old Bond Street - all excellent.

See https://beardoholic.com/best-shaving-soap/

#traditionalshaving #wetshaving #shavingsoap
#^13 Best Shaving Soaps - Easier Shaving With a Luxury Lather - Sep. 2019

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When it comes to men’s products, shaving soap has been around for just about as long as the concept of shaving itself. These days, canned shaving cream has mostly taken its place on convenience store shelves. TOP 5 Best Shaving Soaps (summary) Proraso (Check out on Amazon) (Our Pick) (Smoothest and Closest Shave) Henry Cavendish Himalaya …

A default Raspberry Pi with RPITX software and a short wire antenna can transmit AM, FM, SSB 5 KHz up to 1500 MHz

Date Published: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 20:08:05 +0200

True it is only transmitting a few mW but it genuinely does these transmission modes at these frequencies with only a piece of wire connected to one of the pins on the board - no extra hardware modules added. Who said Raspberry Pi's are not amazing!

This is quite a useful way to demonstrate how RF transmitting works to youngsters. Of course, its got to be remembered that without a bandpass filter this is going to generate some interference and apart from that transmission is regulated in most countries.

Watch a short video of how it works at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsy-TAFNs90 and the source code can be found at https://github.com/F5OEO/rpitx

#RPITX #raspberrypi #amateurradio
#^Raspberry Pi Transmitter with RPITX Version 2

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US: https://www.amazon.com/shop/techminds UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/techminds Here we take a look at RPITX Version 2 which has a nice and easy to use...

Ranking Beans (and Legumes) By How Healthy They Are

Date Published: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 14:30:07 +0200

This insight is according to Dana Hunnes, senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, who waxed poetic about beans and legumes during our recent ranking of meat alternatives. “These, of course, are all-natural, full of healthy protein and fiber and contain no added salt,” Hunnes explained, adding that beans and legumes also have a super low carbon footprint. “One hundred grams of beans have around 21 grams of protein (some have more, some have slightly less), whereas 100 grams of chicken has 30 grams. So for anyone concerned about protein content, beans and legumes (pulses, as they’re called in other countries) are great.”

See the rankings and information at https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/ranking-beans-and-legumes-by-how-healthy-they-are

#health
#^Ranking Beans (and Legumes) by How Healthy They Are | MEL Magazine

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Beans, beans, the musical fruit! The more you eat, the more you… evolve into the pinnacle of human existence? This insight is according to Dana...

How to open source your academic work in 7 steps

Date Published: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 13:26:57 +0200

Academic work fits nicely into the open-source ethos: The higher the value of what you give away, the greater your academic prestige and earnings. Professors accomplish this by sharing their best ideas for free in journal articles in peer-reviewed literature. This is our currency, without a strong publishing record not only would our ability to progress in our careers degrade, but even our jobs could be lost (and the ability to get any other job).

This situation makes attribution or credit for developing new ideas and technologies critical to an academic, and it must be done in the peer-reviewed literature. Many young academics struggle with how to pull this off while working with an open-source community and keeping their academic publishing record strong. There does not need to be a conflict. In fact, by fully embracing open source, there are distinct advantages (e.g., it is hard to get scooped by unethical reviewers when you have a time- and date-stamped open-access preprint published for all the world to see).

Academics should not be concerned about working in open source at all at this point, as open source is now mainstream academia in software and has even been embraced by the hardware community.

See the 7 steps which include some useful links as well at https://opensource.com/article/19/9/how-open-source-academic-work

#academia #opensource #publishing
#^How to open source your academic work in 7 steps

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Academic work fits nicely into the open source ethos: The higher the value of what you give away, the greater your academic prestige and earnings. Professors accomplish this by sharing their best ideas for free in journal articles in peer-reviewed literature. This is our currency, without a strong publishing record not only would our ability to progress in our careers degrade, but even our jobs could be lost (and the ability to get any other job).

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