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Using Gnome Shell – Day 5

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g33q.co.za: I discovered something really neat, Gnome-Shell lets you record .ogg video of your desktop! I decided to end my fifth day with Gnome-Shell with some video of basic things I have blogged about in the previous days.

Google Releases Command-Line Tool For Linux

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  • Google releases command line tool for accessing Web services
  • Command line tool for the Google services

Configure Conky with ConkyWizard

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linux-magazine.com: If fiddling with configuration files is not your cup of tea, you'll appreciate the ConkyWizard utility which lets you configure Conky's settings using a user-friendly graphical interface.

Comparing Linux Photo Managers…Which Is The Best For Your Everyday Use?

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maketecheasier.com: When you work with large amounts of photos, it can get tiresome to have to manually manage the file and directory structures. To help resolve this, many people use photo managers.

Google opens up VP8 for Web video tweaks

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cnet.com: One month after releasing its open-source, royalty-free VP8 video compression technology, the company already is working on significant revisions to the technology.

Get simple access to encrypted Linux filesystems with cryptmount

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sourceforge.net: Version 2.4.x of the Linux kernel allowed easy access to encrypted filesystems via the loopback device. While the 2.6 series provides improved facilities in the form of the device-mapper, they are more complicated to use and require superuser privileges. To get back to simplicity, English developer RW Penney created cryptmount.

Encrypt the Web with the HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Extension

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eff.org: Today EFF and the Tor Project are launching a public beta of a new Firefox extension called HTTPS Everywhere.

Network Security: Three open-source options

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csoonline.com: In this article I will introduce you to a few of the commercially-supported open-source network security options currently available in the marketplace today. With open-source networking you can enjoy the benefits of lower costs, greater security, flexibility, extensibility and full enterprise support.

Four console document converters

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kmandla.wordpress: I am cursed as a member of middle management, which means part of my responsibility in real life is to filter the resumes of potential employees. It gives me the chance to mess with document converters.

Redshift Keeps Your Eyes Sharp & Helps You Sleep

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makeuseof.com: If you spend a lot of time looking at your computer – and if you read this blog I’m betting you do – you might notice that after a while your eyes start to hurt, and that you have trouble going to sleep at night. There’s a good reason for this:

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    I get a lot of questions on how to perform various tasks from a Linux shell/terminal. In the interest of making a simple cheat sheet—something I can point people to that will help them get rolling with terminal powers—what follows are my recommendations for how to perform various types of communication from your shell. I’m talking about the normal sort of communication most people perform via a web browser (or a handful of graphical applications) nowadays: Email, instant messaging, that sort of thing. Except, you know, running them entirely in a terminal—which you can run just about anywhere: in an SSH session on a remote server, on a handheld device, or even on your Android phone/tablet.
  • 5 signs that you are a Linux geek
    Linux users are a passionate bunch, and some are downright proud of their of their geekiness. But if you’re not sure about your status, a writer at MakeUseOf has a list of 5 signs that show you are a Linux geek.

Security News

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  • EU privacy watchdogs say Windows 10 settings still raise concerns
    European Union data protection watchdogs said on Monday they were still concerned about the privacy settings of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system despite the U.S. company announcing changes to the installation process. The watchdogs, a group made up of the EU's 28 authorities responsible for enforcing data protection law, wrote to Microsoft last year expressing concerns about the default installation settings of Windows 10 and users' apparent lack of control over the company's processing of their data. The group - referred to as the Article 29 Working Party -asked for more explanation of Microsoft's processing of personal data for various purposes, including advertising.

Android Leftovers

KDE Plasma 5.8.6 Released for LTS Users with over 80 Improvements, Bug Fixes

Today, February 21, 2017, KDE announced the availability of the sixth maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems. Read more