My Linux Build Software Checklist

What software do I always install after setting up a new PC with Linux? Here’s my list:

Linux “Must Have Software”

Office: LibreOffice
Image Manipulation: Gimp
Editor: Notepadqq
Browser: Vivaldi or Brave
Audio Player: VLC Player
Video Capture from Sites:
Email (Local) Thunderbird
Bible: E-Sword (under WINE)
VPN: IPVanish
VNC: Remmina
MP3 Tag Editor: easyTag –
PC Cleaner/Monitor: Stacer
Video Recorder: Cheese
Screen Recorder: Simple Screen Recorder
Games: Frozen Bubble
WYSIWYG HTML Editor: BlueGriffon

Manjaro Version 19.0 “Kyria” is Out!

Manjaro 19.0

“We are happy to publish another stable release of Manjaro Linux, named Kyria.

The Xfce edition remains our flagship offering and has received the attention it deserves. Only a few can claim to offer such a polished, integrated and leading-edge Xfce experience. With this release we ship Xfce 4.14 and have mostly focused on polishing the user experience with the desktop and window manager. Also we have switched to a new theme called Matcha. A new feature Display-Profiles allows you to store one or more profiles for your preferred display configuration. We also have implemented auto-application of profiles when new displays are connected.

Our KDE edition provides the powerful, mature and feature-rich Plasma 5.17 desktop environment with a unique look-and-feel, which we completely re-designed for this release. The full set of Breath2-themes includes light and dark versions, animated splash-screen, Konsole profiles, Yakuake skins and many more little details. We have rounded off text editor Kate with some additional color schemes and offer Plasma-Simplemenu as an alternative to the traditional Kickoff-Launcher. With a wide selection of latest KDE-Apps 19.12.2 and other applications Manjaro-KDE aims to be a versatile and elegant environment ready for all your everyday needs.

In Gnome edition which is based on version 3.34 series, we also have included a visual refresh for several applications and the desktop itself. The background selection settings also received a redesign, making it easier to select custom backgrounds. By default we added our own dynamic wallpaper that changes throughout the day. GNOME 3.34 also introduces custom folders in the application overview: Simply drag an application icon on top of another to create a folder. Folders are automatically removed again when all icons have been dragged out. With a simpler desktop layout we gain more stability. Our new Gnome-Layout-Switcher enables you to change your desktop layout easily with preset layouts mimicking popular operating systems. Available layouts are: Manjaro, Vanilla Gnome, Mate/Gnome2, Traditional Desktop/Windows, Modern Desktop/MacOs, Unity/Ubuntu Theme. We also automatically change between dark and light theme when Nightlight is triggered. A new theme for the login screen and the addition of Feral’s Gamemode round up our Gnome edition.

Kernel 5.4 LTS is used for this release, such as the latest drivers available to date. Relative to the last installation media release, our tools have been improved and polished.

Pamac 9.3 series received a few updates. With a more robust and reliable transaction backend our update process should be much smoother now. Also we improved package sorting by relevance in our GTK-UI. Enhancing our package management we have enabled snap and flatpak support by default. You can now install snaps or flatpaks very easily, with our new tool Bauh and make use of a larger selection of the latest Linux applications.

We hope you enjoy this release and let us know what you think of Kyria.”

Logitech’s New Streamcam!

Logitech StreamcamThis camera looks pretty good, I am looking forward to trying it out! The software that comes with it, even hass some pretty decent switching and image insert features for multi-cam usage!

Logitech has a brand new webcam for streamers, and you can mount it vertically

PC Gamer – By: Joanna Nelius – “I’ve favored Logitech’s C920 for years for its simplicity and picture quality. It’s been my go-to webcam for both streaming and office meetings, but I’ve always found it annoying that I couldn’t mount it in a number of different positions on my monitor bezel. The new webcam Logitech launched today, the StreamCam, is everything the C920 is and more, but for a lot more money.

You can mount it either horizontally or vertically, rotate it on multiple axes, and tilt it down at a full 90-degree angle. It also comes with a second mount base should you want to mount the StreamCam to a tabletop tripod instead of your monitor, and is fully supported by XSplit and OBS. It also features auto-framing and image stabilization to reduce camera shake should you accidentally bump your knee into your desk.

That’s just the start of things to love about the StreamCam, but of course it doesn’t come cheap: $170, $100 more than the C920 and $70 more than the C922 and Razer’s Kiyo. (You do get a three-month XSplit premium subscription thrown in for free if you buy the StreamCam from Logitech’s website.)

Here’s a quick rundown of the specs:

  • Max resolution: 1080p/60fps in Mjpeg (motion jpeg)
  • Focus/Exposure: Smart Auto
  • FOV: 78 degrees
  • Connection: USB-C 3.1
  • Microphone: Stereo / Dual Mono
  • Lens: f/2.0 – focal length 3.7mm

Compared to the C920, C922, and Razer’s Kiyo, you can stream at a faster framerate and higher resolution—and of course the StreamCam has vertical video, a two axis mount, and the option to use the built in microphone in a dual mono mode, which the other webcams don’t.

But what stands out to here is the f-number. F/2.0 is a wide maximum aperture, so the StreamCam could be used in low light situations and still churn out a decent image. We were able to briefly test it under soft room lighting, and the resulting image looked well-lit and balanced.

However, you might want to think about getting a good secondary light source if you don’t already have one anyway. Unlike Razer’s Kiyo, the StreamCam does not have a built in light. Not having a good light source could cause a dip in framerate since the aperture needs to open wider to let more light in. If you care more about framerate over exposure, you might not get a perfect 60fps in super low light situations.

The StreamCam also opts for a USB-C connection instead of a USB-A. This isn’t a huge issue if you have a motherboard that was made in the last couple of years, as most come with a USB-C port, but if you don’t have one you can still use Logitech’s new webcam. You’ll just need a USB-C to USB-A 3.0 adapter, and you can usually find a two-pack for around $10.

While there is no 4K option like the Brio, it doesn’t always make sense to stream in 4K, which makes the StreamCam a good choice for anyone with a C920 or C922 looking for something with more features.

Logitech also revamped its Capture software to include a Dark Mode, new scene effects, and live text overlays. You can also adjust the white balance and other image settings, as well as prioritize frame rate or exposure in the software. To get access to some scene effects, however, you will need to create a free account via Logitech Capture and sign in. You can download the software for free here. (MacOS support is coming soon.)”

Get Rid of Netflix Autoplay!

NetflixDoesn’t it annoy you? How Netflix will autoplay thumbnails of shows? It did me! Now, there is a way to fix it!

1) Sign into your Netflix account on the web.
2) Click your profile photo in the upper right and choose “Manage Profiles.”
3) Choose the profile you want to disable autoplay on. Beneath the options for your profile name, language, and parental controls, you’ll see a section for autoplay controls.

Disable that sucker! Whew! Now, it won’t start running and there will be peace again!

Zorin OS

Zorin OS

Zorin OS

Your computer.
Easier. Better. More Secure. More Powerful.
Zorin OS is the alternative to Windows and macOS designed to make your computer faster, more powerful, secure, and privacy respecting.

Zorin OS is designed to be easy, so you won’t need to learn anything to get started. The Zorin Appearance app lets you change the desktop to resemble the environment you’re familiar with, whether it’s Windows, macOS or Linux.

Rock solid & reliable.
Built on an Ubuntu Linux foundation, Zorin OS runs on the same Open Source software that powers the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and more.

Resistant to viruses.
Thanks to Linux’s advanced security features, Zorin OS is resistant to viruses. Security patches and software updates are available for years to come.

The power to do anything.
From a full Microsoft Office-compatible office suite to professional photo editing software, Zorin OS comes with powerful apps out of the box. Countless more apps and games are available from the Software store and Steam.

Your office documents, music, videos and photos simply work. You can even run many Windows apps using Wine.

You can install Zorin OS alongside Windows or macOS, and choose which OS to use at boot-up.

Zorin OS is translated into over 50 languages and comes pre-loaded with assistive technologies.

Your data belongs to you.
Zorin OS doesn’t collect personal data, so advertisers and governments can’t spy on your activity. Because Zorin OS is Open Source, anyone can view its source code to ensure its security. It also comes with a firewall, so you can stay safe from attempts to compromise your information.

Runs fast on computers old & new.
Zorin OS works lightning fast and doesn’t slow down with updates. The Lite edition runs snappy on computers as old as 15 years, so you can breathe new life into old PCs.

Zorin Lite runs on a minimal PC:

CPU 700 MHz Single Core – 64-bit or 32-bit
RAM 512 MB
Storage 8 GB
Display 640 × 480 resolution”

Bring those old clunkers back to life, and consider how fast it is on a modern PC!

Soon there will be NO Ports in Smartphones!

People don’t like not having a 1/8 inch jack in their phone, what would you think of NO jack of any kind in their phone?

Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021

The Verge – By: Chaim Gartenberg – “Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a new research note predicting Apple’s next two years of iPhones, and there’s a wild new detail: Apple’s 2021 flagship iPhone will reportedly kill off the Lightning port, but USB-C fans (like myself) shouldn’t get too excited. According to Kuo’s note, Apple won’t replace the proprietary port with USB-C; rather, it will rely on an entirely wireless experience for charging and syncing, via 9to5Mac.

The change would be a big one for Apple, which has relied on the Lightning port for all of its phones since it was first introduced on the iPhone 5 in 2013. And while modern-day iPhones are certainly less reliant on physically syncing data, going to a fully wireless model would have huge ramifications across the tech industry, with everything from charging cable companies to headphone manufacturers being impacted. Obviously, we’re still a long way out from 2021 — Apple’s 2020 iPhones aren’t even here yet — but Kuo does have a good reputation for predicting Apple’s plans, meaning it’s entirely possible that this is what the future of iPhones will look like.

Additionally, Kuo’s note goes into more details about what to expect from Apple’s 2020 lineup, which he notes will feature five new phones. First up is the long-rumored iPhone SE 2, which Kuo says will have a 4.7-inch LCD display and a form factor nearly identical to the iPhone 8.

The fall lineup of iPhones is where things get a little odder. Kuo’s note says that Apple is planning four OLED iPhones, all of which will have 5G. Similar to this year’s phones, there’s reportedly going to be a high-end triple-camera model (which will also feature ToF technology), which will come in two sizes: a 6.1-inch model and a 6.7-inch model. Presumably, these two are replacements for the existing iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

There’s also a lower-end dual-camera model, similar to the standard iPhone 11. But unlike the current lineup, that dual-camera model will also come in two sizes. According to Kuo, the new model (let’s call it the iPhone 12) will feature a 6.1-inch size, similar to the current iPhone 11, but it’ll also come in a smaller 5.4-inch size.”

A Great Discussion of the Future of Tech

You may not care for Glenn Beck, but ignore the source on this one. Whether you like the interviewer or not, the issues discussed are real and thought provoking. PLEASE take the time to watch the discussion all the way through. It is FASCINATING!

“Technology is advancing faster than ever, and it’s not slowing down. This decade was the era of smart phones, streaming, and the internet of things. But with 5G and AI on the rise, high-tech executive Jeff Brown believes 2030 will be a new world. Brown is an early-stage tech investor and analyst who’s seen the modern technological revolution firsthand. He describes quantum computing as a moon landing and 5G as game-changing. He predicts a near future full of artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, wireless surgeries, genetic healing, cryptocurrencies, and more! But with equal advances in encryption hacking and the AI tracking abilities of Google, Facebook, and even China, we must control our own data!”

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