Geek Software of the Week (EXTRA): Claws Mail!

Claws MailOpen Source, totally free, and very light and fast. Claws Mail! (The screen shot above is my mail, so I have blurred out my actual email info.)

Claws Mail

“Claws Mail is an email client (and news reader,) based on GTK+, featuring:

  • Quick response
  • Graceful, and sophisticated interface
  • Easy configuration, intuitive operation
  • Abundant features
  • Extensibility
  • Robustness and stability

The appearance and interface are designed to be familiar to new users coming from other popular email clients, as well as experienced users. Almost all commands are accessible with the keyboard.

The messages are managed in the standard MH format, which features fast access and data security. You’ll be able to import your emails from almost any other email client, and export them just as easily.

Lots of extra functionality, like an RSS aggregator, calendar, or laptop LED handling, are provided by extra plugins.

Claws Mail is distributed under the GPL.

Claws Mail includes all of the features you’d expect, such as:

  • Multiple accounts
  • Threaded display
  • Filtering
  • Mime attachments
  • Usenet news reading and posting
  • SSL over POP3, SMTP, IMAP4rev1 and NNTP protocols
  • GnuPG support (with GPGME)
  • User-defined headers
  • Color labels
  • Multiple MH folder support
  • Mbox import/export
  • External editor
  • Message queueing and drafting
  • Automated mail checking
  • Line-wrapping
  • Clickable URIs
  • Addressbook
  • Printing”

Microsoft Adopts “Linux-Like” Long Term Support for Windows 10!

Well, for Windows 10 Enterprise, that is! It is about time! This is why Linux has always been more robust in the major LTS distros!

Windows 10 Enterprise customers will now get Linux-like support

ZDNet – By Ed Bott – “Microsoft’s release cadence for Windows 10 has been the stuff of nightmares for IT pros. New feature updates (the equivalent of full Windows upgrades) arrive every six months and are supported for only 18 months. When you’re accustomed to deploying major Windows versions every five years or so, the idea of having to make those large, coordinated moves every year is daunting, to say the least.

Effective this month, for enterprise customers willing to pay the Enterprise edition premium, Microsoft is granting an extra year’s support. The new changes are designed to encourage slow-moving enterprises to pick up the upgrade tempo for hundreds of millions of Windows 7 PCs, before that older OS reaches its retirement date in less than 500 days.

Today’s announcements are the latest twist in a series of changes and extensions in the three years since Windows 10’s initial release in 2015. In November 2017, Microsoft extended support for version 1511 by six months, to April 2018. (The blog post announcing that change is no longer online.)

Then, in February 2018, Microsoft announced similar six-month ‘servicing extensions for Windows 10,’ but this time with a noteworthy gotcha: The new, 24-month support lifecycle applied only to Enterprise and Education editions. If your organization has devices running Windows 10 Pro, they need to be updated every 18 months or sooner.

For all intents and purposes, Microsoft is adopting a release cadence that is strikingly similar to what Linux users are already familiar with. Ubuntu Linux, for example, has a nearly identical twice-yearly release schedule, offering Long Term Support (LTS) versions in the spring and interim releases in the fall.”

New Version of the Tor Browser is Out!

Tor LogoConcerned about security on-line? Actually, fanatical about security on-line? Then, Tor may be for you!

The Tor Project has released Tor Browser 8.0 with huge changes

NeoWin – By: Paul Hill – “The Tor Project has just recently released the eighth version of its Tor Browser. The release is noteworthy because it is the first version to be based on Firefox 60 ESR so it includes all the changes brought with the Quantum update including the updated Photon UI and more. Additionally, the developers redesigned the landing page and on-boarding process, they improved bridge fetching, and added better language support.

The new home screen has received a fresh coat of purple paint and puts DuckDuckGo search front and centre with the phrase ‘Explore. Privately. You’re ready for the world’s most private browsing experience.’ above it. In the top left is a getting started dialogue box which briefly touches on privacy, the Tor network, circuits, security, and tips. As part of the getting started process there are hotlinks to check your Tor settings to make sure everything is as you’d like it.

On the UI front too, pressing the secure HTTPS padlock icon when you visit a site on Tor will pull up your Tor Circuit information. This feature was previously viewable by clicking the onion button but has now moved into the site information dialogue box. By looking at the circuit, it should be clear to users exactly which IP addresses and countries they’re hopping through.

For those in countries where Tor is blocked, the typical way to get onto the network is via a bridge. In this release, the bridge process has been significantly improved, the project said:

‘For users where Tor is blocked, we have previously offered a handful of bridges in the browser to bypass censorship. But to receive additional bridges, you had to send an email or visit a website, which posed a set of problems. To simplify how you request bridges, we now have a new bridge configuration flow when you when you launch Tor. Now all you have to do is solve a captcha in Tor Launcher, and you’ll get a bridge IP. We hope this simplification will allow more people to bypass censorship and browse the internet freely and privately.’

Lastly, with Tor Browser 8.0, support for nine previously unsupported languages have been added, they are Catalan, Irish, Indonesian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Hebrew, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.

You can read the full blog post and release notes and download Tor Browser now.”

Google Chrome Turns 10 Years Old!

My favorite browser is now ten years old! Wow! How time flies!

Chrome turns 10

OSNews – Thom Holwerda – “Google first released its Chrome browser 10 years ago today. Marketed as a ‘fresh take on the browser’, Chrome debuted with a web comic from Google to mark the company’s first web browser. It was originally launched as a Windows-only beta app before making its way to Linux and macOS more than a year later in 2009. Chrome debuted at a time when developers and internet users were growing frustrated with Internet Explorer, and Firefox had been steadily building momentum.

Google Chrome LogoWhen it was first released as beta, Chrome was a revelation. It was faster than Firefox, and sported a cleaner, simpler UI. I used Chrome from the very first few beta releases, but in recent years the browser has started sucking up more and more resources, and it feels – emphasis on feels – slower than ever before. On Windows, I switched to Edge, which feels a lot faster for me than any other Windows browser, and on my iOS devices I obviously use Safari.

With the new UI redesign coming to Chrome coming Tuesday – I see very little reason to go back.”

The Answer to Life is NOT 42, it’s CHEESE!

Cheese!Hitch-hiker’s tells us the answer to life, the universe, and everything is: 42. On Kim Possible Ron Stoppable’s naked mole-rat, Rufus, told us that the answer to life is CHEESE! It seems Rufus may have have been right all along!

NBC News this week had a story with a sub-title proclaiming: “Cheese and yogurt were found to protect against death from any cause, and also against death from cerebrovascular causes, like stroke.” Wow. “…Death from any cause!” So, if you eat cheese then riding a motorcycle with no helmet is OK again? Sounds good.

It’s time to reconsider low-dairy diets, new study suggests

On the other hand, I say… fake news!

To be fair, they are saying that adding cheese to your diet may be helpful in preventing diseases. But… watch your wording, guys!

Firefox to Improve Anti-Tracking Feature

More power to them!

Firefox: changing our approach to anti-tracking

OSnews – Anyone who isn’t an expert on the internet would be hard-pressed to explain how tracking on the internet actually works. Some of the negative effects of unchecked tracking are easy to notice, namely eerily-specific targeted advertising and a loss of performance on the web. However, many of the harms of unchecked data collection are completely opaque to users and experts alike, only to be revealed piecemeal by major data breaches. In the near future, Firefox will – by default – protect users by blocking tracking while also offering a clear set of controls to give our users more choice over what information they share with sites.

Firefox continues to do great work in this department.”

Microsoft Removes Device Install Limits For Office 365 Subscribers

Microsoft Office 365

If you aren’t using LibreOffice for free, this is at least nice.

Microsoft Removes Device Install Limits For Office 365 Subscribers

SlashDot – By: BeauHD – “Starting October 2nd, Office 365 Home users will no longer be restricted to 10 devices across five users and Personal subscribers will no longer have a limit of one computer and one tablet. The catch is that you can only stay signed in on five devices at once. Engadget reports:

Meanwhile, Home users can let another person use the productivity suite through their account, with Microsoft bumping up the number of licenses per subscriber from five to six. Each user has access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote, along with 1TB of individual storage. Microsoft is also integrating Home subscriptions with its family service, so you can automatically share your Office 365 plan with people you’ve set up as family members. Elsewhere, you’ll manage your subscription from within your Microsoft account settings from now on.”

The Linux-Based ZeroPhone!

ZeroPhoneA Raspberry Pi based Linux Phone? For $50.00? Cool!

Raspberry Pi-based ZeroPhone promises ‘an open-source, Linux-powered’ handset

ZDNet – By: Nick Heath – “If you’re looking for a smartphone that doesn’t harvest data 24/7, then the ZeroPhone may be the device for you.

A project to build the $50 phone has been launched on Crowd Supply, promising to deliver ‘an open-source, Linux-powered’ handset with ‘no carrier locks, bloated apps, or data mining’ and that ‘doesn’t depend on big companies’.

Android smartphones have hit the headlines recently, first for Google tracking users who had switched location tracking off, and second for sending data to Google’s servers 50 times more often than an iPhone.

The ZeroPhone will be based around the tiny Raspberry Pi Zero, an Arduino microcontroller, and the ESP8266 Wi-Fi module.

The ZeroPhone comes with several extras not found on your typical handset, including a mini-HDMI port and a single full-size USB 2.0 port, alongside the more typical support for Wi-Fi and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

One downside is the phone will initially launch only with 2G GSM connectivity, with 3G expected to be added later. The screen is also far smaller than is typically the case, with a 1.3-inch, 128 x 64 OLED display.

‘ZeroPhone is user-friendly and will have the typical features of a phone, but will give you advanced features when you need them,’ according to the ZeroPhone’s creator Arsenijs.

‘You can modify and repair it easily, and it’s power-user and programmer-friendly. It’s also built from widely available components, so you can build a ZeroPhone independently if you need to.’

To get the most of the phone, users will need to be technically proficient. While the splash page for the project says the likes of IR receivers and the Pi’s 5 and eight-megapixel cameras can be wired up the phone’s electronic interfaces, this will require users to hook up the electronics themselves.

However, if you’re confident using the Linux terminal, you’ll be able to SSH into the device for remote access and run a wide range of Linux software on the phone.

It can even be hooked up to a keyboard and mouse and used as a desktop, although the Pi Zero’s ageing single-core processor isn’t capable of running a heavy graphical desktop comfortably.

The ZeroPhone project is listed as ‘coming soon’ and those interested can sign up for updates on Crowd Supply.”

Dr. Bill.TV #442 – Video – “No On-Line Censorship Edition!”

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