📅 February 24, 2021

Tuxi: A Command Line Virtual Assistant

Get answers to your questions instantly. From the command line.

Everybody uses ( or used at least once ) digital assistants. Or voice assistants. Or virtual assistants. Whatever you want to call them.

We all know about Siri, Alexa, OK Google and so on. There’s even people that use open-source virtual assistants like Mycroft.

We also know how creepy these virtual assistants are. Some less creepy than others, depends on who owns them, but they’re all creepy.

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📅 February 24, 2021

Deskreen Turns Any Devices Into a Second Screen for Your Computer

Wirelessly turn any devices into a second screen for your computer.

 

Deskreen is a free, open source and cross platform desktop app that turns any web browser equipped device into a second screen for your computer. Over WiFi.

Deskreen can be used to turn any devices into a second screen, to mirror your computer’s screen or limit Deskreen to sharing only one application window ( presentation purposes ). It can also be used as a teleprompter.

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📅 February 1, 2021

BpyTOP: Bashtop Port Written in Python

Resource monitor that shows usage and stats for processor, memory, disks, network and processes.

BpyTop is a resource monitor that shows usage and stats for processor, memory, disks, network and processes. If it looks familiar to you, that’s because it’s a python port of Bashtop.

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📅 January 29, 2021

LibreWolf: A Firefox Fork Focused on Privacy, Security and Freedom. It’s Not for Everyone

A free and open source Firefox fork that is focused on privacy, security and freedom

 

Firefox is a great web browser. But Mozilla made some poor choices in the last few years with both Firefox and their stances regarding internet privacy and digital rights.

Because of that, some Firefox users are starting to look for alternatives. And one of those alternatives, that gets a lot of attention lately, is LibreWolf – a fork of Firefox focused on privacy, security and freedom.

Basically LibreWolf is an exact clone of the latest up to date Firefox release but it removes all telemetry, anything that phones home either to Mozilla or somebody else ( for example, it removes the Google search engine ) and it is hardened using arkenfox’s user.js and pyllyukko’s user.js. It even comes with uBlock Origin out of the box.

This sounds great. You basically don’t have to mess with any about:config settings and/or user profiles. LibreWolf basically does everything for you. However…

While LibreWolf seems to be a great community-driven project, it just might not be for everyone.

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📅 January 28, 2021

Hush: A Free and Open Source Content Blocker Written Specifically for Safari

a lightweight, free and open source contant blocker writtent specifically for Safari

 

When I think of contenct blockers, I immediately think of uBlock Origin ( which is so much more than just a content blocker but, for the sake of this article, let’s pretend it’s just that ). Unfortunately, Safari users can’t enjoy the benefits of such an extension anymore. Why? Because Apple won’t allow it…

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📅 January 23, 2021

HOW TO: Install Vanilla Arch Linux Using the Calamares Installer

An easy and familiar way to install Arch linux using the Calamares installer

 

Arch is a fantastic Linux distro. From being a rolling release to its stability, to the Pacman package manager and AUR. Not to mention the Arch Wiki. However, the lack of a default GUI installer drives users away to other Arch-based distros like Manjaro and ArcoLinux.

But if you want to run pure Arch, you can either follow the installation guide or use an installer like Anarchy, Zen or ezarch. Another way, a more familiar way for most users, is the Calam Arch Installer which allows you to install vanilla Arch Linux using the Calamares installer.

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📅 January 12, 2021

LuLu Firewall Updated With Native Support for M1 Macs

LuLu, the free and open source firewall for macOS, updated with native support for M1 Macs.

 

With the built-in macOS firewall, you can block incoming connections, but what do you do when you want to block outgoing connectons? You can either use custom host files ( search FSM for host files, there’s a few articles on it. Also, see our GitLab repo for more info ), or use LuLu. Or both…

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📅 January 9, 2021

Dangerzone: Convert Potentially Dangerous PDFs, Office Documents and Images to a Safe PDF

A free and open source cross platform tool that allows you to convert potentially dangerous PDFs, Microsoft Office or LibreOffice documents, or images into safe PDFs

 

How many times have you heard “Don’t open attachments”? It’s a solid advice, but 1. most people don’t follow this advice and 2. depending on your job ( i.e journalist ) most of the time it’s almost impossible to follow.

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📅 January 5, 2021

HOW TO: Run Apple’s Gorgeous Aerial Screensavers on Linux

run Apple TV’s gorgeous aerial screensavers on your Linux machine

 

 

I showed you how to run Apple TV’s gorgeous aerial screensavers on your Mac and Windows machine. Now it’s time to make them run on a Linux machine thanks to xscreensaver-aerial.

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📅 January 5, 2021

HOW TO: Run Apple’s Gorgeous Aerial Screensavers on Mac

run Apple TV’s gorgeous aerial screensavers on your Mac

 

Back in 2015, I showed you how to run the new ( back then ) and gorgeous Apple TV aerial screensavers on your Mac. This is possible thanks to an app called Aerial.

Aerial is a macOS screensaver that lets you play videos from Apple’s tvOS screensaver. This includes classic Aerial videos shot over various cities and locations (New York, San Francisco, China…), Earth videos from the ISS, and the new underwater videos introduced in tvOS 13.

Starting with version 2.0, Aerial also includes videos from 3rd parties that kindly shared them, and you can also now add your own!

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