Saturday, June 30, 2018

Linux Mint 19 “Tara” released!

After a month of beta testing the final stable release of Linux Mint 19 “Tara” is now available to download.

Linux Mint 19 is available in three versions: a Cinnamon edition (which uses the Cinnamon desktop environment by default, and is pictured above), an XFCE variant, and a MATE edition (which ships with the MATE desktop by default).

As the first major release of Linux Mint in two years Linux Mint 19 is, rather understandably, chock full of changes and improvements — so regardless of which desktop edition you go for you can expect plenty of shiny new things!

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

What’s new in Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon“.

Important info:

The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions.

To read the release notes, please visit:

Release Notes for Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon

You can download Linux Mint 19 from the official project website where it is available in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. Checksums are available so that you can verify your download is the real-deal.

Things I learned by the Age of 26

In honor of my 26th birthday which I celebrated recently, I am sharing with you the top 26 things I’ve learned in my 26 years of life… (in no order)

-> Be outgoing and take chances. It may be uncomfortable but you will regret the experiences you didn’t have and the relationships you didn’t nurture during the times you sat at home instead of going out with your friends.

-> Get rid of the people who are bringing out down. They are not worth it. Seriously.

-> Be a good person. You may not always be the most popular person in the room, but being a good person speaks volumes over the amount of money you have and how you got there.

-> Always find opportunities to learn. Opportunities to learn are opportunities to grow.

-> Network, network, network! It really is about WHO you know.

-> Jealousy is normal, especially when it comes to people more successful than you. Use that jealousy as motivation to do better.

-> You are going to have a boss and coworkers that you HATE. Be the bigger person, don’t let them get to you and work hard enough that you have THEIR job one day. If that doesn’t work, buy a pair of headphones and listen to music at your desk.

-> At some point you are going to hate yourself because of a decision you made. Let me tell you though, it is much harder to hate yourself than to love yourself. Bad decisions happen, but it will pass.

-> Don’t change for someone. It’s not worth it and doing so compromises your values and feelings.

-> Romantic comedies can ruin your life. Don’t expect true love to be exactly how it looks in the movies.

-> Money isn’t everything — but it is something. I convinced myself in college that I didn’t need money to be happy. It turns out, money is necessary for things like food and rent.

-> Don’t depend on others. At some point they will disappoint you but this doesn’t mean to write off people completely.

-> Don’t rush. You still have time to find that job you love and get married if you haven’t already. (I have to admit though, this is still hard to accept.)

-> Exercise. You metabolism may still be running strong, but healthy is more attractive than skinny. Plus it will get you into good habits for the future.

-> Be able to hold a conversation with ANYONE. It’s amazing to me how many times I’ve had things go my way simply because I could speak with someone effectively. Be meaningful and interesting and don’t forget to ask questions. This also applies to interviews.

-> Learn how to manage your finances. At 26, you are probably in debt but it’s not the end of the world. Don’t wait to pay off your debts before you start saving.

-> Admit when you’re wrong. It’s hard, but necessary.

-> Know when to pick your battles. The older you get, the more you realize the things that used to seem like a big deal, really aren’t worth the fight.

-> Accept criticism. It may be hard and the other person may be wrong, but hearing feedback will make you and your work better.

-> Learn how to take a compliment. You are awesome, so own it!

-> Stand up for yourself. Defend your decisions, tell someone they are being a jerk and get that raise you want.

-> Dress to impress. First impressions are important but so is confidence. Be comfortable in what you wear and realize that your shorts from high school may not be flattering (or appropriate) anymore.

-> Stop being a people-pleaser. Sometimes you need to do things for yourself. Plus, making promises you know you won’t be able to keep will hurt both you and the other person.

-> Be open to new ideas. Understand that your opinions can change. Just because you have an opinion about something one day, doesn’t mean it will be the same when you find more information on the topic.

-> Have fun! You may be concerned about money, finding a job, or your relationship, but growing up doesn’t have to suck.

-> Be thankful for what you have. It may not be a lot, but it is something that someone else is wishing for.

That's a wrap... feel free to share your thoughts in comments. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

I love Games but hate the Community

Gamers have devolved into a mess of bickering over the stupidest stuff. I remember back then you could just buy a game, have a discussion and have fun. Nowadays everything is about this ultra geeky shit, how many frames per second can this shit push? Is it 4K? Will it open up an inter-dimensional portal to the past so I can to back to a better time and not live this current miserable life I live?

I mean it's all good, I get that people want the best experience but when the talk of how many polygons this game can push and all this technical shit outweighs the fun and discussion of the games you play themselves, then you get into a boring stuffy ass territory or nothing but hubris and justification of the game you bought.

I don't care how weak it is I just want to play some games. I rather be playing Super Mario Odyssey than the new ultra realistic boring as shooter, or worrying about which gpu and cpu gives me the best experiences in League (which is a fun game) all the time.

Screw all that trash, can we please get back to the games?

Microsoft Edge for Android now comes with a built-in ad blocker

Microsoft is building Adblock Plus directly into its Edge browser for iOS and Android.

The software giant has started making the integration available to Microsoft Edge for Android beta users over the weekend, alongside an iOS test program.

The feature will be rolled out more broadly to all Edge for iOS and Android users soon.

Mozilla's Firefox for Android browser also includes a form of built-in ad blocking, but it's only activated during an in-private tab session.

Microsoft Edge for Android has now reached 5 million installs on the Google Play Store, so it still has a way to go to catch up to the 100 million Firefox installs or the default Chrome browser which has more than 1 billion "Installs" on Android.

It's not clear how popular the Edge browser is on iOS, but Microsoft first released Edge for iOS and Android back in November, and the company only recently made it available for Android tablets and the iPad.

Update, June 25th 6:50AM: Microsoft is also testing this adblocker in Edge for iOS..

Harley Davidson to move production out of US because of EU tariffs.

Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle manufacturer, said on Monday that it was shifting some of the production of its bikes outside the United States to avoid European Union tariffs imposed as part of a widening trade dispute.

The announcement, made in a public filing, is an early sign of the financial cost to companies on both sides of the Atlantic as the United States and Europe impose tariffs and counter-tariffs on each other.

The list included bourbon from Kentucky, the home state of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell; as well as orange juice, which is made largely in the swing state of Florida; and motorcycles made by Harley-Davidson, headquartered in Wisconsin, the home state of the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan.Harley-Davidson said on Monday that European Union tariffs on its motorcycles had increased to 31 percent, from 6 percent.

It estimated that the higher tariffs would add about $2,200 on average to every motorcycle exported from the United States to the bloc, so it said it would move the production of bikes bound for Europe outside the United States.

It said shifting its production outside the United States would take nine to 18 months.

It did not say how jobs in the United States would be affected.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

"Wire" Creator David Simons Rips Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

David Simon returned from his Twitter suspension with a fury on Friday, calling out CEO Jack Dorsey for what he sees as the platform’s hypocrisy in how it deals with trolls.
“Die of boils, @jack. 
Yup. There it is. 
The sum total of my crime against Twitter,” tweeted the creator of HBO series “The Wire,” “Treme” and “The Deuce,” in a lengthy thread (which you can read below). “I’ve told you to drop dead, as I told libelers and liars to drop dead.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Olympics 2020 to be fully powered by renewable energy

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee is aiming to fully power the games with renewable energy, under a plan to help foster a more sustainable society through the quadrennial events.

All electricity used at all venues will be derived entirely from renewable energy sources, in order to promote decarbonization. The committee also plans to use rental and lease services so that 99 percent of the goods procured for the games will be reused or recycled.

The renewable energy target will also apply to the athletes’ village, the international broadcasting center and the main press center. A committee official described the attempt as “unprecedented.”

The committee aims to achieve the target by buying renewable energy from power companies and installing solar panels. Under the committee’s plan, rented and leased items will be used as much as possible. When purchases are necessary, the committee will draw up measures beforehand to secure recipients of the items after their use at the games. The 99 percent recycling and reuse target matches the goal set for the 2012 London Games. Exempted from the Tokyo target will be doping test kits and some other items.

For waste such as plastic bottles and food generated at the venues, the recycling and reuse target is set at 65 percent, against the 62 percent goal at the London Games.

The committee is considering another project involving citizens, in addition to an ongoing initiative to create games medals out of metals collected from used mobile phones and other equipment.

It will also promote sustainability among the public.