There is a city in Northern India called Phalodi, which just set a new heat record today of 51 degrees. On first thought, that doesn’t seem like much, except that the temperature is in centigrade. Convert that to Fahrenheit and you get a temperature of 123.8F. That’s hot. The previous heat record in India was set in 1956 in the town of Alwar at 50.6C. Today’s record is still 6 degrees cooler than the hottest day recorded ever in Death Valley, CA in 1913.
From the Guardian.
Microsoft is making available a 1 million dormant Xbox Live gamertags for anyone to pickup. If you haven’t subscribe lately or no longer using Xbox live, you may be losing your gamertag. What does Microsoft actually mean by dormant?
Microsoft has apparently been careful about what “dormant” means. This pile of names has been freed from a pool of Gamertags that were created on the original Xbox console and remained unused since that console’s servers went offline in 2010, meaning they were never used to log onto either newer console or through Microsoft’s Web-browser interface.
If you used it at least once online, you’re safe.
From Ars Technica.
Debian will be dropping support for older i386 CPUs starting with Debian 9 which will be running Linux 4.3.
Here’s a good article detailing seven ways to encrypt and decrypt (password protect) your files in Linux.
It’s essentially using these tools:
- GnuPG, Bcrypt, Ccrypt, Zip, OpenSSL, 7-zip, Nautilus Encryption Utility
Read the article.
I remember the days when I was running Ubuntu on my desktop. The first thing on the agenda always after a clean install was to add Ubuntu Tweak Utility and customized my desktop settings. Well, the maintainer of the this nice little utility is calling it quits. He will no longer maintain the project.
Ubuntu Tweak is now officially dead.
A good article about web-based emails killing off email clients such as Thunderbird.