Amazon Prime $12.99

Amazon just raised their Prime monthly subscription from $10.99 to $12.99. The price for a yearly subscription remains at $99 per year. Prime Student went up by a dollar from $5.49 to $6.49. The yearly subscription for Prime Student remains at $49. Amazon Prime offers 2 day shipping and access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, Prime Photos and special discounts at Whole Foods.

Firefox Quantum

It’s Mozilla’s biggest release since version 1.0. Introducing Firefox Quantum aka Firefox 57. It’s claiming to be as twice as fast. It has a newly revamped rendering engine written in Rust language, a programming language developed by Mozilla’s research team. Firefox also ditched Yahoo and replaced it with Google as its default search engine. With all these improvements, is it poised for a comeback or is it a little too late?

SMS is 25

Text messaging has been around for 25 years old. The first text ever was sent by Neil Papworth on December 3, 1992 when he sent the message “Merry Christmas” from his computer to a cell phone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. That was the beginning of it all.

$15 Digital Ocean Droplet

Digital Ocean has a new $15 droplet. It’s similar to the $5 droplet in terms of CPU with 1 vCPU and 20GB of storage. The difference is in the amount of memory and data transfer. It has 3 GB of memory which is 6 times more than its predecessor. In addition, it has 3 times the amount of bandwidth at 3 TB per month. Give it a try.

BioTech Campstove

Charge your phone using the Biotech Wood Burning Campstove. It’s available on Amazon for $129. If you’re out camping in the middle of nowhere, and you just need to charge your phone, you can try the Biotech Wood Burning Campstove. 20 minutes of charging will give you 60 minutes of talk time. You can even boil a cup of water for less than 5 minutes. You can even roast a marshmallow while you wait.

YouTube Crashes

Remember several years ago when Twitter crashed quite often. They have not had that issue in a while, at least to my knowledge. Now, for YouTube to crash a few minutes ago, that’s something else. I’ve never seen it, ever. The problem was short lived. YouTube recovered less than a minute, but it was very interesting. The 500 server error and the monkey graphic was pretty cool. Here’s a snapshot of the crash.

Install Samba on Debian 9

HowtoForge offers excellent instructions on how to install applications, servers and tools on multiple Linux distributions. Instead of recreating what’s already done at HowtoForge, here’s the installation instructions to install Samba fileserver on Debian 9. It walks you through the installation, adding Samba shares, managing users, and accessing Samba from a Windows machine. Here’s the link.

Mageia 6

Remember Mandrake and Mandriva? Mandrake was one of my favorite Linux distribution back in the day. Mageia is a fork of Mandriva way back in September 2010. Anyways, Mageia just release version 6. Here are some highlights of Mageia 6.

KDE Plasma 5 replaces the previous KDE SC 4 desktop environment. The new package manager DNF is provided as an alternative to urpmi. Support for Fedora COPR and openSUSE Build Service to provide third party packages for Mageia 6 and later dnfdragora. Brand new icon theme for all Mageia tools, notably the Mageia Control Center. Successful integration of the ARM port (ARMv5 and ARMv7) in the buildsystem, allowing to setup ARM chroots. Installation images are not available yet but will come in the future. GRUB2 as the default bootloader.