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.

 

NASA Humans on Mars

NASA admitted that it doesn’t have funding to put humans on Mars. It needs to fund projects on the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecrafts, as well as the need to design vehicles to land and take off from Mars. It needs the funding. Well, there’s always the moon as the other option, but we’ve already done that in 1969. So, what’s next? Is space exploration dead?

Amazon Prime Day 2017

Amazon Prime Day started last night July 10 at 9 pm Eastern time and will run for about 30 hours. Prime Day is basically the Cyber Monday in July. It’s for Prime members only, which costs members about $99 per year. Of course, you’ll get free 1 day shipping for all orders, as well as deep discounts on special days such as Prime Day.  This year’s big discounts are:

  • Amazon Echo Dot at $34.99 (30% off)
  • Amazon Echo at $89.99 (50% off)
  • Fire 7 at $29.99 (40% off)
  • Bose Soundlink Mini at $129.00 (35% off)
  • Sony 55 inch 4K TV at $499.00 (37% off)

Prime Day ends in less than 17 hours.

Firefox 54

I just updated to Firefox 54. Is it the best Firefox ever as touted by others? I’ve been using Chrome lately. Occasionally, I use Firefox just to check out to see what’s going on with the competition. Firefox 54 contains multiple content processes which prevents it from sucking up the much needed RAM. Multiple content processes improve the stability and performance because it prevents one lousy tab from affecting the performance of other tabs.  You get 4 content processes as the default. If you want more, you can change the configuration from about:config. If you want to learn more about the nitty gritty of Firefox 54, check out this Mozilla’s blog post.

Google Pixel Sold 1 Million Units?

The Verge is guessing that Google has sold roughly over 1 million units of Pixel phones. It’s hard to guess how many were actually sold without Google stating the claim. Verge’s guess is based on the download counter in Google Play. Will Pixel make a dent on the Android and iPhone’s market share? Check out the comparison between Galaxy 8 and Google Pixel XL.

Xbox One X

Is Xbox One X the best console ever? The gaming console from Microsoft is capable of playing games at 4k resolution. It’s also the smallest Xbox console ever. It will be available on November 7 for $499. The good news is that One X will play the older games from the previous Xbox consoles at a higher resolution. For details, see CNet’s article.

Is Thunderbolt 3 the new standard?

Intel recently announced its support for Thunderbolt 3. Intel plans to integrate Thunderbolt 3 in its own processors, in the hope that it will become the most versatile port in which everyone will use. If Thunderbolt 3 becomes the standard, manufacturers can make systems smaller and thinner systems.Intel plans to make the Thunderbolt protocol specification available to the industry under a nonexclusive, royalty-free license. This will encourage third party chip makers to build Thunderbolt-compatible chips, in which it can accelerate its adoption.