Monday, October 31, 2016

Find out if your ISP is putting the brakes on your BitTorrent traffic - BestVPN.com

Find out if your ISP is putting the brakes on your BitTorrent traffic - BestVPN.com



The worst offender for shaping P2P traffic in Australia is iiNet (21 percent), while Dodo (11 percent) is the best.

Why can I reach my site at example.no-ip.com, but not www.example.no-ip.com? | Support | No-IP

Why can I reach my site at example.no-ip.com, but not www.example.no-ip.com? | Support | No-IP







You need to modify your host and enable the “Allow Wildcards” option for your host. See “What is a Wild Card” for more information.

Overview | Multimeters | Adafruit Learning System

Overview | Multimeters | Adafruit Learning System



Here are nice things to have in your meter


  • Auto-off - to keep from draining the batteries
  • AC and DC current test, from 10mA to maybe 200mA and then also a 10A one as well
  • Stand - a thing that flips out and keeps it upright on your table
  • Auto-ranging - note: some people don't like auto-ranging because its slower and not as precise
  • Hold - keep the maximum value on the screen so you can probe without looking at the meter.
  • Common battery - such as 9V or AA's, pocket meters use hard-to-replace coin cells

Tips: Raising Money - Ten Tips to Attract Angel Investors

Tips: Raising Money - Ten Tips to Attract Angel Investors



Angels
provide additional value beyond the funds they provide. Many were
successful business owners and entrepreneurs who can also bring
you valuable industry experience, executive knowledge, creative
ideas and contacts. When targeting angels, here are some
guidelines.



1.


Build
a Convincing Case:

Angel investors may be willing to take on more risk than most, but
they still need to see a well thought out plan with a product that
has a documented “must have” need and a competent team behind
it. It is rare that an entrepreneur can raise money from angels
without clearly defining the competitive landscape of the business
and how the product has a clear competitive advantage over others.
Investors will want to know the barriers to entry. Namely, how you
will keep competitors from being in the same exact business. Some
barriers to entry might include patents, trade secrets and
proprietary processes.




2.


Create
a Prototype and Line Up Beta Testers:

Angels do get involved in the early stages of a company, but not
usually before there is a working model of the product and
potential customers have committed to test the product. Having a
prototype will greatly increase your chances of attracting angel
investors. Demonstrating that you can get paying customers in the
real world puts you far ahead of entrepreneurs who simply have a
business plan and an idea. Later stage companies need to show they
have accomplished revenue growth and have paying customers who
validate their pricing strategy.

5 Clever Ways to Raise Money for Your Startup Without Making an Investor Pitch | Inc.com

5 Clever Ways to Raise Money for Your Startup Without Making an Investor Pitch | Inc.com



"Fundraising is going to be the death of me!" 

That's how I've felt, oh, perhaps 10 times throughout my journey to date as a serial entrepreneur. 

Any
entrepreneur will tell you that raising money can be the toughest part
of starting your own business. While the competition for funds gradually
increase each day, your chances of securing investors significantly slims.
Of course, finding an investor isn't impossible, but one of the best
decisions a business owner can make is to find alternative means that
will contribute to their financial success.

Tom Walker, President and CEO of Rev1 Ventures,
has been helping entrepreneurs build great companies for most of his
career. He's formed multiple venture capital funds, founded angel
groups, is an angel investor, and has used Rev1 Ventures to help
entrepreneurs build great companies by supporting them through the first
phases of growth.


How to determine if you have a 64-bit or 32-bit CPU

How to determine if you have a 64-bit or 32-bit CPU



Windows: Type value includes "x86" in it, the CPU is 32-bit. If the System Type value includes "x64" in it, the CPU is 64-bit.





GNU-Linux: http://linoxide.com/linux-command/linux-commands-os-version/



[root@localhost ~]# arch

i686



i686 means

Friday, October 28, 2016

2016's Ultimate Guide to Web Panels: cPanel vs. Plesk vs. Webmin vs. Others - HostingAdvice.com

2016's Ultimate Guide to Web Panels: cPanel vs. Plesk vs. Webmin vs. Others - HostingAdvice.com

How To Install WordPress with Nginx on Ubuntu 14.04 | DigitalOcean

How To Install WordPress with Nginx on Ubuntu 14.04 | DigitalOcean



Create a MySQL Database and User for WordPress

The first thing that we need to do to get started with WordPress is to prepare our database.





We have the MySQL database software installed, but we have not
created a database for our WordPress information. We also need to
create an account that WordPress can use to access the database we will
be creating.





We should begin by logging into an interactive session with our MySQL administrative account like this:


 
mysql -u root -p


You will be prompted for the password that you chose for the MySQL
root account when you installed the software. You will be given a MySQL
command prompt.





Now, we can create a separate database that will be used exclusively
by our WordPress application. The name is not important, but it should
probably be descriptive so that you can easily recognize it. In this
guide, we will call our database wordpress:



 
CREATE DATABASE wordpress;


Note the semi-colon (;) that ends the MySQL statement. Each MySQL
statement must end with one, so double-check that if you are running
into issues.





We have a database now, so we are ready to create a user account. We
will then hand over control of the database to this new user so that
our application can interact with the database. This system of creating
a separate database and user for each application helps keep our data
separate from other data being stored by MySQL, which is good for
security and data management.



For this guide, we'll pick wordpressuser for our account name.



We'll assign it a password of password to authenticate with. When you are setting up your own configuration, you should select a more secure password:



 
CREATE USER wordpressuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'password';


Now, we have a database and a user, but we haven't established a
relationship between the two yet. We need to tell MySQL that our new
user can access and control the database. You can do that with this
command:



 
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* TO wordpressuser@localhost;

ServerGUI - Community Help Wiki

ServerGUI - Community Help Wiki



Arguments Against a GUI

Most Ubuntu Server developers recommend not installing a GUI on a server. There are multiple reasons for not installing a GUI.
Some reasons to not install a GUI include:
  • You'll have more code subject to security vulnerabilities, more packages that need updating, and more server downtime.
  • Performance may suffer because resources (memory, hard disk space, CPU, etc.) will be consumed by the GUI.
  • It is best practice to only install needed software on a production server.
  • The GUI may include other network services that are inappropriate for a server.
    • One
      of the goals of Ubuntu Desktop Edition is to make it easier for users
      to use Linux. When installing some desktop environments, services that
      you may not specifically want will be installed. For example avahi-daemon,
      which is used to help configure networking, adds another open port and
      may introduce unwanted DNS conflicts with a .local domain.
  • If
    you're using an Ubuntu LTS release prior to 12.04 LTS, X11 and desktop
    packages are not supported for the full 5 year lifecycle of the LTS
    server release.
So for the most secure server it is best to not install a GUI.
But there are many good alternatives for effective server management.

How To Install and Secure phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04 | DigitalOcean

How To Install and Secure phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04 | DigitalOcean



  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin php-mbstring php-gettext

Apache2 Ubuntu Default Page: It works



 
 
 
It works! 
 
 

This is the default welcome page used to test the correct
operation of the Apache2 server after installation on Ubuntu systems.
It is based on the equivalent page on Debian, from which the Ubuntu Apache
packaging is derived.



If you can read this page, it means that the Apache HTTP server installed at
this site is working properly. You should replace this file (located at
/var/www/html/index.html) before continuing to operate your HTTP server.







If you are a normal user of this web site and don't know what this page is
about, this probably means that the site is currently unavailable due to
maintenance.
If the problem persists, please contact the site's administrator.




 
 
Configuration Overview


Ubuntu's Apache2 default configuration is different from the
upstream default configuration, and split into several files optimized for
interaction with Ubuntu tools. The configuration system is
fully documented in
/usr/share/doc/apache2/README.Debian.gz
. Refer to this for the full
documentation.



Documentation for the web server itself can be
found by accessing the manual if the apache2-doc
package was installed on this server.





The configuration layout for an Apache2 web server installation on Ubuntu systems is as follows:




/etc/apache2/
|-- apache2.conf
|       `--  ports.conf
|-- mods-enabled
|       |-- *.load
|       `-- *.conf
|-- conf-enabled
|       `-- *.conf
|-- sites-enabled
|       `-- *.conf
          

  • apache2.conf is the main configuration
    file. It puts the pieces together by including all remaining configuration
    files when starting up the web server.

  • ports.conf is always included from the
    main configuration file. It is used to determine the listening ports for
    incoming connections, and this file can be customized anytime.

  • Configuration files in the mods-enabled/,
    conf-enabled/ and sites-enabled/ directories contain
    particular configuration snippets which manage modules, global configuration
    fragments, or virtual host configurations, respectively.

  • They are activated by symlinking available
    configuration files from their respective
    *-available/ counterparts. These should be managed
    by using our helpers

    a2enmod,
    a2dismod,


    a2ensite,
    a2dissite,

    and

    a2enconf,
    a2disconf
    . See their respective man pages for detailed information.

  • The binary is called apache2. Due to the use of
    environment variables, in the default configuration, apache2 needs to be
    started/stopped with /etc/init.d/apache2 or apache2ctl.
    Calling /usr/bin/apache2 directly will not work with the
    default configuration.


Document Roots 
 

By default, Ubuntu does not allow access through the web browser to
any file apart of those located in /var/www,
public_html
directories (when enabled) and /usr/share (for web
applications). If your site is using a web document root
located elsewhere (such as in /srv) you may need to whitelist your
document root directory in /etc/apache2/apache2.conf.





The default Ubuntu document root is /var/www/html. You
can make your own virtual hosts under /var/www. This is different
to previous releases which provides better security out of the box.



 
Reporting Problems

Please use the ubuntu-bug tool to report bugs in the
Apache2 package with Ubuntu. However, check existing
bug reports
before reporting a new bug.




Please report bugs specific to modules (such as PHP and others)
to respective packages, not to the web server itself.





ubuntu - Unix: How to "refresh" network connections - Super User

/etc/init.d/networking restart




ubuntu - Unix: How to "refresh" network connections - Super User

TCP 10000 - Port Protocol Information and Warning!

TCP 10000 - Port Protocol Information and Warning!



Here is what we know about protocol TCP Port 10000.
If you have information on TCP port 10000 that is not reflected on this
page, simply leave a comment and we’ll update our information.


PORT 10000 – Information


  • Port Number: 10000
  • TCP / UDP: TCP
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Protocol / Name: [Malware known as OpwinTRojan]
  • Port Description: [malware info: OpwinTRojan]
  • Virus / Trojan: Yes, Caution!
    Use our free Digital Footprint and Firewall Test to help verify you are not infected.
Side note: TCP port 10000 uses the Transmission Control Protocol. TCP
is one of the main protocols in TCP/IP networks. Whereas the IP
protocol deals only with packets, TCP enables two hosts to establish a
connection and exchange streams of data. TCP guarantees delivery of data
and also guarantees that packets will be delivered on port 10000 in the
same order in which they were sent. Guaranteed communication over port
10000 is the key difference between TCP and UDP. UDP port 10000 would
not have guaranteed communication in the same way as TCP.


Because protocol TCP port 10000 was flagged as a virus (colored red)
does not mean that a virus is using port 10000, but that a Trojan or
Virus has used this port in the past to communicate.

Does anyone out there still use Webmin as a means of managing *nix computers? : sysadmin

Does anyone out there still use Webmin as a means of managing *nix computers? : sysadmin



I
used to use it a lot in the early 2000s but not so much anymore. Like
most things, you can make webmin fairly secure but I've seen a lot of
insecure instances.





During a pentest, if I see port 10000 open, I tend to get excite.


Which is why I learned that proxying it was a good idea. BUT, said
same good idea made me realize I had to go to a LOT more work just to
hide it. I totally agree on the pentesting part, that port and I think
1433 for MS-SQL are ones where I go "oohh, yum".

Moving WordPress « WordPress Codex

Moving WordPress « WordPress Codex



Changing Your Domain Name and URLs

Moving a website and changing your domain name or URLs (i.e. from http://example.com/site to http://example.com, or http://example.com to http://example.net) requires the following steps - in sequence.



  1. Download your existing site files.
  2. Export your database - go in to MySQL and export the database.
  3. Move the backed up files and database into a new folder - somewhere safe - this is your site backup.
  4. Log in to the site you want to move and go to Settings > General, then change the URLs. (ie from http://example.com/ to http://example.net ) - save the settings and expect to see a 404 page.
  5. Download your site files again.
  6. Export the database again.
  7. Edit wp-config.php with the new server's MySQL database name, user and password.
  8. Upload the files.
  9. Import the database on the new server.

Fixing Broken Links After Moving Your WordPress Site | GoDaddy Help AU

Fixing Broken Links After Moving Your WordPress Site | GoDaddy Help AU



Sometimes you need to update broken links when you change your
WordPress® domain name, or move your WordPress site to a new server. If
you find broken images and hyperlinks throughout your site when it's
back online, you might need to clean your site of outdated link paths.



To Fix Broken Links After Moving Your WordPress Site

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin panel.
  2. From the Plugins menu, click Add New.
  3. Type Search and replace, and then click Search Plugins.
  4. Locate the Search and Replace plugin, and then click Install Now.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Activate Plugin.
  7. From the Tools menu, click Search and Replace.
  8. Enter your old site's URL in the Search for field. For example, http://olddomainexample.com (no trailing slash).
  9. Enter your new site's URL in the Replaced with field. For example, http://newdomainexample.com (no trailing slash).
  10. Select All, and then click Go.

How to Migrate a WordPress Site to a New Domain and Hosting

How to Migrate a WordPress Site to a New Domain and Hosting



There is some information to be modified in our WordPress configuration
file before moving on. Extract the ZIP archive of the WordPress
installation folder you downloaded earlier, locate the wp-config.php file and open it for editing using your favorite text editor such as Notepad and Notepad++.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How to create and extract a .tar.gz archive using command line | Zyxware Technologies

How to create and extract a .tar.gz archive using command line | Zyxware Technologies



tar -zcvf tar-archive-name.tar.gz source-folder-name

How to import database through webmin? | Web Hosting Talk

How to import database through webmin? | Web Hosting Talk



Webmin -> Servers -> MySQL Server



If the database already exists and you want to overwrite it with the
contents of a .sql file (a mysqldump), click to select the database in
the list.



Otherwise, click to create a new database. After creation, click to select that database.



The click "Execute SQL" and then "Run SQL from File". Browse to find the .sql file and do it.

Webmin remote admin

http://static.closedsrc.org/articles/dn-articles/webmin.html

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How to install tasksel on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus)

How to install tasksel on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus)



Installing tasksel package on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) is as easy as running the following command on terminal:



sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tasksel

Google Play Music

Google Play Music



This is to my LFT accomplice:



My love
There's only you in my life
The only thing that's right
Oh yeah
[Mariah:]
My first love (yeah)
You're every breath that I take
You're every step I make

And I
(And I)
I want to share
All my love with you, hey yeah
No-one else will do (mh)


And your eyes (your eyes, your eyes)
They tell me how much you care
Oh, yes
You will always be
My endless love
Oh yeah



Two hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun
And forever (forever)
I'll hold you close in my arms
I can't resist your charms
No no no no (no no no)



And I
(And I)
I'd be a fool
For you, I'm sure
You know I don't mind (no, you know I don't mind)
'Cause baby you (baby, baby, baby, baby)
You mean the world to me, yeah
I know I've found in you
My endless love

Yeah (yeah)
Do do, do dooo, do do do

Whooooa


And I
I'd play the fool
For you, (for you baby) I'm sure
You know I don't mind (you know I don't mind)
Oh, yes
You'd be the only one
'Cause no-one can't deny
This love I have inside
And I'll give it all to you
My love (my love, my love)
My my my
My endless love

Mmh
My love

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Linux - Official Kodi Wiki

Linux - Official Kodi Wiki



Kodi for Linux is primarily developed for Ubuntu Linux. Third-party packages for most other Linux distributions are however available, and it is also possible to compile Kodi media center software application from scratch for nearly any Linux distribution. Linux supports full hardware decoding with most graphics cards. Linux is generall the best way to get a fast, free, and "appliance" feel for an Kodi powered HTPC.

command line - How do I open a text file in my terminal? - Ask Ubuntu

command line - How do I open a text file in my terminal? - Ask Ubuntu



$ cat <path/your_file>

1300112124 express training

http://www.showneighbour.com/business.php?ph=1300112124&q=5+214+Waterworks+Road%2C+Ashgrove

Your biocybernetic persona

This is the person you'd like to become using the Internet. In my beta-test, I was a stock trader; eventually I was in another country, talking with people in foreign languages, helping them pay their debts.

A nice example is the film: the game. We used information like that to create the genetic algorithmic reaction at LFT -without all the Hollywood boom and bang!



Post-It Notes Were Invented By Accident

There were actually two accidents that lead to the invention of the
Post-It note.  The first was by Spencer Silver.  According to the former
Vice President of Technical Operations for 3M Geoff Nicholson (now
retired), in 1968, Silver was working at 3M trying to create super
strong adhesives for use in the aerospace industry in building planes. 
Instead of a super strong adhesive, though, he accidentally managed to
create an incredibly weak, pressure sensitive adhesive agent called
Acrylate Copolymer Microspheres.



Post-It Notes Were Invented By Accident

LFT as your personal 'desk organizer'

YOU may have access to the internet, social networks, tons and tons of data but how to enable a fair trade life with all that? You need a desk organizer.

LFT creates the training to de-gunk our mind, organise the information and connect with key networks. Just how a desk organiser would keep your finger in the pulse and have at hand that paper-clip right in the moment you need it before it's too late!


mkusb \ UBUNTU \ usb maker

sudo apt-get install mkusb mkusb-nox usb-pack-efi

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/mkusb

32 or 64 bit architecture?

uname -p

give the architecture of the processor. If it gives x86_64, it means cpu is 64 bit.

http://askubuntu.com/questions/37159/is-my-processor-64-or-32-bit



Android USB

http://techposts.org/how-to-create-portable-android-os-lollipop-or-kitkat-in-a-usb-drive-update/

Android x86 on a usb stick

http://linuxbsdos.com/2015/03/26/android-on-a-stick-or-how-to-install-android-x86-on-a-usb-stick/

virtualization - Run both at the same time, Windows and Ubuntu - Ask Ubuntu

The main drawback of running an OS in a VM is access to resources, say
RAM. First, the host will need some RAM to run itself and any native
programs like a word processor you want to run. The guest can then only
use what is left behind. So if you have only 4GB of RAM and Windows (the
host) needs 3GB to work well. The Ubuntu as guest can only use 1GB of
physical RAM. You may assign more RAM to Ubuntu, but things will slow
down as the hard drive will be used as virtual RAM and things will be
moved between real RAM and the virtual RAM. 



virtualization - Run both at the same time, Windows and Ubuntu - Ask Ubuntu

Users Your Profile Screen « WordPress Codex

The Users Your Profile Screen is accessible from both the main navigation menu under Users
and by clicking on your name link at the top of the WordPress screen.
Here you can specify your name and how it will be displayed on your
site, your e-mail address (for administrative purposes), other personal
information, and personal options. 





note: add your linkedin URL in the "website" box. Other members at LFT-Australia will use that to connect, follow up and negotiate options with you if they find merits in your profile



Users Your Profile Screen « WordPress Codex

How to Back Up and Restore a MySQL Database

Restoring your MySQL Database


Above we backup the Tutorials database into tut_backup.sql file. To
re-create the Tutorials database you should follow two steps:


  • Create an appropriately named database on the target machine
  • Load the file using the mysql command:
$ mysql -u [uname] -p[pass] [db_to_restore] < [backupfile.sql]
 
example:
$ mysql -u username -pTHISISTHEPASSWORD DATABASENAME < DATABASENAMEBKP.sql


EASY!





How to Back Up and Restore a MySQL Database

How to Back Up and Restore a MySQL Database

Back up From the Command Line (using mysqldump)


If you have shell or telnet access to your web server, you can backup
your MySQL data by using the mysqldump command. This command connects
to the MySQL server and creates an SQL dump file. The dump file contains
the SQL statements necessary to re-create the database. Here is the
proper syntax:


$ mysqldump --opt -u [uname] -p[pass] [dbname] > [backupfile.sql]
  • [uname] Your database username
  • [pass] The password for your database (note there is no space between -p and the password)
  • [dbname] The name of your database
  • [backupfile.sql] The filename for your database backup
  • [--opt] The mysqldump option




How to Back Up and Restore a MySQL Database

How to Use PHPMyAdmin to do a Find & Replace in Your Database – Rob Orr





How to Use PHPMyAdmin to do a Find & Replace in Your Database – Rob Orr

How To Use Lsblk To List Block Device Information In Linux

$ lsblk -a
$ lsblk -d
$ lsblk -f








How To Use Lsblk To List Block Device Information In Linux

Monday, October 24, 2016

SYSLINUX 6.03 | “Boot Error” with live usb of Ubuntu 15.10 – How to Fix It

Method 1. Write the iso to usb using dd command

Use the lsblk command to find the usb device name.


$ lsblk -d
NAME MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sda    8:0    0 111.8G  0 disk 
sdb    8:16   0 465.8G  0 disk 
sdc    8:32   1  15.1G  0 disk 
sr0   11:0    1  1024M  0 rom
Its sdc here, so the device path would be /dev/sdc


Now run the dd command to write the iso file to the usb drive.


$ sudo dd if=ubuntu-15.10-desktop-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=1M
Now the usb should boot fine.







“Boot Error” with live usb of Ubuntu 15.10 – How to Fix It

Turn Your Feature TV Into A Smart TV For $30 | Linux.com | The source for Linux information

Do you have an HDMI-enabled dumb TV sitting around that needs a
dedicated set-top box or game console to be used? Are you planning to
buy a new smart TV? Stop. Here is a tutorial that will turn your current
TV into a great Android Linux powered smart TV. At most, you have to
spend $30 on it.



Turn Your Feature TV Into A Smart TV For $30 | Linux.com | The source for Linux information

Portable Android x86 USB drive-Install Android On Pendrive OR HDD - TechTutsBlog

With Android x86 it is much easier to install the popular Android
operating system natively on any computer that is running with Intel or
AMD processors.There are several methods to run Android on PC and we
have already discussed about the poplar methods for such installations
using emulators or dual-boot methods.But the main drawback of all the
methods is that you can install your favorite application or game in one
particular PC and you cannot carry it anywhere.In case if you have to
use any app or games in another computer you have download the required
version android x86 iso image and have to carry out the installation
process from the scratch.So in this tutorial we are going to discuss how
to make android portable in pendrive or hard disk
drive so that all installations and setting will be saved and you can
carry it in your pocket and use it on any other computer without losing
any data.



Portable Android x86 USB drive-Install Android On Pendrive OR HDD - TechTutsBlog

How to use bandwidth control on TP-Link wireless router? - TP-Link

For example, if you have a ADSL Modem, please choose “ADSL” on the line type. If you don’t know how to choose the Line Type, please contact your ISP which line type you have access.
The Egress Bandwidth and Ingress Bandwidth should be the real bandwidth given by your ISP. (1Mbps=1024Kbps)
Step 4
Click Save to save the Settings.
Step 5
Click Bandwidth Control -> Rules List on the left page, you can view and configure the rules.



How to use bandwidth control on TP-Link wireless router? - TP-Link

The real reason iiNet customers are facing internet speed slowdowns after Netflix's arrival

The real reason iiNet customers are facing internet speed slowdowns after Netflix's arrival

Remix OS download | SourceForge.net

Remix OS download | SourceForge.net



Given its lightweight size and system requirements, Remix OS for PC is
well suited to be installed on a USB drive (8GB+) and used as a portable
workspace securely containing the user’s documents and apps. This
particular use case has significant advantages for users within emerging
markets where shared PCs are more common.



A key feature of Remix OS for PC is multiple window support, and this
has been vastly improved in the migration to Marshmallow. Significant
examples include:



● New button has been implemented that resizes a window to fit
specifically to the app’s content - ensuring optimal layout is
maintained

● Video-based apps now open up in full-screen when you maximize the video rather than staying in a small framed window

● Resizing windows manually can now be initiated anywhere along the edge
of the window (other than the top edge), rather than just on the bottom
right corner

3 Great Media Center Solutions for Linux

3 Great Media Center Solutions for Linux



As far as media center software goes, OSMC
claims to be one of the lightest ones. OSMC is based upon the Kodi
media center, so the technology is largely the same, with some
additions. The main reason Open Source Media Center is a viable option
is that it works to make media centers more accessible and
user-friendly.

Here’s a list of compelling features:

  • Constantly updated
  • Lightweight
  • App support via an App store
  • Remote control support
  • Sorts media based on Movies, TV Shows and Music categories
  • Photo support
  • Support for all major video and audio codecs
  • Based on Kodi, so some features included with Kodi may carry over
If
you’ve tried Kodi and determined that you don’t like the way it works
or are just are looking to find something lighter and easier, Open
Source Media Center is a great choice.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

From Macro to Micro - The Unseen Universe | Science

From Macro to Micro - The Unseen Universe | Science



We often look up to the stars and think of the immensity and vastness of space,
but it can make us forget that there is a whole other universe on the
micro level. If we look down, closer and closer, we might be able to
catch a glimpse of the surface, but if we want to really look at the
smallest things in the universe – we need special equipment (or an easy
and fun presentation).
Let’s dive down into the smallest building blocks of this universe of ours…



This is our home - Planet Earth



From Macro to Micro - The Other Side of The Universe


Source


The Earth is a giant ball of
water and dirt, laying on top a core of molten iron. Earth’s
circumference is 40,000 kilometers (24,860 mi), with a surface area of
510,072,000 kilometers (316,944,046 mi)
.


The largest natural structure on earth - Great Barrier Reef



From Macro to Micro - The Other Side of The Universe


Source: NASA


Located off the eastern coast
of Australia, the size of the Great Barrier Reef is 344,400 sqkm
(133,000 sqmi). It is the world’s largest coral reef, and is visible
from space!


The largest natural formation - Grand Canyon



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Source: Nasa


Formed by the Colorado River for millions of years, the Grand Canyon is 446 km (277 mi) long.

The largest man-made structure – The Great Wall of China

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The Chinese started building defensive walls to ward off Mongolian incursions as early as the 8th-century
B.C.E. During the Qin dynasty reign, Emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered the
building of a wall, connecting all the previously-built fortifications.
This was the earliest incarnation of the Great Wall. The wall was
extended and fortified to the size we know today by the Mind dynasty in
the 14
th-century C.E. It is 8,850 km (5,500 mi) long and is not visible from space.


The highest point on Earth – Mt. Everest



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Located in Nepal, at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft.) above sea level, Mt. Everest is the highest point on Earth.

The tallest man-made building – Burj Khalifa

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Standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft.), the world’s tallest building is located in Dubai.


Largest tree – Giant Redwood



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Endemic
to North America, the tallest tree (called “Hyperion”) is a 115.55
meters (379.1 ft.) Giant Sequoia. These trees are also some of the
oldest living creatures in the world, with the oldest one estimated at
over 3,500 years old.


Largest living animal – Blue Whale



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The Blue Whale is the largest
living animal, with a length of 30 meters (98 ft.). These giants of the
deep eat krill (tiny kind of shrimp-like crustaceans).


Largest land animal – African Elephant



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The bull African Bush Elephant can reach a size of 5 meters (16 ft.) and weigh as much as 6,048 kg (13,330 lb).



Humans

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Us, the dominant species on Earth. Humans have an average size of 1.7 meters (5.5 ft.)


Smallest mammal - Etruscan shrew



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These tiny rodents are the smallest mammals, reaching a size of 4 cm (1.6 in).


Smallest Ant – Pharaoh Ant



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Their size is a mere 2 millimeters (0.07 in)


Smallest animal - Stygotantulus stocki



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This tiny crustacean is smaller than 0.1 millimeters (0.004 in). You can fit more than 20 of these on the world’s smallest ant…


A single human hair



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Seen here at x200
magnification, the width of human hair is just 100 micrometers (0.003
in) and are some of the smallest things still visible to the naked eye.


Human skin cell



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At 35 micrometers (0.001 in), these tiny cells cover every inch of our body, protecting us from disease and external damage.


Red blood cell



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These
beauties keep us alive by transporting oxygen to all of our organs and
removing CO2. The size of a human blood cell is 7 micrometers.


Largest Virus - Megavirus



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This nasty piece of work is just 440 nanometers in size. 15 of these bad boys can comfortably ride a red blood cell…


Smallest Virus -Porcine circovirus



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This tiny terror’s size is barely 17 nanometers.


Carbon nanotubes



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Measuring 1 nanometer in
width, these tiny tubes are considered to be the next “miracle
material”, thanks to their durability, conductivity and strength.


Water molecule



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H2O (Hydrogen Dioxide) – 1
Hydrogen atom bonds with 2 Oxygen atoms, and that is how water is made.
Each molecule is 280 picometers, so 3 of those can fit on one carbon
nanotube with some room to spare.


Helium atom





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This noble gas fills your
birthday balloons, making them lighter than air. It can also raise the
pitch of your voice if you inhale it. 1 helium atom is 25 picometers in
size.


Neutrons & Protons



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The center of an atom, called
the “Nucleus”, is comprised of protons and neutrons. Each is 1
femtometer in size. (There are 1000 femtometers in a picometer)





Quarks 



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There are 6 kinds of Quarks –
Up, Down Strange, Charm, Top, and Bottom. They are the building blocks
of protons and electrons. They range between the size of 1 attometer
(0.001 femtometer) and 100 yoctometers (0.0001 attometer). In the image
above, you see a proton, comprised of two “Up” and one “Down” quarks.


Neutrinos


These subatomic particles are 1
yoctometer long - that’s 0.00000000000000000004 inches). Every second,
65 billion neutrinos pass through every cubic centimeter of earth that
is in direct sunlight. Neutrinos cannot be detected directly, and are
only found by using high-energy underground detectors.


Quantum foam



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Also known as the “Fabric of
Space and Time”. This hypothesized “foam”, the building block of the
universe, is said to be as small as 0.00000000001 yoctometers.





Want to try an interactive trip from the atomic level to the universal level?

Five Ways to Free Up Space on Your Android Device

Five Ways to Free Up Space on Your Android Device



Modern versions of Android have a Storage pane that will show
you exactly what is taking up storage on your device. To find this, open
the Settings screen and tap Storage. You can see how much space is used
up by apps and their data, by pictures and videos, audio files,
downloads, cached data, and miscellaneous other files.




Tap an option here to see exactly what’s using up space and delete it.
For example, you could tap Apps to see a list of apps using up the most
space and remove them. Tap downloads to view your downloads list where
you can remove files and tap cached data to clear the data of all
installed apps. Use the other options to view which files are taking up
space and remove the ones you don’t want.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life : zen habits

Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life

“Simplicity is the peak of civilization.” – Jessie Sampter
By Leo Babauta
A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every
person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing
chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you.


It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can
spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means
getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives
you value.



However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a
journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps
forward, and one backward.


If you’re interested in simplifying your life, this is a great starter’s guide (if you’re not interested, move on).


The Short List

For the cynics who say that the list below is too long, there are really only two steps to simplifying:


  1. Identify what’s most important to you.
  2. Eliminate everything else.
Of course, that’s not terribly useful unless you can see how to apply
that to different areas of your life, so I present to you the Long
List.


The Long List

There can be no step-by-step guide to simplifying your life, but I’ve
compiled an incomplete list of ideas that should help anyone trying to
find the simple life. Not every tip will work for you — choose the ones
that appeal and apply to your life.


One important note: this list will be criticized for
being too complicated, especially as it provides a bunch of links.
Don’t stress out about all of that. Just choose one at a time, and focus
on that. When you’re done with that, focus on the next thing.


  1. Make a list of your top 4-5 important things.
    What’s most important to you? What do you value most? What 4-5 things do
    you most want to do in your life? Simplifying starts with these
    priorities, as you are trying to make room in your life so you have more
    time for these things.
  2. Evaluate your commitments. Look at everything
    you’ve got going on in your life. Everything, from work to home to civic
    to kids’ activities to hobbies to side businesses to other projects.
    Think about which of these really gives you value, which ones you love
    doing. Which of these are in line with the 4-5 most important things you
    listed above? Drop those that aren’t in line with those things. Article here.
  3. Evaluate your time. How do you spend your day? What
    things do you do, from the time you wake up to the time you go to
    sleep? Make a list, and evaluate whether they’re in line with your
    priorities. If not, eliminate the things that aren’t, and focus on
    what’s important. Redesign your day.
  4. Simplify work tasks. Our work day is made up of an
    endless list of work tasks. If you simply try to knock off all the tasks
    on your to-do list, you’ll never get everything done, and worse yet,
    you’ll never get the important stuff done. Focus on the essential tasks
    and eliminate the rest. Read more.
  5. Simplify home tasks. In that vein, think about all
    the stuff you do at home. Sometimes our home task list is just as long
    as our work list. And we’ll never get that done either. So focus on the
    most important, and try to find ways to eliminate the other tasks
    (automate, eliminate, delegate, or hire help).
  6. Learn to say no. This is actually one of the key
    habits for those trying to simplify their lives. If you can’t say no,
    you will take on too much. Article here.
  7. Limit your communications. Our lives these days are
    filled with a vast flow of communications: email, IM, cell phones,
    paper mail, Skype, Twitter, forums, and more. It can take up your whole
    day if you let it. Instead, put a limit on your communications: only do
    email at certain times of the day, for a certain number of minutes (I
    recommend twice a day, but do what works for you). Only do IM once a
    day, for a limited amount of time. Limit phone calls to certain times
    too. Same with any other communications. Set a schedule and stick to it.
  8. Limit your media consumption. This tip won’t be for
    everyone, so if media consumption is important to you, please skip it
    (as with any of the other tips). However, I believe that the media in
    our lives — TV, radio, Internet, magazines, etc. — can come to dominate
    our lives. Don’t let it. Simplify your life and your information
    consumption by limiting it. Try a media fast.
  9. Purge your stuff. If you can devote a weekend to
    purging the stuff you don’t want, it feels seriously terrific. Get boxes
    and trash bags for the stuff you want to donate or toss. Here’s my guide on decluttering. Here’s a post on starting small. More on purging below.
  10. Get rid of the big items. There’s tons of little
    clutter in our lives, but if you start with the big items, you’ll
    simplify your life quickly and in a big way. Read more.
  11. Edit your rooms. One room at a time, go around the
    room and eliminate the unnecessary. Act as a newspaper editor, trying to
    leave only the minimum, and deleting everything else. Article here.
  12. Edit closets and drawers. Once you’ve gone through the main parts of your rooms, tackle the closets and drawers, one drawer or shelf at a time. More here.
  13. Simplify your wardrobe. Is your closet bursting
    full? Are your drawers so stuffed they can’t close (I’m talking about
    dresser drawers here, not underwear). Simplify your wardrobe by getting
    rid of anything you don’t actually wear. Try creating a minimal wardrobe
    by focusing on simple styles and a few solid colors that all match each
    other. Read more.
  14. Simplify your computing life. If you have trouble
    with too many files and too much disorganization, consider online
    computing. It can simplify things greatly. Read more.
  15. Declutter your digital packrattery. If you are a digital packrat, and cannot seem to control your digital clutter, there is still hope for you. Read this guide to curing yourself of this clutter.
  16. Create a simplicity statement. What do you want your simple life to look like? Write it out. More here.
  17. Limit your buying habits. If you are a slave to
    materialism and consumerism, there are ways to escape it. I was there,
    and although I haven’t escaped these things entirely, I feel much freer
    of it all. If you can escape materialism, you can get into the habit of
    buying less. And that will mean less stuff, less spending, less
    freneticism. Read more.
  18. Free up time. Find ways to free up time for the
    important stuff. That means eliminating the stuff you don’t like,
    cutting back on time wasters, and making room for what you want to do.
  19. Do what you love. Once you’ve freed up some time,
    be sure to spend that extra time doing things you love. Go back to your
    list of 4-5 important things. Do those, and nothing else. Read more.
  20. Spend time with people you love. Again, the list of
    4-5 important things probably contains some of the people you love (if
    not, you may want to re-evaluate). Whether those people are a spouse, a
    partner, children, parents, other family, best friends, or whoever, find
    time to do things with them, talk to them, be intimate with them (not
    necessarily in sexual ways).
  21. Spend time alone. See this list
    of ways to free up time for yourself — to spend in solitude. Alone time
    is good for you, although some people aren’t comfortable with it. It
    could take practice getting used to the quiet, and making room for your
    inner voice. It sounds new-agey, I know, but it’s extremely calming. And
    this quiet is necessary for finding out what’s important to you.
  22. Eat slowly. If you cram your food down your throat,
    you are not only missing out on the great taste of the food, you are
    not eating healthy. Slow down to lose weight, improve digestion, and
    enjoy life more. Read more.
  23. Drive slowly. Most people rush through traffic,
    honking and getting angry and frustrated and stressed out. And
    endangering themselves and others in the meantime. Driving slower is not
    only safer, but it is better on your fuel bill, and can be incredibly
    peaceful. Give it a try. Read more.
  24. Be present. These two words can make a huge
    difference in simplifying your life. Living here and now, in the moment,
    keeps you aware of life, of what is going on around you and within you.
    It does wonders for your sanity. Read tips on how to do it.
  25. Streamline your life. Many times we live with
    unplanned, complex systems in our lives because we haven’t given them
    much thought. Instead, focus on one system at a time (your laundry
    system, your errands system, your paperwork system, your email system,
    etc.) and try to make it simplified, efficient, and written. Then stick
    to it. Here’s more. Another good article here.
  26. Create a simple mail & paperwork system. If you don’t have a system, this stuff will pile up. But a simple system will keep everything in order. Here’s how.
  27. Create a simple system for house work. Another example of a simple system is clean-as-you-go with a burst. Read more.
  28. Clear your desk. If you have a cluttered desk, it
    can be distracting and disorganized and stressful. A clear desk,
    however, is only a couple of simple habits away. Read more.
  29. Establish routines. The key to keeping your life simple is to create simple routines. A great article on that here.
  30. Keep your email inbox empty. Is your email inbox
    overflowing with new and read messages? Do the messages just keep piling
    up? If so, you’re normal — but you could be more efficient and your
    email life could be simplified with a few simple steps. Read more.
  31. Learn to live frugally. Living frugally means
    buying less, wanting less, and leaving less of a footprint on the earth.
    It’s directly related to simplicity. Here are 50 tips on how to live frugally.
  32. Make your house minimalist. A minimalist house has what is necessary, and not much else. It’s also extremely peaceful (not to mention easy to clean). More here.
  33. Find other ways to be minimalist. There are tons. You can find ways to be minimalist in every area of your life. Here are a few I do, to spur your own ideas.
  34. Consider a smaller home. If you rid your home of
    stuff, you might find you don’t need so much space. I’m not saying you
    should live on a boat (although I know some people who happily do so),
    but if you can be comfortable in a smaller home, it will not only be
    less expensive, but easier to maintain, and greatly simplify your life.
    Read about downsizing your home here.
  35. Consider a smaller car. This is a big move, but if
    you have a large car or SUV, you may not really need something that big.
    It’s more expensive, uses more gas, harder to maintain, harder to park.
    Simplify your life with less car. You don’t need to go tiny, especially
    if you have a family, but try to find as small a car as can fit you or
    your family comfortably. Maybe not something you’re going to do today,
    but something to think about over the long term.
  36. Learn what “enough” is. Our materialistic society
    today is about getting more and more, with no end in sight. Sure, you
    can get the latest gadget, and more clothes and shoes. More stuff. But
    when will you have enough? Most people don’t know, and thus they keep
    buying more. It’s a neverending cycle. Get off the cycle by figuring out
    how much is enough. And then stop when you get there.
  37. Create a simple weekly dinner menu. If figuring out
    what’s for dinner is a nightly stressor for you or your family,
    consider creating a weekly menu. Decide on a week’s worth of simple
    dinners, set a specific dinner for each night of the week, go grocery
    shopping for the ingredients. Now you know what’s for dinner each night,
    and you have all the ingredients necessary. No need for difficult
    recipes — find ones that can be done in 10-15 minutes (or less).
  38. Eat healthy. It might not be obvious how eating
    healthy relates to simplicity, but think about the opposite: if you eat
    fatty, greasy, salty, sugary, fried foods all the time, you are sure to
    have higher medical needs over the long term. We could be talking years
    from now, but imagine frequent doctor visits, hospitalization, going to
    the pharmacist, getting therapy, having surgery, taking insulin shots …
    you get the idea. Being unhealthy is complicated. Eating healthy
    simplifies all of that greatly, over the long term. Read about how to simplify your eating habits.
  39. Exercise. This goes along the same lines as eating
    healthy, as it simplifies your life in the long run, but it goes even
    further: exercise helps burn off stress and makes you feel better. It’s
    great. Here’s how to create the exercise habit.
  40. Declutter before organizing. Many people make the
    mistake of taking a cluttered desk or filing cabinet or closet or
    drawer, and trying to organize it. Unfortunately, that’s not only hard
    to do, it keeps things complicated. Simplify the process by getting rid
    of as much of the junk as possible, and then organizing. If you
    declutter enough, you won’t need to organize at all.
  41. Have a place for everything. Age-old advice, but it’s the best advice on keeping things organized. After you declutter. Read more here.
  42. Find inner simplicity. I’m not much of a spiritual
    person, but I have found that spending a little time with my inner self
    creates a peaceful simplicity rather than a chaotic confusion. This
    could be time praying or communing with God, or time spent meditating or
    journaling or getting to know yourself, or time spent in nature.
    However you do it, working on your inner self is worth the time.
  43. Learn to decompress from stress. Every life is
    filled with stress — no matter how much you simplify your life, you’ll
    still have stress (except in the case of the ultimate simplifier,
    death). So after you go through stress, find ways to decompress. Here are some ideas.
  44. Try living without a car. OK, this isn’t something
    I’ve done, but many others have. It’s something I would do if I didn’t
    have kids. Walk, bike, or take public transportation. It reduces
    expenses and gives you time to think. A car is also very complicating,
    needing not only car payments, but insurance, registration, safety
    inspections, maintenance, repairs, gas and more.
  45. Find a creative outlet for self-expression. Whether
    that’s writing, poetry, painting, drawing, creating movies, designing
    websites, dance, skateboarding, whatever. We have a need for
    self-expression, and finding a way to do that makes your life much more
    fulfilling. Allow this to replace much of the busy-work you’re
    eliminating from your life.
  46. Simplify your goals. Instead of having half a dozen
    goals or more, simplify it to one goal. Not only will this make you
    less stressed, it will make you more successful. You’ll be able to focus
    on that One Goal, and give it all of your energy. That gives you much
    better chances for success.
  47. Single-task. Multi-tasking is more complicated, more stressful, and generally less productive. Instead, do one task at a time.
  48. Simplify your filing system. Stacking a bunch of papers just doesn’t work. But a filing system doesn’t have to be complicated to be useful. Create a simple system.
  49. Develop equanimity. If every little thing that
    happens to you sends you into anger or stress, your life might never be
    simple. Learn to detach yourself, and be more at peace. Read more.
  50. Reduce your consumption of advertising. Advertising
    makes us want things. That’s what it’s designed to do, and it works.
    Find ways to reduce your exposure of advertising, whether that’s in
    print, online, broadcast, or elsewhere. You’ll want much less.
  51. Live life more deliberately. Do every task slowly, with ease, paying full attention to what you’re doing. For more, see Peaceful Simplicity: How to Live a Life of Contentment.
  52. Make a Most Important Tasks (MITs) list each day.
    Set just 3 very important things you want to accomplish each day. Don’t
    start with a long list of things you probably won’t get done by the end
    of the day. A simple list of 3 things, ones that would make you feel
    like you accomplished something. See this article for more.
  53. Create morning and evening routines. A great way to simplify your life is to create routines at the start and end of your day. Read more on morning routines and evening routines.
  54. Create a morning writing ritual. If you enjoy writing, like I do, make it a peaceful, productive ritual. Article here.
  55. Learn to do nothing. Doing nothing can be an art form, and it should be a part of every life. Read the Art of Doing Nothing.
  56. Read Walden, by Thoreau. The quintessential text on simplifying. Available on Wikisources for free.
  57. Go for quality, not quantity. Try not to have a ton
    of stuff in your life … instead, have just a few possessions, but ones
    that you really love, and that will last for a long time.
  58. Read Simplify Your Life, by Elaine St. James. One of my favorite all-time authors on simplicity. Read my review here.
  59. Fill your day with simple pleasures. Make a list of your favorite simple pleasures, and sprinkle them throughout your day. List here.
  60. Simplify your RSS feeds. If you’ve got dozens of
    feeds, or more than a hundred (as I once did), you probably have a lot
    of stress in trying to keep up with them all. Simplify your feed
    reading. See How to Drop an RSS Feed Like a Bad Habit.
  61. But subscribe to Unclutterer. Probably the best blog on simplifying your stuff and routines (along with Zen Habits, of course!).
  62. Create an easy-to-maintain yard. If you spend too much time on your yard, here are some good tips.
  63. Carry less stuff. Are your pockets bulging. Consider carrying only the essentials. Some thoughts on that here.
  64. Simplify your online life. If you have too much going on online, here are a few ways to simplify it all. Article here.
  65. Strive to automate your income. This isn’t the easiest task, but it can (and has) been done. I’ve been working towards it myself. Article here.
  66. Simplify your budget. Many people skip budgeting (which is very important) because it’s too hard or too complicated. Read more here.
  67. Simplify your financial life. Article from a financial planning expert here.
  68. Learn to pack light. Who wants to lug a bunch of luggage around on a trip? Here’s an article on using just one carry-on.
  69. Use a minimalist productivity system. The minimal Zen To Done is all you need. Everything else is icing.
  70. Leave space around things in your day. Whether
    they’re appointments, or things you need to do, don’t stack them
    back-to-back. Leave a little space between things you need to do, so you
    will have room for contingencies, and you’ll go through your day much
    more relaxed.
  71. Live closer to work. This might mean getting a job
    closer to your home, or moving to a home closer to your work. Either
    will do much to simplify your life.
  72. Always ask: Will this simplify my life? If the answer is no, reconsider.




Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life : zen habits