Links

Places on the web that are of most interest to me:

  • PubMed. The premier site for literature searches in biomedical science.
  • Slashdot. Feel the pulse of today's most pressing issues in science, technology, and rights in the digital age.
  • OSNews. Another geeky news site geared towards articles around the web that concern the "future of computing."
  • Pybliographer. Need a bibliography manager in Linux? Look no further, this program is jam packed with features and competes with many current commercial software packages.
  • Using LaTeX for your thesis proposal and dissertation (from http://www.rpi.edu/computing/software/latex/thesis-info.html [Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute]). This is an excellent starting document for those of you wanting to learn more about LaTeX. By all means, spend the time now to understand this wonderful package and it will save you lots of headache and heartache in the future when you need to whip out a scientific paper, review, or book.


The following are links to my family and friends' web pages:
  • Hieu Vu. My brother is a graduating Chemical Engineer. He's has a number of experiences in the field and is looking for a job, can you help him out?
  • Tone's "The World from Mine Eyes". In need of a good chuckle?
  • Jeffrey T. Mason. He's a childhood friend who has always had a passion for radio and music. He DJs in the Chicago listening area for a popular dance (WKIE - 92.7/5) radio station. Check his site out and listen to him live on the Jeffro Show, 7 pm to Midnight CST.
  • Dragonsfolly.com is my cousin's site. It has excellent prose and sci-fi fantasy fan fiction. Check it out for an interesting read.
  • Pham-Tom Designs is a friend's design company. Browse his pages if you need art design for your website.
  • Color Negative is yet another friend's design company. Browse his pages if you need art design for your website.
  • Minh Pham is a close friend who happens to be a real estate broker. His passion is motivational speaking. Please peruse his site if you need a speaker for your next conference or meeting.
  • Oanh Le is in the IT field in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area (soon to be in the New York City area). She has more than a few years of on-the-job experience under her belt. Follow the link if you need a consultant for contract work.
  • Looking for a snazzy pair of sneaks? Swing on by to gotkickz? and order "two per of those er force ones." In fact, do your holiday shopping early, tell them I sent you.


Some recent deals and news

Channel: DealNews - Today's Edition

  • OxGord Pooper Scooper Dog Waste Scoop for $8 + free shipping. Won Lane via Walmart offers the OxGord Jumbo Pooper Scooper Dog Waste Scoop for $7.95 with free shipping. That's tied with last week's mention and the lowest price we could find by $5. It's 28" long and features a wide handle and nonstick ABS plastic scoop.
  • HG Men's Solarsoft Sport Sandals for $5 + $3 s&h. Homie Gear offers the HG Men's Solarsoft Sport Sandals in several colors for $9.99. Coupon code "dealnews" cuts them to $4.99. With $2.75 for shipping, that's a buck under last month's mention and the lowest price we could find by $4. They're available in select sizes from 8 to 13.
  • Mountain Hardwear Past-Season Styles: 50% off + free shipping. Mountain Hardwear takes 50% off past-season styles. (Although the banner says up to 50% off, most styles are at least 50% off.) Plus, Elevated Rewards members receive free shipping. (Not a member? It's free to join.) Men's coats start at $59.98, women's fleeces starts at $74.98, and accessories start at $9.98.
  • Igloo Marine Breeze 48-Quart Cooler for $20 + pickup at Bass Pro. At Bass Pro Shops, search "1798196" to find the Igloo Marine Breeze 48-Quart Cooler in White for $19.97. (Amazon and Target charge the same.) Opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $5 shipping fee. That's tied with last week's mention and the lowest price we could find by $29. It holds up to 76 cans with ice.
  • Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition for PC for $11. Endng today at 3pm ET, Green Man Gaming offers downloads of Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition for Windows for $12.50. Coupon code "SUMMER2017" cut the price to $10.63. That's $14 off list and the lowest price we could find.
  • Columbia Men's Roan Mountain Jacket for $30 + free shipping. Columbia offers its Columbia Men's Roan Mountain Jacket in several colors (Navy/Blue pictured) for $29.90. Plus, Greater Rewards members receive free shipping. (Not a member? It's free to sign up.) That's tied with our mention from last week and is the lowest price we could find by $15. It's available select sizes XL and XXL only.
  • Worx 67-Piece Drill Bit Accessory Kit for $16 + free shipping. Worx via eBay offers its Worx 67-Piece Drill Bit Accessory Kit for $15.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from a week ago and the lowest price we could find by $33. It includes metric and SAE sockets, tile bits, paddle bits, and screw driving.
  • Denim 24/7 Women's Distressed Jogger Jeans for $15 + $6 s&h. Roaman's offers the Denim 24/7 Women's Distressed Jogger Jeans in several colors (Medium Stonewash pictured) for $21.99. Coupon code "RDEXTRA30C" cuts it to $15.39. With $5.99 for shipping, that's $35 off and the lowest price we could find. They're available in select sizes from 12 to 28.
  • Yamaha Advanced YST II Active Subwoofer for $75 + free shipping. As one of its daily deals, Newegg offers the Yamaha Advanced YST II & Down-Firing Active Design Subwoofer for $89.95. Coupon code "724EDSSC02" cuts that to $74.95. With free shipping, that's $15 under our mention from a month ago, an all-time low, and the best price we could find by $26. It features 50 watts of power, a 35Hz to 160Hz frequency response, and magnetic shielding. Deal ends today.
  • BioShock Infinite for PC downloads for $6. Today only until 3pm ET, Green Man Gaming offers downloads of BioShock Infinite for Windows for $7.50. Coupon code "SUMMER2017" cuts it to $6.38. That's tied with our February mention as the lowest price we've seen. (It's the best deal now by 14.)
  • Jos. A. Bank Men's 1905 Shawl Cardigan for $45 + free shipping. Jos. A. Bank offers its Jos. A. Bank Men's 1905 Textured Shawl Cardigan in Navy for $44.99. Plus, Bank Account Rewards members get free shipping. (Not a member? It's free to join.) That's $105 off list and the lowest price we could find. It's available in select sizes from S to XL.
  • Presto Belgian Bowl Waffle Maker for $21 + pickup at Walmart. Walmart offers the Presto Belgian Bowl Waffle Maker for $20.90. (Amazon has it for the same with free shipping for Prime members.) Opt for in-store pickup to avoid the $5.99 shipping charge. That's the lowest price we could find by $3, although we saw it last week for about a buck less. It makes a 4" waffle bowl with non-stick grids.
  • Military Assault Molle Camping Waist Bag for $11 + free shipping. Campus111 via eBay offers this Military Assault Molle Camping Waist Bag in several colors for $10.99 with free shipping. That's tied with last week's mention, $11 off list, and the lowest price we could find. It features 600D high-density waterproof Oxford fabric, MOLLE system compatibility, and 3-way design.
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Men's Sunglasses for $60 + free shipping. A DealNews exclusive! Daily Steals offers the Salvatore Ferragamo Men's Sunglasses in Matte Black for $64.99. Coupon code "DEALNEWSITALY" cuts it to $59.99. Even better, free shipping applies. That's the lowest price we could find by $22. They feature acetate construction and 100% UV protection.
  • bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm for $8 + free shipping. Macy's offers the bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in several colors (Peach Passion pictured) for $8 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by a buck, although we saw this for about a buck less in April.
  • Refillable Torch Lighter 6-Pack for $10 + free shipping. 13 Deals offers this Refillable Torch Lighter 3-Pack for $6.99. Better yet, add two to your cart (six lighters total) for a final price of $9.98. With free shipping, that's tied with last week's mention, $32 off list price, and the lowest price we could find. Each lighter features metal construction. Deal ends July 28.

    Note: You'll receive a random assortment of the three pictured lighter styles.
  • Refurb Surface 2 64GB 11" Windows RT Tablet for $112 + free shipping. A4C offers the refurbished Microsoft Surface 2 64GB 10.6" Windows RT Tablet with Keyboard for $139.95. Coupon code "JULY20" cuts that to $111.96. With free shipping, that's $8 under our mention from two weeks ago and $88 under the best deal we could find for another refurb now. It features a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 10.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) touchscreen display, 2GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, front- and rear-facing cameras, microSDXC card slot, up to 10-hour battery life, and Windows RT 8.1 OS. The keyboard doubles as a screen cover. Deal ends July 31.

    A 90-day A4C warranty applies.
  • No Boundaries Women's French Terry Shorts for $5 + pickup at Walmart. Walmart offers the No Boundaries Women's French Terry Sleep Shorts in Arctic White Tie Dye for $4.50. Opt for in-store pickup to avoid the $5.99 shipping fee. That's $8 off list and the lowest price we could find. They're available in select sizes S to 3XL.
  • XHose Expandable Hose Storage Keeper for $11 + pickup at Walmart. Walmart offers the XHose Expandable Hose Storage Keeper for $11.12. (WWTrading via Amazon has a similar one for cents more.) Choose in-store pickup to avoid the $5.99 shipping fee. That's tied with our mention from a week ago and the lowest price we could find for such a hose storage keeps by $9. It features a self-draining design and holds expandable-style hoses up to 100-foot long.
  • EcoXGear Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker for $80 + free shipping. As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the EcoXGear EcoCarbon Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker in several colors (Black pictured) for $43.99 with free shipping. That's a buck under our April mention and the lowest price we could find today by $48. It features a 25Hz to 18kHz frequency response, LED light, and a microphone. Deal ends today.
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  • GNUSTEP live CD 2.5 released. After almost 8 years (we talked about it, of course), a new version of the GNUSTEP live CD has been released - version 2.5, for amd64. The live CD is based on Debian 9, has low hardware requirements, and uses Linux 4.9 with compressed RAM and no systemd. The live CD is a very easy and non-destructive way of testing out and playing with GNUSTEP, a free software implementation of OPENSTEP. It's been a long, long time since I got to use our glorious *STEP database category. Isn't that one beautiful icon?
  • FreeBSD 11.1 released. FreeBSD 11.1 has been released, and as you can tell by the version number, it's a point release. The release announcement, release notes, and errata are available for your perusal. FreeBSD users already know full well how to upgrade - they're probably already running it - and newcomers can go to the download page to download the proper ISO.
  • Adobe discontinues Flash. Today, Adobe announced that Flash will no longer be supported after 2020. Microsoft will phase out support for Flash in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer ahead of this date. Flash led the way on the web for rich content, gaming, animations, and media of all kinds, and inspired many of the current web standards powering HTML5. Adobe has partnered with Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, Apple, and many others, to ensure that the open web could meet and exceed the experiences that Flash has traditionally provided. HTML5 standards, implemented across all modern browsers, provide these capabilities with improved performance, battery life, and increased security. We look forward to continuing to work with Adobe and our industry partners on enriching the open web without the need for plug-ins. We will phase out Flash from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, culminating in the removal of Flash from Windows entirely by the end of 2020. Adobe's own announcement is coughing up HTTP 500 errors right now; hence the link to Microsoft's announcement. You can also read Apple's/WebKit's announcement, and the one from Chrome/Google.
  • MaXX Desktop Indy 1.1 released. A new version of the MaXX Desktop hasbeen released. We linked to the project almost two months ago, but the short of it is that it is a continuation of 5dwm.org and intends to bring the IRIX desktop to Linux. New features in this release include new xterm-330 with support for UTF-8 characters, SGI color schemes for GTK applications, a new console, new configuration files, SGI demos, as well as other small fixes. And I'll keep putting these in the otherwise entirely useless and defunct SGI database category.
  • OpenMoko: 10 years after. Michael Lauer, employee #2 at OpenMoko, has written a detailed article about the project and its eventual demise. For the 10th anniversary since the legendary OpenMoko announcement at the "Open Source in Mobile" (7th of November 2006 in Amsterdam), I've been meaning to write an anthology or - as Paul Fertser suggested on #openmoko-cdevel - an obituary. I've been thinking about objectively describing the motivation, the momentum, how it all began and - sadly - ended. I did even plan to include interviews with Sean, Harald, Werner, and some of the other veterans. But as with oh so many projects of (too) wide scope this would probably never be completed. As November 2016 passed without any progress, I decided to do something different instead. Something way more limited in scope, but something I can actually finish. My subjective view of the project, my participation, and what I think is left behind: My story, as OpenMoko employee #2. On top of that you will see a bunch of previously unreleased photos (bear with me, I'm not a good photographer and the camera sucked as well). Mr. Lauer ends the article on a sad but entirely true note: Right now my main occupation is writing software for Apple's platforms - and while it's nice to work on apps using a massive set of luxury frameworks and APIs, you're locked and sandboxed within the software layers Apple allows you. I'd love to be able to work on an open source Linux-based middleware again. However, the sad truth is that it looks like there is no business case anymore for a truly open platform based on custom-designed hardware, since people refuse to spend extra money for tweakability, freedom, and security. Despite us living in times where privacy is massively endangered. If anyone out there thinks different and plans a project, please holler and get me on board! We'd all love such a project to succeed.
  • Microsoft Paint gets deprecated. Microsoft has announced - through a boring table, because Microsoft - that MS Paint has been deprecated. This means that it will soon be removed from Windows completely, superseded - supposedly - by their new Paint 3D. When Microsoft Paint will officially be removed from Windows has yet to be confirmed, while a precise date for the release of the Windows 10 Autumn Creators Update is equally up in the air. Whether, like Clippy, Windows users will celebrate or decry Paint's removal, it will be a moment in the history of Windows as one of its longest-standing apps is put out to pasture. To be honest, I don't quite understand why you'd use Paint for anything since Paint.NET is far more capable and also free.
  • The "Million Dollar Homepage" as a decaying digital artifact. But to what extent has this history been preserved? Does the Million Dollar Homepage represent a robust digital artifact 12 years after its creation, or has it fallen prey to the ephemerality common to internet content? Have the forces of link rot and administrative neglect rendered it a shell of its former self? I remember this quite well - and I can't believe it's already been 12 years. As the article notes, it serves as a great preserved microcosm of that era's web - good and bad.
  • An interactive map of the Odyssey. Homer's Iliad and Odyssey are, in my humble view, two of the greatest works of art of all times. From a very young age, I started reading children-friendly versions of the two stories, and later, during ancient Greek class in high school, we translated parts of the original works. Personally, I prefer the Odyssey, but I guess the Iliad is probably the greater, more popular epic. Thanks to the blessings of modern computing, the internet, and technology, we can now make beautiful interactive maps of stories, and I've been thoroughly enjoying The Odyssey Map today. I've seen such maps before, but not as smooth and nicely illustrated as this one. Add it to the list of awesome historical maps, such as the amazing 200-year topographical history of The Netherlands, or the countless interactive maps of the Roman Empire.
  • Debian 9.1 released. The Debian project is pleased to announce the first update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename stretch). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available. This isn't actually a new version or anything like that; a Debian point release just means a number of packages have been updated.
  • Microsoft extends support deadline for Clover Trail PCs. Microsoft finally broke its silence on the status of devices built on the Intel Clover Trail CPU family. Owners of those devices who had taken advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer discovered recently that those PCs were unable to upgrade to the Windows 10 Creators Update, released in April 2017 and now rolling out widely to the installed base of Windows 10 PCs. In an e-mailed statement, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed today that no software fix is on the way. But in a major shift in its "Windows as a Service" policy, Microsoft agreed to continue delivering security updates to those devices for another six years. Under the existing policy, those security updates would have ended in early 2018. Support for hardware has to end at some point, but this seems rather crude.
  • Google denies funding biased research. It turns out we got played. The WSJ report that Google was funding research specifically to influence lawmakers for its own benefit seems to have been an Oracle-created hit job. Google's director of public policy Leslie Miller said the CfA's report was "highly misleading" and accused it of inflating the numbers by attributing funding to Google when it actually came from associations to which Google belongs. Miller also points out the non-profit's own transparency issues, given that the CfA's only known backer is Oracle. I should've checked the source of the actual report - and specifically, its funding - and I did not. My apologies. While this certainly doesn't magically mean Google is a saint, it does cast this specific report in a very, very different light.
  • Google Glass 2.0 is a startling second act. What they didn't know was that Alphabet was commissioning a small group to develop a version for the workplace. The team lives in Alphabet's X division, where Glass was first developed as a passion project of Google cofounder Sergey Brin. Now the focus was on making a practical workplace tool that saves time and money. Announced today, it is called Glass Enterprise Edition. That's what Erickson wears every day. She works for AGCO, an agricultural equipment manufacturer that is an early adopter of Glass EE. For about two years, Glass EE has been quietly in use in dozens of workplaces, slipping under the radar of gadget bloggers, analysts, and self-appointed futurists. Yes, the population of those using the vaunted consumer version of Glass has dwindled, tired of being driven out of lounges by cocktail-fork-wielding patrons fearing unwelcome YouTube cameos. Meanwhile, Alphabet has been selling hundreds of units of EE, an improved version of the product that originally shipped in a so-called Explorer Edition in 2013. Companies testing EE - including giants like GE, Boeing, DHL, and Volkswagen - have measured huge gains in productivity and noticeable improvements in quality. What started as pilot projects are now morphing into plans for widespread adoption in these corporations. Other businesses, like medical practices, are introducing Enterprise Edition in their workplaces to transform previously cumbersome tasks. They obviously followed my advice from way back in 2014, well before the Enterprise Edition was announced. Totally. In all seriousness, this is the perfect market for devices like Glass. I don't feel like these kinds of devices have much of a place in our personal lives, but in our professional lives it can improve safety quite a bit by giving people access to information that would otherwise require them to look away from what they are doing.
  • The best keyboard ever is back. You may not know the Model F by name, but you know it by sound - the musical thwacking of flippers slapping away. The sound of the '80s office. The IBM Model F greeting the world in 1981 with a good ten pounds of die-cast zinc and keys that crash down on buckling metal springs as they descend. It's a sensation today's clickiest keyboards chase, but will never catch. And now it's coming back. I used several of these growing up, and I've come to understand I'm the only one who didn't - and doesn't - like mechanical keyboards one bit - I find them tiring and way too loud. I want the thinnest possible keyboard with the shortest possible travel while still having a decent, satisfying, but very quiet click. I find Apple's Magic Keyboard is the exact right keyboard for me, but I also know I'll be one of the very few, especially on a site like OSNews.
  • Fastest way to delete large folders in Windows. A much faster, bare metal approach to deleting large and complex folders in Windows is via the command line. Of course, repeatedly having to navigate directories while executing commands via a terminal quickly becomes a tedious experience. In this post, I will walk through the process of creating a simple batch file and wiring it up to a handy right-click context menu from Windows Explorer to delete sophisticated directories in a hurry and without interruption. Small tip (from 2015, so I'm a tad late), explained very well, that a lot of people could benefit from.
  • Jide discontinues Remix OS. We'll be restructuring our approach to Remix OS and transitioning away from the consumer space. As a result, development on all existing products such as Remix OS for PC as well as products in our pipeline such as Remix IO and IO+ will be discontinued. Full refunds will be issued to ALL BACKERS via Kickstarter for both Remix IO and Remix IO+. In addition any purchases made via our online store that has remained unfulfilled will also be fully refunded. This requires no action from you as we will begin issuing refunds starting August 15th. I'm shocked.
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