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    ZombieTrackerGPS (ZTGPS) is a Fitness Tracker for Linux, and a Linux alternative to Garmin’s BaseCamp Software

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 4 days ago - 20:57

ZombieTrackerGPS is a free and open source application that allows you to view and organize maps, data points and routes from your GPS enabled devices on your computer. In other words, ZTGPS acts as a connection between your GPS device and your computer.

ZombieTrackerGPS is a KDE native PIM application satisfying the same purpose as Garmin’s BaseCamp software, which unfortunately does not run on Linux. It’s a professional quality application with goal to fill a hole in the open source ecosystem and provide an alternative to mainstream software business models which monetize your data.

It’s important to note that privacy of your data is a central design goal in ZTGPS Linux fitness tracker. All program data resides on your local disk.

The software is written for the KDE desktop, but will work on other desktops if the KDE and Qt libraries are available.


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    SpaceHey is a retro MySpace (THE pre-Facebook) clone focussed on privacy without algorithms

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 12 November - 09:10

Created by a young German coder identifying himself as An the Maker, SpaceHey is a faithful recreation of the spartan social experience in the early years of online media, triggering nostalgia in some users and curiosity in others. MySpace was the most popular social service on the web before Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook surged ahead.

Part of the attraction may be explained by the absence of intrusive advertising and big corporate overseers. SpaceHey promises “no algorithms, no tracking, and no personalized Ads – Feeds on SpaceHey are chronological and there is no suggested content begging for your attention.”

It is a centralised model (not peer-to-peer or federated), and although it uses some open-source libraries it does not appear to be open-source itself. The blogs, groups, and forums though are publicly accessible to read without login, so this is great for bloggers. Blogs also have RSS feed links, which is useful for replication elsewhere, or for followers who are not on SpaceHey.


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    Tens of thousands of people are flocking to a new social website that resurrects the look and feel of MySpace from the early 2000s.

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    Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft Visio to draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams of various types, flowcharts, network diagrams, and simple circuits

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 9 November - 15:08

Microsoft Visio is a diagramming and vector graphics application and is part of the Microsoft Office family. Database modeling in Visio revolves around a Database Model Diagram (DMD).

I've long been using Dia, but also sometimes LibreOffice Draw.


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    Fosscord is a free and open source self-hostable and decentralised platform compatible with Discord... There should be such an alternative too for Meta / Facebook

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 31 October - 10:16

This project really exemplifies what I believe should happen to Meta / Facebook too (the use of interoperable standards). Users should be able to opt to use free and open source self-hostable alternatives that can still keep them in contact with their family and friends that choose to stay behind on a platform. It's the best of both worlds for the individuals, and also means they can more freely move to another platform without being locked in.

Fosscord is free, open source, extendible, self-hostable, decentralised, themeable, secure, encrypted, and compatible with Discord... It's going to be better than Discord! Right now it is still a work in progress, so not everything is fully in place.


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    Ditch Shared Hosting: Digital Ocean (or other hosting provider) plus CyberPanel - Easy and Fast Web Hosting for WordPress, etc.

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 29 October - 19:21

Cyberpanel is a free and open-source alternative to cPanel and similar panel management servers. The linked video shows how to start from scratch with a $6 pm VPS on Digital Ocean, but you could in fact use any VPS or other hosting, and just install CyberPanel.

CyberPanel includes all the tools you need to set up and securely manage one or more WordPress websites. It is a bit weaker than cPanel/Webuzo/Softacluous as far as including installation scripts to install lots of other applications. But this does not mean you cannot install them yourself, there are just no one-click installation scripts to do that. For example CyberPanel's site has a blog post showing how to install Drupal too.

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  • chevron_right - a free and open-source web application to remove any object, people, text or defects from your pictures

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 25 October - 20:31

It uses LaMa, an open-source model from Samsung's AI lab to automatically and accurately redraw the areas that you delete. It is open-source under the Apache License 2.0.

It worked really well for two photos I tested with it, but they also have some demo photos you can test it with. If it's not perfect on the first erase, just try a second time.


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    Remove objects, people, text and defects from any picture - 100% free. Create a clean background for a product picture 📸, re-design any items 👠, fill up some missing space for a youtube thumbnail 🎬, You can use it to iron your shirts 👕...etc!

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    Kobo announces two new e-readers, including $260 note-taking Sage... Because Amazon needs good and open competition

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 5 October - 19:03

Both devices keep the asymmetrical design popularized by Amazon’s Oasis e-reader, offer E Ink Carta 1200 screens with Kobo’s ComfortLight Pro feature (which adapts the screen brightness and color based on the time of day), and add Bluetooth support for wireless headphones (though they can only play Kobo’s own audiobooks).

The Sage is the larger of the two and also functions as an e-note device. It’s compatible with the company’s Kobo Stylus (sold separately for $40), which lets users make handwritten notes on ebooks and PDFs that can be can converted to plain text. With an 8-inch (1440 x 1920) E Ink display, this makes the Sage smaller than Kobo’s dedicated e-note slate, the 10.3-inch Elipsa. It’s also cheaper, too, as the Elipsa is priced at $399.

15 file formats supported natively (EPUB, EPUB3, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR), and OverDrive for public library ebooks.


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    Viber instant messenger racks up one billion installs - End-to-End Encryption, 30-User Group Video Calls, Unlimited member Communities, and can Call Landlines

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 30 September - 17:01

When you think of messaging apps, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and any of Google's 47 attempts likely come to mind. As mainstream as those services might be, they aren't the only options you'll find for texting your friends and loved ones. Viber isn't as recognizable a name, but it's been quietly popular for years now. Today, it passed the one billion installs milestone, marking its place among other ultra-successful apps like Google Messages and Snapchat.

It installs on Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows and Linux. Unlike Whatsapp, it will also work even if you don't have your mobile phone with you. Communities can be created with unlimited members. All Community members’ phone numbers are hidden (unlike Signal).

But you need to be aware that there is advertising that funds this service, and associated cookie tracking. This is basically what Whatsapp wants to introduce, and also Telegram at some point. There are some opt-out options, but ads will still be delivered. Their cookies policy goes into a lot of detail about this.


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