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    Odysee video platform seems to have sorted out their buffering problem, and livestreaming is available to all

    GadgeteerZA · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 19 May - 16:38

This is really great news as the service was becoming fairly unusable for me for the last few months. Tested it now and seems buttery smooth. I also see more resolution options, which in the past had some dependency on what was uploaded.

You don't know about Odysee...? Well, it is used by many YouTubers as a safe backup for their videos in case they get a ban on YouTube, and many use it as their primary video sharing platform to escape the YouTube tracking. So in many cases you will find a lot of YouTuber's content there just as it appears on YouTube (Odysee can be configured to actually automatically republish any public video that you have uploaded to YouTube). But it has it's own vibe and culture, and many also see it as having a lot more freedoms.

And yes it does have a cryptocurrency that you can earn or spend there, but that is totally by the way and can be ignored if you're not interested.

See https://odysee.com/@Odysee:8/mayroundup:4

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    ONLYOFFICE 7.1 is Out With New PDF Viewer, Slideshow Animations + More, as an open source alternative to MS Office and LibreOffice for Windows, macOS and Linux

    GadgeteerZA · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 16 May - 09:48

ONLYOFFICE offers a high-performance, well-featured, and fully-functional alternative to LibreOffice (which, though awesome, is a bit ‘old-school’ for some folks’ UI tastes). It’s also the next-best thing to that stalwart of the productivity software scene: Microsoft Office.

ONLYOFFICE 7.1 inherits a swathe of improvements recently deposited in the cloud-side version of the suite, such as improved performance, better Microsoft Office compatibility, and a handy new print preview mode in all of the suite’s respective components.

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/05/onlyoffice-desktop-editors-7-1-released

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    ADS-B Exchange is the World's largest source of unfiltered crowdsourced flight data (similar to FlightRadar24) running on open source software

    GadgeteerZA · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 11 April - 18:27 · 1 minute

Around 7000 people all over the world have installed a small SDR (usually a Raspberry Pi with a low cost Software Defined Radio receiver) and an antenna to receive 1090 MHz and feed the data into their project. The received data is collected (ADS-B) and correlated to create MLAT positions. As they need to see an aircraft with 4 feeders to be able to find its location with MLAT the best way to expand coverage is to install your own feeder, even if there are already some in your area, or help them arrange to place one in the area of bad coverage.

ADSBexchange started as (and still is) a group of aviation enthusiasts pooling their feeder data to provide the most complete picture of air traffic possible without the censorship present on the “large, commercial networks”. ADSBx prefers to allow “free” access to as many features as possible. They don’t put features behind a “paywall”, then hold them ransom to encourage/force people to feed.

Their primary goal though is to answer the question of “what’s up there” rather than “is grandma’s flight on-time”. The photos shown on ADS-B Exchange are not provided by ADS-B Exchange, rather they are hosted and provided by planespotters.net. So there are certainly differences from FlightRadar24, but as ADS-B Exchange says, they are not trying to tell you if grandma's plane is on time.

See https://globe.adsbexchange.com/

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    ADS-B Exchange is the World's largest source of unfiltered crowdsourced flight data (similar to FlightRadar24) running on open source software

    GadgeteerZA · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 11 April - 18:21 · 1 minute

Around 7000 people all over the world have installed a small SDR (usually a Raspberry Pi with a low cost Software Defined Radio receiver) and an antenna to receive 1090 MHz and feed the data into their project. The received data is collected (ADS-B) and correlated to create MLAT positions. As they need to see an aircraft with 4 feeders to be able to find its location with MLAT the best way to expand coverage is to install your own feeder, even if there are already some in your area, or help them arrange to place one in the area of bad coverage.

ADSBexchange started as (and still is) a group of aviation enthusiasts pooling their feeder data to provide the most complete picture of air traffic possible without the censorship present on the “large, commercial networks”. ADSBx prefers to allow “free” access to as many features as possible. They don’t put features behind a “paywall”, then hold them ransom to encourage/force people to feed.

Their primary goal though is to answer the question of “what’s up there” rather than “is grandma’s flight on-time”. The photos shown on ADS-B Exchange are not provided by ADS-B Exchange, rather they are hosted and provided by planespotters.net. So there are certainly differences from FlightRadar24, but as ADS-B Exchange says, they are not trying to tell you if grandma's plane is on time.

See https://globe.adsbexchange.com/

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    Get started with EGroupware, an open source alternative to Microsoft 365 that runs in your favourite web browser

    GadgeteerZA · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 8 March, 2022 - 18:44

A groupware solution is a must-have, whether you're working in a small organization, a medium-sized company, or a large enterprise. It promotes collaboration and glues teams together. Are you looking for an open source alternative to the big players? Maybe EGroupware can replace Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace in your team soon.

Apart from its own modules, EGroupware integrates other well-known open source applications, including Collabora Online, Rocket.Chat, Guacamole, Jitsi, and BigBlueButton. The groupware also supports computer telephony integration (CTI) with Asterisk/Placetel.

EGroupware offers two editions:

  • The free Community Edition (CE) is developed under the GPLv2 and contains basic functions without limitations.
  • The Enterprise Line (EPL) offers additional features and applications, especially for companies or large organizations, and extended vendor support.

This article shows how to install EGroupware on your own server and how to set up the groupware solution for your organization. If you're not too keen on hosting the software yourself, EGroupware provides a SaaS solution hosted in German data centers.

See https://opensource.com/article/22/3/open-source-egroupware

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    Healthchecks.io is an open source online service for monitoring regularly running tasks such as cron jobs, or monitoring sites without public websites

    GadgeteerZA · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Wednesday, 2 March, 2022 - 10:59

It uses the Dead man's switch technique: the monitored system must "check in" with Healthchecks.io at regular, configurable time intervals. When Healthchecks.io detects a missed check-in, it sends out alerts. Similarly, you can use this service too, to monitor a remote location that is not publicly accessible across the Internet because it does it's check outbound, and not inbound such as say UptimeRobot does. In this way, if the job has not checked in after a predetermined period, you'll receive a notification.

It is fully open source, so you can either self-host the monitoring service yourself, or their cloud service is free to use for up to 20 job monitors with e-mail alerts or 5 SMS / WhatsApp credits. If you are using the Dead Man's Switch service (open source clients), this is certainly an alternative to consider.

See https://github.com/healthchecks/healthchecks

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    Experimental WebAssembly port of LibreOffice released: Try it in your browser

    GadgeteerZA · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 24 February, 2022 - 08:54

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An experimental version of LibreOffice compiled to WebAssembly (nicknamed LOWA) has appeared. Be warned, it's about 300MB, so it takes a while to load, but you can try it here in your browser.

It's based on the still-prototype LibreOffice 7.4 codebase and is not yet ready for production use. Given that LibreOffice is a large codebase, parts of which are decades old, this is a significant vindication of WebAssembly.

See https://www.theregister.com/2022/02/19/webassembly_port_libreoffice/

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    Files - a free and open source modern file explorer that pushes the boundaries of Windows OS

    GadgeteerZA · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Wednesday, 2 February, 2022 - 09:23

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Files is a file manager for Windows with a powerful yet intuitive design. Cloud files integration? Tabs and multiple layouts? Rich file previews? Files has it covered with robust features you expect from a modern file manager.

Have it your way. Files features a fully customizable user interface, right down to the colours and materials. Try custom themes that are built into Files, or dive right into the docs and create your own.

See https://files.community/

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