05/2015 FOSS SIG

Catch-Up-Day-IMAGE1The Free and Open Source SIG meets Thursday May 28th at 1:00 pm.

We’ll explores several items so I’m calling the May FOSS SIG a Catch Up Day.  John Miller and I always bring a sandwich and come about noon. Feel free to join us!

googlevoiceI’m hoping to learn more about Google Voice. If you know anything about Voice I want to learn if it can decrease cell phone use.

chrome-speechPaul Hoven is willing to demo Google voice recognition. This Chrome cross-platform app works on Windows, Mac, Linux. cell phone or Chromebook.

Larry has been dual booting Windows and LXLE. He has several Linux media, backup and update questions. We may even do a new install on his computer.

An open source question time to get advise from our many knowledgeable members.

xmarks_logofire-ftpI want to share four prize Firefox addons I presently use: XMarks, QuickMarks, LastPass and FireFTP.

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05/2015 Free & Open Source Links
CenturyLinkVoice: 5 Things To Know About The Rise Of Open Source – Forbes
If you still think open source technology is less reliable than proprietary software, or less secure, it’s time to learn more about the private sector’s digital revolution. During the past year major tech brands such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft have adopted a more open source philosophy, evident in their latest […]
Open Source History: Why Did Linux Succeed? | Open Source Application Software Companies content from The VAR Guy
Why did Linux, the Unix-like operating system kernel started by Linus Torvalds in 1991 that became central to the open source world, succeed where so many similar projects, including GNU HURD and the BSDs, fail?
A Brief History of Search and How Google Came Out on Top
 
FireChat: How to Chat Without Wifi or a Signal
 
An In-Depth Look at Text-to-Speech in Linux « FOSS Force
▶ 3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC | PCWorld
It really doesn’t take much to set up a solid backup protocol for your PC. Here are the basics, with pointers to more details.
Is OpenOffice Dying? – Datamation
Apache OpenOffice is not only in trouble, but is its own worst enemy as well.
The best way to manage your photos online in 2015 | The Verge
In August 2013, we reviewed the best services for storing your photos in the cloud. Nearly two years later, much has changed. Everpix, our pick for average users, went out of business. Picturelife,…
Chromebook
Google launches new Chromebook site | ITworld
In today’s open source roundup: Check out Google’s new site for Chromebooks. Plus: Dooble privacy browser released. And five notable changes in Ubuntu 15.04.
Three simple Chromebook tricks to make your day more efficient – TechRepublic
Use these Chromebook tricks to squeeze more productivity out of Chromebook and make it more efficient.
Windows
Develop Windows IoT apps – Windows IoT development
Get Windows and development tools to easily build and manage the next generation of Internet of Things solutions on multiple platforms.
Will Windows 10 be ready this summer? No way. Will it ship? Count on it. | Computerworld
Microsoft could do a lot to rectify the fiasco that was Windows 8 by taking the time to fix the problems in the very promising Windows 10 beta. Or it could instead meet an arbitrary deadline and release a buggy OS guaranteed to annoy users.
Windows Last Stand « FOSS Force
Google
How To Clear Your Data From Google & Attempt To Regain Some Of Your Privacy
 
Official Google Blog: Say hi to Fi: A new way to say hello
Gmail tips and tricks: Undo Send can be a life saver | BGR
We’ve all written emails in the heat of the moment that we’ve regretted the minute we pressed “send.” The good news is that Gmail now has a feature that will let you quickly erase your hastily written hate mail with just one click.
Linux
Powerful $9 Mini PC Is Making a Killing on Kickstarter – Softpedia
The project has already surpassed the goal tenfold
This $9 computer might be more useful than Raspberry Pi | Network World
A Kickstarter campaign promises a $9 computer with a larger processor than Raspberry Pi and the ability for cheap and easy mobile computing.