Paul Sutton

YearOfTheFediverse

LibreOffice Documentation April 2021

LibreOffice 7.1

LibreOffice 7.0 / 7.x [1] documentation [2] is progressing nicely. Guides for :

Updated 12/04/2021 – Writer 7.1 guide is now available from the LibreOffice documentation page.

  • Getting Started 7.0
  • Impress 7.0
  • Calc 7.0
  • Math 7.0
  • Writer 7.1

REFERENCES

1 LibreOffice 2 LibreOffice Documentation 3 Free Software Foundation 4 Free Software Foundation Europe

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Social media faces new regulator

BBC Tech news [1] has an article [2] on the new Digital Markets Unit [3] what what the implications will be for the big social media companies ( Google, Facebook and Amazon ). Tough regulation is long over due. So this announcement is most welcome.

Lets hope, the new regulator has the guts to stand up to big tech and remind them if they want to operate in the Uk they need to follow the rules.

Of course, people could simply switch to services such as Mastodon [4] which already have proper privacy, no tracking or advertising nonsense and you can follow who YOU want. If you self host, through services such as Masto Host [6] then you truly do have control.

Alternatives to google search would include searx [6] while disroot [7] have a really good range of services. PixelFed [8] is for picture sharing and PeerTube [9] can be used for video sharing. OpenStreetMap [10] for mapping. And much more is available. If you are using e-mail I would suggest also setting up OpenPGP to help with digital signing of e-mails and if needed encryption.

REFERENCES

1 BBC

2 Google, Facebook and Amazon face new UK regulator 3 Digital Markets Unit 4 JoinMastodon 5 Masto host 6 Searx 7 Disroot 8 PixelFed 9 Peertube 10 OpenStreetMap 11 OpenPGP 11a Email Self Defense

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Microsoft accounts and GDPR

The UK / EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) state that in the Information commissioners office website [1] upon request of data removal, data should be deleted within “An organisation has one calendar month “. [2] So why is it that upon recently deleting an old hotmail e-mail. it takes 60 days as per quote from their website.

To protect your account from accidentally being closed, we may ask you to prove your identity and intent. For example, if you forgot your account info and had to reset your security info, you must wait 60 days before closing your account. 


You can reopen this account, preventing the closure, by signing back in within 60 days. To reopen, you'll need to prove your identity using your current account security information.

This account becomes unrecoverable 60 days after you've closed the account, meaning that you'll be unable to reopen it.

Quote from website regarding time for data deletion.

One of the rather pathetic excuses seems to be that you may request this in error. To me this is just patronising. People are not stupid, big or small tech is not above the law, even though they seem to think that most of the time. Just delete the data within 30 days.

If I request my account is deleted from the Fediverse it gets deleted. Same goes for Gitlab repositories.

Another reason to avoid big tech. If you need e-mail, pads, collaborative editing and storage, then Disroot [3] is excellent as a service too.

REFERENCES

1 ICO 2 Your rights to get your data deleted 3. Disoot

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Warzone 2100 4.0

Just spotted this on the Techrights irc channel. Warzone 2100 4.0 has been released. I have not played this much, but when i have I feel that it is a really nice game. Gaming on Linux

On a related note, there was a really good talk on GPU architecture at Libreplanet back in March from Alyssa Rosenzweig called Does your GPU work with free graphics drivers? which may be worth catching up if you are interested ensuring all your hardware is freedom respecting, there are some excellent options out there now.

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Particle Data Group

Just sent off for the latest report from the Particle Data Group [1], which has data on the various particles such as Quarks, Baryons, Leptons etc. Only sending for the shorter (286+ page one). Thank you to the Open University [2] Science forums for making me aware of this.

This is free and should be arriving within the next six to eight weeks apparently.

Should be really interesting to read, may also be useful for the Science study support group [4]

REFERENCES

1 Particle Data Group 2 Open University 3 CERN 4 Science study support group

GRAPHIC

Standard Model Graphic from : Wikipedia

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South Devon Tech Jam

South Devon Tech Jam

Date Saturday 10th April 2021 Time 11am –> 14:00

Free Signup via meet up

Or if you prefer not to use meetup then you can e-mail info AT sdtj DOT org DOT uk for more information.

This is a virtual event, and will be hosted on a EU/UK based instance of Big Blue Button. Link and information will be sent out to attendees.

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Skymap April 2021

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April 2021 SkyMap is now out, showing celestrial objects for the Northern Hemisphere during the month of April. There is also an equatorial and Southern Hemisphere version,

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Women in Chemistry

To celebrate International Women's day, Compound Chemistry have released a great poster celebrating the contribution women have made to Chemistry.

Women in Chemistry Poster

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#YearOfTheFediverse,#Chemistry,#Women,#science,#international, #women's, #day,#women, #WomenInChemistry

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