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Feed the dog and close the door with an open source home automation system

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 07:03:00 AM

As voice assistants, smart bulbs, and other devices increasingly become household staples, more people than ever are bringing smart technology into their homes. But the bewildering assortment of products on the market can present challenges: Remembering which app to use and trying to link things together with automation can get complicated quickly. In this article, I’ll show you a few ways I used an open source home automation platform, Home Assistant, to bring all my devices together.

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Can we build a social network that serves users rather than advertisers?

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 07:02:00 AM

Today, open source software is far-reaching and has played a key role driving innovation in our digital economy. The world is undergoing radical change at a rapid pace. People in all parts of the world need a purpose-built, neutral, and transparent online platform to meet the challenges of our time.

And open principles might just be the way to get us there. What would happen if we married digital innovation with social innovation using open-focused thinking?

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How 11 open source projects got their names

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 07:01:00 AM

What is the meaning of "life"?

Well, it's the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, of course. So, what is the meaning of "open source life"? Leo Babauta, writing for LifeHack, says:

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Digital asset management for an open movie project

Tuesday 20th of March 2018 07:00:00 AM

When it comes to frontend creative software for multimedia projects, Blender and Audacity tend to get the most attention, mainly because they are easy for beginners to use. But when you use them to produce a large multimedia project, like our animated open movie project Lunatics!, you quickly run into problems with the backend infrastructure.

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Linux tricks, advice for advanced developers, Raspberry Pi, Ansible, Bitwarden, and more must-reads

Monday 19th of March 2018 03:50:00 PM

Last week we celebrated Pi week with nine new Raspberry Pi articles. Also, advice for advanced developers from A. Jesse (staff engineer at MongoDB) created lots of conversation on HackerNews.

Here's the list of reader favorites from March 12-18:

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Behind the scenes with the Bitwarden password manager

Monday 19th of March 2018 07:02:00 AM

We're human. We are inundated with technology and accounts day in and day out, and most people will choose a password that they can easily remember.
—Jonathan LeBlanc, formerly of PayPal

Having to remember passwords for web applications, email, banking, and more begat the password manager. And that begat such popular and proprietary services like LastPass and 1Password.

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Test driving 4 open source music players and more

Monday 19th of March 2018 07:01:00 AM

In my last article, I described my latest music problem: I need an additional stage of amplification to make proper use of my new phono cartridge. While my pre-amplifier contains a phono stage, its gain is only suitable for cartridges that output about 5mV, whereas my new cartridge has a nominal output of 0.4mV.

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6 common questions about agile development practices for teams

Monday 19th of March 2018 07:00:00 AM

"Any questions?"

You’ve probably heard a speaker ask this question at the end of their presentation. This is the most important part of the presentation—after all, you didn't attend just to hear a lecture but to participate in a conversation and a community.

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China's open source AI, a GitHub tool for licensing, and more news

Saturday 17th of March 2018 07:00:00 AM

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look China's open source AI technology, GitHub making open source licensing easier, the Eclipse Foundation taking over Java EE, and more.

Open source news roundup for March 3-17, 2018
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How to reset a Windows password with Linux

Friday 16th of March 2018 07:02:00 AM

If you (or someone you know) ever forget your Windows password, you'll be glad to know about chntpw, a neat Linux utility that you can use to reset a Windows password. For this how-to, I created a Windows virtual machine and set the password to pass123 on my user account, Archit-PC. I also created a Live USB with Fedora 27 using the Fedora Media Writer application.

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How to avoid humiliating newcomers: A guide for advanced developers

Friday 16th of March 2018 07:01:00 AM

Every year in New York City, a few thousand young men come to town, dress up like Santa Claus, and do a pub crawl. One year during this SantaCon event, I was walking on the sidewalk and minding my own business, when I saw an extraordinary scene. There was a man dressed up in a red hat and red jacket, and he was talking to a homeless man who was sitting in a wheelchair. The homeless man asked Santa Claus, "Can you spare some change?" Santa dug into his pocket and brought out a $5 bill. He hesitated, then gave it to the homeless man. The homeless man put the bill in his pocket.

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10 Hello World programs for your Raspberry Pi

Thursday 15th of March 2018 07:04:00 AM

"Hello world" is the beginning of everything when it comes to computing and programming. It's the first thing you learn in a new programming language, and it's the way you test something out or check to see if something's working because it's usually the simplest way of testing simple functionality.

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How to manage your passwords with Bitwarden, a LastPass alternative

Thursday 15th of March 2018 07:03:00 AM

Do you ever feel you have more passwords than you can keep track of? It's probably more than just a feeling. Like most of us, you probably have a hard time remembering all those passwords, no matter how simple or complex they are.

Many people turn to popular services like LastPass and 1Password to help them wrangle their passwords. While solid, those services are also proprietary and closed source. So where can an open source enthusiast turn to find an alternative?

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How to use Ansible to set up system monitoring with Prometheus

Thursday 15th of March 2018 07:02:00 AM

In summer 2017, I wrote two how-to articles about using Ansible. After the first article, I planned to show examples of the copy, systemd, service, apt, yum, virt, and user modules.

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3 best practices for securing Kubernetes environments

Thursday 15th of March 2018 07:01:00 AM

The Kubernetes orchestration platform is such a gigantic open source project that its evolution is inherently rapid. The pace of change significantly increases the importance of adhering to security best practices when using the ever-changing Kubernetes platform to automate deployment, scaling, and management of containerized cloud-native applications.

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6 ways a thriving community will help your project succeed

Thursday 15th of March 2018 07:00:00 AM

NethServer is an open source product that my company, Nethesis, launched just a few years ago. The product wouldn't be what it is today without the vibrant community that surrounds and supports it.

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Meet the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 07:09:00 AM

Raspberry Pi just celebrated its sixth birthday—that's six years since the launch of the original Raspberry Pi. Since then, it has released various new models, including the Pi 2, Pi 3, and Pi Zero. So far, 9 million Raspberry Pi 3s have been sold—and over 18 million Pis in total—and those numbers are likely to grow following today's announcement of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. This new Pi features:

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How to measure particulate matter with a Raspberry Pi

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 07:03:00 AM

We regularly measure particulate matter in the air at our school in Southeast Asia. The values here are very high, particularly between February and May, when weather conditions are very dry and hot, and many fields burn. These factors negatively affect the quality of the air. In this article, I will show you how to measure particulate matter using a Raspberry Pi.

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How to apply systems thinking in DevOps

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 07:02:00 AM

For most organizations, adopting DevOps requires a mindset shift. Unless you understand the core of DevOps, you might think it's hype or just another buzzword—or worse, you might believe you have already adopted DevOps because you are using the right tools.

Let’s dig deeper into what DevOps means, and explore how to apply systems thinking in your organization.

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5 open source card and board games for Linux

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 07:01:00 AM

Gaming has traditionally been one of Linux's weak points. That has changed somewhat in recent years thanks to Steam, GOG, and other efforts to bring commercial games to multiple operating systems, but many of those games are not open source. Sure, the games can be played on an open source operating system, but that is not good enough for an open source purist.

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