Category: Special Article

Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge launched in 2015 as a replacement for the fading Internet Explorer. It initially used EdgeHTML which is a proprietary browser engine made by Microsoft. In 2019 the decision was made to the Blink engine which runs Chromium based browsers such as Chrome and Opera.

The switch over of regular Windows 7 and above users to the new Chromium version will now happen as part of the January updates (due to happen on January 15). This new version will support Chrome extensions that are ported over to the Microsoft Store and have some features exclusive to Microsoft such as

Guru99 Tutorials

Guru99 is a tutorial site featuring many information technology and programming courses and videos. The site bills itself as a free education hub that strives to make learning free. The lower the barrier to learning.I was contacted by the people behind Guru99 and decided to have a look. The site is well organized into categories with a big presence on YouTube. The tutorials and learning tools includes web languages spanning PHP to C# to Python. Databases and storage projects such as SQL, MongoDB and Hive. Excel to Project management . Business operations such as SAP and more. A good section

John Wick 2 Brief Thoughts

The shootout scenes in the second chapter of John Wick, aka John Wick 2, border on the absurd, even by Hollywood standards.

The way Keanu Reeves kills those after him in the Roman catacombs and elsewhere makes a Steven Seagal action and survival sequence seem believable. Of course Wick is wearing an especially ordered outfit made specifically for a gun fight but it is not only his survival but the ease at which he gets rid of all D’Antonio’s – played by Italian actor Riccardo Scamarcio – men that makes the movie very unreal.

However, John Wick 2, like its

Five Amazing Space & Astronomy Facts

The Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes launched in 1977 are still calling home. Carrying only cassette tapes and 256KB of memory the two probes have entered the interstellar space – the region beyond our solar system – their weak signal send temperature and other information back to earth. Gravitational waves are ripples in the structure of space that move at the speed of light. They cause the distance between objects to increase and decrease. Coalescing binary neutron stars may be one (barely) measurable source of gravitational waves. Neutron stars, what remains of some stars after they collapse, can

Linux Not (Never?) Ready For The Desktop

The idea that Linux is to be an alternative to Windows for the desktop is mentioned every so often. It is said that an average user can cut ties with Microsoft for good and plunge into the world of Linux at home. This has been the subject of 1000s of articles and tutorials. Times have changed and it is of course much easier to get (download) Linux iso files, burn them to a CD and try or install one of many Linux distributions. The old geeky days of command line installs and indecipherable screens are mostly behind us. Once installed

End Of An Era: Winamp Shutting Down

One of the must downloads of the early days of the internet, Winamp, is shutting down. End of an era for sure.

Personally remember the Windows 98 days of using it and downloading sometimes ugly skins to go with it, it lost its way when it was bought by AOL and became less and less relevant as we entered the cloud era.

Update: Please read the links to petitions and the other good points made by commenter smaragdus https://www.rgdot.com/bl/2013/11/20/end-era-winamp-shutting/comment-page-1/#comment-49138

Nexus 5 Unboxing

The Nexus 5 is here. One of the most anticipated phones of the year. Some of its specs and a quick unboxing below.

Android 4.4 KitKat Snapdragon 800, 2.26GHz processor 2GB RAM Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 2G/3G/4G LTE 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm 4.59 ounces (130g) 4.95” 1920×1080 display (445 ppi) 1.3MP front facing camera 8MP rear facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization 2300 mAh battery

PearlMountain Valentine’s Day Promotion

PearlMountain have previously offered giveaways for many of their software here on RGdot. They have a promotion to celebrate Valentine’s Day and asked if I could mention it here:

To celebrate the world’s most romantic Valentine’s Day, we’d love to offer ColageIt Pro on Windows and Mac, originally priced at $ 29.90, at 50% off. Besides, anyone buying CollageIt Pro for Windows can get PearlMountain Image Converter for free, saving you up to $55.90. The deadline for this deal is February 15, 2013.

Highlighted Features:

Making collages is as easy as 1-2-3 with only 3 steps. Various kinds of layouts
Tooth Tunes

Most Bizarre Products Of The Year

Watching TV two items or products have attracted my attention, and not really in a good way. These two items that became available for sale in 2012 surely are some of the most bizarre ever.

They are Tooth Tunes and WaxVac. They market themselves as

the only toothbrush with music in your mouth technology

and

the safe & effective way to clean and dry your ear

respectively.

Corporate board rooms are filled with either genius innovators or utterly bored people. You make the call!

*On occasion I may include non-software related posts, hopefully these won’t detract from the main focus