In the Beginning...was the Command Line is science-fiction author Neal Stephenson's discussion of personal computer operating systems, complete with examples and anecdotes. The book involves Microsoft, Apple, and Linux culture while being critical of particular business practices. In the Beginning...was the Command Line has almost turned 20 years old (published November 9, 1999) and gives readers a look into the history of personal computing, up until the end of the 20th century. Leo considers it well-written, entertaining, quite informative, and highly opinionated.
VIZIO's upward-firing 46" 5.1.4 Home Theater Sound System features 4 Dolby Atmos channels, 2 rear speakers, 8 Sound Bar speakers, a wireless 10" Subwoofer, Wall Mountability, a Remote Control with LCD, built-in Chromecast, and Google Assistant voice support. The system goes for $999.99 and includes a 1-year parts/labour warranty.
A physical authentication device provides an extra layer of security that doesn't come with normal 2nd-factor authentication. SoloKeys sells open-source FIDO2 security keys that work similarly to Yubico's Yubikeys and are quite cheap at $20 - $25 each. Plus, customers can purchase a handful of coloured cases for easily telling them apart. Solos are available in USB A or USB C. NFC versions (Solo Tap) are coming soon and will cost $35 - $40 depending on USB type. These items are useful for protection when logging onto Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.
Darik's Boot and Nuke, or DBAN for short, is open-source software that helps wipe data stored on hard disk drives. It can also work to remove viruses and spyware from Windows installations. The information it removes is not recoverable because it overwrites data with pseudorandom numbers, so the erasure is quite permanent. It's hosted on Sourceforge and states it is "appropriate for bulk or emergency data destruction" and intended "for individuals or home use to support data removal needs." Best of all, DBAN is free and easy to use!
Google Fi is an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) telecommunications service by Google that provides telephone calls, SMS, and mobile broadband using cellular networks and Wi-Fi. Google Fi uses networks operated by Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Three. It has fair and flexible billing that starts at $20 / month for unlimited talk and text, and $10 / per 1GB until you hit 6GB. After 6GB, your bill is capped and data is free for the rest of the month. It's definitely one of the better options for when you're traveling abroad.
The Trax GPS is a series of GPS trackers and accessories that offers a variety of features for different needs and has a variety of services such as real-time Tracking, 4G Connectivity, International Coverage, and more. It has a Smartphone & Web App that will allow you to follow your trackers in real-time. They offer 3 data plans for 6, 12, or 24 months at $54, $72, and $96 respectively.
openHAB is an open source, technology agnostic home automation platform which runs as the center of your smart home. It allows you to integrate everything that you want in your home, allows you to automate it with ease, and can run it on various servers such as Windows and Raspberry Pi.
IrfanView is a fast, compact and innovative freeware graphic viewer for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.
It's designed to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. It's fast and compact, supports 32-bit and 64-bit processors, has multi-language support, and many other features.
eM Client is an email client with a modern and easy-to-use interface. It supports G Suite, Microsoft Exchange, Outlook and iCloud. It has features such as PGP encryption support, live backup, an improved table editor, and more.
It is free to use up to two accounts, with a Pro version that costs $49.95.
The DAM Book provides a wholistic approach to the creation, storage and deployment of photographic media. It addresses the entire ecosystem of a visually connected world in a very complete and unified manner. The book delivers a detailed and unified guide to building safe and usable private archives and how to get the most out of your images.