Working on your privacy

Two things you can do without going any further are switching off bluetooth unless you need it and turning off location if you  don’t need it. Location is still detected via Google but  you  do not need to go out of your way to tell everyone where you are. Turn location on when you really need it. For some reason my Linux Mint 17.2 has bluetooth on by default. For privacy’s sake it should be the other way around.

Now for some links which will help you to make some good decisions about privacy and know how to manage it:

Lifewire has 10 things for you to look at to help improve your privacy.

spreadprivacy has tips for iPad and iPhone users.

wired   has tips for managing privacy on android devices.

PC Mag has some good information to help you manage Google privacy.

The video gives you security information about Safari.

On websites and accounts you use, check your settings. Look at the privacy policy for the websites and accounts. None of this is perfect at the moment. Privacy and security are ongoing issues. You also need to be prepared to let key people know what you think are acceptable and unacceptable terms of privacy. If they don’t know they will do what they think is right.

 

 

RedNotebook

RedNotebook

Plan your day

Red Notebook is designed to run on Linux and is like Evernote  – or is that the other way around? I was blogging about  daily planners the other day and it made me wonder what might be available that was Linux specific. I am running  Linux  Mint 17.2 Raphaela on this laptop and I couldn’t install Red Note Book from the package manager. I couldn’t install it from the site either.  I could install it when I used the instructions from launchpad and type them one line at a time into Terminal. RedNotebook then installed itself into the Office section of the start menu.

In RedNotebook you have 3 templates, if you want, for meetings, journeying and personal. You don’t have to use them. You can just put in your own headings and hashtags so you can create your to do lists, notes, reminders, bookmarks…whatever you like just like Evernote. It’s an electronic diary which is not connectivity dependent to work. You back it up to your own chosen spot on your computer. From that point of view it’s good because if you have no internet access then your agenda/diary/journal is still available to you as are all of the backups. To me, this is essential. I don’t want to be plotting and planning and notetaking only to discover I can’t access what I have done because I have no internet connection. Daily planning has to be available, full stop , end of story.

The hashtags work as a sorting function and are displayed to the left. As you build up notes then a word cloud appears so your memory can be jogged if you are searching for something. I really like RedNotebook. I thought the world had stopped doing good things like this so I am really happy. You can read all about it on sourceforge. It operates in more than 30 languages.

Fotowall for Linux Mint 17.2

I downloaded Fotowall from the packages manager on Linux Mint 17.2. As you can see from the video it runs on Ubuntu as well and it is a great graphics programme which automatically loads Gimp if you wish to customise selected images further. My version of Fotowall is not doing the web searches for images and I shall investigate that. It’s not a problem as such because I would probably use this for my own images. I love the feature of turning text into image and the fact you can write text on the overall image as well. FotowallIt really is a great piece of software for those who like to make impressive images but have limited artistic talent. Technology is really helping lift us up visually. We need artists and graphic designers to point us in the right direction but tools like Fotowall are graphics enablers. You can use it to print posters, design desktop wallpapers, image montages. It’s quite versatile.

MyPaint on Linux Mint

Charlie Henson is like me. He doesn’t really know how to get the best out of paint apps and tools but he can see that MyPaint on Linux is in a league of its own. Like me, he found he could do things easily and could feel a sense of achievement. His video takes you on a good tour of MyPaint so that you can see what it does and find the online support easily. It is a programme which enables you to be artistic because it is intuitive. I downloaded it from the package manager on Linux Mint last night and was able to do things with it even though I was just using my mouse. I love the symmetry function.

mypaint1

This is my first effort.

I was amazed how much I could actually do. I have since watched people with some real skills using it. It’s a very comprehensive, but easy to use programme. I downloaded the extra data package from the package manager as well.

mypaint2

On my Wacom tablet

Today I spent time setting up my Wacom tablet on Linux so I could try that. I’ll explain what I did tomorrow. It isn’t as straight forward to set up a tablet on Linux as it is on Windows and Mac. It wasn’t that hard, though. Once I got my tablet round the right way (!) it functions really well and was very responsive. I can write almost normally on it and better than on Windows or my Mac. I could even do a little drawing. More proof that Linux Mint 17.2 is visually stunning.

Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela

RafaelaLinux Mint 17.2 Rafaela is visually stunning. The iso installed with a lot of code running first which is not usual but then Rafaela was all up and running in 20 minutes. My hp box is attached to my LED TV and the image quality is superb. I have 4 GB RAM and Rafaela is running extremely smoothly with a couple of glitches which will sort themselves out in a day or so. Never takes long for Linux to be fully functioning in a high end way. I have discovered mtpaint a simple image manipulation programme because Gimp wasn’t saving jpeg files . That will no doubt change when Rafaela puts through its updates. I have installed Chrome using code from itWorld.  Chrome had all my bookmarks and so I could get up and running really quickly. I shall be downloading Vivaldi  as a browser because it runs really well on Linux. So, on first meeting Rafaela, I am more than happy and think my interface looks really cool and the  computer is going like a dream.

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