New “Mintbox Mini” Desktop . . 5 Year Warranty

The new MintBox Mini (4th gen) offers a great price and warranty.   It features a new Intel Quad-Core Celeron and 8 Gigs of ram for $349.oo.

These units are built to last 10-15 years.    I’ve seen the prior version in operation at Omaha LUG and it’s fast and totally SILENT.   We already have two club members happily running very similar systems.

OMG! Blog re 4th Gen MintBox Mini

WPA3 – New WiFi Standard & Devices Coming Soon . . .

This post will update a previous post about the same topic, but includes the latest info.   WPA3 is a substantial improvement over the current WPA2 ecosphere.

It features 4 Main new or improved functionalities:

  • Privacy on Public WiFi Networks
  • Protection against “Brute Force” attacks
  • Easier connection to “Non-Display” computing devices (aka, Amazon Echo & many similar IoT type of hardware)
  • Higher Security for Gov, Defense and Industrial (& Business) organizations

When will it be available . . . ??  Hardware and software updates slated for release starting in 4q 2018 (although some devices from last half of 2017 are already wpa3 capable — but not activated).

HTG Article re WPA3

Dell Unveils New Line of Ubuntu Laptops . .

Dell recently added more Linux goodness to their line of laptops . . . All support Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) versions of Ubuntu from 16.04 (aka Xenial Xerus) to 18.04 (aka Bionic Beaver).

OMG Article re New Dell Laptop w/Ubuntu

Note that “the Beaver” runs Gnome3 versus “Xenial” which runs the classic Unity desktop.   Dell will ship with your choice.

For reference, pls see screenshots (3) below:

Below are two slightly customized Ubuntu desktops w/Unity classic DE  . .

Below is the new Gnome3 Shell desktop . . showing the apps view screen . . this is the standard desktop now on Ubuntu 18.04 (the latest release) . .

The proverbial “Quest” for Android & IoS free phones . .

There is still a substantial “underground demand” for Smart Phones that are unencumbered by the Android (google) and IoS (apple) phone Operating Systems and hardware.

Thus . . . the Quest continues . . .

Will these phones by Purism succeed in the duopoly world of phones?   Well, many have tried and run into a brick wall.   Companies include Canonical, Mozilla etc.

But play the video below to get an overview about the company behind this effort of “Open” hardware and software devices (PC’s, Tablets and Phones).

Toward the end of the video, the free-phone (carrier-less) plan is introduced (it’s 100% doable) unless the Government(s) erect roadblocks to protect the status quo (the carrier monopolists).

So, this is a very informative video . . .