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Back in July we posted Why You Should Keep Your Eyes on RISC OS going into 2021 and it has been our most popular post with over 340 views. In that blog post, we mentioned that Cloverleaf was working on releasing a Kickstarter campaign to push RISC OS into the future with much needed improvements. In the following timeline you can see what Cloverleaf has in mind for the future of RISC OS.

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Retro gaming has taken off in a big way the past decade, and only looks to continue to grow. With big companies like Nintendo, Sony and Sega releasing miniature retro console clones over the past few years, interest continues to grow and what was once considered niche has become mainstream. With the advent of the Raspberry Pi and other single board computers, as well as emulation handhelds like the RG 350 and Retroid Pocket 2, emulation for those retro systems has also become a lot more affordable, and easy to set up. Despite these advancements, there are those of us who prefer to play on actual hardware, faults and all.

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In a blog post earlier today, Purism announced their new MVNO, unlimited privacy-centric mobile service plan. At a whopping $99.00 a month, the plan offers you unlimited data, unlimited talk and text, and enhanced privacy. Purism registers your new number(no option to port your own number has been announced yet) under their name instead of your own. This helps to mask your activity, but doesn't make you impervious to tracking. Cellular providers can still triangulate a particular phone’s location as it connects to their cell towers.

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My love affair with Linux started back in the Summer of 2012. We went for long walks, stared lovingly into each others eyes, but alas the love was not meant to be. You see, while Windows Vista was an abusive OS, it was my gateway to my at the time addiction, MapleStory(see me playing here). In fact, if it wasn't for the Raspberry Pi, I might not have ever come back.

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It's 2020, right? I know that's the argument some people may make when trying to sell them on the thought of buying a non smartphone. It's true though, it is 2020! We live in a hyper connected world where privacy and security threats abound. So what can a non smartphone, by a new company, really offer you in 2020? More than you would think.

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I, like many people around the world, have an addiction to my smartphone. Many nights, the glare of my smartphone from watching YouTube videos(through NewPipe) keeps me from sleep. A quick web search equals minutes of productivity lost. This electronic rectangle with a screen interrupts my daily conversations, and we all just accept it. How can I overcome this addiction? One way I've been able to ground myself, is with a dumbphone.

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One major selling point of the Pinephone from Pine 64, is its repairability. Drop your phone and break the screen? Pine64 will sell you a replacement screen(among other components) to repair the phone yourself. The ability to easily repair your phone is a unique and unheard of concept in today's mobile landscape and the same applies to most headphones. This is where Pine64 and Ollo Audio have something in common.

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I recently watched a video on LBRY, on the topic of privacy and security gatekeeping, from one of my favorite channels on the platform, Techlore(view the video here). Though their video was released about 2 weeks ago, I really wanted to bring more light to this topic.

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In my previous blog post I Lied! Pure OS is Now My Home! I mentioned that I was an audio enthusiast. I bring this up today because I recently received in the mail, an auxiliary audio cable made by Hart Audio. I was curious of the claims audiophiles make about higher end cables being able to improve the sound quality of their music. I thought this was total rubbish. You wouldn't be able to hear any difference, right?....right?

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In my last blog post I mentioned that I was done distro-hopping. Well, as you can see from the title of this post, I lied. I must confess I really wanted my distro-hopping days to be done. However, as a self proclaimed audio enthusiast, I need my OS to work with my external DAC and amplifier. After numerous attempts, GhostBSD would still not recognize my audio gear. So, it had to go. And in its place? Well, let's take a look at that now.

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