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Sleep tracker, Deepin Linux

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Tracking your sleep

This is something everyone does; and we spend one-third of our life in sleep.  Yet we don’t do much to keep track of how we’re doing on this front.

Now here comes a gadget which will monitor your sleep. The best part? You don’t even have to wear a tracker while sleeping.  Still in the planning stage, it has been described as a small sensor-filled ball.  It is called the Sense and has gained quite some support on Kickstart, the site that helps your dreams take wings.

This is how it works: Just keep the Sense on your nightstand. By itself it will check out how you’re sleeping with your surroundings, noise in the bedroom, light, temperature, humidity and particles in the air that could provoke allergies.  It points out when your room is too bright, too warm and when conditions are just right, glowing green for a few seconds to let you know when you’re good to go.

Reports in the online world say the gadget is available in cotton white or charcoal black, and will ship to early backers starting in November.

Many people are concerned about the issue, it would seem.  At the time of writing, against the $100,000 goal for the project, its promoters had already collected $521,629.  Talk about an idea getting over-subscribed!

It monitors the environment in your bedroom, watches for noise, light, temperature and particulates in the air.  It tells you how soundly you’re sleeping.  We have a natural sleep cycle, and the smart functionality of Sense will decide how to wake you up at the right time!


Deepin, heard of it?

tech deepin - Copy00You might have not heard of Deepin. Neither had I, at least not till very recently.  That too, despite me being a regular user of GNU/Linux (also called ‘Linux’), the alternative and efficient computer operating system.

Deepin is a rather interesting distribution of GNU/Linux. It’s especially useful if you haven’t tried out GNU/Linux before.  Website said recently: “It’ll be interesting to see how this distribution progresses…  and seriously hope that it gets more popular because it definitely has the potential to be huge.  More people just need to hear about it.”

Deepin, which interestingly enough comes from China, describes itself as “distribution that aims to provide an elegant, user-friendly, and stable operating system.” It includes not just the “best the open source world has to offer”, but also ships its own desktop environment, called DDE or Deepin Desktop Environment, based on HTML5 technologies.

There’s more: Deepin Media Player and Deepin Software Center are tailored for daily use.  Deepin says it focuses much of its attention on creating a friendly experience and a beautiful design.  It is easy to install and use for the average user and can be a good “Windows alternative” for office and home use.  Currently, Deepin claims to have some “millions of users” from over 40 countries.  The operating system has been downloaded “tens of millions of time”.

So far, ‘distros’ like Ubuntu and Mint have been recommended for the newbie and the not-so-technical beginner.  One good place to check out different distributions isthe website.

If you search around there, you’ll find a range of distros, made to suit different requirements.  Out of curiosity, one wanted to know which distros come out of India.  The answer?  BOSS GNU/Linux (where BOSS stands for Bharat Operating System Solutions), OpenLx, Matrius, SuperX and Rebellin Linux.


Scrap, satellites

Now this is something our innovative youth here need to read about: A self-made inventor from northern Namibia has invented a satellite dish booster from scrap material to boost internet connectivity through radio signals for people in rural areas or in areas that have weak network signal. reported that Josua Nghaamwa said he was inspired by Alexander Graham Bell who invented the modern telephone that has presently become a daily necessity.

The prototype satellite dish is a device which is built with foil, designed to improve internet speed and poor availability of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) signal, especially in rural areas were digital communication is at its fancy.  Nghaamwa says the products target farmers, as well as anyone with internet access to a GSM device anywhere in the world and want to have a faster and more reliable connection.

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