October 2020 e-DVD - Digit e-Magazine
Digit e-Magazine

October 2020 e-DVD

Welcome to Digit’s “e” DVD. Instead of limiting ourselves to physical media, we’re attempting to curate the best content from the WWW for you, and give it to you in monthly instalments. By the 15th of every month there will be a new e-DVD made available to buyers / subscribers of the Digit Magazine, so watch our homepage for updates.

While most of the following is content for your PCs, if you’re reading this from a mobile, scroll to the Mobile section to get some interesting downloads, apps and games, all recommended by Team Digit.

As always, remember to send us feedback about this exercise, and suggestions on how we can improve.

Featured Distro
  • MXLinux 19.2 : MX-19.2 KDE is an Advanced Hardware Support (AHS) enabled 64-bit only version of MX featuring the KDE/plasma desktop. Applications utilizing Qt library frameworks are given a preference for inclusion on the iso. This will be first officially supported MX/antiX family iso utilizing the KDE/plasma desktop since the halting of the predecessor MEPIS project in 2013.
Linux Distros
  • Linux Mint: Linux Mint is straight up the most recommended and easy to use distros around at the moment. It is based on Ubuntu but ships with a bunch of extras including codecs and drivers, which makes it quicker to start using the distro.
  • Gentoo: Gentoo is used by a bunch of enthusiasts known as Gentoomen. The updates are regular, and the distro is optimised for your particular system, which is great. It is a bit of a toughie to get into though.
  • Slackware: Slackware is a distro for those who want to dive into the deep end of the Linux pool, and is one of the most basic and customisable distros around. The setup is incredibly fun or painful depending on how you look at it. It is easy to mess up your system if you are using Slackware, so proceed with caution.
  • Kali Linux: Kali Linux is the distro for those who want to try out hacking tools, or get into penetration testing in a more serious manner.
  • Ubuntu: Ubuntu is one of the easiest to use and well known distros around. Ideal for use in offices as well.
  • OpenSuse: OpenSuse is a distro geared towards software developers and system admins. It is one of the most used distros around the world, and is continuously updated.
  • Fedora: Fedora is the distro used by the creator of Linux, Linus Trovalds. This is a distro with plenty of support, and regular updates. It is associated with the RedHat distro.
  • ArchLinux: The ArchLinux distro is a simple and minimalist Linux distro. The updates are frequent. The distro is for more expert users.
  • Solus: Solus is a no nonsense distro designed for home computing. You can access most applications out of the box.
  • SteamOS: Based on Debian, SteamOS is a distro specifically made for gaming on Linux systems. It can be used as a general purpose distro as well. Check the hardware requirements though, they are on the higher side.
HDD Tools
  • DiskSorter : DiskSorter is a file classification solution allowing one to classify files in local disks, network shares, NAS devices and enterprise storage systems. Users are provided with the ability to gain an in-depth visibility into which types of files are using most of the disk space, save reports and perform file management operations on categories of files.
  • CrystalDiskInfo : A HDD/SSD utility software which supports a part of USB, Intel/AMD RAID and NVMe.
  • Smart Defrag 6 : Fast & Deep Defrag to Optimize Hard Drive & PC Performance
  • WizTree : Find the files and folders using the most space on your hard drive – QUICKLY!
  • revoSleep : revoSleep lets your hard disk sleep in few seconds. You can lock different hard disks, so you can be sure they won’t wake up.
  • Parkdale : Get the read and write speed from your harddisks, cdrom devices and network servers in Kilobyte, Megabyte or even Gigabyte per Second. Compare your drive with others on the Benchmark page.
  • AOMEI : Safely partition your hard drive without any data loss
  • MiniTool : This MiniTool free data recovery software can deep scan hard drives, memory cards, SSDs, etc. on Windows-compatible devices and recover data lost by human errors and system crashes. It supports 100+ types of files including photos, videos, audios, documents, and more.
  • Active@ : Active@ Disk Editor is a freeware advanced tool for viewing & editing raw data (sectors) on Physical Disks including Volumes, Partitions & Files
  • Filelight : Filelight is an application to visualize the disk usage on your computer
  • HDDScan : HDDScan is a freeware software for hard drive diagnostics (RAID arrays servers, Flash USB and SSD drives are also supported). The program can test storage device for errors (Bad-blocks and bad sectors), show S.M.A.R.T. attributes and change some HDD parameters such as AAM, APM, etc.
  • TestDisk : TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software: certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.
  • HDClone 9 : HDClone cre­ates phys­i­cal or log­i­cal cop­ies (clones) and file im­ages of hard disks and oth­er mass stor­age me­dia. HDClone is the per­fect tool for back­ups and for cre­ating cop­ies of en­tire soft­ware or operating system in­stal­la­tions. A spe­cial Safe­Rescue mode makes HDClone an in­valu­able tool for res­cu­ing de­fec­tive hard disks and oth­er me­dia. HDClone works in­de­pen­dent of par­ti­tion­ing scheme, file system and operating system. It also works with pro­pri­e­tary for­mats which would oth­er­wise be in­ac­ces­si­ble.
Graphic editors
  • Photodemon : PhotoDemon is a free, portable, open-source photo editor for Microsoft Windows.
  • PhotoModularFX : Create Custom unlimited photo Effects by parallel processing Flow. Create project flows, by nodal editing, connecting inputs and outputs. Output images can be used to process other images. (The image itself become the effect)
  • FireAlpaca : Free Digital Painting Software for Mac and Windows
  • Inkscape : Inkscape is a Free and open source vector graphics editor for GNU/Linux, Windows and MacOS X. It offers a rich set of features and is widely used for both artistic and technical illustrations such as cartoons, clip art, logos, typography, diagramming and flowcharting. It uses vector graphics to allow for sharp printouts and renderings at unlimited resolution and is not bound to a fixed number of pixels like raster graphics. Inkscape uses the standardized SVG file format as its main format, which is supported by many other applications including web browsers.
  • Glimpse Image Editor : Glimpse is an open source image editor based on the GNU Image Manipulation Program 2.10.18. The goal is to experiment with new ideas and expand the use of free/libre software.
  • Ashampoo Photo Optimizer : The Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2020 photo editing software optimizes and edits photos at the click of a button. Cropping, rotating, blurring and printing of photos is also supported.
  • PixiEditor : A Pixel art editing software. Create beautiful sprites for your games, animations (coming soon!) and edit images. All packed in eye-friendly dark theme.
  • Fotor : Take your photos where photos have never gone before.
  • Pixopedia : Pixopedia is a realistic brush simulator that has been written from scratch again.
  • Advanced C++ : This course comprises 10 audio-video spoken tutorials, using which you can self-learn Advanced C++ programming language with ease.
  • Physics 140 – General Physics 1 : Physics 140 offers introduction to mechanics, the physics of motion. Topics include: linear motion, vectors, projectiles, relative velocity and acceleration, Newton’s laws, particle dynamics, work and energy, linear momentum, torque, angular momentum, gravitation, planetary motion, fluid statics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, waves and sound.
  • Introduction to Ancient Greek History : This is an introductory course in Greek history tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in political, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the classical period. Students read original sources in translation as well as the works of modern scholars.
  • Applied linear algebra : A course from IIT Madras, you need to know calculus to take this course.
  • Aerospace Engineering and Design : The fundamental concepts, and approaches of aerospace engineering, are highlighted through lectures on aeronautics, astronautics, and design. Active learning aerospace modules make use of information technology. Student teams are immersed in a hands-on, lighter-than-air (LTA) vehicle design project, where they design, build, and fly radio-controlled LTA vehicles. The connections between theory and practice are realized in the design exercises. Required design reviews precede the LTA race competition. The performance, weight, and principal characteristics of the LTA vehicles are estimated and illustrated using physics, mathematics, and chemistry known to freshmen, the emphasis being on the application of this knowledge to aerospace engineering and design rather than on exposure to new science and mathematics.
  • Advanced Biochemical Engineering : In this course, students will combine biological knowledge and methods with quantitative principles and strategies for biochemical engineering. Students should also expect to advance their understanding of fundamental biochemical engineering techniques in order to make important products, materials and therapeutics as well as become familiar with technologies at the forefront of biochemical engineering. Diverse case studies will be used to show applications from human health to renewable materials in order to help students develop a working knowledge of biomolecular engineering.
  • Computational thinking using Python : Learn to think computationally and write programs to tackle useful problems
  • Quantum Physics: an overview of a weird world (Basics) : A primer on the conceptual foundations of Quantum Physics
Microscopy eBooks
  • Micrographia : Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses. With Observations and Inquiries Thereupon. is a historically significant book by Robert Hooke about his observations through various lenses.
  • Microscopes and Accessory Apparatus : This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations.
  • Marvels of Pond-life : Marvels of Pond-life by Henry James Slack
  • The Microscope : The Microscope by Andrew Ross
  • Through a Microscope : Through a Microscope by Frederick Leroy Sargent, Mary Treat, and Samuel Wells
  • Sketches of Dystopia : The futile thoughts of a single voice, lost in the entropy of a digitized and ideologically noisy world. This is the dystopia we live in now, seriously ill by emotional and spiritual isolation.
  • The Essence : Far galaxies, cold and beauty of space, meeting the unknown, important discoveries, sadness of breakups, the dangers of the long way and the warmth of home – all of it is waiting for you on this fantastic journey to the stars
  • Echoes of the Earth : Ambient synthpop by Denis Richard.
  • For Eccentric Merry-Go-Round : Ichiro NAKAGAWA aka Ambient Samurai practiced a seiries of recording improvisation at Urawa Comunale on June 7, 2020. COVID-19 caused closures of NAKAGAWA’s music activities bases in Urawa, Saitama, Japan.
Geeky soundtracks
Casual games
  • Kinoko : Help the forest spirit Kinoko clear the world of winter and bring about spring. Clear away snow, plant flowers, and watch the world return to life as you wander through the woods. So, sit down, relax, and take some time to smell the flowers and listen to the bird song.
  • Karlson : Karlson is a milk-infused fellow, on a mission to take down anyone in his way to secure the milk.
  • Everything must go : A simple zen-like puzzle that has no clock and no score.
  • My little blacksmith shop : Take the role as a Blacksmith in a fantasy world. Mine and gather raw resources. Smelt or purchase ingots. Forge your metal into weapons. Combine all the pieces together and sell them to your customers for profit.
  • Mayan headache : Mayan Headache is a puzzle game in which you behead fellow Mayans in order to get the favors of your gods.
  • BoomTown : BoomTown is a game of blasting buildings, creating roads of gunpowder and blow everything at once.
  • Helios : A crossover between a city builder and a card game, set in a Steampunk universe where smart urban development is key to survival.
  • Clayton’s quest : Save your friends from the evil Dust Bunnies that have invaded Crafty Kingdom, Clayton’s arts and crafts themed world! Jump, run, roll, and punch your way through five unique areas, finding secrets and treasures throughout!
Evergreen Games
  • Warframe : Warframe is the free to play model done right, with regular updates, a monetisation model that is fair to players. This is an incredibly complex game with a lot of things to do, and is a major time sink. Essentially you play as space ninjas who are on various missions through the solar system. This is science fiction like you have never seen it before, in any medium.
  • Path of Exile : This is another game that has been around for years, is free to play, and is constantly updated. The game has one of the most expansive skill trees in any game ever. You have to pick classes and clear dunjons. The hardcore mode has permadeath. This is RPG done right.
  • Shotgun Fun Fun : This is a fast paced platformer where you have to navigate around a map and take down as many zombies as possible, before you inevitably meet your death. Crazy, and addivtive.
  • Trackmania Nations Forever : The free version of the game has a stadium environment with thousands of user made tracks. Insane speeds, lots of room for stunts, and split second reactions are all necessary for you to win. This is one of the most popular racing games ever.
  • Altitude : Altitude is an over the top multiplayer game where you have to take a bunch of planes and eliminate enemies. The rounds are frenetic and short. The best thing is the football mode.
  • TeeWorlds : This is a crazy 2D multiplayer platformer. In the solo mode, you have to kill anything else that moves with an arsenal of weapons, or team up and play the deathmatch mode. Moving around requires constant use of a grappling hook, which is the entire charm of this game.

Monster movies
  • Godzilla vs Gigan : In this 12th installment of the 1st Godzilla series has a cartoonist, named Gengo, working for a charitable organization called the World’s Children Land Committee. The main attraction there is a Godzilla Tower. The employers’ goal is to rid the world of all the Earth’s monsters and create perfect peace. Gengo soon discovers that his employers are aliens from the Space Hunter Nebula M and these two special tapes control two monsters… KING GHIDORAH and GIGAN!!! The two monsters begin their onslaught in Japan. Godzilla and his friend, Angilas, leave Monster Island to defend the Earth from this dreaded invasion. Can the two Earth monsters defeat these two space monsters?
  • Godzilla vs Megalon : In this 13th installment of the 1st Godzilla series deals with the underground country of Seatopia striking back at mankind. The reason? A third of their country has already been destroyed, due to underground nuclear tests. They send their guardian, Megalon, to destroy the surface world. They also request the aid from Nebula M Space Hunter to send their monster, Gigan, to help Megalomaniac destroy the surface world. Can these two menacing monsters be stopped? Is the surface world doomed?
  • Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla : In this 14th installment of the 1st Godzilla series deals with a prophecy from an Okinawan descendant of the Azumi royal family. She predicts that a giant monster will set fire to the city and trample on the people who try to run away. Meanwhile… a cave with a secret shrine has been discovered. They find a statue of a guardian of Okinawa… KING SEESAR!!! A murial is also found and is taken to Professor Wagura. He studies the mutual and he succeeds in deciphering the prophecies that are now coming to fruit. Godzilla arrives and begins to destroy everything in his way. Mankind is astonished to learn that Godzilla IS the monster that will destroy the world. But much to mankind’s astonishment… another GODZILLA arrives to battle the 1st one. Why are there two Godzillas fighting each other?
  • Terror Of Mechagodzilla : In this 15th installment in the 1st Godzilla series the aliens from the 3rd Planet From The Black Hole have salvaged the pieces of the destroyed Mechagodzilla and have reconstructed the space titanium menace. The space men wants Tokyo to be their New base of operations. They also have a human ally who can control a sea monster named Titanosaurus. The aliens are certain their mission WILL NOT fail. They are CERTAIN that Godzilla CANNOT defeat the two monsters. Can mankind’s defender match his strength against these two horrendous monsters?


Radio Show
  • Frontier Gentleman : Frontier Gentleman was a radio Western series heard on CBS from February 2 to November 16, 1958, initially heard Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm through March when it moved to 7pm.

App watch
  • Motion Cam : A third party camera app that records RAW images before and after you snap a photo. You can customise the images by tweaking white balance, tone mapping and sharpness and using the inbuilt noise reduction algorithm.
  • Bibino Baby Monitor : Bibino is able to turn spare devices (smartphones or tablets) into a fully functional baby monitor. You pair two devices through the app and the secondary device acts as the video baby cam while the first one receives the video data.
  • Energy Notch : From the makers of Energy Ring, Energy Notch creates a glowing ring effect around your phone’s notch which acts as a battery indicator. You can also customise the look of the indicator by tweaking thickness, colour, and more.
Mobile monthly
  • Swap Swap Panda : Swap-Swap Panda is a cute platform game where two pandas go on an adventure to take back the cupcakes stolen by some pesky ninjas. You will cross a wonderfull land full of bamboo forests, fantastic sights, and hazards.
  • Murderous Pursuits : Murderous Pursuits is a multiplayer stealth and survival game for 1 to 8 players. Cleverly track your prey and wait for the right moment to attack it. But be careful not to reveal yourself, because others are also stalking you
  • Icarus M: Riders of Icarus : Endless battles filled with tension that begins on the rise of the Red Moon
  • Grand Alliance : A tyrant has taken over the nation and ambitious noble houses conspire in the shadows. The princess Amelia Ravensburg needs your help to reclaim her rightful throne.
  • Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells : It’s time to experience the magic and wonder of Harry Potter like never before! Prepare to cast spells, outsmart challenges, and celebrate the whimsy of the Wizarding World while becoming enchanted by the most magical matching puzzles ever found on your mobile device! Prove your Match-3 skill by beating levels to upgrade and unlock new spells and magic abilities which will aid your quest to conquer more difficult Match-3 puzzles. Get a chance to upgrade your spells as you prepare for the magically mischievous challenges ahead.
  • Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower : Battle your way through hundreds of stages with unique tactical challenges, using your favourite Champions from Warhammer’s Age of Sigmar.
  • Atari Combat: Tank Fury : Atari Combat: Tank Fury combines Match-3 puzzle mechanics with fast-paced tank combat and strategic base-building.
  • TMNT: Mutant Madness : The dimensions are collapsing and only the Turtles can stop the chaos. Team up with the brothers Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello on a totally awesome new adventure. Gather your allies (and your enemies) in a fight to save the world!
  • Raziel: Dungeon Arena : Your enemy is on his last leg. Swap out your mage for your warrior in real time and deliver the battle’s decisive blow. Welcome to Raziel: Dungeon Arena. Collect new heroes, raid single player and co-op dungeons, craft epic gear sets, and save the world from its demon plight.

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