Digit e-Magazine

July 2021 eDVD

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 Distros

  • Pop!_OS : Pop!_OS is an operating system for STEM and creative professionals who use their computer as a tool to discover and create. Unleash your potential on secure, reliable open source software. Based on your exceptional curiosity, we sense you have a lot of it.
  • KaOS : A Lean KDE Distribution.
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.
Essentials
  • 7Zip : Do not want to pay for Winrar? Use 7-Zip. 7-Zip is free archiving software with open source. The most of the code is under the GNU LGPL license. Some parts of the code are under the BSD 3-clause License. Also there is unRAR license restriction for some parts of the code.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader : To open all those PDF files. Well-rounded PDF reader that provides cloud sharing, carefully selected text reading options and a couple of handy editing features.
  • Avidemux : This is an easy to use tool that you can use to quickly cut and edit videos, without any fancy interface or extras. Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.
  • Calibre : Calibre is a powerful and easy to use e-book manager. It’ll allow you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal e-book software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts.
  • Chrome : Google Chrome is a cross-platform web browser developed by Google.
  • CPU-Z : View detailed information on your PC’s CPU, memory, mainboard, caches, graphics, and more, with the help of an app that also works as a benchmark tool.
  • Deluge : Deluge is a lightweight, Free Software, cross-platform BitTorrent client.
  • Discord : All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. Stop paying for TeamSpeak servers and hassling with Skype. Simplify your life.
  • EasyBCD : A powerful bootloader/modification tool that enables you to run multiple operating systems on the same computer, as well as reset the BCD configuration or recreate and repair boot files.
  • FFmpeg : A complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video.
  • File Splitter and Joiner : A simple yet efficient software solution that helps you split and join files, calculate the MD5 signature and encrypt data if necessary.
  • Firefox : Mozilla Firefox is a free Web browser. Firefox is created by a global non-profit dedicated to putting individuals in control online.
  • Foxit Reader : View, edit or create PDF files with this rich-featured application, which also offers support for drawing tools, signatures, full screen mode and more.
  • Free Download Manager : It is a powerful modern download accelerator and organizer.
  • Free OCR : Scan images or PDF files and extract the text the contain, exporting it to editable form, so you can work with it immediately after.
  • Handbrake : HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
  • HDD Low Level Format Tool : Utility for low-level hard disk drive formatting, with support for SATA, IDE or SCSI hard disks, as well as removable drives of any size.
  • IrfanView : IrfanView is an image viewer, editor, organiser and converter program for Microsoft Windows.
  • K-Lite Codec Pack : Already contains everything you need to play all common audio and video file formats, along with ACM and VFW codecs for transcoding and editing. Bundled with Windows Media Player Classic.
  • LibreOffice : Complex productivity suite which enables you to create text document, spreadsheets and presentations, manage databases and draw, and offers compatibility with other major office suites.
  • Mouse Recorder Premium : Record the execution of repetitive tasks and automate them, to spare yourself the effort on a regular basis, by using a user-friendly and efficient application.
  • Notepad++ : A source code and text editor for all programmers that comes with support for various languages, providing a wide range of productivity tools to ease their work.
  • Opera : Try the Opera browser with a free VPN, fast ad blocker, Web 3 support and get more control of your browsing experience.
  • PeaZip : PeaZip is free file archiver utility, based on Open Source technologies of 7-Zip, p7zip, FreeArc, PAQ, and PEA projects.
  • Power Defragmenter : Take advantage of the power packed in this lightweight utility that is able to flawlessly perform a defragmentation process on your files and disk drives.
  • Q-Dir : Choosing to manually clean your computer or sort out files of various types can be a pain and a time-consuming process. However, it all becomes a lot easier with the help of specialized applications such as Q-Dir. It gives you the possibility to manage files and folders from a single window, for a more practical approach on file management.
  • qBittorrent : The qBittorrent project aims to provide an open-source software alternative to µTorrent.
  • Skype : Skype is one of the best voice over IP services and instant messaging clients that comes bundled with a powerful set of calling, video, messaging and sharing capabilities.
  • SpeedFan : View and tweak settings for your computer’s fan speed, voltage and chip temperature using this lightweight utility with support for log files.
  • SpeedRunner : A powerful, yet highly intuitive multi-thread file manager that helps users get a clear overview of the files types they have in each folder.
  • TeamViewer : The new standard for remote control and remote support.
  • Universal Media Server : A highly configurable media server that supports devices which have received the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certification.
  • VirtualBox : VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
  • Vivaldi : We live in our browsers. Choose one that has the features you need, a style that fits and values you can stand by.
  • VLC : VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
  • Winamp : After a leaked version of Winamp 5.8 appeared on the Internet, the team decided to make a version available for everyone. This is not an ongoing project, but there is news expected from Winamp in the future.
Education
  • KStars : KStars is freely licensed, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software by KDE.
  • DiscretePath : DiscretePath is a user-friendly and accessible software for drawing, visualizing and analyzing networks (graphs). It is developed with the philosophy that graph layouts have to be clean and the analyses transparent and straight-forward, avoiding complexity at every level.
  • GeoGebra : Free digital tools for class activities, graphing, geometry, collaborative whiteboard and more
  • Balabolka : Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as an audio file. The program can read the clipboard content, extract text from documents, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. Balabolka supports text file formats: AZW, AZW3, CHM, DjVu, DOC, DOCX, EML, EPUB, FB2, FB3, HTML, LIT, MD, MOBI, ODP, ODS, ODT, PDB, PRC, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TCR, WPD, XLS, XLSX.
  • Gaia Sky : An open source 3D universe simulator with support for more than a billion objects
  • City Art Search : Personalize your Windows 10 lock screen with beautiful, high-resolution artworks every hour or every day. Search over 9,900 famous paintings, sculptures, and architectural wonders from around the world. Find your favorite artists’ masterpieces, or if you’re planning to visit a city, discover the must-see works of art.
  • Mnemosyne : It’s a free flash-card tool which optimizes your learning process.
  • C2A : C2A (Computer Aided Astronomy) is a Planetarium software that allows you to build detailed views of stellar fields. It is only available for the Microsoft Windows Operating System (all versions). An important objective of this software is to take into account the main catalogues available to professional and amateur astronomers in order to prepare observations on small fields as well as astrometry and photometry works. C2A is also an easy to use general purpose Planetarium software with many functions.
  • Scitos : The Scientific Tool Set is (planned to be) a collection of helpful tools for the scientific context. By automating (parts of) recurring tasks, SciToS aims to:
  • FET : FET is free software for automatically scheduling the timetable of a school, high-school or university. It uses a fast and efficient timetabling algorithm. It is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 or later.
  • Klavaro : Growing frustrated with other options that rely mostly on a few specific keyboards, Klavaro is libre software that intends to be keyboard and language independent, saving memory, time and money.
  • PictoBlox : The BEST block-based coding and AI education platform for kids
  • Wolfram Player : Harness the Power of Wolfram Notebooks
Office tools
  • Standard Notes : Standard Notes is a safe place for your notes, thoughts, and life’s work.
  • UpNote : Organize Your Ideas
  • RegEx search : Regular expression dialog add-in for Excel
  • OutWiker : OutWiker is designed to store notes in a tree. Such programs are called “outliner”, personal wiki, or tree-like editors. OutWiker’s main difference from the other similar programs is keeping the tree of notes in the form of directories on disk, and encouraging changing the base by external sources and programs.
  • CSVFileVIew : CSVFileView is a simple CSV file viewer / converter utility that allows you to easily view the content of CSV or tab-delimited file created by NirSoft utilities or by any other software, in a simple table viewer. You can sort the lines according to one of the fields, remove unwanted fields and change their order, and then save the result back into CSV file, tab-delimited file, XML file, or HTML report.
  • Beeftext : Beeftext is a text snippet management tool for Windows, inspired by TextExpander.
  • Search for text in pictures : The App has a OCR- filter that can pull text from any image and search for text in images on the local devices. This allows you to search for words and bring up all results as image where that phrase appears.
  • Slapdash : Slapdash brings your apps & tools together in one interface to give you new superpowers.
  • Mochi : Spaced repetition made easy
Course
  • Introduction to Psychology : What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why can’t we tickle ourselves? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, fiction, and dreams. We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.
Philosophy eBooks
Happy music
  • Xander Black : Self titled album released by singer songwriter Xander Black 2020
  • Nowhere Special : An original blues rocking album “Nowhere Special” with exclusive catchy tracks to have a good time to. All songs except No. 7 and No. 10 are written, arranged, recorded and produced by Freeky Cleen. ©2020 Freeky Cleen Rec.
  • The Way We Walk : The way we walk, BBB 5th landmark across 24 years of musical activity, aims at showing to listeners our latest musical wanders.
  • Arcade Tricks : Retro styled electro pop track with a playful, upbeat vibe. Funky groove, vocal chops and 8-bit synth sounds influenced by videogame culture.

Geeky Soundtracks

Action games
  • Walking home alone : Walking Home Alone is a short but atmospheric and pulse raising horror game. Your task is simple, to make it home. But who knows what you might meet in the forest?
  • Radiation Crisis : A retro childhood game.
  • Big Donut : You are a donut seller and your goal is to feed people with donuts until they get the right size to kill them and get money. Try to earn as much as you can while the police chasing you! You can just drop a Big Donut on the roof of a police car to crash it!
  • Blood Spear : The Blood Spear has awaken and it wants blood. A lot of blood. Throw to impale and kill from afar, defeat powerful foes to absorb their lifeblood. Progress through grandiose environments and carry out your gruesome vengeance in this epic third-person action adventure.
  • Angerfoot : anger foot is a lightning fast hard bass blast of kicking down doors and kicking ass
  • A firm handshake : Half game half art
  • Oneshot : OneShot is a retro inspired arcade game where you (literally) only have one shot.
  • Dynast.io : 100 player 2D real-time massive multiplayer survival game in your browser! Build, Craft, Fight, Survive!
  • Pixel Session : Each game is based on one simple but special gameplay mechanic and built around this mechanic. With a focus on visual feedback, the five games are fine examples of colorful video game juiciness.
  • 103 Null Kevin : A containment breach was declared aboard Installation 14 of the Axiom Orbital Research Station. As part of the emergency procedure, the breached module was detached from the space station, and it has crashed on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Cybercult City : As the Mayor of Cyber City, it is up to you to take the city back from the Cyber Cult. Hoverboard/Hack/Loot/upgrade and Fight your way through the ever changing Cyber City. Collect stack-able perks that become more powerful the more you stack. Endlessly level up your weapons with stat cards that add physical and elemental damage to help you destroy the Cult through a variety of mission types
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.

Movie
  • Horrors of the Red Planet : “Buzzard of Mars” “Possibly the most pointless movie ever made” “No doubt the worst Mars movie” “Horse of a different color” “Morons mess up Mars” (IMDB reviews quotes).

Snippets

Radio Show
  • This is your FBI : This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953 for a total of 409 shows. The show featured true cases from FBI, and told from an agent’s viewpoint. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, considering it “Our Show” and calling it “the finest dramatic program on the air”.

 

App watch

  • Moises : Moises is an AI-enabled vocal remover and mastering app available for both Android and iOS devices. It has similar features to its web version. One of the most useful features is track separation where the software leverages the power of AI to separate the audio tracks between vocals and individual instruments without the user having to do anything manually.
  • Spacecraft AR : Created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spacecraft AR is an educational app that uses mobile augmented reality to bring spacecraft explorers to life. Find a flat space and you can view the shrunk down or full-size versions of these spacecraft right in your living room.
  • Nerdy News : Nerdy News is a news aggregation app that collects comics and superhero related news and shrinks them down to a 60-word copy, much like Inshorts. They have an infinite swipe up feature as well, so you can keep reading pop-culture news until you’re satiated.
  • Tusk : Tusk is a flexible task scheduler that helps users be more organised in their day-to-day lives. It helps you with keeping track of your daily tasks, allows you to build schedules, set notifications, and track the execution of tasks.

Mobile Monthly: Coming Soon!

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