Digit e-Magazine

August 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

  • 4M Linux : 4MLinux is a miniature Linux distribution focusing on four capabilities: maintenance (by using it as a system rescue live CD), multimedia (for example, for playing video DVDs), miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and mystery (meaning small Linux games).
  • Freespire : Freespire is a community-driven Linux distribution currently owned by PC/Open Systems LLC. It is derived from Linspire and is composed mostly of free, open source software, while providing users the choice of including proprietary software including multimedia codecs, device drivers and application software.
  • OPNSense : OPNsense is an open source, easy-to-use and easy-to-build HardenedBSD based firewall and routing platform. OPNsense includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more in many cases. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.
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.
Portable tools
  • Text Crypter : Crypt the text you are ⓣⓨⓟⓘⓝⓖ with your keyboard on the fly
  • MoonShell : Portable and multi-tabbed terminal for Windows
  • Uncap : Map Caps Lock to Escape or any key to any key
  • TyperTask : Increase your efficiency by automating your keyboard with TyperTask! This tool simulates keyboard typing, and can be used to instantly type common phrases. Use it to automate chat conversations, website logins, programming code blocks, HTML tags, or anything else you can imagine. It even has advanced automation features, including launching programs, window activation, delays, and mouse clicks, so it’s capable of performing complex tasks. Configuration is easy with simple text files. It has vTask’s powerful keyboard simulation engine, so it can handle international codes and system keys such as . The included help file demonstrates many TyperTask uses.
  • Kling : A utility to show keyboard keys visually on the Windows screen.
  • X-Mouse Button Control : X-Mouse Button Control is a free tool for Windows that allows you to re-configure and expand the capabilities of your mouse.
  • Free Timer : Free Timer program allows you to create countdown timers that display the remaining time as a colored section of a clock face.
  • Potter Draw : PotterDraw is a free 3D software application for designing and visualizing pottery. It’s useful for creating cylindrical shapes such as pots, flasks, vases, bowls, plates, cups, glasses, goblets, or anything similar. The outer wall of the pot is drawn using a spline, which consists of one or more curved or linear segments. The inner wall is generated automatically.
  • Playnite : Playnite is an open source video game library manager with one simple goal: To provide a unified interface for all of your games.
  • WindowsResizer : Save and restore your window size and position with a hotkey
  • Eye’s Thanks : Staring at a computer screen for hours is not good for your eyes, so Eyes’ Thanks protect them: the app displays a full-screen image on your desktop at regular intervals, along with an optional message, reminding you to take a break.
  • Map stitcher : A simple program to bulk-download map tiles and stitch them together.
  • WinGrid : Adjust the window to standard size and standard position quickly and accurately.
Crypto finance tools
  • BitPay : The BitPay App allows you to securely send, receive and store cryptocurrency. Buy and exchange crypto all in one app.
  • Exodus : Send, receive & exchange Bitcoin and 100+ cryptocurrencies with ease on the world’s leading Desktop, Mobile and Hardware crypto wallets
  • Binance : All the power of Binance’s cryptocurrency exchange, in the palm of your hand. Download the Binance mobile crypto trading app today.
  • Ledger Live : Buy, exchange, grow your crypto – and more. All in one app.
  • Bisq : Buy and sell bitcoin for fiat (or other cryptocurrencies) privately and securely using Bisq’s peer-to-peer network and open-source desktop software. No registration required.
  • Open Ethereum : Fast and feature-rich Ethereum client.
  • Electrum : A fast, secure and easy to use Bitcoin wallet.
  • Particle : Decentralised marketplace for untraceable currency
  • Chia Plotter : GUI Tool for beginners and experts to Monitor and Analyse Chia Plotting log files, show health and progress of running plots and estimated time to completion. No setup, configuration or installation of python or whatever required. Just install and enjoy.
  • Zap : A Simple and fast way to use Bitcoin over the lightning network
Course
  • The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food : This course encompasses the study of eating as it affects the health and well-being of every human. Topics include taste preferences, food aversions, the regulation of hunger and satiety, food as comfort and friendship, eating as social ritual, and social norms of blame for food problems. The politics of food discusses issues such as sustainable agriculture, organic farming, genetically modified foods, nutrition policy, and the influence of food and agriculture industries. Also examined are problems such as malnutrition, eating disorders, and the global obesity epidemic; the impact of food advertising aimed at children; poverty and food; and how each individual’s eating is affected by the modern environment.
Philosophy eBooks
Jazz music
  • Lo-Fi Jazz : A lo-fi track, atmospheric royalty free Jazz tune with airy saxophone soft beats, pads, and warm keys, best for fashion vlogs, presentations or urban visuals.
  • Stroll About Swing : Light jazz instrumental track with delightful piano and clarinet theme. Cheerful, carefree mood. A peculiar 5/4 odd time signature creates an eccentric slightly playful vibe.
  • Fun weekend : Fun jazz-blues-funk
  • I’ll Have Some Spice on my Foam Too : When you go to a coffee shop, you’ve got a latte of options. You espresso yourself, and your choices bean a lot. Me? I’ll have some spice on my foam, too.

Geeky Soundtracks

Action games
  • Nocturnal Visit : Nocturnal Visit it’s a short PSX horror experience. One late night, you decide to explore this unknown abandoned house hidden in the woods to make an article for your blog. Several rumours say the house is haunted. Your objective/job is to investigate the house to find clues to whether the rumours are real or not.
  • Fears to fathom : Fears to Fathom is an episodic psychological horror game where each episode unveils a short story narrated by the ones who survived.
  • Streat Eats : Explore Kawamachi by day, meet the locals, and collect the ingredients you need to run your food stall at night!
  • In The Mountains : You decided to go off the beaten path during your hike.
  • Souls : Solis is a free, short, first person experience. Grab your suit, helmet, and flashlight and come explore the spaceship
  • NeonCode 2 : Blue Tiger story: “Mr. James Klueso reaches out to us in a holographic message. There was a bank heist in the past days and from the safe, his precious and beloved Blue Tiger jewel has been stolen. It’s our duty to wrap up this investigation and find the gem.”
  • Hypnagogia : Hypnagogia is an exploration in themes involving deep dreams, liminal spaces, sleep paralysis demons, and much more.
  • Fallow : Isabelline Fallow lived with her sisters in an isolated corner of a world that had begun to forget itself. Soon, it forgot her sisters as well. Now Isabelline walks in her sleep, every morning a new road home, every morning that home a little different than she remembers it. In her dreams, a shadow twists in agony through the smoke-steeped orange sky.
  • Re: Run : Action, parkour, sword & powerups
  • The Lightkeeper : Embark on a mysterious adventure as you accompany ex-military officer Hans Novikov on his mission to locate the lighthouse keeper on a remote island in Northern Ireland.
  • Karlson : Karlson is a milk-infused fellow, on a mission to take down anyone in his way to secure the milk.
  • TV World : Sit down on the couch, change the channel to whatever you like and travel to that place instantly!
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
  • Super Mario Bros: The Morton Jankel Cut: : From the official Super Mario Bros: The Movie Archive team, here’s your first look at the previously-unseen extended rough cut of the controversial 1993 cyberpunk fantasy, Super Mario Bros.

Snippets

Radio Show
  • The Lone Ranger : A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty hi-yo silver! The Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering Hoofbeats of the great horse Silver … the Lone Ranger rides again!

App watch

  • Opera GX : Opera has launched the Opera GX Gaming Browser for Android and iOS devices. This mobile gaming browser is an extension of its desktop counterpart. It comes equipped with a few interesting features that could possibly appeal to gamers. Opera GX Mobile includes the GX corner in its browsing spaces that displays the latest gaming news and updates. There’s also a game release calendar here that allows users to glance at the release dates of awaited games. There’s also an option to avail deals on paid games via deal aggregator links available on the browser.
  • Privacy Dashboard : If you want to try out the new Privacy Dashboard for Android 12 phones, but don’t have an eligible device to run Android 12 Beta 2, you can get the Privacy Dashboard app on the Play Store. It lets users try out this Android 12-exclusive feature on older Android devices.
  • Videoleap by Lightricks : Videoleap by Lightricks is a popular video editing app that is now available on Android. Previously an iOS-only app, Videoleap brings the power of desktop video editing software to mobile by providing several tools to edit and customise videos on mobile.
  • KWGT Custom Widget Maker : If you want to spruce up your lock screen or your Android launcher, the KWGT Kustom Widget Maker is a nifty app for Android that allows you to create your own designs and even display any data you need on your widgets.

Mobile Monthly

  • Flash Party : From the makers of Muse Dash and Human Fall Flat, comes this 2D platformer game that is both additive and rage inducing at the same time.
  • Happy Zone : Happy Zone is a battle royale game developed by PARTY ROOM studios.
  • Evan’s Remains : Evan’s Remains is a 2D platformer puzzle game sure to catch your eye.
  • Farlight 84 : Farlight 84 is a battle royale game developed by Miracle games. The best thing about this game is its storyline.
  • Crash Drive 3 : M2H is back with the crash drive franchise, a sandbox cross-platform multiplayer car playground. While being a sandbox game, to explore the whole playground you have to purchase the full game.
  • Botworld Adventure : Botworld adventure is an RPG open-world game and the most colourful game we have ever played on mobile, let’s go directly to game-play.
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