Digit e-Magazine

October 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

  • MidnightBSD : MidnightBSD is a BSD-derived operating system developed with desktop users in mind. It includes all the software you’d expect for your daily tasks — email, web browsing, word processing, gaming, and much more.
  • Q4OS : Fast and friendly, desktop oriented operating system based on Debian Linux.
  • Kali : Kali Linux is an open-source, Debian-based Linux distribution geared towards various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security Research, Computer Forensics and Reverse Engineering.
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.
Spotify utilities
  • Spicetify : Commandline tool to customize Spotify client.
  • Psst : Fast and multi-platform Spotify client with native GUI
  • MiniSpotify : Information dense mini player.
  • Songify Slim : Save metadata of current song in a text file.
  • LoFi : A tiny Spotify player.
  • Playlist randomiser : Permanently shuffles songs in playlist
  • Spotify Shuffler : Another service to permanently shuffle songs
  • TuneMyMusic : Move your music from a file to Spotify playlist.
  • Playlist miner : The Playlist Miner aggregrates the top tracks from the most popular public playlists on Spotify that match your search criteria. Looking for the best workout tracks? Enter the term workout and we’ll find the tracks that have appeared most frequently in workout playlists.
  • Rekl : More controlled way for creating collaborative playlists, you get a room key that is not open to all.
  • Spotilistr : Convert almost any source into a spotify playlist
  • Magic Playlist : Enter a song and a mood, then let this tool do the rest
  • Spotibot : Quickly generate playlists around a single artist, prevents having to add all the singles and albums one by one
  • Setify : Make playlists based on performances at actual concerts. Can search by artist or festival.
  • Setlist : Another playlist generator based on live shows.
  • SortYourMusic : Powerful playlist sorting tool with BPM, length and popularity analyses, made by creators of Spotify itself
  • Birthhits : Get the top 100 on your birth date.
  • Shazam : Generate playlists based on what is being played around you.
Remote utilities
  • TrayDir : A windows application that gives the user the ability to access files and folders from the system tray.
  • Volumey : Volume mixer that allows you to set up global hotkeys to control the volume of any application and current output device
  • dual-key-remap : Remap any key to any other two keys on Windows 🔥. Remap CapsLock to both Ctrl and Escape! (It’s like xcape for windows!)
  • Classic windows tools : Classic apps for Windows 10, such as classic Calculator, Sticky Notes, and more.
  • Edge Deflector : A tiny helper application to force Windows 10 to use your preferred web browser instead of ignoring the setting to promote Microsoft Edge. Only runs for a microsecond when needed.
  • Winslap : Swiftly configure a fresh Windows 10 installation with useful tweaks and antispy settings.
  • Stepwise : Stepwise is a user-friendly automation tool for Windows.
  • TaskCreate : A small, simple automation tool
  • Sys-minion : This program is a bunch of more or less hidden and complex system commands with a brief description.
Course Philosophy eBooks
Geeky soundtrack Indie games
  • Friday Night Dunkin’ : It’s basically like DDR, press arrow when arrow over other arrow. And uhhh don’t die.
  • Adventures of anxiety : Whoever you are, stay strong & good luck!
  • wbbwwb : A game about news cycles, vicious cycles, infinite cycles
  • Doki Dori Literature Club : Welcome to the Literature Club!
  • Sort the court : Like reigns
  • Goodbye doggy : Your good life as a family pet has come to an abrupt end! Help your family deal with their grief by drifting from room to room and exploring the house.
  • Mindustry : Mindustry is a hybrid tower-defense sandbox factory game.
  • Scout : This story is at about 60,000+ words thus far. I am planning for it to be 10 chapters, 100,000+ words upon completion (probably closer to 150,000 at this point).
  • Ravenfield : Ravenfield is a singleplayer battlefield style game.
  • Raft : By yourself or with friends, your mission is to survive an epic oceanic adventure across a perilous sea! Gather debris to survive, expand your raft and be wary of the dangers of the ocean!
  • Lost Constellation : Lost Constellation is a Night In The Woods ghost story.
  • Ultrakill : ULTRAKILL is a fast-paced ultraviolent old school FPS that fuses together classic shooters like Quake, modern shooters like Doom (2016) and character action games like Devil May Cry.
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
  • Voyage to the prehistoric planet : Two astronauts, accompanied by their robot, set out to explore the surface of Venus. Things seem to be going well until violent changes begin to rework the surface. Will they be able to escape the planet with their lives? This film is also known as “Prehistoric Planet” and “Voyage to a Prehistoric Planet”.

Snippets

Radio Show
  • Adventures of Philip Marlowe : This initial run of Philip Marlowe went from June 17 to September 19, 1947, with Pepsodent as the sponsor. The announcer was Wendell Niles, music was by Lyn Murray, and the producer was Jim Fonda. After the summer run ended, NBC dropped the show. As far as we know, only four episodes of this series have survived.

App watch

  • Camo : The rise of remote work has led to the boosted sales of webcams since the pandemic began. However, webcams, even some exorbitant ones, aren’t as good as compared to some modern-day smartphone cameras. Enter Camo, an app that turns your smartphone into a portable webcam for your laptop or PC. The app was already available on iOS and has now finally made its way to Android as well. The app is now in public beta (Early Access) on Android. The app’s functionality is simple – it uses your phone’s rear camera as a makeshift webcam for live conferencing. Camo claims to deliver high-quality video feed with low latency at up to 1080p resolution. To use the app, you will need to pair it up with the PC client Camo Studio. This is available for both macOS and Windows. The desktop software essentially acts as a control hub and allows users to perform actions such as adjusting brightness levels, colour saturation, focus, adding filters, and much more. You can do all of this straight from the PC app without ever needing to tweak things around on your phone.
  • MelonDS : MelonDS is a free, open-source Nintendo DS emulator for mobile devices. The emulator features a customisable software controller, Bluetooth controller support, and more. It is in early access beta at the time of writing.
  • OnMail : OnMail is an email client that primarily focuses on security and privacy. The app has features such as inbuilt anti-tracking, email filtering, and more. The app works best with an OnMail address, but you can use almost every feature on Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook accounts as well.
  • Opera Football : If you’re a football fan, this is a great app for you. The app can be used to see real-time results for football matches and to glance at league tables to keep up to date with the world of football. You also get breaking news, notifications, and stats ready to go.

Mobile Monthly

  • Beatstar : One look on the screenshots and you will feel like this is just another Piano Tiles rip off. Now, don’t get us wrong, some elements do resemble Piano Tiles but the way the app has been presented is very different. Beatstar is a rhythm game developed by Space Ape studios. The main motive of the game is to complete a given song without missing a single note.
  • Murders on Budapest : Murders on Budpest is a novel based murder mystery in a messenger format. This game has multiple genres from RPG to Arcade, it takes you on a rollercoaster ride of genres. Talking about the gameplay, as mentioned earlier, the game is in a messenger format but the fact is, it is unpredictable no matter what you predict, the result is unpredictable. If you are fed-up with predictable mysteries, this game is for you. Another thing which we liked is that the game is totally based on your choices and gives you a wide opportunity to take the story according to your choices. The gameplay is vast, and it has a lot of twists and turns and surprises.
  • The Scary Tales – Creepy Horror Game : The Scary Tales is a horror game in which you have to rescue your character’s wife, who is caught and locked up by monsters. As you move forward in the game, you have to keep collecting items along the way and use them, you have to collect keys and access cards to open doors, weapons to kill the monsters and other items like flashlights to help you in certain situations inside the game.
  • Purrfect Tale : Purrfect Tale is a purrfect way to pass your time with an amazingly cute yet engaging story and tons of mini games to compliment it with. The game begins with you receiving a cat to take care of and a basic tutorial through the game. Purrfect Tale is essentially two games packed into one package. There’s the journal which is the story which follows a character named by you. She’s a cute character who is initially a very good student but wants to pursue art and slowly loses focus on her studies. She gets scolded by her teacher over it and soon her mother gets involved. The story progresses into a fantasy standpoint too when a cat we find on the streets turns into a human catboy uWu.
  • Outrunner: Forgotten King : Outrunner: Forgotten King is a 2D sidescroller game developed by Nortex Studios. The game doesn’t have a lore behind it or even the character’s backstory. We imagine that it will be implemented in a future update but as of now, you will be just dropped into the levels.
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