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I just discovered Ventoy, which is free, open source (GPL 3.0) software you install on a USB drive to make it bootable. What makes it special is that it also acts like a normal USB storage drive, and you can just copy any multitude of ISOs onto it. When you boot it up it shows a menu where you can choose which ISO to finish booting into. It's like a bootloader for ISOs.

In other words, you can place your bootable Linux ISOs, Windows installation ISOs, etc., all on a single USB drive (assuming it has space for all of them) with no need to reformat or reflash the drive each time you want to change or update ISOs!

Here's a video showing it off:

Main website:
Github repo:

I think the point of this thread is to share less-known software that you personally use and recommend.

What's the use in sharing a bunch of links endorsing software you don't use while repeating their claims as if they were your own?

Easier to use and more secure than any VPN:

Can you back up this statement with proof? Do you use this VPN?

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: August 18, 2020, 11:29 PM »
For contrast, I've been using the 2004 update for a month or so and haven't had problems with it.

Sorry to those who are having problems. :(

Non-Windows Software / Re: Random Android apps getting installed
« on: August 17, 2020, 11:33 PM »
If it's Verizon branded, does this help?

Actually, even if it isn't Verizon branded, you can try disabling the Mobile Services Manager.

Yes, it is Verizon branded. I see I have Mobile Services Manager disabled already, but I can't remember if I disabled it before or after the last time I had random apps show up.

Thanks for the information. :Thmbsup: Hopefully this is the end of random apps showing up on this device, but I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for further misbehavior.

Non-Windows Software / Re: Random Android apps getting installed
« on: August 17, 2020, 06:27 PM »
Is one of the apps that you do have installed installing them? 

I've gone through all the apps and uninstalled or disabled everything I can that I didn't specifically ask to install or don't use. I'm certain it's nothing that I've put on the device because I've used all these same apps on other Android devices and don't get mystery installs happening on those devices.

I'm just unsure if it's some built-in Motorola software/OS customization that the vendor has hidden from me or if it's a rootkit/malware.

Actually, in either case, this behavior should be considered malware even if it was intentionally put there by the device manufacturer.

I suppose I may have to just manually download and flash the official ROM or some custom firmware to eliminate a potential rootkit.

Non-Windows Software / Re: Random Android apps getting installed
« on: August 17, 2020, 04:12 PM »
My Samsung Android phone has certain apps that I simply cannot delete or stop from upgrading.  Very annoying.

This is not the same thing. This is apps that aren't there one day, and then suddenly appear the next. And I can easily uninstall them as normal. It's just that they (or others) come back again after a while.

Non-Windows Software / Random Android apps getting installed
« on: August 17, 2020, 01:50 PM »
Hi folks,

I recently got a hand-me-down Android device which I performed a factory reset on and then set it up how I like it.

But I've been noticing every once in a while that there are new apps installed that I never installed. Sometimes they're games, sometimes they are non-game apps. Usually they are things I've never heard of, but I've seen a few popular apps such as TikTok. In any case, they're always crap I'd never install.

I don't know if this is a "feature" like how Windows 10 will put new things in the Start menu every so often, or the perhaps more likely scenario that this device has some kind of rootkit malware on it that allows it to install apps without my permission and can survive a factory reset.

The previous owner of the device was not very tech savvy and it wouldn't surprise me if she had installed some malicious app disguised as a game from the Google Play Store which set this behavior in motion.

But I also haven't had a new Android device since 2013 so I'm not sure if this is intended device vendor behavior.

The device is a Motorola Moto Z2.

Any useful suggestions or solutions on how to stop this behavior would be appreciated.

DC Website Help and Extras / Re: Testing new DC discord chat server
« on: August 16, 2020, 03:08 PM »
It looks like we are going to be moving our official chat system from irc to discord.

I haven't really been in the DC IRC channel for quite some time, but I almost always have Discord running, so I'm OK with this decision. :Thmbsup:

Just from looking at it, I think the face hugger is just ornamental, and there's a mask underneath that it's attached to from where the elastic attaches.  I could be wrong.  If I'm not, I don't get it either.

It just looks too tightly coupled to the face (no pun intended, but I'll take it!) compared to a "normal" mask to allow for relatively comfortable breathing. And the face hugger itself doesn't appear to be made of an air-permeable material.

I've heard people complain that wearing masks makes it hard to breathe, but how the smurf are you supposed to breathe in that thing? :o

I don't have any problems with it

I see. I misunderstood you. I thought you meant the move from Google Play Music over to YouTube Music solved those problems, not that YouTube Music had those problems but now they have been resolved. :Thmbsup:

I never used the playlist feature so I can't say whether or not losing a playlist was a problem I experienced. But I uploaded a ton of my collection to Play Music, so I'm not sure what prevented you from doing so.

I may have exaggerated somewhat. What I mean is, it doesn't seem any better in any way, but it does seem worse in some ways. So feature parity appears to be either as good as or worse than Play Music. Here are a few ways in which it is worse.

  • The Music store on Google Play will go away. It won’t be possible to purchase music on Google Play anymore, and all pre-orders will be canceled.
  • With Google Play Music going away, you won’t be able to listen to podcasts there anymore.
  • Background play is only available to paid users of YouTube Music.

Add another corpse to the Google Graveyard.

Google is killing Google Play Music in order to promote YouTube Music.

The change appears to be a downgrade in every way, so I'm taking it as the final kick in the rear I needed to move away from yet another Google service.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Factorio - Automate All the Things!
« on: August 14, 2020, 11:26 AM »
Factorio 1.0 has just released! I think I'm about to lose another 30-80 hours of my life... :o :D

You can get it from Steam, GOG, or directly from the developers.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: August 13, 2020, 02:00 PM »
Total War: Troy is free on Epic Games today only:


DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: August 07, 2020, 08:49 PM »
F1 2018 is free on Humble Store for the next few days. It redeems on Steam.

Developer's Corner / Re: TempleOS - A Constructive Look.
« on: August 05, 2020, 09:48 AM »
Whenever he's not cuffed in a straightjacket anymore, my fully respect owns him.  :Thmbsup:

He died in 2018. :(

Developer's Corner / Re: TempleOS - A Constructive Look.
« on: August 05, 2020, 08:46 AM »
I'm resurrecting this old thread because I just came across this video Linus Tech Tips did last month on TempleOS. It's a relatively short tour of the OS and its capabilities.

Living Room / Re: Thoughts on cryptocurrencies
« on: July 30, 2020, 10:49 PM »
In my opinion, mining with high powered hardware is a fool's errand. You have to have a lot of money to buy a lot of powerful hardware to earn anything. And then you're spending a lot of your earnings on cooling/electricity, hardware maintenance, or just buying more powerful hardware to keep up with the ever-increasing hashrate. I have a hard time imagining that your mining hardware isn't practically obsolete if you've had it for a couple of years. In my opinion, the competition in Proof of Work (PoW) chains is too fierce to earn anything worthwhile unless you're already very rich or you just get very lucky on an up-and-coming coin that (1) is dirt cheap and/or easy to mine when you first discover it, (2) increases significantly in value, and (3) doesn't totally tank and lose most/all value (at least before you sell and get rich off of it).

It may be worth looking into Proof of Stake (PoS) chains, where you don't need (very) powerful hardware. Rather, the number of coins you have staked act similar to raffle tickets entered into a pot from which you can randomly be chosen to process a block and earn rewards from it. But because there's no rush or competition for the work, you don't need super powerful/expensive hardware running at full speed 24/7. I haven't been paying close attention to Ethereum (or much of any crypto) this year, but last I heard, they were trying/planning to migrate their chain away from PoW to PoS.

Alternatively, instead of doing the mining yourself, some PoS chains have something similar to a mining pool, in which you can delegate your coins to a miner or a pool which will make regular payments to you every few days from the earnings they get using your stake. Minus their fee, of course. Keep in mind that your coins are always under your own control (if the blockchain is doing it right). You're only delegating your voting/staking/mining rights to someone else, not transferring your coins to them. That way you don't really have to do any of the work but you can still earn a little something extra along the way. There can be a bit of a waiting period while you wait for your first payment after you delegate, but after that it can be fun to see little payments going into your account every few days. :D

As for cryptocurrencies that will be long-lived, here are a few that seem likely to be around for a while, in my opinion:

Bitcoin ("blockchain 1.0")
Ethereum (touted as being "blockchain 2.0")
Cardano and/or Tezos (touted as being "blockchain 3.0")

BTC is obviously a PoW coin, and I believe that ETH is still PoW for now. Cardano (ADA) has just launched PoS on their mainnet in the past day or so, and Tezos (XTZ) has been running their PoS blockchain since their mainnet launched two years ago.

There are others that I like or that interest me, but these are probably my top picks for what I think will be around in some form or another in the long term.

Full disclosure: I own or have owned a little of all four of these.

And of course, be warned: Do your own research and never spend/invest more than you can afford to lose.

Living Room / Re: Cyph - A potential Keybase alternative
« on: July 29, 2020, 10:05 PM »
Cyph’s source code is 100% public. Our openly accessible GitHub repository includes all client and server code, with the layer that handles releasing Cyph as a native app available here.


Portions of Cyph are fully open source under permissive licenses such as BSD and MIT. That being said, the full Cyph application doesn’t comply with the OSI’s Open Source Definition. In addition to the patents, our source code is licensed under Ms-RSL, which is effectively a read-only license; this means that third parties can’t fork and modify our code or deploy their own instances of Cyph without our permission. We believe that this is a fair compromise to allow us to develop Cyph as a commercially viable startup without ignoring a necessary aspect of its security.

one way of seeing if you qualify for these (or maybe other) free vector brushes --
Enable the welcome panel via menu: Help >Welcome and scroll through the images/advertising/tips

Thanks! Looks like I qualify. :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Cyph - A potential Keybase alternative
« on: July 22, 2020, 10:59 PM »
I just discovered they also have an encrypted "burner" chat. No account required and it allows you to send messages, files*, or even have video/voice chat. Kinda cool. :Thmbsup:

Just go to to get a link and share the link with whomever you want to chat with. Then, when your chat partner loads the link, it will start an encrypted session and you're good to go. But it doesn't appear to support chats with more than 2 people.

*up to 512 MB on desktop, 20 MB on mobile

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