East Central Georgia, Zorin OS, Patch Tuesday, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 11, 2021


Digital Library of Georgia: Two New Digital Collections Provide Genealogical Coverage to Underrepresented East Central Georgia. “As recipients of a service grant awarded earlier in 2021, the Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System has worked in partnership with the Digital Library of Georgia to release court records dating back to the 1700s and funeral home records from the mid-twentieth century available online.”


The Register: Zorin OS 16 Pro arrives complete with optional ‘Windows 11’ desktop. “Zorin OS is one of a few commercial Linux distributions which aim to be user-friendly alternatives to Windows and Mac. The OS is open source and pricing is based on a freemium model, with free Core, Lite and Education editions, and a paid for Pro edition (formerly called Ultimate).” I haven’t used Zorin in a few years, but I really liked it. I installed it on my husband’s old laptop and he, who is not geekly like me and very much a Windows guy, took to it quickly.

Neowin: Windows 7 and 8.1 Patch Tuesday updates are out, here’s what’s new. “It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which is when all supported Windows versions receive cumulative updates. This includes supported Windows 10 versions such as the three latest versions based on the same codebase, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 users who have opted for extended security updates (ESU). Unlike Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8.1 users receive one update a month, with there being some exceptions for when there are critical vulnerabilities.”


Lifehacker: How to Set Your Smartphone to Actually Shoot in Its Highest Resolution. “There was a time long past when cellphone cameras were hot garbage. These days, however, smartphones shoot incredible video. Hollywood has even made a feature film or two on these things. But if you want to take full advantage of that great video quality on your iPhone or Android, you’ll need to make sure its actually shooting in the highest resolution possible.”

MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Tools to Analyze Social Media Performance. “Social media analytics is not only for large marketing companies and most popular influencers. If you want to become a social media influencer or currently growing your reach, you should also make the best use of these tools. The following tools gather performance data of your social media accounts so that you can make a concrete decision about your efforts.”


Sydney Morning Herald: Archives pleaded with Attorney-General to release report on its future. “The National Archives spent a year pleading with then-attorney-general Christian Porter to respond to a report into the institution, which revealed it needed a huge injection of cash to preserve some of the country’s most at-risk documents and help it abide by its own laws. Documents released to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age under Freedom of Information show the Archives’ advisory council made repeated calls on Mr Porter to at least release the report that was handed to the attorney-general in early February last year.”


USPTO: Get the USPTO to SXSW 2022 . “We need your PanelPicker votes to ensure intellectual property (IP) is part of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference conversation. From August 10-26, 2021, you can vote for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 2022 PanelPicker session proposals. Make sure you leave comments about what you’d like us to talk about, and share the details about the panels with friends. You can vote for more than one panel, and you can vote even if you don’t plan to attend SXSW.”

South China Morning Post: As Australia returns Indian antiques worth US$2.2 million, many others remain smuggled worldwide . “India is set to welcome back 14 antiques worth US$2.2 million from Australia’s national art museum, in the fourth such repatriation of artworks allegedly stolen by a man described as ‘one of the most prolific commodities smugglers in the world’. The National Gallery of Australia acquired dozens of pieces between 1989 to 2009 from the New York gallery of Subhash Kapoor, who is currently on trial in India on several cases of fraud and antique pilferage.”

Reuters: U.S. Judicial Panel Moves Texas Lawsuit Against Google to New York . “A U.S. judicial panel on Tuesday said that Texas’ antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google would be moved to the Southern District of New York, where other similar cases would also be heard. Google had asked that the case, which was filed against it by Texas and other states, be combined with similar cases in U.S. District Court for Northern California.”


CNET: Twitter: Racist tweets after Euros final didn’t rely on anonymity. “If you’ve never been a victim of online abuse, it would be easy to assume that perpetrators of such abuse hide behind anonymous avatars and usernames that obscure their real identities. But that’s not the case. Twitter revealed in a blog post Tuesday that when England’s footballers were targeted by racist abuse last month after they lost the Euro Cup final, 99% of the accounts it suspended were not anonymous.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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