Episode 620 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Relive your Windows 95 glory days with this free app

A US-based software developer has released a standalone version of Windows 95 as an app that can run in Windows 10, MacOS and Linux.

Built on the Electron cross-platform framework and written in JavaScript, Felix Rieseberg’s Windows95 v2.0

 

Version 2.0, released at the beginning of February, now features support for sound and 500MB of free space in a virtual disk. The app also comes bundled with software including Microsoft Frontpage, Netscape 2.0 and even includes gaming classics Doom and Wolfenstein 3D.

Rieseberg, who works as a software developer for workplace chat vendor Slack, said he planned to make casual tweaks and updates to the project over time without sinking too many hours into what is essentially a fun side-project.

 

https://github.com/felixrieseberg/windows95/releases

 

YouTube rival Vimeo revenue jumps 54 percent in 2018

Online video platform Vimeo’s revenue jumped 54 percent last year as its subscriber base surpassed 950,000, its parent group IAC said on Thursday.

 

Vimeo, founded in 2004, caters largely to business customers who pay anywhere from US$84 to US$900 a year to upload and use professional tools to edit high-definition videos on its ad-free platform.

 

Its 2018 revenue of US$160 million — disclosed for the first time by IAC — rose from US$103.3 million in the previous year, while the number of paying subscribers climbed 9 percent year-over-year to about 952,000 by the end of December.

 

The figures highlight the rising interest in alternate video platforms which are much smaller than market leader YouTube but are growing by serving a niche customer base

 

Apple to investigate Saudi app

A Saudi Arabian app that can be used to track women and prevent them from travelling will be investigated by Apple, its chief executive has said.

 

Women in Saudi Arabia need to get permission to leave the country from a male guardian, usually a father or husband.

The Absher app, which is designed for a range of government services, such as renewing driving licences, makes the process of allowing or prohibiting travel a lot easier, and it can be done via a smartphone.

Originally designed for the Ministry of Interior, the app has been in use for several years and downloaded more than a million times.

 

The man receives a notification if a dependent woman attempts to leave the country.

Is new game Apex Legends a threat to Fortnite?

Apex Legends – a new Battle Royale game – has had over 2 million concurrent players and over 25 million downloads in its first week.

The game, released at the start of February, has a similar narrative to Fortnite.

But Apex’s new spin has taken the gaming world by storm, leading people to question whether it will be a threat.

Apex Legends is available on PlayStation and Xbox – and Like Fortnite, it’s free to download.

Fortnite now has over 200 million players, Apex Legends seems to be growing much faster in its earlier stages.

Fortnite was released in July, 2017.

In its first two weeks, only 10 million gamers had played it.

 

“Apex has 60 players and you’re forced into squads of three.

“Fortnite has 100 players and you can play solos, duos, or squads of four. Apex is first person, Fortnite is third person”

 

Don’t waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft)

https://www.techworld.com.au/article/657713/don-t-waste-your-money-office-2019-says-microsoft/?fp=16&fpid=1

 

  • Office 2019 has been out just a few months, but Microsoft has a big marketing push urging you to … NOT buy it?
  • Why ?  – Because Microself wants you to use Office 365.

 

  • Microsoft comes right out and says that Office 2019’s applications are “frozen in time. They don’t ever get updated with new features,” while “Office 365 includes fully installed Office applications … and these apps keep getting better over time, with new capabilities delivered every month.”
  • So what happened to Office service packs? Well, it appears there won’t be any. Microsoft doesn’t want to sell you anything on a floppy, CD, DVD or download anymore. Instead, it wants you to rent a service from them forever and a day.

Apparently the next step from here is Windows as a service. It’s not known when Microsoft will finally switch over to a Chrome OS-style Windows, but the word is it’s coming. In the meantime, certain we won’t ever see another standalone version of Office. It’s done.