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Linux Applications & Android apps / Re: KDE Connect program/App
Last post by ssfc72 - Yesterday at 04:06:46 PM
Thanks for the info, Jason.

Many years ago, I used a program called MightyText

It worked pretty good between a computer and Android phone.
MightyText appears to only have a Windows computer program. :-(  I can't recall if I somehow got that program to work under Linux.  I don't think I would have used it under Windows.
Linux Applications & Android apps / Re: KDE Connect program/App
Last post by Jason - Yesterday at 10:12:10 AM
Thanks for mentioning this program, Bill. I've used it previously with mixed results. But that was many years ago so they were likely still working out the kinks. Zorin has a similar program that seems to work well, too.

One feature I like about programs like these is that it's much easier to type out texts with a desktop keyboard.

You can also use Google's message site to sync with your phone but it's just for texting.
Linux Applications & Android apps / KDE Connect program/App
Last post by ssfc72 - Yesterday at 09:48:47 AM
Been playing around with this on my Mint Distro and my Android phone.
Works pretty good.


KDE Connect is a project that enables all your devices to communicate with each other. Here's a few things KDE Connect can do:

Receive your phone notifications on your desktop computer and reply to messages
Control music playing on your desktop from your phone
Use your phone as a remote control for your desktop
Run predefined commands on your PC from connected devices. See the list of example commands for more details.
Check your phone's battery level from the desktop
Ring your phone to help find it
Share files and links between devices
Browse your phone from your desktop
Control the desktop's volume using your phone
Send SMS from your desktop
General Discussion / Re: Total solar eclipse, April...
Last post by Jason - April 19, 2024, 11:41:17 AM
I saw it for about 15 minutes before the clouds covered it. It was about 1/3 coverage then. Many people on the street checked it out with glasses. One person looked without any. There's always one. I found out later that I committed a risky faux pas. I viewed the eclipse with binoculars (while wearing glasses, of course). It was hard to find it because it was so dim. Almost two weeks later, my eyes feel fine. However, I don't recommend it.

About the time of maximum partial coverage (96%), I saw it briefly during a break in the clouds.

It doesn't show up in photos well, but in spots where the sun normally shines through between leaves, you could see crescent shapes instead. Neat. I didn't notice any change in the birds. I thought I did but after talking with my wife, I don't think they did. Your mind can convince you of anything if you expect it. I noticed the streetlights coming on briefly, too.
Linux Applications & Android apps / Re: Income Tax programs for 20...
Last post by Jason - April 19, 2024, 11:30:21 AM
Thanks, Bill.

While I used a different program this year (because it was free for simple returns), I used MyTaxExpress last year and had no difficulties.

I couldn't log into my wife's tax account without knowing the total income in the previous return. I ran the MyTaxExpress version for the 2022 year and imported the files easily. As Bill mentions, it has versions for different tax years for Ubuntu and Debian-based Linux distros. They also say it can run under WINE but why bother?

I used Studiotax for the year before.

Previously to that TurboTax (formerly QuickTax) was my choice. All three programs are excellent, as based on previous versions although I found Turbotax the easiest. It's too bad they never raised the limit for the free version, families with disabilities are pushed beyond that.

I concur with recommending MyTaxExpress. There was one bug I noticed but it didn't affect the functioning. On one of the stubs, it listed one box twice. But it didn't cause a problem.
Linux Applications & Android apps / Income Tax programs for 2023 f...
Last post by ssfc72 - April 12, 2024, 03:23:32 AM
Here is a Link to a website that lists the Income Tax filing programs, available for the 2023 Income Tax year.

The programs are mostly run on Windows or Android phones but the one I have been using for years, MyTaxExpress does have a downloadable file for Linux computers (even though on this website it says for Windows).
The cost of MyTaxExpress is $6.99 and if your income is less than $10,000, then the program is free.

General Discussion / Re: Total solar eclipse, April...
Last post by William - April 08, 2024, 10:32:35 PM
Quote from: buster on April 08, 2024, 04:02:04 PMYou were lucky William. Where were you at the time?
At home in Mississauga where it only gets a partial eclipse, but close enough.
General Discussion / Re: Total solar eclipse, April...
Last post by buster - April 08, 2024, 04:02:04 PM
You were lucky William. Where were you at the time?
General Discussion / Re: Total solar eclipse, April...
Last post by ssfc72 - April 08, 2024, 03:57:51 PM
The first half of the eclipse was beautiful, here in Lindsay. Then the clouds rolled in solid, at mid eclipse and that was the end of it.
I saw an excellent image trough my telescope with solar filter. I was unfortunately, not able to get my digital mirrorless, Sony camera to get any pictures using the camera lens or  through the telescope. I was unable to get the camera to produce a focused image. :-(

At mid eclipse it got quite dark, outside.

I wonder if Cobourg saw anything? The radar was indicating rain and the satellite cloud cover was showing pretty solid cloud cover.

Edit.  4 pm  Lindsay, ON  The clouds have cleared off and the eclipse is now visible again, for it's last part of it's cycle. :-)