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Kano: The Computer Anyone Can Build

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Kano: The Computer Anyone Can Build

Introducing Kano, a computer that anyone can build.

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Having recently gained an incredible $1,000,000 on their Kickstarter, Kano is a work of genius and inspiration. Created by eight people from six different countries, Kano was originally inspired by Micah, a seven-year-old who told his cousin Alex that he would like to build his own computer. He had just two rules: he wanted the product to be as fun and simple as Lego and he didn’t want to be taught how to build it. Alex and his friend Yonatan completed Micah’s request by April 2013, just two months later, creating 200 kits in their apartment. By September the team was complete and eager to take Kano worldwide. They have already supported and sponsored numerous children and projects, encouraging people to use their Kano kits to create and build whatever they like. But they needed a little extra funding.

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Built using a Raspberry Pi, Kano is open-source and so you can – and are encouraged to – build pretty much anything. Computers, games, music, video, speakers and more have already been built using the kit. They can be used at home for fun and experimenting, in schools, companies and anywhere else where curious minds abound.

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The team are clearly very grateful for all the support they have received, they even offer multiple rewards for different amounts of pledges. For $9 you will receive early downloads of their books and software before their full release. $19 gets you stickers and a T-Shirt, $49 a Kano Keyboard. For $99 you will receive the Kano kit itself, shipping is free worldwide. You can also pledge $229 and receive one Kano kit and pledge another to anyone you like; a child who can’t afford to purchase one themselves for example. A massive $999 ensures you the Kano Lab; which consists of ten Kano kits and various other goodies.

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Although they have well exceeded their goal of $100,000 and now have over $1 million, their endeavours don’t end there. At $1.5 million they will be able to create Kano on Mobile, and at $2 million The Kano Robot. You read that correctly: a robot.

If you would like to pledge towards this incredible invention, you can donate on their Kickstarter here.

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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