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Ubuntu 20.04 is all the rage these days, but there are some things that some members in the Ubuntu community would like to see changed in the stock version of Ubuntu. One of the biggest gripes for some with the newer versions of Ubuntu, is its lack of the Unity desktop environment. There are a few Ubuntu remixes out there, but one of the notable ones is UMix. Among other things, it addresses the lack of Unity.

UMix Overview

UMix will be very familiar to you if you have used stock Ubuntu before. It is basically the same but with some nice tweaks. The most significant changes is that it runs the Unity desktop by default. One important thing to note about UMix is that it is not free. The author charges a one-time subscription fee of $15 to cover the work of putting the distribution together and testing it. The subscription fee is a one-time cost. After making the payment, you will get an email with your download link and can begin having fun.

Installing UMix

One of the first things you will notice when installing UMix is that there are debug options in the boot menu. These options are useful for troubleshooting if you ever run into any problems.

Installation is pretty straightforward and isn’t out of this world compared to installing the stock version of Ubuntu. Select all of the relevant options and wait it out.

After your system reboots, you will be greeted with the UMix welcome screen. You’ll be able to configure your new installation based on your needs. You can always come back to this at a later date by opening the UMix Welcome app from the Activities launcher.

The welcome screen walks you through the initial setup that you should do before getting started with your new operating system. The following options are available on this screen:


UI Theme

Color Theme


Remove Apps

Web Browser

Music Player

Video Player




File Manager

Command Shell

Notable Features

Since UMix is very much like regular Ubuntu, let’s take a look at the notable features you won’t find in a vanilla version of Ubuntu.

Back to Unity

One of the major things to note about UMix is that it uses the Unity desktop environment instead of the Gnome desktop environment like Ubuntu. One of the biggest ways Unity differs from Gnome is the way its launcher works. Unity’s dashboard breaks apps up into categories.

You can also view all of the installed applications. With Gnome on Ubuntu 20.04, however, you will only be able to filter your applications by searching or by searching under the Frequent section that shows the apps opened frequently on your computer.

Some people like having their apps uncategorized like that, however.

Caja File Manager Dark Theme

While there is a dark theme available in Ubuntu, it isn’t a full dark theme. The user interface continues to use a light theme even when the dark theme is selected.

With UMix, you can set a full dark theme from the UMix welcome app.

This can be done from under the UI Theme option. After setting this option, even the user interface will have the dark theme applied to it.

Wrapping Up

If you are still loving the Unity desktop and prefer it over Gnome, UMix is the one for you. It is not the only solution, though, as you are still able to install Unity desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 or make Gnome look and feel like Unity. If Ubuntu and Unity aren’t your cup of tea, you may want to consider Linux Mint XFCE edition instead.

William Elcock

William has been fiddling with tech for as long as he remembers. This naturally transitioned into helping friends with their tech problems and then into tech blogging.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity Review: Let Them Eat Cake

Assassin’s Creed: Unity would already be a mediocre game, but the quality of this PC port brings the series to new lows.

Oh boy, there’s a lot to talk about here. Most of it isn’t good.

But Unity takes things back to the Assassin’s Creed II era. You’re limited to exploring a sliver of Paris during the French Revolution, centered on Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite, and the Seine. You have the option of heading to nearby Versailles, but outside of a few story bits there’s not a lot of reason to take the carriage ride.

And that’s it. This is a size discrepancy the likes of which I haven’t seen since the transition from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to Grand Theft Auto IV.

It’s not all bad. The small scale has obviously allowed Ubisoft to focus its art efforts, meaning there’s an amazing amount of one-and-done art. Notre Dame, for instance, is meticulously recreated. It’s impressive how skilled these teams have become at reproducing real-world locations.

But overall the map feels small, and it turns out that Revolution-era France isn’t that dissimilar from Renaissance-era Italy. Add in the fact that your protagonist, Arno Dorian, looks and has the same cocky mannerisms as fan-favorite Ezio Auditore…well, Unity starts to feel like a retread.

Unity, for whatever reason, largely abandons this pretense outside of some minor moments like waltzing through the Estates-General or even meeting Napoleon. The game feels more grounded overall, though, with Arno largely focused on his own story while the Revolution goes on in the background. Ubisoft clearly expects the city itself (and some of the side content) to tell the story of the French Revolution, as it slowly devolves from pristine Paris to an eternal garbage fire.

The main story of Unity is actually the relationship between Arno and his more-than-friend Elise, a red-haired girl from his childhood who he’s grown up and fallen in love with. These two characters and their shifting relations is the heart of Unity, and it’s well-executed. There’s a lot of depth to the relationship between the two, and it’s treated with a seriousness the likes of which most video game romances don’t reach. As I said, though, it doesn’t do anything to ground the story in the French Revolution, unlike the relationship between Edward Kenway and actual historical figure Mary Read in Black Flag.

To crown it all, the game doesn’t play as well as previous entries (and I don’t even mean from a technical standpoint). If you asked me what one thing I’d like to see changed with the Assassin’s Creed franchise, the free-running would’ve been pretty low on my list. It needed refinement, for sure, as you occasionally had the “Oh damn I just jumped off this twelve story building by accident” moments. For the most part, though, the free-running was a stand-out feature.

Unity, for whatever reason, overhauls the parkour and splits traversal into two separate Ascend and Descend buttons. The new system sounds great on paper but is horrible at context, and often I got stuck on the side of a wall trying to figure out what combination of buttons to press to get Arno to move again, or stuck on the edge of a two-foot tall box trying in vain to get Arno to jump off it. If anything, the controls now feel less responsive than they used to.

Minimum specs


Get used to glitches if you pick up Assassin’s Creed: Unity.

Making matters worse, Assassin’s Creed: Unity suffers from numerous damning technical issues. It’s a mess. But instead of dwelling on the number of hardlocks/crashes I experienced in my time with Unity (over a dozen), as well as the enormous number of graphical glitches I witnessed, I’d instead like to discuss Ubisoft’s minimum specs for this game in relation to the overall PC hardware landscape.

I went ahead and plucked numbers for both the supported Nvidia and AMD cards from October’s Steam Hardware Survey. Want to know how many Steam users run a card officially supported by Assassin’s Creed: Unity? Approximately seven percent, give or take a bit.

Now, this wouldn’t be such an issue if Assassin’s Creed: Unity were a PC-first game a la the first Crysis. “It’s future-proofed. Just wait until five years from now when everyone’s upgraded—Unity is going to look beautiful and run even better!”

No, this is a console-first game. Running on consoles, I might add, that feature the GPU equivalent of AMD’s 7790 (Xbox One) and 7870 (PS4) cards. If you’re an Nvidia household, the 7790 is equivalent to Nvidia’s 650 Ti Boost, a.k.a. a card not even close to the performance of the “minimum spec” 680. Even accounting for the differences between PC and console hardware, Unity is nothing but a borderline-offensive PC port. It hiccups even on high-end setups, and it’s not optimized well enough to run on not just low-end but average hardware.

Bottom line

Unity serves as one more reminder (as if we needed it) that yearly development cycles are a problem—not just because of the quality issues, but because Unity shows a company unable to pivot. I’m sure prior to Black Flag‘s release, when Ubisoft was served a big ol’ plate of derision over “Assassin’s Creed with boats,” Unity probably seemed like a great idea. It would be a return to the so-called glory days of Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood.

The problem? Black Flag was a surprise hit—easily one of the best games in the franchise. It was too late for Ubisoft though, which was forced to finish Unity. There’s no way the game could be overhauled with only a year left. So we were fed the “It’s a return to our core tenets,” line, as if it was some rogue team at Ubisoft that made Black Flag without the support of the “real developers.”

And even that wouldn’t be too bad—probably a 7/10-style “been there, done that”—if the game weren’t such a slap in the face as a PC port. As things are, this is a new low for the Assassin’s Creed series.

Chillblast Fusion Mantis Desktop Gaming Pc Review

Our Verdict

The Chillblast Fusion Mantis offers excellent value for money and competitive performance, although you’ll need to supply your own monitor and peripherals. It also comes with an unrivalled 5-year warranty.

We review Chillblast‘s Fusion Mantis, a great-value gaming PC at £749. Also see: Best gaming PCs 2023.

At £749 including VAT and delivery, Chillblast’s Fusion Mantis is an inexpensive gaming PC that skimps not one bit on build-quality or performance. Much of the cost saving comes from the fact that it ships as a base-unit only, to which you would be adding your own monitor and peripherals.

The Fusion Mantis features the latest NZXT Source 340 system case, a selection which has also proven popular with three other vendors in this test. The Source 340 offers a very clean, minimalist, design with an entirely featureless front panel, lending the PC a more expensive feel. This is possible because the case has no front drive bays, and therefore no internal optical drive.

It also features a transparent side window which starts part way up the side of the case, thereby blocking most of the internal cabling from view. The Fusion Mantis is therefore very tidy inside and the use of a Corsair H55 liquid-based CPU cooler assists creates extra space inside, which also helps with airflow through the case.

The CPU in question is an Intel Core i5-4690K Quad Core processor, which is perfect for this type of gaming PC, thanks to its stellar performance and overclocking capabilities. Chillblast has pushed the 3.5GHz chip to 4.2GHz in this system, which is less ambitious than much of the competition but enough to give a noticeable boost to overall performance and ensure high frame rates.

A 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 graphics card does all the heavy lifting when it comes to gaming, and you’ll find the same graphics card in many other gaming systems at this price and a good deal higher. Also see: Best gaming laptops 2023.

The Fusion Mantis comes with 8GB of RAM as standard and comes with a couple of spare slots ready for a user upgrade to 16GB. You might also like to upgrade the 1TB Seagate SSHD hybrid drive, by adding a discrete SSD to boost performance and perhaps replacing the SSHD with a standard hard drive of a larger capacity. Chillblast will charge an extra £80 at purchase time for either of these SSD-based configurations.

The system is built around a Gigabyte Z97HD3 motherboard, which comes with Intel’s premium Z97-Express chipset, rather than the less featured HD81 Express chipset which will often be found in such gaming PCs.

Performance-wise, the Fusion Mantis performs much as you would expect – a little way behind PCs with faster overclocks, but considerably faster than those which haven’t been overclocked at all. As the only PC in the group test without an SSD, the Fusion Mantis has a rather slow PC Mark 8 storage score, but if this matters to you, it’s easily rectified with one of the storage upgrades mentioned above.

Gaming scores are very respectable, with most scores near or above 60fps as long as you steer clear of “Ultra” quality modes. You could spend more for a more powerful graphics card, but you would have to spend significantly more to reach playable speeds at 1080p with everything on maximum. See all PC reviews.

Power consumption peaked at 277W flat out, so the supplied Corsair CX 600 power supply is more than ample for this configuration.

The Fusion Mantis is backed by Chillblast’s superb 5-year warranty (labour only) with a collect and return service for the first two years (parts and labour included).

See all  gaming PC reviews.

Specs Chillblast Fusion Mantis: Specs

3.5GHz Intel Core i5-4690K (4.2GHz OC) processor

Corsair H55 Water Cooler

8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM

1TB Seagate SSHD Hybrid Drive

Corsair CX 600 600W PSU

Gigabyte Z97-HD3 Motherboard

Windows 8.1 64-bit

MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB

gigabit ethernet

6x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0

2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, PS2

NZXT Source 340

Chillblast Family Software Pack (optional)

5-year labour, 2-year collect and return inc parts and labour warranty

PCMark7 overall score: 5823

Alien vs Predator: 55fps (1080p), 104fps (720p)

Sniper Elite V2: 29fps (Ultra), 124fps (Medium), 289fps (Low)

Final Fantasy XIV: 86fps (Maximum)

max CPU temperature under load: 72

power consumption: 50W (idle), 277W (load)

Control Your Windows Desktop With Your Xbox 360 Controller

The Xbox 360 controller has quite the storied history. In addition to being the controller used on one of the most popular, revolutionary gaming consoles of all time, it also popularized XInput in PC gaming which helped bring to light more gamepad-centric titles on the PC platform.

If you own a PC and a 360 pad, you likely enjoy your fair share of PC gaming. What you might not enjoy is the fact you can’t just control your PC with your Xbox 360 controller, even though it works fine in most of your games.

In this article we’ll be discussing how to utilize your 360 controller on Windows. With the help of Gopher360, an excellent open-source application, you can enjoy full gamepad control of the PC platform. If you’re a Linux user, you should check out our similar article on doing this with Ubuntu.

Installing Gopher360

All you need to do is insert your 360 Controller, and you’re good to go! You’ll automatically go through this screen if you already have it inserted, though.

How to Use Gopher360

For an in-depth guide on Gopher’s functions, you can always check out the page on Github. However, I’ll give you some of my own control tips based on my own usage of the program.

Your left analog stick functions as your mouse while the right works as a scroll wheel. By default, the sensitivity is at its highest – using “LB” you can toggle through three different sensitivites. I prefer the lowest so I can easily use Netflix from my bed as precision with high-sensitivity analog sticks is extremely difficult.

In fact, it’d be really nifty if “Y” and “B” acted as back and forward mouse buttons, respectively… but let’s not get into hypothetical situations.

Finally, the Back button on the controller itself (that is, the one to the left of the Xbox Button) is used to toggle this functionality. This means that one moment you can be using your controller as a mouse, which you can use to launch a game, and then toggle it back to regular controller mode usent in your game.

This toggle functionality, in particular, is what sets Gopher apart from other solutions I’ve seen online.

Other Considerations

Of course, there are better solutions. The Steam Controller is a gamepad specifically devoted to acting as an alternative to keyboard and mouse, and from what I’ve heard, it does quite a good job.

However, if you already have a 360 pad and prefer it for playing games, there’s no real reason to spend $40 on a Steam Controller.

If the solution covered in this article seems unwieldly to you, if you’d really just prefer keeping your controllers and mice separate, then I would recommend using a device like the Rii Mini which functions as a wireless combination of mouse and keyboard. This allows you full PC control without sitting right at your desk/in front of your TV.

Christopher Harper

I’m a longtime gamer, computer nerd, and general tech enthusiast.

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How To Install Flask On Ubuntu 18.04 With Uwsgi, Nginx On Google Cloud


How To Install Flask on Ubuntu 18.04 with uWSGI, Nginx on Google Cloud

Flask is an open source micro framework for Python.

In this guide, I will demonstrate how to install and configure Flask, uWSGI and Nginx on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.


Your Compute Engine Instance running, see the Setting up Compute Engine Instance.

Domain name is pointed to your virtual machine.

For setting up Cloud DNS, see the Setting up Google Cloud DNS for your domain.

Install required packages

SSH to your Compute Engine instance and begin typing the following commands to start installing Flask

sudo apt update sudo apt install python3-pip python3-dev build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev python3-setuptools nginx curl Creating a Python Virtual Environment for Flask sudo -H pip3 install --upgrade pip sudo -H pip3 install virtualenv mkdir ~/


cd ~/




Activate the virtual environment by typing




Your prompt should change to indicate that you are now operating within a Python virtual environment. It will look something like this: (myprojectenv)[email protected]:~/myprojectdir$

Setup Flask pip install wheel pip install uwsgi flask

Create a Sample Flask App

sudo nano ~/



Paste the following

from flask import Flask app = Flask(__name__) @app.route("/") def hello(): if __name__ == "__main__":'')

Hit Ctrl+X followed by Y to save the file

deactivate Create Socket and Service files for uWSGI sudo nano ~/



Now import the Flask instance from your application

from myproject import app if __name__ == "__main__":

Create a uWSGI configuration file for long-term usage

sudo nano ~/


/myproject.ini [uwsgi] module = wsgi:app master = true processes = 5 socket = myproject.sock chmod-socket = 660 vacuum = true die-on-term = true

Now create the systemd service unit file to automatically start uWSGI and serve the Flask application whenever the instance boots.

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/myproject.service [Unit] Description=uWSGI instance to serve myproject [Service] User=














/bin" ExecStart=/home/






/bin/uwsgi --ini myproject.ini [Install]

Start and enable your configuration

sudo systemctl start myproject sudo systemctl enable myproject sudo systemctl status myproject NGINX Proxy Pass to uWSGI and setup HTTPS

Edit your nginx.conf and replace user www-data with user username

Create a new Nginx configuration for your website in the sites-available directory

Copy and paste the following configuration, ensure that you change the server_name, error_log to match your domain name. Hit CTRL+X followed by Y to save the changes.

server { listen 80; listen [::]:80; location = chúng tôi { access_log off; log_not_found off; } location / { include uwsgi_params; uwsgi_pass unix:/home/




/myproject.sock; } }

To enable this newly created website configuration, symlink the file that you just created into the sites-enabled directory.

Check your configuration and restart Nginx for the changes to take effect

sudo nginx -t sudo service nginx restart

Now visit your domain name in your web browser, you can view the Flask Sample page you have created.

Create SSL certificate and enable HTTP/2 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python-certbot-nginx

Now we have installed Certbot by Let’s Encrypt for Ubuntu 18.04, run this command to receive your certificates.

sudo certbot --nginx certonly

Enter your email and agree to the terms and conditions, then you will receive the list of domains you need to generate SSL certificate.

To select all domains simply hit Enter

The Certbot client will automatically generate the new certificate for your domain. Now we need to update the Nginx config.

Redirect HTTP Traffic to HTTPS with www in Nginx

Open your site’s Nginx configuration file add replace everything with the following. Replacing the file path with the one you received when obtaining the SSL certificate. The ssl_certificate directive should point to your chúng tôi file, and the ssl_certificate_key directive should point to your chúng tôi file.

server { listen [::]:80; listen 80; } server { root /home/




; } server { location = chúng tôi { access_log off; log_not_found off; } location / { proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for; proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme; proxy_redirect off; include uwsgi_params; uwsgi_pass unix:/home/




/myproject.sock; add_header X-Frame-Options "SAMEORIGIN" always; add_header X-Content-Type-Options "nosniff" always; add_header Referrer-Policy "origin-when-cross-origin" always; add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000; includeSubdomains; preload"; } }

Hit CTRL+X followed by Y to save the changes.

Check your configuration and restart Nginx for the changes to take effect.

sudo nginx -t sudo service nginx restart Renewing SSL Certificate

Certificates provided by Let’s Encrypt are valid for 90 days only, so you need to renew them often. Now you set up a cronjob to check for the certificate which is due to expire in next 30 days and renew it automatically.

sudo crontab -e

Add this line at the end of the file

Hit CTRL+X followed by Y to save the changes.

This cronjob will attempt to check for renewing the certificate twice daily.

Enjoy your Flask installation on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with uWSGI, Nginx and HTTPS on Google Cloud

Lenovo Thinkcentre M93P Tiny Review: A Tough Yet Petite Desktop Pc

This diminutive business PC is smart enough for the office, and tough enough for the factory floor.

Most of the desktops I deal with are so big that they can barely fit underneath your desk—let alone on top of it. But Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M93p Tiny lives up (down?) to its name: This small-form-factor PC measures 7 inches tall, 7.2 inches wide, and 1.35 inches thick, which makes it smaller and more portable than some laptops.

The Tiny packs a fourth-generation Intel Haswell processor into a compact, rugged chassis that weighs less than three pounds (sans power supply and accessories). Lenovo says the machine complies with 8 Mil-Spec criteria: dust, shock, temperature extremes, humidity, and impact. ROBERT CARDIN

Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M93p Tiny lives up to its name. The machine is just 7 inches tall when vertically oriented.

The machine is ostensibly designed for business users—it has a zero footprint if you mount it to the back of display, on a wall, or underneath a work surface (the plug in a wired USB keyboard, and you can power-on the PC by pressing Alt + P). Consumers can also create their own all-in-one this way, or they can stash it in an entertainment center and use it as a home theater PC, like Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) . Unlike the NUC, this machine is also rugged enough to serve duty in a warehouse or on a factory floor.

Under the hood

The M93p Tiny isn’t super-cheap: Our review model costs $750 as configured. This gets you an Intel Core i5-4570T processor (with Intel’s vPro management technology), 4GB of DDR3/1600 memory, integrated graphics, and a 500GB platter hard drive. You also get Windows 7 Pro, an integrated 2×2 Wi-Fi adapter, and a USB keyboard and mouse. Our version of the Tiny doesn’t come with an optical drive (something you may or may not want for your home theater setup), but you can add a slim external DVD Recordable drive for $75.

Performance-wise, the Tiny is good but not great. It scored a 136 in our WorldBench 8.1 benchmark tests, which means it’s 36 percent faster than our reference machine (an Acer Aspire U A5600U-UB13 with a third-gen Intel Core i5 processor). Compared to the most recent NUC, however, the Tiny falls quite a bit short. The NUC Kit D54250WYK scores 241 on WorldBench 8.1, thanks in part to its SSD (the Tiny has a conventional platter hard drive).

The Tiny also falls behind the NUC in other tests. It’s slower to start up (taking 24.6 seconds instead of the NUC’s 20.9 seconds), uses more power while working (3.5 vs. 1.6 watts) and while idle (12.3 vs. 7.7 watts), but it’s still a fairly speedy, low-power PC when compared to tower desktops. Take the Maingear Shift Super Stock Z87, for example, a powerful gaming desktop whose working power usage is 20.4 watts and whose idle power usage is 106.7.

The Tiny does fairly well in our graphics tests. It’s no gaming powerhouse, but you’ll be able to play plenty of average-quality games on this machine if you so desire. In our Dirt Showdown test (low-quality settings, 1024 by 768 pixel resolution), the Tiny managed a playable 43.8 frames per second. In Bioshock Infinite (low-quality settings, 1024 by 768 pixel resolution), the Tiny managed 26.4 fps. By comparison, the NUC managed 29.7 fps in the same test. Less than 30 fps isn’t exactly playable, but it’s still pretty good for the casual gamer.


For a PC this small, Lenovo’s M93p Tiny delivers plenty of I/O ports (you can order yours with HDMI if you’d prefer).

The M93p Tiny has plenty of hook-ups for your home theater system, but HDMI isn’t a standard feature (you can specify one when you place your order, or you can buy a $10 DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter). On the front of the compact chassis you’ll find the power button, one USB 3.0 port, microphone and headphone jacks, and an “always-on” USB 2.0 port for charging mobile devices. On the back of the PC, you’ll find another three USB 3.0 ports, two DisplayPort outputs, VGA out, gigabit Ethernet, and a Wi-Fi antenna.

Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M93p Tiny is aptly named, but it will be of more interest to businesses than consumers. If you’re looking for a small HTPC, Intel’s even smaller NUC might be a better choice (it has a Mini HDMI port). The Tiny’s rugged design and VESA mounting options are just the ticket for a business to deploy to an office full of employees.

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