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When comes to anti-virus utilities, there are quite a few available. There are some anti-virus suites which are quite useful to detect malware and viruses.

https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/fdl
https://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html
https://usa.kaspersky.com/downloads#tools
http://www.f-prot.com/download/
https://www.avast.com/en-us/free-antivirus-download
https://www.pandasecurity.com/en-us/homeusers/solutions/free-antivirus/

Antimalware and Antispy tools
https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/
https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pin/1004/security-software/antispy-for-windows-10
https://www.emsisoft.com/en/home/emergencykit/
https://www.avira.com/en/free-security-suite
https://www.hitmanpro.com/en-us.aspx

There are now a ton of new browsers made available for Windows / Mac devices and on many mobile devices. There are five browsers that are quite popular, which we will list based on personal security.

The first browser which is quite similar to Opera Browser and super secure.
https://vivaldi.com/

This browser based off of the OpenSource project called Chromium.
https://brave.com/

This third browser which i've used for over 1.5 decades and is one of my favoriate browser of all times.
https://www.opera.com/

This fourth browser is the OpenSource project.
https://www.chromium.org/getting-involved/download-chromium

Fifth Browser is also an OpenSource project with tons of plugins and perks.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

Lastly, this is by far the most popular.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

There are two web browsers which i will note them here in this area.
Microsoft's new edge replacement browser
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge

Apple's Safari which will only work on Apple Devices.
https://www.apple.com/safari/

Browser when using linux.
https://kde.org/applications/internet/org.kde.konqueror
https://www.waterfox.net/

There comes to a time where one would need or require additional software on mac where the apple store might not suffice for your programming purposes. Fear Not ! There are quite a few third-party repositories which will cater to mac users.

The three popular mac software repo are as follows:
1) https://brew.sh
2) https://macports.org
3) http://finkproject.org

I have used the first two repos on a macbook pro laptop. There are pros and cons to each of these repos. Once must pick carefully yet two can be installed on one machine. I found macports has newer software than brew when comes to programming. Brew has the latest stable programming languages made available for all mac users. Both of these repos have excellent volunteers to help answer questions as well as fixing issues when they arise. I am not familiar with the fink project.

if you are familiar with linux, the approach to install and search for anything is quite similar to the apt command.

Install Homebrew:
mkdir homebrew && curl -L https://github.com/Homebrew/brew/tarball/master | tar xz --strip 1 -C homebrew

As of this writing, macports v2.6.2 is available:
https://github.com/macports/macports-base/releases/tag/v2.6.2

For Example:

brew list
brew info python3
brew search python3
brew install python3
brew update
brew upgrade
brew uninstall python3

After upgrading windows 10 to v2004, python silent installed stopped functioning. I was able to use this silent install via the terminal rather than a xml file

python-3.8.5-amd64.exe /quiet InstallAllUsers=1 TargetDir=c:\Python38 AssociateFiles=1 CompileAll=1 PrependPath=0 Shortcuts=0 Include_doc=1 Include_debug=0 Include_dev=0 Include_exe=1 Include_launcher=1 InstallLauncherAllUsers=1 Include_lib=1 Include_pip=1 Include_symbols=0 Include_tcltk=1 Include_test=1 Include_tools=1

I've had a hard time in getting PC windows 10 machines consistently installed the same version of Python3.8.0 with same results. After realizing that one could script the install process using the Python38*.exe file to silently install this version to many laptops. Silent Install aka Unattended Install is the best approach thusfar. There were no many examples i could find online but came up with this list of parameters where it worked for me. This will only install for the user of the machine instead of for all users.

<Options>
<Option Name="InstallAllUsers" Value="no" />
<Option Name="DefaultJustForMeTargetDir" Value="C:\Python38" />
<Option Name="DefaultCustomTargetDir" Value="C:\Python38" />
<Option Name="AssociateFiles" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="CompileAll" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="PrependPath" Value="no" />
<Option Name="Shortcuts" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="Include_doc" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="Include_debug" Value="no" />
<Option Name="Include_dev" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="Include_exe" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="Include_launcher" Value="no" />
<Option Name="InstallLauncherAllUsers" Value="no" />
<Option Name="Include_lib" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="Include_pip" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="Include_symbols" Value="no" />
<Option Name="Include_tcltk" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="Include_test" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="Include_tools" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="SimpleInstall" Value="yes" />
<Option Name="SimpleInstallDescription">Automatic Install</Option>
</Options>




Download Python3.8.0 from this link.
https://www.python.org/downloads/release/python-380/

save the above XML content to a text editor and named it: unattend.xml

Fire up a DOS PROMPT on window 10 and execute the following line:
c:\users\hobbit\python-3.8.0-amd64.exe /quiet c:\users\hobbit\unattend.xml

Of course, my user account on my personal windows 10 will be different from your windows environment. So.... Alter your environment as you see fit. Generally speaking, one could place both the exe file and the xml file inside download directory and fire up the DOS prompt from download dir and execute that particular command.

Happy Coding !

Become one with the compute node. There are scientific research projects one can participate. The Einstein@home https://einsteinathome.org/ is super unique as well as Rosetta@home http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/ Many of these research projects required a powerful CPU along with a GPU.

Projects
https://boinc.berkeley.edu/projects.php

Research Node Software then once installed, you can then participate in any of the projects mentioned from above.
https://boinc.berkeley.edu/

Before each semester, i often found myself reading this descriptive article on teaching.

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Radford Uni online teaching Resources

http://acue.org/inclusive-teaching-practices-toolkit/#sec1

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