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Install Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 14.10

Install Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 14.10

For both new and experienced users, most especially for new users, System Settings, Ubuntu‘s graphical management application, offers a simple, point-and-click interface for managing most aspects of the desktop. But there are other aspects of the desktop for which Systems Settings has no modules for. That’s where Unity Tweak Tool comes in. It provides the same simple, point-and-click interface for […]

Distributed R brings scalable, high-performance Big Data analytics to R

Distributed R brings scalable, high-performance Big Data analytics to R

The R statistical and programming language is a single-threaded language, a factor that counts against it when it comes to analyzing massive datasets. HP Labs has launched a platform called Distributed R that makes it possible to analyze such massive datasets using computing resources available to R instances running on multiple computing nodes. It is an open source project hosted […]

Rocker:  Run R in Docker containers

Rocker: Run R in Docker containers

Docker and R? What’s not to like about that combination! Rocker is a new project that offers an alternate system for running the R statistical and programming language in Docker containers. See how the name was derived? Rocker – R and Docker. Nice! Rocker is a project of rOpenSci, which aims to transform science through open data. Rocker is hosted […]

Digital Science Studio and the HTTP code: 500, type: java.io.IOException error

Digital Science Studio and the HTTP code: 500, type: java.io.IOException error

Digital Science Studio (DSS) “is a software platform that aggregates all the steps and big data tools necessary to get from raw data to production ready applications.” In other words, it is an application with a fancy graphical interface that makes it easy to perform analytics and visualizations on data – big and small. Think R language, but with a […]

Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 phablet

Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 phablet

Android 5.0, code-named Lollipop, is the latest edition of the most popular mobile operating system on planet Earth. Along with it, Google’s also releasing a 9-inch version of the Nexus tablet and phablet version of the Nexus smartphone – the Nexus 6. Two features of Android 5.0 that sets it apart from current versions are better security and enterprise features. […]

How to replace LibreOffice with Apache OpenOffice on Fedora 20

How to replace LibreOffice with Apache OpenOffice on Fedora 20

For almost a year now, I’ve seldom had to use any component of LibreOffice, the default Office suite on virtually all desktop Linux distributions. The few times that I’ve had to use it, not being able to copy and paste with the mouse always rubbed me the wrong way. That means selecting content with the left-mouse button and pasting with […]

Anonabox bundles OpenWrt with Tor for anonymous Web browsing

Anonabox bundles OpenWrt with Tor for anonymous Web browsing

Anonabox is a very small, like 2.4 x 1.6 x 0.5 inches small, hardware that comes bundled with OpenWrt and Tor to offer anonymous Web browsing and Internet surfing to all traffic that passes through it. OpenWrt is a free software operating system primarily used in home routers, while Tor (The Onion Router) is “free software and an open network […]

Why I switched from Postgres to MongoDB, then to Neo4j

Why I switched from Postgres to MongoDB, then to Neo4j

When you’re about to start a project and are trying to make a decision on the what applications to use, one way to proceed is to find out what other people have to say about the available options, especially from others with first-hand experience with those available options. That’s the most prudent way. The other way, of course, is to […]

Debugging a failed Ansible ad hoc command

Debugging a failed Ansible ad hoc command

Ansible is an IT automation and configuration management tool. Of all the most popular Free Software applications of its kind, it is the only one that operates in agentless mode. Chef, CFEngine and Puppet need agents on the client nodes to function. Ansible operates via SSH, so you don’t need to install any code on the client nodes. A few […]

Data and Goliath: Digital surveillance and what you can do about it

Data and Goliath: Digital surveillance and what you can do about it

Data and Goliath is the title of a soon-to-be published book by Bruce Schneier, a well-known figure in cryptography and currently the Chief Technology Officer of Co3 Systems, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Data and Goliath is about digital surveillance, its scope, implications and what you can do about […]

TokuMX 2.0 released

TokuMX 2.0 released

TokuMX is a MongoDB distribution from TokuTek, a company headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts (USA). TokuMX is a drop-in replacement for MongoDB, the most popular NoSQL database. It is to MongoDB what MariaDB is to MySQL. TokuMX is said to offer 50x performance improvements and 90% reduction in database size over MongoDB. And it has support for ACID transactions and multi-version […]

Aeromobil: It’s a car and it can fly

Aeromobil: It’s a car and it can fly

The video I’m posting in this article has been out since March, but it’s never too late to post an article on something like this. It’s about Aeromobil, a protoype flying car from Aeromobil, a company in Slovakia. It’s a 2-sitter and looks really nice and sleek. It can ride like a regular car and fly like a small plane, […]

ARM announces free mbed OS and mbed Device Server for IoT devices

ARM announces free mbed OS and mbed Device Server for IoT devices

ARM has announced an mbed device platform to promote development on Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Called the ARM mbed™ IoT Device Platform, it includes the mbed OS, a free operating system for ARM Cortex®-M processor-based devices, and mbed Device Server, designed to “provides the required server-side technologies to connect and manage devices in a secure way.” ARM Cortex-M processors […]

Honda Connect in-vehicle infotainment system has Tegra inside and runs Android

Honda Connect in-vehicle infotainment system has Tegra inside and runs Android

Honda Connect is an in-vehicle infotainment system built on a Tegra processor and runs Android, specifically, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is, according to NVIDIA, the “first infotainment system using embedded Android as the operating system running on Tegra.” According to the NVIDIA blog post announcing the device, Honda Connect: … will deliver a touchscreen experience that’s much like […]

The future is encrypted, but your government says that’s not good

The future is encrypted, but your government says that’s not good

On the same day that an article titled Security and Privacy on the Encrypted Network: The Future is Encrypted was published by an information security research and advisory firm called Securosis, Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, was criticizing technology companies for making it more difficult for law enforcement agencies to track and prosecute criminals. That was a not-very-subtle dig […]

Interesting articles on Data Science, and a cool image

Interesting articles on Data Science, and a cool image

Data Science and cool graphics. I’ve always loved cool, eye-catching graphics. Who doesn’t? Data Science? That’s the hottest field in the job market right now. And I think will remain so for as long as data remains currency. I guess that’s why I’ve been retraining myself to become a Data Science person. So put those two together and you’ve got […]

Adobe Photoshop now available for Chromebooks, but…

Adobe Photoshop now available for Chromebooks, but…

In partnership with Google, Adobe is now offering Photoshop, its flagship photo-editing software, on Chromebooks. But, and there is a but, that does not mean that all Chromebook owners/users will have access to Photoshop right now. More on that in a bit… Access to Photoshop, for the lucky chromebookers, will be via Adobe’s Creative Cloud program, a fee-based membership program […]

Mark Shuttleworth on Western media, Iraq, IS and Ukraine

It’s very rare that the CEO of a technology outfit that’s based in the West takes an open stance on hot-button geopolitical issues. It’s even rarer that that position is (somewhat) counter to generally held opinion in the West. But that’s what Mark Shuttleworth has done. Remember Mark Shuttleworth? He’s the founder of Canonical, the company behind a very popular […]

How to install TwitteR, a Twitter client for R

How to install TwitteR, a Twitter client for R

Installing packages in R is pretty easy, if you know the name of the package you wish to install. Just pass the name of the package to the install.packages() function. Once that’s done, load the package by passing its name to the library() function. So it’s a fairly easy and straight-forward process, right? But it wasn’t so when I attempted […]

Patched Bash still vulnerable to Shellshock

Patched Bash still vulnerable to Shellshock

The bug that was discovered and patched in the Bash shell is still vulnerable to code injection attacks. And the latest is that the bug, now officially known as Shellshock, is being exploited by a computer worm. But nobody seems to know the extent to which the attacks have been successful. The problem with Shellshock, is that many of the […]