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Smart appliances, including a refrigerator,  used in an IoT-based spam attack

Smart appliances, including a refrigerator, used in an IoT-based spam attack

A report by Proofpoint Inc., a security-as-a-service provider, has revealed a spam attack that involved so-called Internet of Things, everyday devices that are Internet aware. You knew it wasn’t going to be long before all those “smart” appliances became tools in the hands of hackers. The spam attack involved simple everyday smart devices, from home-networking routers to at least one […]

NPM creator starts a company to offer npm-related products and services

NPM creator starts a company to offer npm-related products and services

The creator of NPM has started a company called NPM, Inc. that he said will focus on offering products and services related to the popular package manager for Node.js. Node.js, or simply Node, was created by Ryan Lienhart Dahl and is a software platform that provides “an easy way to build scalable network programs.” NPM is the official package manager […]

In very simple terms, here’s what ESB means

In very simple terms, here’s what ESB means

I like very simple tutorials that even a novice will have fun reading and understanding, and I try to tailor the ones I write here along those line. That’s why I’m sharing this article with you. It took a subject I knew a bit already, but couldn’t really explain to anybody in a manner they could comprehend, and renders it […]

The best tool for Fantasy Football analytics: Excel or R?

The best tool for Fantasy Football analytics: Excel or R?

In the early days, I used Excel for basic stuff, but I’ve been playing with R for some fun and funky data crunching. It’s a nice tool to know how to use. It can be hard, though, to keep up with all the extensions that are being written and released almost daily. But that’s a good problem to have. And […]

Secret NSA technology that can hack computers not connected to the Internet

Secret NSA technology that can hack computers not connected to the Internet

For the really paranoid, for the more security-conscious out there, and for those keeping track of the capabilities of the NSA to spy and track, this will really blow your mind. According to a New York Times report, the NSA has a secret technology that enables it to hack into and mess with data on computers that are not even […]

Italian govt agencies to consider Free Software before commercial software

Italian govt agencies to consider Free Software before commercial software

The Italian Digital Agency has recommended that its government’s agencies consider Free Software alternatives before purchasing licenses for commercial software. Recommendations like this tend to come from European governments, never from government agencies over here in our America, even though it will save a ton of money. But a recommendation is one thing, abiding by it, is another. It’s all […]

DA223 HQL: Acer’s all-in-one Android PC has a Snapdragon 600 inside

DA223 HQL: Acer’s all-in-one Android PC has a Snapdragon 600 inside

The DA223 HQL is the newest Android all-in-one computer announced at the just-concluded 2014 edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. There have been similar all-in-one computers from other manufacturers at the event, most notably from Lenovo and ASUS. (See Transformer Book Duet offers Windows and Android in dual-boot mode and Lenovo N308 All-in-One Android […]

Cell security in Apache HBase

Cell security in Apache HBase

Here’s a good article about security in Apache HBase that I think some readers will love. Apache HBase is a non-relational database for Hadoop. The article is written by Andrew Purtell, HBase Committer and member of the Intel HBase Team. Here’s an excerpt: For some time Apache HBase has offered a strong security model based on Kerberos authentication and access […]

A $204,000 data-privacy violation fine against a company worth $381 billion!

France has just handed out a fine against Google for failing to comply with the country’s Data Protection Act. What’s the fine amount? A measly USD $204,000 (€150,000)! That’s against a company whose market cap is more than USD $381 billion. At current share prices, that’s the equivalent of 178 Google shares. With a fine like that, no wonder Google […]

Light Table is now open source and hosted on GitHub

Light Table is an “interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games.” The entire code base has been released under the GNU General Public License and hosted on GitHub. From the official news release: … Light Table is taking a huge step forward – every bit of its code is now on Github […]

Lenovo N308 All-in-One Android computer

The N308 All-in-One (AiO) is an Android computer from Lenovo. Call it the Android version of the Chromebase, an all-in-one unit from LG that’s powered by Google’s chrome OS. (See Chromebase: A Chrome OS All-in-One PC from LG due at CES 2014). The N308 will ship with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, with an NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 quad-core processor. And it […]

Transformer Book Duet offers Windows and Android in dual-boot mode

The Transformer Book Duet TD 300 is one of the major product announcements from ASUS at the ongoing International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a stylish and functional quad-mode notebook-cum-tablet computer that comes with both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.1. Users will be able to switch from one OS to the other just by pressing […]

Can hackers decrypt Target’s PIN data?

Can hackers decrypt Target’s PIN data?

One of the last major news stories of 2013 was the credit card breach at Target Brands, Inc. Hackers managed to steal the login credentials of 40 million of the company’s customers. But they did not just stop at usernames and passwords, they also grabbed the PIN numbers of debit card customers, PIN numbers that the company said are encrypted, […]

2014: Ringing it in by migrating from Apache to Nginx

2014: Ringing it in by migrating from Apache to Nginx

Happy new year everybody. 2013 was brutal, but I think 2014 will be much better. I’ve spent the past week moving this website from a provider based in the UK to one based in the US of A. Moving from a fully-managed provider to a self-managed system was not as easy as I thought, but the process is almost complete. […]

Whatever your stance on privacy, Edward Snowden has a Xmas message for you

Whatever your stance on privacy, Edward Snowden has a Xmas message for you

It’s a short and to-the-point Xmas message from Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who is now living temporarily in Russia. It originally aired on BBC’s Channel 4. It won’t bore you. It will, hopefully, make you think a little harder about privacy. Enjoy! Ok, since the video is no longer available, here’s a transcript: Edward Snowden: Hi, and Merry Christmas. […]

Have a Happy Holidays and give GRUB a look to match your mood

Have a Happy Holidays and give GRUB a look to match your mood

Not too long ago, it was January, and in a few days, it will be another month of January. Time really does fly. But what can we do? Go with the flow and be grateful for all that life has brought our way. In that vein, I’d like to thank you and wish you Happy Holidays, if you contribute to […]

Chromebase: A Chrome OS All-in-One PC from LG due at CES 2014

Chromebase: A Chrome OS All-in-One PC from LG due at CES 2014

LG has just announced that Chromebase, an all-in-one computer that will be powered by Google Chrome OS, will be unveiled at next year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The computer will sport a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, 4th-generation Intel® Celeron® processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB iSSD, 1 HDMI-in, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 […]

SteamOS Beta 1.0 is released

SteamOS Beta 1.0 is released

The first pre-stable edition of what will become SteamOS 1.0 has been released. That is SteamOS 1.0 Beta. But be warned, as this beta release is not like the releases of other Linux distributions. And that’s because unlike those other Linux distributions (yep, SteamOS is a Linux distribution), there is no ISO installation image that you can download and burn […]

The latest on GNOME Software from Fedora Rawhide

The latest on GNOME Software from Fedora Rawhide

GNOME Software is the built-in software management application on GNOME 3. It is a beautiful application. In the future, it might be all you need to install and manage applications on a GNOME 3 desktop. For now, it is a work in progress. Usable, but definitely not feature-complete. The distribution to use if you want to see how far it’s […]

Knock: A Linux kernel patch for NAT-compatible, stealthy port knocking

A Linux kernel patch that “implements a new NAT-compatible, TCP option for stealthy port knocking with a few new twists for improved security” has been released. Port knocking is a security implementation that’s designed to reduce the visibility of TCP servers on the network. A good port knock tool renders TCP servers stealthy, making them invisible to port scanners. The […]