Category: news & announcements

Snowden on Dropbox: It’s hostile to privacy

Dropbox is a very popular Cloud storage services, but is it good for the privacy-conscious? According to Edward Snowden, it’s not. In an interviewed published on GuardianNews, Snowden described Dropbox as “hostile to privacy.” So what are the better alternatives. Snowden recommended Cloud storage services with zero-knowledge as a key feature. SpiderOak is an example of such a service, and […]

ProtonMail and Paypal: Do we need government approval to encrypt email?

ProtonMail and Paypal: Do we need government approval to encrypt email?

There’s something brewing between Paypal and ProtonMail, a company based in Switzerland that provides secure email services, much like what Lavabit used to do before it was forced out of business by US government policies. ProtonMail’s end-to-end encrypted email service comes with zero metadata storage and self-destructing messages and is protected by the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and […]

Learn how to encrypt email communications with an email self-defense guide from the FSF

Learn how to encrypt email communications with an email self-defense guide from the FSF

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released an email self-defense guide that shows how anybody can encrypt their email communications. It requires some effort on your end, so be prepared to spend some time setting it up. But if privacy means anything to you, then the little effort that you’re required to make to ensure that all your email communications […]

OSSEC 2.8 has been released

OSSEC 2.8 has been released

OSSEC 2.8 has been released. OSSEC is a cross-platform host intrusion detection system. Hence it’s also known as OSSEC HIDS. It is Free software released under the GNU General Public License, and features log analysis, file integrity monitoring, rootkit detection and real-time active responses. If you intend to run a server anywhere, this is one of the first applications you […]

WebRTC voice and video now available on Firefox Nightly, but…

WebRTC voice and video now available on Firefox Nightly, but…

WebRTC voice and video is now available on Firefox Nightly. That’s the latest news from the Mozilla Foundation and TokBox, the Web communications company that Mozilla Foundation is working with to bring us WebRTC voice and video in my favorite Web browser. To see how this actually works, I decided to download Firefox Nightly and install or run it on […]

Boot managers and boot devices on a PC with UEFI firmware

Boot managers and boot devices on a PC with UEFI firmware

UEFI firmware technology may have its positive aspects, but it also comes, like everything else, with its not-so positive aspects. It is not-so positive because it was a pain to figure out exactly how it works with OS boot managers and boot devices, especially when attempting to dual-boot multiple OSs on one hard drive, or even on multiple hard drives. […]

Is TrueCrypt dead?

Is TrueCrypt dead?

Based on the wording of its license, there was always a question mark surrounding the open source-ness of Truecrypt. But that’s not the topic of this brief article. What prompted me to write this is an article that appeared in the Washington Post suggesting that TrueCrypt may have seen its last days as an (“open source”) software project. TrueCrypt was […]

Unassailable encryption algorithm cracked in two hours

Unassailable encryption algorithm cracked in two hours

Unassailable encryption algorithm cracked by EPFL researchers in two hours A protocol based on “discrete logarithms”, deemed as one of the candidates for the Internet’s future security systems, was decrypted by EPFL researchers. Allegedly tamper-proof, it could only stand up to the school machines’ decryption attempts for two hours. Only two hours! That can’t be good, especially when experts in […]

China bans Windows 8 from all govt computers. Any other OS will do

China bans Windows 8 from all govt computers. Any other OS will do

China bans Windows 8 from all government computers. Recommends any other operating system. In a move that it said is designed to “ensure computer security.” the Chinese government has banned Windows 8 from being installed on all government desktop, notebook and tablet computers. And as far as the Chinese government is concerned, any other OS will do. That, people, is […]

Don’t laugh, but the US has charged 5 Chinese military hackers with cyber espionage

Don’t laugh, but the US has charged 5 Chinese military hackers with cyber espionage

I don’t know what category to fit this one in. I can’t even bring myself to laugh, even though it makes for a good laugh. All I can do is shake and scratch my head. If you’ve been keeping track of current events and statements from our government officials, this shouldn’t even surprise you. But here you have it. The […]

You’ll need a build a Linux kernel module to listen to Netcat’s latest album

You’ll need a build a Linux kernel module to listen to Netcat’s latest album

Netcat is a 4-person band based in Seattle, Washington (USA) that just released an album titled Cycles Per Instruction. The 4-person band includes three soft-bodied persons (humans, if you like) plus one hard-shell human or what’s popularly called a computer (yes, if a corporation is a person, …). Their latest work is a 6-track digital album with tracks like, The […]

What the heck is Fog Computing?

What the heck is Fog Computing?

While many are still trying to figure out Cloud Computing, here comes a rival concept – Fog Computing. It’s computing that takes place at the edge of the network, closer to home. That is, computing that takes place on the devices that are nearest to you – your smartphone and other connected devices that are around you. The so-called Internet […]

Nexenta targets a 2015 IPO

A report from Reuters says that Nexenta plans to IPO sometime in 2015. Nexenta is in the software-defined storage business. NexentaStor, the company’s core product, is built atop OpenSolaris/OpenStorage ZFS technology. The company also makes a free, full-featured, community supported edition called NexentaStor Community Edition. ZFS is a file system-cum-logical volume manager that was first introduced with the Solaris operating […]

Mozilla explains why it gave in to pro-DRM in HTML forces

Mozilla explains why it gave in to pro-DRM in HTML forces

For several years, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) have been waging a campaign against the introduction of DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) in HTML. This was an effort to stop browser vendors from implementing DRM mechanisms in Web browsers. Of the main browser vendors, Mozilla was the only one the EFF and FSF had on […]

Mozilla caves in to industry forces behind DRM-in-HTML standard

Here’s the latest from the Electronic Frontier Foundation on the battle to keep DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) out of the Web. This is case of the forces of good being less powerful than the forces of evil. And knowing how this things go, I don’t see how this can be reversed. It’s official: the last holdout for the open web […]

Screenshots of KDE Plasma Next beta 1

Screenshots of KDE Plasma Next beta 1

The first beta of what will become the next-generation KDE Plasma workspace (KDE Next) was released yesterday. The final release is scheduled for release sometime in July (2014), so things should be moving really fast from now on. Here’s an excerpt from the release announcement: The Plasma team would like to ask the wider Free Software community to test this […]

Linux Deepin renamed to Deepin. Deepin 2014 beta released

Linux Deepin renamed to Deepin. Deepin 2014 beta released

Linux Deepin has been renamed to Deepin and the first (and last) beta of what will become Deepin 2014 has been released. Details of the beta release were first made available by the lead developer on the LinuxBSDos.com forum. Here’s an excerpt: As you may already know, the “Linux Deepin” project is now known as the “Deepin” project. Deepin is […]

Rostock University Faculty to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate

Rostock University Faculty to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate

Members of the Faculty of Arts, Rostock University, Germany, have voted to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate degree. Rostock University is in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is one of the oldest universities in the world. Its Wikipedia entry says that it was founded in 1419 and is “one of the oldest universities in the world – and the […]

Google Glass now in open beta. You can have one for just $1500

Google Glass now in open beta. You can have one for just $1500

If you missed out on the Google Glass one-day sale in April, here’s another chance to get your own copy of a Google Glass, courtesy of the Google Glass open beta period, when residents of the US can buy one for $1,500 USD until stocks run out. Yep, provided the privacy concerns that it brings to the table don’t bother […]

Joli OS is being discontinued

Joli OS is being discontinued

Joli OS is being discontinued. That the latest news about Joli OS, a desktop distribution that has since been replaced with a browser-based platform called Jolicloud. Both Joli OS and Jolicloud are published by a French company that goes by the name Jolicloud. Jolicloud 2 is the latest edition of Jolicloud, but it is still in beta status. The full […]