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4 host-proof or PRISM-proof Cloud storage services

4 host-proof or PRISM-proof Cloud storage services

Image from SpiderOak.com. In light of ongoing debate about data privacy and security and government surveillance, courtesy of the decision that Edward Snowden made, a significant percentage of users have been flocking to companies that provide some form of security and privacy guarantees. Those guarantees should, however, only be taken with a grain of salt. Put another way, only trust […]

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record, but could still fail

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record, but could still fail

Ubuntu Edge, the next-generation smartphone that Canonical wants to build by tapping funds directly from end-users, has set the record for the most money raised in a crowdfunded campaign. At more than US$10 million, it passed the previous record (US$10,266,844) set by the Pebble smartwatch. However with just six days to go, the campaign looks likely to also set a […]

Google to Gmail users: Forget about privacy. It’s so dead!

Google to Gmail users: Forget about privacy. It’s so dead!

Here’s a report from The Guardian. Yep, it’s that same UK online news site that’s been making headlines for more than a month. The report cites a court filing by Google in which the Internet giant revealed that Gmail users should have no expectation of privacy. None. The thing does not exist. In the court filing, Google makes the claim […]

Nuvola Player: Enjoy all your Cloud music services from one interface

Nuvola Player: Enjoy all your Cloud music services from one interface

Nuvola Player is a very simple graphical interface for Cloud music services. If you have more than one of those services that you listen to regularly, Nuvola Player offers the best interface for enjoying them. It saves you and your computer the task of keeping multiple Web browser tabs open. And with tight integration with the Linux desktop (multimedia keys, […]

Microsoft’s Surface RT is an “Unmitigated Disaster.” What’s wrong with that?

Microsoft’s Surface RT is an “Unmitigated Disaster.” What’s wrong with that?

After Microsoft successfully used Restricted Boot to make dual-booting Linux distributions and Windows 8 on newer desktop and notebook computers a painful adventure. And after the company successfully locked out Linux distributions from ARM tablets running Windows RT, any bad news streaming from Steve Ballmer’s office is sweet music to my ears. So the company lost close to US$1 billion […]

Developers: Give us sane and sensible default system and application settings

Developers: Give us sane and sensible default system and application settings

I often wonder why Linux desktops are the way they are. You know, why stuff that’s supposed to work out of the box, don’t and why some of the better features of the desktop environments and applications are buried or not enabled by default. Sometimes I think it has to do with the adoption of a certain ideology by the […]

The Android-powered MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is just $149

The Android-powered MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is just $149

There are some 7-inch Android tablets that can be had for less than US$100, some for just US$70. And virtually all the ones I’ve seen in stores are crappy, from no-name manufacturers. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. But prices of these smaller tablets from industry leaders have been creeping lower. HP’s Slate 7 is just […]

I quit using Linux because…

I quit using Linux because…

Here’s a very simple question. What can you infer from the image shown below? Once in a while, a prominent or not so prominent member of the Linux community makes a switch – for one reason or the other – to another operating system, usually to Mac OS X. The latest is Denis Koryavov, the former GUI Development lead for […]

Final Term: A terminal emulator to rule them all

Final Term: A terminal emulator to rule them all

For those new to Linux, the command line can be a scary pace to be. But that’s not because it is inherently scary, just that most computer users prefer fancy graphical interfaces. In general, humans prefer fancy graphical interfaces. That’s just the way it is. You can’t force somebody who needs a computer that just work to start using the […]

Openfiler is moving to CentOS

Openfiler is moving to CentOS

Openfiler, a Linux distribution designed for building Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems, is being ported to CentOS, a distribution which itself is derived from Red Hat Linux. That means when the port is completed, Openfiler will be using the yum package management system. The current version of Openfiler uses the Conary package management system, a system developed by rPath, Inc., […]

Memo to HP: A backdoor is not a vulnerability

Technion, a blogger who maintains lolware.net, recently disclosed a backdoor in StoreOnce 4210 product, an HP storage hardware for enterprise users. He revealed the username and password of the backdoor here. How did HP respond? By issuing a security bulletin that misleads by passing the backdoor off as a bug – a vulnerability. The complete content of the security bulletin […]

You may now buy the SlateBook x2 for “just” $479

You may now buy the SlateBook x2 for “just” $479

HP’s SlateBook x2, an hybrid computer which combines the features and functions of an ultrabook and a tablet and which was first announced in May, is now shipping. The SlateBook x2 is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor, the same processor that powers many smartphones and tablet computers. Like so many of those smartphones and tablets, it is also powered […]

The Old Reader to shut down – in 2 weeks

Maintainers of The Old Reader have announced that the service will no longer be accepting new registrations, the service itself will be shutting down in two weeks and existing accounts migrated to a private site. The Old Reader, which got that name because it is a continuation of Google’s old RSS reader code, was started as a hobby of sorts […]

Pentesting, digital forensics, and hacking distributions

Pentesting, digital forensics, and hacking distributions

If you are interested in penetration testing (pentesting), digital forensics, and in playing with software applications that hackers use on a daily basis, there are several Linux distributions that make those applications readily available. These are niche or specialty distributions that have been packaged with all the Free Software applications that the best in the business use, and that anybody […]

Network Attached Storage (NAS) distributions

Network Attached Storage (NAS) distributions

With so many (partly free) Cloud storage services to choose from, people seem to have forgotten that storing data locally is the best way to deal with the privacy and security issues that come with the Cloud storage services. And that behind those Cloud storage offerings are computers running operating systems and services that most users can set up on […]

NAS4Free

NAS4Free

NAS4Free is a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) distribution designed to be installed on any storage device – hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs), USB sticks, or be used as a Live system, running directly from a CD or USB stick. Based on FreeBSD, the codebase is a continuation of the old FreeNAS code, after the latter’s code was redesigned […]

Google’s Chromecast and the new Nexus 7

Google’s Chromecast and the new Nexus 7

A new day brings two new hardware from Google. I am referring to the Chromecast and a refreshed Nexus 7 Android tablet computer. Chromecast is Google’s entry into a field where major and minor technology companies have been throwing their hat in to. It’s a USB flash drive-sized device you plug into any high-definition (HD) TV. Once the wireless connection […]

How to install HotShots on Fedora 19 and Ubuntu 13.04

How to install HotShots on Fedora 19 and Ubuntu 13.04

HotShots is a screen shot and editing tool that I just found out. Compared to the ones I’m used to, it is, in many ways, the best. This short article is how I introduce it to you, if you didn’t know about it already, and how I also show how to compile and install it on Fedora 19 and install […]

The problem with NoSQL databases

NoSQL databases, whether they are truly “no SQL” or “not only SQL,” defer differ from relational databases in one major respect; they tend to be easier to work with, and are better suited for use with real-time Web applications. That’s why major and minor technology outfits are throwing development effort in the NoSQL field. In the Free Software community, most […]

Apache OpenOffice 4 is here

Apache OpenOffice 4 is here

Apache OpenOffice 4.0 has been released. This is the first major milestone release since the Free and Open Source software Office suite was donated to the Apache Software Foundation by Oracle. It is also the first Apache OpenOffice version that includes code and features merged from IBM’s Symphony. So this is not just a cleanup of the old OpenOffice code […]