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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 […]

FSF interview with the developer of Kunjika

Kunjika is a new, Free Software project that was announced a few days ago (see Announcing Kunjika, a Free Software Stack Overflow clone). It is a modern question and answer platform, a Stack Overflow clone published under the GNU General Public License by Shiv Shankar Dayal, an Instrumentation Engineer and software programmer who is from and resides in India. Kunjika […]

Pixelknot: Steganography app for Android

Pixelknot: Steganography app for Android

With digital privacy, security and anonymity in the public consciousness, thanks to information revealed by Edward Snowden, any tool or application that can help you communicate securely with your friends is always welcome. One such tool that just been released is called Pixelknot. Developed by The Guardian Project for Android devices, Pixelknot is a steganography application “that allows users to […]

ROSA Desktop R1 GNOME preview

ROSA Desktop R1 GNOME preview

ROSA Desktop R1 GNOME is the edition of the R line of desktop distributions from ROSA Laboratory that uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment. The beta edition that was supposed to be a Release Candidate was made available for download earlier today. This article offers a few screen shots from a test installation of this beta edition in a virtual […]

How to install Orange in Ubuntu 13.04

How to install Orange in Ubuntu 13.04

Orange, a Free Software released under the GNU General Public License, is a modular machine learning and data mining application developed at the Bioinformatics Laboratory, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is one of many Python applications that expert and aspiring data scientists may use to mess with data. Orange is cross-platform, but because there […]

Collusion: See who’s tracking you – in real-time

Collusion: See who’s tracking you – in real-time

At a time when your ISP is tracking your online activities, sites you visit are doing the same (even the one you do not visit are able to track you), Google is not to be left out in the game, and the NSA is tracking everybody else, it’s easy to be depressed. What exactly don’t these guys know about you? […]

Best IDEs for Octave, Python and R

Best IDEs for Octave, Python and R

Code-wise, I’ve been getting my hands dirty with some digital grease over the past few months, and it’s been fun. Most of the fun has resolved around learning Python, which appears to be the language of choice these days. Python is almost a requirement everywhere you turn. Many introductory programming classes use Python as the main or default high-level programming […]

4 Free Software alternatives to Matlab

For those involved in data analysis, numerical computation and taks of that nature, Matlab is an industry standard software to use, though it is not necessarily the best available. The problem is that (Matlab) is commercial and can be expensive. Recently I took a class on Machine Learning and was surprised to find that the professor was not going to […]

Announcing Kunjika, a Free Software Stack Overflow clone

Announcing Kunjika, a Free Software Stack Overflow clone

Kunjika is a modern question and answer forum application that aims to give users the same features available on Stack Overflow. It is the brain-child of Shiv Shankar Dayal, an Instrumentation Engineer and software programmer. Kunjika is written in Python (using the Flask framework), with a Couchbase database, Memcached thrown in and a Jinja2-based templating system. Coding stated about a […]

NSA PRISM program a traffic boost for DuckDuckGo

NSA PRISM program a traffic boost for DuckDuckGo

The NSA PRISM program’s revelation, thanks to Edward Snowden, like everything else, has its good and bad side. The good part is, we now know that the NSA has been spying on us and everybody else. The bad part is, the NSA is still spying on us and everybody else. But there’s another side to the story. And it is: […]

Build a Tizen app, win $200,000

Build a Tizen app, win $200,000

Tizen is an Open Source operating system for mobile devices, smart TVs, and in-vehicle infotainment systems. With a Linux core, it as, as we like to say, a Linux distribution, like like Android. The Linux Foundation, which is responsible for the project, has just announced a Tizen Developer Challenge that starts now and ends on November 1, 2013. Developers can […]