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9 Google Reader alternatives

9 Google Reader alternatives

The search for Google Reader alternatives is well underway – for those who do not have one already. This follows from Google’s latest announcement that the service will be shut down after July 1, 2013. Google Reader is a Google service I abandoned a few years ago after trying it out for about 2 months. It just didn’t fit the […]

Google Reader axed. Is FeedBurner next?

Google Reader axed. Is FeedBurner next?

Google has announced that the Google Reader service will not be available after July 1 of this year (2013). The service, which provided a “cloud” portal for aggregating News feeds from several RSS Feed sources, is the latest victim of Google’s spring-cleaning. Since the spring-cleaning started in 2011. 70 services and applications have been eliminated or consolidated. Google Reader is […]

Create a standard user account on Kali Linux

Create a standard user account on Kali Linux

Aside from being based on Debian rather than Ubuntu, another way that Kali Linux 1.0, the latest incarnation of BackTrack Linux 5, defers from BackTrack, is that the installer allows you to specify a password for the root system account. However, it does not allow you to create a standard user account. Which means that you can only log in […]

How to improve the Fedora experience

How to improve the Fedora experience

This article is a take on how to “Improving the Fedora boot experience,” which was the subject of an email by Matthias Clasen to a Red Hat developer’s mailing list. In the email, he wrote that he “would love to see F19 make a good first impression.” If you’re new to these parts, “F19″ is shorthand for Fedora 19, the […]

Kali Linux is now available for download

Kali Linux is now available for download

Kali Linux has just been released. ISO and VMWare images for Kali, a Linux distribution from the developers of BackTrack Linux, just hit a download mirror near you. BackTrack was/is a specialty distribution for security professionals and penetration testers. Before being re-branded, retooled and relaunched as Kali Linux, the last “stable” edition of BackTrack was BackTrack 5 R3. The “R” […]

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 in UEFI mode

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 in UEFI mode

Dual-booting Windows 8 and a Linux distribution in UEFI or EFI-compatible mode can be a very frustrating and unpredictable adventure. You just never know how the system will boot or whether it will even boot at all. I have a computer that I built (assembled) using a motherboard with UEFI firmware. By default, it boots in Legacy mode. In that […]

Manjaro’s graphical installer

Manjaro’s graphical installer

Manjaro is a new desktop distribution based on Arch Linux. Arch Linux is known for its text-based installation process, so a feature I’m always looking for in any distribution based on it is a graphical installer. While there are many good graphical installation programs that new distribution developers can reuse, many still opt to code one from scratch. That shouldn’t […]

$7 million fine for wardriving!

$7 million fine for wardriving!

So a company whose revenue from last year was about $50 billion is about to reach a $7 million USD settlement with state attorneys general of 30 US states for wardriving. An activity where the company was able to capture user data from private wireless networks. No one is officially calling it wardriving, but that was what Google was doing […]

Ubuntu is not a community distribution

Ubuntu is not a community distribution

That should be obvious to anybody who’s been following the development of Ubuntu, but for those who have not, here’s the deal: Ubuntu is not a community distribution. The sooner you get that, the better, especially if you’ve been under the illusion that Mark Shuttleworth cares very much about your own idea of what a community distribution should be. Yes, […]

Jolidrive: It’s not what you think

Jolidrive: It’s not what you think

I just received an email about Jolidrive, a new offering from Jolicloud, a technology outfit based in Paris, France. As you can tell from the name, Jolicloud has something to do with cloud computing. It started life as a provider of Joli OS, a kinda (Linux) distribution for the cloud. I signed up when it was launched just to see […]

EU Commission fines Microsoft $731 million, but does it really matter?

EU Commission fines Microsoft $731 million, but does it really matter?

The EU Competition Commission, which levied a fine on Microsoft, had indicated long before the announcement what was in store, so “EU fines Microsoft” was expected. What we did not know was how much the fine was going to be. The fine was for failing to offer users of Microsoft operating system a choice of Web browsers, after agreeing to […]

Triple-boot Windows 7, Ubuntu 12.10 and Fedora 18 on one HDD

Triple-boot Windows 7, Ubuntu 12.10 and Fedora 18 on one HDD

To Triple-boot Windows 7, Ubuntu 12.10 and Fedora 18 on a single hard disk drive (HDD) presents a different set of challenges than dual-booting any two of the set on same HDD. This article presents a step-by-step guide of one method of how to install such a system. Note that with the cost of disk storage as low as it […]

Zap GPT data structures from a disk, while preserving existing MBR partitions

Zap GPT data structures from a disk, while preserving existing MBR partitions

Using GPT partitions, or a GPT partitioning scheme, takes care of the shortcomings of the MBR partitioning scheme. However, if you are not careful, it could make things difficult for you. But don’t point fingers at the technology itself. Back in November 2012, while attempting to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.10 and Windows 8 Pro on a solid state drive (SSD), I […]

LG acquires webOS from HP

LG acquires webOS from HP

News flash: LG Acquires webOS from HP to enhance its line of Smart TVs. Now we can ad LG to the list of companies that have been associated with the webOS, one of the more promising, but, so far, disappointing cross-platform operating systems. When Meg Whitman was hired at HP and made webOS an open source project, I actually had […]

Slate 7 Android tablet from HP for $169

Slate 7 Android tablet from HP for $169

In less than two months, April (2013) to be exact, you will be able to buy a Slate 7 Android tablet from HP for $169 USD. Announced at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, the Slate 7 Android tablet is HP’s first consumer-level tablet device since the failed webOS-powered Touchpad. But for that price, what will you […]

Kademar 5 preview

Kademar 5 preview

Kademar is Debian-based Linux distribution, with KDE as the default desktop. The first beta of what would be Kademar 5 was released a few days ago. And this beta release is my introduction to this distribution. As always, I’m always curious to find out what the installer looks like and if it supports the features that define a feature-complete graphical […]

Dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 7, with full disk encryption configured on both OSs

Dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 7, with full disk encryption configured on both OSs

How to dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 7 with full disk encryption (FDE) configured on both operating systems stems from a request from K. Miller. The dual-boot system will be on a single hard disk drive (HDD), GRUB will be installed in Fedora’s boot partition, and Truecrypt will be used to encrypt the Windows 7 end of the installation. Encrypting […]

Ubuntu Touch – SDK alpha and preview images released

Ubuntu Touch – SDK alpha and preview images released

The Software Development Kit (SDK) and preview installation images for Ubuntu Touch have been released. Ubuntu Touch is the umbrella name for Ubuntu for Phone and Ubuntu for Tablets. Both platforms were released this year, with the latter coming just a few days ago. This is a developer preview release for the code-happy to mess with. But since Canonical does […]

CoolShip Android all-in-keyboard computer

CoolShip Android all-in-keyboard computer

CoolShip Android computer in a keyboard is the latest Android-powered computer. But this one is unlike other Android units. It’s not in a USB stick, but in a keyboard with most of the connectivity of a standard desktop or notebook computer. As non-standard computers come, the CoolShip is unlike others that are powered by Android. Think the Commodore 64/128, but […]

Chromebook Pixel: Wow!

Chromebook Pixel: Wow!

Chromebook Pixel: Wow! Yes, wow, just wow. I think I’m used to seeing Chromebooks in the $200 to $300 price range, so when Chromebook Pixel flashed on my RSS Feed reader, I was expecting another ARM-powered computer in that price range. What a shock! Chromebook Pixel is Google’s latest offering in the computer hardware sector. Like all other Chromebooks, it […]