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How to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu

How to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu

This short tutorial shows how to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu. It might not apply to all computers, but if your computer is anything like mine and you install and reinstall Linux distributions and other operating systems as often as I do, I think you’ll like to know how to remove those boot manager entries that you […]

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

This post shows how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos 2014.05.26 on a computer with two hard disk drives (HDD) and UEFI firmware. The test computer used for this tutorial has a 500 GB and a 250 GB hard drives connected, with Windows 7 Pro already installed on the 500 GB HDD. The screenshots and descriptions in this tutorial show […]

How to create MBR-based disk partitions for Antergos

How to create MBR-based disk partitions for Antergos

This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to create MBR-based disk partitions for Antergos, using the latest edition of Cnchi, the Antergos graphical installation program, which shipped in Antergos-2014.05.26. Antergos is an Arch Linux-based desktop distribution that offers a choice of multiple desktop environments during the installation process. Cnchi is a relatively new graphical installer that shares many design […]

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 & Windows 7 on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 & Windows 7 on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

This post shows how to dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with two hard disk drives (HDD) and UEFI firmware. The test computer used for this tutorial has a 500 GB and a 320 GB hard drives connected, with Windows 7 Pro installed on the 500 GB HDD. The screenshots and descriptions in this tutorial show how […]

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware

This post shows how to dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with UEFI firmware. Note that the computer I used for the tutorial is not an OEM one. Rather, it is a custom-built computer, with an ASRock motherboard and Intel Core i3 processor. However, if you follow this guide step-by-step, you should be able to use it […]

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 […]

How to install Ubuntu 14.04 on encrypted MBR partitions

How to install Ubuntu 14.04 on encrypted MBR partitions

This tutorial shows how to install Ubuntu 14.04 on encrypted MBR partitions. It is only slightly different from Manual full disk encryption setup guide for Ubuntu 13.10 & Linux Mint 16. The only difference: A partition mounted at /home is not part of the mix. But there’s no real reason for not creating a separate partition for home. I just […]

Test driving NVIDIA GRID Workspace (Windows client). Linux client is in the works

Test driving NVIDIA GRID Workspace (Windows client). Linux client is in the works

NVIDIA GRID Workspace is a virtualized desktop environment from NVIDIA that offers “cloud-delivered graphics acceleration for enterprise applications.” The NVIDIA GRID Windows client was released yesterday for a limited time only. Linux and Mac OS X are said to be in the works, so while I’m waiting for the Linux client to be released, I decided to test-drive the Windows […]

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 […]

Preview of GhostBSD 4.0

Preview of GhostBSD 4.0

GhostBSD is a desktop distribution that’s based on FreeBSD. The core developers are from Canada, so I think it ok to call it a Canadian distribution. The only article I’ve written about this distribution was a review of GhostBSD 2.5 back in February 2012 (see GhostBSD 2.5 review). I wasn’t impressed. But that was then, this is now. The third […]

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 […]

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon and MATE screenshot preview

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon and MATE screenshot preview

The first and last pre-stable version of what will become Linux Mint 17 has been released. It will be code-named Qiana and will be an LTS (Long-term Support) release, supported until 2019. Released installation images are for Cinnamon and MATE desktop environment only and are based on Ubuntu 14.04. The list of new features for both desktops is impressive and […]

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 […]