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4 things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04

4 things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04

So now that you’ve installed your new copy of Ubuntu 14.04, there must be at least one default setting that you would like to change. At least one. On my new installation, I found four of those default settings that when modified, made using Unity, the Ubuntu desktop, a little bit more user-friendly. This post show what those settings are […]

Social Engineering infographic: Phishing and vishing

Social Engineering infographic: Phishing and vishing

If you have any interest in social engineering, here’s a nice infographic for you, courtesy of the folks at Social-Engineer.org. Here are a few tidbits from those guys: 1. 90% of the people we ask will provide not just the spelling of their names but their email addresses without confirming our identity 2. 67% of the people we ask will […]

Design a secure and usable communication tool, win a prize

This article was originally written for and posted at EFF’s website under the title Designing a Prize for Usable Cryptography. It’s been reproduced here verbatim. In an era when email and messaging services are being regularly subject to attacks, surveillance, and compelled disclosure of user data, we know that many people around the world need secure end-to-end encrypted communications tools […]

Linux Deepin 2014 screenshot preview

Linux Deepin 2014 screenshot preview

Linux Deepin is one of my favorite desktop distributions. The current stable edition, Linux Deepin 2013, brought some really cool features and apps to this Ubuntu-based distribution, but the next stable release is shaping up to be even better. The distribution uses a custom desktop environment called Deepin Desktop Environment and it’s getting a face lift for Linux Deepin 2014, […]

More than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses hacked

More than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses hacked

A security research outfit has released a report which revealed that more than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses have been hacked. Team Cymru, the US-based security outfit which published the report, said that the network of hacked routers is one of the biggest of its kind that has been discovered, with most of the hacked routers in Columbia, […]

Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

The Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch and Chromebook 2 13.3-inch models are the company’s latest additions to its line of Chromebook computers. And they are powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor. Chromebooks are a line of computers powered by Google’s Chrome OS and designed to use Google apps and Cloud services. Existing versions of Samsung’s Chromebooks are powered by the […]

Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with

Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with

Boeing has made an entry into the mobile device market with its own Android smartphone called the Boeing Black smartphone. Yep, it’s black in color, but the name has more to do with the security features it brings to the table than the outer color of the device itself. According to a BBS report, the Boeing Black smartphone: … Is […]

Mozilla to sell ads in Firefox browser via the Directory Tiles program

Mozilla to sell ads in Firefox browser via the Directory Tiles program

Mozilla has plans to start showing ads to first-time users of the Firefox browser. For the target group of users, the ads will appear alongside other content in what Mozilla is calling a Directory Tiles program. Directory Tiles are those nine rectangular boxes you see the first time you open a Firefox window or tab. For new users, the tiles […]

How to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10

How to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10

This short article shows how to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10. No, it’s not that Anaconda. This Anaconda is a free Python package for large-scale data processing, predictive analytics, and scientific computing. It is developed by Continuum Analytics, and is completely free to download and use. The latest version is Anaconda 1.9. It comes with more than 125 Python […]

ASUS Chromebox, HP Chromebox and Google Chromebox for meetings

ASUS Chromebox, HP Chromebox and Google Chromebox for meetings

The Chromeboxes are here, and knowing how these things go, there will be more to come. First, ASUS announced the ASUS Chromebox, then HP followed with the HP Chromebox, and not to be left out, Google followed with the announcement of the Chromebox for meetings. It’s raining Chromeboxes! The Chromebox is a small form-factor computer powered by an Intel processor […]

GPT disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 13.10 on a PC with UEFI firmware

GPT disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 13.10 on a PC with UEFI firmware

This article offers a step-by-step guide on how to create GPT partitions on Ubuntu 13.10 on a computer with UEFI firmware. Because Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and use the same installer as its parent distribution, it can also be used to create GPT partitions on Linux Mint 16. Before I started on this article, I took a look […]

How to customize Mageia 4 KDE

How to customize Mageia 4 KDE

Mageia 4 has just been released. Screen shots from test installations of the Cinnamon, KDE and GNOME 3 editions have already been published (see Mageia 4 Cinnamon, KDE and GNOME 3 screen shots). A detailed review is in the works. Meanwhile How to customize Mageia 4 KDE offers a few tips that you can use to make your installation of […]

Dual-boot Windows 8 or Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.10, with Ubuntu on a btrfs filesystem

Dual-boot Windows 8 or Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.10, with Ubuntu on a btrfs filesystem

This tutorial offers a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.10 on a single hard disk drive (HDD), with Ubuntu on a btrfs filesystem. This dual-boot setup is on a system with Legacy BIOS, that is, non-UEFI and using an MBR disk partitioning scheme, which means that GPT is not involved. Because of this, it can […]

Mageia 4 Cinnamon, KDE and GNOME 3 screen shots

Mageia 4 Cinnamon, KDE and GNOME 3 screen shots

Mageia 4, the latest release of Mageia, a distribution derived from Mandriva Linux, was made available for download yesterday. Aside from the KDE and GNOME 3 desktop environments, Mageia 4 also features support for Cinnamon and MATE. This article presents screen shots from test installations of the Cinnamon, GNOME 3 and KDE desktops. One of the new features of Mageia […]

After a “legal spat” with Pocket, Poche has been renamed to Wallabag

Poche has been renamed to Wallabag. If Poche is a new on one you, it is an Open Source read-later application competing with non-free versions like Pocket and Instapaper. It is developed by Nicolas Lœuillet, a French developer. A read-later application makes it easy to keep track of articles you find on the Internet that you would like to read […]

Qualcomm buys Palm, iPAQ and Bitfone patents from HP

Qualcomm has announced the acquisition of Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone patent portfolio from HP. The Palm patents are, of course, those HP got when it acquired Palm Inc. back in April 2010 for $1.2 billion. The iPAQ patents come from HP’s acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation in 2002 and the Bitfone patents from HP’s acquisition of the Bitfone mobile device […]

Why is this guy betting on Julia?

Why is this guy betting on Julia?

Julia is the name of a dynamic programming language for doing technical computing. It is not as popular as the R language, but it is not doing too badly on its own. I came across Julia a few months after I started messing with R, but because R is fun to work with and is sufficient for stuff I’m working […]

Bigger fines for Google, Microsoft in proposed EU data privacy laws

Bigger fines for Google, Microsoft in proposed EU data privacy laws

Under EU data privacy laws under consideration, companies like Google and Microsoft will be hit with fines that could top $1 billion USD. The proposed laws follow a series of negligible fines received by both companies that Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner, dismissed as “pocket money.” Indeed I have said as much in this space. Earlier this month, Google […]

How to install Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16 on a Btrfs filesystem

How to install Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16 on a Btrfs filesystem

This tutorial presents a step-by-step guide on how to install Linux Mint 16 and Ubuntu 13.10 on a Btrfs filesystem. Btrfs is CoW (Copy on Write) filesystem with support for features like read-only and writable snapshots, subvolumes, incremental backups, deduplication, and multiple device support. You may view the complete list of features here. The screen shots used in this tutorial […]

How to protect against image hotlinking in Nginx

How to protect against image hotlinking in Nginx

This short tutorial shows how I configured Nginx to protect against hotlinking of images used in my articles. Protecting against image hotlinking in Nginx is pretty simple, if you know what to do, or know how to google. So if you don’t like my approach, go ahead and google “image hotlink protection in nginx” or something close to that. In […]