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SecureDrop, SafeSource and Strongbox: Different names, same app

SecureDrop, SafeSource and Strongbox: Different names, same app

SecureDrop is a whistleblower submission system designed in part by the late Aaron Swartz. It was designed to provide journalists and media organizations a relatively secure and surveillance-proof platform to receive documents from anonymous sources. It is a Free Software application published under the GNU Affero General public License (AGPL) v3 and managed by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. […]

How Exynos 5 Octa HMP efficiently allocates workload to big.LITTLE CPU cores

Exynos 5 Octa is Samsung’s SoC processor that packs 8 ARM CPUs in a configuration dubbed big.LITTLE, a catchy phrase that describes a computing architecture whereby low-powered cores (LITTLE) are coupled with high-powered cores (big) to produce a more resource-efficient system. In Exynos 5 Octa, there are 4 big cores (Cortex-A15 cores) and 4 LITTLE cores (Cortex-A7 cores). The big […]

ZShaolin Android terminal updated

ZShaolin Android terminal updated

ZShaolin, a terminal program for Android devices has been updated to version 0.8. ZShaolin makes is possible to use zsh on Android devices, providing applications to edit images, text, audio, video, rooting not required. Aside from the powerful and feature-rich zsh shell, ZShaolin comes with FFMpeg, ImageMagick, Sox, Oggz, Lua, awk, sed, vim, emacs, git, SSH, and rsync. The Release […]

Silent Mail, FreedomMail or Lavamail. Whatever it’s called, it will offer the same benefits

Dark Mail alliance is the non-profit group formed by the leaders of Silent Circle and Lavabit. Silent Circle offers a suite of secure, communication services, while Lavabit is the secure email provider used by Edward Snowden, the ex-CIA contractor now living in Russia. The group was announced late last month, with the objective of developing a new email protocol that […]

Google releases Dart SDK 1.0 for scalable, structured web apps

Google has released Dart SDK 1.0. Dart is a “a cross-browser, open source toolkit for structured web applications.” It was first announced back in 2011. Dart SDK 1.0 is the first stable, production release. The SDK includes a cross-platform Dart Editor, which ships with developer-friendly features like “code completion, refactoring, jump to definition, a debugger, hints and warnings,..” From the […]

Regarding Fedora 19 kernel upgrades and VirtualBox kernel modules

Regarding Fedora 19 kernel upgrades and VirtualBox kernel modules

My main desktop computer is powered by Fedora 19 on which I run at least a dozen guest operating systems using VirtualBox. VirtualBox is my favorite software virtualization application. It’s really nice and easy to use. Installation packages are available for the major operating systems and distributions. My setup works fine until I upgrade Fedora to a new kernel. On […]

Towards a mandatory, always-on and ubiquitous encryption in XMPP networks

Now that we know that our online communications are not necessarily private and secure, there is a growing need to have end-to-end encryption built into all the tools we use to communicate with family and friends (online). The latest effort aims to build mandatory, always-on and ubiquitous encryption in the XMPP communication protocol. XMPP, short for Extensible Messaging and Presence […]

LinHES R8 home entertainment system Released

LinHES R8 home entertainment system Released

LinHES R8 has been released. LinHES is a Linux distribution that can be used to convert any PC into a home entertainment system. That how it gained the “HES” in its name. Want to convert any off-the-shelf hardware into a Linux-powered settop box that can serve as a PVR, jukebox, image viewer and a game station, LinHES is one of […]

Intel announces “Thunderbolt™ ready” upgrade program for PC motherboards

Intel announces “Thunderbolt™ ready” upgrade program for PC motherboards

Intel has announced a “Thunderbolt™ ready” upgrade program for PC motherboards, desktops and workstation computers. Thunderbolt “is a dual protocol I/O innovation that dramatically increases transfer performance with bi-directional 10 Gbps speed, and offers daisy chaining to multiple devices, providing flexibility and simplicity for innovative, thin system designs like laptops and Ultrabooks.” That’s  techo-speak for: Thunderbolt is a hardware connection […]

What is the best blogging application that’s based on Django

What is the best blogging application that’s based on Django

After about six years of using WordPress as the blogging  platform for this website, I have come to the stage where I want to try something else. Something that’s not based on PHP. Not that I have something against PHP,  but I just wand to try something different, one that is based, say, on Django. WordPress has been great. For […]

What is the best blogging platform built atop Node.js?

What is the best blogging platform built atop Node.js?

After about six years of using WordPress as the blogging  platform for this website, I have come to the stage where I want to try something else. Something based on more modern Web technologies. WordPress has been great. For non-techies, it’s about as simple as it can get. I’ve never used the hosted service, but the self-hosted installation which powers […]

Shifting focus

At its launch, the focus of this website was all about providing original and detailed tutorials and reviews on Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, and posting news articles and commentaries related to free and open source software. Starting today (November 13 2013), this focus has expanded. Yes, there will still be those detailed tutorials and reviews, but any technology-related […]

MediaCore CE renamed to MediaDrop

MediaCore CE has been renamed to MediaDrop. MediaCore CE is the community edition of MediaCore, a Web application that powers a multimedia hosted platform targeted towards the educational market and run by MediaCore, Inc. It is a Python application built atop the Django Web framework. Published under the GNU General Public License version 3, MediaDrop is free to download and […]

Dark Mail Alliance aims to offer Email 3.0, with built-in end-to-end encryption

Dark Mail Alliance, co-founded by Lavabit and Silent Circle, aims to create an open source email protocol and architecture that has end-to-end encryption built-in. Lavabit LLC is the Texas, US-based company that used to provide secure email services, but was voluntarily shutdown because the owner and operator, Ladar Levison, did not want to hand over private SSL key used to […]

Yoga tablet is Android-powered and delivers up to 18 hours of juice

Yoga tablet is Android-powered and delivers up to 18 hours of juice

The Yoga tablet computer is the latest Android-powered tablet from Lenovo. The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, so we can expect more of these devices from all the players in the field. The Yoga’s main claim to tablet stardom is a Lithium-Ion battery that can keep the tablet going continuously for about 18 hours. Battery-life claims tend […]

Arduino Leonardo Touch Board makes any project interactive

Touch Board is an Arduino-compatible device from Bare Conductive Ltd, a technology outfit based in London, UK. A simple device powered by an Arduino Leonardo microcontroller board, it can be used to add interactivity to any interface. It’s the type of device that a DIYer will love. But you can’t buy it just yet, as it is in the pre-production […]

Firefox OS powers the Fireweb and Onetouch Fire

Firefox OS powers the Fireweb and Onetouch Fire

Firefox OS is now on two additional smartphones – the LG Fireweb and Onetouch Fire from Alcatel. Both were released by Brazil’s Vivo, a division of Telefônica. Firefox OS is the mobile operating system developed by Mozilla Corporation, the same technology outfit behind the Firefox Web browser. It’s built atop HTML5 technologies. Firefox OS-powered smartphones are released mostly in Latin […]

Collusion is now Lightbeam for Firefox

Collusion is now Lightbeam for Firefox

Collusion, a Firefox add-on that lets you see which ad network or service is tracking your online browsing activities, has been renamed to Lightbeam for Firefox. I wrote about Collusion sometime back in July of this year (see Collusion: See who’s tracking you – in real-time) and since then, I’ve been using it to keep an eye on which ad […]

Installation and disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 13.10

Installation and disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 13.10

This is a new user’s guide for installing Ubuntu 13.10 on a computer that has another OS already installed on the hard disk drive (HDD). You would think that because Ubiquity, Ubuntu’s graphical installation is a point-and-click application, that users will not have any problem using it. But that does not seem to be the case. What’s easy for one […]

How to Install Ubuntu 13.10 on an external hard drive

How to Install Ubuntu 13.10 on an external hard drive

Installing Ubuntu 13.10 on an external hard disk drive (HDD) connected to a computer that’s already running another operating system like Windows 7/8 or another Linux distribution is the subject of this article. Installing Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution in standalone mode on an HDD is normally a simple, point-and-click operation. To do it on an external HDD connected […]