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All about Prism, Internet privacy and — wait! — squirrel!

Practical Technology - Mon, 01/07/2013 - 3:47pm
As the saga surrounding the revelations about the National Security Agency’s Prism program unfolded, I half expected a public figure to arise and declaim, a la Howard Beale in the movie Network, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” I’m still waiting. The story is getting plenty of attention [...]

Microsoft’s Yammer integrates Klout social networking scores

Practical Technology - Mon, 01/07/2013 - 2:05pm
Many people think Klout, the social network reputation measuring service, scores are nonsense. They’re not. People get hired because of their Klout scores, and now your next promotion may be determined by your Klout score since Microsoft will be integrating Klout into its Yammer enterprise social network software. Microsoft’s Yammer integrates Klout social networking scores. [...]

Ready to run desktop Linux PC: MintBox 2

Practical Technology - Mon, 01/07/2013 - 2:00pm
Linux Mint is my favorite desktop Linux. Thanks to Microsoft’s Secure Boot implementation, however, installing Mint, or any other operating system, on a new Windows 8 PC is a royal pain in the rump. If you’d like to avoid this annoyance, you might consider buying CompuLab’s forthcoming MintBox 2 with Linux Mint 15 pre-installed. Ready [...]

Five simple ways to avoid Android malware

Practical Technology - Fri, 28/06/2013 - 1:56pm
It’s weird. Linux, which is Android’s foundation, has almost no malware to speak of. Trend Micro, however, predicts that there may be as many as a million Android malware threats by the end of the year. What’s going on here? Five simple ways to avoid Android malware. More >

Microsoft’s mobile strategy: Where Android, iOS and Windows 8.1 fit in

Practical Technology - Thu, 27/06/2013 - 9:49pm
This is not your dad’s Microsoft. In the last few months Microsoft has been refocusing on Web services and devices instead of its mobile operating systems, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 (WP8). Neither OS have been cutting the mustard in the market. Moving forward, I see Microsoft addressing its mobile OS issues in two ways. First, in [...]

Integrate Dropbox into your Windows network with Active Directory

Practical Technology - Tue, 25/06/2013 - 10:08pm
There may be better personal cloud storage services than Dropbox, but few are as popular. Dropbox wants more though. It wants Dropbox to be your first choice for business cloud storage as well. Integrate Dropbox into your Windows network with Active Directory. More >

Want a cloud where you call the shots? Consider ownCloud

Practical Technology - Tue, 25/06/2013 - 6:09pm
Nervous about the NSA, PRISM and your public cloud? Not sure you want to put all your data eggs in one Amazon Web Services zone basket? Then, maybe ownCloud’s just released enterprise version of its open-source cloud program, ownCloud 5.0 Enterprise Edition, is what you want need. Want a cloud where you call the shots? [...]

The most popular end-user Linux distributions are…

Practical Technology - Mon, 24/06/2013 - 10:12pm
Take a second and think about end-user Linux. Now guess: Which is the most popular of all? If you’re a long time Linux user, chances are you guessed Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, or Fedora. You’d be wrong. The most popular end-user Linux distributions are… More >

Pick and mix carefully: Public, Private, and Hybrid clouds

Practical Technology - Mon, 24/06/2013 - 3:27pm
You know what a cloud is; you know there are three kinds of clouds, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); Platform as a Service (PaaS); and Software as a Service (SaaS); so what the heck is this public, private and hybrid cloud stuff? It’s actually pretty simple. No matter what kind of cloud you have, the [...]

NSA PRISM puts “public” cloud in a new light

Practical Technology - Fri, 21/06/2013 - 8:43pm
Like Jason Perlow, I doubt that the NSA is really that into me. It’s all those other three-letter acronym (TLAs) organizations, such as the FBI, IRS, and SEC, which might have access to my data that I worry about. NSA PRISM puts “public” cloud in a new light. More >

Gigabit Wi-Fi: 802.11ac is here: Five things you need to know

Practical Technology - Fri, 21/06/2013 - 8:23pm
Gigabit Wi-Fi, 802.11ac, is officially here, but what does that really mean? Here’s my list of the five things you need to know before you invest in this new wireless technology. 1) 802.11ac is not going to give you a Gigabit of throughput True, 802.11ac access points working with 802.11ac devices will give you faster [...]

LeaseWeb explains why it deleted Kim Dotcom’s MegaUpload data

Practical Technology - Thu, 20/06/2013 - 8:20pm
When Kim Dotcom went on a rant yesterday about how Netherlands-based Web-hosting company LeaseWeb had deleted petabytes of former MegaUpload “customer’s pictures, backups, personal and business property,” LeaseWeb had nothing to say. Now they do. LeaseWeb explains why it deleted Kim Dotcom’s MegaUpload data. More >

Kim Dotcom: Petabytes of MegaUpload users’ data has been destroyed

Practical Technology - Wed, 19/06/2013 - 6:51pm
In late 2011, Kim Dotcom’s Megaupload file-sharing site was one of the top 100 Websites in the world. Then, the FBI, working in concert with New Zealand police, seized the site and all the user files within its servers. Dotcom’s legal battles continues, but he now claims that Netherlands-based Web-hosting company LeaseWeb has deleted millions [...]

Linux continues to rule supercomputers

Practical Technology - Tue, 18/06/2013 - 9:15pm
The June 2013 TOP500 supercomputer list is in and 476 of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world run Linux. Linux continues to rule supercomputers. More >

Lies, Damned Lies and Benchmarks

Practical Technology - Tue, 18/06/2013 - 3:34pm
Benchmarks can reveal the truth – well, some of the truth – about technologies. A well-constructed benchmark can provide a way to compare performance, reliability and other metrics that can make a difference in comparing product quality and effectiveness. But you have to look closely at what a benchmark is measuring and how it was [...]

Two Microsofts: Mulling an alternate reality

Practical Technology - Tue, 18/06/2013 - 3:29pm
Thomas Penfield Jackson has died. The former U.S. District court judge ruled in 2000 that Microsoft was a monopoly that should be broken up into two companies. This part of his decision was over-turned, but what might have happened had the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld his decision to break up Microsoft? Two Microsofts: Mulling [...]

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 software stack still under wraps

Practical Technology - Mon, 17/06/2013 - 3:25pm
The story sounded plausible. Red Hat was said to have announced that the next version of its flagship operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 would ship with the MariaDB database management system (DBMS) installed by default, instead of Oracle’s MySQL. Too bad the story was wrong. Mark Coggin, senior director of product marketing for RHEL, [...]

A third of American adults now own tablet computers

Practical Technology - Sun, 16/06/2013 - 4:39pm
Does it seem like everyone you know is getting a tablet computer? There’s a reason for that. They have been. Tablets are getting more popular than ever. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, over a third of American adults now own a tablet. A third of American adults now own [...]

Six ways to protect yourself from the NSA and other eavesdroppers

Practical Technology - Fri, 14/06/2013 - 2:56pm
Worried sick about the NSA, or someone else, looking over your shoulder? Well, you can do things that will make it harder for someone to eavesdrop on you. That’s the good news. The bad news is that all these things require a fair amount of effort, some will cripple your use of the modern Internet, [...]

System76 introduces new high-end Ubuntu Linux laptops

Practical Technology - Thu, 13/06/2013 - 2:52pm
Thanks to Windows 8′s Secure Boot, it’s getting harder and harder for a non-technical user to just get a new laptop and run Linux. System76, along with other Linux PC vendors such as ZaReason, have a better idea: Just buy a laptop with Linux already installed. System76 introduces new high-end Ubuntu Linux laptops. More >

Red Hat bets its cloud future on OpenStack

Practical Technology - Thu, 13/06/2013 - 2:49pm
The big news coming out of Red Hat‘s annual conference, Red Hat Summit, isn’t so much about Linux as it is about the company’s growing commitment to OpenStack cloud technology. Red Hat bets its cloud future on OpenStack. More >

IBM to bring Linux KVM virtualization to its Power server line

Practical Technology - Wed, 12/06/2013 - 2:47pm
IBM announced on June 11 at the Red Hat Summit in Boston that it will be bringing Linux’s built-in Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) to its Linux-only Power servers. IBM to bring Linux KVM virtualization to its Power server line. More >

Apple iOS 7: Android copycat?

Practical Technology - Wed, 12/06/2013 - 2:45pm
Some people think Apple’s forthcoming iPhone and iPad operating system iOS 7 is awesome. Others think it’s awful. I think it’s a derivative copycat not only of Android but of almost every other major mobile operating system out there. Apple iOS 7: Android copycat? More >

TurnKey Linux offers 64-bit server apps on Amazon cloud

Practical Technology - Tue, 11/06/2013 - 8:17pm
If you want easy, and I mean easy, to set up and run Linux servers on the cloud, you can’t beat TurnKey Linux. The latest version of Turnkey Linux, TurnKey 12.1 is now offering 64-bit Linux cloud-ready appliances. TurnKey Linux offers 64-bit server apps on Amazon cloud. More >

Red Hat opens OpenShift PaaS cloud for business

Practical Technology - Tue, 11/06/2013 - 5:30pm
Leading Linux company Red Hat announced on June 10th that OpenShift Online, its public Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud offering, is now open for business. OpenShift is an open-source PaaS cloud. It’s based on the OpenShift Origin open-source project which was released in May 2012. This, in turn, uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and its SELinux (Security Enhanced Linux) [...]

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