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The secret origins of Google’s Chrome OS

Practical Technology - Wed, 06/03/2013 - 9:25pm
Google’s Chrome OS, thanks to the growing popularity of Chromebooks, is being used by more and more people. Many people know that Chrome OS has a Linux foundation. But how Chrome OS developed from Linux, and exactly what is in Chrome OS today, has been something of a mystery — until now. The secret origins [...]

Linus Torvalds really likes Google’s Chromebook Pixel

Practical Technology - Tue, 05/03/2013 - 9:22pm
Torvalds may have come to terms with the Linux GNOME interface, but what he really, really likes is his new Google Chromebook Pixel’s display. Linus Torvalds really likes Google’s Chromebook Pixel. More >

Chromebook Pixel: Does this device herald Android and Chrome OS’s wedding?

Practical Technology - Tue, 05/03/2013 - 9:20pm
Pretty much everyone agrees that Google’s Chromebook Pixel is too expensive to just run the Chrome OS Web browser. But what if it could run Android tablet apps as well? Chromebook Pixel: Does this device herald Android and Chrome OS’s wedding? More >

Five reasons why Windows 8 has failed

Practical Technology - Mon, 04/03/2013 - 9:04pm
Windows fans will whine, but Net Applications’ desktop operating systems numbers don’t lie. Windows 8′s pathetic user adoption numbers can’t even keep up with Vista’s lousy numbers. Five reasons why Windows 8 has failed. More >

Evernote hacked, forces password reset

Practical Technology - Sat, 02/03/2013 - 9:13pm
2013 may become known as the year of hacker. Following sucessful hacks of Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and NBC‘s Web sites and servers,  the popular multi-platform, note-taking Web application Evernote servers have been hacked. Evernote hacked, forces password reset. More >

Distributed computing for the greater good

Practical Technology - Fri, 01/03/2013 - 9:10pm
What do you think your computer does most of the time? For most of us, most of the time, it just sits there idly spinning its wheels. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many distributed computer programs, such as Seti@home, the search for alien life; Folding@home, protein research for understanding how many [...]

Torvalds clarifies Linux’s Windows 8 Secure Boot position

Practical Technology - Wed, 27/02/2013 - 9:11pm
No one, but no one, in the Linux community likes Microsoft’s mandated deployment of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot option in Windows 8 certified PCs. But, how Linux should handle the fixes required to deal with this problem remains a hot-button issue. Now, as the debate continues hot and heavy, Linus Torvalds, [...]

Chromebook wars: Pixel vs. Samsung Series 5 550

Practical Technology - Wed, 27/02/2013 - 3:06pm
On my test machine table, I have Google’s brand new Chromebook Pixel. Beside it, I have what had been the fastest Chromebook before it, the Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook. Is the Pixel better? Yes. No question about it. But, here’s the real question: Is it $850 better? That’s not a mistake. The Pixel lists [...]

The best Windows browser today: IE 10 or Chrome 25?

Practical Technology - Tue, 26/02/2013 - 8:31pm
Microsoft has just released its newest browser for Windows 7: Internet Explorer (IE) 10. Days earlier, Google had released Chrome 25, its latest browser, for all platforms. So, now that both are available on the most popular desktop operating system, Windows 7, which is better for Windows 7 users? The best Windows browser today: IE [...]

To Surface or not to Surface

Practical Technology - Tue, 26/02/2013 - 2:50pm
According to Bob O’Donnell of research firm IDC, “The day they introduce Office for iOS and Android, they’ll start printing money.” And he added this cautionary note: “If they wait too long, they risk people finding alternatives, or workarounds.” The thing that has turned Microsoft, prince of Redmond, into a vacillating Hamlet is the thought [...]

Torvalds strongly objects to Windows 8 secure boot keys in the Linux kernel

Practical Technology - Tue, 26/02/2013 - 2:46pm
It started innocently enough. Red Hat software engineer David Howells asked Linus Torvalds, Linux’s founder, to move on code that would let Microsoft-signed binary keys be added dynamically to a kernel while running in secure-boot mode on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML). Torvalds wasn’t having it. “Quite frankly, this is f*cking moronic.” Torvalds strongly [...]

Preventing your own Azure networking flop

Practical Technology - Mon, 25/02/2013 - 4:50pm
Oh the shame of it all! Microsoft’s worldwide cloud service, Azure, had a critical failure — and for about 12 hours the service was down. The cause? An expired Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate. First, this was an incredibly stupid mistake. Sure, everyone can make blunders, but it’s hard to take Microsoft’s cloud offerings seriously [...]

The top 10 personal cloud-storage services

Practical Technology - Mon, 25/02/2013 - 4:46pm
It is possible to have a free/cheap, good, and fast personal cloud storage service? Believe it or not, it is. While remote file storage has been with us for decade—I had remote storage on a Unix server using file transfer protocol (ftp) and NFS (Network File System) in the 80s—cloud storage for the masses didn’t [...]

Survey shows companies need Linux talent and they need it bad

Practical Technology - Thu, 21/02/2013 - 4:46pm
Survey says: Businesses need Linux IT pros, they need them now, and they’re willing to pay real money to get them. The 2013 Linux Jobs Report survey, which was conducted by the Linux Foundation and Dice, the self-proclaimed #1 technology job board, found that hiring managers from corporations, small and medium businesses (SMBs), government, and [...]

Canonical answers Ubuntu phone critics

Practical Technology - Mon, 18/02/2013 - 10:55pm
Not everyone thinks Canonical can create a unified Ubuntu for PCs, smartphones, tablets and TVs. But Mark Shuttleworth has an answer for them. Canonical answers Ubuntu phone critics. More >

How to affordably own your office software

Practical Technology - Mon, 18/02/2013 - 10:45pm
If you take a close look at Microsoft’s new Office licensing, it’s crystal clear: Microsoft no longer wants you to own your office software. They want you to rent it. So, why not get LibreOffice for free instead? How to affordably own your office software. More >

Linux, Windows, and security FUD

Practical Technology - Sun, 17/02/2013 - 4:22pm
It’s 2013. but the Linux FUD just keeps coming. In the most recent example, security firm Trustwave claimed that Linux kernel vulnerabilities went unpatched more than twice as long as it took to fix unpatched flaws in Windows. This assertion would be a lot more believable if it wasn’t coming from a Microsoft partner. What [...]

Apple’s iOS 6.11 networking failures continue

Practical Technology - Sun, 17/02/2013 - 4:19pm
OK, so here’s the good news. When Apple released iOS 6.11 last week it did fix the problem some European phone users were having with 3G connections. The bad news is that iOS’s other network-related problems persist. Apple’s iOS 6.11 networking failures continue. More >

How to install the Steam gaming client on Ubuntu (Gallery)

Practical Technology - Fri, 15/02/2013 - 4:12pm
First things first: While you can run the new Linux Steam gaming client on other versions of Linux besides Ubuntu, for now it’s only supported on Ubuntu. If you want to try Steam on other Linux distributions, start at Valve’s Steam under Linux page. Good luck! Moving on, to run Steam games you should be [...]

Opera joins Chrome & Safari in using Webkit for Web-browsing

Practical Technology - Wed, 13/02/2013 - 10:59pm
Opera, a Web browser with a small, but loyal, core group of 300-million users, surprised everyone when they moved from its Presto Web rendering engine to the popular open-source Webkit engine. Webkit is best known for being Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari Web engine. Web engines are what take Web page content such as HTML [...]

Raytheon Riot: Defense spying is coming to social networks

Practical Technology - Tue, 12/02/2013 - 8:16pm
According to the Guardian, multi-national security company Raytheon has developed Rapid Information Overlay Technology (Riot), a big data, social-networking spy program. With Riot, a user — typically a government official — will be able to pull together your life-history; your relationships with other people; and the places where you’re most likely to be found. These [...]

Microsoft Office is not coming to Linux

Practical Technology - Mon, 11/02/2013 - 8:05pm
There’s a story going around that Microsoft might be porting Office to Linux. If you believe this story, I have a wonderful, lightly used bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you for a mere million dollars cash. Microsoft Office is not coming to Linux. More >

Linux developers working on uniting Windows 8 Secure Boot fixes

Practical Technology - Sun, 10/02/2013 - 8:49pm
Thanks to Microsoft’s Windows 8 UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) Secure Boot there was no easy way to boot Linux, or any other operating system, on Windows 8 PCs. Now, there are two ways, the recently released Linux Foundation (LF) UEFI secure boot system and Matthew Garrett’s shim system to boot Linux on these PCs. [...]

Linux Foundation releases Windows Secure Boot fix

Practical Technology - Sat, 09/02/2013 - 10:36pm
It took longer than anyone expected but the Linux Foundation fix for Windows 8 PC’s UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) Secure Boot lockout of other operating systems has finally arrived. Linux Foundation releases Windows Secure Boot fix. More >

We still need mail as well as e-mail

Practical Technology - Wed, 06/02/2013 - 7:49pm
Mea culpa. I use e-mail for 90 percent of my communications, instant messaging (IM) for 9.0 percent, and voice for 0.9 percent. That only leaves 0.1 percent for old-fashioned paper mail. Still, I am, and I don’t think anyone else is, really ready for the US Postal Service (USPS) to halt Saturday delivery of first-class [...]

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