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PC sales continue to take a beating

Practical Technology - Fri, 08/05/2015 - 11:29pm
PC OEMs are hoping that Terry Myerson, the head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, wasn’t making an idle boast when he said Windows 10 would be on a billion devices in two to three years. That’s because by research house … Continue reading →

Linksys brings fastest Wi-Fi router ever to market

Practical Technology - Thu, 07/05/2015 - 11:04pm
Who doesn’t love fast Wi-Fi? Thanks to 802.11ac, real-world speeds are finally cracking the 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) barrier. With the new 802.11ac multi-user multiple-input and multiple-output (MU-MIMO) Wave 2 finally arriving in chipsets, Gbps speeds may finally become … Continue reading →

Google declares that mobile search tops desktop

Practical Technology - Thu, 07/05/2015 - 10:52pm
The quarters keep going by and PC sales keep going down. Surely, though, you think, “PCs really can fall behind smartphone and tables, can they?” I’m sorry to disappoint you but by one important metric, they already have. Google announced … Continue reading →

OpenStack Kilo: Turning it up to 11

Practical Technology - Fri, 01/05/2015 - 3:14pm

The most popular open-source cloud program, OpenStack, may also be the hardest to use. Just ask anyone trying to find good OpenStack architects and engineers. With its latest release OpenStack 11, Kilo, the level of expertise needed to master OpenStack is getting lower.

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Why Windows embracing Android and iOS is a bad idea

Practical Technology - Thu, 30/04/2015 - 3:11pm

It’s official. Microsoft has surrendered the mobile space to Apple and Google. All hail Android! All hail iOS!

Seriously what else can you make of Microsoft attempting to bring both Android and iOS applcations to Windows? First, there’s no question that Microsoft can make it easy, if not trivial, to bring some of these apps [...]

What’s what in Debian Jessie

Practical Technology - Thu, 30/04/2015 - 3:09pm

Debian is arguably the most important Linux distribution. From it springs such popular Linux distributions as Mint and Ubuntu. Outside Linux’s inner circles, it’s not that well known because it’s purely a community operating system. There is no company behind it, as there is with Red Hat and CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux [...]

Fedora 22 goes beta

Practical Technology - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 2:58pm

Red Hat‘s community Linux distribution, Fedora 22, is getting ready for its May 26th launch date by releasing the beta for for its latest version.

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Ubuntu 15.04 container-friendly Linux for cloud and servers arrives soon

Practical Technology - Tue, 21/04/2015 - 2:48pm

Don’t look now but Ubuntu has become the Linux for clouds. On the AmazonElastic Compute Cloud (EC2), for example, Ubuntu is the most popular operating system by an almost two to one margin. 64 percent of production OpenStack users have also chosen Ubuntu to stay on top. Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, is adding even more [...]

VMware buys into Linux containers with Lightwave and Photon

Practical Technology - Tue, 21/04/2015 - 2:41pm

Once upon a time VMware was all about virtualization. Things have changed. On April 20th, 2015, VMware introduced not only support for containers, Lightwave, but its own container-friendly Linux distribution, Photon.

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Six Clicks for Linux beginners: Ubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet

Practical Technology - Fri, 17/04/2015 - 4:39pm

I’ve used almost every desktop on the planet, but Ubuntu 15.04 with the Unity 7 interface may be the easiest. Heck if my now 82-year-old mother-in-law can be an Ubuntu user, you can be one too!

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It’s an open-source world: 78 percent of companies run open-source software

Practical Technology - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 4:38pm

The good news is that open-source software is used in the vast majority, 78 percent, of businesses. The bad news is that far less do even a half-way decent job of managing it.

It’s an open-source world: ?78 percent of companies run open-source software. More>

NGINX releases new full-featured web server

Practical Technology - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 4:36pm

NGNIX‘s slogan should borrow Avis’s iconic tagline, “When you’re number two, you try harder.” While Apache is far more popular, 50.7 percent to NGINX’s 14.4 percent – by Netcraft’s web server count — NGINX is trying hard with its latest update, NGINX Plus Release 6 (R6), to challenge Apache for the top spot.

NGINX releases [...]

The five biggest changes in Ubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet

Practical Technology - Tue, 14/04/2015 - 4:50pm

You can’t judge a book by its cover, or a Linux by its interface. If you glance at Ubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet, you won’t see a lot different from Ubuntu 14.10. Don’t let first impressions fool you. Underneath that slick Unity 7.x interface, there’s a lot of changes.

The five biggest changes in Ubuntu 15.04, [...]

HP: We’re not leaving the public cloud

Practical Technology - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 4:47pm

Several days after HP seemed to announce that it was going to stop offering public cloud services, the company is now stating that it will continue to offer its OpenStack-powered Helion public cloud.

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Dell XPS 13 Linux developer edition available

Practical Technology - Fri, 10/04/2015 - 8:04pm

Dell has come through again with its latest laptop that’s just for Linux developers: The fourth generation Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. This model is the latest in Dell’s high-end workstation laptops for programmers.

Unlike earlier models, this latest power laptop starts at a very affordable price: $949. This “starter” computer is powered by [...]

Docker comes to Microsoft Azure

Practical Technology - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 8:06pm

As expected, container technology, especially Docker, has become hotter than ever in clouds. What you might not have expected was for Microsoft to adopt Docker for Azure. Well, surprise! They have.

First, a little background. Clouds are built on virtual machine (VM) hypervisors such as Hyper-V, KVM, and Xen. While you can run multiple VMs [...]

Securing the web once and for all: The Let’s Encrypt Project

Practical Technology - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 8:02pm

In case you’ve been in a cave, you may not have noticed Web security is a mess. Gmail had fits this weekend with sending mail because the mail server tasked with sending messages had an expired security certificate. Before that, a Secure-Socket Layer (SSL) encryption problem that had been hiding in the code since the [...]

iOS 8 hate

Practical Technology - Fri, 03/04/2015 - 5:11pm

Enough is enough. Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system came out in mid-September. Since then, the company has delivered seven — count ’em, seven — patch releases, and iOS 8 still doesn’t work that well. Argh!

iOS 8.3 should be out real soon now, we’re told. I’d like to think it will fix all of [...]

Nebula, OpenStack cloud vendor, just shut down with no notice

Practical Technology - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 5:06pm

Nebula, one of the first OpenStack hardware resellers and integrators, closed its doors April 1st. And, no, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.

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How to avoid “Cargo Cult” clouds

Practical Technology - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 5:05pm

If you think all you need to do to solve all your IT problems is to add a cloud, think again.

Cargo cults sounds like an urban legend, but they’re not. There really were South Pacific tribes that believed if they simply made fake airplanes, real airplanes would appear bearing radios, TVs, trucks and everything else [...]

The best Chromebook ever: Google’s 2015 Pixel

Practical Technology - Fri, 20/03/2015 - 7:23pm

I didn’t just buy Google’s new Chromebook Pixel. No, I bought the high-end model with the 5th-generation, 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-5500U processor with 16GBs of memory and a 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for $1,299. And, I’m not the only one. That top-of-the-line Chromebook Pixel is sold out. Why would I spend this kind of [...]

You need to apply the OpenSSL patches today, not tomorrow

Practical Technology - Thu, 19/03/2015 - 8:59pm

At first glance, you might not think that the latest set of OpenSSL security patches are that important. Sure, there’s a dozen of them and two are serious, but are they really that bad? Yes, actually they’re not just bad, they’re awful.

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Red Hat Developer Toolset 3.1 beta arrives

Practical Technology - Thu, 19/03/2015 - 8:58pm

It’s one of those eternal problems between developers and operators that even DevOps can’t entirely solve. System administrators want the most stable operating system possible, while programmers want the latest and greatest development tools. Red Hat‘s solution for this dilemma has been to take those brand spanking-new tools, test them out on the latest stable [...]

DevOps goes corporate

Practical Technology - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 8:49pm

I’ve been talking a lot about DevOps and Agile recently. I believe DevOps will define how we do development and administer the cloud for years to come. I’m not the only one. Research firm Gartner agrees.

In a recent report, Gartner analysts Janessa Rivera and Rob van der Meulen stated that, “Although DevOps emphasizes people [...]

Sling TV is coming for your cable cord with more channels and Xbox deal

Practical Technology - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 8:48pm

I’ve been viewing Sling TV for several weeks now. I first got it because I wanted to watch ESPN. Since Sling TV first showed up in early February, it’s channel offerings have only continued to grow. Indeed, it’s now at the point where it’s rivaling conventional cable TV offerings.

Sling TV is coming for [...]


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