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Cyanogen: Helping to unify Android

Practical Technology - Mon, 23/09/2013 - 2:32pm
Will Cyanogen, the newly minted commercial company behind the alternative CyanogenMod Android firmware, actually help fragment Android? Hmmm… Here’s the one word answer: “No.” Cyanogen: Helping to unify Android. More >

Penguins in Space! Asteroid mining and Linux

Practical Technology - Sun, 22/09/2013 - 2:28pm
When I was a kid in the 60s, books such as Miss Pickerell on the Moon, On the Trail of the Space Pirates, and Robert A. Heinlein’s The Rolling Stones had me dreaming of flying rockets to asteroids with my trusty Geiger counter and pick-axe in hand. It was science fiction then. Planetary Resources is on […]

Juniper throws its hat into the open-source SDN ring

Practical Technology - Thu, 19/09/2013 - 7:41pm
Software Defined Network (SDN) will revolutionize datacenter and cloud networking — if everyone can agree on how to deploy it. Alcatel-Lucent has Nuage; Cisco and a host of other companies have the open-source Project Daylight, and now Juniper has its own take: Contrail and its open-source brother OpenContrail. Juniper throws its hat into the open-source SDN […]

Linus Torvalds doesn’t want to be Microsoft’s CEO and other Linuxcon ramblings

Practical Technology - Wed, 18/09/2013 - 7:36pm
New Orleans: Early in the morning at LinuxCon, Linus Torvalds and the other top Linux developers talked to the Linux faithful about Linux, Microsoft, and other issues. Torvalds was joined by leading Linux programmers including Red Hat’s Ric Wheeler and Tejun Heo; Greg Kroah-Hartman, the master of all things Linux driver related; and Sarah Sharp, […]

Valve CEO: Why Linux is the future of gaming

Practical Technology - Mon, 16/09/2013 - 7:19pm
New Orleans: If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: The reason why desktop Linux hasn’t made it is because of its lack of games. Thanks to Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve and its Steam game platform, that’s not true anymore. Valve CEO: Why Linux is the future of gaming. More >

Who writes Linux? Almost 10,000 developers

Practical Technology - Mon, 16/09/2013 - 7:17pm
NEW ORLEANS: Who writes Linux? Perhaps the better question is who doesn’t write it? At LinuxCon, in New Orleans, The Linux Foundation revealed in its latest report “Linux Kernel Development: How Fast It is Going, Who is Doing It, What They Are Doing and Who is Sponsoring It.” that the largest collaborative project in the history […]

Does Windows 8 help the government to spy on us?

Practical Technology - Mon, 09/09/2013 - 9:56pm
The Microsoft fan club is up in arms. Those reports about Windows 8 allowing the government to spy on us? Nonsense, they fuss. It’s simply not true that Windows 8 combines with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to create a built-in back door for surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA). No, no, they whine, the […]

Linux “HoT” bank Trojan: Failed malware

Practical Technology - Mon, 09/09/2013 - 9:54pm
Initially it looked like the “Hand of Thief” (HoT) Trojan would be the first successful Linux Trojan. However, further investigation by RSA, the Security Division of EMC, reveals that the Hand of Thief is just another in a long line of so-called Linux malware that’s more bark than bite. Linux “HoT” bank Trojan: Failed malware. […]

PostgresSQL: The Other big open-source database has a new release

Practical Technology - Mon, 09/09/2013 - 9:47pm
When you think about open-source database management systems (DBMS), you probably think about Oracle’s MySQL and its great rival/fork MariaDB. That’s thinking too small. There’s another great, enterprise capable DBMS, PostgreSQL, and its latest, greatest release PostgreSQL 9.3, has just arrived. PostgresSQL: The Other big open-source database has a new release. More >

Has the NSA broken SSL? TLS? AES?

Practical Technology - Fri, 06/09/2013 - 9:45pm
Just how broken are fundamental Internet security technologies such as Secure-Socket Layer (SSL), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and Transport Layer Security (TLS)? We still don’t know for certain. But, it’s clear that the National Security Agency (NSA) has broken many kinds of  Internet encryption technologies… including the ones we use every day. Has the NSA […]

Linux Professional Institute puts Linux in the classrooms

Practical Technology - Thu, 05/09/2013 - 9:40pm
Do you want a job in IT? Then you really need to learn Linux and open-source software. When I was at the open-source OSCon convention earlier this year,  everyone, and I mean everyone, including Microsoft, was looking to hire people with Linux and open-source experience. A recent Dice and Linux Foundation survey found that 93 […]

Wearable computing: Why there’s no room for watches like Galaxy Gear

Practical Technology - Wed, 04/09/2013 - 9:55pm
When I was a kid, I liked reading Dick Tracy comics. This was during 1960s when the strip took a science-fiction turn and Tracy, who had long sported a two-way radio wrist-watch, started using a two-way wrist TV. It was fun then to think about high-tech electronics in a wrist-watch. That was then. This is […]

Cassandra 2.0: The next generation of big data

Practical Technology - Wed, 04/09/2013 - 9:54pm
In 2008, Facebook gave big data users a gift. The social network released Cassandra, its NoSQL, big data distributed data store to open source. Today, with the release of Cassandra 2.0, the gift is more valuable than ever. Cassandra 2.0: The next generation of big data. More >

Microsoft: The hardware company

Practical Technology - Tue, 03/09/2013 - 9:50pm
For decades, Microsoft was a software company. Now, with the purchase of Nokia’s phone division, Microsoft has officially shifted to being a serious hardware company as well. Microsoft: The hardware company. More >

Graying Linux developers look for new blood

Practical Technology - Fri, 30/08/2013 - 2:22pm
It’s not that Linux’s core developers are “old.” After all, Linus Torvalds, Mr. Linux himself, is only 42. But for a few years now, the core Linux kernel developers have been aware that the top programmers have been getting older. This isn’t just an impression. While as Amanda McPherson, The Linux Foundation‘s VP of marketing […]

How the Syrian Electronic Army took out the New York Times and Twitter sites

Practical Technology - Wed, 28/08/2013 - 2:18pm
Once more, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a pro-Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad organization, has struck on the internet. This time, SEA hit The New York Times (NYT), Twitter, and other popular sites. Unlike previous attacks that relied on phishing attacks to gain password information from the target site’s authorized users, SEA is using the weak […]

Red Hat releases new OpenStack cloud certification

Practical Technology - Wed, 28/08/2013 - 2:14pm
How do you judge if someone really has the expertise you need to run your OpenStack Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud? Red Hat, the Linux giant and OpenStack backer, has a suggestion: Look for someone with a Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (RHCEI). Red Hat releases new OpenStack cloud certification. More >

The lunacy of trying to avoid NSA spying by moving e-mail and cloud out of the US

Practical Technology - Tue, 27/08/2013 - 9:55pm
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation recently claimed that thanks to the National Security Agency (NSA) spying programs, US cloud providers would lose at least 10 percent of its foreign market, $21.5 billion, to European or Asian competitors. Others are considering abandoning American Internet companies and e-mail providers in favor of European providers. But if […]

Not fast enough, not broad enough: The US Internet in 2013

Practical Technology - Tue, 27/08/2013 - 9:51pm
Say good-bye to Internet’s narrowband yesterday of modems when a great connection could bring you the Internet at up to a breath-taking 53.6Kbps (Kilobits per second). Today, only 3 percent of U.S. Internet users are stuck at dial-up speeds. Better still, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reports that “As of May […]

New virtualization benchmark for clouds and datacenters

Practical Technology - Mon, 26/08/2013 - 9:47pm
Everyone uses virtualization, but almost no one talks about benchmarking it. It’s easy to understand why. It’s hard to do. Fortunately, the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC), recently released a new benchmark for datacenter-level virtualization, SPECvirt_sc2013. New virtualization benchmark for clouds and datacenters. More >

Five reasons why Ballmer needed to go

Practical Technology - Fri, 23/08/2013 - 9:22pm
Steve Ballmer is going to retire from Microsoft sometime within the next 12 months. Well, that’s the official story. I think Microsoft’s board finally gave him a choice: Jump or be pushed. Five reasons why Ballmer needed to go. More >

The first rule of choosing a desktop Linux distribution: User, know thyself

Practical Technology - Thu, 22/08/2013 - 9:19pm
On a regular basis I use five different Linux different distributions. Over the decades, I’ve used pretty every much every major Linux distribution out there… and I haven’t even touched more than 10% of all available Linux distributions. If I, who’ve made something of a career of tracking Linux, can’t keep up with all the […]

Canonical doesn’t see Ubuntu Edge campaign as a failure

Practical Technology - Thu, 22/08/2013 - 9:16pm
Not that there was ever much doubt in the last few days about Canonical failing to make its crowd-sourcing goal for the Ubuntu Edge, but now it’s official. There will be no Ubuntu Edge. While Canonical raised $12.8-million on Indiegogo to develop and build the Ubuntu Linux/Android-powered Ubuntu Edge combination smartphone and PC, it was […]

Yes, Open Source Jobs are Hot – and We Have Stats to Prove It

Practical Technology - Thu, 22/08/2013 - 2:25pm
There I was, at perhaps the biggest hard-core, open source conference of them all these days, OSCon. The buzz was that everyone, and I mean everyone, was looking to hire. So I thought to myself, “Are they really?” I set about asking every OSCon exhibitor, more than a hundred of them, if they were indeed […]

US court rules masking IP address to access blocked Website violates law

Practical Technology - Wed, 21/08/2013 - 2:37pm
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in Northern District of California has ruled that avoiding an IP address block to connect to a Website is a breach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Some have taken this decision to mean that the court’s broad interpretation of the law may mean accessing Websites that are […]


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