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Which Web browser crashes the most?

Practical Technology - Tue, 20/08/2013 - 4:19pm
Sauce Labs, an Internet software testing and development company, specializes in automated testing for mobile and Web applications by delivering a test environment that accommodates over 150 browsers, operating systems, and device platforms. In the course of all that testing they’ve gotten to know which ones break the most and which ones break the least. […]

Linux reaches out to hobbyist developers

Practical Technology - Sun, 18/08/2013 - 9:19pm
Who writes Linux? Is it: 1) Linus Torvalds and a waddle of penguins. 2) Graduate students and hackers living in their parents’ basements. 3) Programmers working for major companies including Red Hat, IBM, and Microsoft. The answer is… number 3! Linux reaches out to hobbyist developers. More >

Yes, virtualization is faster (sometimes) than native hardware

Practical Technology - Fri, 16/08/2013 - 9:23pm
It’s a computing truism that when it comes to delivering the fastest possible speeds with high-performance computing (HPC), you must use native computing instead of virtualization. Recent studies have shown that, in some configurations, VMware’s vSphere can actually deliver faster performance than native computing. Yes, virtualization is faster (sometimes) than native hardware. More >

Single-sign on and the cloud: It’s complicated

Practical Technology - Thu, 15/08/2013 - 9:24pm
According to global analyst firm Ovum the cloud poses both real problems and opportunities for identity and access management (IAM). They can say that again! Single-sign on and the cloud: It’s complicated. More >

New York Times Website goes down

Practical Technology - Wed, 14/08/2013 - 9:43pm
The New York Times (NYT) Web site is down. The site went down at approximately 11:40 AM Eastern Daylight Savings time (EDT). New York Times Website goes down. More >

Where does OpenStack go from here?

Practical Technology - Wed, 14/08/2013 - 9:42pm
Businesses love OpenStack. After only three years, OpenStack corporate backers and users now include Cisco, Red Hat, Rackspace, IBM, Intel, HP, etc., etc. You get the idea. That’s all very nice and well, but where does OpenStack go from here? Where does OpenStack go from here? More >

Run Windows apps on both OS X & Linux with CrossOver 12.5

Practical Technology - Wed, 14/08/2013 - 9:40pm
Most Mac and Linux users think anything Windows can do their operating systems can do better. Often, they’re right, but then there comes that day when they really need to run that one special Windows application and then they’re stuck. Run Windows apps on both OS X & Linux with CrossOver 12.5. More >

Microsoft Bing-bang-bungles local search

Practical Technology - Mon, 12/08/2013 - 10:53pm
Talk about having things both ways! A few months ago in its “Scroogled” ad campaign, Microsoft was complaining about how Google uses your search terms and Gmail contents to deliver targeted ads. Now, Microsoft is touting how Windows 8.1 uses your search terms to deliver targeted ads, even when you’re doing searches on local drives. […]

ZTE Firefox OS smartphone available globally for $80

Practical Technology - Mon, 12/08/2013 - 10:51pm
No one doubts that Android is the number one smartphone operating system and that Apple’s iOS is number two. The real question is “Who will be number three?” Windows Phone is moving up; Blackberry is imploding; and, the Linux-based Ubuntu and Firefox want to be in the mix as well. What’s a would-be number three […]

Running Linux on a Windows PC: Your getting started guide

Practical Technology - Mon, 12/08/2013 - 10:38pm
So, you’re finally considering giving Linux a try. It’s about time! And it’s really not as scary (or different) as you may think. The myth that you had to be some kind of computer guru to use Linux is utterly untrue. Today’s top desktop Linux distributions, such as Mint, openSUSE, and Ubuntu are easier to […]

Big data, metadata, and traffic analysis: What the NSA is really doing

Practical Technology - Mon, 29/07/2013 - 6:46pm
What I find most remarkable about all the hubbub about the National Security Agency’s Prism program is how little new “news” there is to Edward Snowden’s “revelations.” After all, the NSA’s mission has been to intercept communications and break codes ever since it was founded in 1952. Combine that with the Patriot Act, and anyone [...]

Ubuntu: One OS, one interface, all devices

Practical Technology - Fri, 26/07/2013 - 3:19pm
For years, Ubuntu and its parent company Canonical has been pursuing a single dream: One operating system and one interface, Unity, for PCs, tablets, and smartphones. That dream is now becoming a reality. Ubuntu: One OS, one interface, all devices. More >

OpenDaylight Software-Defined Networking Codebase coming together

Practical Technology - Thu, 25/07/2013 - 3:16pm
The OpenDaylight Project, the Linux Foundation-led industry-supported open source framework to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is coming together more quickly than many people expected. On July 25, OpenDaylight announced that many new technology contributions are being integrated into the project. OpenDaylight Software-Defined Networking Codebase coming together. More >

Top 5 Features in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Practical Technology - Thu, 25/07/2013 - 3:14pm
Most people won’t find a new version of Android to be as sexy as the latest Nexus 7 tablet, nor will they find it as entertaining as Google’s answer to Apple TV, the Chromecast, but it will be bringing many new, strong features for both developers and end-users. Here’s my list of the best of [...]

Puppet: An easy way to build servers on your cloud

Practical Technology - Fri, 19/07/2013 - 10:19pm
Anyone can set up and run a single server instance on a cloud. That’s easy. Few people can set up multiple server instances on a cloud that can efficiently and automatically shift gears to match the rise and fall of user demand. That’s hard. And that’s where cloud configuration management programs such as Puppet, Chef, [...]

Can any tablet OS challenge Android and iOS?

Practical Technology - Fri, 19/07/2013 - 10:15pm
Based on Microsoft’s latest earnings report, its Surface RT is a flop. This, in turn, means that Windows RT has failed. But, there are many other would-be tablet operating system challengers to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Seriously, though, do any of them have a real shot? Can any tablet OS challenge Android and iOS? [...]

Happy Birthday OpenStack! How did you grow up so fast?

Practical Technology - Fri, 19/07/2013 - 10:12pm
Three years ago, on July 19th, 2010, Rackspace and NASA introduced OpenStack. Then, it was just another cloud stack project, a promising one but only one among many. Fast forward to today and OpenStack’s list of backers is a technology giant’s who’s who: HP, IBM, Red Hat, VMware, the list goes on and on. How [...]

Third-party app released to fix Bluebox Security Android hole

Practical Technology - Wed, 17/07/2013 - 7:56pm
Almost two-weeks after Bluebox Security announced a vulnerability in Android’s security model that could enable attackers to convert most Android applications into Trojans, and more than a week after Google released the fix for it, the vast majority of Android OEMs has yet to patch the hole. So, Duo Security and Northeastern University’s System Security Lab [...]

Eucalyptus 3.3 arrives with additional Amazon cloud features

Practical Technology - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 7:52pm
Say you want a private cloud, but you also want to be able to expand out into the public cloud when you must? What can you do? One answer is use Eucalyptus 3.3, which can work hand in glove with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Eucalyptus 3.3 arrives with additional Amazon cloud features. More [...]

Linux 3.11: Linux for Workgroups

Practical Technology - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 7:51pm
Almost twenty-years ago in August 1993, Microsoft released its second networked version of Windows: Windows for Workgroups 3.11. It wasn’t a success. Success for Microsoft in a network-enabled operating system would come in the same year with Windows NT. On Sunday, July 14 2013, with a wink, Linus Torvalds released the first version of the [...]

Meet Utilite, new Raspberry Pi rival

Practical Technology - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 12:29am
Cheap, low-end PCs – such as the Raspberry Pi and Parallella — have become quite popular with do-it-yourself fans. Now, CompuLab, an Israeli computer OEM, is throwing its hat into the ring with its $99 Utilite mini-PC, which might also serve businesses well. Meet Utilite, new Raspberry Pi rival. More >

Android should embrace a Windows-style security update model

Practical Technology - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 12:28am
When it comes to security, Android 2013 is a lot like Windows in the 1990s and much of the 2000s: A mess. Still, Microsoft got one thing right with security early on. Starting with Windows 98, Microsoft released regular direct-to-user security updates with Patch Tuesday. It’s high time Google followed Microsoft’s lead and start implementing [...]

Oracle to halt development of Sun virtualization technologies

Practical Technology - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 12:26am
Oracle has decided to stop development on its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Sun Ray Software and Hardware, and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client product lines. Some Oracle partners, which received the news over the weekend, are not happy with this change. Oracle to halt development of Sun virtualization technologies. More >

Android OEMs slow to roll out Bluebox Security patch

Practical Technology - Fri, 12/07/2013 - 7:58pm
The scary news was that Bluebox Security had worked out a way to break Android’s security model. In theory, this could be exploited with almost any Androids apps. The hopeful news was that Google quickly released a patch for the security hole to phone original equipment manufacturers (OEM)s . The annoying news is that almost [...]

PaRSEC: Designing software for the exascale supercomputer generation

Practical Technology - Fri, 12/07/2013 - 7:54pm
Anyone who programs for high-performance computing (HPC) knows that what works for standard computing doesn’t work for supercomputers. Now, with exascale supercomputers, which will be able to do a quintillion (1018 or 1,000 quadrillion)  floating point operations per second, in sight by decade’s end, it’s time for software to get ready to handle this new [...]

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