You are here

Practical Technology

Practical Technology
Checked: 2 hours 24 min ago
Updated: 2 hours 24 min ago
Update every: 2 hours

for practical people.
Subscribe to Practical Technology

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 […]

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 >


Subscribe to Practical Technology