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Richard Stallman: Keep your data at home, not in the clouds

Richard Stallman: Keep your data at home, not in the clouds

The concept of using web-based programs like Google's Gmail is "worse than stupidity", according to a leading advocate of free software. Cloud computing – where IT power is delivered over the internet as you need it, rather than drawn from a desktop computer – has gained currency in recent years. Large internet and technology [...]

Iron Is Google Chrome for the “Tinfoil Hat” Crowd

Iron Is Google Chrome for the “Tinfoil Hat” Crowd

Free application Iron is a slightly modified version of the Chromium source of Google Chrome that removes components of Chrome that report your usage habits to Google. In practice, that means it removes your unique user ID, doesn't send user-specific info to Google, skips crash reporting, and doesn't check with Google for updates. Some [...]

GNOME 2.24 Released!

GNOME 2.24 Released!

Seems like a decent release. The stand-out feature is definitely the tabs in Nautilus. I'm intrigued by Ekiga. I am hopefully only using Gnome temporarily until the KDE folks get their product back in shape. I can't say I've grown to love GNOME in the last six months or so but I've grown not to dislike it as much as I once did. (more…)

The crazy history of your browser User-Agent string

The crazy history of your browser User-Agent string

In the beginning there was NCSA Mosaic, and Mosaic called itself NCSA_Mosaic/2.0 (Windows 3.1), and Mosaic displayed pictures along with text, and there was much rejoicing. Mosaic was developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) beginning in late 1992. NCSA released the browser in 1993, and officially discontinued [...]

Hans Reiser’s Confession

Hans Reiser’s Confession

With his children asleep in bed, Hans Reiser stole away from his home two nights in a row to dig his wife's grave, while her body sat in a duffel bag in his car. That's one of the details to emerge in this grisly 34-page transcript (.pdf) of Reiser's belated August 21 confession to prosecutor Paul Hora. An excerpt is below. One note: it becomes [...]

vi Survival Guide

vi Survival Guide

If you are trying to work at a command line in pretty much any Operating System, no matter if it is a GNU/Linux brand such as Ubuntu or Fedora Core, another UNIX-like system like Mac OS X or FreeBSD or even Microsoft Windows, you will most definitely need a text editor sooner or later. If you are using a UNIX-like system, like GNU/Linux variants, [...]

Red Hat hack prompts critical OpenSSH update

Red Hat hack prompts critical OpenSSH update

Red Hat has warned that hackers were able to commandeer its systems and tamper with code - but said that since its content distribution was not hit, it is confident that polluted code has not served up to users. The first hint that something was wrong came last week when Fedora rebuilt its systems, a reconstruction that was accompanied by [...]

Nerrivik – Beta 1 of Amarok 2.0 released!

Nerrivik – Beta 1 of Amarok 2.0 released!

The Amarok team is proud to announce the first beta version of Amarok 2, codenamed Nerrivik, released after days of hard work during this year's Akademy in Belgium. It contains a considerable amount of improvements over the previous alpha versions, bringing Amarok one step closer to the 2.0 release. Thanks again for sending bug reports, patches [...]

DEFCON 16 – The Tools

DEFCON 16 – The Tools

DEFCON, the 9000+ attendee hacker conference in Vegas has become a sort of hydra conference. It has become more like a global fair than what most people think of conferences; even the badge is highly unique. I say this because there are so many things to do at DEFCON, other than going to talks, that you could spend your whole weekend looking at [...]

Linux to Confuse the Masses

Linux to Confuse the Masses

Sometimes it’s fun to just make people think “WTF‽” when they see your computer. That’s “WTF‽” in a good way. It’s not hard on Linux to make people say “woah”, but it’s even easier, if you know the command line, to make people look at you typing away on your laptop and [...]

HOWTO: Secure A Linux Web Server

HOWTO: Secure A Linux Web Server

If you self-manage or Co-Lo a Linux server, you absolutely need to know how to secure your box. If you don't know, you need managed hosting. End of story. No questions. Here's a (very) basic outline for you. You'll need to do some research on each step. This post is specific to a Linux server running Apache and PHP, a very common combination. [...]

Details, Exploits of Web-Wide DNS Vulnerability Revealed

Details, Exploits of Web-Wide DNS Vulnerability Revealed

The much-discussed vulnerability in the Internet's Domain Name System is out -- and so are exploits that take advantage of it. The flaw's founder, Dan Kaminsky of IoActive, held a Webcast today in which he gave details on his findings, and revealed that attacks have been developed to exploit it. "Guys, we're in a lot of trouble," Kaminsky [...]

Banshee GNU music player for Linux turns 1.0

Banshee GNU music player for Linux turns 1.0

I'm awfully excited to note (belatedly) that Banshee, the free and open source music player for Linux, turned 1.0 a couple weeks ago. When I first surveyed all the music players available for the girlfriend's Linux laptop, Banshee looked the most promising, but it was still in a fairly unstable beta. Now that it's finished, I'm happily importing [...]

Java is finally Free and Open!

Java is finally Free and Open!

At JavaOne in May, 2006, Sun Microsystems announced they were going to release Java as free software under the terms of the GPL. The size of the task (6.5 million lines of code) was only eclipsed by the size of the opportunity for Java as a free and open technology. At JavaOne in May 2007, Sun announced that the work was largely completed and [...]

Open Source Software Is Not Piracy

Open Source Software Is Not Piracy

It's easy to make the mistake. The idea that the fact these things are free of cost isn't the major motivator is something that is over most peoples heads. Take movie piracy for example. The fact that it enabled you to get movies without paying is only a tiny fraction of the allure. It's the only thing companies see, however, and it's the only [...]

Maximize Firefox Without Extensions Using about:config

Maximize Firefox Without Extensions Using about:config

If you type about:config in your address bar, Firefox opens the master directory of user-defined preferences and built-in settings. The ultimate arena for performance tampering, the about:config settings are the foundation for programming Firefox extensions. (more…)

Microsoft’s new weapon against open source: Stupidity

Microsoft’s new weapon against open source: Stupidity

An Information Week article published last week appears to position Microsoft as trying to do something right when it comes to open source. And it positions the open source community as being not quite ready to make nice after past insults, threats, and abuse. Speaking for myself, I am always ready to see what somebody has to say when they say [...]

HOWTO: Back Up and Restore Your MySQL Database

HOWTO: Back Up and Restore Your MySQL Database

Do you need to change your web host or switch your database server? This is probably the only time when you really think of backing up your MySQL data. If you've got a website with a database or your custom database running for your applications, it is imperative that you make regular backups of the database. In this article, I will outline two [...]

Vector Magic No Longer Free

Vector Magic No Longer Free

We're kinda late on reporting this but, this for those of us who are artistically challenged need all the help we can get when it comes to design software. A vector tracing tool called Vector Magic (the result of Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory research project by James Diebel and Jacob Norda) was a valuable addition to the [...]

Firefox Beta 3 R4 memory usage is superb

Firefox Beta 3 R4 memory usage is superb

Even Opera gets pwnt. IE 8 and Safari couldn't be completed because they crashed during testing. The drop in memory usage at the end is when they close all but one tab - IE7 never releases memory. Source

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