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*A Cow based Economics Lesson;

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SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbor.

COMMUNISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk.

FASCISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.

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We are so small

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Just talk

While you are sitting there wondering the plight of Ubuntu or if Gnome 3 is worse than KDE4.. take a look at this post, it sort of all falls into perspective..

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Parted Magic - The Ultimate Linux Tool

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Reviews

A sysadmin's toolbox doesn't contain physical spanners or screwdrivers, it does however contain tools. We pick them up over the years. Open source software which provides servers, tools, scripts they all end up in the metaphorical toolbox.

One such tool in my toolbox is a Linux distro i found a few years ago and has become invaluable. So much so that slowly but surely converts to the Microsoft cause i work with who felt that Linux offered them nothing are now using this as well.

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Listening to your music, the Third way.. AudioGalaxy vs Subsonic

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Reviews

With the big boy offering Cloud based systems for storing and listening to music and streaming systems such as Rdio and Spotify being slow on the Linux Uptake. There is a 3rd way to stream your Music over the net, and one of them specifically is very linux friendly.

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Review: Zalman ZM-VE200 Portable HDD Enclosure

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Why put a review of a Hard disk enclosure on a Linux site? Weill this linux enclosure does a little bit more than your average one, it works with ISO's and makes booting multiple Linux ISO's a piece of cake.

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How to get APT to work through a proxy..

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Howtos

APT is the core of package management on Debian based systems, its a powerful suite of tools for getting and managing packages onto the system.

As powerful as the Apt suite is, it has problems as I found out this week working through a proxy server. Something i've recently implemented.

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Gnome 3 works if done right.

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Linux

Any change to something which has been done the same way for years is going to cause an uproar, before Gnome 3 as far back as IT history goes major changes to GUI's have caused friction. The earliest i remember is the change from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 which was a huge change in an OS, the Windows 7 used today is not really that different in concept from Windows 95. When OSX was released same thing and most recently the KDE 3.5 to 4.0 change is still causing friction years after the update.

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How far off is a Star Trek level of Language Translation?

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If you watch this video it shows Google Translate doing its stuff translating between two Languages. Its pretty obvious that despite years of desktops trying to push text to speech, voice control and similar translate offerings its obvious this is a battle which moving forward is going to be fought on the mobile platforms.

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This is the desktop Ubuntu needs to run with..

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Linux

While Unity may not be best interface ever, the Ubuntu project is not short of great desktops, and one of the best and most intuitive is the KDE Netbook Interface, its based on the KDE Plasma system, and while it is by far the best netbook interface by far, it also works REALLY well on desktops.

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Is Mark Shuttleworth the new Steve Jobs?

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Linux

While the world is out there looking in retrospective at the life and times of Steve Jobs, the question is also being asked will we ever see another Steve Jobs in out lifetime? or Who will the next Steve Jobs be?

With the IT industry still really in its infancy, the founders of the computer industry are all getting on, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Larry Ellison and other such illuminati are our gods the founders. while they no longer have a day to day effect on the industry they founded directly there is no doubt they still hold sway and have valid opinion.

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How I customized my Android..

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There is no doubt that Android as a Mobile OS is gaining traction, with a slew of enterprise apps on the horizon, a good number of apps in its app store and the closest competition either Palm OS or Blackberry's offering it can only be a good future for the little green robot.

When you buy Android on a mobile however, you are not always guaranteed to get the same experience across a Samsung, HTC or Motorola who all take the stock google provided Operating System and add their own twist and apps to it.

One of the reasons the OS is popular is the simple fact that you can take what your Mobile phone vendor has done with the phone and throw it away and start again.

I'd like to share with you what i've done on my Samsung Galaxy S in three areas:

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Google's Android Market is better than the Apple App Store

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With the battle for the mobile space heating up and Apple and Google supplying the outright elite of the pack with IOS and Android respectively.

Battles such as this are won and lost with Apps, Palm, Blackberry both have found that despite having quality apps for the usual suspects, the quantity is a part of the reason why, in Palms case specifically a superior Mobile OS has limped in every time (ok, poort hardware, lacklustre marketing, and a terrible price point all caused HP/Palm WebOS issues)

When it comes to the App stores of IOS and Android i belive Android has the edge for a few simple reasons.

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My 20 Most Used Android Apps.

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It seems almost obligatory to do some form of App List and as such these are my personally most used Apps on my Android Mobile.

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Webmin, the first tool in a new Linux admin's kitbag...

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Reviews

There is no denying, there are many tasks in the IT department where a Linux server is the answer, especially considering VMware and the cost of a Windows licence, why pay that much when you could put in a CentOS or Ubuntu Server and do the job for Free.

However, if you are just breaking into Linux, or working with someone who doesn't know Linux that well, then it can be an issue, however you don't have to expose them to the fun of the command line, there is an Open Source tool which makes administering a Linux server about as easy as it gets.

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Forget about the iCloud setup an Ubuntu myCloud..

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Linux

The internet is moving to the cloud, and its going to cost you, once you've chose the service, you're pretty much locked in because the time its going to take to upload your files, you'll be fed up waiting and won't want to move servers. There is an alternative however because rather than invest in someone else's infrastructure and paying them your cold hard cash you can build your own cloud. Your own little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow..

What will we be doing?

What we are going to build here, is our own cloud server, so the PC you build it on must be able to be on all the time and attached to a fairly decent broadband connection. The server will supply media over the internet streaming video, music from your own collection over the internet (3G or Wifi) to an iPad or Android device, or a Laptop . You will also be able to host your own email address and web server which will allow you to show your photos to the world should you wish. Finally we will supply a secure system for accessing your files remotely. These are all services which you could purchase over the web however you will be hosting yourself.

During the install process i'll be drawing from many websites and these will be listed at the end of the tutorial if you want to read more. I've set this up myself so know it works well.

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VLC is the Answer to more questions than you thought..

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Reviews

While its possible to do many things with many media apps on your Operating system of choice. VLC appears under that unassuming minimalistic interface is an Open source power house with a huge number of features which are not always obvious.

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Should "There is more to Linux than Ubuntu.." be "Is there more to Linux than Ubuntu.."

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Linux

I've been blogging a lot more about Linux recently, and there is a reason for that. I have a strong belief that the rise of Ubuntu has killed the Linux desktop. There appears to be a severe lack of innovation out there in Linux desktop land with Ubuntu Spin Offs being all over the place. Ubuntu in a shiny new jacket is still Debian..

Who is going to step up to the mark from one of the other Distros and give ubuntu a run for its money? Or am i right, and Ubuntu has the desktop pwnd now.. And Unity will become the Desktop wars Winner?

Is this what the Linux Desktop market has boiled down to a commercial distro link Canonicals Ubuntu has triumphed over years of community blood sweat and toil?

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Shout out on my blog to Tuxmachines..

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Thought i'd put a shout out for Tuxmachines on my blog, the feedback and interactivity i've had from the readers on this site is amazing.

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How do i get the ethernet cards to come up automatically on CentOS/RedHat/Fedora ?

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Howtos

Having recently installed a CentOS 6 minimal server i was concerned that the network cards even after running the system network config tool didn't come up after a reboot. Took a few minutes, but i figured out why..

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Setting up a CHROOT Apache Server with Name Based Virtual Hosts

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Howtos

This howto is built from something I did earlier this week, I'm pretty sure there are other ways to chroot multiple virtual domains on a Webserver. This is how i managed it. the most important thing was the lack of mod_chroot because it isn't needed.

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Intel Core i7 7740X Preliminary Benchmarks On Linux

For those not yet well briefed on the Core-X series since the embargo expiry last week, the i7-7740X has four cores plus Hyper Threading. It has a 4.3GHz base frequency with 4.5GHz turbo frequency and an 8MB cache. The i7-7740X has a 112 Watt TDP, natively supports DDR4-2666 of dual-channel memory, and foregoes any integrated graphics. Read more

Security: Another Massive, Worldwide Ransom Attack on Microsoft Windows, Security News About GNU/Linux

  • NSA-linked tools help power second global ransomware outbreak [Ed: And neglecting to mention it targets Microsoft Windows. Why?]
  • Hacker Behind Massive Ransomware Outbreak Can't Get Emails from Victims Who Paid
    On Tuesday, a new, worldwide ransomware outbreak took off, infecting targets in Ukraine, France, Spain, and elsewhere. The hackers hit everything from international law firms to media companies. The ransom note demands victims send bitcoin to a predefined address and contact the hacker via email to allegedly have their files decrypted.
  • Digital signatures in package management
    Serious distributions try to protect their repositories cryptographically against tampering and transmission errors. Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, and Ubuntu all take different, complex, but conceptually similar approaches. Many distributions develop, test, build, and distribute their software via a heterogeneous zoo of servers, mirrors, and workstations that make central management and protection of the end product almost impossible. In terms of personnel, distributions also depend on the collaboration of a severely limited number of international helpers. This technical and human diversity creates a massive door for external and internal attackers who seek to infect popular distribution packages with malware. During updates, then, hundreds of thousands of Linux machines download and install poisoned software with root privileges. The damage could hardly be greater. The danger is less abstract than some might think. Repeatedly in the past, projects have had to take down one or more servers after hacker attacks. The motivation of (at least) all the major distributions to protect themselves from planted packages is correspondingly large and boils down to two actions: one simple and one cryptographic.
  • This Windows Defender bug was so gaping its PoC exploit had to be encrypted
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Ubuntu Kylin, a Linux Distribution with a Microsoft Windows Experience

Ubuntu Kylin is an open-source Linux distribution based on Ubuntu since 2013, mainly developed by a Chinese team alongside dozens of Linux developers all over the world. It contains the basic features you would expect from Ubuntu, plus features a desktop environment and applications. As far as we know, Ubuntu Kylin is one of the most suitable Linux distributions for users who are farmiliar with Microsoft Windows, including its desktop environment, office suite and various applications. Read more