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Return to Propeller Head Dept.

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blogs.pcworld.co.nz: It's been a while, but here's a fresh collection of Linux, computer and programming wit and wisdom. Who says geeks don't have a sense of humour?

How to Make Windows Faster than Linux

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junauza.com: In terms of speed, we can't deny the fact that Linux has an edge over Windows. I'm here to teach you how to make Windows faster than Linux.

BDSM - The perfect operating system

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dedoimedo.com: Making an operating system that works on the principle of sin and punishment sounds like a darn good idea. Today, computer users use and misuse their machines any which way, with no regard to their digital health. There's no accountability, save for really dire things. Most of what we do with and to our computers is whim, accident, monkey-learned habit, and maybe, just maybe, a bit of productivity.

87% of Patients in Mental Hospitals used Linux

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According to the figures, 87% of computer using patients in Mental hospitals used linux as their main operating system. According to the mental health professionals, the mental collapse is caused by the overwhelming strain of installing and using Linux.

Netbook Linux -- for hairdressers? Part 1 of an ongoing series...

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This isn’t a knock against all hair stylists, per se — but mine is not only a Linux n00b, but also a bit shaky on computer and Internet fundamentals. However, unlike some of my other friends she freely owns up to her ignorance and wants to learn. Thus she is the perfect subject for a netbook Linux usability test…

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Why Ubuntu is harder than Windows

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: I use Ubuntu on all my personal computers and I even recommend it to friends. I am starting to think maybe I shouldn't though, because it is obvious:

Linux User? 7 Good Reasons to Go Back to Windows

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mandrivachronicles.blogspot: With all this craze about morphing penguins that become African lynxes, French stars, green leaves from Ireland, German chameleons, Argentinean fireflies, and even American...ur... Allow me to present those wayward children 7 good reasons to come back from that Tuxlight Zone to the embracing, always-forgiving community of Redmond!

Make your fridge run Linux!

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dedoimedo.com: OMG, what? My refrigerator, that thingie that keeps all them foods and whatnot cool and edible can run Linux? Well, definitely. And in this article, I will show you how.

Ask Yoda: What the Heck is RTFM?

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thegeekstuff.com: When you are hanging out in your favorite forums or mailing lists, you might see a newbie asking for help and don’t know where to start. Before you ask them to RTFM, ask them to read this post to understand about RTFM.

Ten New Linux Distributions Inspired by News Stories

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daniweb.com: I've run across ten new Linux distributions inspired by current news stories. Some, of course, are better than others and a few just have no practical use or purpose whatsoever but still are worth a mention.

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Security News

  • Jay Beale: Linux Security and Remembering Bastille Linux
    Security expert and co-creator of the Linux-hardening (and now Unix-hardening) project Bastille Linux. That’s Jay Beale. He’s been working with Linux, and specifically on security, since the late 1980s. The greatest threat to Linux these days? According to Beale, the thing you really need to watch out for is your Android phone, which your handset manufacturer and wireless carrier may or may not be good about updating with the latest security patches. Even worse? Applications you get outside of the controlled Google Play and Amazon environments, where who-knows-what malware may lurk. On your regular desktop or laptop Linux installation, Beale says the best security precaution you can take is encrypting your hard drive — which isn’t at all hard to do. He and I also talked a bit, toward the end, about how “the Linux community” was so tiny, once upon a time, that it wasn’t hard to know most of its major players. He also has some words of encouragement for those of you who are new to Linux and possibly a bit confused now and then. We were all new and confused once upon a time, and got less confused as we learned. Guess what? You can learn, too, and you never know where that knowledge can take you.
  • Automotive security: How safe is a next-generation car?
    The vehicles we drive are becoming increasingly connected through a variety of technologies. Features such as keyless entry and self-diagnostics are becoming commonplace. Unfortunately, they can also introduce IT security issues.
  • Let's Encrypt: Every Server on the Internet Should Have a Certificate
    The web is not secure. As of August 2016, only 45.5 percent of Firefox page loads are HTTPS, according to Josh Aas, co-founder and executive director of Internet Security Research Group. This number should be 100 percent, he said in his talk called “Let’s Encrypt: A Free, Automated, and Open Certificate Authority” at LinuxCon North America. Why is HTTPS so important? Because without security, users are not in control of their data and unencrypted traffic can be modified. The web is wonderfully complex and, Aas said, it’s a fool’s errand to try to protect this certain thing or that. Instead, we need to protect everything. That’s why, in the summer of 2012, Aas and his friend and co-worker Eric Rescorla decided to address the problem and began working on what would become the Let’s Encrypt project.
  • OpenSSL 1.1 Released With Many Changes
    OpenSSL 1.1.0 was released today as a major update to this free software cryptography and SSL/TLS toolkit. In addition to OpenSSL 1.1 rolling out a new build system and new security levels and support for pipelining and a new threading API, security additions to OpenSSL 1.1 include adding the AFALG engine, support for ChaChao20 in libcrypto/libssl, scrypto algorithm support, and support for X25519, among many other additions.
  • Is Windows ​10’s ‘Hidden Administrator Account’ a security risk? [Ed: Damage control from Microsoft Jack (Jack Schofield) because Microsoft Windows is vulnerable by design]