Lunduke’s Theory of Computer Mockery — no technology is sacred

Lunduke’s Theory of Computer Mockery — no technology is sacred

The more important the technology, the more ruthlessly and brutally it will be mocked.

11/06/2017

What is MINIX? The most popular OS in the world, thanks to Intel

What is MINIX? The most popular OS in the world, thanks to Intel

You might not know it, but inside your Intel system, you have an operating system running in addition to your main OS that is raising eyebrows and concerns. It's called MINNIX.

11/02/2017

Linux command line tools for working with non-Linux users

Linux command line tools for working with non-Linux users

If you work within a Linux terminal, working with non-Linux users can be difficult. These tools help with document compatibility and companywide instant messaging.

11/01/2017

History of computers, part 2 — TCP/IP owes a lot to Xerox PUP

History of computers, part 2 — TCP/IP owes a lot to Xerox PUP

An interview with Robert Taylor, former manager of Xerox PARC, shows TCP/IP designs were based a lot on the PARC Universal Packet (PUP) networking protocol suite.

10/23/2017

Server downtime is bad. Server slowness is worse

Server downtime is bad. Server slowness is worse

A server going down can really muck things up for any business. Also problematic, and costly, though, are slow servers, databases and networks.

10/04/2017

Time to rethink how much customer data you store

Time to rethink how much customer data you store

Companies store lots of customer data – including personally identifiable information – raising concerns about the cost to store that data, as well as the need to secure it.

10/03/2017

Weird IP networks: Internet via birds and ham radios

Weird IP networks: Internet via birds and ham radios

When disaster strikes and internet access is knocked out, how can you communicate? Ham radios and IP over Avian Carriers are two options.

09/29/2017

2 options for deciding open computing standards—neither is great

2 options for deciding open computing standards—neither is great

The current way open computing standards are decided is broken. Deciding what to replace it with, though, is difficult. There’s no one easy solution.

09/28/2017

Nextcloud’s file storage solution gets a security boost

Nextcloud’s file storage solution gets a security boost

The new version of Nextcloud includes end-to-end encryption and enterprise key management.

09/27/2017

W3C DRM appeal fails, votes kept secret

W3C DRM appeal fails, votes kept secret

The World Wide Web Consortium’s decision to keep votes about DRM secret and that it censured the EFF for “disclosing even vague sense of a vote” raises concerns.

09/18/2017

Easy data storage services are like fast food

Easy data storage services are like fast food

Cloud storage is the fast-food way of storing data, and it will give you the IT equivalent of gastronomical distress. You’ll wish you took time to set up your own server.

08/30/2017

History of computers, part 1 — The bulletin board system

History of computers, part 1 — The bulletin board system

Before we had always-available, fast connections to multiple servers, we had dial-up modems and bulletin board systems (BBS). And it wasn’t even that long ago.

08/28/2017

How to set up an all open-source IT infrastructure from scratch

How to set up an all open-source IT infrastructure from scratch

An all open-source workplace makes the most sense. You’ll save money, be more secure and have more flexibility.

08/21/2017

Standards bodies (like W3C) need more transparency

Standards bodies (like W3C) need more transparency

The World Wide Web Consortium’s lack of transparency when creating industry standards raises questions.

07/31/2017

2 reasons to migrate off of Microsoft Exchange Server

2 reasons to migrate off of Microsoft Exchange Server

By migrating away from Microsoft Exchange, you reduce costs for your organization and improve the security of your accounts and data. One option to use instead: Kolab.

07/19/2017

W3C embraces DRM—puts itself on the wrong side of history

W3C embraces DRM—puts itself on the wrong side of history

The W3C’s endorsement of Encrypted Media Extensions, a DRM-like restriction, is a terrible move. The EME spec restricts what can be viewed on web browsers.

07/10/2017

Choosing Windows for your organization should get you fired

Choosing Windows for your organization should get you fired

No operating system gets hit by ransomware attacks like Windows. If you want to keep your data safe, you need to migrate to a different operating system.

06/28/2017

How to quicken your site's webpage load time

How to quicken your site's webpage load time

If you migrate away from a CMS system, not only can you make your webpages smaller and faster-loading, but you can save significantly on server infrastructure costs as well.

06/20/2017

Save money and make your website better—by killing JavaScript

Save money and make your website better—by killing JavaScript

Adding more servers, caching systems or bandwidth to solve website performance issues is only a Band-Aid. Instead reduce website sizes by removing JavaScript.

06/05/2017

The problem with Linux packaging in large organizations

The problem with Linux packaging in large organizations

Until the Linux world standardizes on a single package format across all distributions, we have AppImage, FlatPak and Open Build Service to make our lives a little easier.

05/31/2017

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