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Ubuntu, Linux, Networks, and software systems

Standards, squashing the pile, and maturing technology

Paul Venezia poses the question: Countless IT admin tools depend on these technologies. Do you have a plan to keep yours working?. What prompted the question goes back to browser incompatibilities, browser limitations, and efforts to provide services via web browsers. A quick glance around an IT infrastructure of any size will reveal a rich […]

Winchester house software development

Jon Evans’ Three Reasons Why Your Software Is So Far Behind Schedule got me thinking about Winchester House (wikipedia)software development. His rationale is that it is “technical debt” rather than an irrational effort to keep ghosts at bay – but maybe technical debt is indeed just such an effort? “Technical debt is not always a […]

Upstart Systemd

Getting a computer operating system powered up is no small feat with today’s complex processors and computers. If you look at a system monitor that tells you the number of processes running in the background on your computer, you’ll likely find that there are hundreds of them (514 on mine right now). These processes handle […]

Getting behind the Unity Mir thing

It was when the GNOME project decided to innovate in version 3. The effort was a bit high-handed to many and GNOME took many privileges in created a new version of a popular graphics toolkit. The developer of ab independent Linux file and desktop manager provides some background on the situation in A Linux Conspiracy […]

SSD cleanup in Ubuntu

If you are using an SSD, using the Trim capability will help keep performance up by coordinating between the system and the drive which blocks of data are no longer considered in use. Web Upd8 has the how and why: Enable TRIM On SSD (Solid-State Drives) In Ubuntu For Better Performance They recommend using a […]

Large population communications lab: Burning Man

“There is literally nowhere else on earth where you can run an experimental mobile phone network with a potential 30,000 users and get away with it. Nowhere else can you learn so much in as short a timeframe about people’s relationship with their mobile phones or what makes a mobile network tick. “ Tim Panton […]

System security and FOSS

Jesse Litton has a good rundown on Why Linux Will Never Suffer From Viruses Like Windows. One of the reasons that is rarely mentioned is one that Apple and MS are starting to notice in the limiting applications and software to only what you can get from them. Most Linux users get their software from […]

OS/2 – twenty five year anniversary

The footprint is still huge. It took five years until it shook the 286 paradigm to really offer the benefit of an operating system that could handle multiple modems and printers in addition to a decent user interface seamlessly. The hardware available then required the system to do a whole lot with very little. 25 […]

Command line assistance

One of the problems with using typed commands for doing things on a computer is that you need to know the command – you can’t just browse a list to find one. That particular problem has been tackled. The How-To-Geek describes How to Get Help With a Command from the Linux Terminal: 8 Tricks for […]

Modern messaging (email) technology, policies, implications

The climate research messaging archive that was released surreptitiously, in two parts with a protected archive so far, provides a good example for learning about how electronic messaging works and the laws regarding privacy and retention that have been put together to balance privacy and legal openness. Anthony Watts provides a very good synopsis of […]