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webOS: The latest open source, Linux distribution

Elation does not come close to describing what I am feeling right now. Euphoria does not even do it justice. Every cell in my being is in a state of extreme, joyful excitement as I speak (or write). The source or cause of the joy is none other than the announcement from HP that webOS will be, in their own […]

December 9, 2011 · 0 comments · Commentary
Is the Wuala cloud storage service truly private?

Is the Wuala cloud storage service truly private?

Wuala is a cloud storage service by LaCie, a computer storage and display outfit. Like all cloud storage services, Wuala makes it easy for you to backup, sync, share and retrieve your data from any location. How does it differentiate itself from the rest of the pack? Well, LaCie claims that Wuala is different because “All files get encrypted and […]

December 8, 2011 · 16 comments · Commentary
How does your package manager handle orphaned packages?

How does your package manager handle orphaned packages?

The last time I followed a distribution’s suggestion to remove some packages that were no longer needed, I completely hosed the system. Could not use it afterwards. Though the machine was a test machine, the experience thought me to always let sleeping dogs lie. If what those orphaned packages, as they are called, are doing is just using up a […]

December 6, 2011 · 15 comments · Commentary
Does disk encryption really protect your data from unauthorized access?

Does disk encryption really protect your data from unauthorized access?

Disk encryption is one of several physical security measures that could be used to protect data on your computer from unauthorized physical access. And it is best configured during installation, not after. But once configured, how effective is it? First, let’s see how it is implemented in some popular Linux distributions. In Fedora, for example, all you need to encrypt […]

December 5, 2011 · 10 comments · Commentary

Using OwnCloud and PageKite could get you in trouble with Verizon

These days, everybody is talking about cloud computing, and many people use it in one form or the other. But popular cloud computing services are provided by a third party, which means that you store you data on a server somewhere, so that you can access it any time, from anywhere. But there are cloud applications that any person can […]

November 22, 2011 · 4 comments · Commentary

Clear evidence that cell phone use increases the incidence of head cancers

We believe that urgent action is needed to protect our children and young people from a epidemic of brain and other tumours in 10 to 30 years time. The majority of malignant gliomas (the most common type that has been associated with mobile phone use) are fatal within 3 to 5 years of diagnosis, even with treatment. If a large […]

May 27, 2011 · 0 comments · Commentary