This is a great time to get rid of software patents. New Zealand did it (here is a discussion on what this really means) and Timothy B. Lee (no relation to Tim Berners Lee) argues that the US should do the same.
November 6, 2013
October 28, 2013
Bishop Fox has an article on just how bad LinkedIn’s Intro app is. Fortunately, you can still put the LinkedIn website to good use without installing this horrible application.
October 10, 2013
The Obama administration strategy on federal websites. The hosting and bandwidth costs are typically covered in year-long (or longer) contracts. And it’s cheaper to keep a site unchanged than to change the site.
Bonus question: given the Obama administration’s War on Open Spaces, could they also perhaps put a wall up between the US and Mexico? Declare Mexico a national park and perhaps we’ll see President Obama do something good.
August 28, 2013
In the “would never happen” category, I nominate Scott Guthrie. He’s done a great job teaching about the various technologies he’s been involved with, and has a good track record in the development sphere.
April 2, 2013
- Deduplication built into Windows Server 2012 looks very interesting. I could see it being used for backup files, letting me keep more data local before needing to send it off to tape.
- Where your Windows space is going. The WinSxS directory is out of scope for that blog post, but it’s important to see just how misleading the value that Windows Explorer gives is.
- What processes are using up your bandwidth in Linux. This looks particularly interesting for security experts, as something like netstat can show what is open, but this will also show the flow and let you monitor if a particular process jumps in flow. More expensive DLP solutions can do the same thing, but we don’t all have that kind of money…
- DevOps may not be developers managing production but somebody should tell the developers that…
April 1, 2013
Office 2013 will be per-computer, meaning that if you switch out your computer, you’ll need to buy a new license. As the author notes, this doesn’t really affect many people and probably won’t bring much revenue to Microsoft (if any at all), but does come at a relatively high price in terms of negative press.
March 15, 2013
Google Reader is shutting down as of July 1st. I have a couple hundred sites I monitor for updates, and Google Reader was wonderful for that. I guess I’ll have to use another service. Feedly might be an option, but I want something that I can use on any browser anywhere; that was a huge advantage that Google Reader had. I might have to put together something for myself instead.
March 2, 2013
Using acetone vapor, you can give a 3D-printed object a smooth, glossy sheen. This is getting us another step closer to home manufacturing.
February 9, 2013
Jeff Blankenburg is introducing office hours for assistance with your Windows 8-based apps. That’s a great use of a Microsoft evangelist’s time, and if you’re developing on that platform and in the Columbus area, hit him up.
February 3, 2013
I successfully completed the LPIC-1 certification exam on Friday. Although I don’t use Linux in a work environment, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have this.
The single biggest resource I used to pass this exam was the Paul Paulito webcast series. The sample exams alone are worth the price—a huge number of my LPI-102 exam questions were very similar to questions I encountered in the Paul Paulito sample exams.
In addition to that, I spent a lot of time reading two books. The first book is entitled A Practical Guide to Linux, by Mark Sobell. It’s nearly eight years old now, but the stuff Sobell covers hasn’t really changed. And it turns out that there’s a third edition which was released last year, with a few great additions (that aren’t really relevant to LPIC-1).
The other book I went through was Linux Fundamentals, an open source book which gets updated regularly. This book has a great deal of overlap with Sobell’s book, but is designed as classroom material, so you have a few pages of text, a number of questions to do, and then answers to those questions. I used it primarily as a way of internalizing the things I learned in other sources.