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July 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Unix

It is hard to believe that Unix is 40 years old!  How time flies.  Pretty soon it will be buying a red sports car and picking up operating systems half his age.  What a cad!

 

(Photo Courtesy of prettydaisies on Flickr)

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July 23, 2009

Free Flickr for Non-Profit

While there are a bunch of different photo sharing services online, on of my favorites is FlickrThe only drawback to the service, is that if you want to use it to the fullest, you need to upgrade to the pro version.  While it isn't that much money for me, for many organizations it can be too much.  Flickr recently started a campaign called Flickr for Good, which allows non-profit and other qualified organizations to have free upgraded accounts to share their pictures and other graphic resources on the web.

Flickr for Good 

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July 15, 2009

More Internet Time Wasters for the Barfly

You can find thousands of ways to amuse yourself on the internet.  One of the more amusing time wasters that I've seen in a while is the site Texts From Last Night.  This is a one stop clearinghouse of random, and sometimes witty, SMS messages between inebriated friends.  There is also a thumbs up/down voting system, to make sure that the best messages make their way to the top.

http://textsfromlastnight.com/ 

(Photo Courtesy of Frank Spin on Flickr)

A random sampling from the sea of texts:

(408): every time I hook up with him I think about the fact that penicillin was a mistake too... and look how well that turned out. It makes me feel just a little bit better.

 

 Ahh, to be young again...

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July 13, 2009

Flighty data

According to an article in NetworkWorld, over 12,000 laptops go missing in airports around the United States every week, with 1200 just at LAX.  The thought of outright theft or some other sort of loss is quite unnerving. 

(Image Courtesy of dklimpke on Flickr)

If you travel often there are several things you can do to mitigate the security risks.  If you don't care about your privacy and would just pick up another laptop at Costco or Fry's if you lost it, you can skip this article.  The first item is the backup.  Everyone talks about it, but most of the time, people don't do it at all.  There are several online backup services that allow you to securely (at least for personal data) backup over the internet using an automated client.  At a minimum, make a dump of your data files to a thumb drive or DVD disk every month or so.  If you can't afford to be without your data, you can't afford not backing up.  The next issue is privacy.  Who owns the data on your laptop?  Do you have proprietary data that people would want to buy?  Do you have embarrassing photos from your buddy's bachelor party saved on your laptop?  Do you have personal information that could lead to your identity being stolen?  If so, you should consider full disk encryption.  While it does take some processor overhead, it is worth the extra processor cycles for your data's protection.  Microsoft has their new Bitlocker technology in Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, PGP has full disk encryption for the Mac and Windows, Checkpoint has full disk encryption for Mac, Windows and Linux in their Pointsec software, and there are also free open-source alternatives such as Trucrypt.  These products render the data on your laptop useless to anyone who wishes to get the content off the machine.  You may lose the monetary value of the laptop, but usually that is much easier to bear than losing millions of customer records or your unfiled patent application.

 

July 11, 2009

Getting so big!

 

It has been a while since I have blogged about Miles' growth.  Between work and home, it seems like there are not enough hours in the day.  Miles is growing like a weed.  He started turning over from back to front a few weeks ago and started on cereal about a week after that.  We haven't weighed him in the last six weeks, but I bet he'll top 20 pounds at his six month checkup.  I've been posting photos and HD Videos on Flickr for friends and family, so if you feel left out, shoot me an e-mail and I'll add  you as a friend on Flickr.