Keeping home network infrastructures safe

While regular security updates are available for most desktop and laptop computer operating systems, they are not for consumer grade networking gear like routers, firewalls and wireless access points. That’s a huge problem.

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Posted in Security

Equalizing PulseAudio

There are two audio equalizer options for users of PulseAudio. The “hasn’t been updated since 2010″ pulseaudio-equalizer package, and the “oh, surprise it’s not really ready yet” qpaeq. On Fedora, at least, both are pretty broken and representative of the “looks good but doesn’t work” philosophy too common for the Linux desktop nowadays (the very philosophy that caused me to leave Windows to begin with, and to never really give Mac a try).

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Posted in System Administration

Messenger’s last hour

There’s really no such thing as wall-to-wall up to the minute coverage of robotic spacecraft. About the closest thing I can get is a look at the DSN Now (NASA’s Deep Space Network) page, showing real time communications between the ground stations of the DSN network and various probes beyond Earth orbit.

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Posted in Hardware, Systems Analysis

It’s a new day. At Microsoft.

Today’s announcement of Visual Studio Code, Microsoft’s new cross-platform development environment for Windows, Mac and Linux, comes on the heels of an aggressive push within the company to embrace open source technologies (the core of .NET was open sourced under an MIT license six months ago, and there’s now a company page whose theme is “Openness”). To those of us who have been around awhile (my MCSE number was in the low 1,000s when I passed the test in 1997), there’s a bit of deja vu involved. But in a good way.

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Posted in Development, Editorial, Systems Analysis
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