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More posts to love

Just in case you haven’t noticed it yet the Paranoid professor has doubled our staff. My youngest wanted to balance the computing and other world news with news of sport. We will still cover all the usual technical positions but … Continue reading

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Corruption

Nobody wants to be accused of having anything less than the most ethical and trustworthy government imaginable. Yet not every administration fulfills that laudable goal.  It is usually pretty easy to look at the government through our personal perspective.  However, … Continue reading

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More control over personal privacy

I guess it has been years in the making.  The new General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union.  It is a law on data protection for the privacy of all individuals in the EU. Here is a small summary … Continue reading

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Is security a fallacy?

How many times have you heard or read that the best course of action is to keep your computer up to date with security patches.  This is true for your computers operating systems, device drivers, computer BIOS, software applications including … Continue reading

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don’t forget to periodically vote with your wallet

I don’t usually purchase any Windows software as I am a “Linux” guy.  I guess it makes sense as most Windows software packages wouldn’t work on your distribution even with a lot of prayers and the most current version of … Continue reading

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Customer advocacy or just smarting off without consequences

Don’t ever dare Murphy’s law. I guess I did put the hit out on our washing machine by bragging how old it was.  Within weeks, it broke. We have children and cannot be without a wash machine for more than … Continue reading

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Support your favorite …

The open source community is an amazing place.  No matter what software you want there is an extremely good chance that it exists. You can use Gimp for manipulating graphic images, LibreOffice or Apache Office for word processing, piviti for … Continue reading

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fighting the last war – playing Blu-ray movies on Linux

How exactly did the product meeting go. We never had a graphical desktop and so lets just continue on with a 25 x 80 character green text only screen, the customer always loved those. Today a personal computer or even … Continue reading

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The perception of power (of 9 volts)

When travelling I want to arrive at my destination ontime and unhurt.  I do appreciate that the world’s governments are just as interested and do take steps to ensure that dangerous people don’t hijack the plane or even worse. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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creation of a more responsible padlock

I have been cleaning up my flat in preparation for the move when I ran across a few small TSA locks.  Sure I have used them when traveling to and from the United States but it certainly seemed to be … Continue reading

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