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The best Chromebook ever: Google’s 2015 Pixel

I didn’t just buy Google’s new Chromebook Pixel. No, I bought the high-end model with the 5th-generation, 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-5500U processor with 16GBs of memory and a 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for $1,299. And, I’m not the only one. That top-of-the-line Chromebook Pixel is sold out. Why would I spend this kind of money? Because the Pixel 2015 is worth it.

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You need to apply the OpenSSL patches today, not tomorrow

At first glance, you might not think that the latest set of OpenSSL security patches are that important. Sure, there’s a dozen of them and two are serious, but are they really that bad? Yes, actually they’re not just bad, they’re awful.

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Red Hat Developer Toolset 3.1 beta arrives

It’s one of those eternal problems between developers and operators that even DevOps can’t entirely solve. System administrators want the most stable operating system possible, while programmers want the latest and greatest development tools. Red Hat‘s solution for this dilemma has been to take those brand spanking-new tools, test them out on the latest stable Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and then release them to developers.

So it is that Red Hat has just announced its latest toys for developers, Red Hat Developer Toolset 3.1. This packaging of the hottest new tools is now available in beta.

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DevOps goes corporate

I’ve been talking a lot about DevOps and Agile recently. I believe DevOps will define how we do development and administer the cloud for years to come. I’m not the only one. Research firm Gartner agrees.

In a recent report, Gartner analysts Janessa Rivera and Rob van der Meulen stated that, “Although DevOps emphasizes people (and culture) over tools and processes, implementation utilizes technology. As a result, Gartner expects strong growth opportunities for DevOps tool-sets.” Specifically, “the total for DevOps tools [will reach] $2.3 billion in 2015, up 21.1 percent from $1.9 billion in 2014. By 2016, DevOps will evolve from a niche strategy employed by large cloud providers to a mainstream strategy employed by 25 percent of Global 2000 organizations.”

That means DevOps programs such as Chef, Puppet, SaltStack, and Canonical’s Juju, will all be competing for your IT dollar in 2015. True, you can do DevOps without DevOps programs. I’ve seen it done. However, it’s a lot harder.

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Sling TV is coming for your cable cord with more channels and Xbox deal

I’ve been viewing Sling TV for several weeks now. I first got it because I wanted to watch ESPN. Since Sling TV first showed up in early February, it’s channel offerings have only continued to grow. Indeed, it’s now at the point where it’s rivaling conventional cable TV offerings.

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