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March 13, 2017
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Of course your TV’s spying on you

Julian Assange, Wikileaks’ founder and Russian propagandist, must be proud of himself. In his latest “revelation” that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) can hack Apple and Android smartphones, PC operating systems and smart TVs, he has people throwing fits about how awful the CIA is.

Please. Give me a break.

Wikileaks uncovered nothing really new. Zero. Zilch.

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March 12, 2017
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SUSE acquires HPE’s cloud assets

HPE and SUSE, a top Linux distributor, have a complex relationship. First, HPE spun and merged its non-core software assets with Micro Focus. Micro Focus owns SUSE, a major Linux provider. Now, SUSE has finished acquiring cloud assets of HPE’s OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Stackato, HPE’s Cloud Foundry implementation.

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March 10, 2017
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Why the Bitly link-shortening service went down for some users

We use URL shortening services so often these days we’re seldom even aware of them. Until, that is, one of them fails. Today, one of the most popular of these, Bitly, stopped working for some users.

You may think of URL shorteners as something individuals use for shortening long web URLs. This is true, but companies also use them to promote their webpages on social networks. In addition, Bitly enables business marketing offices to track who’s clicking through on their links. While a Bitly outage is an annoyance for someone sharing LOL cats pics, it’s a major problem for businesses.

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March 10, 2017
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New and improved Samba file server released

Do you have a network-attached storage (NAS) device holding your accounts payable, document archives, or just your baby photos? If so, you’re running Samba, the open-source file and print server.

Now, with the Samba 4.6 release, the program has been given a significant upgrade.

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March 10, 2017
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Deftly Pulling Your Servers’ Strings with Puppet

If all you’re doing is running a single server instance, you don’t need DevOps tools such as Puppet. But, if you’re setting up and managing multiple servers, you need Puppet.

Oh, you could run dozens of servers using shell scripts. Lord knows I used to do it that way. Although once I got past sysadmining, say, 30 servers, problems arose. But, why should you bother with a shell script mess like that?

With tools like Puppet, you can automate configuration management. This will not only save you and your crew hours (maybe days?) of time, but it will also let you run hundreds, even thousands of servers, per sysa

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