Practical Technology

for practical people.

February 15, 2019
by sjvn01
0 comments

The EU’s new copyright laws threaten to destroy the internet

Do you like sharing your favorite music videos like Old Crow Medicine Show’s Wagon Wheel? Do you use Twitter to track news stories like this one about President Trump? Do you link to interesting stories on Facebook? Well, if the latest version of the EU Copyright Directive is passed by the European Parliament, you may not do any of the above. The directive will kill the internet as we know it.

The EU’s new copyright laws threaten to destroy the internet More>

February 14, 2019
by sjvn01
0 comments

The top five upcoming cloud developments

Strap yourself in. We’ll be going to some interesting places with the cloud in the near future.

1. Hybrid Cloud Takes Off

For the longest time, the hybrid cloud didn’t really go much of anywhere. That’s because it wasn’t easy to integrate private and public clouds. Then, along came Kubernetes and everything changed.

The top five upcoming cloud developments

February 13, 2019
by sjvn01
0 comments

Don’t waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft)

We’ve all had a chuckle at the expense of Microsoft Office, with the ’90s debuts of Bob and Clippy being particularly hilarious (at least in hindsight). But now it is Microsoft itself that is making fun of Office 2019, the latest version of its iconic office suite. Although Office 2019 was just released this past September, Microsoft is urging you to replace it — and your older versions of Office — with Office 365.

And it’s not just in Microsoft’s “Twins Challenge” ads. Jared Spataro, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Office and Windows group, comes right out and says that Office 2019’s applications are “frozen in time. They don’t ever get updated with new features,” while “Office 365 includes fully installed Office applications … and these apps keep getting better over time, with new capabilities delivered every month.”

Don’t waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft) More>

February 12, 2019
by sjvn01
0 comments

Red Hat CloudForms 4.7 released

There’s an old, wise IT statement: “Never fix what’s broken.” Of course, there’s an equally true tech management thought, which goes: “You snooze, you lose.” So, trying to satisfy both the tortoises and hares of IT, Red Hat‘s newest version of its old-school CloudForms management tool comes ready to integrate with Red Hat’s DevOps program of choice: Ansible Tower.

Red Hat CloudForms 4.7 released More>

February 12, 2019
by sjvn01
0 comments

No, you can’t take open-source code back

Some people are still unclear about what it means or what happens once they’ve published their program under an open-source license. In the most recent example, mikeeusa, the author of an obscure game called GPC-Slots 2, claimed he was rescinding the program’s GPLv2 license from some people and “from anyone who adds a ‘Code of Conduct’ anywhere near my code (to ‘fight sexism’.).”

While this specific case doesn’t really matter — the text-based casino game hasn’t been updated in over a decade and appears to have no players — the issue of whether one can block users from using code once it’s been placed under the GPLv2 bothered enough people that it’s been one of the hottest stories on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) for over a week.

No, you can’t take open-source code back More>