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March 2, 2017
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Google’s Chromebook Pixel lives on, but you can’t buy one

I love my Chromebook Pixel. This 2015 high-end Chromebook is my go-to laptop. And, with its spectacular 2560×1700 IPS, 239-pixels-per-inch display, it still draws admiring glances. Alas, I won’t be able to replace it with a next-generation Chromebook Pixel.

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March 2, 2017
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What’s the fastest Linux web browser?

Firefox is easily the most popular Linux web browser. In the recent LinuxQuestions survey, Firefox took first place with 51.7 percent of the vote. Chrome came in second with a mere 15.67 percent. The other browsers all had, at most, scores in single percentages. But is Firefox really the fastest browser? I put them them to the test, and here’s what I found.

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March 1, 2017
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Evaluating price and performance in the public cloud

Time to ask yourself, “Are you getting your money’s worth from your public cloud?”

Take Snapchat, the popular mobile app that enables users to send videos and pictures that self destruct after a few seconds after viewing. Its parent company, Snap, is filing for its Intial Public Opening (IPO). In the filing, Snap revealed that it spends $400 million a year on Google cloud services and another $50 million on Amazon Web Services (AWS). That’s $450 million — or about $45 million more than the company’s 2016 revenue.
Wow!

Snap’s founders and venture capitalist supporters hope that its growth rate will give it a valuation of between $19.5 billion and $22.2 billion. If it hits those kind of numbers then any penny spent on the public cloud will be worth it.

But, will the money you spend on the public cloud be worth it to you?

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March 1, 2017
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Which cloud will give you the biggest bang for the buck?

After Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Northern Virginia datacenter went casters up, you might think about switching your Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud provider. If that’s the case, Cloud Spectator has benchmarked 10 of the biggest public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers based on price and value.

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February 27, 2017
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Tens of thousands of Chromebooks fail because of Symantec BlueCoat problem

Well, this is annoying. Maryland’s Montgomery County schools are using Chromebooks. The school system is using about 120,000 Chromebooks and multiple PCs running the Chrome web browser. But when Google recently updated them to Chrome OS 56, over 30 percent couldn’t log on, while many PCs running Chrome were unable to reach the web.

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February 27, 2017
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Linus Torvalds on SHA-1 and Git: ‘The sky isn’t falling’

The real worry about Google showing SHA-1 encryption is crackable, as pointed out by Peter Gutmann, a cryptography expert at the at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is “with long-term document signing and certificates“. But, what about the distributed version control system Git code repositories? Linus Torvalds, Linux and Git’s inventor, doesn’t see any real security headaches ahead for you.

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