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Cognitive Skills for Engineering Success

Lately I've been thinking a lot about thinking. There are a couple of reasons for this ...

INSIGHTS

Don’t Become a Fool in the IT Gold Rush

The best thing about tech-related disciplines, to me, is that they are probably easier than any others to learn online. In fact, that's exactly how I built up the computer science foundation that supports my work. Without an internet full of resources, I wouldn't be where I am today ...

Start Here When Things Go Wrong on Your Linux System

If you've run any operating system for any length of time, you will probably have encountered strange phenomena. When it comes to computers, strange is usually unwelcome. The longer you run any given OS installation without a reinstall, the more likely you are to see at least a few quirks. This can be anything from programs freezing, to your cooling fan suddenly revving up, to all manner of oddities...

OPINION

The Conflict in Ukraine Provides a High-Res Glimpse at 21st Century War

Geopolitics may be something a lot of us are getting a crash course in these days, given recent events, but I've been an amateur student of the subject for a long time. By "long time," I mean prior to studying computer science. I took a class in high school in which we simulated geopolitical dynamics with tabletop RPG-style games. From then on, I was hooked on analyzing the world through the lens of converging interests, power, and human nature...

HOW TO

Computers Use Processes, So Should You

Writing about technology over the years I've produced many guides on how to do cool stuff (by my definition, at least) with your computer. But in all that time, I failed to devote any attention to how to approach those guides, or any technical reference material, really. I assumed readers had the groundwork needed to make use of resources like mine...

OPINION

We’re Late Closing the Barn Door on Pegasus

People are freaking out about reports of NSO Group's Pegasus surveillance tool being used to spy on journalists, political dissidents, and other opponents of regimes worldwide. It's disheartening, and worth discussing. But why are we shocked? ...

REVIEW

Clear Linux* Delivers a Lucid if Limited Vision of Desktop Linux

As much as I extol the variety that Linux offers, I've done a bad job of enjoying it. Sadly, playing with new distributions usually gets bested by competing priorities. Not today ...

HOW TO

Bolt-On Security the Linux Way

As longtime readers know, while I try to stay knowledgeable on the many sub-disciplines of information technology, my passion is for information security. Since it's been a while since I've contributed any InfoSec knowhow, I wanted to rectify that. I couldn't have timed this realization better, because (as you'll see) the techniques on display are perfect for protecting your deluge of tax season documents...

A Linux Safari to Classify the Genus of This Penguin

Recently, I took an interest in poking at Gentoo a bit. In the eyes of many desktop Linux users, it's considered a rite of passage to install this historically significant distribution. I've scaled Mt. Arch, so Gentoo Peak is next in my Linux mountaineering ...

OPINION

Once the Big Tech Battler, Open Source Is Now Big Tech’s Battleground

A sagely guru by the name of Yogi Berra imparted some words of wisdom that I periodically revisit: "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, while in practice there is." Though intended for comedic effect, it rings true (as all good comedy does) ...

The ‘Unix Way’ Has a Right Way That’s Almost a Lost Way

I've often extolled the philosophy of Unix, and as the title implies, I'm not about to stop. Before I learned computer science, I thought all computers were impenetrably arcane. But when I grasped Unix, through the imperfect medium of Linux, it made intuitive sense to me. Through all its evolution, at its heart Unix retains the charm that I have previously remarked on.

Where Will the Penguin March From Here?

One of Linux's greatest and most distinguishing traits is its adaptability. Compare how it started and how it's going, and you'll see what I mean. ...

HOW TO

3 Helpful Networking Projects for Your Raspberry Pi

In spite of being a beloved companion to computer hobbyists the world over, the Raspberry Pi doesn't get enough credit. In fact, single-board computers of all stripes haven't gotten their due -- I just happen to have a Raspberry Pi. It was upon casting a stray glance into the corner of my room where my Pi is, churning away on the previous task I assigned it, that I pondered all the loftier projects I have in mind for it...

HOW TO

Get No-Fuss File-Level Crypto With Fscrypt

Not long ago, I made the case that for most users file-level encryption is adequately secure and much higher-performing than full-disk encryption. I received a lot less pushback than anticipated for expressing this heterodox view -- by which I mean I actually got none. Quite to the contrary, some readers sent messages and comments expressing curiosity and eagerness to try file-level encryption.

TECH BLOG

What Does the Penguin Say?

Recently, I bumped into a friend (at an appropriate social distance because, yes, this is 2020) that I hadn't seen in a long time. The two of us have many common interests, and little time to discuss them. But in the few minutes before parting ways, we immediately slid into discussing Linux. We talked distros, desktops, and configurations, and everything in between...

DEPLOYING LINUX

It Came From the Live-Boot: A True Linux Horror Story

The Linux desktop distros of today are the most accessible to complete newcomers as they have ever been. There was a time not long ago when only truly intrepid computer thrill seekers would dare install Linux. Now, not only can one get Linux installed on most desktop or laptop computer hardware in 15 minutes, but one can hand it off to anyone with the loosest grasp on how to use computers and expect them to be just fine...

AdGuard Home: Another Brick in the Ad-Blocking Wall

Canonical's AdGuard Home Ubuntu Appliance is a new addition to the ranks of its appliances. With this offering, users can quickly implement a ready-made solution for blocking bothersome content at the network level on a home network. Doing so involves no more than downloading, installing, and booting the newly released lean Ubuntu image with the AdGuard Home service pre-installed and pre-configured...

TECH BLOG

The ‘Unix Way’

It probably shouldn't, but it routinely astonishes me how much we live on the Web. Even I find myself going entire boots without using anything but the Web browser. With such an emphasis on Web-based services, one can forget to appreciate the humble operating system. ...

HOW TO

Digital Security Is as Easy as PGP

Average computer users would be forgiven for not having any idea what PGP is. There is so much going on below the surface of the modern computing experience that even critically important security tools like PGP are tucked away. ...

TECH BLOG

The Case Against Full-Disk Encryption

Like with any industry, the information security industry, more commonly referred to as "cybersecurity," for all its raging debates, has rallied around a small corpus of best practices ...

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