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Xen to KVM: How to convert when xen is dead

Greetings internet wayfarer. If you have ended up here because your Xen server took a poop and you need to get those old para-virtualized Xen VM’s running on a KVM server. Well congrats, you have arrived. I just dealt with that very same problem. It’s a doozy, but fear not: There is a solution. It…

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The Walled Garden: Why we can’t have nice things

So, I was listening to Linux Unplugged 168 today. In which there is a large discussion on android vulnerabilities, lack of support, and the cluster fuck that is the current mobile phone market. The discussion inspired a thought in me that made me realize why our mobile phone market is broken, and why it is…

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Digital Privacy: Why it matters

As I talked about in my previous article I have been thinking about, and talking about, privacy a lot recently. It has been an extremely heavy subject on my mind and one that I have discussed with quite a few people I know. Responses have been…varied…and…well, a little sad. I have gotten everything from “Yes…

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Nothing to hide? Live in a glass house!

A colleague and I have been having a few long, and heated discussions about data mining and privacy invasion. Both of us are very firm believers in Linux and open source in the workplace, but in our personal lives have traditionally kept a windows PC around for gaming. The problem is, for me at least,…

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OpenSource: A license to kill.

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about all the “Google Vs. Oracle” and “Ubuntu with ZFS” news that has been going around, and it has me thinking. As an open source community what do we really represent? On the one hand, the idea that Ubuntu should not be shipping their ZFS kernel module really frustrates…

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Vim: Eating paste is bad for you

As a long time vim user in the programming world there is one situation which always makes me cringe: That moment where there is something from the internet that you need to paste into your editor. Without fail the formatting takes a disastrous turn, causing whatever you were pasting to go from the Mona Lisa,…

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chmod: Capital (X) Gunna Give it to you

Pardon the terrible title of this tutorial, but you know…I decided when I started this blog that I would have cheesy terrible titles, and this was the best one for the subject matter. Anyway, this is one of those “I feel dumb” moments that it’s entirely possible the entire Linux world knew about before I…

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Trust and Identity: A better way to sign?

Being a techie I often reflect on the fact that while a lot of COOL things happen ALL THE TIME in the tech world…A lot of it is either useless in a practical sense, or actually detrimental to our society as a whole. Those that know me have heard me remark many times “I hate…

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Vim: Mastering your workspace: Tabs

In previous vim articles, I talked about buffers, and windows, and splits and all that good stuff. In those articles I mentioned that there was a right way to handle multiple buffers, and there was a wrong way. Today I’m going to talk to you about “the wrong way.” That way…Is tabs. So vim has…

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Encrypting Apache: https and you!

OS : CentOs 7 / RHEL7 Derivitives Software : httpd (Apache) Version : 2.4.6 Encryption is a good thing. In a perfect world, you would never see an “http” without an “s” at the end. So in an effort to help make that happen, lets talk about encryption. First of all: There is a new…

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