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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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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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PGP Pub Key signing for dummies

Hello boy’s and girls. My name is Brandon, and I’m a dummy. First of all, this is not a tutorial on *how* to get started with PGP/GPG. There are tons of guides for that, I don’t need to create another. What I do want to do is compile a flow of idea’s that I had…

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A not so fresh windows 10 Review

As those that have read any amount of my content will know…I’m a Linux guy. I like Linux , I use Linux at work. I talk about Linux. When I’m away from my computer I sometimes wonder if Linux is thinking about me, when I’m thinking about it. That being said, as much as some…

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Striving For Unemployment: Automation and you!

Automation is a delicate subject in the world of IT. Some System Admin’s feel it is their sacred duty to “AUTOMATE ALL THE THINGS!”, Others feel it is a terrible idea to automate your job away. I currently work with one particular admin that feels that anything that takes away work from system admin’s is…

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Zsh: the good, the bad…the WTF

As I mentioned in a previous post. I have been wrestling with the idea of ZSH as a replacement the ever glorious BASH. Early results have been promising. ZSH does indeed offer mounds of power and customization, but BOY HOWDY is it NOT an easy thing to get into. With BASH I never felt like…

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Customized Efficiency: Fact or Folly?

As a Sysadmin I exist on a variety of different systems that I don’t always use enough to justify deploying customization files, like vimrc’s, bashrc’s, or other things along those lines. Generally speaking on those systems I only log in when there is a specific task I need to accomplish, and so I don’t have…

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