Windows Subsystem for Linux: Installing Arbitrary Distributions

As of the latest version of Windows 10 build 16299.19, also known as the “Fall Creator’s Update”, Linux distributions are now available in the Windows Store, and multiple distributions can be installed and run alongside one another. This is great news, but the old way did offer one feature the latest release makes a bit… Continue reading Windows Subsystem for Linux: Installing Arbitrary Distributions

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Quick Tip: Setting the Color Space Value in Wayland

Some televisions and monitors are limited to the “broadcast RGB” color range. This is a subset of an 8-bit range of levels from 0-255 – in this case, 16-235. You’ll find this referred to as 16:235 in some cases. You can find a lot more on this here: http://kodi.wiki/view/Video_levels_and_color_space If you’re using Xorg this can… Continue reading Quick Tip: Setting the Color Space Value in Wayland

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Using Let’s Encrypt! with Kerio Operator

This assumes you internally maintain a certbot host which retrieves certificates, and then you fetch those certs to the frontend / application servers that need them. It is also assumed you have enabled SSH for your Kerio Operator install. WARNING: This will update your kerio database directly. Do not attempt unless you understand the implications… Continue reading Using Let’s Encrypt! with Kerio Operator

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Lark: Gentoo in the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Why? Microsoft’s recent introduction of the Subsystem for Linux (awkwardly called ‘Bash on Ubuntu on Windows’) had me intrigued from the day of its announcement. Though it’s a transparent attempt to keep developers from leaving their Windows environments behind in a world now focused on development for UNIX-like platforms, and though I’m not particularly interested… Continue reading Lark: Gentoo in the Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Privacy Helper for Windows 10

During my evaluation of Windows 10 I’ve cobbled together a script that disables most known anti-privacy features in the new system. It also removes the unnecessarily installed default Modern apps. The script was designed with a professional environment in mind, but applies equally well to home users, and most settings will apply to all editions… Continue reading Privacy Helper for Windows 10

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Standalone – an extension for Mozilla Firefox

Found this little gem today, thought I’d mention it on my corner of the web. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/standalone/ Creates site specific apps, like Prism used to do – for Chrome users, this is the equivalent of “Create Application Shortcuts” which I find indispensable personally. The strange thing is, it’s been around since 2013. How did I miss… Continue reading Standalone – an extension for Mozilla Firefox

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Thoughts on Docker

I like the concept of Docker and containerization in general, but I have some pretty fundamental concerns: Thought experiments: How many deployed docker images were torn down and redeployed upon the revelation of heartbleed? Of shellshock? In practice, not in theory. How many Docker images are regularly destroyed and redeployed for the purpose of updating… Continue reading Thoughts on Docker

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Pew Research Report – Net Threats

“There are too many institutional players interested in restricting, controlling, and directing ‘ordinary’ people’s ability to make, access, and share knowledge and creative works online — intellectual property rights holders, law enforcement and security agencies, religious and cultural censors, political movements and parties, etc. For a long time I’ve felt that the utopianism, libertarianism, and… Continue reading Pew Research Report – Net Threats

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In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma : All Tech Considered : NPR

If bad bots were left to their own devices, bad taste would dominate the Web. But, even worse, Kaminsky worries that this kind of advertising fraud is undermining the economics of the Web. Though people “tend not to like advertisers, advertisers have paid for a network that allows greater interpersonal communication than any other time… Continue reading In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma : All Tech Considered : NPR

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Nearly one-third of Americans aren’t ready for the next generation of technology | Science/AAAS

A new survey suggests that the digital divide has been replaced by a gap in digital readiness. It found that nearly 30% of Americans either aren’t digitally literate or don’t trust the Internet. That subgroup tended to be less educated, poorer, and older than the average American. http://news.sciencemag.org/social-sciences/2014/07/nearly-one-third-americans-arent-ready-next-generation-technology I would content that the greatest level… Continue reading Nearly one-third of Americans aren’t ready for the next generation of technology | Science/AAAS

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