Monday, June 01, 2015

Review: Ubuntu 15.04 is an amazing release, but I hate it

7 key criteria for defining edge data centers | New 'sleeper' ransomware laid dormant on infected PCs until this week, report says

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Review: Ubuntu 15.04 is an amazing release, but I hate it
I have run Ubuntu 15.04 since the day it was made available, and while it was a great release, one decision by Ubuntu is ruining it for me. Read More

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SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow. Learn more >>

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The New IP and Data Center Network Automation
As this IDC Market Spotlight demonstrates, today's data center is everywhere and anywhere. This requires a data center network fabric that can provide a foundation for the automated and programmatic provisioning, configuration, and ongoing management of network-based services. View Now>>

7 key criteria for defining edge data centers
The explosion of the cloud and internet-based content has created the need to move the internet's "edge," closer to where the users are. Historically, the "edge" had been limited to tier-1 cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. If a user in a tier-2 city, such as St. Paul, wanted to access internet-based content, the data would actually come from the closest edge location, in this case Chicago.If the user is just doing general browsing, it's hard to notice whether you're near or far from the edge. However, for any kind of mission-critical or real-time traffic like video, cloud-based applications, or gaming, the extra latency can significantly degrade performance and increase security risks.   To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

New 'sleeper' ransomware laid dormant on infected PCs until this week, report says
A new strain of ransomware that had laid dormant on infected devices suddenly "woke up" at midnight on Monday, May 25, security firm KnowBe4 said in an alert issued today.Ransomware encrypts all the files on the devices it infects and demands a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key to give the content back to the original owner.See also: Ransomware: Pay it or fight it? KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman says this new strain of malware, dubbed Locker, is "very similar to Cryptolocker," the first successful modern form of ransomware that was released in late 2013 and was thwarted last year. Locker is a "sleeper" strain of malware, meaning that victims may have unintentionally downloaded it earlier, but that their devices were not encrypted until the ransomware was activated earlier this week.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

11 pointless but awesome Linux terminal tricks
All work and no play...Linux is one of the most astoundingly functional and utilitarian Operating Systems around when it comes to working from the command line. Need to perform a particular task? Odds are there is an application or script you can use to get it done. Right from the terminal. But, as they say in the good book, "All work and no play make Jack really bored or something." So here is a collection of my favorite pointless, stupid, annoying or amusing things that you can do right in your Linux Terminal.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: Successful 400 Gbps trials open the door for faster fiber
We've been hearing about speed trials over fiber for years. In 2009, researchers in Denmark were the first to beat the one-terabit mark. For comparison, today's commercial fiber usually runs at 100 gigabits per second.This year's real-world tests, by switch-maker Alcatel-Lucent over existing long-distance fiber, have obtained 400 gigabits per second, or 50 gigabytes in one second.That's especially good because it's real-world and four times better than the current, normally available pipes.Bits are used to measure rate of transfer, and bytes to measure capacity, by the way.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Shoe Supply Chain has Sole Version of Truth
A cloud-based platform and "network of networks" connects Wolverine to its suppliers, customers and partners. This cloud hub has been the foundation of Wolverine's growth. View Now>>

Why cybersecurity needs to be adaptive
Securing the enterprise is getting harder and harder. Infrastructure is rapidly becoming virtual, applications and workloads are moving to the cloud, endpoints are largely the property of the worker, and mobility has now become the norm. Add in the fact that businesses are rapidly becoming digital organizations where the reliance of IT is at an all-time high, and it's easy to see why a security breach today is exponentially more damaging than just a few years ago.However, despite the evolution of servers, networks, and storage, security really hasn't kept pace and evolved along with the rest of IT. Security is fighting the good fight, but they're working with Stone Age tools. It's like in the Star Trek Original Series episode, The City on the Edge of Forever, where Kirk ordered Spock to construct a "mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bearskins." No matter how smart the team is and how hard they work, security teams can't keep up because the security technology hasn't evolved.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

How BlackBerry got blindsided by the iPhone
Apple in 2007 introduced the world to the iPhone and the smartphone industry would be the same. In an instant, Apple's take on what a phone should look like and how it should operate became the de-facto standard amongst all manufacturers hoping to compete in the burgeoning smartphone market.And while some companies, like Samsung, ably adjusted their products accordingly, others, like BlackBerry, were completely blindsided by the new consumer-oriented smartphone market that had been created.It almost seems like ages ago, but BlackBerry devices in the early to mid-2000's were incredibly popular and represented the gold standard amongst smartphones. Yet once the iPhone was introduced, BlackBerry's fall from grace wasn't too far behind.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

New 'Internet of Animals' actually seems useful for pet owners
And now for something completely different, courtesy of the country that definitely does things differently. Japan is rolling out Anicall (site is in Japanese), a social network for dogs and cats that it refers to as "The Internet of Animals."Anicall first rolled out in January at the first ever Wearable Expo in Japan, but more details were shared on the show "Great Gear" on NHK World, the English-language version of Japan's biggest broadcast network.Anicall works with your smartphone and a plastic collar for the pet. Instead of using GPS and Wi-Fi, the collar uses Bluetooth to communicate, giving it a much longer battery life.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Heads up: Google Glass may be coming back
According to reports last week in the Financial Times, Google really is working on a new version of Glass, the now-cancelled wearable device that became the poster child for clueless tech products creeping out normal people.Google has claimed that it would continue working on the device since it stopped selling it in January, but until now there's been no word on what the company had in mind. Was it hoping to make a few tweaks and come up with a new marketing campaign and hope that would be enough for a successful re-launch? Or was the plan to completely scrap Google Glass as is and develop a new product based on what it learned from the first attempt?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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How To Get the Most Out of Salesforce Sales Cloud
Just having Salesforce Sales Cloud is a step in the right direction, but real success comes from solid governance and business processes. This eBook aims to help administrators, executives, and sales operations people learn more about using Sales Cloud to drive results. Learn more.

IDG Contributor Network: How internet growth is changing business processes
Mary Meeker, a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, has for years released an annual report on where she sees the internet going. Things have changed since she started it. In 1995, the first year of the report, mobile phone penetration was 1% of the population. Today, it's 73%.Latest report The latest report has just come out and within it she's collected pages of fascinating snippets of data and factoids related to changes in our internet-driven lives. She talks of new forms of e-commerce, smartphones, and how Millennials see things differently than older folks.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

How a Florida fender-bender could threaten Uber's business model
A March collision between a Mitsubishi Outlander and a scooter in the Miami area could have huge repercussions in Silicon Valley.According to reports in Buzzfeed and elsewhere, the minor accident caused only a few thousand dollars in damages. But it could have a nationwide impact on the business models of ridesharing and other app-driven services.Because the SUV was dropping off Uber passengers at the time, the driver asked the company's insurance to cover the costs. But Uber and the driver couldn't come to an agreement, so—unable to keep driving until the vehicle was fixed or replaced—Darrin McGillis ended up filing an unemployment insurance claim against Uber and a subsidiary. That forced the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to determine whether the driver was actually an employee of Uber, not an independent contractor, as the company claims. Last week, the Florida DEO's initial determination held that McGillis was indeed an employee, not a contractor.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

No, playing video games is NOT the path to becoming a programmer
Earlier this month, Facebook founder, CEO, and hacker icon Mark Zuckerberg told a company town hall meeting that "I definitely would not have gotten into programming if I hadn't played games as a kid."He also said, "I hear a lot that parents are concerned about their kids playing games, and there are valid concerns and I think that there's an important debate to be had around that. But I do think that if you're a parent and you don't let your children use technology, but also want them... to be open to [a career in programming], then I actually think giving people the opportunity to play around with different stuff is one of the best things you can do..."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

9 most important announcements at Google I/O 2015
What's new with GoogleGoogle I/O, the search giant's annual developer conference, kicked off yesterday with a number of big announcements. Here are some of the more interesting and impactful items we learned about Google's upcoming software initiatives.Android MGoogle announced Android 6.0 is coming later this year. Tentatively dubbed Android M – we're sure a candy-themed name like Milky Way is likely to be announced soon – the next iteration of Android promises to improve overall speed, performance, and polish, while introducing a number of interesting features.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Apple finally fixes pesky OS X Yosemite WiFi bug
Ever since OS X Yosemite launched last October, a large swath of users have complained of incessant Wi-Fi connectivity issues. Over the past few months, we've seen scores of articles, how-to guides, and tips and tricks designed to help users alleviate what is undoubtedly an incredibly frustrating problem.Additionally, Apple over the past few months has released its usual line of OS X updates, some of which purported to include Wi-Fi fixes. And while the updates fixed the problem for some, others weren't so lucky.Now comes word via 9to5Mac that the latest beta of OS X 10.10.4 might be the real fix users have been hoping for. Specifically, the new OS X beta does away with the discoveryd process that was responsible for wireless communications on the Mac. In its place, Apple has reverted back to the old process called mDNSResponder. Seeing as how reports of Wi-Fi troubles were few and far in between on OS X Mavericks, it's widely assumed that the upcoming beta will do just the trick.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: The connected car gets its own app store
Apple's App Store was launched on July 10, 2008 with 552 apps. The first weekend saw 10 million downloads."Stunning," was Apple CEO Steve Jobs comment at the time, according to Macworld.Well, as we know, apps have since taken off and app stores have spread to different devices. The latest of which is the connected car's first app gallery, just announced.Dongle It comes from Automatic, a company that makes a proprietary dongle for the car that grabs data from the vehicle's On-board Diagnostics II System (OBD-II). Automatic merges that data with other sensors.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


4 new access points deliver super-fast Wi-Fi

Linksys, Xclaim, Amped and ZyXel bring 802.11ac to SMB, enterprise markets.


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1. Review: Ubuntu 15.04 is an amazing release, but I hate it

2. DARPA wants you to verify software flaws by playing games

3. 11 pointless but awesome Linux terminal tricks

4. 20 best iPhone/iPad games

5. Early OpenStack contributor says cloud project has "lost its heart"

6. 7 free Wi-Fi stumbling and surveying tools for Windows

7. Research community looks to SDN to help distribute data from the Large Hadron Collider

8. New 'Internet of Animals' actually seems useful for pet owners

9. How to prevent the new Messages bug from crashing your iPhone

10. Thieves using a $17 power amplifier to break into cars with remote keyless systems

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