Apple Now Supports Windows

There is now overwhelming visual evidence that Apple supports Windows.

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I picked up this funny piece from Digg this morning. The link was entitled “Woke up this morning and found that my wife finally found a use for the Apple Laptop.” I found out while reading the comments section that the image originally appeared on Reddit 10 days ago.

Funny. I thought that was worth a share.

Is Firefox Going Too Fast For Its Own Good

Firefox specialist and consultant Mike Kaply questioned Firefox’s rapid release scheduling and its negative impact on businesses:

Case in point: Firefox 4 was only released in March. Now, three months later Firefox 5.0 is out in stable release. Hence, Mozilla has ceased supporting Firefox 4.

Kaply points out that this breakneck update schedule may “work for the average user” but “it doesn’t fly in [a] corporate environment, especially places like banks”. “Expecting a company to go through a full deployment cycle of their web browser every six week is simply ludicrous.”

It’s a valid point. Banks and corporate businesses should stay with version 3.6 then, while the rest of us get the latest and greatest Firefox. It just shows that it is difficult to make everyone happy. They say development was too slow. Now, it’s too fast. What gives.

Rapid development and releases will be the norm going forward. Businesses just have to adapt to them.

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Linux 3.0 Faster Than Linux 2.6

Linus Torvalds wrote:

Well, so far I haven’t really seen any suggestions on how to improve
it much further.

3.0 will still be noticeably faster than 2.6.39 due to the other
changes made (ie the read-ahead), so yes, the regression itself is
fixed.

But performance on that particular benchmark with that particular
machine is clearly not optimal, in that there are known setups that
would be faster still.

Of course, the reason for the mutex conversion was _other_ loads,
where the spinlocks had bad behavior. So it’s a balancing act. And I
suspect we’ve reached a reasonable point in that balancing, yes.

Linus

Here’s the original thread.

Install Firefox 5 On Ubuntu 11.04

Waiting for Canonical to update Mozilla Firefox with your latest Ubuntu release may take a very long time. Are you tired of waiting? Take action. Install Firefox 5 now. Why continue to run Firefox 3.6 if you can get Firefox 5 now? Firefox has sped up their development. It’s time for Canonical to match the Firefox releases. The following instructions will install the latest stable Firefox release to your current Ubuntu distribution. The current Ubuntu release is 11.04 Natty Narwhal. The current Firefox release is Firefox 5. By the way, I’m still running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and the instructions worked. This will also work for Ubuntu 10.10.

From the Terminal, run the following commands:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

This will also update when Firefox 6 and Firefox 7 are released in the future.

Censorship and Facebook

Matthew Ingram of GigaOm brings up a good point regarding censorship and Facebook. Although Facebook is a public place, it’s controlled by a public company. Although, it encourages free speech, it can remove content whenever it wants to. In the case of Roger Ebert’s Facebook page that was taken down, possibly due from the outrage caused by Ebert’s response to Ryan Dunn’s death on Twitter. Ebert’s Facebook page was later reinstated. Facebook, later apologized, saying the page was taken down by mistake. Interesting read.

Dropbox Accidentally Turned Off Passwords

Dropbox accidentally turned off the password feature on their file sharing service last Sunday from 4:54pm until 8:41pm. The file sharing service was eventually restored and secured at 8:46pm. Between those times, anyone can access any of the 25 million Dropbox accounts by simply typing in a random string of characters in the password field. Dropbox said, less than 1 percent of the accounts were accessed at that time period and will continue to investigate if any accounts were compromised.

It just shows you that online services such as Dropbox, and social sites such as Facebook and Twitter are not 100% secure. If you’re concerned about the security, then you shouldn’t really place any highly sensitive information on any of the online services. If you must, then you should use the highest encryption standard you can find. I recommend that you use AES-256 encryption. If you’re a Windows user, you can use the popular compression program called 7Zip. For Linux or Ubuntu users, you will find more information here in this forum.

What Happens on the Internet Every 60 Seconds

Ever wonder what happens on the Internet every 60 seconds? Gizmodo has this graphic (below) that outlines what happens if you doze off for just a minute. It goes on to show you, there are a ton of activity on the internet every minute, every hour, and 24 hours in a day. Here are some impressive stats:

  • 1500+ blog posts
  • 98,000 new tweets
  • 12,000 new ads on Craigslist
  • 20,000 new posts on Tumblr
  • 600 new videos (25+ hours worth) on YouTube
  • 168 million emails sent

The graphic is great, although it fails to mention how much porn was watched or the number of Facebook and Twitter posts about Justin Beiber. That should amount to something.

Firefox 5 is the Fastest Firefox Ever

Three months ago, Mozilla released Firefox 4. Today, Mozilla released Firefox 5, touted as the fastest Firefox ever. The quick release of Firefox is a direct result of the stiff competition from other browsers, namely Google Chrome and Internet Explorer to gain market share. Here’s an excerpt of the Firefox 5 release from Datamation.com.

Firefox 5 includes new performance, standards and privacy improvements as well as improving the overall stability of the browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android users.

“Firefox 5 is the fastest Firefox ever, and also the fastest ever to market,” Johnathan Nightingale, Director of Firefox at Mozilla told InternetNews.com. “Our new rapid release cycle means that the improvements get into users hands more quickly. The latest version of Firefox includes more than 1,000 improvements and performance enhancements that make it easier to discover and use all of the innovative features in Firefox. ”

Among the changes is improved visibility for Mozilla’s Do Not Track implementation. With Firefox 5, users can now use an interface item to select whether or not they want websites to track them. Firefox has been supporting a Do Not Track implementation since the Firefox 4 release, though with Firefox 5 it is now user visible. Firefox’s Do Not Track is a simple binary expression  — when enabled, it sends an HTTP header that says, DNT=1, which means: “do not track me.”

Download Firefox 5.

The New MacBook Air 2011

Apple is just about to release a newer version of the MacBook Air (sometime in July). This is the third release of the MBA. As most remember, the last MacBook Air release was back in November 2010. I bought one shortly after the release. So, what’s new with the new MacBook Air 2011 edition. Here’s the list of features:

  • MacOS X Lion
  • Thunderbolt data port
  • Intel Core i5 and i7 processors
  • New GPUs (most likely)
  • iCloud (no more MobileMe)
  • Better integration with iOS (iPhones and iPad)

Essentially, it’s a hardware refresh. Same design.

Bind: Resolve Hostnames Only

Four years ago, I wrote a tutorial on how to install DNS on your Ubuntu desktop. The tutorial still works and is valid to this day. I recently referred to that article when I installed DNS on a machine running on Ubuntu server. While going through the DNS configuration, I couln’t get the DNS to resolve to hostnames only. It’s working with a fully qualified domain name (FQDN), but not the hostname. So, here’s the simple fix to get the DNS to resolve to hostnames.

The Test

ping server  # pinging the hostname doesn't work
ping: unknown host server
 
ping server.example.com  # pinging the FQDN works
PING server.example.com (192.168.1.1) 56(84) bytes of data

The Fix

Edit /etc/resolve.conf and add this to the top of the file.

search example.com.

Restart Bind

sudo /etc/init.d/bind9 restart

Test

ping server  # now the hostname works