Apple Faulty AC Adapters

It’s not often that Apple recall its products, but the faulty AC adapters has the potential to cause harm due to overheating of the plugs. Countries that are affected are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. There have been 12 incidents reported worldwide so far. The recall does not affect the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, or the U.K. But Apple says the faulty AC plugs are also in the World Travel Adapter Kit.

Rams, Raiders and Chargers

The Rams, Raiders and Chargers have one thing in common. They all want to move to LA. All three teams have filed for relocation to LA according to the NFL. Based on history, the Rams deserve the first choice in my opinion because they were once called the LA Rams. The Raiders gets second choice being the LA Raiders at one point. I would give the third choice to the Chargers who situated a couple of hours south of LA. I thoroughly understand why these teams want LA, being the second biggest market in the US.

Hitting Backspace 28 Times

Apparently, there’s a simple way to hack a Linux distro. Just hit backspace 28 times in a row and you’re in. This applies to systems that use Grub2 boatloader, which applies to pretty much all Linux distros. On bootup, you can bypass the lock screen by hitting backspace 28 times in a row, and it will send you to the grub rescue shell. Researchers say there is a bug that creates a memory error leak, which in turn opens up a rescue shell. You’ll need physical access to the keyboard to take advantage of this bug. Ubuntu, Redhat and Debian have already release patches, so you’re out of luck.

Redhat Now Available on Azure

Microsoft and Redhat announced today that Redhat is now available on Azure Cloud Services. Previously only Ubuntu, CentOS, Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE were the Linux OS options. In addition, JBoss middleware will also be available in the coming weeks. Here’s the announcement from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise.

OneDrive Reduces Storage

Microsoft learned the hard way what “unlimited storage” means. It didn’t take long for individuals to take advantage of such deals. I heard that some were storing as much 75 TB of data online. Microsoft is now reneging on the unlimited plans and are reducing them to just 1TB. Meanwhile, the free plans are being reduced from 15 GB to just 5GB. For paid plans, the 100 GB and 200 GB plans are going away and will be replaced by 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month. If you’re a OneDrive user who’s exceeded the limited storage, at least Microsoft is giving you an entire year to move off your data to an alternative storage. My favorite part of this intriguing story is Microsoft’s explanation to the reasons why it’s reducing its storage offering. They said it was done “in pursue of collaboration and productivity.” Ok, that does makes a lot of sense. Who are you fooling?

  • OneDrive Free – 5GB
  • OneDrive $1.99 per month – 50GB (Starting 2016)
  • OneDrive $6.99 per month – 1 TB (includes Office 365)

Dual Boot Windows 10 and Linux

The proper way of installing a dual boot mode computer running Windows 10 and Linux is the same as in other versions of Windows. You should install Windows 10 first, then install Linux second. That’s the best approach in my opinion. If you do it the other way, you will lose the ability to boot into Linux, because Windows overwrites Grub, the boot loader program used in Linux. You will have to boot your system with a Linux CD, repair Grub and add the Windows instance in Grub. That’s just too much work. Sometimes you don’t have much of choice. Even if Linux is already installed, it’s much easier to blow it up and reinstall.