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.

Publishers Complaining About Ad Blockers

When the Internet came, it didn’t take long for companies to start showing ads on web sites. Web sites were soon littered with ads. One page wasn’t enough. Advertisers soon began using pop-ups on multiple tabs and windows. One the more popular pop-up ads in use now is JQuery’s modal, where a web page is grayed out (disabled) in the background while the ads are displayed on the foreground. These ads usually requires some kind of action, whether to click on a link, subscribe to a newsletter, or close the pop-up. One thing is for sure, ads have become obtrusive. Ad blockers have became popular to combat ads. Some companies are now complaining that ad blockers are making them lose money or revenue. PC Mag reports that the global cost of ad blocker in 2016 is estimated at $41 billion. Companies will just have to accept that people will block ads especially if they are front and center. Obtrusive ads are just not the way to go.