11 Attacks on Fiber Backbone

The FBI is investigating 11 attacks on Internet Fiber backbone in the San Francisco Bay Area this past year. The cutting of the fiber cables resulted in the disruption of Internet access to local businesses, as well as residential areas. Is this an act of vandalism or something more sinister? The attacks reveals the vulnerability of the Internet infrastructure. How do you exactly protect hundreds of miles of fiber optic cables? You can’t put up thousands of security cameras as a deterrent. That would be impractical. In this particular incident, the attackers were able to get to an underground vault. Why aren’t these vaults secure? Why aren’t there any surveillance cameras?

Windows 7 and Windows 10

When Microsoft decided to make Windows 10 a free upgrade, it pushed many people that were still on Windows XP to purchase Windows 7, since Windows 7 gets them to the promised land, which is Windows 10. It’s a brilliant strategy by Microsoft to get people who were reluctant in purchasing another Windows product, to actually spend for a new OS. It might be a free upgrade, but you need at least Windows 7 to upgrade to the new OS. We just hope Microsoft delivers on Windows 10, because they have had a spotty record with regards to releasing Windows OS.

Nova OS

Meet Nova OS, Cuba’s Linux-kernel based operating system, built by students of University of Computer Sciences.

The operating system is called Nova OS and the latest available version is 4.0, released March 22, 2013, which is based on Canonical’s Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) and built around the GNOME 3.4 desktop environment.

Yes, that means Nova OS does not use Ubuntu’s Unity user interface, providing users with a traditional layout comprising two panels, using GNOME’s GNOME-Shell interface, but with a custom design.

At the moment, Nova OS 4.0 is distributed in three editions, Escritorio, Ligero, and Servidor. The Escritorio edition is the main one, also known as the Desktop CD, which provides users with a complete GNOME-based desktop environment.

Thunderbolt 3 vs USB-C

This is a good read regarding the differences between Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C.

Thunderbolt 3 is backward compatible with USB-C.

All USB-C devices can be plugged into, and will work in, a Thunderbolt 3 port, but it will transfer data at the slower USB-C speed. An easy thing to remember is that Thunderbolt 3 ports are technically backward-compatible with USB-C devices.

Thunderbolt 3, however, is not (necessarily) USB-C compatible. While it’s true that you can physically plug a Thunderbolt 3 device into a USB-C port, it isn’t guaranteed to work. Some Thunderbolt 3 devices, like power adapters, may charge your USB-C-only laptop, but devices that transfer data probably will not. You’ll likely get a message on your laptop screen that the Thunderbolt 3 device is incompatible with the USB-C port.

 

 

Debian 8.1 Released

Per the Debian website:

The Debian project is pleased to announce the first update of its stable distribution Debian 8 (codename jessie). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian 8 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old jessie CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.

Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won’t have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.

New installation media and CD and DVD images containing updated packages will be available soon at the regular locations.

Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the aptitude (or apt) package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to one of Debian’s many FTP or HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at:

https://www.debian.org/mirror/list