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Dedoimedo contest 2014

updated August 22, 2014, category: Software & security

Dedoimedo contest
Hello, folks! I am officially commencing to start a new Dedoimedo contest. To wit, if you choose to participate, at the end of it, you will be eligible for a lottery draw, in which you might win a handsome electronic device, a smartphone, a tablet or some kind of a laptop. The prize has yet to be decided, and at this point, you might be more interested in the little details behind this event.

Last year, we had the Ubuntu smartphone contest. Alas, Canonical did not manage to release a device with Ubuntu on it, however, true to my word, one of the contestants, an American lad named Christopher Ledbetter did win himself a Nexus 5 device, roughly worth 350 dollars. What did he do to get that? He read my books, wrote a bunch of reviews and got lucky.

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The Forgotten is published!

updated August 22, 2014, category: Books

The Forgotten
Dear fellas, I am most pleased to announce The Forgotten, the third and penultimate volume in The Lost Words epic, and some would say grimdark, fantasy series has been released. The paperback version is available on Amazon, with the Kindle edition coming shortly.

Anyhow, The Forgotten continues the tale of the Realms and gods and whatnot. Some new characters are added, others are given focus, a whole lot of them get killed. Unlike The Broken, which jumps in time quite a bit after The Betrayed, this one picks up right after the last page of the second book. And it's a little shorter, by a whole 100 pages!

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Mini review of Open Corsa OPC - What a car!

updated August 22, 2014, category: Cars

Opel Corsa OPC
The free translation from Latin reads PC-BSD has a new desktop environment, it is called Lumina, and it is now being reviewed by Dedoimedo. Tricky language, Latin, right? Anyhow, we are here to taste a new, lightweight desktop, created by the PC-BSD team.

It's licensed under BSD, based on Qt and Fluxbox, the second default offering in the PC-BSD 10 Joule release, which we have tested some time back, and it is still alpha quality, so everything you see here today may or may not be true. We shall commence.

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From Windows to Linux, Part 3: Games

updated August 20, 2014, category: Computer games

Windows to Linux: Games
The third part of our migration slash conversion adventure takes us into the realm of gaming. Alongside Office really, this is the big reason why so many people still keep Windows around, myself included. There are still a huge number of games available only for Windows, and we want to be able to play them. True, the Steam revolution happening on Linux is sending shockwaves of changes throughout the community, but we are still a couple of years away from total, seamless indifference.

In order to help the bi-boot-curious people bridge the gap more easily, today, we will dabble in gaming. As you can imagine, we will see how easy it is to obtain games and play them on Linux, the best methods to achieve the desired results, and how to cope with various snags and issues that may arise. We will do everything twice, from the GUI and then the command line, and we will be using Fedora for that. Let us.

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Docker for your containers

updated August 18, 2014, category: Software & security

Punnily puns the punster makes. Now, you might be wondering, what's he on about, and can I have some of the same stuff. Sure you can. Today, I want to talk to you about a fairly new, fairly not yet ready for production technology called Linux Containers (LXC), and more specifically Docker, a frontend for enabling them with ease.

All right, so we have a bunch of things to cover, namely learn a bit more about containers, how they are supported in recent Linux kernel versions, what they can do, and what they are good for, and finally, why you might need a docker for these containers, or rather Docker, with a capital D. To wit, you keep reading.

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Android offline navigation

updated August 16, 2014, category: Software & security

Android offline navigation
After I wrote my review of Lumia 520 and Galaxy S4, I got a bunch of emails from users telling me that you can have offline GPS-assisted navigation in Android. This, in response to my claim that Nokia offers their free and awesome maps, whereas Google's software is network sensitive and demands connectivity, which can be costly abroad.

As it turns out, I am absolutely correct. Indeed, there is NO default offline navigation available in Android. It can be achieved through third-party software only. So Nokia leads with its beautiful software, and the only question is, with some extra hard work, can you have the same level of convenience, quality and no-cost navigation on Android? This article will give an answer to that.

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Lumina, Luminum, Luminae

updated August 15, 2014, category: Software & security

The free translation from Latin reads PC-BSD has a new desktop environment, it is called Lumina, and it is now being reviewed by Dedoimedo. Tricky language, Latin, right? Anyhow, we are here to taste a new, lightweight desktop, created by the PC-BSD team.

It's licensed under BSD, based on Qt and Fluxbox, the second default offering in the PC-BSD 10 Joule release, which we have tested some time back, and it is still alpha quality, so everything you see here today may or may not be true. We shall commence.

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YafaRay raytracing - Not bad, but needs more love

updated August 3, 2014, category: Software & security

You know I am a 3D aficionado. And for the past several years, I have been dabbling in all kinds of 3D software, including rendering engines and programs. At the top of my list is Kerkythea, which lets me make some really nice magic from my 3D models. But I am always searching for new candidates.

So I stumbled across YafaRay, an open-source raytracing engine. Sounds interesting, and the official gallery images show quality that is equal to that of other engines out there. Which is why I set about exploring.

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CentOS 7 review - It's finally here!

updated July 23, 2014, category: Software & security

CentOS 7
You all know that I'm totally psyched to be testing the latest CentOS release. This is the ultimate desktop operating system in disguise. Version 5 was a bit resistant when it came to pimping it up for home use. Version 6 far less so. Tons of links coming up later. And so, the big question is, what will happen with this last, Fedora-19-based CentOS?

Sure, it starts with RHEL 7, which we have seen a while back. Not a bad start. Now, we have the free derivative available, with its promise of one full decade of support. And it comes with a modern kernel and whatnot, so Steam and Chrome and other jolly beasts that gave us the gyp in the past won't pose any trouble. But let us begin most humbly with a clever review. Pimping comes later. Follow me.

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From Windows to Linux, Part 2: Multimedia applications

updated July 21, 2014, category: Software & security

Windows to Linux: Media
Welcome to the second article in the series, one which teaches the wonders of migration from Windows to Linux in small, easily digestible chunks, with step by step instructions and a plenty of great tips to get you cozily underway. In the first piece, we discussed office programs, how they can be installed and used, both from official application stores as well as manual downloads and setups. We learned how to use the Software Center in Linux Mint, and we repeated all our actions from the command line, too.

Today, we will focus on multimedia programs. Namely, how to get Flash, MP3 codecs and other associated bits configured properly, as well as review a short list of popular, recommended media players that should help you enjoy music and videos on your new Linux box. In this guide, we will use Ubuntu as the target platform, in order to demonstrate yet another distribution and its peculiarities. We will also briefly mention Fedora and openSUSE, as a sort of bonus.

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Make your Android Virtual Devices (AVD) run fast

updated July 19, 2014, category: Software & security

Android AVD & HAXM
If you are developing applications for Android, this tutorial may interest you. Notably, this article will show you how to configure your Android SDK and the underlying operating system for best performance, so that your Android Virtual Devices, acronymed AVD, run fast and respond quickly. This can be crucial during development, as you want to save time on AVD restarts, debugging and suchlike.

I do have one reservation, and that is, the contents of this guide have been tested and written for Windows, with Intel architecture. If you happen to use Linux or AMD processors, you will have to wait a little until I bake successor articles. With that in mind, do follow me please.

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Google algorithms - We shall never surrender

updated July 18, 2014, category: Software & security

Google algorithm
Normally, I do not pay any great deal of attention to the assortment of Google's search algorithm changes, called Panda, Penguin and alike. After discovering my own truth, fighting the policies of a profit-oriented corporation is pointless.

However, I did read some on the recent update in May 2014, and came across a number of articles that mentioned a few things that piqued my interest. Then, I browsed through my Webmaster Tools account, and saw something even more intriguing. Hence, this article. Prepare your expletives shields.

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Toyota RAV4 LE AWD review

updated July 16, 2014, category: Cars

Toyota RAV4 LE AWD
Some people like to have kids. Go figure. Anyhow, if you happen to be a parent, then one of your considerations for the purchase of a new car might be sufficient car interior space, in order to accommodate all the stuff that said kids require, like booster chairs, restraints and whatnot. A friend of mine, who happens to live across the pond and has managed to replicate some of his DNA, did indeed consider his children for his new ride. End result, Toyota RAV4, our review scapegoat for today.

I am not entirely privy into all the little details of why and how this car was chosen to be the primary family transporter, but I was happy enough to test the vehicle for a couple days, since his wife was away on holiday with their little replicant, hence freedom for him, hence the second household car, hence Dedoimedo gets to review this one. Yes, he might be reading this, entirely happy. Anyhow, this article is not about some guy, it's about Toyota RAV4, a Japanese medium-sized SUV. Well, Americans might call it small or compact. Follow me.

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From Windows to Linux, Part 1: Office applications

updated July 14, 2014, category: Software & security

Windows to Linux: Office
After reading my Ultimate guide to Linux for Windows users, a handful of people emailed me their suggestions on how the guide can be extended and improved. They offered some ideas that might work in a comprehensive book, and others that fit much better as standalone articles. And that's why we are here, to start a series of tutorials on making the Windows to Linux conversions less painful.

I deliberated quite a lot on how to make this happen. Naturally, I ought to choose a single distribution, and stick with it, so that users can sort of relate to my actions. But that makes for a very corny and fairly boring read. If I say Ubuntu, then it's been done before, a hundred million times. If I say something less popular, more esoteric, then what's the point the really? This is a rather tricky point, because we can't have a baby step howto for every single distribution and its desktop environment. So what I've decided was to stick to the top five distributions, more or less, and then highlight a different migration effort on a different desktop flavor each time. Best of both worlds. Today, we do office and Mint.

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VLC does not support error - Howto & fix

updated July 12, 2014, category: Software & security

VLC codec errors
The situation you are facing is as follows. You are a Linux user, and VLC is your media player of choice. Most of the time, you install software from official repositories without any problems. But sometimes, you use distributions that do not ship with VLC, and you must use additional third-party sources. Then, you install VLC from yonder, and try to play your content.

You get the following error: 'No suitable decoder module: VLC does not support the audio or video format "VP80". Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.' Oh-oh, sounds ominous, what now? Let me show you.

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Virtual machines in your browser

updated July 11, 2014, category: Software & security

Virtualization inside browsers
I must apologize upfront if the title of this article is not the most accurate one. But it will serve its purpose, as you will soon find out. Anyhow, I want to talk to you about running operating systems, other than your operating system, on top of your operating system. Normally, we call this virtualization.

But that's a broad term that covers all sorts of things. We have thin-app virtualization, we have bare-metal provisioning, we have dandy software like VirtualBox and VMware Player, and some hardcore candidates in the Linux space. Then, there's simulation, which is something else entirely. Emulators also deserve their honorable mention, and the typical examples would include DOSBox and PCSX2. Now, how about running operating systems in your browser?

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The most annoying apps in the world

updated July 9, 2014, category: Software & security

Most annoying apps
Welcome. This article is like the mega-ultra-summary of all the software, programs, applications, and operating systems that are so bloody annoying you could chainsaw dolphins from the sheer anger of using them.

Indeed, I want to talk you about some of the most cardinally stupid creations of binary code, which you happen to have to use. In other words, you don't have a choice, and you are kind of forced to suffer these programs, and with each new iteration, they only get worse and more intrusive and less productive and more cartoonish and even more idiotic and you feel your intelligence melting, your life draining away, and your happy mojo slowly fading in their presence. Shall we explore?

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Civilization V review - On Linux, looking good

updated July 7, 2014, category: Computer games

Civilization V
A few days ago, a lad or a lass named Floris emailed me, telling me that Civilization V was available for Linux, as a native game, and at a lovely jubbly 75% discount on Steam. Sounds great. But I already had the game installed way back since 2011 or so when I first bought it, ha ha. Which meant just powering a Linux box and redownloading the content for this review.

The test box that I chose is no other than my Asus VivoBook, which recently got upgraded into a splendid dual-boot setup with Ubuntu Trusty, despite its complex UEFI, Secure Boot, GPT thingie. With the HD 4000 graphics inside the third-generation i5 processor, it ought to be good enough for the exercise. Plus, there's all the buzz of getting the dual-boot system set up and working and all that. But here, let's focus on the game, right.

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The manliest scene in the history of cinema

updated July 5, 2014, category: Life topics

Manliest scene
For today, I have something so stupid and silly, you will probably hate me. But then, better posted and hated than not. I read that somewhere. I think. Anyhow, a short video message conveying roughly a thousand words worth of nonsense.

It's all about being manly. Forget Lieutenant Martin Castillo from Miami Vice, forget Charles Bronson. This is the real deal. I should shut up now. My words will just etch the rugged perfection.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free

updated July 4, 2014, category: Software & security

Dual boot: Windows XP & Linux Mint
XP user, I am talking to you. In April 2014, your favorite operating system stopped being officially supported by Microsoft. Now, there's no reason for panic, but this is a good opportunity to start considering alternatives. Without going into too many details, the free and exciting option is to try Linux.

Indeed, today, we will demonstrate how to dual-boot an existing Windows XP installation with the latest edition of Linux Mint, a highly popular Linux distribution, while retaining all the important user data you have. Naturally, this is somewhat of an advanced topic, so you might need to invest a little time reading, but overall, the exercise should be worth the effort. In the end, you will have a fully functional dual-boot setup for all your needs, with XP on one end and a modern, stylish Linux Mint 17 Qiana on the other. Let's rock.

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Linux Mint 17 Qiana MATE review - Uh, well

updated July 2, 2014, category: Software & security

Linux Mint 17 Qiana MATE
If you've tried one edition of Linux Mint, you've tried them all, someone said once. Maybe. Maybe I'm just making things up so I can have a meaningful intro to my review. The thing is, people do treat Mint as a single entity, which is not quite true. Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, they are more like the Ubuntu family, with its different prefix letters.

But a good product does have brand recognition, and there's an expected look and feel. Which makes the MATE edition review today, of the latest Mint release, Qiana 17 AKA Mint LTS, all the more interesting. I will be testing on the T61 laptop, and I do not foresee any problems in that regard. But will the user experience be like the Cinnamon trial? Let's find out.

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One week with Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI

updated June 30, 2014, category: Cars

VW Jetta 2.0 TDI
Driving a turbo-diesel Jetta in America, sounds like a beginning of a crude joke. But let me assure you, it is not. In the land of large V8 engines, where cars are judged by the number of cupholders and technology is mostly secondary to the consumer experience, you may occasionally, seldom, rarely stumble upon a lovely, unexpected surprise, in the shape of a Volkswagen Jetta, powered by, no less, a turbo-diesel unit. Which brings us here.

So let us. I will give you an overview of what an American Jetta can do, because it is ever so slightly different from European models. Then, we will do all the usual fun details, discuss the interior and exterior aesthetics, and then heavily touch upon the most important aspect of all, the driving experience. As for the transmission box, let us not push it. DSG, six speed. You thought manual, well not just yet. As promised, follow me.

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Put your virtual machines in Boxes

updated June 28, 2014, category: Software & security

There are a lot of virtualization solutions. We even discussed a whole bunch here, some time back. A handful of these technologies are oriented at more advanced users, while others are suitable for newbies, too. If you ask a typical user, they will probably tell you they are using either VirtualBox or VMware, and possibly considering giving KVM or Xen a spin. How about bridging the gap? How about using an advanced tool with a simple interface?

That's what Boxes, or rather Gnome Boxes, aims to do. It's a virtualization frontend for the KVM/libvirt combo, designed to take away some of the complexity of the raw solution and provide you with a very easy GUI for handling your virtual machines. Sounds like a good plan, so we shall explore.

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Netrunner 14 Frontier review - Quite all right

updated June 27, 2014, category: Software & security

Netrunner 14 Frontier
Netrunner is mostly a Kubuntu-based distribution, with the KDE desktop, intended to plug in all the holes and boredom pits left over by its parent, to make it more immediately appealing and fun for the general populace. A new version has been released last week.

We shall be testing now Netrunner 14 Frontier, a Long-Term Support (LTS) release, on top of the usual quad-boot T61 laptop, which comes with a pair of SSD. About a month back, we also looked at the rolling Arch-based version of Netrunner, so the comparison shall be most interesting.

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The Greatest sites page updated!

updated June 25, 2014, category: Greatest sites

Greatest sites
We have two new candidates. The first. Up until now, the Greatest sites section has been reserved to English-language pages only. Not any more. I have decided to expand and include a variety of international cuisine, because a) success is not limited to the Commonwealth and former rebel colonies, and b) we will be having more such candidates soon. Our first one is Linux Za Sve, a Croatian domain dedicated to Linux.

The second. If you have labored, no, slaved as a white-collar little borg in a large company, preferrably in the hi-tech sector, you will have sworn that the Dilbert comic is the product of one of your colleagues, because it rings oh so damn accurate and true. And this is because Scott Adams, the man behind this creation, is a genius, and has successfully managed to capture the life-withering spirit of large corporations in his work.

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Dual boot: Windows 7 + Xubuntu 14.04

updated June 24, 2014, category: Software & security

Dual boot: Windows 7 & Xubuntu
Today, we are going to have another dual-boot tutorial, which will teach you how to install the latest version of Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr alongside Windows 7 in a happy tandem configuration. I have already shown you how to achieve this kind of setup with both Windows 7 and Windows 8, using mainstream releases of Ubuntu. Now, we will diverge and test with Xubuntu, the Xfce-powered edition, which definitely merits use and fun.

Most of the stuff will be very similar to what you have seen before. Still, for the sake of completeness of this exercise, I will go through all the necessary steps, slowly and carefully, so that you have additional confidence in trying to do the same thing yourself. Please, follow me.

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Flying aircraft carrier model - Jolly awesome

updated June 21, 2014, category: 3D art

Flying aircraft carrier
Remember my awesome flying aircraft carrier? Well, how about we make it even more awesome? To wit, we go back to our familiar tools of the trade, the splendid Kerkythea, a fantastic 3D rendering software that lets you infuse magic into your 3D models. Indeed, this is what we're going to do today. If you like art, then stick around please. If not, wait for another update.

Kerkythea is no stranger to Dedoimedo, and I've used it to great success, reviving older renders that look simple and cartoonish, and making them realistic. Probably the best examples are my recent attempts with the large assault hovercraft and the urban warfare scene. Now, we will attempt to make the somewhat sci-fi concept of a flying aircraft carrier look the part. Follow me please.

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Linux Mint versus Ubuntu security

updated June 20, 2014, category: Software & security

Linux Mint vs Ubuntu security
Controversy, here we go. If you have followed the Linux world news in the past months, you will surely have come across a number of clickbaitful articles claiming that Linux Mint comes with a degraded security level compared to Ubuntu, and then the official rebuttal and all that. What you did not see was the chief arbiter give his own opinion, i.e. me.

All right, I am going to do that right away. I will give you MY perspective on the whole security thingie, what it is and what it is not, and then how you should handle these two distros on the security front. It will also tell you whether you should heed the fear and drama in the headlines. Follow me.

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Linux Mint 17 Qiana - Take 2: Cinnamon + SSD

updated June 18, 2014, category: Software & security

Linux Mint 17 Qiana
If you've read my first review of Qiana, just a couple of days back, then you already know where you stand with the latest Mint LTS, more or less. But to reinforce that feeling, we should probably test on yet another laptop, to be on the safe side. My second review, shorter, less exciting and less detailed than the first one, is going to take place on an older T61 machine, with its two SSD and Intel graphics.

So far, Linux Mint 17 has delivered a very decent, very complete desktop experience, almost boringly so. The excitement of having to tweak the system is really not there. Now, we did encounter a few small problems plus a major one with suspend & resume, so let's see how the distro behaved on this new hardware. After me.

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Linux Mint 17 Qiana - Take 1: Cinnamon + Nvidia

updated June 16, 2014, category: Software & security

Linux Mint 17 Qiana
After Ubuntu, Linux Mint is the most anticipated spring release for 2014. The reasons are many, but the chief one is that the LTS-ness of the former directly impacts the latter, so if Ubuntu is bad, we're in for a five-year hiatus. And Mint has always been the counterweight to Ubuntu, when it comes to how the desktop is perceived and used.

While there ought to be more friendliness, there's a fair dose of rivalry and mistrust, and this is what makes the Qiana review all the more interesting. We all heard rumors about Debian taking over, LTS only derivatives and such, and today, it all comes unveiled. We will be having a whole bunch of Mint reviews, with at least two Cinnamons and one MATE. Let's start with an Nvidia-powered laptop, dual-boot config, lots of fun.

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37 minutes with Skoda Octavia vRS

updated June 14, 2014, category: Car reviews

Skoda Octavia vRS review
Remember my brief stint with Peugeot 208 GTi? Well, here's another one. Truth to be told, I had the Octavia for more than one hour, driving it up and down twisty bendy serpentine roads, highway and in the urban setting, with the sales guy on my right, grabbing tightly to the handle above his window and praising the quality of the DSG transmission to a direhard skeptic. But 37 minutes sounds more exotic.

Anyhow, before we go across the ocean to the faraway land of big cars and 55 mph speed limits for a handful of nice reviews, let's focus on Octavia. The new hot Skoda is all the rage in the news, and it's received quite a bit of praise everywhere. The car squeezes 217 HP from its 2.0 liter turbo engine without the Performance Pack, 350 Nm worth of funky physics that I was really looking forward to check, and in the case of the test unit handed over, unfortunately, the twin-clunch transmission. Well, never mind, let's roll.

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My reaction to - Part 4 (Hybrid cars)

updated June 13, 2014, category: Hillbilly physics

My reaction to - Part 4
Dear fellas, this is the fourth installment of my new 'a video is worth a thousand rants' series, where I express my middle-finger like lack of appreciation for certain products, concepts and ideas in short, mighty and humoristic videos. To wit, the fourth of its kind, please enjoy most profoundly.

We continue with a non-software topic. Hybrid cars. The guilty pleasure of those who equate diet with diet coke or such. If you happen to be a hybrid car owner, and you think your would-be green vehicle is going to save the planet, then you must watch this video. And if not, you should watch anyway. For TEH LULZ.

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Mega gallery of a carrier task group

updated June 11, 2014, category: 3D art

Time for a big moment. You do know I have made a bunch of models revolving around maritime motifs. Namely, we had our hybrid cruiser-destroyer ship, the very first 3D work I ever put together, and just look at the difference in how it looks with a bit of proper rendering and textures. Then, I created something rather extravagant, a splendid catamaran aircraft carrier.

Next, we had a hovercraft, a big mofo assault ship. Finally, I created a huge triple-hulled submarine that not only carries missiles, but can also launch aircraft from a special hangar. And so the entire fleet is there, but you've never seen it all together, combined into a single task force. Today, that's what happens. Gents, after me.

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Dedoimedo celebrates 8th birthday. Gifts!

updated June 11, 2014, category: Books

In some parts of the world, it is customary to receive gifts on your birthday. I prefer the Hobbit method, where you give presents, so you actually receive them every day rather than once a year. A very neat concept, no. Now, in a couple of weeks, Dedoimedo celebrates the end of its eighth year of existence, hence gifts.

Therefore, The Betrayed, the first book in The Lost Words series, will be available for free, June 17 through June 19, Pacific time. The Broken, the second book, will be available for three days the week after that, from Tuesday to Thursday, June 24-26. Keep an eye on this one, will you. I guess that would be all. Dedoimedo celebrateth, Dedoimedo giveth. Yup.

The Lost Words The Betrayed The Broken

Salix 14.1 Xfce review - Like a rock

updated June 9, 2014, category: Software & security

Salix 14.1 Xfce
Dedoimedo, why don't you ever review Slackware or Slackware-based distros? You complain, I listen, even though you forgot to say please, you uncultured you. Anyhow, there's no real reason why not. Well, there is. Slackware is not designed to be too easy to setup, and I find that kind of exercise, akin to Gentoo and Arch, rather pointless. But I decided to make an exception, and see what gives.

We have Salix 14.1 Xfce here, and it's supposed to be easy. It's a Slackware derivative, so we're okay there. I am going to attempt to use the distro on my T61 machine, and if that fails, we will try something else, less stringent. Please follow me.

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A first look at LXQt

updated June 7, 2014, category: Software & security

LXQt is the next generation of the Lightweight Desktop Environment, which means LXDE is dead, long live its successor. Yes? Something like that. Perhaps it makes sense. Rebuild the good stuff using a new, efficient framework. But then, reading some more, you will see that the word 'port' is used, which could indicate a branching of effort without pruning any old twigs. Hm, interesting.

Anyhow, I'd like to see what LXQt can offer. Is it a viable idea to even begin considering? Especially in a highly saturated sphere of Linux desktop environments, most of which are tightly coupled to distributions and entire applications stacks, making any introductions into the exclusive group as egalitarian as joining your local golf club. My test distro will be Ubuntu, only for the sake of convenience, so begrudge me not. Let's roll.

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The ultimate Scientific Linux pimping guide

updated June 6, 2014, category: Software & security

Scientific Linux pimping
Several weeks back, we reviewed Scientific Linux 6.5, a rather spartan incarnation of the legendary RHEL 6, which might be considered too boring and outdated for modern home use. Well, not so. Once long ago, I showed you how to transform CentOS into a home use beast.

Today, we will do it again, with the most comprehensive guide on Scientific Linux pimping ever made on Planet Earth. Here, you get a bit of everything, and then so. Best of all? This guide is also relevant for CentOS and even Fedora, so make sure you keep it close to your heart. Let's go.

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21 minutes with Peugeot 208 GTi

updated June 4, 2014, category: Car reviews

Peugeot 208 GTi review
This is going to be a short review, reflecting the short nature of the test drive done with it. I got invited to try Peugeot 208 GTi, and because the waiting line of slobbering men wrongly convinced in their ability to control a car was somewhat long, my quota was a meager one third of an hour. So let's cut the usual prose and get down to business.

Peugeot 208 GTi is one of the most important releases for the company in the past two decades, promising to revive the glory of the 205 GTi legend, after two somewhat lukewarm attempts with previous models. The new vehicle comes with a chunky hatchback look, three doors, tons of equipment, a punchy 1.6-liter THP engine tuned to produce a very punctual 200 horses, and a gearbox wired for real men, with six slots and a pedal that must be depressed to avoid the crunchy sound of cogs.

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Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr + SSD-powered laptop

updated June 2, 2014, category: Software & security

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
Hello, children of the Internet. Today, we will do yet another and possibly final test of Ubuntu 14.04, on yet another laptop, to make sure that we fully cover the whole spectrum of options. In this third review, we will focus on the SSD storage mostly.

Now, we will not be repeating everything we have seen before. Most of the stuff covered in the first two articles remains 100% valid, so we will discuss mostly the differences between the platfrosm. Performance, installation, things like that. Let us begin.

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My reaction to - Part 3 (Firefox browser)

updated May 31, 2014, category: Software & security

My reaction to - Part 3
Dear fellas, this is the third installment of my new 'a video is worth a thousand rants' series, where I express my middle-finger like lack of appreciation for certain products, concepts and ideas in short, mighty and humoristic videos. To wit, the third of its kind, please enjoy most profoundly.

We continue with a very contemporary, very actual issue that bothers us all. Firefox. How long has it been since Mozilla added a feature that no one needs and deleted one that everyone does? Days? hours? Indeed. Let us all express ourselves. Right now.

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QTTabBar - Let the Explorer spread his wings, eh, tabs

updated May 30, 2014, category: Software & security

Windows Explorer is the venerable file manager for Windows. It's been around since forever, and it's kind of secretly doubled as a browser. Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer have always been only one word apart. But a product that has started as a single-tab entity, back in the olden days, has stayed a single-tab entity.

Linux has moved on long time ago, offering tabs in its plethora of file managers. So why not do the same thing with Windows Explorer. Indeed, why not indeed? Today, I will showcase QTTabBar, a handsome extension for Windows Explorer, which lets you do just that. Transform the ordinary Windows file manager into a modern product, with tabs and whatnot. After me.

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HP printers broken in Linux? Here's a fix.

updated May 28, 2014, category: Software & security

Linux & HP printing
This is a very quick tutorial that should help you get your printing working again. Namely, you have a printer, made by HP, and it used to work well in previous releases of your favorite distribution, openSUSE, Fedora, Ubuntu, it does not matter. Now, suddenly, it no longer works.

This guide will show you how to work around the problem at hand. It comes down to choosing the right drivers for your printer during the configuration of the device. I will demonstrate with Ubuntu Trusty, but please, believe me, it's the same thing with all other distributions. Honest. Now, after me.

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Google Chrome & EMET crashes

updated May 26, 2014, category: Software & security

Google Chrome & EMET
If you are using Microsoft EMET, which you definitely should, because it is superior to all other forms of would-be security products for Windows, then you must have added Google's browser as one of the applications, and added the necessary mitigations.

Suddenly, Google Chrome no longer works. It crashes. Specifically, this happens to you with Google Chrome 35 and EMET 4.0, but it could be any which two versions of said software conflicting. Now, you do want to keep the mitigations in place, but then you also want to have a working browser. Let's see how we might resolve this.

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Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr review - So, excellent?

updated May 24, 2014, category: Software & security

Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
Time to give Ubuntu's under appreciated brother - or sister - its deserved attention. Going from sucky to awesome in the manner of just a few years, Xubuntu has effectively filled the gap left by the end of Gnome 2, and it's now the new lithe darling of the desktop world. With such high stakes, we test.

As far as hardware goes, I am going to do something rather bold today. Remember my T400 laptop, the one that no distro could really use well, because the Wireless network was dreadful and all? Well, I will attempt to use this one for the current setup. After me.

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What's next? Plasma Next!

updated May 23, 2014, category: Software & security

Plasma Next
KDE5 is one of the more important upcoming software packages in the Linux world. There are quite a few reasons why this is the case, and I'd like to emphasize a couple in this opening section. The first, the critical satisfaction factor uncertainty, which comes to bear following the KDE3.5 to KDE4 fiasco. This one has left many a user with a bitter taste, and worse yet, a sense of fear that the familiar and friendly, which they've come to love, may be gone in a single moment of binary code fury.

The second one is, this is the first modern KDE release, in the age of hardware acceleration, HTML5 and similar hypes, plus the ever-present influence of the flat mobile design making its way into the desktop space. So the big question is, are we going to have another Gnome 3 story, or is this going to be something else entirely, with the only exception being the underlying Qt technology going up by one integer? Let's explore.

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Dedoimedo good will drive

updated May 23, 2014, category: Dedoimedo

Good will drive
Normally, I do not do this kind of thing. But I would like to try to see what gives. Try what, you might ask? See whether I am going to have any success asking for a couple of days of focused support for this domain and its pretentious owner, me.

In other words, you might want to consider parting with some of your funds and purchasing Dedoimedo stuff, as a token of your appreciation and support for the site's colorful activity. The merchandise comes down to a handful of - the best option - fantasy books, as well as technical books and some funny Linux maps. If you honestly believe Dedoimedo deserves it, and I have no sad stories about hardship, ideology and such to sell, then please do something about it. Either way, thanks for reading.

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The ultimate guide to Linux for Windows users

updated May 20, 2014, category: Software & security

Ultimate guide
I have just realized that there is really no super-comprehensive guide on Windows versus Linux for new users, converts and those curious about migrating from their familiar world of Windows operating systems to the strange new constellation of Linux. Or at least, I have not written one such article yet. But now I have, and this shall be your one stop-shop for all questions on Linux, from here to eternity.

All right, so let's say you are a Windows user, and you have HEARD of Linux. You want to try this new technology, but the quantity of information coming towards you from enthusiastic veterans is simply overwhelming. Let's break it down.

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Dual boot: Windows 8 + Ubuntu 14.04

updated May 19, 2014, category: Software & security

Dual boot: Windows 8 & Ubuntu 14.04
Listen very carefully. What I'm going to do today is nothing short of awesome. I am going to show you how to install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 8.1 in a side-by-side setup, professionally known as dual boot. But that, on its own, is not that special.

What really matters is that I have the following setup. An Asus VivoBook, an Ultrabook, with Windows 8.X preinstalled, including the vendor's complex scheme of recovery and hidden partitions. The machine comes with a GPT partition table, UEFI and Secure Boot, so it's all one can possibly dread. And despite all that, we will install the two together. You won't find a better guide across the entire Internet. After me.

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My reaction to - Part 2 (Linux malware)

updated May 17, 2014, category: Software & security

My reaction to - Part 2
Dear fellas, this is the second installment of my new 'a video is worth a thousand rants' series, where I express my middle-finger like lack of appreciation for certain products, concepts and ideas in short, mighty and humoristic videos. To wit, the second of its kind, please enjoy most profoundly.

We continue with the most ominous threats of them all. Linux malware. It's so ominous, you feel like watching Bela Lugosi in Dracula. Once again, Do not hate, participate. After all, 'tis all humor. Sort of. Maybe. Anyhow, watch, it's short, stupid and fun.

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Rikomagic MK802IV review - Tiny but strong

updated May 16, 2014, category: Software & security

Rikomagic MK802IV
Rikomagic MK802IV Quad Core sounds like an anti-shipping missile launcher with four tubes, but it is in fact a miniature PC running Android Jelly Bean and designed to be your one-stop shop to gaming, entertainment and use, while being tiny and sleek and rather cheap. Plug it into a TV, grab a Wireless keyboard plus mouse, and you're ready.

I liked the brochure well enough to decide to buy myself one, especially after I've started my storm of experiments with Raspberry Pi and went through a couple of rounds with various editions of XBMC, most notably openELEC and RaspBMC. Now, I thought to try a different approach. Ebay, here we go, USD79.99, free international shipping plus tracking, ultra fast delivery, and we're here. Read more, fellas.

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Netrunner Rolling 2014.04 - What, no sacrifice needed?

updated May 14, 2014, category: Software & security

Netrunner Rolling 2014.04
Normally, Netrunner OS is a Kubuntu-based distribution, and it comes out to the market about a month after its papa is released, twice a year. Now, this time around, the dev team has done something interesting, they have released a rolling version of the distro, based on Arch and Manjaro. So the big question is, should you take our your obsidian ax and start sacrificing virgins unto the deities of command line?

To answer that question, let's do a review. I will be installing and testing Netrunner Rolling 2014.04 edition on my T61 laptop, which has Intel graphics and Wireless, two SSD, and already houses four distros. We will displace one, to wit, you keep on reading.

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Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr + Nvidia graphics laptop

updated May 12, 2014, category: Software & security

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
So far, we had one Trusty review on Dedoimedo. Why not another? Different hardware, different conditions. Indeed. Now, I am doing this plethora of reviews because Ubuntu 14.04 is a very important release, and it will send ripples through the Linux world if it does not deliver excellent results. Five years of free success or failure, so it'd better be good.

I won't be repeating all of what we have done so far. Flash is Flash, and LibreOffice is LibreOffice, so all those comments and observations remain. We will focus on the performance and hardware side of things. I guess those matter the most. Indeed, this is the second of three different hardware platforms used for this distro testing. After me, gents.

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Windows 8 April update - Where's my menu?

updated May 10, 2014, category: Software & security

Windows 8 April update
This is going to be a rather unusual article. Normally, I do not write news. That kind of thing belongs to sites that want to dabble in news. Second, if you're prudent about updates, you won't go about installing them right away, you'll wait a bunch, hence April stuff being discussed in May. So yes, finally, I was intrigued enough about the rumors of the Start menu coming back in the Windows 8 family line to deign updating the relevant boxen and write this little piece. Yes, what did I tell you? Always right? Genius. That's me. More later.

Anyhow, I powered up my Asus VivoBook for this exercise. Coincidentally, of late, the ultrabook no longer only boots the rather failing Windows 8.1, recently upgraded, too, but now also houses Ubuntu in a dual-boot setup. More about that later, as well. Let's focus on the Windows side of things.

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Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr review

updated May 9, 2014, category: Software & security

Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
Several days ago, I reviewed Ubuntu 14.04. In the Linux alphabet, letter K comes after U. Wait, did I use this same lame joke before? I must have. Never mind. The distro did exceptionally well. Beyond my expectations. Excellent hardware compatibility, a solid desktop session, lots of tiny improvements, plus stability.

Let us explore Kubuntu Tahr now, shall we. I am going to do that on an aging LG laptop, which is now about five years old. It houses two distros, including one Kubuntu Ringtail and one Netrunner Enigma II. I am going to replace the first, but retain the user data. And what makes this laptop interesting is the Nvidia graphics card. Let's rock.

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Awesome realism in Bohemia Interactive's ArmA franchise

updated May 7, 2014, category: Computer games

ArmA realism
I am not going to repeat myself talking about how divine the Operation Flashpoint family of games is, including the later titles ArmA 2 and ArmA 3. If you are looking for realistic first person shooters and war simulators, look no further. In fact, look nowhere else, because no other product comes close. Remotely close, if you will.

The realism comes to bear in many aspects, including the unforgiving play, the necessity to cooperate with your team mates, the extremely elaborate combined arms operations, and finally, the way all this is portrayed, without any pretentious needs for a Nitrogen-cooled triple graphics card array. To wit, I've compiled a beautiful gallery of game action moments, ran them through a sweet bunch of excellent GIMP filters and effects, and produced some authentic war footage. No idle boasting. You check - Borat voice.

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Peugeot 308 review - A solid family car

updated May 5, 2014, category: Car reviews

Peugeot 308 review
Once upon a time, there was a Peugeot 308, colored white, which did 88,000 km in two years and five months, eating through one whole set of Michelin tires and a car battery in that time. It drove on highways and in traffic jams, it ferried people and an occasional animal. Here be the story of that car. Well, almost. Actually, there were two cars.

This is a dual review of one Peugeot 308 hatchback, with a 1.6-liter petrol engine and automatic transmission, and one Peugeot 308SW, with a 1.6-liter diesel engine and a manual gearbox. Most of it, though, will revolve around the former. One more thing, I never took the necessary photos while playing with these two cars, so you will be forced to enjoy the professional work of the Peugeot press guys. Anyhow, follow me please. Or as they say in French, avant sur la Dedoimedo.

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Ubuntu 14.04 installation guide

updated May 3, 2014, category: Software & security

Ubuntu 14.04 installation guide
Ubuntu is a free-of-charge operating system, available for home and business use. It is one of many versions of Linux. You have heard about it, and you are interested in getting it installed on your hardware. Today, you will learn how to perform a safe and flexible installation of Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, the latest Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) release. Truth to be told, this is nothing new, because the basic concept is 95% identical to my previous Ubuntu installation guide, written several years ago. Nevertheless, for the sake of modern times, we will do it again, with the latest version.

In addition to the installation itself, we will thoroughly discuss the disk and partition management, real-life multi-boot scenarios with Windows and other operating systems, bootloader configuration, as well as how to personalize and customize Ubuntu once it has been installed, including media, graphics drivers, and more.

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Firefox 29 sucks!

updated May 2, 2014, category: Software & security

Firefox 29 sucks
A few days back, Chrome wannabe Mk.29 was released unto the public, coming with the failing Australis interface and more candy story confections that transform the normal user into a single-tab gibbering moron, under the pretext of exciting new ways to use the Web, as if the pr0n is something mysterious and hard to grasp to begin with.

I did talk about this in the past. Firefox has been partaking in a suckfest for a long while now. We then talked about directory tiles, AKA more ultra exciting marketing crap. Most importantly, I also have a splendid and super useful tutorial that explains how you can safely disable the new interface in Firefox 29 and change it back to the classic theme. Yes, this is the culmination of all of Mozilla's efforts. This is the tippy top of turdiverse, the place where you go if you even so much as dream of having a sucky product.

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MOAR bestest sites coming your way!

updated May 2, 2014, category: Greatest sites

Greatest sites
Dedoimedo did some more Internet searchin' and judgin' and he found two more most worthy candidates for inclusion in the hallowest hall of fame. Dedoimedo, filtering the pollution out of the Internet so you only enjoy the best bits.

On the menu, we have AROnline, a very interesting and unique site about cars. Well, cars and politics. British cars and politics. Car politics. BMC really. MG. All that was British and motoring and slowly ended. So we're talking the glorious days of the empire, World War II and onwards, into the sunset that came about sometime in the 80s and 90s. Candidate Deux, Improbable research - all about seemingly pointless research that makes people laugh and then think. But research it is. Yup. Read, enjoy.

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My reaction to - Part 1 (Gnome 3 desktop)

updated April 30, 2014, category: Software & security

My reaction to - Part 1
Dear fellas, this is the first installment of my new 'a video is worth a thousand rants' series, where I express my middle-finger like lack of appreciation for certain products, concepts and ideas in short, mighty and humoristic videos. To wit, the first of its kind, please enjoy most profoundly.

We begin with the Gnome desktop environment, an old friend. Do not hate, participate. After all, 'tis all humor. Sort of. Maybe. Anyhow, watch, it's short, stupid and fun.

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The myth of Linux tweaking

updated April 28, 2014, category: Software & security

Linux tweaking
If you have been a Linux user for some time now, then you must have come across more than one article telling you how to improve the speed and responsiveness and whatnot of your Linux distribution at home. In fact, the Web is awash with guides and tips on tuning your system to the max, offering the promise of greatness to those bold enough to redirect values into /proc.

The reason why we are here, today, we few, we happy few, we band of geeks, is to discuss this delicate topic, or rather, to debunk it. Because Linux desktop tweaking is nothing short of a big, juicy placebo, right there alongside Windows tweaking, which gives you more or less the same outcome, only with more GUI.

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Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr + Ultrabook

updated April 26, 2014, category: Software & security

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
The spring season begins. Our first candidate is Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, the latest desktop release by Canonical, and the newest Long Term Support (LTS) image, which will determine how good Ubuntu and its derivatives will be in the coming five years of free upgrades. Under pressure, ta-ta-ta-ta-da-da-dam.

I was pleased with Salamander, and it has actually broken the spell of several rather mediocre releases beforehand. This makes our review all the more critical. Now, you should note that I am going to conduct this review on three different laptops. No else gives you so much variety. Today, we will begin with an Asus ultrabook also booting Windows 8.1. Oh, this is also the first time I'm reviewing Ubuntu on a device with a touch screen. Let's go, fellas!

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Windows 8.X installation guide

updated April 25, 2014, category: Software & security

Windows 8 install guide
Today, you will read the most detailed and thorough installation guide for the Windows 8 family of products, which may include Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and others. If you stick all the way through, you will have gained all the knowledge, tools and confidence needed to master Windows 8.X installations. Or any operating system, for that matter.

Do note that some things may change over time as Microsoft perform updates and make changes in their flows and procedures. However, please remember that all Windows installs are nearly identical, going all the way back to Windows XP. Still, in order not to leave things vague, I have decided to write this tutorial, and elaborate on all the little problems and issues that may arise. Most of it comes down to disk management and making sure you do not destroy anything. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Follow me.

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Windows user, wanna try Linux? Checklist.

updated April 23, 2014, category: Software & security

Linux checklist
Are you a Windows user who has heard of Linux and is considering trying this new operating system? Very good. You have made a very wise decision. Not the test itself, although it may be a pleasant experience, but the very fact that you have opened up your mind to new possibilities. That in itself is worth its weight in gold.

But before you do anything, let me dampen your mojo a little. Your Linux experience will be inversely proportional to your expectations, as well as your level of preparedness. So, if you want to test Linux, maybe even move to it one day, you should make sure you approach the adventure with a solid dose of soberness and reality. To wit, this article.

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Heartbleed, listen to my heartbleed, oh-oh

updated April 21, 2014, category: Software & security

Normally, I am very skeptical about software security. I think one of the main purposes of the relevant software industry is to scaremonger people into buying security products, so that they can feel supposedly safe. The best example of this would be the conflicting views on the Windows malware situation prior to the Windows XP demise, with one report by Microsoft showing how the newer versions of its operating system are safer, and one by anti-malware companies that claim the exact opposite. This brings my stink eye to the subject of the latest openSSL issue.

Several users, i.e. more than one, asked me to elaborate on this, given my rather cool approach. Indeed, this is not Windows, this is Linux. This is the Web. This is something else entirely. This ought to be interesting.

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