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Armageddon by Linux

Armageddon by Linux

A different post today from my usual Nexus/Ubuntu posts.

Whenever I talk to ‘normal’ people they look blank when I say I use Ubuntu or Linux. I get “Oh no one uses that, its not mainstream” The likes of Terry Lamb insisted that no one used it. He backed down when I pointed out that his own web site did.

These comments made me think about the ignorance of most people who believe the world according to Bill and the ignorance of people in charge of large organizations, the banks, governments, et al.

I remember an experienced UNIX sysadmin guy telling me one day, how he would deal with any company who had the temerity to sack him. The retribution he proposed was severe and could bring a company to its knees if not destroy it. The modus operandi he would use I am obviously not going to mention here because IT WOULD WORK. One of the major UK banks paid me a while ago to do a security audit on all their UNIX machines and I can tell you that even they would not be immune to such an approach, even AFTER the security was tightened.

Banks, if you want to know where you are vulnerable, you know where I am. Don’t say to your shareholders and customers you were not warned!

People are very blinkered in their thinking, they can not, will not, ‘think outside the box’ For example, imagine this:

If I had a ‘magic wand’ that would stop all Linux boxes working, full stop, what would happen? “Not an awful lot” I here you say.

Well, No more Amazon, Facebook, Youtube, Ebay. The Daily Mail readers in the UK would love to see Amazon die as they don’t pay much in taxes over here. Those Daily Mail readers, however, would come to their senses when Tarquin and Amanda’s Christmas Kindles stopped being any use. They would not even be able to share books with friends because of DRM.

It gets worse. It is estimated that 80 – 90% of the Web runs on Linux. No more email, no more e-commerce, ie no shopping online, no online banking and if that sysamin guy got employed by a bank, no more banking.

Take a look at government users of Linux: US Department of defence, US navy submarine fleet, Federal aviation administration, French parliament, the list is almost endless take a look here.

Governments are spending Billions defending the outsides of their systems and not looking inwards to what might be happening there. They are spending all their time looking to the East and ignoring the West

If you are happy losing all of this, ignore what I am saying. Each to their own. You can always move to Pennsylvania and join the Amish.

If you don’t want to go back to those days then share this post with your friends, family, colleagues and don’t tell any terrorists. They will only get ideas. Unless they are already ‘thinking outside the box’ or have that ‘magic wand’ and are waiting to use it.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in Linux

 

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Synchronizing RSS feeds from your Desktop to your Nexus 7

Synchronizing RSS feeds from your Desktop to your Nexus 7

Today I found an interesting site about Ubuntu, my preferred desktop operating system:

http://www.webupd8.org/

I noticed that they had an RSS feed button on the top of their page   Screenshot - rss   Just like the one at the top of my blog – hint, hint 🙂

I thought it was about time I set things up for me to read them, so here goes:

For those of you who don’t know what RSS feeds are and how useful they can be, here is brief description culled from the net:

RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works…………………

Simple eh? Some people have a way with words, the wrong way !!! – Well that’s the Wikipedia format for you.

It is easier to think of it as a funnel that sites that you like, are asked to pour their latest offerings into. That enables you to read them all in one place. This saves going to your favourite sites on a regular basis to see if there is anything new. When you look for it, there are lots of interesting feeds out there and lots of junk too. You choose. To show how bad it can be, there is even one for Strictly Come Dancing, so you have been warned.

RSS Funnel

RSS Funnel

There are many ways of doing this, but the one I decided to use was Google reader on my PC:

http://www.google.com/reader

and the Google reader app on my Nexus 7 :

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.reader&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5nb29nbGUuYW5kcm9pZC5hcHBzLnJlYWRlciJd

The reason I made these choices was that The Google reader on the PC allows you to create folders to put your RSS feeds into, for example one for Nexus another for Ubuntu etc. Great for organising things.

I tried various apps and widgets on the Nexus, but the official free one from Google was the only one that seemed to recognise folders. I am currently using a few of them at the same time to convince myself that it is the right one. If anything changes I will blog it.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Nexus 7

 

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