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Tails above the Rest, Part III

Linux Journal - Tue, 2014-07-08 10:57

In my first two columns in this series, I gave an overview of Tails, including how to get the distribution securely, and once you have it, how to use some of the basic tools. more>>

Dolphins in the NSA Dragnet

Linux Journal - Mon, 2014-07-07 10:26

There's an old quote from Jamie Zawinkski that goes: "Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know, I'll use regular expressions.’ Now they have two problems." Even people like me who like regular expressions laugh at the truth in that quote, because we've seen the consequences when someone doesn't think through the implications of a poorly written pattern. When some people write a bad pattern, they end up with extra lines in a log file. When the NSA does it, they capture and retain Internet traffic on untold numbers of innocent people. more>>

Are you an extremist?

Linux Journal - Fri, 2014-07-04 14:15

Since the news broke yesterday that we are an extremist publication according to the NSA, we at Linux Journal have thought a lot about what that might mean t more>>

Tails above the Rest, Part II

Linux Journal - Thu, 2014-07-03 15:37

Now that you have Tails installed, let's start using it. more>>

Tails above the Rest: the Installation

Linux Journal - Thu, 2014-07-03 15:18

A few columns ago, I started a series aimed at helping everyone improve their privacy and security on the Internet. The first column in this series was an updated version of a Tor column I wrote a few years ago. more>>

A Bundle of Tor

Linux Journal - Thu, 2014-07-03 12:15

I don't know how many readers know this, but my very first Linux Journal column ("Browse the Web without a Trace", January 2008) was about how to set up and use Tor. Anonymity and privacy on the Internet certainly take on a different meaning in the modern era of privacy-invading software and general Internet surveillance. more>>

NSA: Linux Journal is an "extremist forum" and its readers get flagged for extra surveillance

Linux Journal - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:51

A new story published on the German site Tagesschau and followed up by BoingBoing and DasErste.de has uncovered some shocking details about who more>>

A Pain in the Person

Linux Journal - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:28

At what point will we say "enough"? more>>

July 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: Mobile

Linux Journal - Tue, 2014-07-01 11:57
Is That a Penguin in Your Pocket?

We're getting to the point in technological evolution that "mobile technology" no longer will be a term. more>>

How YARN Changed Hadoop Job Scheduling

Linux Journal - Fri, 2014-06-27 14:59

Scheduling means different things depending on the audience. To many in the business world, scheduling is synonymous with workflow management. Workflow management is the coordinated execution of a collection of scripts or programs for a business workflow with monitoring, logging and execution guarantees built in to a WYSIWYG editor. more>>

diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Linux Journal - Thu, 2014-06-26 10:20

David Herrmann wanted to disable the virtual terminal subsystem in order to save space on a kernel that didn't need a VT. But, he still wanted to see kernel oops output for debugging purposes. The problem was that only the VT subsystem would display oops output—and he'd just disabled it. more>>

Android Candy: I'm Sorry 2048 Times

Linux Journal - Mon, 2014-06-23 13:45

It seems like every day there's a new mobile game that takes the world by storm. Whether it's Flappy Bird or Candy Crush, there's something about simple games that appeals to our need for quick, instant gratification. more>>

Super Pi Brothers

Linux Journal - Thu, 2014-06-19 13:59

I don't game as much as I used to. Although I've certainly spent countless hours of my life in front of a Nintendo, SNES, or after that, playing a first-person shooter on my computer (Linux only, thank you), these days, my free time tends to go toward one of the many nongaming hobbies I've accumulated. more>>

A Process for Managing and Customizing HPC Operating Systems

Linux Journal - Wed, 2014-06-18 14:32

High-performance computing (HPC) for the past ten years has been dominated by thousands of Linux servers connected by a uniform networking infrastructure. The defining theme for an HPC cluster lies in the uniformity of the cluster. more>>

Non-Linux FOSS: My Portable Windows Lab

Linux Journal - Tue, 2014-06-17 09:57

Portable apps aren't anything new. There are variations of "single executable apps" for most platforms, and some people swear by keeping their own applications with them for use when away from home. I don't usually do that, as most of what I do is on-line, but there is one exception: security. more>>

Android Candy: Control-Z for Your Phone!

Linux Journal - Thu, 2014-04-03 10:52

I never have a Twitter app crash in the middle of a Tweet. That wouldn't be too terrible to deal with. No, for me, it seems my e-mail application decides to crash after I've spent 20 minutes thumbing out a reply while sitting in a crowded airport. If you've ever lost a love letter, term paper, shopping list or world-class Facebook post, Type Machine is the perfect app for you. more>>

Opening Minds to the Spheres Among Us

Linux Journal - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:07

Linux can't be understood in terms of hierarchy. Neither can the Internet. That's because both are examples of heterarchy at work.

Flatland, an 1880 novella by Edwin A. Abbott, is about a world with just two dimensions, inhabited by lines and polygons. Trouble starts when a sphere shows up. more>>

April 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: High Performance Computing

Linux Journal - Tue, 2014-04-01 14:33
Big Block Linux with a Four-Barrel Hemi

We often brag about how few resources Linux needs to operate: a Raspberry Pi or Beagle Board, in a Web browser ( more>>

More Secure SSH Connections

Linux Journal - Mon, 2014-03-31 13:45

If you need remote access to a machine, you'll probably use SSH, and for a good reason. The secure shell protocol uses modern cryptography methods to provide privacy and confidentiality, even over an unsecured, unsafe network, such as the Internet. more>>

Split Testing

Linux Journal - Thu, 2014-03-27 14:55

It's nice to have many people visit your Web site. It's even better when people don't just come to your site, but also enjoy your content. But, best of all is when visitors to your site do what you would like them to do—sign up for your newsletter, register for your SaaS application or buy one of your products. more>>