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Free Bassel Khartabil

Bassel Khartabil

Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil has been under arrest in Syria since March, 2012. Photo: Joi Ito, CC-BY-2.0

As of today, Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil has been detained by the Syrian government for 943 days.

For those of you who may not be aware of his plight, Bassel, a 31-year-old Palestinian-Syrian, is a respected computer engineer specializing in open source software development. He has [...]

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What Would You Do for a Gigabyte Internet Connection?

Google Internet gigabyte fiber

We knew it was coming several months ago. At first, just from flimsy rumors, but then mention of the free Time Warner speed upgrade began showing up on credible news sites. Credible enough for me to call Time Warner and find out where these upgrades would take place. When I found out that our small town of Taylor, Texas was included in the upgrade area, I became separated by only 3 degrees from Happy Dance. [...]

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Easy Netflix on Linux

Netflix on Linux Mint XFCE

Linux’s got Netflix. No fuss, no muss, easy-peasy Netflix, straight out-of-the-box.

It wasn’t so long ago that common knowledge dictated that the reason GNU/Linux wasn’t getting traction was software, namely MS Office and Photoshop. Those days are long gone. Office is now pretty much irrevelant, with many if not most home users (at least the people I know) opting for Open Office or LibreOffice. Meanwhile, Photoshop’s moved to the cloud and although it still won’t [...]

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Should Everything in the World Be Facing the Internet?

security

From its inception, we knew the Internet to be an unsafe place. Before the first server was cracked by an online hacker, we knew that was bound to happen sooner or later. We knew because people were already breaking into computers, even without the Internet offering 24/7 cracker/hacker convenience.

Back in the early 90s, when I was living in the college town of Chapel Hill, I shelled-out five bucks or so at the local Egghead [...]

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Bringing Open Source to Scientific Research

Research Science in Academia

I already knew that academia is behind the curve when it comes to IT, from my non-tech part time job at a local university library. For starters, there’s the overreliance on Windows. Then there’s the use of poorly designed proprietary products when perfectly acceptable GPL solutions exist — not to mention the look of scorn and fright coming from the IT people whenever the term “free and open source” is uttered within their hearing.

Although [...]

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