As LJ readers well know, Linux drives many of the
technologies we use every day, from smart TVs to Web servers. Linux is
everywhere—except most homes and classrooms.
I was a Bitcoin fan before it was popular. That means I had thousands
of Bitcoins. It also means I sold my thousands of Bitcoins for less than
$1 each. Still, the technology fascinates me, and although cryptocurrencies
have risen and fallen, I'm still a fan.
Engineers love to think that they make decisions based on pure
logic and merit. But of course, everyone has biases in terms of
programming languages, editors and other technologies—biases that
probably can be defended in technical terms, but that often come down to an
emotional argument as much as a technical one. more>>
Following on its resounding success with its Sidekiq MiniPCIe card,
wireless communications systems specialist Epiq Solutions recently added
the Sidekiq M.2 state-of-the-art, small form-factor, software-defined radio
(SDR) card. more>>
Although most music lovers stream or download music today, the stubborn
pre-millennials among us have legacy CD collections at home. This
demographic is the perfect target group for Nativ Disc, a bit-perfect
CD Ripper that allows users to import up to 12,000 CDs—in lossless FLAC,
uncompressed WAV or lossy MP3 format—into their Nativ Vita
high-resolution music player.
This article focuses on flaws in Android's stock web libraries, while
acknowledging related exploits. Some modern Android browsers have
critically weak encryption and other dangerous flaws that cannot be patched
or otherwise corrected. This weakness extends to multiple browsers and
applications and is determined by the linkage to the system webcore on
older OS versions. more>>
A project I'm involved with has made me think about how there are
always many solution paths for any given problem in the Linux universe. For
this other project, I wanted to cobble together a version of
grep that let
me specify proper regular expressions without having to worry about the
-E flag and get a context for the matches too.
The new version 8.5 of Synopsys' Coverity extends the security umbrella
of the static analysis tool to mitigate a wider range of security
The "5" in Naztech's new Roadstar 5 Car Charger refers to the
abundant five ports offered by the device, intended to end in-vehicle
debates on who gets to charge their device next. Naztech says that its new
charger delivers superior charging power and speed while protecting tablet
and smartphone batteries and motherboards.
It's hard to go a day without seeing interesting and compelling Indiegogo
or Kickstarter projects that feature the Raspberry Pi, Pine 64 or the Intel
Edison inside some sort of embedded device or standalone computer or
laptop. Last fall, I stumbled across one such project that billed itself as
"the first $99 Raspberry Pi desktop", and I felt the need to have
When it comes to covering my cell phone, I tend toward minimalism. I like
to buy the smallest (although still powerful) phone possible, so the thought
of adding a bulky case seems wrong. I also don't like screen protectors,
because they generally get cloudy, and they don't feel as nice when using
the screen. more>>
I have a favorite saying: "If you are a systems administrator, you
have the keys to the kingdom. If you are an open-source programmer, you
don't know which or how many kingdoms you have the keys to." We send
our programs out into the world to be run by anyone for any purpose.
Think about that: by anyone, for any purpose. more>>
Nearly everyone in today's enterprises is connected throughout the day
to a web browser, of which anywhere from 44–71% are Google Chrome.
Seeking to make this vast number of users' work more productive is
developer CodeLathe, whose new "amazingly easy-to-use" FileCloud
extension for Google Chrome enables users to save documents, images and
Ascensio System SIA boasts that its ONLYOFFICE office and productivity
suite combines the best from the MS Office and Google Docs worlds.
ONLYOFFICE is a free and open-source solution and is distributed under the AGPL