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ATT having to play catch-up to Google Fiber? At least they are being honest with what it costs to not have your ISP track your every move. I wonder what the cost would be to build a bridge-head server on DigitalOcean and build a VPN tunnel from the home router to the DO droplet and route all traffic. More than $30/month?
AT&T is offering gigabit fiber broadband service in a select few U.S. cities for $70 a month, a discount of $29 off the regular price, but only if customers are willing to forfeit online privacy.
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And interesting way of approaching management of multiple WordPress sites: use the command line like any proper IT tool
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Google is all set to pull the plug of its popular Gtalk service from February 16 as reported by ToI. Gtalk will be replaced by the Hangouts app for all purposes according to Google. Millions of users, who use Gtalk messenger will now have to switch over to the Hangout service irrespective of whether they like it or not. The signs of a shutdown were always there as Google stopped supporting security and upgrading version for the Chrome extension. ...
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There's a third party API for Hangouts written in Python. Can't really do anything with it in Pidgin, but you could always write a really simple program with it.
https://github.com/tdryer/hangups
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"In The Manga Guide to Databases, Tico the fairy teaches the Princess how to simplify her data management. We follow along as they design a relational database, understand the entity-relationship model, perform basic database operations, and delve into more advanced topics. Once the Princess is familiar with transactions and basic SQL statements, she can keep her data timely and accurate for the entire kingdom. Finally, Tico explains ways to make the database more efficient and secure, and they discuss methods for concurrency and replication."

You find the damnest things when reading mailing lists dedicated to programmers...

http://www.amazon.com/Manga-Guide-Databases-Mana-Takahashi/dp/1593271905
The Manga Guide to Databases [Mana Takahashi, Shoko Azuma, Trend-Pro Co. Ltd.] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <DIV> Want to learn about databases without the tedium? With its unique combination of Japanese-style comics and serious educational content
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Interesting way to learn. though I do one day picture someone saying "Oh, we have to segment our network!!! a flat network architecture is a huge turn off for Riga the Network Fairy" or something equally true, but crazy
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DEAR PEOPLE WHO ARE INTO CATS AND EXPLOSIONS AND GOATS AND SASQUATCHES:   I helped create a new card game and it's available now.  

http://www.explodingkittens.com

90 second explanation of the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtREUajBwIQ
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I am beginning to really dislike Microsoft Lync for online meetings. WebEx might not be telling me every time it updates the plugin but at least it works that same across IE, Firefox, and Chrome.

Microsoft is missing a golden opportunity here to position Lync as the de facto collaboration tool to help entice people onto the O365 platform, but the tool needs to be better. Find out how people work not how you want them to work and build that.
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Plan to sell your iToy/iDevice? Happy-fun info-graphic listing what to do to decouple your account(s) from the device.
 
Saying Goodbye

http://iNotes4You.com/2014/10/30/saying-goodbye

Do you want to purchase a new Apple iPhone or iPad and say Goodbye to your actual companion?

Well, a bunch of innovative techniques are involved to keep your privacy and detach your device from your Apple account.

Here is what you should know when selling an IDevice.

Don't feel sad about your old love. With every iteration Apple will give you lots of added values which make the change of connection easy.


Related ...
Troubleshooting
http://iNotes4You.com/2014/01/03/troubleshooting

The Apple ID
http://iNotes4You.com/2013/04/11/the-apple-id

2-Step-Verification
http://iNotes4You.com/2014/05/07/2-step-verification


Thanks for dropping by.

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A follow-up to that lovely Group Policy vulnerability in KB3000483. You have to apply a GPO to address it, not just install the patch.

http://windowsitpro.com/msrc/patch-tuesday-just-installing-kb3000483-not-enough-protect-your-company
Just because you may have installed the security update successfully it's important to realize you're not quite done.
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I'm saving this video to send to HR the next time the discussion of standing desks comes up...

yes, it's the Onion...but so many people fail to catch that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYSxkqL9l_8#t=39
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Come on !
What next?
Work in WC. LoL.
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Scary thoughts for everyone today. what if the core piece of your favorite open source project closed up shop? We already saw the fallout from TrueCrypt. Is GNU Privacy Guard next?

http://www.propublica.org/article/the-worlds-email-encryption-software-relies-on-one-guy-who-is-going-broke
Werner Koch's code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work.
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+Daniel Samson GnuPG can encrypt files, but is mainly for end-to-end encryption of emails and functions as a replacement of the no-longer-free PGP.  Plus there are several projects around it like GPG4Win.

Encfs does transparent on-the-fly encryption as a FUSE, which is a totally different story. Encfs cannot encrypt a single file before transferring it somewhere. It's nice, but maybe not really secure: https://defuse.ca/audits/encfs.htm

I'd rather recommend CryptFS instead, but it isn't a FUSE.
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The end of IE? maybe. This will be "interesting" to all those thousands of niche software purchases that drive corporate life. Every one of them will have to be tested. at least the ActiveX crap will finally die, right?

One can hope.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/12/report-microsofts-browser-for-windows-10-wont-be-internet-explorer/
Instead, new Chrome-like browser codenamed "Spartan" will ship alongside IE11.
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http://www.gog.com/ is worse than Steam in trying to part me from my money. DRM free games and bringing back some of the great games I played before everything had to be online all the time. Great for those of us with strange schedules or traveling.

#goodoldgames #DRMfree  
A selection of 750+ games with at least -50% discount, fantastic daily bundle deals and hourly flash deals up to 90% off!
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Yeah, I've given them.... some larger amount of my money over the years than is necessarily healthy.
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