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If you missed #scale13x  among the other good times you missed the live broadcast of Bad Voltage - hopefully they'll be back again next year.
 
We are proud to release the fully edited video of Bad Voltage Live at #SCALE13x - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k02EeD0rXYo - check it out!
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My old high school friend Milo Medin works for Google, and has some tips for cities that say they want fiber:
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Start your morning with some Space Age bachelor pad music from one of the pioneers of stereo recording, the great Juan Garcia Esquivel​:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXTbhm1V4UU
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I was called "evil" today for recommending tab-delimited exports over comma-delimited.
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Remember - being Evil takes practice, hard work and dedication.  You have to know what you're doing to be Evil.  You need evil goals, you have evil methods and you believe that your evil method, and yours alone is the correct path for humanity to follow.  This takes education, drive and commitment.  It also takes a certain strength of will.  

Revel in your evilness.  Those that oppose tab-delimited exports are simply weak and probably use microsoft excel, who has annoyingly co-oped the extension .cvs

Also, being evil means you get to wear nice clothes and even a smoking jacket.  Chicks dig guys in smoking jackets.
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A good explanation of Linux RAM caching.  Other OSes would do well do cache as liberally as Linux.  Like they say, free RAM is wasted RAM - it's consuming power anyway, so why not use it smartly?
 
No Linux didn't eat it. But, good intro for a new users and sysadmin. Hint: use tool like htop (http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/centos-redhat-linux-install-htop-command-using-yum/) ;) 


#Sysadmin #IT #linux  
What's going on? Linux is borrowing unused memory for disk caching. This makes it looks like you are low on memory, but you are not! Everything is fine! Why is it doing this? Disk caching makes the system much faster! There are no downsides, except for confusing newbies.
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Apple ordered to pay $533 million for breaching gaming patents http://tnw.me/8cmeqVY
A federal jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million for infringing on patents held by Smartflash LLC, in software and games delivered through iTunes, reports Bloomberg. The ...
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I'm with you. The whole patent system is busted.
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For me the most interesting period of Steve Jobs' life was his years at NeXT.  So in honor of his birthday, this archive includes all sorts of great stuff from that era, including PDFs of NeXTWORLD magazine:

http://simson.net/ref/NeXT/index.html
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I would find if I worked at a place that forced to use a macbook it more palatable if it had a next sticker on it over the apple logo on the back but that might be a trademark violation but what has apple done to protect that recently. 
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Every Linux distro brings something unique to the table, but there are so many great ones I'm still learning about them.

I very much enjoyed meeting +Bryan Lunduke at #SCaLE13x  this weekend, and asked him, "If Ubuntu's focus is device ubiquity and Red Hat's focus is enterprise, what's SUSE's focus?"

In his characteristically concise way he answered simply "Choice", and then explained some of the ways that plays out in the SUSE experience.

I'm not much of a distro hopper and the nature of my work has me spending most of my time with Ubuntu, but I found Bryan's description of SUSE compelling enough that I'm downloading it now and look forward to exploring it this afternoon.

It's funny how people who don't use Linux often suggest how much better the platform would be if everyone working on different distros put all their energy into just one.

If there's anything I've learned over the years, it's that this diversity is a feature of the Linux community, not a bug.  With so many flavors to choose from, everyone dines at the table they most enjoy.

Thanks, Bryan, for introducing me to another world-class distro.
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I thnk you'll find it offeres choice on the enterprise.  I find the desktop support far broader on Ubuntu and Fedora then SuSE.  

I used to have fedora.  And in a way, I still prefer it for a pure desktop.But its not intended for the server so I went to ubuntu precisely because I could experiment with tools on my desktop, and then move it to the server just fine.

So, try fedora, too.
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Desktop apps are our workhorses, rich with commands, and the menu bar is the primary access to those commands.

So the good news is that Ubuntu 15.04 will provide an option to no longer conceal these menu commands from the user until they move the mouse into the top panel.  Having the menus always present allows the opportunity to build muscle memory for such moves, making the use of a good app that much more fluid the more you use it.

But the bad news is that this self-evident rendering of the menu command set will not be the default.

That said, with each release since Unity premiered, I've had my share of nits with it, but I've found that if I just wait until the next version or two my nits get addressed as more user testing bears out the merits of such refinement.

This change with the global menu bar is a step in the right direction, hopefully taken to completion to become the default in 15.10.

Unity is by far the most productive UI I've used on Linux yet, and this process of continual refinement has made it better and better every six months.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2015/01/ubuntu-15-04-always-show-menu-bar-option
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One of the many highlights of UbuCon @ SCaLE 13x:  The AV volunteers from the San Gabriel Valley Linux User Group did another excellent job setting up the mics and  projector, but this year none of the speakers changed anything so it all worked swimmingly.  Thanks SGVLUG!
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At #Ubucon tomorrow Jorge Castro will show off the #Ubuntu Orange Box - yes, this mighty beast:
#SCALE13x 
http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud/jumpstart-training

Schedule for UbuCon and the rest of SCaLE:
http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/13x/schedule/friday
Canonical engineers will deliver an Orange Box to your office and provide two full days of technical training, covering Ubuntu, MAAS, Juju, Landscape, and OpenStack all for $10K.
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+cm-t arudy  I am the accounting dept. lol I'm also the training dept. The black box w/o Ubuntu stuff is also 10K USD
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