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How to Get Started with the Linux Operating System

I am so used to seeing +jack wallen talk about fiction books he has written, I forgot he is a bit of a geek as well.

This is an excellent article by Jack about Linux, what to expect and how to get started with it.

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From Russia, via Kaspersky Labs

The shadow of doubt has been cast against Kasperky and it is therefore prudent to err on the side of caution.

It may turn out that they will be completely exonerated, but in the mean time are you willing to take that chance?

h/t +Peter Vogel

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Yahoo data breach in August 2013 much bigger than thought

Yahoo's owners Verizon have now admitted that every single Yahoo account at the time was exposed during the data breach. That's roughly 3 billion accounts compromised!

My advice (and I strongly suggest you take it) is to switch to a different provider. Yahoo had a duty of care and they failed massively. If you actually want to keep your Yahoo account (I think you must be crazy), then for heavens sake do everything you can to make sure it is secure. Have you got a strong enough password? Have you enabled 2 step verification? You know the drill.

If you want to know how to enable 2 step verification for your Yahoo account, go here:

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Zapdos in Pokémon Go

If only I knew lots of people that had the time to take this on right now.

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8 cool things you can do with Google Keep

I use Google Keep fairly often, but until reading this I hadn't realised how much more I could actually be doing with it. This a great blog post by the product manager for Keep +Mario Anima
8 tips to help you keep up in Google Keep

There are some great tips here for using Google Keep. For example, who needs a dictaphone when you can record yourself with Keep and it automatically transcribes everything for you? That's just the first tip, there are 7 more that are just as good!

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Google grabs a big client away from Microsoft

Migrating any sized business from one platform to another is going to have a few hurdles to cross.

However, from my personal experience, transitioning to G Suite is relatively painless. For a start you don't have to worry about installing bloatware onto (in Nielsen's case) 56,000 machines. Everything you need is already there, because you simply open your internet browser, log in and start working. Let's face it, Microsoft's Office 365 does allow you to log in via the browser, but most people still use the old school Office applications installed on their desktops because that's the way they have always worked. For G Suite that's a massive administrative cost saving right there.

Also from my experience, the collaboration tools within G Suite are far superior to those within Office 365. To me there is no contest in that regard.

Anyway, well done +G Suite on the win.

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And in a Flash, it was gone
Flash will no longer be supported by the internet by 2020

Adobe announced this morning that they will stop supporting Flash by 2020. Google, Apple, Windows, Mozilla, Facebook and a number of other major companies will be following the same timeline.

For 20 years, Flash has helped shape the way that you play games, watch videos and run applications on the web. But over the last few years, Flash has become less common. Three years ago, 80 percent of desktop Chrome users visited a site with Flash each day. Today usage is only 17 percent and continues to decline.

So long Flash!

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Windows 10 is no longer supported

That's the message some people are seeing. I have to agree with everything that is said in this article.

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Backup and Sync for Google Photos and Google Drive is here... but I don't care

Why? It's simple, there is no Linux client, therefore I will not be able to use it. I think Google have really missed a trick here.


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Do you believe the hype?

The problem with any company coming out with so called 'tests' that claim their product is better, faster, stronger and lasts longer than the competition, is that it is all hype and quite often baloney.

However, when it comes to battery tests amidst the claims of browser performance and batteries lasting longer with browser X, a third party has actually gone to the trouble of testing everything in a fair manner.

The upshot of this is, don't believe the hype.

h/t +Carl Draper
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