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Cassandra 2.0: The next generation of big data

Steven J Vaugn - Wed, 2013-09-04 16:54
In 2008, Facebook gave big data users a gift. The social network released Cassandra, its NoSQL, big data distributed data store to open source. Today, with the release of Cassandra 2.0, the gift is more valuable than ever. Cassandra 2.0: The next generation of big data. More >
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Microsoft: The hardware company

Steven J Vaugn - Tue, 2013-09-03 16:50
For decades, Microsoft was a software company. Now, with the purchase of Nokia’s phone division, Microsoft has officially shifted to being a serious hardware company as well. Microsoft: The hardware company. More >
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Why the Promise of Apple's Trade-In Program Is Short-Lived

Dvorak Insights - Fri, 2013-08-30 14:18
Apple's trade-in program will keep sales up but that grand idea won't last long.
Categories: Computers

Get Ready for an Xbox Spin-Off From Microsoft

Dvorak Insights - Thu, 2013-08-29 17:36
Some analysts suggest a separate Xbox corporation could be worth as much as $17 billion.
Categories: Computers

Do We Really Need Another Mobile OS From HTC?

Dvorak Insights - Wed, 2013-08-28 16:01
Apparently HTC wants to develop its own mobile OS but I can't see why it doesn't just customize Android.
Categories: Computers

Why Does Everyone Hate Ballmer?

Dvorak Insights - Tue, 2013-08-27 16:58
He's done a great job of growing Microsoft, but people still love to carp on Steve Ballmer.
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Tracking numbers and zip codes for the Book of Audacity Perk shipments

Helios Blog - Mon, 2013-08-26 16:45
We had a bit of trouble getting the funds from the fund raiser transferred over until today so I got them out to you as soon as possible.  You should have received an email alerting you to that fact.  I will make an entry here for you to reference.  Just find your zip code and you will see the tracking number for that area next to it.

For those that had other book perks, I will ship those tomorrow and I will publish your tracking information here tomorrow evening.

If any of these come back with no data, let me know.  All the numbers run together after a while and it's not completely impossible that I mis-typed it.

And again, thank you to everyone who helped us during this fund raiser.  I appreciate it deeply.

So here goes:

59901   9114901075742620314158

73942    9114901075742620314165

12066    9114901075742620314134

29461    9114901075742620314141

78748    9114901075742620312611

07753    9114901075742620312628

42602    9114901075742620314172

64082    9114901075742620314189

Australia  customs form # LC095936474US          
Categories: Computers

Give the People What They Want: Colorful Phones

Dvorak Insights - Mon, 2013-08-26 15:21
Whether you like it or not, the gold iPhone will be a hit people crave colorful tech products.
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HostGator, Linux and The Dukes of Hazzard

Devnet's Blog - Sun, 2013-08-25 20:55

If you’re old, like me…let’s say, over 30 years old…you might remember the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard”.  Waylon Jennings, a popular country music singer during the late 70′s and early 80′s sang the theme song.  The lyrics are:

Just the good ol boys, never meaning no harm

Beats all you ever saw, been in trouble with the law

since the day they was born

Many times in IT job settings, you’ll find that you need to become one of ‘the good ole boys’ in order to accomplish your job.  You have to like the things others’ like (or pretend to), you have to laugh at the things others’ laugh at.  In other words, you may have to become all things to all people.  It’s stupid that things are this way…but if you don’t change, you’ll find yourself on the outside looking in.  I’ve always been one to try and strike the right balance between becoming what my coworkers wanted me to become versus what I want to be.  Through the almost 10 years I’ve been blogging here, I’ve both sponsored and at one time hosted Ken Starks (aka Helios) blogging efforts and even his Lobby4Linux initiative…and I still consider him to be a great friend as well as an uncompromising voice in the world of Linux.  Over at his blog, he gave the anonymous experience of one HostGator employee.  You can read her experience over at his blog but here is an excerpt:

But my friend did have trouble answering a question and she dutifully IM’ed her tier two technician for help…. Twice. Then three times. And finally a fourth. She didn’t even get a response from a tier three tech or a supervisor. And I’ve been a tier three technician…I played a lot of online games. Help requests were infrequent. We mostly helped supervisors keep track of call times. She was a nervous wreck…and the customer wasn’t happy. She had to take down the customer’s number and promise to call them back when she found the answer to their question. A callback counted against her in her call stats and bonuses can be earned or lost on customer callbacks. She was close to tears, but nothing like she was when she found out why she being ignored when she asked for help. It seems that there is a little initiation when you go to work in that particular call center. It’s a game of sorts and it all boils down to this.

I’ve experienced things just like this in my career in the world of IT…not to the level above…but in some form or another, I’ve been hindered at performing my job by someone else who wanted to ‘initiate’ me into working where they do…or someone who just didn’t like that I spoke in an accent.  It’ seems rather stupid that someone would want you to become part of their ‘good ole boys’ network before they give you the help you need.  It’s unprofessional and counterproductive.  The only real permanent damage it does happens to the end user.

One can’t get too mad at companies though…they may not even know it is going on.  It starts at the mid-management level.  Managers who enable and allow this sort of behavior on their teams or ignore this sort of behavior are to blame.  Having a workplace that isn’t fun to work at unless you’re a part of the ‘good ole boys’ or that makes the end user suffer just for a laugh isn’t a good workplace.  Turnover will be high.  Ego’s will be allowed to cultivate and grow.  Cliques will form.  Boundaries will be crossed. In the end, your workplace suffers because it becomes hostile to those who refuse to adapt their behavior to jive with the few who behave in this way.  If you’re an IT Manager, take note of the story I linked to above.  Don’t be that guy.  Don’t let your employees set the tone for the work environment.  Make it your mission to set the tone yourself.  Making your work environment an inviting and supporting place to work isn’t hard to do.

HostGator, Linux and The Dukes of Hazzard originally appeared on Yet Another Linux Blog on 25 August, 2013.

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Categories: Computers

Is Ballmer's Retirement a Prelude to a Microsoft Split-Up?

Dvorak Insights - Fri, 2013-08-23 15:55
With Ballmer leaving Microsoft within a year, I can see the company splitting up into divisions.
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New Reglue Contact Information

Helios Blog - Fri, 2013-08-23 01:18
There has been some confusion lately because we've changed phone numbers and there is a difference between our regular mail address and our package address.  Let me post it here so it is easily accessible online:

Mail address:

307 Ferguson Street
Taylor Texas

Package and parcel address

Ken Starks
c/o Reglue
1117 W. 3rd Street
Taylor Texas 76574



And my electronic business card:

Categories: Computers

Brace Yourself for Email Wars

Dvorak Insights - Thu, 2013-08-22 17:23
Between Google's new tabbed inbox and Yahoo's confusing new algorithm, email isn't what it used to be.
Categories: Computers

Time Marches On, I Just Wish It Would Slow Down.....

Helios Blog - Thu, 2013-08-22 08:28
OK...in 12 days I will turn  60 years old.  I have not really paid attention to my birthdays for over 30 years.

Personally, I think it's a bit arrogant of me to put any significance on a random day, out of billions of people, to even acknowledge that day as anything other than just another day.

But having survived cancer up to this point, it has given me pause to at least thank The Universe.  One of the best minds in Oncology only gave me 4-6 months when I was first diagnosed.

Just goes to show that even the best of us can be wrong.  I may regress as it's still too early to tell, but I beat the odds.  That's gotta count for something, even if it's only within me.

So with that said, I have begun making preparations for September 2nd.  On that day I will officially be considered an "old guy".  It seems the combination of the numbers 6 and 0 are the standard for oldguyness.  There  is a list of things I need to do to get ready.

1.  Superglue my left turn signal to the always on position.

2.  Carry a note pad everywhere I go because I can forget something important, even 15 seconds after I think of it.

3.  Wear suspenders daily as they are actually needed now and not just a fashion accessory for Old Guys.

4.  Obsess over the current weather and weather forecasts in every conversation because that seems to be what old guys start and end every conversation with.

5.  Learn to ignore the Horns Of Anger as I insist on staying in the far left lane, traveling two miles an hour under the posted speed limit.

6.  Start reading the obituaries because I want to see who I outlived.

7.  Keep my glasses attached to a lanyard around my neck because I have already lost two pair and I think I remember specifically where I left them.  They are not There or even in the general vicinity of There.  They have traveled to the place of lost socks.

I'm sure there are other things I need to do.  In fact, I know there are...but I didn't write them down immediately after thinking of them.

All-Righty Then...

Categories: Computers

HostGator, I Found Your Problem In Employee Turnover.....

Helios Blog - Thu, 2013-08-22 08:19
For the last couple of years, the HostGator billboards have been all over the place.

"Do you know Linux...?  We are hiring.

Having been offered an opportunity to interview there twice, I know how aggressive they are in signing good Linux talent.  Having more than a few friends working there, I also know they are hemorrhaging employees.

Employee turnover seems to be a big problem, at least at the Austin location(s).  A good friend who works the swing shift for call center server support told me bluntly:

"It's like the D-Day landing at Normandy.  People are dropping all around me, but I keep pushing on."

On the face of it, it doesn't seem to make sense. Having been a guest there for other reasons, their work environment is nothing short of stellar and the pay is on par with tech salaries in the area. They have employee lunches catered at no cost to the employee, and their break room rivals Google, having seen that one myself in Mountain View.  Everyone there seems to get along fantastically.

Maybe that last part is part of the problem.  Sometimes Camaraderie comes at a price.

Someone who I love dearly was recently hired on at HostGator in Austin.  Her skills are a dream-come-true for tech HR and she loves her work.  Training was machine-gun fast but she kept up and after the training period, she was shown her cubicle and went to work.

Yeah, she had first day jitters, but who doesn't?  There was little time for friendly introductions as everyone around her was at least two calls deep into the cue when she sat down.

And being the first day, it took her a while to acclimate.

But as it often happens in Help Desk support, she ran across a call that she didn't know how to handle.

For those that have never worked at a tech support help desk, a lot happens in the background.  Every tech has an IM screen in front of her, asking how the call is going, and asking her if she needs help with that particular call.  Supervisors watch their section people take and dispatch calls on their screens...ever mindful of a tech spending too much time on a particular call.  In a real world call center, if your supervisor sees on her screen that your call duration is over a certain time limit, she will IM you and ask if you need help.

"Do you need help with this call?"

And if that doesn't produce an answer...

"Is everything going OK?  You seem to be having trouble with this call.  Are you using your troubleshooter database?"

And if that doesn't elicit an answer, you can expect your supervisor to be standing behind you shortly, watching and listening in on her wireless headset.

A call center can be an intense place to work.

But my friend did have trouble answering a question and she dutifully IM'ed her tier two technician for help....


Then three times.

And finally a fourth.  She didn't even get a response from a tier three tech or a supervisor.

And I've been a tier three technician...I played a lot of online games.  Help requests were infrequent.  We mostly helped supervisors keep track of call times.

She was a nervous wreck...and the customer wasn't happy.

She had to take down the customer's number and promise to call them back when she found the answer to their question.  A callback counted against her in her call stats and bonuses can be earned or lost on customer callbacks.

She was close to tears, but nothing like she was when she found out why she being ignored when she asked for help.

It seems that there is a little initiation when you go to work in that particular call center.  It's a game of sorts and it all boils down to this.

"Let's ignore the newbie and have a flash pool on how long it takes the new girl to start crying..." 

Again, if you've never worked in a call center, it can be terribly stressful and it's not for those who cannot multi-task easily.

My friend has worked in call centers for years...she's no stranger to that stressful environment...but she knows when she's been played.

When she found out what they were doing, needless to say, she walked out without a word.

So the "Good Ol' Boy" club has chewed and spit out another victim.  From what I have been able to find out, this is common at this center.

I have also been informed that this did reach the attention of management.  But that's a good ol' boy network too.

I bet there isn't much turn over at that level...

I'd be willing to bet on it.

HostGator - Do you know Linux...?  We are humiliating our new hires until they quit hiring.

All-Righty Then...
Categories: Computers

Introducing the Reglue Deal Of The Week.

Helios Blog - Sat, 2013-08-17 01:47
We've had to become a bit more creative since donation dollars have been harder and harder to come by the past year.  There's just no way to sugar-coat it.  Our attempt to fund Reglue and HeliOS for the current fiscal year has been a complete failure.

It's not your fault. I don't blame anyone but myself.  It was just bad luck that the Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo campaign started at almost the same time as ours did.  I could have tried to keep up with it while I was recovering from cancer treatments.  I should have found a way to do it.

It would have been nice to achieve 10K to gain the matching donation.....

Water under the bridge, spilled milk and all that...we either find ways to create revenue or we fold up our tents and move on with our lives.  If surviving cancer has taught me anything, it taught me to stop trying to fight things that are inevitable.  Live is too short to kill yourself by worrying.

It comes down to being as simple as that.  This next four months will tell.

That being said....

We have excess computers and other things from time to time and since I was unable to do much this past year, the donations have stacked up.  We have earmarked four such donations to sell to fund our effort.  We do sell from our Ebay store, and as personally repugnant as I find Paypal practices, they are a necessary evil at this point.

So come see this week's offering and take a look at the rest of the stuff we have as well.  Right now, it consists of several deals on various RAM but as I go through the stuff donated, I am sure to find things that might interest you.  We will post those items on a weekly basis, hence, "the deal of the week".

The complete computer system we are offering has several new components and is a nice little system.  With school beginning soon here in the US, this might be a great computer for the kids and adults alike.

Come see us and help us grow.

All-Righty Then...

Categories: Computers

Finding Files Modified in the Past Few Days

Devnet's Blog - Thu, 2013-08-15 10:54

It’s said that with age comes distinction and wisdom. If we believe that, then we’re talking about people and not files.  Working with older files doesn’t make you wise beyond your years…one could argue that it makes you a glutton for punishment .  That doesn’t always have to be the case as we can solve finding and working with older files using the ‘find’ command.

Recently, I was tasked with finding files that had been modified in the past 5 days. I was to copy these files from a SAN Snapshot and move them over to a recover area that anyone could get to (read: Windows File Share).

We were doing this in Linux because the snapshot, which was a NTFS filesystem would only mount in Linux.  It seems that Linux is more forgiving of errors on a hard disk than Windows is when dealing with NTFS.

So, the snapshot was located on a server designated as X.X.X.X below.  I decided to use the find command to locate all files that were modified in the past 5 days.  The find command can be summarized succinctly using the following logic statement:  find where-to-look criteria what-to-do.  Keeping this logic in mind, I used the following command to get what I needed:

find . -mtime 4 -daystart -exec cp -a {} /home/devnet/fileshare\$ on\ X.X.X.X/RECOVER/ \;

Let’s break down what the above command is doing.  First and foremost, the find command when used in conjunction with a period means to search the current directory (where-to-look in logic statement above).  If you need to specify where to search via path, replace the period with the path to the directory you’ll be searching in  Next, I’ve added the following flags (criteria in logic statement above) which I’ll define:

  1. -mtime:  stands for ‘modified time’.  This means I’m searching for only files modified in the past 4 days.
  2. -daystart:  This flag is used to measure time from the beginning of the current day instead of 24 hours ago which is default.  So in the example above, it would find files 4 days from the start of today (which equates to 5 days from midnight versus 4 days from 24 hours ago for my task)
  3. -exec:  specifies that with the results, a new command should be executed.

The {} above is where the results of our find command are passed.  It will do the command after -exec for each result from the find command.

So, we’re copying with the cp -a command and flag, which will copy recursively, preserving file structure and attributes thanks to our -a flag.  That command copies all the files we’ve found using the find command to the path stated next (what-to-do in our logic statement above).  The last symbols \; are the end statement for our -exec flag.  This must always be present for our -exec command…and the exec flag should be the last option given in the find command as well.

It’s important to note above that I mounted the NTFS SAN snapshot using the GUI like I would any NTFS volume on a Linux desktop and that I executed this find command while I was located in the root of the directory I wanted to search on that snapshot.  The server I was copying the files to noted as X.X.X.X above was a Windows File Server on our network that had open permissions for me to copy to.  I used Samba to mount this server in the directory ‘fileshare’ in my home directory.  The RECOVER directory was made by me to house all the files I’ve found so I could keep them separate from any other files in the root of the file server directory.  I had to manually create this folder prior to issuing the command.

There are more than a couple of different ways to do what I did above.  There are also numerous ways to alter the command and adapt it for your needs.  For example, perhaps you want to find all files that are 3 days old and delete them…and you’re not a stickler for the -daystart option.  In this case:

find . -mtime -3 -exec rm -rf {} \;

Maybe you want to copy mp3′s from a directory to a separate location:

find . -name '*.mp3' -exec cp -a {} /path/to/copy/stuff/to \;

There are lots of ways to adapt this to help locate and deal with files.  The command line/shell are always more than powerful enough to help you get what you need.  I hope this helps you and if you have questions or just want to say thanks…please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below.

Finding Files Modified in the Past Few Days originally appeared on Yet Another Linux Blog on 15 August, 2013.

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Categories: Computers

No Google, I Will Not Be Renewing My Drive Subscription...Here's Why.

Helios Blog - Tue, 2013-08-13 21:51

Google's rates for off-site storage via Google Drive are fairly decent.

Decent enough for me to be able to afford a 200 gig account.

Google contacted me yesterday and asked me how I wanted to handle my renewal.  My subscription would end in 30 days and they wanted to make sure "I wasn't without my important files". 

The polite thing to do would have been to tell them their services were no longer needed.

I wasn't in a polite mood. 

In April of 2012, in the product forum for Google, Julio G. Alvarez pretty much told the Linux community to chill.  A native Linux client for Google drive was forthcoming.  You can read the specifics here along with a new petition to get them off their backsides.

16 months later, we are still without a native Drive client for Linux.  They aren't even bothering to send someone from out behind the curtain to talk to us.  Their position seems to be "let them eat Insync cake".

Which pretty much sucks from any seat in the house since The Dynamic Duo of Advertising had their road to riches paved by Linux.

By the way boys....it was us that bought you those Gulfstream G5's.

Tell me how there would be a Google today without the absolutely free code that built their initial server farm.  Go ahead, tell me....I'll wait.  Oh that's right, you can't.  Google would not exist even as a shadow of what it is today without Linux.

It appears that a Drive client for Linux isn't a priority for them.  

So Google, here's the deal:

I am in the process of copying my files and/or moving them to my new Amazon S3 storage
account.  Their prices are on par with yours (with my Amazon Prime membership) and their sync tool installed on my computer and was working in less than 5 minutes.  They not only support the Baby Buntus, but most of the others as well.  The .deb file downloaded from their download page and gdebi drove the rest of the way home.

Oh, yeah...I forgot. - Linux is a major nightmare to install software on.  

And I don't want to fail to mention that the great Reglue sponsor Dediserve has donated us 300 gigs of storage for our backup files.  We can't serve files from there like we can the Amazon account but that storage solution was for just that.  Storage of critical files.

I've been a big fan of Google for years.  And I honestly have a joke I made up that involves Google.


The Good News? - I bought Google when they were 84 dollars a share.

The Bad News?  - I only bought 10 shares.

So I'll just say this to make you feel better Google.

"It's not you, it's me.  We need some time apart."

I'm not giving you another dime of my money or my organization's money until you get right with the Linux Community.

And yeah, you aren't obligated to do so.  I know that.

But I also know it's the right thing to do.

And so do you.

All-Righty Then....

Categories: Computers

What’s Your Favorite FOSS or Linux Blog?

LXer - Tue, 2013-07-30 02:54
The race has begun. You get to decide which FOSS and Linux blog gets the honor of being the first ever winner of the FOSS Force “Best Personal FOSS or Linux Blog.” The nomination process starts now with our qualifying poll.
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Poor countries saving money by using Linux

LXer - Tue, 2013-07-30 01:57
Linux has so much to offer, with little or no cost. There really isn't any proprietary software that can come close to it in terms of value versus cost. And yet the use of Linux is not restricted to just poorer countries. The article also notes that the US military is the largest user of Red Hat Linux.
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Multi-Booting the Nexus 7 Tablet

LXer - Tue, 2013-07-30 01:00
Anyone who knows me well enough knows I love mobile devices. Phones, tablets and other shiny glowing gadgets are almost an addiction for me. I've talked about my addiction in other articles and columns, and Kyle Rankin even made fun of me once in a Point/Counterpoint column because my household has a bunch of iOS devices in it. Well, I was fortunate enough to add an Android device to the mix recently—a Nexus 7 tablet. I actually won this device at the Southern California Linux Expo as part of the Rackspace Break/Fix Contest, but that's a different story.
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