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When Docker Fills Up Your Hard Drive

Best solution I’ve got for when Docker fills up your hard drive. I think I named this cronjob correctly.

On Deprecating HTTP

Mozilla announced: There’s pretty broad agreement that HTTPS is the way forward for the web. In recent months, there have been statements from IETF, IAB (even the other IAB), W3C, and the US Government calling for universal use of encryption by Internet applications, which in the case of the web means HTTPS. I’m on board […]

MySQL To Percona Server Gottcha

Decided to replace the aging MySQL 5.1.x on a CentOS Box with a newer Percona Server 5.6. First step was to update MySQL 5.1 to 5.5. This went relatively smoothly after I figured out some mySQL transaction kung-fu and ran mysql_upgrade. Step two was to replace it with Percona Server. It installed fine. Almost to […]

Fix For Wireshark Not Showing Interfaces In OS X

At least in Mac OS X 10.8+ with recent versions of Wireshark (1.10.8 tested), it’s simply a matter of running the following command: sudo sh /Library/Application\ Support/Wireshark/ChmodBPF/ChmodBPF Not sure why WireShark can’t just prompt and do it automatically, but this seems to fix the problem.

Microsoft’s R&D

PCWorld has a pretty interesting story on Microsoft’s R&D efforts. While Microsoft is viewed as an old technology company they aren’t done innovating. In many ways they remind me of AT&T in the Bell Labs days. It’s very possible some of the best research of the day is being done there, and we quite possibly […]

Windows 8 Is Here

Windows 8 has launched, and it’s been quite silent. Not many seem to even care. Every media outlet has some coverage, but it’s hardly the buzz that Apple even got for their latest upgrade. Certainly not the buzz iOS 6 got. Sign of the times. I’ve got 2 computers that currently run Windows 7. I […]

Kaspersky Lab Developing Its Own Operating System

Kaspersky Lab, of AntiVirus fame is apparently developing its own operating system: We’re developing a secure operating system for protecting key information systems (industrial control systems (ICS)) used in industry/infrastructure. Quite a few rumors about this project have appeared already on the Internet, so I guess it’s time to lift the curtain (a little) on […]

Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Is Surprisingly Cheap

In an interesting move Microsoft announced it will sell Windows 8 Pro upgrades for $39.99 at least initially. Windows 7 Pro upgrade is about $150. It’s a huge price cut. Also noteworthy is that you can upgrade from one of the more basic versions of Windows 7 to pro. Microsoft also reduced the number of […]

Leap Smear

On how Google deals with leap seconds: The solution we came up with came to be known as the “leap smear.” We modified our internal NTP servers to gradually add a couple of milliseconds to every update, varying over a time window before the moment when the leap second actually happens. This meant that when […]

Winamp’s Downfall

First we hear about Flickr’s downfall, now Winamp. It’s amazing to hear how this big companies bought and killed an acquisition by refusing to let them thrive. In both cases corporate culture ironically killed everything they were trying to acquire. In both cases, they could have been huge, had they been agile enough to stay […]