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Bash Scripting Quirks & Safety Tips

Yesterday I was talking to some friends about Bash and I realized that, even though I’ve been using Bash for more than 10 years now there are still a few basic quirks about it that are not totally obvious to me. So as usual I thought I’d write a blog post. We’ll cover some bash basics (“how do you...
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Netflix Launches Support for Firefox on Linux

Linux users have a new option if they want to watch Netflix -- the streaming service is now compatible with Firefox for the platform. Before this, only Google Chrome could play videos from the website outright. There was even a time when users had to make sure they're using a version of Chrome with...
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Paving with Good Intentions: The Attempt to Rescue the Network Time Protocol

After the Heartbleed bug revealed in April 2014 how understaffed and under-funded the OpenSSL project was, the Network Time Foundation was discovered to be one of several projects in a similar condition. Unfortunately, thanks to a project fork, the efforts to lend NTP support have only divided the...
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An Introduction to GRUB2 Configuration for your Linux Machine

When researching my article from last month, An introduction to the Linux boot and startup process, I became interested in learning more about GRUB2. This article provides a quick introduction to configuring GRUB2, which I will mostly refer to as GRUB for simplicity. GRUB GRUB stands for GRand...
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Teaching Children to Code

Chris Ward looks at how-to tools to help teach children one of the most essential skills of the modern age, how to code. A lot of projects aimed at children focus on visual learning, such as teaching concepts with draggable, interlinking blocks for creating visual applications like games and...
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Opening Up Virtual Reality Development with WebVR

“Virtual reality (VR) is nothing new — people have been experimenting with it for decades. But only recently, we have come to terms with having commercial hardware like Oculus or HTC Vive to experience and enjoy VR content within our home,” says Rabimba Karanjai, a full-time graduate researcher and...
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New Version of Google App Engine Supports All Programming Languages

App Engine is Google’s platform-as-a-service for building application backends without having to worry about maintaining a complex infrastructure. The big news is that App Engine now supports any programming language, so a developer can create the app in whatever language they are comfortable using...
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Discover the Power of Bash on Windows

As the IT world is turning toward Linux for many projects, Microsoft has come up with a new offering to tap into this growing market. Bash on Windows is the answer. Here we guide you through installing Bash on Windows and give you a taste of what you can do—and why you would do it—in the Linux...
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Litebook Launches $249 Linux Laptop

A company called Litebook has released a new Linux laptop that is priced to compete with Chromebooks -- if not as cheap as the $89 Pinebook. That's because the Pinebook is bare-boned when it comes to specs, using an ARM CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage. The Litebook, on the other hand...
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NASA Has Just Released Tons Of Free And Open Source Software, Here’s How To Get Them

As a part of its Technology Transfer program, NASA has released lots of free and open source software tools on its website. NASA says that these software are useful for professionals, entrepreneurs, small businesses, industry, and academia. You can visit NASA’s website to get the complete list of...
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