* Posts by beekir

24 posts • joined 2 Feb 2021

Workstation, server, IoT? No worries. Fedora 36 is out – all 13 editions of it


From some perspectives, an immutable operating system is one way to retain sanity. Keeping the OS image completely separate from all of the machine configuration is fantastic for several use cases.

At last, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0 slips out



What's the timeline look like on this for some of the newer downstream projects like Rocky and Alma?

Jeffrey Snover claims Microsoft demoted him for inventing PowerShell


Scriptable .NET Components

PowerShell's magic is two-fold. One is the way it redefines the traditional sense of input & output streams. The other is the way it provides scriptable access to the enormous world of .DLLs and .NET components.

Pyramid Analytics receives $120m in VC funding for 'decision intelligence'


I've used Pyramid Analytics in a professional setting and I have to say I like it quite a bit. They are an underdog but their tech is pretty user friendly and performant when paired with SSIS. From my experience, non-SSIS data sources perform like garbage, but when you pair the two together it's really great.

The whole "decision intelligence" isn't that far out of reach.. Drag n drop machine learning has been at the core of their product for years now.

Skipping CentOS Stream? AlmaLinux 9 Beta is here


Betting on Rocky

I just had to make a decision with my homelab on what to do with my CentOS 8 install. Given the players involved, I bet the instance on Rocky.

The transition was a little rough - I lost my ability to boot on EFI and spent a day recovering - but my money is on Rocky.

When the expert speaker at an NFT tech panel goes rogue


I take it you haven't read the latest news on his recent investments..

What is it with cloud status pages not reflecting reality?


Azure, Too

I can't speak to AWS but Microsoft has a long-established track record with keeping silent about widespread outages. I frequently find headlines about Azure outages but they never seem to show up on the official status and/or history page.

Microsoft tempts G Suite customers with 60% discount


Google's Foot Gun

Google is shooting at their own foot with this one. There are countless of thousands of high-tech enthusiasts using the free G Suite to host email with their vanity domains. Google somehow finds it prudent to give all of those folks (most of them IT professionals) the boot. It's not going to end well for their relationship with the professional IT world.

Personally, this will lead to me leaving GMail (and Google services in general) altogether. You don't want unfettered access to my personal emails any longer? Fine.

Critical 'remote escalation' flaw in Android 12 fixed in Feb security patch batch


Android 12 is a dumpster fire

Android 12 continues to be a dumpster fire. I have been on this platform since my iPhone 6 broke down, but now I am ready to switch back.

Former Oracle execs warn that Big Red's auditing process is also a 'sales enablement tool'


Oracle Customers Already Know This

There's not one element of surprise here, except maybe for the fact that Oracle's official stance is that this practice doesn't exist.

Google fixes bug that stopped some Pixel phones from making 911 calls


Pixel Android 12 Experience is Bad

My once beloved Pixel has become a frustrating battery-operated piece of garbage since the Android 12 update. There are bugs lurking on every screen and menu.

It's no surprise to me that they haven't yet fixed this failure to dial 911 their latest flagship model.

MySQL a 'pretty poor database' says departing Oracle engineer


Re: Postgres is a database...

MariaDB can't hold a candle to Oracle 11g on documentation, features or critically: performance.

And I say that as someone who really dislikes Oracle DB.


Moved to MariaDB

I switched jobs about two years ago to work with MariaDB and I can't overstate how primitive it is. Not even DB2 running on an AS/400 is as incapable or incomplete as this mess. Don't ever trust your business to this DB platform, it's a total disaster.

Microsoft makes tweaks to Windows 11 Start Menu for Insiders but stops short of mimicking Windows 10


Re: Is that a feature or is it a bug?

I was just thinking about that wonderful app while reading this article.

FYI: If the latest Windows 11 really wants to use Edge, it will use Edge no matter what


I was going to build a VMware + Linux server at home but decided to use KVM instead and have no regrets.

Open source all the way!

Not just deprecated, but deleted: Google finally strips File Transfer Protocol code from Chrome browser


Re: "frankly, Google and pals would rather users opted for a dedicated transfer app"

I have and it was a pain to deploy and a pain to configure the clients, too. For whatever reason, FTP sessions can start in plaintext and then switch over to TLS mid-connection. It seems to break the whole purpose of TLS and I despised maintaining and supporting that mess.

SFTP is so much easier to deploy.


Re: "frankly, Google and pals would rather users opted for a dedicated transfer app"

SFTP is almost nothing like FTP and was never supported by Chrome or Firefox.

Google Pixel 6, 6 Pro Android 12 smartphone launch marred by shopping cart crashes


I get 24 hours on my Pixel 4a. I read quite a bit of news on it so there's a lot of screen time, but I keep the brightness around 40%.


Re: Pixel Pha

My 4A isn't that bad but it has gotten considerably worse over time. The simplest features like current weather widgets and always on display are consistently broken from poor update after poor update.

Microsoft called out as big malware hoster – thanks to OneDrive and Office 365 abuse


Same for Phishing Attacks

Some of the more dangerous phishing attacks I've seen include a fake Office 365 login form (an HTML document) hosted at Live.com or OneDrive.com.

Employees see the perfectly duplicated sign-in form, and when they double-check the browser bar they see the TLS lock symbol with a certificate for Microsoft Corporation.

It's a series of failures at every layer: poor spam filters allow emails that look an awful lot like they are from Microsft, which link to a ubiquitous (but faked) sign-on screen, hosted on servers that are certified as Microsoft. It goes even further if your admins added either site to the Trusted Domains list.

I loudly protest at the claim that Office 365 is more secure than its on-premises predecessors.

Apple tried to patch this security hole in macOS Finder but didn't consider upper and lowercase characters


Again with the "remote"

I keep seeing El Reg append the word "remote" to vulnerabilities that don't really fit the definition of remote.

Apache OpenOffice can be hijacked by malicious documents, fix still in beta


Remote Execution?

The opening paragraph says this allows for remote code execution, but it appears that the problem is limited to the local machine.

Microsoft struggles to wake from PrintNightmare: Latest print spooler patch can be bypassed, researchers say


Heaetbleed was a huge deal. If your private keys were swiped you wouldn't even know.

Chrome 89 beta: Google presses on with 'advanced hardware interactions' that Mozilla, Apple see as harmful


For what it's worth, being able to access serial devices from a web browser will knock out a long-standing dependency on Internet Explorer (and plugins) for shipping departments across the world.


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