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10 years without Microsoft!

 Today is my 10yr anniversary from all Microsoft Products. 

 

It has immensely changed my life in a positive way; and has lead me down a career path doing something I love.  Allowing me to support my family with a lifestyle that they deserve.  All without the corrupt institution that is Microsoft.  The more I learn about security and business ethics; the more I realize how bad of a company they really are.

This is not even taking into account the recent screw up from the CEO telling women to not ask for raises in their jobs.  Or the Anti-trust law suits that they have already been through.  Or even the fact that they are paid by the US Government to hold back Zero Day vulnerabilities from the public; giving certain un-named entities time to take advantage of them while the public goes about its daily life as if they are ‘protected’ by their anti-virus software.

No, the simple reason I stopped drinking the $2,000,000,000 a years worth the Kool-Aid is simply because its inferior in every way that I can count.  I left because of a black and white sense of this product will out perform this other product.  And boy was I right…   I use Linux, and since I have switched there have been numerous failures in numerous areas of Microsoft.  There have been virtually none in the Linux world.  Its hard to make a bad product when the people making the product are the ones using it.

So in short; if you haven’t left yet, and you are not closed minded.  Give it a try.  It was the best thing I ever did.

– Matthew D. Curry

Free Linux Courses About to Begin! Still Time to Sign up!

THIS IS NOT PROVIDED BY MATTCURRY.COM! It is a 3rd Party Education Company (edX).

 

The Linux Foundation’s free online course, Introduction to Linux, started today on the edX website. Students have already begun to take the course, which covers the basic tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users.

It’s not too late to sign up! You can complete the lessons, interact with students and instructors on the message board, and take the tests at your own pace. The first thing you’ll do is install Linux – instructions are available in a PDF sent to all students enrolled in the course. Topics covered during the course include:

– Linux Philosophy and Components

– System Configuration from the Graphical Interface

– Command-line Operations

– Finding Linux Documentation

– File Operations

– Network Operations

– Bash Shell Scripting

-Common Applications

– Local Security Principles

– And more.

The entire course is expected to take about 40 to 60 hours and you may audit the course for free or pay for a certificate of completion.

To sign up visit edX.org.

And for more information see our Intro to Linux Q&A with Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin and edX CEO Anant Agarwal.

Still not convinced? Here are 10 good reasons to learn Linux.

 

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Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU

On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers …

Oracle has released “the most comprehensive patch set” ever for its database software – but its users should be aware of potentially wallet-busting features in the batch.

Version 12.1.0.2 of the database came out on Tuesday and brought with it a range of new features, including Oracle’s hotly anticipated “in memory” tech.

The “in memory” feature, as the name suggests, ensures crucial data – such as frequently accessed records – is kept present in as much RAM as possible, thus accelerating operations. It’s been in development for several years and Oracle had to rewrite “the brain” of its database to make the feature available.

But you don’t just rewrite a brain for free – the in-memory feature costs money, setting you back at least $23,000 per Oracle SPARC processor it’s installed on, we’ve heard.

Where it gets concerning is that in the 12.1.0.2 patch release of the database, the INMEMORY_QUERY switch is enabled by default, according to an analysis of the install by database platform expert Kevin Closson.

 

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NewEgg BitCoin Users GET 10% Off – EXTENDED!

Previously, the cutoff was July 22nd at midnight; it has now been extended to the 31st.

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Becoming a Non-Profit

Hello all,

I am currently researching all of the steps to become a non-profit in TN, as many of you know I am new to this state.  The laws being different, I want to ensure it is done correctly.  There will likely be fees involved in setting up the non-profit (at least $100, so far).  I am not in a position personally to pay those for the moment.  Anyone who can help donate to get this started would be very well appreciated.  This can be done via the donations page.  As many of you know, I have paid for everything 100% out of my pocket, and I don’t mind doing so.

However, we have recently been given some very bad medical news in the family which has affected our budget considerably.  This is the first time I have ever publicly asked for donations; but even the smallest will help.

Thank you all for your prayers, and consideration.

Sincerely,
Matthew Curry

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Painless Move….

I want to start this article out by saying this, in a recent poll of public opinion the I.R.S. was ranked higher than Comcast.  That right there should be a direct indication of how little they care about their customers, and dare us to do anything, being a monopoly that is unregulated makes this possible for them…. That being said, here is my most recent 7 MONTH long experience setting up an account with comcast.

I finally got my internet service restored to what it should be…. This after about 10hrs of calls with Comcast; and them creating 3 false accounts, and failing to activate their own equipment.  Today 7/17/2014, I finally got them to put the speed on my account that they were billing me for (105MB); they had loaded the incorrect configuration in the cable modem.  A Motorola Surfboard SB6411, that I own and is approved on their site.  I was getting an average of 50Mb/s; and I was paying for more than double that.

Also, they were billing me for 2.5x the rate that I was promised.  It was only after 2 BBB complaints, and an additional 3hrs of time on the phone that I was able to get that resolved.  Instead of the $89/mo that I was paying, I finally received the $34.99/mo that I was promised.

In addition to all of this; I moved from Texas to Tennessee in January.  I found out after the move that there is a Data Cap of 300G on ComCast Customers in the Nashville, TN area.  This is absurd; and should not be tolerated.  Why is it ok to do this to people here; and not everywhere else when we are paying the same amount of money.  I moved my account from TX to TN; and I am paying the same amount of money, but now I get phone calls harrassing me about the data limit, and additional charges which are ridiculously high for every gigabyte over 300GB that I use.  I believe that if they are going to do this, that they should be required to notify you before you sign up (which I was not).  They should also have the same rules in every market, this charging more in some markets than others is price gouging at the very least.  We as consumers should rally; and show comcast that we are not to be trifled with.

With the advent of google displaying that some ISPs are so oversubscribed that they can’t even perform well on youtube, now is a good time to get the data we need to prove our point.  Netflix does this as well, as seen below…

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Here is googles example of times of day, proving that the network is heavily oversubscribed…

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Lab Under Construction

Our new lab is coming together, if anyone has any item they want to use in it please let me know.

Also, if you have equipment you would like hosted in the lab; I am happy to consider it.  The only exceptions would be if the hardware is unsafe; or uses a very large amount of power.  If it is power, we can see if it is justified.

If anyone would like to donate any hardware or Bitcoin, please contact me on the Contacts page; or use the “Donate!” page on the main menu..

Thanks,
Matthew Curry

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2 TB Free Google Cloud Storage

Acquire the free Panzura Gateway virtual appliance and free 2 TBs of Google Cloud Storage by filling out the form linked below using a valid company email address.

You will receive an email with download instructions.

It has to be loaded on a VMware Hypervisor, and you can use any of the following storage providers:

Public:

  • Amazon S3
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Microsoft Azure Storage
  • Others Might be Accepted*

Private:

  • EMC Atmos
  • Cleversafe

Request Link

Although it has not been launched, and you may have to wait a while; its a pretty good deal.  Just be sure to mark your calendar for 1yr from the start date… That’s when they start charging….