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IBM Cloud Advances

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This just in from Information Week on the IBM approach to Cloud Services.

IBM is breaking away from the pattern of cloud infrastructure established by Google, Amazon and Microsoft. IBM’s future cloud offering can be based on whatever form of virtualization and server hardware that IBM chooses, as opposed to following the model of all x86 Intel architecture that Amazon Web Services and most other providers do.

“Electricity that comes out of the socket gets produced by a mix of coal, solar, hydro and nuclear, but it’s still 120-volt electricity,” Koehler said. By implication, he was saying in the future, cloud compute power may likewise stem from a mix of x86, IBM Power, Z series and graphics processors.

Stay turned, and keep watching. Someone is telling us they are waking up and responding to real market demands instead of trying to shape market to fit the product they already have. And IBM is good at technology for longer than most companies have existed. But expect their offering to be aimed squarely at businesses, like a Selectric typewriter, not individuals, like off brands.

Easy Passwords

locked-computer-cartoonGood ideas for real people dealing with ridiculous password demands from web sites – how to get a decent password you can remember and still be secure. The thing he says about LENGTH being the only thing that improves password strength is pretty complete. All this hubbub about making it nonsense just makes it harder for you to remember and as such less secure.

If you’d like to know an even better approach – far easier to remember and much harder to guess or reverse engineer, see me in person.

“A good password is not only strong and secure (hard to guess), but also easy to remember (practical). So: what’s a good password in everyday life? An important question….

The answer will probably surprise you. It surprised me, anyway! A strong password is above all…. long. Symbols, numerals, caps and punctuation marks don’t make it stronger, but they do make it harder for you to remember it.”

You’ve read it correctly: Tr0ub4dor&3 is less secure than correct-horse-battery-staple. Less secure, and much harder to remember. For three simple reasons:

1. The password sentence has simply more characters than the single word. In other words: it’s longer.

2. The “weird” characters are for the computer of an attacker not harder to crack than normal characters.

3. The dashes between the four random words, render a “brute force” dictionary attack futile: the attacker simply can’t know where the dashes are in the sentence, so he can’t use a dictionary at all. Furthermore, the words are random and don’t constitute an existing sentence.

Available Linux Mint/MATE v18

locked-computer-cartoonLinux Mint with MATE desktop version 18 is now available. This is a long term support release good through 2021.

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” MATE Edition. Linux Mint 18 Sarah MATE Edition Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable

There are some tweaks that can be done to improve on any install and one author’s extensive list and step by step implementation details are here: 10 things to do first in Linux Mint 18 Mate on the Sites.Google.Com  Easy Linux tips project

Congratulations, you have installed a brand new Linux Mint 18 Sarah, with the Mate desktop! What’s best for you to do, first of all?

I’ve made a list of the things to do, which I’ve divided into three categories:
– 10 absolutely essential ones (part 1);
– the recommended ones (not essential, part 2);
– the maybe useful (part 3).

Windows 10 Upgrade Change

locked-computer-cartoonMicrosoft has changed their position on encouraging users of the old Windows 7 and 8 to upgrade to the Windows 10 platform. Windows 10 will effectively be the “last” Windows as there will not be replacements, rather merely updates and upgrades as in Linux.

As such, those who miss this opportunity to upgrade will eventually end up paying money to buy Windows 10 Readmore..