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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   http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3052

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 RTM NOT YET released to anyone

UPDATE 7/23:  http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/07/15/build-10240-now-available-for-windows-insiders-in-fast-and-slow-rings/

On Monday we announced that builds from here on will only be available through Windows Update, so to get this one you can either wait and it will be installed automatically (but who are we kidding, I know you want it now!) or go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates. Remember that you’ll need to be logged in with your Microsoft Account in order to receive the build.

Besides builds, over the next 2 weeks you’ll also see some Windows Updates and app updates in the Store, so make sure to keep checking for updates daily to make sure you’re running the latest and greatest code.

UPDATE 7/19:

On Monday we announced that builds from here on will only be available through Windows Update, so to get this one you can either wait and it will be installed automatically (but who are we kidding, I know you want it now!) or go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates. Remember that you’ll need to be logged in with your Microsoft Account in order to receive the build.  http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/07/15/build-10240-now-available-for-windows-insiders-in-fast-and-slow-rings/

NOTE that until 7/30 the 10240 update IS ONLY AVAILABLE through the Windows 10 Update functionality.


 

There is no windows 10 RTM at this moment: for Insiders or anyone else.  http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/07/09/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-10166/

Insiders will get priority access soon; Readmore..


Protecting Your Web Site from Loss of Business

Yesterday 9/10/2012 the GoDaddy.com DNS servers were not working from about 12:00 noon until around 5:00 pm. This left several million business web sites unavailable, even through the web sites themselves were fine, because the name servers (that point browsers to the web sites by name, e.g. google.com, facebook.com, or jdnash.com) were broken. Although an individual claiming to be a rogue Anomyous “security expert” claimed credit for the outage, GoDaddy revealed that it was an internal error, not an external hack, that scrambled the DNS data. See http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/091112-godaddy-hack-262342.html for details.

The event can be a wake up call for business, both to back up our web sites and to use a little wiser implementation of DNS servers in our domain registry entries — in particular, to specify name lookup via more than one DNS company so that if one company is unavailable, the other will still work and access to our web sites will be unaffected by a single point failure. Blogger Robert Simpson writes about how to do this on his blog at SpitBall.comhttp://www.spitballs.com/Blog/Entries/2012/9/10_How_To_Keep_Your_Web_Site_Up_During_a_DNS_Outage.html.