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I haven’t blogged in a very long time, and since I have to evaluate Windows8 for work in order to get the tech team up to speed on it I thought it would be a great opportunity to get back into blogging by doing a 7Day Challenge where Windows8 is my default “office”.

Previously I did a 7Day Challenge with Windows7 and proprietary software, and remember those frustrations well. This will be a good opportunity not only to sus out Win8, but also get a feel for what improvements have been made in the world of Proprietary software.

So far the verdict is not too good, IE is being mean to me. I might have to install Chrome or Firefox before too long because IE does not play well with Wordpress on Win8, I have to write in HTML mode to make sure my changes get recorded.

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I got a laptop from work to use. A very pretty Sony Vaio VGN-FW45GJ, I decided to dual boot. I installed Windows7 and Ubuntu 11.10.

Installing Windows7 was a HUGE mistake, but it did allow me to discover what an absolute scam the Windows ecosystem is. And to make matters worse, I decided to write this post from my Windows7 boot while installing a load of Windows updates. In writing these short sentences, I have been interrupted by FOUR popups, one to reminde me to install IE9, one to inform me that some of the updates did not install and two from the two Driver Downloaders that I tried to get Windows working on this machine.

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Colorful Bash Prompt

Custom Bash Prompt

As a sysadmin I spend a lot of time logged into other servers via SSH session. Often I have to log into systems I am not familiar with, and it is very easy to forget which one of the seven terminals that you are working in is actually logged into a remote machine.

I am certain I am not the only one that have accidentally shutdown a server while logged into it. Newby mistake, and never repeated due to this trick I learned.

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I haven’t blogged in a while, mainly because work has been busy and I have been administering new servers for a project going live soon.

Those servers have led to this quick blog entry, if you enjoy a good rant, read on.

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Some FNB App News.


I have two press releases that bounced into my inbox regarding the FNB app and mobile banking.

Among the things covered are the App now being available on BlackBerry devices, and this deal includes a sweetener in the form of no data charges while using the app.

See the releases below for all the info:

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And here we have yet another reason to stay the heck off the open WiFi at airports and other hotspots.

Being curious I decided to see what gets broadcast over the air when I send WhatsApp messages to my friends. I connected my phone to my WiFi and messaged a friend. What I found was very interesting…

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Hey Everyone.

I am going to try and cram as much info into this post as I am live blogging from the Google Engage event in Bryanston today.

You can also follow my Twitter Updates HERE and the Google Plus stream HERE.

Right, it seems that they are ready to go, let’s dive in. (Excuse any typo’s, I am live blogging as the presentations happen.)

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(I just re read this and my writing is horrible in this article. I will edit it later – it was bedtime when I finished it, but real work calls now and editing will have to wait.)

A (long) while ago I opined that Ubuntu needs some serious Android integration into the OS in order to forge a market niche for itself as a complete computing package.

Well, after some digging and troubleshooting I discovered that a lot of what I mentioned in that post is already available and possible if you are an Ubuntu (and in most cases Any Linux) user.

Below I have listed seven Apps that will make your computing experience so much better if you have an Android Phone. They are divided into Five Categories. And they are all FREE.

So without further delay, 7 Killer Android Apps Every Ubuntu User Should Have:

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