Put some Seattle on your desktop
We are getting an early start on summer in the Jet City, and there is nothing like Seattle when the weather is nice. I took this shot of the space needle last night as I was on my way to a theatre adventure. Click it to get the huge image for your desktop.
Getting Started With Open Stack
With the rise of cloud computing, and the accompanying popularity of Open Stack, there is no shortage of pages on the internet talking about how to get started experimenting in the Open Stack world. I’ve recently been playing with Red Hat’s RDO version. The documentation is not the deepest, but it is solid, and the biggest strength of RDO is the speed to get it up and running. You can having a working Open Stack system in under an hour. Of course, that is just the first toe down the Open Stack rabbit hole, but if you are curious, it is a great place to start.
Sony announces 185TB magnetic tape
There is an interesting press release on Sony’s site, announcing that they have developed a new nano-grained magnetic layer for magnetic tapes. The big story here is that this new technology has shown to allow a staggering recording density of 148 gigabits per square inch. That is some 74 times the density of current magnetic tape media. A tape cartridge using this technology would be able to hold the 185TB from the headline. That is amazing.
Cosmology says the universe is expanding!
Hubble Telescope images suggest items in the universe are getting farther away from one another!
A better analogy is the surface of an expanding balloon. Not the 3 dimensional balloon, just its 2 dimensional surface. If you were an ant crawling around the surface of a huge balloon, and the balloon was your whole universe, you would see the balloon as essentially flat under your feet.
Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/1455/podcast-what-is-the-universe-expanding-into/#ixzz30aR2aunR
If you have been following the Edward Snowden story, chances are that at some point you have heard mention of Tails. That is, the operating system that Snowden used to remain anonymous. It is now available for download at the Tails website.
On the surface, it doesn’t sound like anything new. Describing it as an amnesiac operating system is a clever bit of marketing, but various distributions have been doing that with live CDs for years. What sets Tails apart is single-minded dedication to security and privacy. With all internet traffic funneled through Tor, and state-of-the-art cryptographic tools, everything about the system is configured to leave no trace.
It even goes so far as to offer an XP mode (pictured), so passers by won’t be alerted by an unfamiliar desktop. You have to look pretty close to realize that those are not your father’s Windows XP applications. It’s all very interesting and well worth a look, even if you don’t think you need it now. You never know what’s coming down the pike.