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CROSH – The Chromebook Shell at the end of the world.

CROSH – The Chromebook Shell at the end of the world.

Blog, Hardware, Linux, Recent Posts, Software
What laptop and OS would I rely on if working remotely was a necessary evil should a global pandemic impact daily life. A remote connection could become more critical for many people. Security for your system should also factor in as critical in turbulent times. Where do you turn, and what do you use when a storm sets in? What would be the simplest and most mobile setup to have with you - wherever you are or wherever you go? THE LINUX BETA SHELL prompt - root@penguin: In my continuing quest to find the perfect all around laptop I am constantly finding myself bouncing back and forth from Debian/Ubuntu Linux Spins on low powered laptops and Chromebook. In fact I would like to be able to rely on only my Chromebook as a trusty daily driver, but I haven’t been able to go very long befor...
Microsoft Confirms and Pulls Latest Windows 10 Update KB4524244

Microsoft Confirms and Pulls Latest Windows 10 Update KB4524244

Blog, Recent Posts, Windows
A Windows 10 security update, KB4524244, released on February 11th, 2020 was pulled just days later on February 15th. In which case Microsoft confirmed user-reported issues. When Should You Update? When it comes to Microsoft and there updates to Windows 10 users have to decide when to update. Problems with updates are so common that some users won't update anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks after release. Is the issue the update is attempting to address so critical that any time not updating is a risk? OR Will not updating right away put my data or systems at risk more than a possible issue with the update release?
NSA warns Microsoft of severe Windows 10 bug

NSA warns Microsoft of severe Windows 10 bug

Recent Posts, Software, Windows
Windows Patch Tuesday gets Exciting On the last day of support for Windows 7 news breaks of a severe Windows 10 bug. The bug was so severe the NSA told Microsoft once it was found, or did they? https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/14/microsoft-critical-certificates-bug/ This bug was related to digital signatures, which is used as a defense against users downloading malware disguised as a typical program. However, due to the bug an attacker could include a digital signature from a trusted provider on any files they wanted. Once an unsuspecting user downloads those files their system could be compromised because of the digital signature Windows 10 would believe its safe. Below is a tweet from the NSA "Strongly" encouraging users to update their Windows 10 OS https://twitter.com/...
Prepare for Rumors of War

Prepare for Rumors of War

Recent Posts, Blog, Linux
The news is ramping up on the potential for bad things happening. This not great timing for many computer users out there, whether it be for professional or amateur users currently in the middle of upgrading operating systems. With malware, viruses and ransomware in the media lately the addition of potential increases in cyber-attacks adds even more stress to the task of 24/7 system maintenance. On a user level, good housekeeping is essential, along with prudent patching, basic firewall and antivirus updating including routine monitoring. I have a little more confidence in my Linux systems, but Windows OS can be secured and protected if you put some time into basic system upkeep. Having a good backup procedure and preparation for system restore are always a priority for any true system...

Have a Minty Christmas | Linux Mint 19.3

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It’s the night before Christmas and all through the shop, not a coffee has been wasted, not even a drop. A little slice of banana cream pie goes perfect with some hot coffee as I install Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia. Mint is an easy Linux Distribution to recommend to anyone just testing out the Linux waters who is more familiar with older Windows releases. Windows 10 latest incarnation has steered a few users towards alternative operating systems. I like Mint because it’s usually very stable on old hardware and doesn’t require some of the WiFi troubleshooting that other leaner distros do. What better way to spend Christmas Eve than sitting by a looped Yule Log video listening to old Christmas standards on Apple Music? I was going to install the latest Peppermint release to be a little festiv...