Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Password Leaks

Logins and passwords were leaked. An estimated 3 million users were affected. The good news was that most of the logins were three years old.

The LastPass Blog came out with an interesting analysis of the data set leaked. It's still the same problem with too short and too simple a password. People are still using the same weak password for many websites.

Use lower case letters, use numbers, use symbols. Make your passwords at least 14 characters. The longer the better.

Don't reuse passwords.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

I Switched To Xubuntu

My old machine with its 2 GB RAM is showing its age when I run Ubuntu Unity. After numerous freeze and random theme issues, I decided to throw in the towel. I'm installing Xfce.

Switching To Xubuntu

I miss my Gnome keyboard shortcuts but my Xfce desktop is a lot faster and nimble. I can't control volume from my keyboard and that's annoying. I can minimize windows again. No more freezes and random display issues.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Financial Graphs : Something to Chew On This August

These are graphs for expenses from January to August of 2013 and 2014. I'm outpacing the

previous year by 27,000php. Repairs and Depreciation is up in 2014. Medical and SSS contributions are new in 2014.

Below are Income-Expenses-Gross Profit graphs comparing the same 8 month period for each year too.

Income is outpacing the previous year by 38,000php. However as stated above, expense is outpacing the previous year by 27,000php. The net positive difference is 10,400php. All these is for an 8 month period from January to August of their respective year. Let's see if the remaining months for 2014 is more productive.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just Tried Linux And I'm Glad I Did

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<br>I've just tried installing OpenSuse and Fedora on my computer along
with Ubuntu. These distros are the top distros in the Distrowatch page
hit rankings. People do ask a lot of questions about which one they
should use in their computers. They are easy to install because of their
graphical installation tools. New users will find them friendly to
install and configure.<br>

<br>My experience in installing these linux distros is one of delight
and surprise. I have installed linux distros since 2004 and compared to
the present, that is like the moon landing while today' s affair is like
a party. I mean friends bring their laptops and do it together-like it's
a party.<br>

<br>As long as the wireless connection is holding and reliable, there's
no reason why you can't have a party and install linux.<br>

<br>I use Ubuntu. I use Unity. I have no problem with the dash and the
unity-search. You can turn it off if you don't want it. I think
Canonical and the Ubuntu developers did a fantastic job with trusty tahr
(14.04). It was sad when they had to drop Ubuntu One but the users have
other free alternatives anyway. <br>

<br>I am a happy user after trying out several outstanding distros that
represent the present crop of newly released linux operating system.
They are secure by default with no additional tweaking needed to make
them ready for the challenges of the web. <br>
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Webapps in Unity

So it has been 4 months since Ubuntu 14.04 came out. This is LTS and supported for 6 years by Canonical. The first mobile device with Ubuntu pre-installed is promised to come out later this year, 2014. It's time to check out how the apps perform so far.

It is a good idea. I use Gmail and Twitter and Facebook. Why not a webapp in a desktop?

So I start the Twitter and Gmail webapp. So far it has crashed my computer 6 times. Not a very good sign. On the other hand it does work but not as stable as opening them in Firefox.

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Happy Seven Years of Blogger

It has been 7 years since I first posted here in Blogger. I signed up for a Gmail account a week earlier then signed up for a blogger account afterwards. It felt empowering and a little overwhelming to open up my thoughts to the web. I had to find my voice and learn what I think is appropriate for the web.

2007 seemed so far away. I was using Ubuntu linux 7.04 and getting my feet wet in open source. I just switched from MS XP. It's another space expanding experience. From Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox.

I passed the 50k email count in Gmail last month. Google gave me 15GB of storage. It's mostly Gmail and photos. I remember when Yahoo gave away 1GB of email storage. I thought that was the coolest thing.

Mom is out of the country. She left October 2011. I have been managing our property for leasing since then. I have Imee to ask for help if I am swamped. It was difficult at the start. I am learning. I have been posting monthly graphics of cash and finances.

I want to apply for a new Meralco meter. R1 apartment and C3 share a single electric meter. It's difficult to convince tenants to accept shared or sub-metered spaces. They think you're doing magic math every month when the electric bill comes. I want to upgrade my computer. I bought this 2008 and I should have picked a better motherboard (with DDR 3). I can live with a core 2 duo but a 2GB RAM is getting to be unpleasant now.

My 1TB harddrive is almost filled (83-87%), mostly with tv series, films and music. This year I listened most often to Vampire Weekend, The Strokes and Beach House. I'm binge-watching "House MD". The last movie I watched is "Rush" and "The Avengers".

I plan to upgrade to an Intel i5 processor and an 8GB RAM. I want to triple my disk capacity. I plan to upgrade my internet plan to 10mbps. I'm looking at doing a home server.

Here's looking to number 8.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Robin Williams In Good Will Hunting

Robin Williams died at 63 August 13 2014, rest in peace.

The most memorable scene in Good Will Hunting is this screenshot of Will and his shrink (Robin Williams). Matt Damon plays a math genius with personality flaws. Robin Williams shows him his file and past life and tells him "It's Not Your Fault". Over and over again until Matt Damon's character gets it. 

Robin Williams earns his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in this role.