How to choose a Cloud service

As a technology user, it comes a time when the services you use have grown in numbers, so you may end up with: a Dropbox account, a Gmail account, a Facebook account, an Evernote account, Twitter, Instagram, Yahoo, even an Apple account (if destiny turn the back on you ūüôā ), forum accounts maybe, and the list goes on. That’s a lot of passwords to remember. Of course you can have the same or similar password for all the apps but may be a serious risk in case of an identity theft. If an account gets hacked, you can lose all your other accounts.

 To solve that you can use:

  1. An app that can manage all your passwords.
  2. An ecosystem of apps and devices, like Google, Windows, Apple etc. The benefits of that approach is that you have a single account for all of your data, platforms, services and the tight integration of all your software between your devices: desktop, laptop, phone, tablet and so on. Eg.: You start an email on your laptop, you go out, reach for your phone, open the email application and boom, your draft is there and you can continue typing.

For what i have seen around internet involving everyday technology users, people split in two main categories with the associated top priorities:

1. Open people – likely to use and ecosystem.

– they are the majority of internet users these days and i’m not talking only about Facebook, Instagram and online games user, i am also talking about power users that really know their way around internet.

– they don’t care too much about privacy or how the service providers use their data. That doesn’t mean they are unaware, simply they want to get the job done fast.

2. Aware people – likely to use decentralised services:

– they care for their online data privacy. Not like they have something to hide, they just don’t want anybody to know their everyday life.

– they don’t want to have all the eggs in one basket. Lots of accounts for different services is better than 1 account to rule them all. If 1 account gets hacked, the others will be pretty much safe.

– they let fractions of their life with each service provider. Facebook will get the family stuff, Dropbox the work files, Evernote the planning, Gmail the emails.

– they don’t put their World Domination plans in the Cloud.

Now, what if you have a Windows desktop, an Apple phone and a Linux laptop?

You will try to use a combination of cloud based ecosystem and cross platform apps to sync the data between devices.

That is, you can access your Google/Microsoft account from any device using a web browser or the corresponding desktop/mobile apps.

So, what i recommend:

– an ecosystem account like Google/Microsoft/Apple, frequently changing the password – Good for speed, integration, getting the job done.

– multiple accounts for different services – Good for privacy, with proper management it will get the job done.

In the end, remember this:

  1. Nothing is free.
  2. Don’t put anything online that you will regret after a security breach.
  3. Don’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want a stranger to get access.
  4. Personal things are not things you put on someone’s pocket. If you do that, be sure it’s someone you trust.
  5. BACKUP data on DVDs or other online services.
  6. SD cards can get epic fail! Don’t think if it’s on your phone that you treat with care it will live forever.
  7. Go outside more! Don’t waste your life in front of a screen for unimportant things.
  8. Have fun!

How to install memtest86+ on a USB flash drive

It comes a time when your computer starts trowing on you some errors, restarts, blue screens of death and the only thing left is to start checking what is causing the problems.

One of the first things you should check is if you have a faulty RAM module.

The best tool for testing memory modules is memtest86+.

Where you can find Memtest:

  • On HirenBootCD.
  • On almost every linux distribution LiveCD.

If you remember the previous tutorial on this site about Puppy Linux on a bootable flash disk drive, the thing is, we don’t have memtest86+, but we can install it on the good old trusty linux on a stick to use memtest on any computer that can boot from USB.

We assume you have the Puppy Linux installed on a USB flash drive and we start from there:

  1. Boot your computer on Puppy from your USB drive.
  2. Go to Menu > System > Grub4Dos bootloader config.
  3. Select your USB drive and press OK.
  4. On the next screen just press OK to install GRUB bootloader (GRUB is menu system that lets you choose the OS/drive/app you want to boot into).
  5. Open a web Browser and go to the Memtest download website.
  6. Download the 3rd link (as of Memtest86+ V5.01 (27/09/2013), the one that points to memtest86+-5.01.bin.gz
  7. On the bottom of your Puppy Linux desktop open the root of your Puppy USB drive (mine is sdf1). Leave this window open.
  8. At the top of the Puppy Linux desktop open the file app (the one with a home icon on a folder).
  9. Press the Downloads folder. Here you will find the downloaded Memtest file.
  10. Right click and Rename. Rename it to memtest.bin.
  11. Now drag the file from step 10 to the window on step 7 to move the memtest.bin file there.
  12. Now, on the location you moved the memtest.bin file (your sdfx location=the root of your USB drive) you can see menu.lst (the menu for the GRUB bootloader).
  13. Open menu.lst and after the entry for Puppy linux, paste this (without the 14.):
  14. # memtest+
    title memtest86+ v5.0.1
    kernel /memtest.bin
    boot
  15. Close the file and reboot Puppy.

 

After rebooting the Puppy Linux USB drive, you will get the GRUB bootloader with some entries:

  • Puppy
  • Memtest
  • Windows (if you have it installed)

All entries shoot boot the appropriate OS/apps but to test our installation select Memtest and wait until it checks your RAM modules. Press ESC when done.

There you have it, you can test the memory on any USB bootable computer in the world.

Have fun and if you have questions, please shoot!

 

Google Keep as an alternative to Evernote

As our busy lives unfold day by day we are bombarded with new and fast information, there is a huge amount of things to be done, to remember, to solve. Keeping all in your head is not second nature for all of us so we have two options:

  1. Keeping a physical notebook.

Pros: – It’s more natural – writing with pencil on paper feels great. Although in 10 years from now writing on an electronic device will be natural. – It’s faster and accurate – i bet that you can write and draw better than on a screen. – it can be found and read (not password protected), long after you die, when your grandkids find your notebook in the attic, in a big box covered with dust. ūüôā Cons: – can’t set reminders – although using an agenda you can write new events on their specific dates and check the agenda regulary. – if you lose your notebook, all your planning is gone with the wind.

  1. Using technology.

Pros: – efficiency – use only one device¬†to write, draw, take pictures, set reminders, record sounds etc. – syncing – your data can be kept in the cloud and can be accessed anywere, on any devices that can connect to the internet. Cons: – if you lose your password or get hacked you can lose all your data. ~~~~~ We’re in 2016, everybody have a smartphone so using¬†one for note taking/planning it’s the most obvious way. I think the best and most complete¬†note taking/planning service is Evernote. I will not make a review for Evernote but the bottom line is the Evernote app, the online service, the desktop app are very intuitive and very powerful. But, as i never used high end devices a hundred pound Gorilla like Evernote can run seriously slow, so i searched for an alternative. The most obvious choice was Google’s note taking app Google Keep. It’s simple, intuitive and very fast. Now, you have to move/copy the Evernote data to Keep but the bad thing is that as for this day, Google Keep can’t import any data. So if¬†you have 2000 notes, you are pretty busy for the next 3 weeks. For a reasonable number of notes you can just copy/paste from Evernote to Keep. NOTE: One important thing is that the newly created/pasted notes in Keep will be at the top.¬†So start to create notes from the least used/important up. With all above said, maybe you managed to end up with important and frequently updated notes at the bottom of the list. DON’T WORRY!!! Tap and hold on a note and from the menu above choose Properties (the 3 vertical dots) and Make a copy. Now you can see that a copy of the note¬†in the depths of hell is now on top of your notes list. Now you can delete the bottom one. NOTE: You cannot select multiple notes and Make a copy! Google is such a step by step company. ^-^ This is not a VS debate, so please test both apps and see what app/service suit your needs. Have fun! ^-^

R.I.P. Ian Murdock, wherever you hack.

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R.I.P. Ian Murdock – father of Debian GNU Linux and Debian based Linux distributions.

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Since 2009, i am using Debian based linux distributions but the most part was on pure Debian and all my linux knowledge comes from Debian.

Debian GNU Linux is one of the first linux distribution and it is one of the most popular. If you take into account the most used linux distributions based on Debian, like Ubuntu and Linux Mint, you can say that Debian is the 3rd most used Operating System in the world!!!

R.I.P. Ian Murdock, wherever you hack.

The Dark Side of Photography

Just look at the detailed specifications on Nikon Rumors of the new Nikon D5:

http://nikonrumors.com/2016/01/05/nikon-d5-detailed-specifications-cf-and-xqd-versions-coinfirmed.aspx/

This in particular:

  • Highest ISO: 102,400
  • Extended sensitivity Hi5: ISO 3,280,000

ISO 3 million something!!! Keep that in mind…

 

Is this for real ?!?!

 

approximately 520 million years of eyeball evolution” VS¬† 41 years since the first image sensor was invented…

 

– Hey Evolution!!! You’ve got pretty lazy lately!!!

 

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In 200+ years of photography we didn’t understand light completely and now we have to understand darkness?!?!

 

I just imagine a chat of a newbie photographer with a pro:
Newbie: What can i do to make great photographs?
Pro: You see maaan….you just gotta see the darkness.
Newbie: ?!?!?!

 

So we have image sensors that can see in plain darkness, but on top of that you can see a dark night light in daylight?!?! WTF?!?!
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What will come next?
1. You will put 2 image sensors on your sunglasses and use the sunglasses to see at night? Once and for all, the sunglasses will benefit from their real name: sunglasses = glasses that bring the sun.
2. We will take photographs of black holes and get the real atoms of dark matter in a RAW file.
3. Adobe will switch Dodge and Burn together.
4. Kylo Ren will join the Light Side of the Force and he will dress like Snow White.
5. The Golden Hour will be at midnight.
6. Bats will be photographer’s best friends.
7. Flash units will substract light.
8. If your indoor pictures are not good enough, turn of the light.
9. Pixels will become darkxels.
10. The maximum aperture will be f/350 and the fastest shutter speed will be 2 weeks.
11. There will be only one White Balance preset: Pitch Black.
12. Lightroom will have a new module: “Black Hole Adjustment”:
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May the ISO, light your Dark Side! ^-^
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