ownCloud 7 Builds Clouds of Clouds

ownCloud 7 Community Edition Enhances, Extends and Simplifies Control of
Sensitive Data
BETA of the open source file sync and share project available now for
testing and review
Lexington, MA - June 26, 2014 - ownCloud, the world's most popular open
source file sync and share software, today released the BETA of ownCloud 7
Community Edition, bringing even more granular control over data, while
simplifying deployment, management and configuration for people and
organizations concerned with data privacy and security.


Summer book sale at Apress: Blender, Couchbase, Web dev, Meteor, many more

It's Finally Summer!

Celebrate with 30% off this season's newest eBooks.
Use promo code SUMSOL by 06/24/14.

Beginning Blender
Lance Flavell
Blender opens the door to the new world of 3D design and
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Beginning Blender, Second Edition starts out new designers on the
path from basic modeling to games physics and covers all the
latest new Blender features.
eBook Sale Price: $29.39


SUSE Studio Passes Half a Million Users, 2.4 Million Builds

SUSE Studio is another one of those unheralded jewels of SUSE. It is a build service that makes it dead-easy to crank out customized builds of SUSE; virtual machines, portable live media, specialized appliances, cloud images...you name it.

SUSE Studio Passes Half a Million Users, 2.4 Million Builds


Another Reason Why Jobs Are Really Adult Daycare

Reason # eleventy-zillion why working for a company is more like going to adult daycare: I applied for a job that looked perfect for me, a nice technical writing job that appeared to be about actual technical writing, rather than marketing disguised as technical writing. It seems like most technical writing these days is really about cranking about marketing gunk. But this job looked like the real deal, and it appeared to fit me like a glove. So I jumped through application hoops, which were numerous and time-consuming.


Update Linux Servers with No Downtime

Another contender in the No Linux Downtime technologies, CloudLinux:

Now, Update Linux Servers with No Downtime KernelCare automatically updates Linux servers with no need to re-boot, no need to delay applying security patches

PRINCETON, N.J., May 6, 2014 - With KernelCare, now available from CloudLinux, scheduled outages for security patches on Linux servers are now a thing of the past, giving organizations real-time updates.


Get Your Fake Conscience Objections Off My Lawn

Get Your Fake Conscience Objections Off My Lawn presents an interesting take on conscience objections:

"The Green Family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, has asked the US Supreme Court to grant them ‘conscience protection,’ exempting them from their obligations under the Affordable Care Act. They claim that their religious convictions don’t allow them to cover employees’ birth control. As it happens, I know a little something about conscience protection. I’m a Quaker–one of the groups for whom the first conscience protection laws were created.

"A pharmacist demanding the right to keep their job even if they refuse to dispense legal medication is like a Marine demanding to keep their job..."

NO celebrity/no party Birthday party to benefit Great Lakes Bengal Rescue!

beautiful Bengal cats in party hats

There is NO actual party. There are NO beverages or cakes. The cast of "Major Crimes", "NCIS", Jay Leno, and Betty White will NOT be at my party. In lieu of what you'd spend to buy me a nice present, get new party clothes, or arrange for childcare to attend my party, please DONATE a generous amount to Great Lakes Bengal Rescue. Learn more about this charity at Great Lakes Bengal Rescue


The Amazing Ballsiness of Bad Bosses: Contracts That Hurt You

women workers processing anchovies, cleaning and filleting by hand

The sheer brass of some bosses in trying to screw over their workers is gold-medal, blue-ribbon, and world-class. Today we talk about contracts, and the sociopathy thereof. Employees and contractors are both oft afflicted with being required to sign a contract, so it is in your interest to scrutinize them microscopically, and to not accept any handwaving away of unacceptable provisions. Let us begin with contract horror stories.


Another Employer Scam: Work For Free After You Leave

Worker protections are very weak in the US, so we have to take extra care to protect our own interests. In 'Ware the Independent Contractor Scam I talked about the popular dodge of ripping off employees by classifying them as independent contractors, and as an added bonus, underpaying them. There is another favorite ripoff of bad bosses, and that trying to get you to work for free after you have quit.


No, You Don't Love Your Animals and You Are a Lying Sack of Dung

I don't believe in hating anyone--- but people who abuse animals test me sorely.

The property across the street from my place has been vacant for several months. It's up for sale, and the owner lives out of town. Sometime around last Christmas he rented it to a person I shall call Pat, for boarding a little herd of cows and alpacas. I would love to name and shame Pat, but this is in the hands of law enforcement now, so I don't want to mess up any case they're making because prosecuting animal abusers is darned near impossible under the best of circumstances.



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