Bad Humble Bundle

I try to keep my complaining off this blog for the most part, but occasionally somethings gotta give. After getting a promotional email from Humble Bundle, I decided to purchase the Cybersecurity 2.0 book bundle. Excited to simply be able to add a few more DRM free e-books to my collection, I headed straight for humblebundle.com.

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Asus – Protecting your privacy is our highest priority

Like everyone else I’ve been bombarded with these privacy policy updates lately, and for the most part, I like what I see. However, an email from [redacted]@edm.asus.com explaining how Asus will guard my personal information made me feel less than confident in their ability to do so.

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There are still privacy concerns with GNOME Software

I recently read a thread on reddit titled “A Privacy & Security Concern Regarding GNOME Software” that addressed a few issues regarding the fwupd daemon. The developer eventually responded and was able to justify and debunk most of the claims made against his software. However, that prompted me to have a closer look at the traffic originating from GNOME Software.

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Rickrolled by Google Search Console

So I noticed this new “Recrawl now” link that had suddenly appeared in Google Search Console (beta edition) and was immediately enticed. The result however was not what I had in mind. I can deal with being fooled on April Fool’s day, but getting Rickrolled in 2018… now that’s just pure evil. Anyhow, enjoy an animated gif of Google’s trolling below.

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macOS Sierra review – Behind enemy lines

I’ve never owned a single Apple product but lately I’ve been wondering how good a real UNIX certified operating system might actually be. To get my feet wet, I decided to try out macOS Sierra in a VirtualBox session on a Linux host. I’m aware that much of the Apple experience is closely connected to the hardware, but personally I was more interested in the isolated OS experience.

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Top 5 GNU/Linux distributions of 2017

Are you currently unsatisfied with your Linux distribution? Perhaps it’s time to consider a distribution that offers more than a different selection of wallpapers. Make your Linux experience great again by choosing one of the following operating systems.

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Season’s greetings from the Chaos Computer Club

So the 34. Chaos Communication Congress is currently in progress and the boys (and girls) attending were kind enough to send some thoughtful wishes to working sysadmins around the globe. The following entry appeared in my server log earlier today:

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Wordfence warns against a massive brute-force attack campaign

On the 18th of December Wordfence posted the following entry describing an ongoing distributed brute force-attack campaign targeting WordPress installations. It was accompanied by a dramatic chart highlighting the number of attacks per hour. According to Wordfence, it was the most aggressive campaign they’ve seen so far. However, as a WordPress hosting provider I’ve found no data to support these claims.

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I bought a new domain name through Njalla

I wanted to register a new domain name and decided to go with the privacy-aware domain registration service from Njalla. Unlike other domain registration services, Njalla actually purchases the domain for themselves and acquires full legal ownership and responsibility for the domain name. Njalla however grants you full control over the domain as long as you abide by their terms and conditions.

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CAcert – A community-driven Certificate Authority

So I was reading the Alien Pastures blog with great interest earlier and was surprised to learn that Eric Hameleers had chosen to secure his upcoming website with a certificate from CAcert. Unfortunately, certificates from CAcert are not trusted by most browsers and platforms and will either generate ominous looking warnings or be outright blocked.

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