Last week, Opera added a VPN to the dev version of its browser, which was certainly good news. The bad news is that unlike the more robust VPNs it tries to replace, it leaks data that should be encrypted all over the place, namely your private IP address. Here’s how to fix it.
Source: Stop Opera’s New VPN from Leaking Your IP Address (Lifehacker)
Some companies think they’re increasing security by disabling your ability to paste into form fields, such as the password field. But in reality, all they’re doing is frustrating users–and probably decreasing security by blocking password managers. Here’s how to solve this annoyance in Chrome and Firefox.
Source: How to Enable Pasting Text on Sites That Block It (How-To Geek)
Ordinarily, this is not a political blog – there are plenty of political blogs out there for those into that sort of thing, and there are also “Faux News” outlets for the racists, religious zealots, and just plain hateful people among us. Assuming you are not a total idiot (hopefully you would not be reading this blog if you are), you understand how important it is to prevent huge corporations such as Comcast and AT&T from enacting policies that are increasingly anti-consumer, and from successfully preventing new competition in areas where they have near-monopoly status. So, the last thing we need is a president that is in the pockets of the huge incumbent ISP’s and cable providers, and apparently that is exactly what you’d get with Ted Cruz (not to mention that many reports from former acquaintances indicate he’s just an awful person; kind of like the schoolyard bully you probably hated as a kid – if you want a repeat of a Richard Nixon or Lyndon Johnson presidency, Ted is probably your guy).
Now Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is the latest to rush to the defense of AT&T, Comcast, and other large providers with a new amendment aimed at defending these bills, which sometimes even ban communities from striking public/private partnerships to shore up broadband coverage.
Source: Ted Cruz Pushes Bill to Hinder Community Broadband | DSLReports
Don’t be a victim!
According to a recent revealation, a hacking group called Armada Collective collected more than $100,000 just by sending a DDoS threat in an email to online businesses.
Source: How Hackers Earned $100,000 Just By Sending A DDoS Threat In Emails (fossBytes)
Anyone here remember the massive community back clash when Unity was first introduced? A lot of that had to do with the replacement of GNOME2’s rather straight forward menu system with a more modern Unity Launcher that we see today. ClassicMenu Indicator is a small plugin that could bring back some of that old glory.
Source: ClassicMenu Indicator brings back the old school cool from GNOME2 in Ubuntu 16.04 (Tech Drive-in)
Whether you’re buying a laptop or a desktop today, it’s advisable to get a Solid State Drive (SSD) over a traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD). SSDs are faster, more stable, and conserve less power, making them superior in every way. But that doesn’t mean SSDs are flawless.
Source: 5 Warning Signs That Your SSD Is About to Break Down & Fail (MakeUseOf)
Reverting your operating system to a previous state without consequences sounds almost like magic. You can quickly return to your work as if nothing happened, even when you don’t know what caused the problem. That’s why the System Restore feature is among the top things ex-Windows users want from Linux. Some go as far as proclaiming that Linux will never be as good as Windows because it lacks System Restore.
(Or as good as OS X because it lacks an equivalent to Time Machine, which was around long before Windows added System Restore.)
Those users should read the manual, or even better, this article, because today we’ll present the tools that bring System Restore functionality to Linux. True, they’re not always available by default, but neither is System Restore in Windows 10. You could also argue that they don’t behave exactly the same as their Windows counterpart, but then again, the way System Restore works changed between Windows versions.
Source: 10 Easy Ways to Restore Your Linux System (MakeUseOf)
One of the (few) sucky things about sticking with an Ubuntu LTS release is when newer versions of apps you love are released and you can’t install them.
Well, prepare to bid that pang of disappointment goodbye.
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will come with support for Canonical’s (relatively new) Snap packaging format.
Snaps are the aspirin to the headache of dependency-addled app upgrades.
Source: With Snaps, Ubuntu 16.04 Makes App Updates Easier, Secure (OMG! Ubuntu!)
Related: Adding snaps for secure, transactional packages in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Ubuntu Insights)
The dd command stands for “data duplicator” and used for copying and converting data. It is very powerful low level utility of Linux which can do much more like;
• Backup and restore the entire hard disk or partition.
• Backup of MBR (Master Boot Record)
• It can copy and convert magnetic tape format, convert between ASCII and EBCDIC formats, swap bytes and can also convert lower case to upper case.
• It can also be used by Linux kernel make files to make boot images.
Source: 12 Linux dd command examples – The Linux Juggernaut
Some Mac users have discovered the sidebar to be missing in the Open and Save dialog windows that appear throughout Mac OS X. Since the sidebar contains quick access links to various points in the file system, including user directory pictures, documents, the desktop, Macintosh HD, and tags, this can be frustrating and lead to a more difficult file opening and saving process.
Fortunately the missing sidebar in dialog windows is easy to fix, so follow along and you’ll have it back in no time at all.
Source: Fix a Missing Sidebar in Open & Save Dialog Windows of Mac OS X (OS X Daily)