Posts Tagged ‘windows’

Minecraft for $2.5 Billion – Yes, ‘the App’ is King

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

I’m still not completely over the shock from last November when I learned Microsoft had bought Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, for $2.5 billion dollars. Let me repeat that: “$2.5 BILLION”; you heard right. Markus Persson, the 35 year-old original and main developer with 71% stake in Mojang became an instant billionaire and a member of the Forbes World’s Billionaire list overnight. That’s right, Markus Persson is now #1415 with an estimated worth of $1.3 Billion according to Forbes. (more…)


Security, Art of Hacking, & the Worst 2014 Security Breaches

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Hacked TargetSecurity is hot; no doubt about it. Consider the fact that between 2011 and 2013, venture investors put nearly $3 billion into cyber security companies, resulting in new funding for some 300 firms (Source: Thomson Reuters). Worldwide security software revenue alone totaled $19.9 billion in 2013, a 4.9 percent increase from 2012 revenue of $19.0 billion (Source: Gartner). According to Gartner, global cybersecurity spending is to reach $76.9 billion in 2015 and $80 billion in 2016; in 2011 it stood at $55 billion. (more…)


How to Transfer Your Putty Settings Between PCs Running Windows

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people ask me how they can export their Putty settings. For those of you who have been completely in the dark for the last decade, Putty is a Telnet and SSH client for Windows and Unix. Below I outline the steps to accomplish this goal; these steps should work for all versions of Windows. (more…)


Installing the Microsoft Loopback Adapter in Windows 7

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The Microsoft Loopback Adapter is a logical dummy network card. It can be very useful for testing purposes with a virtual network environment where network access is not available. You can also bind network clients and other network configuration items to the loopback adapter; I have done this in order to communicate to my PC from GNS (Graphical Network Simulator). Additionally, some applications are dependent on network functionality and they will not install if a network card is not present, so the loopback adapter can come in handy for this purpose as well. (more…)


Unix shell script – convert Mac ASCII file to Unix ASCII file

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

With some applications like Microsoft Word you can save a file in ASCII format. However, for new lines Macs use a carriage return (ASCII character 015) while Unix uses a linefeed (ASCII character 012). If you save the file as ASCII on a Mac and open the file up in Unix it will look like one very long paragraph. Just to be complete, I will mention that Microsoft Windows uses a carriage return + linefeed combination between lines of text. Below is a shell script that will take a number of file inputs in Unix and convert the Mac files to the correct Unix format. The original file will be overwritten. At the command prompt you would enter the command as “mactounix [macfile 1] [macfile 2] [macfile 3]” etc… The is assuming you save the code to a file called mactounix and made it executable (chmod +x mactounix). (more…)


Linux with Windows Apps

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

In terms of using Ubuntu Linux as my laptop operating system, I have often been put in the predicament of needing to use applications that either I only have for Windows or applications that are not available for Linux. In the latter case, many hardcore Linux devotees will argue that a free open source Linux app can most likely be found for Linux to replace a Windows app. However, in the cases where a comparable software is not available for Linux, the user is often left in frustration.
So what can be done about this? I have found two options that provide the solution for this dilemma:


Run Windows & Linux on the same PC at the same time!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

I’m currently writing this blog from a 1 GB Lenovo NetBook running Ubuntu Linux 8.10 inside virtualization software installed on Windows XP Home Edition. I have been experimenting with different hosted virtualization software to compare and contrast – I have been very impressed! However, I would not recommend installing virtualization software on a netbook! I did get it working, but currently, most virtualization software does not “officially” support the processors netbooks use (in my case, an Intel Atom processor). Also, the performance on a netbook, when running anything more than the command line, is impractical. (more…)