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..mostly from LifeHacker:
  • Firefox 4 is out folks. It's noticably faster, but if installing over the top of FF3, my recommendation is either don't upgrade or if you do upgrade, consider resetting the preferences as the UI is quite different and really requires setting up from scratch to allow you to make the best use of the new features.
  • Ninite - a simple app to automate the installation and keeping up to date of a set of core applications for Windows or Linux machines. I've tried it to update my current apps and it works exactly as advertised. Brilliant! Great if one reformats and needs to reinstall. The apps available are sane and the core of what most people use, and it doesn't install any toolbars or crapware along with it.
  • CrashPlan - Where Dropbox (my referral link; gets us both extra free space) is like a (free,) secure, online, omnipresent USB key, CrashPlan is the (free,) secure, mutual automated resumable delta-backup solution you've always wanted. Back up stuff between your own computers. Make arrangements with your friends to back up your compressed, de-duplicated and encrypted stuff to each other's computers for free, and never worry about losing stuff to human error, burglary, fire, flood or failure again! (BTW, yes, I am looking for people to set up mutual backups with - please feel free to ask me)
  • I'm also looking at SugarSync which is like Dropbox but apparently natively supports transferring other folders and gives you 5GB space for free, but I haven't decided if I like it yet.
  • UPDATE: Prey - FREE & open-source theft-tracking software for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android. Go get it!

Date: 2011-04-03 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexmc.livejournal.com
> BTW, yes, I am looking for people to set up mutual backups with - please feel free to ask me)

Give me a shout sometime. I have a decent number of machines in the house including a couple of "always on" ubuntu boxes.

Date: 2011-04-03 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] azekeil.livejournal.com
1) Are you looking to back up with me too? If so, how much data, and how much does it change/how often?
2) What sort of bandwidth (up and down) do you have?

If I configure things correctly, I'll just have my pictures and documents that I'd want backing up off site, which rarely change and slowly grows, probably around a few 10s of gigs.

Date: 2011-04-03 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexmc.livejournal.com
It being late I don't really want to discuss this right now.

I have a virtual host which serves a few science fiction club websites. I'd like to back up their MySQL databases periodically. (very small amount of data I think :-)

As for home stuff I'd need to figure out what is appropriate.

Date: 2011-04-03 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hobnobs.livejournal.com
Funnily enough, I'm just rebuilding my laptop as I type. (Not on my laptop, obviously...)

Most of my apps (along with all the latest SP/Hotfixes) are dealt with by integrating them into the Build Disc, which I update just before a major rebuild, but Ninite looks interesting. Can it only update apps installed via itself, or can I add a program to its library manually? (If the former, then it's not much use to me as I prefer to roll the apps into my main unattended install.)



Date: 2011-04-03 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] azekeil.livejournal.com
It's the former. The 'app catalog' is curated by the staff and they want to keep it minimalist to both keep the amount of work they have to do down, but also to keep list down for people who need to wade through it.

It's a poor-man's version of what you do, basically. But without any of the faff or effort, and the ability to just run it periodically to update all of the software you downloaded with it automagically.

Date: 2011-04-03 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hobnobs.livejournal.com
Happily my faff-level is minimal thanks to nlite, a Cab-Maker, and USSF. (USSF itself is magical.)

It's the automagic updates I like the idea of. Saves me version checking. :)

Date: 2011-04-03 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hobnobs.livejournal.com
Bah! I just finish rebuilding the laptop and you add Prey. That is so going on the base image next time. :)

Edit: Or apparently not. It needs .net and that's never getting installed on my laptop...!
Edited Date: 2011-04-03 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
[b]NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported Sunday.[/b]

The UN Security Council imposed the no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, along with ordering "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.

The 28 NATO ambassadors met on Sunday to decide on further military plans in Libya.

The United States transfers command for a no-fly zone over Libya to NATO, while coalition forces will continue to protect civilian population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.

The military operation in Libya, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, has been conducted so far jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

NATO members decided on Thursday to assume responsibility for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, but could not agree on taking full command of all military operations in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of the 27 European Union states on Thursday issued a statement saying the EU stood ready to assist in building a new Libya "in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and others."

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)

http://en.rian.ru/world/20110327/163235937.html

Date: 2011-04-14 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jupecapo.livejournal.com
I don’t bookmark sites but i will bookmark this! LOL!

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