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News Roundup for 3/1/2017

YouTube Cable Service? – YouTube TV

(Via The Verge)

Well, not cable, but it includes cable networks.

When I first saw the headline, “YouTube launches its own streaming TV service” I didn’t think much of it. Then I read on a little bit. $35 gets you the four major networks, (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC), and 35 cable channels. – That caught my attention.

The price includes 6 accounts, similar to how Netflix has profiles.

Evidently there are going to be some gaps in channel availability due to various broadcasting agreements not being in place, but it’s progress. It also sounds like the programming will be available on demand, no worrying about watching at a particular time. Hmmmm….

Check the service out here.

Xbox Game Pass – Library of games available to play

(via Gamespot and xbox.com)

Scheduled to launch in Spring of 2017, it’s going to be similar to a Netflix Streaming subscription in so far as you can play whatever games are available on the service, all you can eat, with new game being added and removed monthly. Right now it’s expected to be $9.99 / month.

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think I would go for it, unless possibly it included the Live subscription as well. The FAQ on the Xbox site says that you don’t need a Xbox Live membership to subscribe to the service, but not playing online removes a lot of the fun of games.

In my house, we buy a game, and go nuts playing it until we get tired of it. With Xbox live Gold membership, we get 2 games a month, and we don’t even play most of those. Unless it’s a title that we desperately want, we wait for sales to buy games.

I’m sure that this will be a popular service though, just not for me.

Amazon’s S3 service has problems Tuesday – Chaos ensues

(via CNET and personal experience)

The amount of chaos that ensued I’m sure varied from person to person and company to company. I noticed it when Amazon Music Unlimited stopped working. Of course, the ironic part of this is that the web site Is it Down right now? runs on Amazon’s S3 service, and of course was down as well.

I can’t blame Amazon, I can count the number of outages I’ve experienced from them on one hand, but this still outlines the issues with sending your infrastructure to the cloud. As a community member in this thread mentioned, ” I prefer a crew of Amazon or Google engineers working on a solution to my outage rather than me”. I don’t necessarily echo the sentiment, I would still be clicking refresh over and over, but I can see his point.

Get a much faster Clonezilla

CloneZillaIf you haven’t downloaded Clone Zilla since before January 27th, 2012, do yourself a favor and go get it. Version 1.2.12-10 is out, and holy mackerel is it fast.

I just started taking an image of a drive, and in less time than it normally takes to get to the “Start Clonezilla Live” screen, I already had the image going. I’m not sure if the speed of the cloning is any faster, but it’s well worth the download.

I also noticed an option to check to see if the image file is restorable. That’s pretty sweet too.

Many thanks and Kudos to the CloneZilla group!

The Downloads page is here:

http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php

Let me let you in on a little secret, this is a really old post. I originally wrote it in 2012, but I think it’s still kind of relevant. If you haven’t downloaded CloneZilla in a long time, do yourself a favor and go get it, they are continuously improving it.

Fedora Replaced Yum with DNF ?!?!

First off, I was kind of shocked yesterday when I went to grab an ISO of Fedora 21, and realized that 22 had been released. I hadn’t read or seen anything that mentioned it was coming out. Not that I’m all the hyped up to grab the latest version or anything.

I guess it’s actually been coming for a long time, but I’m not very current on most Linux news. I personally prefer CentOS, but it seems like the only version of Linux that my coworkers use is Fedora, so that’s what I have to support. I guess I can count my blessings though, at least it isn’t Ubuntu 😉

The side benefit of this is that Fedora and CentOS are pretty close, so I don’t usually have to learn the commands / how to do things two different ways.

From the article linked above, it sounds like DNF is going to be better than YUM, and actually started out as a fork from Yum.

According to tecmint, DNF is going to replace yum in Centos and Redhat as well, so that works for me 🙂

News Roundup Episode #3

Spiceworks is adding an App Center

Ken Hess at ZDNet wrote “It’s unanimous: The Spiceworks App Center is a hit“.

You can see the home page at the Spiceworks App Center Page.

I use Spiceworks, but it’s one of those applications where there is so much that it can do, I feel like I’m only scratching the surface. With the introduction of the App Center, many people will be able to develop extensions, apps, that integrate into Spiceworks. It has the potential to be glorious!

Windows 9 gets unveiled tomorrow?!

I have absolutely not been following the developments around Windows 9. I read “Why Microsoft’s engineering changes will be the real Windows 9 (Threshold) story” by Mary Jo Foley, and it learned about the release. The changes they have made to testing user acceptance and utilization of new features is pretty interesting. So long as they can pull it off, I’m really looking forward to the “closer to one month” milestone updates, rather than 3 – 6 months as it is now.

More Space for OneDrive Users

This is pretty old news, but I hadn’t seen it yet. Brand new one drive accounts now come with 15Gb of Storage (previously 7GB). If you have a Office 365 home / personal / university subscription, you have 1TB (previously 20GB). Existing accounts should see the additional storage.

Criolock says it’s cryptolocker – the prevalence of Crypto-Ransomware

Now we have malware masquerading as other malware? Pretty interesting behavior.

Home Depot didn’t invest in Security – Lesson for other businesses?

Might be good to keep handy if you need to justify some security spending at your place of work.

News Roundup Episode #2

OneDrive now Supports files up to 10G

Yea, 10G. I’m a huge fan of OneDrive, and I’ll be honest, the file size limit hasn’t been an issue for me. There was one time I was trying to share a big video file, but besides that, no issues.

You can read more here on the Microsoft OneNote Blog.

Of course, this isn’t close to the 5TB file size supported in Google Drive. Still, it works for me.

Also, if you’re an IOS user, a new account gets you 30Gb of free storage.

OneNote Supports writing on Android

I am soooo late on this one. I noticed it quite awhile ago after an update. This was probably the one thing that I most wished OneNote would add, and they did. Writing can just be so much faster than trying to type. Now I just have to work on my handwriting so I can read it.

Here’s the Office Blog post for that one.

Z Nation Ratings

The first episode of Z Nation got 1.6 Million viewers, according to Zap2it. Although I’ve seen a number of show where there is a steep decline in viewership after the first episode.

I found it interesting that the show was Syfy’s “most socially acquired scripted series premiere ever across all social metrics”. Evidently, it was “#4 in the number of tweets in both broadcast and cable”.

What Mike’s been up to Episode 1

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Just discovered the Guild with Felicia Day. I think I had heard about it in the past, but never really checked it out. So far, the episodes are short and interesting. Looks like it’s going to be funny. Just finished Season 1. It looks like there’s 6 seasons, so I have some catching up to do. Although it looks like they are calling season 6 the last one.

I’ve never been much of a youtube video watcher, but that might have to change. There’s just so many niche shows out there. I saw in the related that Felicia has done a ton of other stuff, not to mention everything that’s on Geek and Sundry.

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I have been playing with AlienVault OSSIM on and off for a bit now, and there’s a bit of a disconnect between the documentation and the version that is out there now. The long and short of it is I just figured out how to get deploy and connect agents to the server. So that’s cool, and I’m looking forward to the impending deluge of false positives.

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I installed CamStudio so I can capture some How To videos, and I was blown away with the amount of crap that they were trying to install along with it. During the install you get prompted to install 4 different pieces of software that aren’t CamStudio. It’s crazy! I’m really not a fan of this type of thing. I know that it’s free, and they need to pay for the bandwidth etc, but they shouldn’t do it through crap ware.