Sarah-Jane Whittaker at QGCSC 2013!

Sarah-Jane Whittaker at QGCSC 2013!

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GoSaBe’s Sarah-Jane Whittaker participated in a panel discussing careers in Computer Science at the 2013 Queen’s Graduate Student Society Conference (QGCSC) on May 9.

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Congratulations Ubuntu

Congratulations Ubuntu

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PPAs, LTS, Ubuntu One, Mir, Unity, JeOS, juju, DevOps, OpenStack, Ubuntu TV, Ubuntu Touch, Ubuntu Phone, Wubi, Steam support. Wow.

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Ubuntu Awesomeness

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OK, so I do worry about Canonical from time to time, but this should in no way be taken as a slight against Ubuntu. I think it’s fabulous for a host of reasons. Here’s a new one: The LTS Enablement Stack. Let me explain…

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Handy Unix sorts

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Time for a few shell tips and tricks:

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GoSaBe servers unaffected by Heartbleed (Whew.)

GoSaBe servers unaffected by Heartbleed (Whew.)

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There’s been a lot of press coverage of the OpenSSL bug affectionately called Heartbleed. (And for good reason. It’s a nasty one.) I’m happy to report that GoSaBe’s servers are unaffected by this bug, though if you’re recycled a password, it would be prudent to change it.  

What’s going on at Canonical?

What’s going on at Canonical?

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With the imminent release of Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu Phone set to launch later this year, Canonical announces it’s plan to discontinue key media and cloud syncing pieces.  What’s going on?

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A year of BlackBerry 10

A year of BlackBerry 10

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Today marks a year of daily use with my BlackBerry Z10, which I bought a couple of days after Koodo Kingston started stocking them. In my opinion, it’s still the best all-around smartphone on the market.

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Elementary OS update: Mostly great!

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I’ve been running with Elementary OS for a bit now, and on balance am quite pleased with the experience. Enough so that I’ve moved to it at work too. It’s quite stable, looks great, and is a bit faster than Unity. Not bad! However, it hasn’t been perfect. For instance, getting a bluetooth connection that […]

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Clean up Mac OSX’s litter

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I like MacOS, really I do. However, I don’t like the .DS_Store files that it leaves everywhere. Here’s how to ditch them:

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Elementary OS on a Dell XPS 13

Elementary OS on a Dell XPS 13

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Back in May of 2013 I bit the bullet and purchased a shiny new Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition.  For my uses, the laptop, a blazing fast Core i7 with a beautiful 13.3″ 1920×1080 IPS display, is in every way superior to Apple’s latest MacBook Airs. About six months in, this has been a stellar […]

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Time flies…

Time flies…

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Wow.  We’ve been busy.  So busy that I haven’t had a chance to post anything in quite some time.  Yikes. I have quite a few articles as drafts; I need to finish a few of them. On the client-side, we continue to have several exciting clients that we unfortunately can’t discuss or show on our […]

Recovering from VirtualBox oddness

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My ongoing love/hate relationship with VirtualBox had a new development today.  In trying to patch, update, and resume VMs on a host, all but one VM came up clean. Of course, it was arguably the most important VM.

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A simple improvement to the XPS 13

A simple improvement to the XPS 13

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I quite like my Dell XPS13 FHD.  It’s blindingly fast, runs Ubuntu like a champ, and has a brilliant keyboard.  My biggest gripe: the trackpad.  Specifically, that there’s no physical delineation between the left and mouse click zones. So, I took matters into my own hand with my decidedly low-tech but highly effective sticker solution.  […]

Mount an HFS+ partition without the journal

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I’m doing some data recovery on an external Mac USB drive, formatted hfsplus.  (What a strange filesystem.) I was getting an “invalid journal” entry or somesuch.  My workaround was to mount the drive without the journal.  After force ejecting the drive, here’s the command: mount_hfs -o rdonly -j /dev/disk5s2 /MountPoint The above mounts the partition […]

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Dell XPS 13 FHD One Month Update

Dell XPS 13 FHD One Month Update

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I’m coming up on a month with my new Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition FHD.  One month seems a logical time for a follow-up review; here it is! The short version: If you’re considering the XPS 13, just buy it.  Even if you don’t want the Linux version.  It’s a beautiful little laptop.

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A computer-free day

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As it turns out, yesterday I spent the bulk of the day in the garden.  At 8pm, I realized that I hadn’t used a computer yet, so it became the first “computer-free” day I’d had in probably three years.

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