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We Need Justice for George Floyd

George Floyd, peace activist and respected community leader, was murdered in broad daylight by Minneapolis police using unnecessary deadly force. In Minneapolis on business, far from his community and family, four officers had him dragged from his car and pinned to the ground with an officer’s knee his neck. He was not armed and not…

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(Why) You Shouldn’t Home-Host Your Server

Thanks to many sites offering guides and tutorials for different sysadmin responsibilities, setting up and running servers has become far more achievable for many people. You’ve got a good Linux distro picked out, some basic programs such as alpine, lynx/elinks/w3m, postfix, and apache2 all picked out for running various things, and perhaps some users in…

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Re: Comments

After reading James Tomasino’s article “Comments” and having some discussions on the issue via IRC, I began questioning whether or not comment systems such as Disqus and public feedback systems, in general, were beneficial. When you read something and want to interact with it, what drives you to do so? Do you want to show appreciation, agreement,…

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Windows 10 Update Breaks Google Chrome Security

Microsoft has been making the news a lot for Windows Updates issues. Google has recently revealed that an update to Windows 10 1903 broke an essential security feature in Google Chrome. The update includes a security feature bypass vulnerability, as termed by Microsoft, which means attackers can let an application run code at a different integrity…

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Regarding COVID-19

To Our Doctors, Nurses, and Medical Workers: As COVID-19 continues to impact our cities, places of work, schools and universities, places of worship, and overall communities as a whole, I would like to take this moment to say thank you to all of our doctors, nurses, and medical workers fighting COVID-19 for your continued efforts…

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Privacy Matters

There’s no doubt to many people that we are living in a highly-connected Internet age full of big data. As the amount of big data goes up, so does the importance of protecting people’s privacy. After the GDPR took effect in May 2018, sites were required to say when they’d use cookies, and what those…

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Do Paywalls Work

There have been many times where I’ve been looking for articles to use as sources on assignments, often through a quick Google or Microsoft Academic search. Unfortunately, many reputable sources were not usable since they were placed behind paywalls. Many news sources have decided that putting articles behind a paywall would be a good solution…

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Is DNSSEC Adoption Worth It

The Domain Name System (DNS) is essentially the phone book of the Internet. It is what makes sites like antonmcclure.com, google.com, facebook.com, oracle.com, linkedin.com, medium.com, and the many other sites and web applications we use on a day-to-day basis resolve to their domain names. As more and more people use the Internet, more and more…

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Microsoft Launches New Edge Browser

Microsoft has officially launched the new Edge browser, based on the open-source “Chromium” for Windows and macOS users. A stable version of the browser is now available for download. The new Edge is compatible with all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and macOS, and that installing on Windows 10 will replace the legacy version of Microsoft…

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Windows 7 Support Ends in 1 Day — What Options do Windows 7 Users Have

According to StatCounter, Windows 7 has about 26% of the total Windows market share, right behind Windows 10 at almost 66%. According to Microsoft, support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020 (which is less than 24 hours away). Microsoft has remained committed to providing 10 years of support for Windows 7. Once support ends,…