Open Source, Why it’s good for business.

There has been a lot of buzz recently about Windows XP’s End of Life next year, and a lot of people think of Hackers when they think of, or hear about Linux. What a lot of people fail to understand is, not all hackers are bad, the primary definition of a hacker is, “An enthusiastic and skillful computer programmer or user.”

Most hackers are people who take something and use it in a manner it wasn’t intended, or build their own version of something. This is where open source comes in, the theory behind open source is free information for all. Which is essentially what the “bad” hackers are doing, taking information and making it free to the public. But the difference is, one is perfectly legal and the other is not. Can you guess which is which?

So, What is Open Source? It’s free software/hardware that you are free to use and modify however you wish, and you can redistribute it after you’ve made your changes. Almost all versions of Linux are Open Source, there are a few out there that are Enterprise and really all you’re paying for there is the support and the name, it’s kinda like buying a pair of Nike’s, they are like every other pair of shoes, except there is a brand name attached to them.

Without giving you a crazy long history of Linux, Prior to October 5th 1991, Linux didn’t exist, Linus Torvalds wrote the original Linux kernel and still to this day, any additions must have his final say. Prior to that there was Unix which is a closed source operating system that only a few companies have the ability to modify, which is why Linus created the Linux Kernel, to provide a free open source system that anybody can modify. Since it’s inception in 1991 Linux has grown like a wildfire. More than 90% of today’s 500 fastest supercomputers run some variant of Linux, including the 10 fastest.

Why is Linux and Open Source such a good thing? Imagine that you create something, that to you is awesome and works great, but then someone else see’s where it can be improved and made even better. Now imagine that happening with thousands of volunteers all at once, across several different versions of what you created. That is what Open Source is, and it’s so great because it provides not only multiple options for people, but what you created is constantly getting better. All at no cost to you.

Which is why Open Source is so great for business, when you buy a computer with Windows or Mac on it, you get updates and security patches but when the next version comes out, you have to fork over whatever amount of money their asking for that version. Unless of course you use Linux, then it’s absolutely Free.

So every time a new upgrade comes out for your version of Linux, you can upgrade and not pay a dime for the operating system. Thanks for thousands of volunteers who tirelessly fix issues and add new features.

Did You Know!?
Linux is a leading operating system on servers and other big iron systems such as mainframe computers and supercomputers?

So, the next time you have a computer that is a little old and doesn’t run Windows or Mac as well anymore, instead of tossing it out, either donate it, or put Linux on it and give some new life to that old machine!

Punk Vs Jericho – How it should have been.

You might be able to sense the sarcasm in this statement but, I just love how creative the WWE is being. Let’s take a match from Wrestlemania XXVIII (28) and do it all over again at “Payback” this Sunday. CM Punk has been MIA since he walked off Monday Night Raw, 8 days after losing to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29. The way they are bringing him back is absolutely stupid, he hasn’t been on TV at all during the build up to the match, not even “via satellite”, not to mention they are putting him a match he’s already done, not making it any different than before.

CM Punk has stated on many occasions that he is a very goal oriented guy, once he does something he moves on to the next thing. He has also said that he gets bored quickly once he’s accomplished what he set out to do, so what does the WWE do to bring him back from his leave of absence? Put him into a story line that he’s already done. One of Chris Jericho’s catch phrases is “I am the best in the world at what I do”, while CM Punk says, “I am the Best in the world”. At Wrestlemania 28 they had a “Best in the world” Vs “Best in the world” match, to determine who the best really was. CM Punk ultimately won the match to become “The Best In The World”

There was a lot of build up to the match between Punk and Jericho, which made the match interesting and must see, but this time around, Punk isn’t on Raw at all, he’s usually sitting in a ball park during Raw, and Paul Heyman fills in for him. Which takes away all the magic that goes into building a match like this.

What WWE should have done is, during the Fandango Vs Chris Jericho matches (Which Jericho lost most of) have CM Punk start poking fun at Jericho for not being the best at what he does, and then have Jericho try to attack Punk, only to get beaten down. Then the next week on Raw, have Jericho attack Punk and cut a promo on him about how he’s the best ever. Then later in the same episode of Raw have Punk come out, showing the “battle wounds” and cut a promo on Jericho, about how Punk was the champion for 434 days, the longest in the modern era and having already beat him at mania, then have Jericho come out and challenge Punk to a match at Payback, ending with something like, “You will never, *long stretched out* ever, be the same again”, but have Punk decline the match since he already beat him and have Punk say something about how Jericho is beneath him.

The following week on Raw, have Jericho come out and run down Punk, calling him a coward and go on about how “the best in the world” is scared of losing again. Then start a mini storyline about how his loss to Undertaker is eating Punk alive and is driving him crazy. Jericho would then go through the evening torturing Punk, by placing “signs” of the Undertaker around every corner, finally ending the episode with Punk breaking down mentally.

At the start of the following weeks Raw, have Punk and Paul Heyman come out and have Paul run down Jericho for “breaking” his client, during this rant, have Undertakers music hit, fog and all, but then have all the lights go black, moments later when the lights come back on, have Jericho standing in the ring taunting Punk, they start brawling and moments later the lights go out again and when they come back on Punk is still brawling but Jericho is gone and Heyman is on the mat after Punk at mistakenly attacked him. Punk then grabs a mic and demands a match with Jericho at Payback saying, “You may have thought it was funny to taunt me last week, but Jericho, Payback is a bitch! You want a match with me? You got it!”

And that’s how it’s done. THAT would have been a match I would be absolutely crazy to miss. But I digress, there is no doubt the match between Jericho and Punk will be an awesome match, they are both extremely talented guys and know their way around the ring.

I just wish that WWE would have done a better job building up this match.

Hackers Diet – WordPress Plugin

Quite some time ago, a guy named Keith ‘afex’ Thornhill created the WordPress plugin for The Hackers Diet (http://wordpress.org/plugins/the-hackers-diet/) and it appears as though he has abandoned the plugin, I love the plugin and how it works, but you can’t install it on newer versions of WordPress, you have to download the last known version it worked with and then upgrade through the different versions until you’re current. Even then it’s a little shaky. So, in my free time, I will be attempting to make the plugin work with newer versions of WordPress and hopefully get it updated. 🙂

Revolution – Season 2

Revolution airs on NBC, Season 1 just wrapped up, and NBC has ordered a 22 episode Season 2, which will air on Wednesdays at 8PM.

 

 

 

The series takes place in a post-apocalypticdystopian future. All electricity on Earth has been disabled within a single night, ranging from computers and electronics to car and jet engines. Trains and cars stopped where they were, ships went dead in the water and fly-by-wire aircraft fell from the sky and crashed.

People were forced to adapt to a world without electricity over the next fifteen years. Due to the collapse of government and public order, many areas are now ruled by warlords and militias.

The show focuses on the Monroe Republic and it’s power hungry leader Sebastian “Bass” Monroe as well as Miles, Charlie and Rachel Matheson along with Aaron Pittman and several members of Monroe Milita. Randall Flynn, a former DoD officer, is in charge of a place called “The Tower” which has the capability to turn the power back on, and is the only facility left in the world that still has power. Many members of United States Military are guarding The Tower and attempted to block all access to Level 12, which is where the system to turn the power back on is.

In the Season Finale, Charle, Miles, Rachel and Aaron find out that Aaron’s code that he wrote during his time at MIT was sold by the school to the DoD and they are using it to operate The Tower, because of this, Aaron is the only one that knows the backdoor entry into his operating system and they succeed in turning the power back on, although Randall Flynn drops a bomb shell (literally) when he gets into a locked rook and launches ICBM’s on Atlanta and Philly, the two strongest colonies with military. Randall tells them that “a house divided will never stand” and that he’s “a patriot” and then kills himself. During all of this Monroe Militia is attempting to blow up the door between them and Charlie, Miles, Rachel and Aaron, to prevent them from turning on the power.

In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the President of The United States was in hiding, as the power comes on an assistant to the President walks in and says, “Sir, Randall Flynn has done it. It’s time to go home Mr. President”

This leads us to Season 2.

With two of the strongest colonies presumably destroyed, the Monroe republic is still intact but under the power of Major Tom Neville, who is also power hungry like Monroe was, and will likely grow in numbers and fight against the now returning U.S.A.

Something that would be interesting to see in Season 2, is how well the return of the U.S.A. goes, people have been without clear leadership for fifteen years, and when the President returns to power, who is going to protect him? there are millions of people and only a single leader, and a lot of people with weapons and bombs. The entire world was without power, it will be interesting to see how the world comes back together from scratch. New leaders will be born and the world will be a completely different place.

Season 2 will start presumably in September with all the other shows, unless NBC changes it mind. When Season 1 was ordered they originally ordered 22 episodes but chopped it down to 20. The show started out strong with 11 million people watching the Pilot episode, it’s averaged around 7-8 Million viewers since, dropping down to 5 and 6 Million on a few episodes. The show itself does have good potential, which is why I think NBC placed it on Wednesday at 8PM, airing it a little earlier might entice some new viewers.

Let’s hope NBC doesn’t screw this up. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Dan