For a few years not, Linux installations have offered to encrypt our HOME directories as part of the installation. On portable devices, this is a great idea – after all, the risk of loss or stolen equipment on a portable device is real.
Portable Devices NEED Encryption
For a while, I ran virtual machines on a laptop inside a Truecrypt partition. Encryption is good for some things, but doing it badly does still happen.
I must be stupid. At least that is how I felt trying to play local music on my Nexus4.
I listen to books-on-tape all the time … walking, in the car, road trips … I’m listening to a book almost always. At home, my stereos have links to a CD collection that took me 6 months to rip doing 2-10 CDs a day. The CDs are safely stored in a box somewhere, but the ripped files are on the network and I copy over Best of to portable devices as desired.
Found a reasonable list of the Best Linux Apps . While I do not agree with all of them, many are my favorites too.
In the editor section, I would add geany. It is like Notepad+ on Windows, but cross-platform. Syntax highlighting for many languages, spell check plugin, and many other IDE features without the bloat of a typical IDE. Functions, classes, method completion … are covered.
Take a look – perhaps one of the options will fill a need for you too?
When installing, be careful about apps with too many dependencies. Is it really worth loading almost all of KDE to have 1 app?
Below is a sample way to setup and use KVM with virt-manager as the VM management client for your consideration. It is not a How-To, rather it shows how the peices fit between local and remote and the hostOS vs clientOSes running inside virtual machines. I hope this diagram helps.
Installed Ubuntu 13.10 x86 under an ubuntu 12.04 KVM server.
- 1G of RAM
- 500MB swap
- 10G of ext4 for /
- Cirrus video – 9MB
Install started at : 08:43:54 EDT 2013
Install ended at : 08:58:07 EDT 2013
forgot to remove the installation ISO file – remove and reboot again. ;)
About 15 minutes to install a full desktop OS? What is not to like?
When people choose to install Ubuntu, they usually grab the latest release because we have been conditioned to think that newer = better. Sometimes that is true, but not always.
All the people who installed Ubuntu 13.04 should be updating to 13.10 soon. There isn’t really any choice.
I like rdiff-backup. It isn’t perfect, but for my needs, it fits. I’ve written about it, mostly in abstract ways, over the years. Seemed like time to show a non-trivial example. Below is the command used to backup a major storage server here.
For the last … 7+ yrs, I’ve been paying about $10/yr for a cell phone plan.
Just added my annual $10 to the pre-paid account a few minutes ago to keep all the minutes alive for another 365 days.
Also, if it isn’t clear, I’ve had a smartphone for the last 2 yrs and only a voice plan. No data. Data works great from wifi. GPS also works if you cache the maps or if you use an offline map program like NAVFree. No Data Required Apps
I’ve described this $10/yr Cell Phone Plan before for anyone new to my blog.
- It might not work for many people, but it does work for many more than who are using it.
- If you are into minimizing, it could be for you.
- If you have a home phone AND a work phone, it could be for you.
- If you avoid talking when driving, it could be for you.
- If you don’t chat on your cell phone, it could be for you. Mainly emergency use and a few out-plans-have-changed calls every week.
- If you don’t need a data plan to earn a living, it could be for you.
There have been times when not having a data plan has been bad, but that happens only when I’m overseas and unlikely to have a data plan for the limited time there anyway.
Between dumping CableTV and not having a monthly cell bill, I’m easily saving $2000/yr.
Our electrical bill is in the lowest 1% for similar homes, so saving much there probably isn’t possible. Ceiling fans.
Our water and gas bills are routinely at the monthly minimal charge just to have service, so saving much there probably isn’t possible.
We could cut back on expensive foods and alcohol. Perhaps not.
Any other ideas for saving money from monthly expenses?
BTW, the pre-paid plan balance is $79+ after adding the $10 more today.
As usual, security and convenience ride a fulcrum. As things are easier to use, security usually suffers. That applies to full disk encryption too.
I was reviewing a B-sides talk by Tom Kopchak on defeating full-disk encryption. Tom was able to gain administrative access to a Windows laptop with full-disk encryption enabled. We aren’t always safe.