I ran into a problem yesterday in updating my Fedora 19 installation: a yum transaction died in the middle of upgrading ~150 packages, and left as many duplicates in its wake. Here’s how to go about fixing such failures.
We often complain about the hassle of changing and maintaining passwords for the various web sites we use. Unfortunately, recent events (and many events before those) serve to aver the criticality of keeping our passwords — and our online identities and data — safe.
The Department of Homeland Security wants you to disable Java.
Nine Inch Nails has released a new album, The Slip, and for a limited time, it’s available for download at no cost.
Just a reminder that, despite some OS-related claims, running some good anti-malware software is always a good idea.
I’ve seen a few instructions in various places to edit NetworkManager.conf in order to disable the NetworkManager service, but this doesn’t completely do the job.
As was reported by Wired.com, the interworkings between the Linux kernel, Java, and the GNU C library (glibc) failed to anticipate or accommodate for a one-second gap injected into UTC time by stepping backward one second at midnight on July 1, to keep time synchronized with the Earth’s rotation. Despite this being known beforehand and discussed at length in some circles, the bug quickly produced unexpected and devastating results to Internet and other computing infrastructure, including taking out much of Amazon’s server farm and services provided by many other well-known web enterprises.