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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

Game Theory And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Lucy Orr, 20 Aug 09:02

Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers

Worstall on Wednesday Get out your hankies: Facebook, Google use in-house teams
Tim Worstall, 20 Aug 08:05

You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The piss always taking is he. Bastard the.
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Aug 10:27

Hey, biz bods: OpenStack will be worth $3.3bn by 2018

Anything that simple to use has got to be complex to set up
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Michael Cote, 14 Aug 08:28

Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

Breaking Fad Don’t bin your multichannel home cinema system just yet
Steve May, 13 Aug 13:41

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Trevor Pott

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Trevor Pott is a full-time nerd from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He splits his time between systems administration, technology writing, and consulting. As a consultant he helps Silicon Valley start-ups better understand systems administrators and how to sell to them.

What's the point of the Internet of Things?

Smart-homes are not designed for the young, fit 20-something. Instead, smart-homes have been absorbed into the Internet of Things (IoT), a broader form of connectivity worship that seemingly aims to unify fridge and washing machine, automobile and heart monitor. The purpose of all of this technology isn't readily apparent those …
Trevor Pott, 05 Aug 2014
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If you like slipping your hand into Puppets, look for these certified types

Puppet Labs is rolling out what it calls the Puppet Supported Program, which pushes gear that's been tested and certified to work with its automation software Puppet. Swift uptake by many big-name vendors in the program comes on the heels of a $40m funding announcement. If you had any remaining doubts that DevOps is a thing, and …
Trevor Pott, 24 Jun 2014
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3CX WebMeeting: Not bad for a 1.0 product – just keep my phones out of the cloud

3CX has released its newest thing: WebMeeting. As I still had the virtual machines from my testing of its software PBX rattling around my lab, trying this latest offering seemed like a good plan. After some fits and starts it tested out well, better than I'd expect from a 1.0 product. Unified communications is a space where I …
Trevor Pott, 16 Jun 2014

DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

What do you do when a critical Word document won’t open? Even in today’s world of versioned documents, it is entirely possible for corruption to squeak in and go unnoticed, wrecking your entire version history. But all is not lost. My wife had this happen to her; here’s how we solved it. Real world example In my case, Word …
Trevor Pott, 09 Jun 2014
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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

In response to a previous article, a number of readers have submitted their views on essential systems administration tools. A few responses stand out from the rest. Michael Wilkinson rightly rebukes me for not including hardware tools in the discussion, with the BOFH's signature cattleprod being first to mind. Malle-herbert …
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2014
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I survived Spiceworld 2013, heat and all: Here's how I did it

My second Spiceworld has wrapped up. I've safely returned home to Edmonton, trading the smothering humidity and overwhelming heat for a far more civilized 15cm of snow. This year's Spiceworld has some differences from the last; the biggest change being that it has moved into the Austin convention center. In many other ways …
Trevor Pott, 06 Nov 2013