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. 🙂