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How to enable a mobile friendly WordPress website.

Run DOS run.

Run DOS run.

My website is now mobile enabled. I just tested this on my Nokia E72 and the website works perfectly in the mobile browser on that mobile telephone. I have also tested it in Opera Mobile and I got the same successful result. This means that my website should now work perfectly on an Apple Iphone and Android telephones. Mobile devices are becoming more and more popular these days and having a mobile enabled website is important if you want to get more traffic from mobile clients. Get the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mobile-detector/. This plugin works with the latest WordPress version and after uploading the plugin to your WordPress installation, you just activate the plugin and you are set! This plugin supports loading various themes to customise the mobile experience and provides statistics display for your mobile customers. I wish I had done this sooner. There are other mobile plugins for WordPress but some will not work with the latest version of WordPress and others are harder to install, this plugin is very simple to install and configure. Anyone who is running a WordPress blog should install this plugin, it will increase your potential audience and grow your website.

I was initially wanting to set up my website as a mobile site where you access it via m.securitronlinux.com and it is mobile enabled, but I was not sure about setting that up. Best to just use a proper plugin for that and automatically detect whether my visitors are using a mobile device or not. And this plugin will include a link at the bottom of the page to go to the full desktop version of the website if you wish. Setting up a subdomain like some websites have for mobile use is going too far for a simple blog site. This plugin automatically sends the visitor to either the mobile version of WordPress or the full version depending on which device they are using. Very simple.

Linux running on an Apple Iphone?

Just found this post on the Linux Journal website, apparently there is work underway to port a 2.6 Linux kernel to boot on an Apple Iphone allowing a Linux based operating system to run on the Iphone. Google have the Linux based Android operating system running on a range of mobile phones and this effort will allow Linux to take over Apple hardware. Running Ubuntu with Gnome Shell on an Ipad would be pretty useful. The Gnome Shell interface is meant for tablet computers anyway and this is just another way of getting Linux onto mainstream devices. You would wonder why would you want Linux on an Iphone, but this would allow many more uses for the ubiquitous Apple Iphone. And it would be more secure than the Apple IOS after all. I hope they do get Linux working on the Ipad, that would be very useful. Linux Mint 12 with the Gnome Shell interface is the best implementation of this new interface, with a top and bottom panel whilst keeping the familiar Gnome Shell applications menu that has a very tablet oriented menu style with large icons. http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/iphone-linux. More information on the Linux Journal website. And this video here that shows Linux booting on an Iphone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwfMJRP5rnI.

This is a nice innovation, I guess that an Ipad would give you more screen space, you could have a touch keyboard on the screen allowing you to enter commands into the Linux bash shell on the Ipad. I prefer a keyboard and mouse, but I can see how cool it would be to be able to run Linux on Apple hardware. I hope this is successful, the Ipad 2 would be a perfect Linux machine.

Linux and UNIX security compared to Windows and Apple.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Quite comfy with their closed source operating systems.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Quite comfy with their closed source operating systems.

The OSGUI tech show host has posted a video with 6 reasons why Linux sucks, with one of the reasons being that there are many packaging systems instead of just one. But that is the thing with Linux, everyone has there own idea of what type of packaging system they want in their distribution. Linux is a free and open operating system and people are welcome to create their own distribution based on Ubuntu, or Archlinux if they want. OSGUI has been attacked by trolls apparently, this happens due to the mentality of the 12 year, old Youtube trolls that have nothing better to do than troll peoples videos instead of actually contributing something to the Linux community, like a blog, Youtube video or creating themes or wallpapers for the Linux community. The Fedora yum command is arguably as good as the Debian apt command, to add a package you type: yum install foo, this will download and install the RPM package and take care of dependencies as well. To remove a Fedora application, type yum remove foo. This will cleanly uninstall the RPM  package and just like the APT tools, it will tell you how much disk space will be freed. But Linux is not the only operating system around.

OpenSolaris is another option, and Haiku, which is an open source version of the BeOS operating system. OpenSolaris is a UNIX operating system that is very useful for business with many useful features. The ZFS  filesystem is one of them and the stable desktop is another. UNIX operating systems like OpenSolaris have their place in many Enterprise situations as the operating system is more secure than Windows. Some governments are running Windows servers and they have to re-boot them every month due to memory leaks and slowdown. What the heck is this, they could run a UNIX operating system and have far more stability and security, but no, they have to use a Windows server solution mandated by Microsoft instead. In other news it has come to light that there are software/hardware back-doors inserted into the Apple IOS operating system, this means that this closed source software that is very popular right now is not to be trusted with your private data as terrorist crackers in China and other rogue nations could steal your data. So if you are using this operating system on Apple hardware it is a good time to move to another operating system.

Linux. Linux is a free and open source kernel and uses open source software that can be trusted more than the closed source Windows or Macintosh alternatives that could be leaking your private data onto the Internet. The Google Android operating system is another closed source OS that has had a lot of issues with security, it may be based on Linux, but it is not secure. It is closed source, and there is a reason they named one of the releases Honeycomb, because it is full of holes. Sure it is very popular, but that makes it a target for Malware due to the large market share of this operating system, there could be malicious applications in the application store that could trick people into parting with their money, like those Nigerian E-mail scams. They are funny to read though, they are in all capitals and hardly ever look like serious messages, but a specially crafted Android application could look quite professional but if the users install it, it could install malicious code into your device. With the rapid spread of the Google Android operating system on mobile telephones and tablet computers, this becomes a real possibility, and since Google Android is based on Linux, this could harm its reputation.

If you must use Google Android, then be very careful what you install and keep up to date with security updates especially on tech news websites like Slashdot. They have just posted a story that seems to indicate that Apple as I mentioned before are putting back-doors into their software and that the governments of the world could be spying on users and their private information could be leaked to anyone who could utilise the back-door in the operating system, whether it be Apple or Microsoft. Windows does not have a stellar track record when it comes to security, judging by the amount of Spyware and malicious software that the operating system from Redmond WA has attracted over the years. Best not to connect to the Internet if you are using that operating system, it is just too insecure and unreliable to be trusted on a network connection even with all of the service packs and updates under the sun installed, it can still attract viruses and malicious software due to many games and applications requiring users to run as Administrator to execute them, which is unnecessary if they were coded properly. But lazy programmers are still coding the aforementioned applications to require Administrator privileges instead.

Windowmaker on OpenBSD.

Windowmaker on OpenBSD.

Linux, being a system derived from UNIX, uses a system where only system Administration applications require root access and every other application can work with only normal user access, due to the fact that they save their configuration in the users home folder and they do not need to save to /etc, the /home folder is used for saving configuration data and that is a system that works fairly well indeed. With some security tweaks you can lock it down so that one user can not access the /home folder of another user, as they will not have ownership of that folder. This works very well, especially with the old Mandrake Linux distribution, it would give you a tool to change the security level when you wished, and this would lock down the ownership of /home folders and stop one user from accessing someone else’s files. A locked down computer system is harder to use and not as much fun though, that is why people on Windows disable the UAC prompts and just let everything run. You do not do this on Linux/UNIX machines. That is not how any UNIX system administrator would set any such system up, the root account is powerful, but must be respected. And do not use it as your day to day account.

Apple launching new iCloud storage system.

Apple have launched a service called iCloud that allows users to store their data on a server in the cloud rather like the Ubuntu One service that Canonical have released for Ubuntu users. This is available for Apple iOS 5 and stores all of your documents, music and movies and makes them available over a wireless network to all of your devices. The iCloud system is integrated into the iOS 5 operating system and all the various applications can make use of this system, all of your E-Mail contacts, your messages and your calendar is all backed up to a cloud server making your data very safe in the event of a hard drive failure. Apparently, the service is not free but this would give Apple users some peace of mind that their data is backed up and safe. There is 5GiB of data storage for free, but extra storage space will cost US$20 a year for 10GiB, US$40 for 20GiB & US$100 per year for 50GIB.

This is not too bad, being able to write a document on an Ipad and have it shared to your desktop machine would be awesome, music is synced with this service, but only music that you have purchased with Itunes. Music of your own that you have imported into Itunes will need a separate service named Itunes Match that will cost US$25 per year. The Apple iCloud system would be the best thing for any Apple user that wants to be able to have their documents uploaded to a remote server and rest easy in the knowledge that their work will be available over the network to their other devices. This is just like the Ubuntu One system that Ubuntu uses to automatically sync your files to the cloud. I use Firefox sync to sync my bookmarks and settings betwixt Windows & Linux and that is a good way to manage your bookmarks. Bookmarking something on Windows and then being on Fedora and not having access to your Windows bookmarks is annoying, so this new feature solves this.

I prefer Fedora Core 15 to Ubuntu now, I like the XEN virtualisation tools, I have used this once with Fedora 14 to run Fedora Core 3 in a XEN virtual machine and that worked perfectly, setting up an Internet connection to the Fedora Core 3 session was not hard and I found that Firefox 1 still displays web sites pretty well even now. Although I use Firefox 7.01 and Konqueror 4.6. Konqueror 4.6 is a very fast and reliable web browser with ad blocking features built in that can be used to block various images from websites saving bandwidth.

Steve Jobs passes away.

The leader of the Apple corporation, Steve Jobs has passed away, leaving a huge legacy. The company he co-founded with his 26 year old friend Steve Wozniak in his family garage has grown to become a world famous corporation with many incredible products such as the Apple Ipod, Itunes and the famous Ipad. His computers were always very easy to use and designed with a very stylish look; something that the competition did not have except maybe the Silicon Graphics UNIX machines of old. And Alienware, but they do not have the sleek look and lovely white casings of Apple Macintosh computers that have always been very popular due to their ease of use and the fact they are simple to set up. Steve Jobs will be greatly missed and I hope that someone else can take up the reins and run the company in his absence and do his legacy justice. There has been a lot of negative trolling directed at Steven Jobs, but this is not helping anyone and is best kept to yourself. It does not belong in the public arena. He came from humble beginnings and built up a very successful company. The reign of Steve Jobs brought us the greatest innovations in computing history, especially the Ipad that introduced Star Trek styled tablet computing that has become one of the most popular gadgets released by Apple. Apple corporation hit a second quarter profit of US$ 7.31 billion dollars in July of 2011 on revenue of US$28.57 billion.

Steven Jobs started Apple corporation with Steve Wozniak in 1977, starting up the company with US$1,300.00 from the sale of an old beat-up Volkswagen van and a programmable calculator to finance the first prototype. In that year, Apple’s revenues topped US$184,000,000 and when it was floated on the stockmarket, in December of 1977, the company became one of the most successful stock offerings Wall Street had ever seen. A very good investment for US$1,300.00. The Apple II computer retailed for US$1,435.00 and was a very popular machine using a mouse and a good quality screen allowing users to edit graphics and type documents like never before. Even though the 1981 Xerox Star computer system was the first to introduce the concept of a mouse and keyboard controls, the Apple Macintosh computer had an enormous mass market appeal. In the Spring of 1981, Apple Corporation shipped their one hundred and fifty thousandth personal computer, which is impressive for a company founded in 1977. In 1977, Apple had amassed sales of US$3,000,000, which by 1980 had rocketed to US$160,000,000. The initial financing for the fledgling company came from Markkula and a group of venture capitalists that included Venrock Associates, Arthur Rock & Associates and Capital Management Corporation. Apple also managed to obtain a line of credit from the Bank of America. Subsequent retained earnings by the company have provided most of the financing required for the growth of the company.

The company grew to about 800 employees in 1980, who occupied 560,000 square feet of floor space both in the US and in Europe. Apple corporation has grown significantly since then with the Iconic Apple stores in just about every town and city. The Iphone seems to be dominating the mobile telephone market. R.I.P Steve Jobs, you will be missed. The world has lost a great pioneer of computing that revolutionized the world of Information Technology.

I have recently had to copy a Fedora DVD to my hard drive to make a copy on a blank DVD as the disc was reporting errors. I used this command to copy the disc to my computer as a ISO image.

john@gethsemane:~$ dd if=/dev/cdrom bs=1 of=Fedora15.iso

This took a very long time even with a 22x drive, but this was successful. Now I can burn this to a clean disc and install Fedora 15 to try out the Gnome Shell desktop. The dd command can be used to copy any DVD to the hard disk and if it is a Video DVD you can play the ISO image, or you can burn it to another disk and make a 1:1 copy of your DVD collection.

And this is also a very useful command, I wanted to unmount a mounted NTFS volume, but the system said it was busy, so I used this command to see which user was accessing the drive.

root@gethsemane:/home/john# fuser -u /media/Elements/
/media/Elements/:    32041c(john) 32082c(john)

Steve Jobs leaving quite a legacy.

After co-founding Apple computers corporation in 1976, Steve Jobs he helped create the whole personal computer revolution and enable homes and schools to have simple and easy to use computers that revolutionized the world of education and home businesses. In the year of 1984, he once again revolutionized the world of personal computers with the development of the Macintosh computer that was the second computer to use a mouse and a Graphical User Interface, the first was the Xerox Star system in 1981, that featured a monochrome screen and a mouse and icons on the desktop.

The rise of Microsoft with their Disk Operating System and then Windows 1.0 was a worthy contender, but judging by the rabid fanboyism displayed by Apple users, the Apple hardware will not be going away anytime soon. After leaving Apple corporation in 1985, Steve Jobs ran a computer company named NeXT, the NeXTSTEP operating system was the seed that became MacOS X and NeXT also founded evolved into the iOS operating system that is present on Apple corporations mobile devices, such as the famous Apple Iphone. Steve Jobs ended up purchasing a small animation company named Pixar that went on to be a very famous animation company and making breathtaking quality computer animation. Pixar was sold to Disney corporation for US$7.4 billion.

Movies these days would not be the same without the incredible detail they can generate these days and Pixar are at the forefront of computer graphics. Weta, who famously worked on the Lord of the Rings films are also a premier company, but they are more special effects rather than wholly computer animated movies. When he returned to Apple in 1997 the company was in a slump with a mediocre product line and reputedly only months from bankruptcy. Fourteen years after this major event, Apple corporation is an extremely profitable company, the major contender and trend setter that are designing extremely stylish computers and deploying the extremely successful Itunes music service for the Ipod music player. Allowing anyone to purchase music and have the track or album on their music player as fast as their Internet connection will allow.

This is the legacy he leaves, having re-built the struggling Apple corporation into the gigantic revolutionary monster it is today. The latest device, the Ipad and the Ipad2 is currently selling like hotcakes and there are rumors that Apple are intending to re-invent the television, this could take the form of a television connected to the Internet that can download movies and television shows from the Itunes store, but we will have to wait and see what happens with that.

Macintosh Malware is a reality now.

In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this Malware.

So the Apple OS is vulnerable to malware after all. They thought their ivory tower was impregnable due to the UNIX based operating system that Apple machines run, but it seems that was not the case after all. This is only the beginning of the malware that might target Apple Macintosh systems in the future if something is not done very soon to fix this horrible mess that will cause many problems with all Apple Macintosh OS X users. You would expect a UNIX based operating system that is based on a very secure codebase would be very secure, but that depends on who the developers and maintainers are does it not? Apple need to get a clue and work out how to best protect their users from dangerous malware and do this very soon before the king tide of keyloggers and other malicious software ends up on the computers of Apple Macintosh computers, which are rather good computers actually, but are not as secure as the fans believe and need to be protected from viruses and malware just like Windows computers do, they are famously vulnerable to viruses and many, many other threats. Linux and UNIX distributions like OpenBSD are very secure as long as you keep maintaining your system and keep up to date with your software patches and updates.

The Mac Defender software is actually a malware program that can be automatically downloaded to your Macintosh machine and then execute to install the malware program on your computer that will attempt to steal your credit card details. The OS X versions affected are: Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.6 & Mac OS X 10.5.  The future of Mac OS X looks like the same one as Windows, where the users have to install something like Nortons Antivirus suite or Symantec. Linux has plenty of security issues with various packages, but they once the problem is identified, it is dealt with very quickly and a security patch pushed into the standard update cycle quite soon after the exploit was discovered. This is the strength of Linux over the proprietary operating systems like Apple Macintosh operating systems and Windows. Sure Microsoft Security Essentials is actually a very good anti-virus suite but it is not perfect, you just need to use a more secure browser than IE. That reminds me that possibly installing Firefox instead of Safari would help with this whole situation, as  far as I know, Firefox will not automatically download files, they are saved in ~/Downloads and then you can do whatever you want with the file. You can disable automatic file downloads by following this simple tip [http://answers.yahoo.com]. Then this malware should not affect you at all, unless they can trick the Firefox web browser into doing the same thing as Safari, but that is unlikely. It seems they will be busy pushing out quite a lot of updates to fix this, but that will take a lot of patches and would be a huge job considering the amount of users which makes the Macintosh platform a huge target in the first place.