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The cloud wars explained: Amazon is dominating, but Microsoft and Google are striking back by https://is.gd/POqSMl

Amazon’s cloud service is its most profitable unit. Microsoft has pegged its future to its cloud computing businesses, leading to a very enthusiastic response from Wall Street.

Google, too, is betting big on cloud computing as something that could be bigger than its advertising business.

What exactly are these companies selling? Who’s buying it? And why is one company that wasn’t even in enterprise technology a decade ago — Amazon — beating the pants off everyone else?

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Mark Shuttleworth: Ubuntu on the Desktop Will Remain Important to Canonical by https://is.gd/UmTnyZ


The Canonical and Ubuntu founder was interviewed there by theCUBE, who were very curious to know what the state of Ubuntu Linux was these days.

Mark Shuttleworth answered that his dream was always for Ubuntu to go mainstream on desktop, cloud, and IoT, but things don’t always go the way we want them to. According to Shuttleworth, Ubuntu appears to be the de facto standard for cloud computing and data centers.


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Hackpad is shutting down. (How to) Download your files asap or migrate to Dropbox.

rxkjjlwHackpad is shutting down and the scheduled deadline is July 19, 2017.

For this reason, do not forget to download and save locally (in HTML, Markdown, Plaintext, or SQL) all the files you created during last years or to accept their offer to migrate to the new dropbox paper.


The migration procedure is simple. You have to create a Dropbox account (if you have not one yet and you have not enough time you can create a Dropbox account using your Google credentials) and go to paper.dropbox.com/hackpad.

Now you have to login to your Dropbox account, select the import feature and you will redirect to Hipad window where you will be asked to login.

At this point you visualize all your Hackpad collections and you can migrate them to itron2kDropbox Paper. Unfortunately you cannot select all your collection at the same time but you have to select them one by one. But, if you have a good Internet connection and not many files, the migration needs just few minutes.


Benefits vs. Risks Of Cloud Computing (… and some tips from my experience…)

Previously posted on Medium

Today utilizing an external drive is the most often used strategy for having an efficient backup storage. On the other hand, the people who contemplate utilizing cloud computing for this purpose often wonder if the technology is worth the attempt.

Users of the system ensure that there’s no reasons why anyone should keep from utilizing this system as it guarantees numerous additional benefits as when compared to the traditional methods. The truth that you’ve to fork out a “minuscule” amount of cash on a -monthly- basis for the use of cloud data storage is one motive behind prospective users to be careful.


The following benefits of the technology are cause enough to make sure that this expense property is truly worth it.

Extensive storage space: The most elementary advantage of utilizing the cloud is that you can store any quantity of information, which is difficult when using drives. The system is very simple to utilize as the account is created within a few minutes, as opposed to the effort and time spent on going searching for an additional drive.

No Physical existence: Once you have saved your data on the cloud, it becomes the obligation of the supplier to worry about its preservation. Rather than purchasing and saving these numerous added drives, one only has to stay attached to the web in order to access the stored information.

Convenience of automatic back-up: The consumers of cloud computing do not have to trouble making sure that they have related the external drive to their computers and that they take back-ups occasionally. The options on the cloud system may be altered as per the user’s setting as to whether the back-up must be taken several times in one day or once each day. The only obvious prerequisite for the system to be copied is the internet must be related and anything else is looked after.

Easy restoration: In usual conditions, locating and repairing a hard disk drive from backed up information is a long and troublesome process which calls for the providers of the pc technician. The cloud consumers are spared from such an annoyance as this restoration procedure is made quick and simple. If at all the users however have questions about managing this on their very own, they could always seek help from the companies plus they’ll be more than happy to oblige.

It is important to understand the dangers involved when transferring your business into the cloud before contemplating cloud computing technology. You should perform a risk assessment procedure before any control is handed over to a service provider.

First of all you should deeply understand what is the real privacy protection offered by the Cloud Provider. Nowadays the best (more secure and/or more respectful of your privacy) Hosting – Cloud Providers are redeploying their storage servers from USA to Switzerland. This happens because in general Swiss has a better privacy protection and it is outside the European Union and United States Laws. This means that in Swiss, disclosure order/warrant have less possibilities to have effects than in US or EU if they have not a very good legal motivation.

More in general, it is possible to affirm that any location of the Cloud Provider could be good if you understand the local privacy legislation before you use its services. Moreover the Cloud Providers have to guarantee an encrypted storage without detaining any key that can, directly or indirectly, decrypt the information you save or use through its servers. Consequently all the data transmission have to use https protocols with a recommended minimum of 1024 bits encryption. On my side I privilege nothing that offers less than a 2048 bits https protection.

Usually you can have a good representation about the security of the services offered and the legal legislation that will affect your Cloud Service contract if you read carefully the EULA.

For this reason, before committing, you should inquire which privacy and security laws will apply to the information and where your information will be saved. In case the information will be saved outside of your Country, you will also need to be informed as to the laws and regulation demands in that specific geographic place.

Moreover you have to understand if the Cloud Provider that you are choosing to support your business, is really able to guarantee an adequate service level. Don’t be worried to send inquires if the information provided in their Service Level Agreement don’t solve tour doubts or you think that the provided services could not match with your needs in future because they seems not enough flexible.

Anyway, try to prefer a Cloud Service Provider that has an effective Customer Support Service that can promptly (24/7/365) solve your problems. Cloud Service reseller are (sometimes) cheaper but they could not be the best choice for your business technical needs.


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Last but not least, don’t underestimate the security holes represented by the human factor. You have to offer the right level of training to your employees and colleagues because just a single mistake by them, can be transformed, by an hacker or a competitor, in a potential debacle for all your Cloud System. Invest in learning courses about Cloud risks for all your employees and colleagues, let them understand what are the potential risks of using Cloud Services. Don’t be afraid to introduce “difficult” technical concept (as e.g. man-in-the-middle attacks, different encryption systems, social engineering tactics, the importance of digital signs, etc..) to them.

For this reason, in order to reach a better security level, configure all the electronic devices (common: tablets, smartphones, laptops & uncommon and often more dangerous: all the hardware with an embedded OS especially if they are able to communicate data through Internet or your phone provider) in order that they use your VPN by default. If you will be able to secure all the transmission through your reliable VPN you could have solved at least the 40-50% of the potential mistakes that are normally made by your employees or colleagues.

How to launch Pogoplug online services (as local disk) on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I confess that  I use Pogoplug as cloud server for my external hard disks because it is really simple to configure and  trustful.  Unfortunately the Linux version of the Pogoplug management software  is not so simple to configure and  has fewer features than the Windows and MAC versions.

Running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS I can manually mount the drives I connected to my Pogoplug device, following the path Network –> Windows –> etc.., but sometimes this way is not so fast and moreover I cannot access to Pogoplug Cloud.

Waiting for an updated software from the producer I decided to use the current version to automatize  the process and mount the drives connected to the Pogoplug and its cloud as if they were physically attached to my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

After a “classic” Google search on this topics I found different suggestions. Unfortunately I also had more than few problems to configure the software provided by Pogoplug because some tips were not so clear or easy as I desired.

By my experience, the fastest and reliable way to configure Pogoplug drives on Ubuntu 12.04 is the following:

– open Terminal and type sudo apt-get install fuse-utils

– open Synaptic Package Manager and be double sure you have yet installed these packages: fusesmb, fusedav, fuseext2, fusefat

– download the Linux software provided into the Downloads section of Plogoplug website, unzip it and save the file in your Home folder

– open Terminal and type: sudo usermod -a -G fuse $(id -u -n)

– log out and then log in again on your Ubuntu account to be sure that Fuse is correctly running

– open Terminal again and create a directory (in Media) to be used as mount point: sudo mkdir /media/pogoplug

– then type: sudo chown root:fuse /media/pogoplug

– and: sudo chmod 0775 /media/pogoplug

– in Terminal launch this command:

/home/yourusernameonubuntu/pogoplugfs --password yourpassword 
--mountpoint /media/pogoplug --user yourusername


1. yourusernameonubuntu means you have to insert the name of User profile you use when you log in Ubuntu on your computer

2. yourusername and yourpassword are the username and password you use on the Plogoplug Website

Now, after some seconds an many automatic text lines, an icon named Pogoplug will appear on your desktop and you will be able to manage the online Pogoplug features as a local disk.

Don’t forget that you have to use keys -control+c-  in Terminal if you want to disconnect from  Pogoplug.

At this point the work is done but you might create a launcher icon in your (e.g.) Applications menu  following this instructions:

–  go to: System Tools –> Preferences –> Main Menu  and click on the group (menu) where you want to create your new launcher (in my case simply was  Applications)

New Item –> Create Launcher

Then fill the required fields with:

Type = Application in Terminal

Name = Pogoplug

Command =

/home/yourusernameonubuntu/pogoplugfs --password yourpassword 
--mountpoint /media/pogoplug --user yourusername

(as for the example above)

If you want to personalize the button you can also choose your favorite icon clicking on the picture on the left high corner.

On my side I also preferred to automatize the launch of Pogoplug command at each boot up in this way:

– go to: System Tools –> Preferences –> Startup Applications
– click on Add

– fill the fields:

Name = Pogoplug

Command = Same command line you used to start Pogoplug drive:

/home/yourusernameonubuntu/pogoplugfs --password yourpassword 
--mountpoint /media/pogoplug --user yourusername

(as for the example above)

So, starting now, you will have your Pogoplug drive connected each time you boot Ubuntu. You will not have any annoying Terminal lines.

Security  Warnings: don’t forget that the data you move to and back Pogoplug, are directed  through the web. This means that they could potentially be  intercepted (and read) by third parties but it’s also necessary to  specify that, if you configure it on the website Settings area,   Pogoplug uses SSL (HTTPS)  to encrypt the connection with its servers.

Anyway, don’t forget that  the data you store into Pogoplug are not encrypted. If you want to join a  better level of security you can encrypt previously your data or  your disks using different softwares as TrueCrypt or the command  dm-crypt (for more details on this topic also visit http://archlinuxarm.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1761&p=9723).  AddThis