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Hi my name is SumGuy, I will be your honored Rambler today. Not the car, but just a guy with some spare bandwidth throwing his ramblings out there with everyone else.

Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 tablet get global update to Android Lollipop 5.0 today!

If you own a Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact or Z3 tablet and you haven’t received a notification yet, check that Update section now as Sony just announced a global update to Android Lollipop for these devices! If you were eager to explore Lollipop ever since you heard...

Verizon’s HTC One M8 receives update to Android 4.4.3 and Extreme Power Saving Module

HTC One M8 from Verizon is getting an update to Android 4.4.3 and a new Extreme Power Saving Mode. The update will rollout starting September 10 and, in due time, all Verizon HTCs will get it. The new HTC is updated to the most recent Android version a week after M7...

LG V10 to start shipping in the US, China and Hong Kong this week

LG V10 will begin shipping this week in the US, China and Hong Kong. The latest LG smartphone will begin shipping this week and it chose the biggest markets to start spreading its love around. Other markets will get the device later, throughout the fourth quarter of...

Huawei announces Ascend P8 Lite – a mid-range device destined for the US market

Huawei recently announced the Ascend P8 Lite, a mid-range device that should compete with the Moto G on the US market. This phone costs around $250 and it is available on Huawei’s official store in black or white and there are no signs that it will be backed by...

[Update: the drop test was a joke] Project Ara trouble ahead: magnets that connect the modules fail the drop test

UPDATE: It appears that the drop test tweet from Ara's social media manager was a joke, because yesterday's tweet sorted everything out. It seems that Project Ara is working on a signature way of keeping the modules together in their smartphone, but they will not...

R.A.B.B.i.T. ninjas almost ready to conquer your screen!

Just in time for Easter comes R.A.B.B.i.T., a cute little fluffy platformer adventure with a superhero of its own. Bunnies are all fluffy, adorable and cuddly, but behind this day-life of theirs hides a secret identity: they are secret ninjas leaping through the...

Sony Xperia Z3V arrives on the US market exclusively on Verizon

Sony Xperia Z3V is finally announced for Verizon and it appears it’s the same Z3 with a Verizon twist. The flagship is not fresh news for the world, but for the US market it’s close to a new entry as, usually, Sony does not give attention to the American continent...

Motorola move back to the Chinese market with Moto X, Moto G and a de-Nexusized Nexus 6

Motorola – now owned by Lenovo – is heading back to the Chinese market with some rebranded devices. We are talking about the Moto G LTE, Moto X and a slightly different Nexus 6 renamed Moto X Pro. The Moto X is the first to go live in February and, it appears that,...
Tech security

In Todays world tech security is an ever important aspect of our lives, everyone and everything out there is trying to break into your life and steal your information, so How do we stay secure? You can find current best practices and urgent issues in the tech security field on this site.

Sysadmin tutorials

As a practicing sysadmin and a consultant for some very promising companies Across the USA I will post sysadmin tutorials that make my life easier when I am trying to do my job.

Devops tips

Devops is a hot field these days, and keeping on top of the field is a constant struggle. I will post what tips I have figured out over the course of my work life and hopefully make your life easier 🙂

System Administrator news

From HeartBleed, Freak, ShellShock, Poodle, or whatever new clamaity may befall us any day now I will try to keep on top of the latest system administrator news affecting our lives.

Best Devops tools

Tools, scripts, libraries, apps and general tidbits that are there to makes our lives easier, I will be posting about all the best devops tools.

CloudBleed a Cloudflare flaw leaks customer data

Cloudbleed aka Cloudleak is a bug in Cloudflare which is a CDN service, a proxy service, and a DNS provider... well to be honest cloudflare is a LOT of things these days and provides a freemium set of services, you can run your site using their DNS, proxy / CDN...

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Windows 10 User Experience & Telemetry service

Windows 10 was released long ago in internet time, but I get asked questions about it randomly by various users, friends and clients. One of the most asked ones is about "spying" that windows 10 may be doing on the user. Initially a server called DiagTrack was present...

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Enable WebGL on Chrome or Firefox

WebGL on Chrome Enable hardware acceleration : browse to chrome://settings/advanced scroll to the bottom and look for Use hardware acceleration when available make sure Use hardware acceleration when available is checked ✓ if it tells you to then click the relaunch...

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SwiftKey sharing users data with strangers

Swiftkey was an amazing keyboard that usurped swype as my default keyboard, I loved its predictions, its swiping to type tech and its overall layout and features. For a long time it worked great, then I grew enamored with other keyboards and moved on. Recently...

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Ubuntu & Bash tutorial & basic utilities

An introduction to the CLI (Command Line Interface) and Bash on Ubuntu Linux aka a bash tutorial The default shell that is installed on Ubuntu Linux is bash. Alternatives exist, but they’re beyond the scope of this tutorial (check our post here for more info on how to...

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Why you should switch to ZShell ( zsh )

Why use ZShell It has some amazing features, but right out of the gate in no particular order: Context based tab completion that puts most others out there to shame. Shared history among tabs. Dynamic Load modules Spelling correction that out performs most others out...

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Battlefield 1 Reveal

Battlefield 1942 (sometimes known as BF1942) is a 3D World War II first-person shooter video game developed by Swedish company Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows and OS X. The game can be played in...

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Alsa CLI Volume control

I couldn't find the silly volume control in the system settings one day so i figured there had to be something I could use to control volume settings like mic boost without needing a gui or remembering names and numbers for the CLI. well there is and it's so easy a...

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Ubuntu 16.04 release changes & info

Ubuntu 16.04, code-named "Xenial Xerus", is here and its amazing! many new changes, many new additions and some removals of old outdated software/functionality. Unity has been polished and streamlined along with the much maligned ads have been removed! so lets get...

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Cyanogenmod Gapps error with SetupWizard

I saw that CM13 is out and it brings Android 6.0.1 (r17) goodies such as the battery saving ‘doze’ functionality and new permissions model, alongside the usual set of CM features. I have an HTC m8 sitting around which I figure was due for a custom rom right about now,...

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Android ADB commands

Android ADB Commands can be a mysterious bunch, but they have saved me from some disasters and made my life easier overall so I figured I would write a small post today and list some useful commands, hopefully you may use in your android endeavors. First you need to...

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Linux distribution info & kernel info

Do you have multiple vms and real machines you use for random testing, and small tasks? need to know what machine you are on? what kernel you are using? what the current Linux distribution info is? what OS version did you last install on here? and more such questions?...

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Letsencrypt ssl cert for mumble

I needed to set up a mumble server for a friends minecraft community. The Mumble software uses a client–server architecture which allows users to talk to each other via the same server. It has a very simple administrative interface and features high sound quality and...

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