60 Minutes Story on Swedish Snus

Swedish Snus has been studied by the Swedish and British medical establishments and is believed to be between 90-99% less harmful than cigarettes. ┬áThere is no evidence that it causes oral cancer, or contributes to heart disease. The Swedish medical establishment has already endorsed it as a form of “harm reduction”, as has the Royal Read More …

Generate a Sitemap and Submit it for Google Indexing

Overview Google search engine indexing can be facilitated through the creation of a sitemap. Once the map has been created, you will need to sign-up for Google Webmaster Tools (now called “Search Console) and Google Analytics accounts. Webmaster tools will permit you to submit your site for indexing. Once your web properties are indexed, you Read More …

Let’s Encrypt – Updated Release

Back in December 2014, I wrote a post on Let’s Encrypt – a TLS Certificate startup that plans to offer free 3rd-party certificates to anyone that owns a domain name. At that time Let’s Encrypt had set a target release date of “Summer 2015”. Let’s Encrypt recently moved their launch back with the following tentative Read More …

Zerobit Finally gets Busted

Back in January 2013 I wrote an independent review and test of Mackeeper. In that review, I noted that my tests showed it did NOT do what it claimed, caused operating system damage, and was generally, just a colossal ripoff. Now at last we have “official” confirmation of all of the above. So much so Read More …

Dreamhost Tech Support Sucks

Inflamatory title, I know. But the tech “support” at Dreamhost epitomizes everything that is wrong with most “IT” people in general, and mass hosting services specifically. I have four (4) websites (including this blog) with Dreamhost, and was told by clients that one of them was loading very, very slowly. One client was unable to Read More …

Quick Globus Endpoint Setup on LInux

The system is running CentOS 6.6. Here is the condensed version for the impatient. Install repo: curl -LOs http://toolkit.globus.org/ftppub/globus-connect-server/globus-connect-server-repo-latest.noarch.rpm Import repo GPG key: rpm –import http://www.globus.org/ftppub/globus-connect-server/RPM-GPG-KEY-Globus Install Globus packages: yum install globus-connect-server-repo-latest.noarch.rpmyum install globus-connect-server Assuming you already have a Globus account, sign-in, and go to “Manage Data->Manage Endpoints->Add Endpoint”. Create your endpoint and assign it Read More …

On Vendor Bloatware and Superfish

I’ve noticed that the bloatware installed by vendors on new computers (primarily windows machines) goes well beyond additional sales opportunities or application “fluff”. Increasingly, these vendor installed applications are slowing down user’s systems, and often times replicate functionality already provided ably by the operating system. Recently, a user brought me her slow Sony laptop that Read More …

Java GC is NOT “over-utilization”

The Java VM has a built-in “garbage collection” (GC) feature that clears and compacts the Java memory space (heap). This prevents out of memory (OOM) conditions, and improves application performance. I’ve noted that the admins at the high-performance computing (HPC) center at my place of regular employment, INSIST on classifying the brief spawning of GC Read More …