UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook - InformIT Black Friday offer

Hi there!

I was going to buy that book after seeing it recommended a few times. I prefer DRM free ebooks, so I try to avoid Amazon and buy the ebooks to shops that sell them in multiple formats (I prefer PDF, but EPUB is also welcome) and DRM free.

So I found that InformIT ( sells the book and has a Black Friday offer. You should use the code BF2018 to apply 35% off with one book or 55% if you buy two books or more.

I just bought the "UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook, 5th ed.", but if you don't have them, check the Tom Limoncelly books also:

  • Practice of System and Network Administration, The: Volume 1: DevOps and other Best Practices for Enterprise IT

  • Practice of Cloud System Administration, The: DevOps and SRE Practices for Web Services, Volume 2

They are great too.

Hope that helps somebody to save a few bucks.

BTW, the offer ends the next monday (2018/11/26)


PS - Please, excuse my English, it's not my native language and it's late here. Time to sleep a bit.

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Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

The Register - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 18:01
A divided tech nation embraces, uncomfortably

In a very American celebration of setting aside differences to sit at the same table, on the eve of Thanksgiving you can now use your iPhone to issue voice commands to Google's smart home systems. Well, sort of.…

Word boffins back Rimini Street in Oracle row: 'Full' in 'full costs' is a 'delexicalised adjective'

The Register - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 18:00
Pah! Who didn't know that?! (It means they shouldn't have to pay non-taxable costs, apparently)

The United States and linguistic experts have sided with Oracle-botherer Rimini Street in its Supreme Court battle to claw back $12m from its copyright settlement with Big Red.…

[Wear OS] Porting WearOS to Samsung Gear S3

Developing Android Apps - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 17:52

Hi guys,

The XDA thread that is working on porting wearOS to gear s3 need helps, they need developers. We have finally been able to root Gear S3, but the development of kernel and more need serious help.

If anyone is willing, please contribute to

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Categories: Android, Linux

Indicator for Anonymous Profile vs. Named Profile?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 17:41


Gonna put this in for a feature request :)


Just wanna make sure - currently there's no way from looking at the list of Profiles in the Profiles Tab - which ones are displaying 'names' created by Tasker (Anonymous) vs. which Profiles have been user named?


I think having an indicator would be important, especially if you have a lot of Profiles, since any that haven't been named won't be showing up in %PACTIVE, %PENABLED, or the Tasker Status notification, etc.


The 'indicator' shown could be an option in Preferences. Not sure if it would be an icon, a certain color of text for the Profile name, a little colored dot (something unobtrusive, etc.).


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Net neutrality is heading to the courts (again): so will the current rules stand or be overturned (again)?

The Register - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 17:02
We dig in and find a surprising answer

The rules over what companies selling internet access to consumers are allowed to do are heading to the law courts yet again.…

Flea market Xiaomi makes mad dash for growth

The Register - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 17:00
Pay no attention to the underpants. We ARE an internet company

Analysis China's answer to the Grace Brothers department store*, Xiaomi, remains dependent on internet services for most of its profit, and smartphones for most of its revenue – and that's giving some analysts pause for thought.…

Question about activity states.

Developing Android Apps - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:43

If the user leaves an activity, how can I remember the data before the user left the state and then repopulate the activity again once the user returns?

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Categories: Android, Linux

Do you use any hand cream?

Linux - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:27

I spend a lot of time in front of computer and, obviously, I use my hands a lot. Frankly, I feel that my hands are not what they used to be. I think I need some good hand cream - whether cheap or expensive, it doesn't matter. I am open to any suggestions.

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Linux - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:20

We need a file-system that has snapshot feature on linux for our production use. We are considering between Linux ZFS and Btrfs. Performance is important, but if they are off by 10-20% - we can bear with it, more important thing for us will be stability and snapshot feature. Please share your experience on Linux ZFS vs BTRFS

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What if Google licensed its camera hardware and software stack to other OEMs?

Android - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:19

The camera is one of the major compelling reasons to get a Pixel, and the Pixel line has arguably the best cameras out of any smartphone.

We also know that most Android OEMs outside of Google and Samsung often struggle with cameras, and cameras are one of the main issues on <$500 phones. If most, say, $400 Android phones had Pixel-level cameras that outperformed those on $1000 iPhones, wouldn't that go a long way to helping out Android as a whole?

So I was wondering why Google couldn't license out its camera know-how?

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Android Studio project won't let me enter a number into the text field.

Developing Android Apps - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:06

It's just a basic "add two numbers together" app.

The project compiles, and the display looks correct on the Nexus emulator--it just won't let me type anything. The cursor doesn't even change appearance from an arrow. I can't click the button, either. Thoughts?

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Best desktop distribution for ARMHF

Linux - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:02

Hi, Most of the discussion here is for x86, but I am looking for recommendations for ARM. I have been using Debian Stretch XFCE on ODROID-C2 but the latest Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client both crash on startup. Looks like ARM distributions don't get much testing.


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AWS shovels compute smarts into Snowball Edge. How about piling it into a Stack, eh?

The Register - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:00
Transient use edge data collector and processor upgraded

Amazon has slipped some extra compute options into its Snowball Edge data transfer box.…