Non-Linux FOSS: My Portable Windows Lab
Portable apps aren't anything new. There are variations of "single executable apps" for most platforms, and some people swear by keeping their own applications with them for use when away from home. I don't usually do that, as most of what I do is on-line, but there is one exception: security.
When I'm asked to help a Windows user figure out what is wrong with
his or her computer, I generally take a USB drive and nothing else. I also
dd on that Flash drive when I get back home, because Windows
can be a breeding ground for nasty infections. In order to build
a USB device quickly that I can use to help my Windows friends, I like to use
the awesome open-source program at http://portableapps.com.
The downloadable program provides a sort of "app store" for downloading individual portable apps. It makes sure all of your apps are up to date, and it's a great way to browse the different categories and look for apps that might be useful. Granted, many of the portable apps themselves aren't open source, but the program that manages them for you is. If you ever need to help friends or acquaintances with their infected systems, a USB drive prepped with the Windows-based portableapps.com application is a great way to start.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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