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18 Years On, Ultima Online Is Still Going

Slashdot.org - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:08
An anonymous reader writes: Ultima Online was released in September, 1997. It was the game that popularized graphical MMOs, and somehow, it's still running. Rock, Paper, Shotgun took a dive into the game to see how much it's changed, and who still plays it. As the community has shrunk, it's become increasingly tight-knit, and giving up the game now means giving up a social circle for many players. Even though newer MMOs have eclipsed the game's functionality, UO has a dedication to the full adventuring experience that later games haven't replicated. From the article: "While initially I couldn't understand the appeal of Ultima, when I decided to shake off the limitations of an early level character and simply explore for myself, I found a game world with a lot to offer. Player created civilizations, unique monsters, and the sheer mystery of the world combine to keep this ancient MMO compelling. For all the ways in which the genre has improved, Ultima Online remains one of just a few MMOs that let you live an alternative life. That feeling of ownership ... combined with the diversity on offer, keeps players coming back day after day."

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Recover Deleted Files with Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery

AskDaveTaylor - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:06

Oh, the cold feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize that the file you seek, the document you need for the big client presentation Monday morning, your research paper or even just those precious photos of your newborn have vanished. They’re just… gone.

Then you remember how you dragged a folder into the Trash earlier in the week and that it must have contained the file or files you now seek. Darn it!

For the vast majority of Mac users, this is the point when you wish you had a good backup system but likely realize you don’t even have that. You’re up a creek and you don’t even have a boat, let alone a paddle.

Which is why you’ll want to learn about Mac Data Recovery, a remarkably simple, elegant utility from Stellar Phoenix that makes finding and recovering deleted files and documents a breeze. Even if they vanished weeks ago, though to be fair, the longer you wait, the less likely you’ll find the files undamaged.

I’ve actually reviewed Mac Data Recovery before, back in 2012. You can read it here: Review of Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery software. Functionality has definitely improved but the most important update in the interim is to the user interface. It’s definitely better.

Here’s the start screen:

Simple, easy. You can continue exploring a drive or disk you’re salvaging by choosing “Resume Saved Scan”, but since this is our first time running the program, choose “Start New Scan”.

After a moment or two all the drives available are listed:

On my MacBook Pro, “BigHD” is the 500GB SSD drive that it boots from (which is why it shows up first) and “red” is a 128GB SDCard that lives in my SDCard reader slot on the computer and is formatted as an additional drive (rather than as a camera memory card, for example).

There’s an old Microsoft Word document I’d like to try recovering from my hard drive, and if that works, I also want to recover a considerably bigger movie file, an episode of the terrific TV series Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. To proceed, I’ll click on ‘BigHD’, and a number of different choices appear:

My experience with the program is that it’s best to start out with the top option — Recover Data — and then work your way down the list as it proves unable to find what you seek. In particular, if you’re trying to recover photos from a damaged SDCard or similar, “Raw Recovery” can be good, but it’s definitely a tricky task to wade through it all.

I’ll choose “Recover Data” to proceed and it presents two different scan options:

Again, go with the top option to get started, “Quick Scan”.

A click on “Start Scan” and it whirrs away, examining the empty space on the drive where files, folders, documents, spreadsheets, presentations and photographs used to exist but are no more. It takes a few minutes…

When it’s done, lots and lots of data shows up on the screen:

I find this view pretty hard to maneuver, so I suggest you do what I do: click on “File List” on the top left and it’ll neatly organize everything by file type:

You can see here that I’ve chosen “DOCX” documents and it shows a neat list of recoverable (is that a word?) documents that can be examined by name, size, and creation date, along with searched for specific patterns by using the Search function on the top of the window.

Note: since Mac Data Recovery analyzes unallocated data blocks on the drive, sometimes it can figure out the proper filename, creation date, etc, and other times the program can find the data that comprises the file contents but not every other snippet of data associated with it. That’s the challenge faced by all data recover systems, and the more a drive is used, the longer ago the file was deleted, the more you might have to work with partial data.

To recover a specific file or files, simply check the boxes adjacent to them and click “Recover”.

Here’s where the interface takes a bit of getting used to, because it just pops up a window inviting you to select a directory:

Okay, but for what? What’s going on here?

Well, the first thing that will likely happen is that you’ll do what I do: pick the same drive both to recover the data and save the recovered data. That’s a no-no:

If you don’t have multiple drives, you can use a USB flash drive at this point, but you will need a different drive as the destination for your recovery efforts.

Once you’ve picked appropriately, recovery is often lightening fast and the newly recovered file or files show up in a folder called “Root” on the selected drive. If you have a bigger file, you’ll get to see the pieces assembled as part of the recovery task:

And as for me, well, once I recovered the Microsoft Word file and AVI video, here’s what my “Root” folder looked like on the SDCard “red”:

Neatly organized and, as I promised up front, quite easy to work with.

Now to be fair, Mac Data Recovery isn’t an inexpensive program at $99, but as soon as you realize you just deleted a critical file, video, document or spreadsheet, you’ll see the light. And the good news is that you can grab it and scan your drive without licensing, that’s only required once you want to actually recover something.

Stellar Phoenix, Mac Data Recovery. $99.00 and available online.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but the fee paid in no way has impacted our high regard for the program and its functionality.

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Will Red Hat Enter the Security Market?

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:00

VIDEO: Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst discusses the role that security plays at the Linux vendor and whether it's a business he plans on entering with a new product.

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OTT/ InternetTV application or plugin for Linux (Enigma) based Set-top-boxes by mbay888

Freelancer.com - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:31
Good day for all. We have developed an application for android and ios, this application is a small client for the website showing online tv. And as our users are asking to have an application or plugin... (Budget: $250 - $750 USD, Jobs: Linux, Plugin, UNIX, Video Broadcasting, Video Services)
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The extended Steve Jobs trailer

OSNews.com - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:29
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. Judging by this trailer, Apple and its bloggers are not going to like this film. It doesn't exactly paint Jobs in a pretty light.

Ask Slashdot: Getting My Wife Back Into Programming After Long Maternity Leave?

Slashdot.org - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:25
An anonymous reader writes: My wife has been on a maternity leave for three years, now. She is starting to think about refreshing her coding skills and looking for a job. Before, she worked as a Java developer for around two years doing mostly Java Enterprise stuff. However, she is not very eager to go back to coding. I think she has the right mental skills to be a developer, but she is just not very passionate about coding or IT in general. On the other hand, it's relatively easier to find a job in IT than starting a new career. We live in Spain, and with the current economic situation, the market for software developers is not great — but it's definitely better than other jobs. I there anything else she might do, ideally Java (but could be anything IT related) that would be easier and more fun than the typical Java Enterprise stuff, while also giving her a good change to find a decent job? (I'm a Java developer myself with many years of experience but mostly doing boring Java Enterprise stuff.)

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Linux Learner Bundle - AndroidGuys

Linux News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:19

AndroidGuys

Linux Learner Bundle
AndroidGuys
Linux, the operating system on which Android was built, is an attractive alternative to many developers and tech-savvy user who can't get their kicks from Windows or OSX. Designed for open-source distribution, Linux was developed in 1991 and remains ...

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Mageia 5 Linux Distro Offers New Tools, Improved Stability

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00

eWEEK: The Mageia 5 Linux distribution, which launched June 19, provides new tools, improved stability and overall ease of use.

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NASA To Waste $150 Million On SLS Engine That Will Be Used Once

Slashdot.org - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:43
schwit1 writes: NASA's safety panel has noticed that NASA's SLS program either plans to spend $150 million human-rating a rocket engine it will only use once, or will fly a manned mission without human-rating that engine. "The Block 1 SLS is the 'basic model,' sporting a Delta Cryogenic Second Stage (DCSS), renamed the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion System (ICPS) for SLS. The current plan calls for this [interim] stage to be used on [the unmanned] Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) and [manned] Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2), prior to moving to the [Exploration Upper Stage] — also to be built by Boeing — that will become the workhorse for SLS. However, using the [interim upper stage] on a crewed mission will require it to be human rated. It is likely NASA will also need to fly the [Exploration Upper Stage] on an unmanned mission to validate the new stage ahead of human missions. This has been presenting NASA with a headache for some time, although it took the recent ASAP meeting to finally confirm those concerns to the public." NASA doesn't have the funds to human-rate it, and even if they get those funds, human-rating it will likely cause SLS's schedule to slip even more, something NASA fears because they expect the commercial manned ships to be flying sooner and with increasing capability. The contrast — a delayed and unflown and very expensive SLS vs a flying and inexpensive commercial effort — will not do SLS good politically. However, if they are going to insist (properly I think) that SpaceX and Boeing human-rate their capsules and rockets, then NASA is going to have to hold the SLS to the same standard.

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July 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: Mobile - Linux Journal

Linux News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:34

Linux Journal

July 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: Mobile
Linux Journal
As technologists, we all celebrate the awesome world of mobile computing, and this month, we devote Linux Journal to the concept as well. Reuven M. Lerner and I both tackle databases this month. Reuven describes how to handle table relationships inside ...

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July 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: Mobile

LinuxJournal.com - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:30
Infinite Portal to the Universe, 12-Hour Battery Life

A few months back, I accidentally left my phone on the nightstand, and spent an entire day without my cell phone. more>>

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Where Facebook Stores 900 Million New Photos Per Day

Slashdot.org - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:01
1sockchuck writes: Facebook faces unique storage challenges. Its users upload 900 million new images daily, most of which are only viewed for a couple of days. The social network has built specialized cold storage facilities to manage these rarely-accessed photos. Data Center Frontier goes inside this facility, providing a closer look at Facebook's newest strategy: Using thousands of Blu-Ray disks to store images, complete with a robotic retrieval system (see video demo). Others are interested as well. Sony recently acquired a Blu-Ray storage startup founded by Open Compute chairman Frank Frankovsky, which hopes to drive enterprise adoption of optical data storage.

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Amazon introduces new open-source TLS implementation 's2n'

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:00

 ZDnet: s2n, with its mere 6,000 lines of code, focuses only on encryption.

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How do I update Classic Shell menu in Windows 8?

AskDaveTaylor - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:52

I’ll be candid, while the author has done a great job with Classic Shell and all its many capabilities that bring the easy of the start menu back to Windows 8 and Win8.1, I don’t feel like he’s done such a good job with the update process, so your question’s a great one. Further, while the program should theoretically be checking for updates periodically, my experience is that it doesn’t, so it’s possible that you, like me, are multiple updates behind, which is bad.

Knowing this, however, you can just remember every so often to have a quick check to see if the program’s updated. Or, when Windows 10 comes out in a month or so, just upgrade to that and try to wrap your head around the weird hybrid Windows 8 start screen-style start menu that’s going to be included.

To start, let’s see Classic Shell in action on my Windows 8.1 system:

Looks a lot like the old Start Menu, doesn’t it?

To proceed with the update, go to “Programs” and follow the path as shown:

You can see the path there, hopefully: Programs > Classic Shell > Classic Shell Update.

Choose that option and…

Your version will probably also have the “Automatically check for new versions” box checked, but when you Check now, surprise, there likely is an update ready to download and install:

The updates sound good and it’s always smart to stay up-to-date with software anyway, so click on “Download” to proceed.

Surprise, it’ll download:

Once it’s done the resultant behavior is rather confusing, because Widows simply shows you the Downloads folder.

No explanation, no auto-loaded updater. Just this:

You can see it looks like I missed at least 4.2.0 on the update sequence. How’d you fare with this update?

To install the new version of Classic Shell, double-click on the setup program, in this instance “ClassicShellSetup_4_2_1″.

Now it looks like something designed to update the program!

As with all setup wizards in Windows, this one’s a no-brainer to step through, so I won’t show you each window. Suffice to say, agree to terms, agree to the default installation location and you’ll have updated Classic Shell to the very latest version in just a minute or two.

And that’s how it’s done. Learn more about Classic Shell if you’re curious too. It’s got a lot of neat tricks.

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Scientist Union's Talks Stall Over Pay

Slashdot.org - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:20
HughPickens.com writes: The Sacramento Bee reports that the labor contract between California's state government and the 2,800 employees represented by the California Association of Professional Scientists expired this week, spotlighting yet again the long-running feud over whether the tiny union's members should earn as much as their peers in federal and local governments and private industry. "It's a challenge to keep people motivated," says Rita Hypnarowski. "We talk about retaining the best and the brightest, but I can see that's not going to happen." A recent survey by the Brown administration found that the total compensation for half of state-employed chemists is less than $8,985 per month ($5,715 in salary, plus $3,270 in benefit costs). That's 33 percent less than the median total compensation for federal chemists, nearly 13 percent less than the midpoint for local-government chemists and almost 6 percent below the private sector. Members of the union perform a wide variety of tasks, everything from fighting food-borne illnesses to mopping up the Refugio State Beach oil spill. For example, Cassandra McQuaid left a job last year at the Department of Public Health's state-of-the-art Richmond laboratories where she tracked foodborne illnesses. It's the kind of vital, behind-the-scenes work that goes unnoticed until an E. coli outbreak makes headlines and local health officials need a crack team of scientists to unravel how it happened. "It really came down to money," says McQuaid. "I just couldn't live in the Bay Area on a state salary."

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Happy Canada Day! 21 Canadians in open source to follow

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:00

 opensource.com: Happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the north! In honor of your special day, we've rounded up a list of Canadians in open source to follow on Twitter.

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Struggling University of Phoenix Lays Off 900

Slashdot.org - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:48
An anonymous reader writes: The struggles facing for-profit colleges continue. The University of Phoenix announced poor quarterly earnings yesterday, and the institution has laid off 900 workers since September. Enrollment is down 14% since last year, and the CEO of its parent company, Apollo Education Group, says enrollment is likely to drop from 206,000 to about 150,000 next year. Apollo's stock has lost more than half its value since the beginning of the year. "Tighter regulations on for-profits and the Obama administration's push to make community college free top the list of headwinds. And non-profit universities have entered the online education space, where for-profit schools once held center stage."

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Build a cellular GSM callback system to allow unlimited outbound calls by bernardohcr

Freelancer.com - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:43
Hi! I want to build an unlimited outboung calls callback system similar to many websites I have already seen on the web, but improoved. This solution must work for any phone (landline or mobile... (Budget: $250 - $750 USD, Jobs: Asterisk PBX, Linux, VoIP)
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA® Available on Amazon Web Services - MarketWatch

Linux News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:31

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA® Available on Amazon Web Services
MarketWatch
Announced in June 2014 as the foundation of an enhanced collaboration between Red Hat and SAP, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA offers an open, scalable, integrated and highly available platform featuring the industry-leading reliability, quality ...
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