DDoS Protection and Mitigation on Modern Web Hosting Technology

Security shieldDDoS attacks on major corporations, popular websites and even governments of countries often make big news in the tech industry. Often times sites that seemed to be on top of security are brought to their knees and find themselves totally at the mercy of their attackers. Of all the types of security violations against a website, DDoS is one of the most powerful and effective.

What is DDoS?

DoS stands for Denial of Service and is a type of attack that seeks to flood a web server with so much traffic that it either causes the server to shut down or simply prevents legitimate users from accessing it. A DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service is one that involves multiple machines all attacking a single victim. The initiators of DDoS attacks often used covert methods, such as malware to infect other machines and use them to unwillingly carry out their attacks. In many cases the agents of these attacks are not even aware that they are being used.

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Portal 2 (Beta) Now on Steam for Linux (SteamOS)

Portal 2 beta on steam for Linux

Yes, the title is correct. Portal 2 (Beta) is now available on Steam for Linux and presumably available for all of the SteamOS beta testers, though one of them will have to confirm that for us. I started playing Portal 2 on Windows but decided not to finish it until it came to Linux. I’m downloading it now, all 11 GB. It should be finished by the time I finish work.

If you would like to join me, look me up on steam: TJ-Aich.


Papers, Please Now On Linux

The addictive eastern European checkpoint attendant and click game that so many people seem to like is now available on Linux via Steam and other channels. Yes, Papers, Please is also on sale. It’s retro and filled with umm, immigrants. Pick it up if you know what’s good for you.


Does Android Count in the Big Linux Scheme of Things?

android-logo-white1When judging the success, or lack thereof, of Linux, many proponents of Linux often cite the success of the Android mobile operating system. After all, a majority of smartphones in the world now run Android, which has Linux as its base. Android still contributes some code back to the Linux kernel, and there is no denying that it has a Linux feel, if you happen to open a terminal and check out the inner workings of the OS.

What Android may not be, however, is a traditional Linux distribution. But some could argue Ubuntu is no longer even a traditional Linux distribution. Does that make it any less Linux? Perhaps it is time we embrace diversity as much as we are willing to embrace freedom and choice. Linux is not dominating the desktop market, but it has definitely taken over the mobile and ebook market (think Kindle, Nook, etc.) We should be proud of that.


Ubuntu Phones, Steam Boxes and FireChrome

I spent most of January sick, and I am not entirely sure that it is completely gone. Still, I feel well enough to write again, and there are a few hot topics that I would like to address.

Ubuntu phone

1. Ubuntu Phones – Early this year, Canonical announced plans to develop an Ubuntu phone operating system. This goes beyond simply running an Ubuntu interface over Android. This is a completely new OS. As you probably know, Mozilla is also developing a Firefox mobile OS. So, the question many may ask is: Is there truly room for another mobile OS?

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10 Years of Creative Commons Freedom 1

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If you spend any amount of time around free software users or developers, you know it is all about freedom, not price. A decade ago, it was difficult to share content without stepping on some copyright toes.

Creative Commons changed all of that and paved the way for an entirely different type of freedom-conscious community: a free content one.
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Steam on Linux (Beta) is Here 2

Yes, Virginia, there is a Steam on Linux. And yes, this story is old news. The Steam beta on Linux has been going on for a couple of weeks now, but the important news is that I have received my invite. Behold! the obligatory screenshot:

Steam On Linux, Team Fortress 2

Steam’s new “Big Picture” mode also works in Linux. It’s pretty awesome, and it detected my Xbox 360 controller without a hitch.

Steam on Linux, Big Picture

Right now, there are only a handful of games available, including Serious Sam 3: BFE and Team Fortress 2, but hopefully, that will improve over time. If you use the same account you have for Windows, it will show your Windows games, but will not give you a “Play” button. Like the Windows version, you can also add your non-Steam games to the client for easy launching.