The meteoric rise of video-on-demand (VoD) is driven by the emergence of industry heavyweights like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Yet these fierce competitors tend to offer a broadly similar business model, with subscription-based access to unlimited audiovisual content. Like an all-you-can-eat buffet, their temptingly low prices generate a healthy profit since few of us ever consume as much as we’d like.

There’s never been a better time to ask yourself this question.

Ask Mr Alex Cruz, after all the CEO of British Airlines (BA) could be a great person to talk to. Today’s estimate suggests that BA’s short-term bank holiday IT blackout has cost them 150 million in compensation alone. That figure makes no consideration of the mounting bad press and scrutiny the company is also facing. The BA story is nothing unusual, a report into Fortune 1000 companies suggested that The average cost per hour of an infrastructure failure is $100,000.

One of the most popular open source tools is the Linux operating system. It’s in use in a large quantity of the web servers we access every day. Linux can be found in mobile phones as the kernel for the Android operating system, smart TVs, Internet of Things devices, and even in cars. Many people have heard of it and they’ve heard the term open source, but what do they actually mean? Well if you don’t know, now’s your chance to find out in our topic of the day.


There are a lot of people in this world who have the weirdest ideas. Some will tell you the planet is only 5,000 years old, others that aliens live among us and still more think that our planet is flatter than a 42 Inch Sony Bravia. They are of course nuts, because as we superior intellects know… we’re actually living in the Matrix.

This week’s tech news has seen a wealth of activity as giants Microsoft Azure situate themselves within the African Data market with two new data centers. The move will make Microsoft the world’s largest cloud provider in terms of regional coverage, in over 40 regions worldwide. At present, the African data market is largely untapped and Microsoft’s move the continent looks promising in terms of future development for cloud services on the continent.

More controversially, the aftermath of the international ransomware attack has lead to accusations that there was North Korean involvement in the outbreak. Symantec Corp. identified similarities between the WannaCry ransomware attacks and the malware used to take Sony Entertainment down in 2014. Though Symantec suggests that this most likely occurred independent of government, the news will do little to help western relations with North Korea.  No less controversial is the news that Google will begin to take more purchase data from customers to try to develop a better consumer understanding for targeted advertisements.

In previous posts, we introduced you to iptables and covered how it works. Last time, we looked at how you would configure the rules for your firewall at the command line. This time, we’ll look at an alternate method allowing you to edit a configuration file and give some general guidance on rules you should be setting.

Previously, we’ve looked at setting up a Minecraft server on a dedicated server, allowing you to manage a single Minecraft server instance. This time, we’ll look at using a simpler management tool: MineOS. MineOS is a tool that comes as either its own Linux distribution or as a set of scripts that you can install to your own server. In this case, we’ll look at getting it running on an Ubuntu server.

Micro-Moments – What Are They?

Let’s get this straight. Think about how many messages drop into your eyeball space every day. They might be alerts, ads on YouTube, emails, newsletters, push notifications or tweets. The list trails off towards the crack of doom. Sometimes we all wish we could switch it all off and be done with online conveyor belt. But this is the brave new world and we are experiencing what some have called ‘content shock’. You guessed it, we just cannot keep absorbing so much information. It is almost paralyzing.