Tor can also provide anonymity to websites and other servers. Servers configured to receive inbound connections only through Tor are called hidden services. Rather than revealing a server’s IP address (and thus its network location), a hidden service is accessed through its onion address. The Tor network understands these addresses and can route data to and from hidden services, even to those hosted behind firewalls or network address translators (NAT), while preserving the anonymity of both parties. Tor is necessary to access hidden services.
Hidden services have been deployed on the Tor network since 2004. Other than the database that stores the hidden-service descriptors, Tor is decentralized by design; there is no direct readable list of all hidden services, although a number of hidden services catalogue publicly known onion addresses.
Rather than pay a web host (although I love my current provider, the support team are fantastic!) I will host my own data on the darknet.
To keep the costs to a minimum, I wanted a low powered device, as it will be running continuously. I’ve old PC’s and laptops but they still gobble up power, voilà Raspberry Pi.
Tor Project have instructions on how to create an hidden service, and as the device I’ve ordered comes with a trimmed version of Debian, Raspbian, Wheezy, the Linux path should be easy enough to follow… famous last words 🙂
Now eager for the kit to arrive, so I can start to play!
0 A.D. (pronounced “zero ey-dee”) is a free real-time strategy (RTS) game of ancient warfare. Lead a civilization set in the imaginary year of 0 A.D., develop a thriving city, raise a mighty army and contend with rivals for hegemony of the world. History is yours for the taking!
Check out some of the most exciting features in 0 A.D.:
Cross-platform: 0 A.D. is set to run on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
Unique civilizations: In 0 A.D. each civilization is unique in its appearance and gameplay, including units, structures, and technology trees.
Citizen soldiers: Some infantry and cavalry units can not only fight, but also gather resources and construct buildings, making them substantially more versatile than in typical RTS games.
Combat experience matters: The more time your citizen soldiers spend fighting your enemies, the higher they go up the ranks. With each rank, they become stronger, but they also get worse at civilian tasks.
Technology tradeoffs: Some technologies are arranged in pairs, and within each pair, you can only research one technology at most in each game. This choice is irreversible, so choose carefully!
Unit formations: Arrange your units in historical battle formations from the Phalanx to the Testudo and gain bonuses, such as increased armor. However, beware the costs that may come with them, such as lower speed! (As of August 2012, this feature has not been implemented yet.)
Realism and Authenticity
Real world map realism: Random maps are based upon real geography of the ancient world with realistic plants, animals and terrain.
Authentic historical details: Designs of units, buildings and technologies all reflect the hallmarks of each civilization. We even give them names in the original ancient Greek, Latin, Punic, Celtic, etc.
Lifelike naval warfare: Ships will be on a much larger and more lifelike scale than seen in other games. They will move more realistically and even be able to ram other ships. (As of August 2012, this feature has not been implemented yet.)
Create Your Own Worlds
Powerful map editor: Draw landscapes with a palette of hundreds of terrains, build majestic cities and set the position of the sun in the Atlas Editor, your tool to design intricately detailed maps in 0 A.D.
Excellent moddability: From new computer opponent behaviors to extra civilizations, easily create your own modifications (mods) of 0 A.D. by editing game files, all freely available in standard, open formats.
I’ve just as a mess about with the Britons, getting used to the Basic Gameplay. I think this could be a promising way to waste time while waiting for downloads in the future.
I’ve been playing about with aliases within Ubuntu
Aliases are a way for you to customize the commands by giving them aliases (nicknames). You can use them to remember hard commands or make short names to long commands you just hate to type. To setup aliases, right-click and create an empty file in your home directory and name it “.bash_aliases”. Notice the period at the beginning of the name that will make the file hidden. Press “Ctrl+H” to show the hidden files.
Here’s the Ubuntu One Shutdown notice I received in my inbox earlier 🙁
The service has been discontinued
We are sorry to notify you that we will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014.
It is no longer possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services apps in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores have been removed.
As always, your content belongs to you. If you have already uploaded any content you can simply download your files onto your PC or an external hard drive. While the service will stop as of 1 June, you will have an additional two months (until 31 July 2014) to collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will be deleted.
We've always been inspired by the support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for the support you've shown for Ubuntu One. We hope that you'll continue to support us as together we bring a revolutionary experience to new devices.
GNOME 3.12 Released with New Features for Users and Developers
Orinda, CA– The GNOME Project is proud to release GNOME 3.12 today. The next milestone release in the GNOME 3 series includes many new features, enhancements and updates, as well as new capabilities and APIs for application developers. The new version continues to improve the GNOME 3 user experience and includes many small bug fixes and enhancements.
Speaking on behalf of the GNOME Release Team, Matthias Clasen said “This is an exciting release for GNOME, and brings many new features and improvements, including app folders, enhanced system status and high-resolution display support.” He also thanked the GNOME community for their work on the release, saying that “This six months’ effort wouldn’t have been possible without the whole GNOME community, made of contributors and friends from all around the world”.
The latest GNOME release has been met with anticipation by the project’s partners. Christian Schaller, manager of Red Hat’s Desktop Team, said: “Red Hat is very pleased to see the GNOME community continuing to push the GNU/Linux desktop forward. We are looking forward to the innovations in GNOME 3.12 arriving in future versions of Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.”
GNOME 3 is already in use by many companies who will benefit from the improvements in the new release. Arun S A G, Software Development Engineer at Yahoo Inc said “GNOME is the desktop environment of choice for many Yahoo developers. It provides a stable foundation for GNU/Linux power users to get things done, from reading emails to writing code.”
Fedora 20 released at the start of this month, so I thought I’d give it a try via Virtual Box, and I liked it.
I’m a fan of Gnome, so the GUI was a pleasure to use, although I now know Xfce can be used, and I’ve warmed to it over the last few months.
Issues were Virtual Box related and not Fedora, e.g as always getting a wide-screen view, and the default user wasn’t in the subdoer file (su -c "usermod -g wheel username")yum install … but I play with Linux as I like to tinker 🙂
It’s too early for me to give a fair comparison, but I’ll keep Fedora as my current VB distro for a while and see how it goes.
The main thing I need to shift my thinking on is the use of Yum over apt-get… bonus so far it’s less key strokes 🙂
But if you do absolutely positively need apt-get, here’s a guide from DesktopLinuxReviews.com
And yumex over Synaptic: yum install yumex.noarch
And as always on a new Virtual Box distro setup, I installed Tor 🙂