In the Beginning…The Brief History of UNIX

UNIX first began when it escaped the AT&T office basements in the 1960’s with love notes from software writer Ken Thompson. Lightning flashed, the ground churned, and oceans boiled. The rest, is history…

Seriously though, UNIX systems are the backbone of modern programming; sure it’s all updated, but UNIX is responsible for major changes in the way we view technology. UNIX first began in the 1960’s as an idea for an operating system that was intended to be used to file source, locate, and translate data; however AT&T (the original creators- then called Multics) and the Bell Company decided to scrap the project because it was too costly and the operations were too large for their needs; the operating systems that they used to process data were very large and very, very expensive.

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At the time, it wasn’t cost effective to use the software, since it required more memory to operate than computers originally could handle, which was 4 kilobytes. Because of a legal decree in 1956, AT&T was forbidden to enter the computer business, therefore they had to give away non-computer related technology to anyone who asked, as well as AT&T releasing it to the United States government, universities and other commercial industries. Unix was originally packaged all of the source code, which included the machine- dependent part of the kernel (the processor), which was written in PDP-11 assembly language. Shortly after its release to the public, in 1972, the software was rewritten in C programming language; which made it much more portable and easy to use and modify, because users only had to change bits and pieces of the original code to make it usable on multiple, smaller operating systems.

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Fort Knox- the Security Benefits of openBSD

How secure is too secure? This is a very important question to consider in a time in history where maximum security is the only thing stopping a potential hacker from breaking through your computer’s firewall to swipe your email passwords, hack into your Facebook and make statuses about your sexuality, and steal all of your money. Overall, OpenBSD offers the maximum security through the choices it offers a user. The openBSD motto consists of an insistence on open source code, quality documentation, software licensing agreements, security, and correct code verification. These particular restrictions prevent possible corruption of files. These restrictions include:

 

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A Brief Overview Of The Upcoming Windows 10 OS

When Windows 8 hit the shelves a lot of people found it to be less than stellar. It seemed like Microsoft had gone soft, a lot of people found the interface frustrating, and many had problems with program compatibility. Many users skipped Windows 8 entirely, and grimly hung on their Windows 7 while they waited to see what Microsoft would come up with next.

 

Well that wait is almost over. Microsoft has recently announced that the next version of Windows will be available sometime in the late months of 2015. Sounds like someone might be planning ahead for Christmas. This new operating system will be called Windows 10. The people at Microsoft were well aware that everyone expected a Windows 9 release. They decided to call it Windows 10 because they believe their latest offering goes a step beyond what people have come to expect from Windows.

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Although it’s a bit early to tell, it appears that the people at Microsoft really listened to what users had to say about their Windows 8 experience. They were also aware that a lot of users refused to even try Windows 8, and kept 7 instead. One of the things that people complained about the most was what Microsoft did with the Start button in Windows 8. Those people at least will be happy to know that the Start button is back where it was in 7, except now you can do a lot more with it.

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