There is an old saying that the only safe computer is one that’s disconnected from the network, turned off, and locked in an underground bunker—and even then you can’t be sure!

Since most of us can’t afford to keep our servers in an underground bunker, the least little thing that could have been done in order to keep their threat exposure at rock-bottom is protecting them by running a combination of a firewall and an intrusion prevention system or IPS (a.k.a intrusion detection and prevention systems or IDPS). Surely, that alone proved insufficient and other security measures and best practices should also be considered.

This blog post covers setting up a basic secure and stateful IPFW firewall on FreeBSD along with Sshguard by iXsystems Inc as intrusion prevention system.

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What does your industry look like?

I can only say wow! Packt Publishing has just released their comprehensive IT industry salary reports, with data from over 20,000 developers around the globe.

If you really want to identify or get an idea of the upcoming trends over the next few years, you should consider this comprehensive analysis in order to get the most out of your career and skills. This report covers four segments of IT industry including Web Development & Design, Application Development, Security & System Administration, and Data Science & Business Intelligence, making this one of the most comprehensive surveys in recent years.

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Modern web development is filled with an abundance of tools and technologies, but it’s difficult to know where to begin. You want both efficiency of your work and high performance of your site; Gulp brings that right to your doorstep. With its rising popularity, you don’t want to leave Gulp out of your toolbox.

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Until not so long ago, to add my own cron jobs I always had the habit of modifying /etc/crontab on my FreeBSD system which turned out to be wrong. In simple words, there are two types of crontab files:

  • System crontab which should not be altered due to the troubles it cause during FreeBSD upgrades
  • User crontab which has one less column than the system crontab file

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From 30th April, 2015 Packt Publishing has thrown open the virtual doors of its new Free Learning Library and offering its customers a daily chance to grab a fresh free eBook from its website. The publisher is encouraging people to learn new skills and try out new technologies and so every day it will be offering a different eBook from its huge list of titles free for anyone to download.

Every day Packt Publishing is giving away books for free to help teach new tech skills

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Well, I was living a happy life with Octopress 2.x despite the fact that I didn’t do much blogging in the past couple of years. Moreover, in my estimation Octopress still should be considered as one of the greatest blogging platforms among its peers and I really got nothing against it. But, I see a few shortcomings which made me looking for alternatives (and some of these still affects the 3.x version of Octopress):

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Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) harms almost everyone, but most people have never heard of it. Today is one of our best opportunities to change that.

There are people around the world coming together to say that we will not tolerate the remote deletions, unethical surveillance, and invasive restrictions of DRM. In fact, with events in at least nine countries and huge online participation, it’s the world’s biggest anti-DRM protest.

International Day Against DRM at Packt Publishing

Well, I just found out that this year, to demonstrate their continuing support for Day Against DRM, as they celebrates International Day Against DRM, May 6th 2015, Packt Publishing is offering all its DRM-free content at $10 for 24 hours only on May 6th – with more than 3000 eBooks and 100 Videos available across the publisher’s website.

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Almost three weeks ago I received a review request from one of the Packt Publishing staffs to review Application Development with Qt Creator, 2nd Edition written by Ray Rischpater which has been recently published by Packt Publishing. Since I’ve been developing cross platform Qt (cute, often mispronounced as Q-T cue-tee) applications from Qt 4 era back in 2008 – when Qt Creator was not around yet and the project was running by Trolltech at the time – and a handful of Qt Quick mobile applications over the past two years, I consider myself eligible enough to write a brief review on it. So, I was provided with a review copy and after reading it cover to cover, my thoughts on the book are as follows.

Application Development with Qt Creator, 2nd Edition

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