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How To Measure Download/Upload Speed From Linux Command Line

speedtest resultThere are numerous web-services like Speedtest.net which allow users to simply open a web-browser and benchmark their internet connections upload and download throughput with ease. However, if you need something similar for your server which does not have an graphical interface here are a few options to check network throughput from terminal/console. One can simply check download speed by using something like the command below at the terminal,

wget --output-document=/dev/null http://speedtest.wdc01.softlayer.com/downloads/test500.zip

But for a thorough check with option for outputting beautiful shareable badge like the one on the right, we will use the "Speedtest" command-line utility as shown below.

Speedtest From Terminal

Direct Download Links For Apple OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.5

Apple OS X Mountain Lion Update v 10.8.5 is a recommended update which improves stability, compatibility, and security of your Apple Mac computer. The update can be freely downloaded from Apple Mac Appstore, but if you need direct download links with resume capabilities use the links shared at the end of this post.

Apple OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.5

Ubuntu Powers Google's Self Driving Cars : A Video Showing The Technology, Capabilities, & Challenges

We recently shared a story showing the versatility and power of open-source computing with Linux, further strengthening the claim, Linux has now got another feather in it's cap when Ubuntu became the OS which is now not only powering Desktop, Laptops, Netbooks and mobile devices but also Self-driving Google Cars as unveiled by the following Google presentation at the embedded Linux conference.

As detailed by Google, they are using a customized version of the Ubuntu Linux OS optimized for real-time usage in their driver-less cars, the video also shows how Google modified the Ubuntu operating system for these particular usage needs and achieve exactly what they needed.

This is why software should be open-source like Linux

The beauty of open-source software is that anyone is allowed to offer something to the community catering to specific group of users with similar needs. To testify this, there are currently 600+ Linux distributions available now in a wide variety of shape, size and forms ranging from fully featured environments catering to specific needs for desktop, server, laptop, netbook, mobile phone, and tablet computing as well as numerous embedded environments. Amazingly all this started and is built on top of the Linux kernel, click the interesting graphic below to see full-scale version of "The Evolution of Linux Distribution Timeline".


Linux distribution timeline

Apple iOS 6.1.4 Finally Gets A Jailbreak

One can easily gauge the demand for Apple iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 jailbreaks with success of fake Apple iOS scams like Firestorm and Silv3rWind. Apple patched the evasi0n jailbreak with iOS 6.1.4 update making it unjailbreakable, but there is some good news as Apple iOS 6.1.4 has been successfully got jailbroken on iPhone 5 and the report has been verified by multiple users. A new name to the scene Developer Winocm achieved a successful untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3 last week, and has now tweeted an image of Cydia running on iOS 6.1.4 and iPhone 5. He also went ahead and made public the source-code to replicate the success for others as shown below.

Final Term - The Gen Next Terminal Emulator

Shell's and terminal emulators are dull and boring, but this is going to change with the new age terminal emulation utility Final Term. This beautiful and powerful emulator lets you take full control of the command terminal in Linux with it's super-utilitarian hardware-accelerated user interface and easy to use "never seen before" features like "Semantic text menus" which are smart enough to know which pieces of terminal output represent like filenames, PIDs, web URL, IP's etc. providing context-relevant commands for each of them with text file-based plug-in system for extension and personalization, "Smart command completion" with algorithmic sorting so you get the most appropriate command at the top in drop-down list and "ASCII art scrollbars" which automatically show GUI scrollbars for progress from commands like Wget, allowing you to monitor progress while the output is scrolled away to name a few. Do watch the video and grab it for your flavor of linux from the links shared after the "Read more" jump below.

FinalTerm Terminal Emulator

How to configure free DDNS for cloud computing

Cloud computing has made massive computing resources to be available instantly to users with a single command. The always available, on-demand computing infrastructure comes specially handy for developers as it allows them to create and destroy development instances easily. One of the major benefit of cloud computing is you only pay for what you use, so when you are not working on a cloud-computing instance it can be powered-down and no computing cost will be charged. One drawback/annoyance of using this strategy is that the "publicly addressable" IP address will change with every reboot, to get past this we will show you how to use an automatically updated free dynamic dns system so you don't get bothered about the changing IP address anymore.

DDNS Solution For Cloud Computing

Official Online Java Uninstall Tool To Get Rid Of Old Versions Of Java

Java Runtime Environment is a must-have plugin for various web-applications, this powerful cross-platform web-application architecture is also one of the most exploited ones and can pose serious security risks if not updated regularly. The problem is, even if you have the latest updated Java version with new features, vulnerability fixes and performance improvements older version may still be there on your computer which can get compromised. We shared the JavaRa utility earlier, which takes care of this security risk allowing users to remove older Java versions from their computers. Oracle has now made available an online Java applet which allows users to check for older Java versions on their computers and uninstall them.

Online Java Uninstall Tool

Sneaksy - Minimalistic Password-Protected Hidden Folder Solution

Sneaksy is a super-minimalistic, hidden folder solution which protects sensitive data from unauthorized access. The portable and open-source application works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 platforms. Sneaksy is very simple to use, just download and launch to get started - there is no UI as such, on first run a small red-box will display on top-left corner of the screen where user inputs the desired password which will be visible so you can confirm what is entered. On subsequent runs you will need to use this password and it will no longer be shown, pressing enter will further shrink the password prompt in the corner unlocking the "Files" folder on desktop allowing authorized access. Click on the only visible "Red" handle in the corner to lock and hide the folder and exit the application.

Sneaksy

Crack Default iOS Mobile Hotspot Passwords In Less Than a Minute

Apple iOS uses a small list of "random" words to generate default passwords for the "personal hotspot" Wifi sharing option, and researches have now exploited this security oversight to crack these passwords in less then 50 seconds for majority of them. This not only allows the hacker to use your internet connection but once connected on the same network the hacker can also launch man-in-the-middle attacks for gaining access to your Apple device and the data traveling through the connection. The team also released the source-code for "iOS Hotspot Cracker" app written in Apple's Xcode programming environment for everyone to download.

iPhone Password Cracker

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