Bing

I’m a sucker for points and experiments, so I’m going to try Bing instead of Google for the next 30 days. Bonus – Microsoft is giving people who use Bing rewards points that can be redeemed for actual money at Amazon and the like. You can too, sign up here.

USA Today had a little write-up on how MS is trying to catch up with G. 20% market share for March 2015 is more than I expected.

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SSTP on Xubuntu 14

This how-to allowed me to connect to my Windows 2012 SSTP VPN server. I still have not been able to successfully route to internal resources, though I think that is just an IPv4 configuration issue.

Basically you just need to follow this part:

For SSTP VPN connection you need download and install additional packages from http://sourceforge.net/projects/sstp-client/files/

From sstp-client folder
for 32 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)
libsstp-client0_1.0.9_i386.deb
sstp-client_1.0.9_i386.deb

for 64 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)
libsstp-client0_1.0.9_amd64.deb
sstp-client_1.0.9_amd64.deb

From network-manager-sstp folder
for 32 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)
network-manager-sstp_0.9.4-0ubuntu2_i386.deb
network-manager-sstp-gnome_0.9.4-0ubuntu2_i386.deb

for 64 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)
network-manager-sstp_0.9.4-0ubuntu2_amd64.deb
network-manager-sstp-gnome_0.9.4-0ubuntu2_amd64.deb

Once you have the 4 files above downloaded for your version, you run sudo dpkg -i *.deb in a terminal window in the folder where you downloaded the files (usually Downloads). This adds the SSTP VPN option to the built-in Ubuntu network manager. Screenshot:

Screenshot - 03282015 - 04:18:17 PMScreenshot - 03282015 - 04:25:47 PM

Also, if you accidentally hit “Never show these notifications” on your network notifications, this is how to add them back:

Network notifications:

gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-connected-notifications
gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-disconnected-notifications    

Wireless notifications:

gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-wifi-create     
gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet suppress-wireless-networks-available

VPN notifications

gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-vpn-notifications    

Downworthy

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For those who are familiar with the clickbait headlines that seem to pervade all news sites (even somewhat reputable ones) – you know, they’re the enticing headlines usually accompanied by an equally interesting photo you just can’t help but click sometimes, even though you know you’ll probably end up with an Ask.com toolbar – well, there’s a fun plugin for your browser that subverts those headlines:

Downworthy replaces hyperbolic headlines from bombastic viral websites with a slightly more realistic version. For example:

  • “Literally” becomes “Figuratively”
  • “Will Blow Your Mind” becomes “Might Perhaps Mildly Entertain You For a Moment”
  • “One Weird Trick” becomes “One Piece of Completely Anecdotal Horseshit”

I can’t say the plugin worked all that well in my quick test, but the concept is hilarious, and I hope they continue developing it to be more effective. The name is a play on Upworthy, probably the single site that either invented or at least popularized clickbait headlines.