Check out our latest video presentations on Patriot PS Personal Server

Check out our latest video presentations on Patriot PS Personal Server to see how easy it is to start running your personal server. Set up and configure a private mail server in the privacy of your own home in minutes.. Break that dependency from free e-mail on the web. Take that generational leap ahead and start managing your data, on your own personal server and on your terms.. Download and install popular personal cloud software OwnCloud in a few clicks and access files from home or from the Internet, share files with friends and associates without storing your files on remote cloud like iCloud, Drop box, where you don’t know what happens to your files and what terms in fine print you may have already accepted without reading Smile !

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Think Personal with Cloud

Think Personal with Cloud

Largest untapped market is in personal cloud eco-system. Imagine starting a PC revolution again. Huge potential to bring back computing back into home and empower the individual. Checkout Pexus LLC’s Personal Server solution – Patriot PS Personal Server.. http://www.pexus.com/patriotps Now available as software only solution (ISO image distribution) for DIY enthusiasts who want to get that old desktop PC back to life or as a personal virtual appliance for the virtualization fans who want to use that unused capacity on their desktop PC.

Get an evaluation key for the virtual appliance image edition today:

https://store.pexus.net/PEXPS-OVA1.0-VA-K900-EVAL

Pexus LLC welcomes partnership in creating compelling applications for personal servers. Please contact us at partners@pexus.com

Keep your personal data in your home..

The advent of the internet since the 90s have slowly lured you into giving up all your personal data, your personal profile, your personal interactions with your friends and associates that once lived safely on your personal computer in your home  into massive servers farms owned by  giant IT companies  in exchange for free services such as web e-mail, photo sharing, social event sharing etc.  They are telling you all you need is a dumb client devices and we shall manage all your data. You should not expect any privacy now that we are in control of your data — Really ! They are telling you – see we provide full SSL security and your personal data is safe with us — Really!  what happens once the data reaches their servers ? Once on their servers it is all in plain text again.. so that they can use all available analytical engines to dissect every word you say or every picture you take or every post you do — but at the same time assuring you;  your data is safe on their servers except they reserve the right to purge or block anything they feel is not right or comply with government agencies to offer your data without you knowing about it,  don’t worry about your first amendment  or any amendment, just read their privacy policy if you care.

Well now you don’t have to be at the mercy of the these remote servers and and their policies. Why not own your own personal server.. Set it up as an always on service that is there to serve you and your family.. set it up to provide you secure e-mail service, set it up as a personal cloud and use it to share and sync data from your client computers at home or office – your server in the privacy of your home.. give access to data to only whom you want – your data is only your business — use it to monitor and control your smart home – but without sending the data to the remote servers.

Check out the personal server from Pexus – Patriot PS – Personal Cloud & Automation Server – Get your data back in your home.. where it belongs– if somebody needs it give it on your terms ! We know this is a small step.. there is more to come.. more applications that will reside on your server and help you manage your data in your home. Come and be part of a new era in personal computing..

Take control of your E-mails

Don’t let the NSA, the googles, the yahoos and the MSNs take you for a ride and deny you the right to privacy about your information by offering you carrots of free service. Do you know all popular free web mail service scan all e-mails before they reach their intended recipients to extract key words to serve the sender and the recipients advertisements? In addition to this NSA has back doors from these service providers and your ISP.  Most of us use e-mail thinking it is private. But the data travels across many servers making it easy to extract sensitive data easily without anyone’s knowledge.  Do you want to do business with a realtor that uses a gmail or yahoo account when you have to send your financial data and real estate documents to him? The free web mail service providers  have forced you into believing that they all respect your privacy and always protect your data but the recent NSA revelations have proved beyond doubt that this is not the case. An average e-mail user have no idea how many people have access to their data which can be potentially  used against them at some point in their life time whether it is  for political gains or insurance decisions, credit decisions, hiring decisions or damaging your web reputation.  The US constitution guarantees you the right to privacy, but do you think these companies and the Govt. really care about your privacy?

The only true secure option is to use your own mail server with e-mail encryption. But this is quite far fetched  with so many of us using free web mail services.  But with a few simple steps and slight change in your e-mail habits you can continue to use your free web e-mail service  to protect your privacy by encrypting your e-mail so that the  web mail servers will not be able to decrypt your message. Don’t let them tell you that only bad guys have things to hide.. As an individual you have every right to protect your privacy when you communicate with your friends, family and business associates. Until now you were at the mercy of the servers that facilitate the information exchange on the internet that has become so critical in everybody’s daily life. Privacy technologies like PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) and  the free Open GPGP have existed for quite some time. But the adoption and usage has been low because of the lack of easy to use tools and adoption by everyone you want to communicate with.

PGP  technology is based on public and private Keys.  When you send an encrypted e-mail to your friend, you use their public key to encrypt the mail data which only they can decrypt using their private key. Similarly when your friend wants to send you an e-mail, they will use your public key to encrypt the mail which only you can decrypt using your private key. So in order to use mail encryption it is important both the parties have public and private keys. Public keys can be published on public servers or send to your friend by e-mail. Private key is something you safeguard with a pass phrase and keep it on your computer.  The more you convince and show the benefits of using mail encryption amongst your circle of friends, family and business associates, the more everyone benefits.  So take the first step, start using e-mail encryption by creating a public and private key easily using free GPG tools and encourage the people around you to do the same..   It will take some time for everyone in your circle to adopt this, but you can take the first step and ask them to follow suite for a more private and secure e-mail communication.

If you have teenage kids, talk to them about e-mail privacy and show them how they can easily communicate with their friends in privacy and even away from your prying eyes.. may be that will get them started 🙂 The idea is to create a culture of digital privacy and security when they are young that they will carry well  into their adulthood that will  help protect privacy and freedom for all. When more people are comfortable using e-mail encryption and publish their public keys even business will provide services built with encryption and offer secure communication when contacting via e-mail.

There are 4 things you will need to do to start sending encrypted e-mails:

  1. Install open GPG tools ((Windows, Mac OS and Linux versions available)
  2. Install a mail client that supports open GPG – (a good one is Mozilla Thunderbird)
  3. Install the Open PGP plugin or add-on for your mail client. In case of Mozilla Thunderbird it is – Enigmail
  4. Convince your friend and associate to do the same so that you can exchange encrypted e-mails

Here is an excellent description on setting up to how use e-mail encryption using freely available tools and by switching to use a mail client installed on your desktop OS instead of using your internet browser to access your web mail.

https://www.wefightcensorship.org/article/sending-encrypted-emails-using-thunderbird-and-pgphtml.html

You may be wondering what about my mobile device. There are a couple of apps for iOS that will complement your usage of Thunderbird/Enigmail/GPGP  mail client on your desktop OS. The two  iOS Apps are –  iPGMail and OpenGp . Though they are not free, but  the nominal cost of the app  is well worth the investment if you believe in  securing your e-mail communication on the internet.  For Android there is Gnu Privacy Guard on Google Play. Hopefully more choice will be available once more people start using this technology.

You can get Pexus public Keys from public key server – http://pgp.mit.edu/  search for corp@pexus.com to retrieve public key for  our corporate mail box, import it into your mail client and use it to send us an encrypted e-mail if you have any  comment or  find this article useful.

Enjoy !

Splunk and J2EE application logging – Part 2

In my previous blog on this subject, I had talked about the value of log files in application diagnosis and performance issue resolution and how Splunk makes it easy to chronologically list the application log statements, search and analyze the data.  Splunk is more useful when the log statements contain data that resemble   name value format such as <name>=<value>.  It can then  index, search, sort and tabulate such data very easily.

Recently Pexus released  Pexus PerfLog  software package.  Pexus PerfLog is an open source performance logging and diagnostic package for J2EE Applications.  PerfLog can capture and persist key performance metrics from servlets, portlets, web services and SQL queries, along with request contextual data to log files and also to a database.

The performance logs generated are Splunk friendly and enables analyzing performance issues with J2EE applications.

For more information on Pexus PerfLog visit :   http://www.pexus.com/perflog

Pexus X-Deep/32 X Server Software on Windows 8 Preview

Installed Windows 8 Preview by upgrading Windows 7 system. The upgrade went smooth. The new Windows 8 Preview looks great with a switchable metro style and the familiar desktop style interface.  Test installed Pexus X-Deep/32 X-Server software on Windows 8 Preview. The current version 4.7 install ran fine unmodified. After install run X-Deep/32 X-Server software once as an Administrator to register the software trial / registered license. The software came up fine without any problems. Attached a screen shot of X-Deep/32 software running XFCE4 desktop connected to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server.

You can easily order X-Deep/32 from our online store  or download an evaluation copy by clicking this link.

X-Deep/32 on Windows 8 Preview release