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sudoers file: syntax error
I lately updated my dapper box to edgy eft. As edgy eft is unstable and had just been started up, it happens to get surprise. Today, update-manager stopped to work. When I was clicking on the icon, the update-manager never showed up... due to sudo. Here is how I sorted my way out. sudoers file: syntax error

( Permalink: sudoers file: syntax error      Submitted by chantra Thu Jul 13, 2006 )

Book review: DNS in Action
The book DNS in Action is a guide to DNS implementation, os specific configuration, and administration. This is a practical book for new sys admin and network architects about how to run and configure DNS. Libor Dostalek and Alana Kabelova has done a good work to put together complicated topic such as DNS and its implementation. The entire book is divided into ten chapters.

We humans take advantage of DNS whenever possible by using terms URLs and e-mail addresses. The first chapter explains the basis of DNS and its principles.

( Permalink: Book review: DNS in Action      Submitted by nixcraft Wed Jul 12, 2006 )

World of Warcraft on Linux?
Short news item that reports that WINE now can run World of Warcraft.
"In a recent note to CodeWeavers supporters, Jessica Nunn, the CodeWeavers support ombudsman, wrote, "Recent improvements in Wine have allowed CrossOver to run WoW (World of Warcraft). As a result, we at CodeWeavers have been 'testing' that particular application. Extensively. Perhaps too extensively." "
World of Warcraft on Linux?

( Permalink: World of Warcraft on Linux?      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 12, 2006 )

A Nerd in a Cave
Interesting article about making a space (both physical and mental) to do the heavy lifting (mental) in.
"My Cave is my intellectual home. My kitchen is where I eat, my bed is where I sleep, and my Cave is where I think. Everyone has some sort of Cave; just follow them around their house. It might be a garage full of tools or a kitchen full of cookware, but there is a Cave stashed somewhere in the house."
Rands In Repose: A Nerd in a Cave

( Permalink: A Nerd in a Cave      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 12, 2006 )

Howto: Linux write (burn) data to DVD or DVD/RW
In order to write DVD/DVD-RW from shell prompt you need to install a package called dvd+rw-tools.

DVD is another good option for backup, archiving, data exchange etc. You can install dvd+rw-tools with following commands. Also note that this package works under *BSD, HP-UX, Solaris and other UNIX like operating systems.

( Permalink: Howto: Linux write (burn) data to DVD or DVD/RW      Submitted by nixcraft Wed Jul 12, 2006 )

The Top Ten Most Beautiful OS X Apps
Not the best but the prettiest. Don't ya love Mac people :)
"But honestly, after a lot of thought, I feel there are very few truly beautiful OS X apps left out if you include the honorable mentions. Oh, and before you begin, note that Apple apps (like Front Row and Aperture) have been knocked off the list. This one features independently developed freeware and shareware apps. So, without further ado, presenting the ten most beautiful OS X apps in the world:"
PhillRyu.com - The Top Ten Most Beautiful OS X Apps

( Permalink: The Top Ten Most Beautiful OS X Apps      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 12, 2006 )

PGP & GPG Email for the Practical Paranoid
This is a review of a very nice book published by No Starch Press which explains how to install and setup the encryption tools PGP and GPG on ones machine to encrypt and decrypt as well as digitally sign ones emails.

Read the review

( Permalink: PGP & GPG Email for the Practical Paranoid      Submitted by sas Tue Jul 11, 2006 )

Tech Writing in the Age of Open Source
There are four core ways to use open source techniques and technologies to dramatically increase the effectiveness of any organization’s tech writing. These techniques can greatly enhance the power of technical writing applied in user guides, marketing materials and software documentation... Complete article

( Permalink: Tech Writing in the Age of Open Source      Submitted by Mark Rais Tue Jul 11, 2006 )

CLI Magic: Searching with find
Not sure I would describe find as "dark" but it does have a lot of options.
"The find command is one of the darkest and least understood areas of Linux, but it is also one of the most powerful. The biggest problem with find is that it has more options than most people can remember -- it truly is capable of doing most things you could want."
Linux.com | CLI Magic: Searching with find

( Permalink: CLI Magic: Searching with find      Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 11, 2006 )

A Guide to OS X Software for Switchers
Well done article that would help someone new to Mac OS X.
"I HAVE YET TO SEE a Switcher's Guide that actually focuses on the Switcher. Most seem more concerned with listing a few personal favorite programs or touting some of the wonderful features of OS X itself. My goal is to simply outline those applications that are not only the most useful, but have direct bearing on the life of those who have recently made the jump from Windows. I will also include links to several Mac-friendly websites as well a few extremely helpful keystrokes. "
Flërnk: A Guide to OS X Software for Switchers

( Permalink: A Guide to OS X Software for Switchers      Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 11, 2006 )

In Pursuit of Code Quality: Tame the chatterbox
Learn three important ways to measure code complexity, based on method length, class length, and intra-class coupling. In this installment of In pursuit of code quality, quality expert Andrew Glover starts out with tips for eyeballing code excess, then shows you how to use tools like PMD and JavaNCSS for more precision when you need it.

( Permalink: In Pursuit of Code Quality: Tame the chatterbox      Submitted by Mandy Owens Tue Jul 11, 2006 )

Quick Subversion Guide
The subversion version control system is a (relatively) new source control system. The subversion book is very thorough, however, to get a quick repository up and running (even for just testing) have a read of this article to get up and running quick.

( Permalink: Quick Subversion Guide      Submitted by Jay Fink Mon Jul 10, 2006 )

Intrusion Detection With BASE And Snort
This tutorial shows how to install and configure BASE (Basic Analysis and Security Engine) and the Snort intrusion detection system (IDS) on a Debian Sarge system. BASE provides a web front-end to query and analyze the alerts coming from a Snort IDS system. With BASE you can perform analysis of intrusions that Snort has detected on your network.

( Permalink: Intrusion Detection With BASE And Snort      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Jul 10, 2006 )

Linux on Board: Home Automation Using X10
The X10 protocol is a fairly primitive tool for transmitting data over power lines that allows you to turn things on and off remotely. In this article, Peter Seebach shows how to extend the software capabilities, setup a dynamic web interface and how to use cron for scheduling tasks. All this can be done easily with off-the-shelf hardware and a couple of hundred lines of simple code.

( Permalink: Linux on Board: Home Automation Using X10      Submitted by IdaAshley Mon Jul 10, 2006 )

SeisMac
I do not usually link to software here but this is such a cool idea I could not resist.
"SeisMac is a Mac OS X Cocoa application that makes your MacBook or MacBook Pro into a seismograph. It access your laptop's Sudden Motion Sensor in order to display real-time, three-axis acceleration graphs."
Suitable Systems / SeisMac

( Permalink: SeisMac      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 10, 2006 )

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