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Make UNIX work with Windows XP and Mac OS X
Be a good server to your client workstations and use a UNIX system as a primary domain controller (PDC) and file repository, including an anonymous, read-only shared area accessible by anyone with a Web browser. Learn how to integrate your favorite UNIX system with the networking features of client systems, generally running Windows XP or Mac OS X.

( Permalink: Make UNIX work with Windows XP and Mac OS X      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Apr 25, 2006 )

Boot faster with parallel starting services
While I suspect that switching to cinint is something that most users are going to wait for their distribution to do, it is an interesting utility.
"To avoid this potential problem, you need to modify the script so that it checks that any dependencies have been met before a service is fired off. You can simplify this process by installing cinit, a program designed to enable parallel booting of processes and handle application dependencies. However, cinit is not for the fainthearted or newbies. You can't simply swap from init to cinit -- you really need to know what you're doing. That said, if you do know what you're doing, then cinit can be a big help."
Linux.com | Boot faster with parallel starting services

( Permalink: Boot faster with parallel starting services      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 24, 2006 )

How To Get Data For Mrtg Without Running SNMP
Plotting traffic graphs is one of the most popular UNIX admin tasks. Mrtg is a great tool and it is widely used for plotting traffic graphs. It can be easily set up to plot statistics for any SNMP-enabled device (including Linux servers running snmpd). But sometimes we can not setup snmp daemon in Linux server because of small amount of memory or because of some another reasons. How we can plot our favourite graphs in such cases?
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( Permalink: How To Get Data For Mrtg Without Running SNMP      Submitted by Alexey N. Kovyrin Mon Apr 24, 2006 )

Ajax and the Ken Burns Effect
If the Web 2.0 revolution has one buzzword, it's Ajax. Learn to create an Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax) client-side slide show that's animated using Ken Burns Effects. It shows you how to build XML data sources for Ajax, request XML data from the client, and then dynamically create and animate HTML elements with that XML.

( Permalink: Ajax and the Ken Burns Effect      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Apr 24, 2006 )

Porting to 64-bit Linux
Linux was one of the first cross-platform operating systems to use 64-bit processors, and now 64-bit systems are becoming commonplace in servers and desktops. Many developers are now facing the need to port applications from 32-bit to 64-bit environments. With the introduction of Intel Itanium and other 64-bit processors, making software 64-bit-ready has become increasingly important.

( Permalink: Porting to 64-bit Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Apr 24, 2006 )

Five-Minutes to a More Secure SSH
One way to tighten up the security of your system.
"Apart from past flaws in the OpenSSH daemon itself that have allowed remote compromise (very rare), most break-ins result from successful brute-force attacks. You can see them in your firewall, system or auth logs, they are an extremely common form of attack. Here is an excerpt from the /var/log/messages file on a CentOS Linux box (the attacking hostname has been obfuscated). You can see multiple attempts to login as users root and ftp. Also note the time between repeated attempts - one second or less, much too quick to be a human. This is an automated attack. "
Geek Pit: Five-Minutes to a More Secure SSH

( Permalink: Five-Minutes to a More Secure SSH      Submitted by Noel Sat Apr 22, 2006 )

Damn Small Linux plus pendrive
Interesting tiny little Linux distribution.
"My conclusion: DSL is a great little distro. I can hardly imagine spending a day now without my trustworthy DSL-powered pendrive. Pendrive-based distros beat live CDs because they let you quickly save your session preferences and data on the same medium as the operating system. I won't use live CDs anymore except on older systems that don't support booting from a USB device, or for trying new distributions."
Linux.com | Damn Small Linux plus pendrive equals portable paradise

( Permalink: Damn Small Linux plus pendrive      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 18, 2006 )

Building a FreeBSD Build System
Setting up a faster way to keep your FreeBSD servers up to date.
"To set up a FreeBSD build system, you need three components. A build server is the first requirement. It should be either a fairly beefy uniprocessor or a lesser SMP-based machine. The second component is a staging server, which is basically a test machine where you can test the build without potentially destroying a production box. This doesn't have to be a machine with much fanfare, but it should be as close as possible to the rest of your machines to ensure an accurate test platform. The third component, called the build set, consists of all the clients to which you want to install the updates. These are your production machines."
ONLamp.com -- Building a FreeBSD Build System

( Permalink: Building a FreeBSD Build System      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 18, 2006 )

Hacknot - Debugging 101
Interesting article on the ideas behind debugging code.
"It seems particularly strange when you consider what portion of their time the average programmer spends debugging their own code. I've not measured it for myself, but I wouldn't be surprised if one third or more of my day was spent trying to figure out why my code doesn't behave the way I expected. It seems strange that I never learnt in any structured way how to debug a program. Everything I know about debugging has been acquired through experience, trial and error, and from watching others. Unless my experience is unique, it seems that debugging techniques should be a topic of vital interest to every developer. Yet some developers seem almost embarrassed to discuss it. "
Hacknot - Debugging 101

( Permalink: Hacknot - Debugging 101      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 18, 2006 )

Virtualization Software Lets Mac and Windows Share
The future is here?
"The Mac OS X port of Parallels Workstation 2.1 will let users build secure, "self-contained virtual machines running any version of Windows”all the way back to 3.1”Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2 and DOS ... directly on your OS X desktop," he said."
New Virtualization Software Lets Mac OS X and Windows Share Desktop

( Permalink: Virtualization Software Lets Mac and Windows Share      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 18, 2006 )

Computer Science as a Major and as a Career
IBM DeveloperWorks is running an interesting Q&A with Director of IBM's Academic Initiative, Gina Poole. In the article she talks specifically about taking computer science as a major and ultimately as a career. From the article: 'There are a couple of reasons [for the decline in science and engineering degrees]: one is a myth, believed by parents, students, and high school guidance counselors, that computer science and engineering jobs are all being outsourced to China and India. This is not true. The percentage of the total number of jobs in this space is quite small -- less than 5%. According to a government study, the voluntary attrition in the U.S. has outpaced the number of outsourced jobs to emerging nations. Further, for every job outsourced from the U.S., nine new jobs are actually created in the U.S.'

( Permalink: Computer Science as a Major and as a Career      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Apr 18, 2006 )

Get your game on with SuperGamer-1
Review of an interesting game releated Linux distribution.
"It starts with some of the more common Linux games you may have encountered in other distros or repositories such as chromium, penguin racer, or frozen bubble. In testing these offerings, we found not one problem. They all opened and played as designed, with the exception of Privateer that looped through the introductory scene several times (until I escaped) and never did actually start the game. In fact, they even performed very well from the livedvd."
Get your game on with SuperGamer-1 | tuxmachines.org

( Permalink: Get your game on with SuperGamer-1      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 17, 2006 )

The Linux Infrared Remote Control Project
How to control Linux with an IR controller.
"Linux Infrared Remote Control (LIRC) allows you to use inexpensive hardware to control your Linux PC with a TV remote control. Why would you want to control your PC with a TV remote control? A number of reasons are possible, the most obvious being MythTV, which I wrote about earlier for LJ.com. You might want to use LIRC for presentations, so you can step out into the audience and still change slides on your laptop. Or, LIRC can be used when you are keeping a machine out of the way somewhere but still want to control it."
The Linux Infrared Remote Control (LIRC) Project | Linux Journal

( Permalink: The Linux Infrared Remote Control Project      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 17, 2006 )

Why Ruby on Rails won't become mainstream
An opinion piece on the future of Ruby on Rails.
"Have you ever come across Smalltalk or Lisp programmers? You know, these people who, no matter what you tell them, will always respond that "Smalltalk did that twenty years ago" or that "Nothing has been invented since Lisp". They listen to you patiently with an amused light in their eyes and when you're done talking, they will just shrug away your points and kindly recommend that you read up on a thirty-year old technology that was the last thing they ever learned and that has been dictating every single technical judgment they have offered since then."
Otaku, Cedric's weblog: Why Ruby on Rails won't become mainstream

( Permalink: Why Ruby on Rails won't become mainstream      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 17, 2006 )

Mac FTP: A Guided Tour
Listing and review of FTP clients for Macs.
"There are several great FTP clients available for Mac OS X, so we thought it was about time we took a look at some of them. This is not a comparative review--there are too many clients, each with too many features, for us to be able to cover them all in one article. Consider this more a guided tour of what's available, with some pointers to a few famous sights along the way."
MacDevCenter.com -- Mac FTP: A Guided Tour

( Permalink: Mac FTP: A Guided Tour      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 17, 2006 )

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