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Effective Partitioning - The How and Why of it
I like the bigger is better theory. He is right about to big being wasteful. But many times I have a very large disk available as the boot disk and a SAN or other disk for the data. In that case, bigger really is better. Especially partitions you never ever want to fill up.
"The major work in creating partitions is to decide how many partitions to create and how much space to allocate to each of them. If too little is allocated, within no time, all the space will be filled up. And if too much space is allocated, then there will be a lot of unused space being wasted left around."
All about Linux: Effective Partitioning - The How and Why of it

( Permalink: Effective Partitioning - The How and Why of it      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 30, 2006 )

My sysadmin toolbox
Very nice list of tools for a sysadmin.
"SystemImager is basically a specialized boot disk, with some advanced DHCP, rsync (optionally over SSH), and a liberal helping of Perl to glue it all together. The end result is that you can have an install CD (or diskette, USB drive, or a special kernel on the hard drive that you LILO in to the boot sector before rebooting, or even a bootp kernel) that syncs a new box to a stock image you have created and tweaked."
Linux.com | My sysadmin toolbox

( Permalink: My sysadmin toolbox      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 30, 2006 )

Chrooted SSH HowTo
This tutorial describes how to install and configure OpenSSH so that it will allow chrooted sessions for users. With this setup, you can give your users shell access without having to fear that they can see your whole system. Your users will be jailed in a specific directory which they will not be able to break out of.

This setup is based on a Debian Sarge (Debian 3.1) system, and the chrooted SSH will be installed in such a way that it will still use the configuration files of the standard OpenSSH Debian package which are in /etc/ssh/, and you will be able to use the standard OpenSSH Debian init script /etc/init.d/ssh. Therefore you do not have to create your own init script and configuration file.

( Permalink: Chrooted SSH HowTo      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Jan 30, 2006 )

Gentoo Linux on amd64
You'll probably find that linux is probably the OS with the most native amd64 (x86_64) users. BSD variants and Windows mostly have poor to no amd64 support and/or a smaller user base any way. However, there are still a few drawbacks compared to linux on 32-bit x86.

Full Article

( Permalink: Gentoo Linux on amd64      Submitted by linuxgangster Mon Jan 30, 2006 )

Civilization III: Complete
Great game, good review.
"When Aspyr Media announced last October that it planned to bring Civilization IV, the latest release of the much-loved strategy series, to the Mac, the company also threw in a special bonus—a resurrected and improved version of Civilization III. Now repackaged as Civilization III: Complete, the new version not only runs on newer systems, but also includes two expansion packs that are new to the Mac."
Macworld: Review: Civilization III: Complete

( Permalink: Civilization III: Complete      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 30, 2006 )

Create mosaic images with Perl and ImageMagick
Mosaic images are popular in today's print and video media due to their visual appeal and suggestions of technological advancement. This article will teach you how to use the GD module in a Perl script to create textual overlays, and the ImageMagick suite of tools to composite the final result. With the use of The Gimp image manipulation tool, you will learn to create a modified version of the Linux mascot, Tux the penguin, and create a mosaic image with a Linux theme.

( Permalink: Create mosaic images with Perl and ImageMagick      Submitted by Anonymous Sun Jan 29, 2006 )

Point & Click OpenOffice.org! Book Review
Point & Click OpenOffice.org! is Robin "Roblimo" Millers latest book introducing new users to the excellent OpenOffice software package. PCBurn has taken a look at what Point & Click has to offer and which users it would be appropriate for.

( Permalink: Point & Click OpenOffice.org! Book Review      Submitted by Chris Bergeron Sat Jan 28, 2006 )

The A to Z of Programmer Predilictions
Amusing list of people some of us seem to actually know :)
"I've listed below the cast of characters that have been following me around for some years now. Coincidentally, there are exactly twenty six of them, one for each letter of the alphabet. Perhaps you've encountered some of them yourself. Perhaps you're one of them. If so - please go away and find someone else to bug."
Hacknot - The A to Z of Programmer Predilictions

( Permalink: The A to Z of Programmer Predilictions      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 27, 2006 )

Choosing a desktop Linux distro
Which one will you run?
"I think the best Linux desktop is the one that's best for a particular person based on their needs and level of Linux expertise. So, the next time someone asks you that question, I suggest you reply with a couple of questions of your own. "
Choosing a desktop Linux distro

( Permalink: Choosing a desktop Linux distro      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 27, 2006 )

Solaris OS Networking -- The Magic Revealed
Detailed article describing networking under Solaris.
"This paper discusses the networking advancements in the Solaris 10 OS, as well as the evolution of networking in previous releases. Topics include TCP, UDP, IP, the device driver framework, and tuning for performance."
BigAdmin Feature Article: Solaris OS Networking -- The Magic Revealed

( Permalink: Solaris OS Networking -- The Magic Revealed      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 27, 2006 )

Deleting code
Do you comment out all the code you should just delete?
"Most developers don't like getting rid of stuff. They want to keep chunks of code around in case they need them again. They worked hard to write that chunk of code. They debugged it, it works. They don't want to just throw it away."
Ned Batchelder: Deleting code

( Permalink: Deleting code      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 27, 2006 )

A hands-on look at the new MacBook Pro
Short review of a MacBook.
"Having said that, I can tell you this laptop is fast. Really fast. I am hesitant to say it's exponentially faster than the G4 version, but subjectively, this baby cooks. Universal binary programs like Safari and Apple's iLife suite -- which have been rewritten by Apple to take advantage of the new dual-core 1.83-GHz Intel processor inside -- launched in one or two icon bounces. And using the Microsoft Office suite, which hasn't yet been rewritten, was seamless using Rosetta."
A hands-on look at the new MacBook Pro - Computerworld

( Permalink: A hands-on look at the new MacBook Pro      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 27, 2006 )

How-To: Build a practical HTPC
Nice Linux based media workstation for about one thousand bucks.
"We've seen a lot of home theater PCs lately and being in need of a new workstation, we decide to build one of our own. We started planning by looking around to see what others had done. It would be fun to own a HD capable 2TB box , but we're not going to drop $7,400. SnapStream's 11-tuner performance art piece looked fun too, but not practical. Even Ars Technica and ExtremeTech had decent looking guides, but both systems broke $2K. "
How-To: Build a practical HTPC - Engadget

( Permalink: How-To: Build a practical HTPC      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 26, 2006 )

Vim: Seven habits of effective text editing
Article about editing more efficiently that uses the Vim editor for its examples.
"The open source text editor Vim (Vi IMproved) will be used here to present the ideas about effective editing, but they apply to other editors just as well. Choosing the right editor is actually the first step towards effective editing. The discussion about which editor is the best for you would take too much room and is avoided. If you don't know which editor to use or are dissatisfied with what you are currently using, give Vim a try; you won't be disappointed."
Vim: Seven habits of effective text editing

( Permalink: Vim: Seven habits of effective text editing      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 26, 2006 )

File System Design part 1: XFS
All about XFS.
"Looking around on the net, you get the idea that for every strange, complicated, and niche subject there is an author that is utterly convinced that people need to know about it. Add me to the list. This article (or actually three articles, because I am much more delusional than most of these authors) will be on file system design and specifically the new file systems that are just appearing. We will start with the basics, UFS/FFS, and then proceed to our first modern file system, XFS. "
:: Mad Penguin Design Series : File System Design part 1: XFS

( Permalink: File System Design part 1: XFS      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 26, 2006 )

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