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Review of Netapplet wireless tool
"After several of my favorite operating systems and distributions failed to properly connect to wireless hotspots without a lot of command-line tweaking, I found Netapplet, a great little GNOME applet in Novell's SUSE 9.3 Professional that scans for 802.11a/b/g wireless networks and shows you their signal strength and ESSID. You can then select the hotspot of your choice (if several are available) and continue on to the Internet from there. Yes, you can do the same thing from the command line by using iwlist and iwconfig, but it's nice to have it done automatically. Although Novell engineers created Netapplet for SUSE Linux, it can be installed on any GNU/Linux distribution. Once you've got this program on your GNOME-based laptop, you'll wonder how you ever did mobile computing without it."
Wireless made easy with Netapplet

( Permalink: Review of Netapplet wireless tool      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 20, 2005 )

Review: Learning GNU Emacs, 3rd Edition
"Tutorials and documentation for Emacs are abundant, but they often prove time-consuming and ineffective for actually learning Emacs. The printed version of the official GNU Emacs manual reads more like an application programming interface (API) document than an instructional guide. This book is a refreshing break from the documentation many have come to expect. Imagine having a group of leading experts on Emacs at your disposal to teach you how to use it in a conversational, consultative style. That is what has been bundled into this book."
Learning GNU Emacs, 3rd Edition

( Permalink: Review: Learning GNU Emacs, 3rd Edition      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 20, 2005 )

Database testing from Rational scripts
This article is for developers or testers interested in testing a database directly from their Rational Functional Tester scripts. The information is explained using examples and detailed instructions.

( Permalink: Database testing from Rational scripts      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Sep 20, 2005 )

Secure wireless email on Mac OS X
"If you’re not doing something to secure your email, your usernames, passwords, and messages are most likely traveling through the air as clear text. Plain, unscrambled, unencrypted, easy-to-read-by-anyone text. Anyone connected to the same network can “sniff” for data passing through the air, then grab and log that data on their computer. All without you even knowing it. You have no idea how much of your digital conversations are being overheard."
Secure wireless email on Mac OS X

( Permalink: Secure wireless email on Mac OS X      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 20, 2005 )

Tutorial: Setting up a server with SuSE 10.0
This is a very detailed tutorial about how to use the new SuSE 10.0 to set up a web, mail, and ftp server.
It covers every aspect of the installation and demonstrates the setup process with the help of 50 screenshots, allowing even beginners to follow this guide. Experienced system administrators will benefit from this tutorial as well.
The resulting system has the following features:

  • Web Server (Apache + SSL + PHP)
  • Mail Server (Postfix with SMTP-AUTH)
  • DNS Server (BIND)
  • POP3 and IMAP Server (Courier)
  • FTP Server (proftpd)
  • MySQL Server
  • Webalizer for web site statistics
  • Quota
  • Etc.

( Permalink: Tutorial: Setting up a server with SuSE 10.0      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Sep 19, 2005 )

I don't have my Apple boxes anymore
Well most boxes, there are a few left in the house, but they are not a collection. Honest.
"He's one of the legions of Macintosh and iPod users for whom the elegance of the user interface begins with the bold graphics and sleek texture of the box the new machine comes in. It's in the smell and the way the box logically reveals each new component just as the user needs it. And, like the famously long-lived Apple Computer products they carry, these aesthetic outer wrappings have a habit of sticking around."
Meet the Apple Pack Rats

( Permalink: I don't have my Apple boxes anymore      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 19, 2005 )

Gajim Jabber client
"There is no shortage of Jabber clients for Linux and other platforms, but that doesn't mean that there isn't room for one more Jabber client with a strong feature set. Gajim is a Jabber client written in PyGTK and released under the GNU General Public License. Despite a few rough edges, I found Gajim impressive."
Review: Gajim Jabber client

( Permalink: Gajim Jabber client      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 19, 2005 )

Watching the network with Snort
BigAdmin over at Sun has this nice write up on how to keep an eye on things with Snort.
"Intrusion detection is the methodology by which undesirable or aberrant activity is detected on a host or a network. The two main approaches to intrusion detection systems are host-based (HIDS) and network-based (NIDS). A combination of both provides the most complete coverage, but a site's needs and resources may dictate that it uses one or the other."
Introduction to Intrusion Detection With Snort

( Permalink: Watching the network with Snort      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 19, 2005 )

Understanding MVC in PHP
"MVC is the idea that you have three different pieces that work in unison to form a complex application. A car is a good real-world example of MVC. With a car you have two views: the interior and the exterior. Both take input from the controller: the driver. The brakes, steering wheel and other controls represent the model: they take input from the controller (driver) and hand them off to the views (interior/exterior) for presentation."
Understanding MVC in PHP

( Permalink: Understanding MVC in PHP      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 19, 2005 )

Perl Best Practices
Linux Journal has a very good review of the book Perl Best Practices. It sounds like an interesting book for any Perl programmer. I have written a good amount of parsing stuff in Perl but not recently, but if I were planning to write some Perl code this sounds like a great book to check out.
"Conway's bravery comes from his decision to highlight the problems that programmers can get themselves into when programming in Perl. Typically, these problems are with Perl as opposed to the programmer, and there's plenty of criticism of the programming language adored by the majority of Conway's readership. Conway's saving grace is that, having criticized, he then proceeds to demonstrate a technique or practice for avoiding that which he criticized. Make no mistake, some of Conway's advice is controversial."
Book Review: Perl Best Practices

( Permalink: Perl Best Practices      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 16, 2005 )

New Sun Servers
They look like good inexpensive servers. Everything I have worked on from Sun has been solid as a rock. Check them out.
"Today is the first x64 server for Sun that is totally unlike anything else on the market. While today is also the mark of Sun's Galaxy server line, the SunFire X2100 model (code named "Aquarius") that we are looking at today will become Sun's entry level sub-$1000 server. Vertical markets will be able to use the Aquarius as a completely storage-less application node, while horizontal markets will be able to use the X2100 as a low cost, high density application or web server. We have some upcoming analyses of the Galaxy lineup, but today, we are very excited to bring the first look at Sun's entry level "Aquarius", or SunFire X2100."
AnandTech Exclusive: Sun's sub-$1000 SunFire X2100 Server

( Permalink: New Sun Servers      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 16, 2005 )

iPod nano review and more
Most of this review is created from images. Best part is that they go item by item and report what works with the nano and what does not.
"The iPod nano has replaced the iPod shuffle for audio listening, it's tiny, screen is great, it's all the things I liked about the iPod photo, but in an impossibly small form factor. "
iPod nano

( Permalink: iPod nano review and more      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 16, 2005 )

The enterprise desktop PC is obsolete
The desktop PC in business is a dying entity. Microsoft’s method of licensing PCs, and thereby the desktop, began over 20 years ago. It began in an era where the unique power of a personal computer offered an individual user freedom to operate applications and control data. Read the complete article on Desktoplinux.com.

( Permalink: The enterprise desktop PC is obsolete      Submitted by Mark Rais Fri Sep 16, 2005 )

Man's Best Friend (outside of a dog)
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx. When is the electronic book going to be as useable as the old-fashioned kind? How do technologies need to change to bring e-books out of the geeky, early adopter ghetto and into digital bookstalls everywhere?

( Permalink: Man's Best Friend (outside of a dog)      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Sep 16, 2005 )

Review of Blosxom
With all the good blogging software out there just waiting for you to create an account and get started, I would consider carefully before I went out on my own. In my defense when I wrote the software for this site it was not really available. If after this you still want blogging software this article is a review of Blosxom which was written in Perl and Python.
"This where Blosxom comes in. Blosxom, written by Rael Dornfest, makes it very easy to maintain and publish a weblog. Blosxom simply maps the contents of a directory tree to a blog. Each text file in the tree is an entry, the first line is the entry's title and the remainder of the file is the body of a blog entry. Entries are ordered by the file's time stamps. Sub-directories in the tree represent categories. Users create new entries by simply editing a text file in the correct directory."
Blogging with Blosxom

( Permalink: Review of Blosxom      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 15, 2005 )

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