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GPRS Easy Connect
"When you're on the road and need to connect to the Internet, sometimes the only way to do it is through a cellular GPRS or GSM connection. Wi-Fi wireless access points are not always readily available, and sometimes are not secure enough for private communications. Why not hook up your GSM/GPRS-capable cell phone to your GNU/Linux-based computer and connect that way? The free GPRS Easy Connect utility makes it easier for you to do just that."
Review: GPRS Easy Connect

( Permalink: GPRS Easy Connect      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 2, 2005 )

Writing Web Apps
"In this, our second part of "Web Apps with Tiger", we'll be focusing on protection. We'll replace the default PHP configuration with a more secure version, and explain some of the differences. Finally, we'll install MySQL, our database server, and run through its own security tweaks. In the end, we'll be satisfied, but certainly desiring more."
Web Apps with Tiger: Security and MySQL

( Permalink: Writing Web Apps      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 2, 2005 )

Optimizing Oracle
Very in depth article that shows the results of TPC-C and TPC-D benchmarks on an automatic storage management setup and a setup using the Linux logical volume manager.
"Looking back at the technology change listing above, what we want to benchmark is the new LVM vs. ASM 2.0 on Red Hat Advanced Server 4.0's 2.6 kernel running Oracle 10g Release 2. In other words, we want to test all of the latest and greatest software technology available for non-RAC scenarios. The goal is simply to benchmark their fundamental performance characteristics against one another and, where possible, declare a winner. For that purpose, we need to simulate two radically different kinds of real-world workloads to cover differing needs. Thus, the following industry-standard benchmark tests are being used:"
Optimizing Oracle 10g on Linux: Non-RAC ASM vs. LVM

( Permalink: Optimizing Oracle      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 1, 2005 )

Argentina.com and FreeBSD
Well written article describing how Argentina.com uses FreeBSD to provide ISP services.
"We managed to deploy a FreeBSD based email architecture that is horizontally scalable, using 3 Terabyte Intel based storage servers at a current cost of 3 dollars per Gigabyte with redundancy. The great stability achieved enabled Argentina.Com to explore other fields like hosting for resellers and housing with presence in three Argentine Datacenters."
Argentina.com : A Case Study

( Permalink: Argentina.com and FreeBSD      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 1, 2005 )

Try a Mac Mini
If your trying to talk your buddy into buying a Mac, this might be a good bet.
"We're so confident you'll love your new Mac mini, we'll let you test drive it for 30 days with no risk. If you decide you don't want it, we'll take it back. Here's how the test drive works:"
Apple offers 30-day money-back guarantee on Mac Mini

( Permalink: Try a Mac Mini      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 1, 2005 )

The Blastwave Project in Danger of Closure.
The Blastwave.org project is in danger of shutting down. Solaris Admins may be unaware that this excellent package management system is in need of their assistence. (I have never heard of them - but if you have and want to donate have a look - Noel)

( Permalink: The Blastwave Project in Danger of Closure.      Submitted by Brendan Thu Sep 1, 2005 )

Red Hat Directory Server
Positive review of Red Hat Directory Server.
"Red Hat's recently released Directory Server product, however, does offer easy setup, full implementation of LDAPv3 and multi-master replication as well as a few other features. Red Hat Directory Server (RHDS) is formerly known as the Netscape Directory Server, which Red Hat acquired last October. Red Hat is now selling it under its subscription model, for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Solaris, and HP-UX 11i. The company has also pushed the technology into the Fedora Project as the Fedora Directory Server, but this article will only look at the RHDS offering."
Review: Red Hat Directory Server

( Permalink: Red Hat Directory Server      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 1, 2005 )

vi plugins
My vi using friends have laughed and been scornful about how my beloved emacs has everything including a kitchen sink. Well I don't think it has Tetris. (But I am probably wrong :) This article is an overview of vi plugins.
"Yes, Tetris is available for vim, with high score and Traditional or Rotating game play. In Rotating, the columns continuously move left, off the screen, and back to the right again. If for no other reason than to play Tetris on an ASCII console, you should try this out."
Vim's newest features

( Permalink: vi plugins      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 31, 2005 )

Review of Pocketlinux
This is a small Slackware based linux.
"Let's put this all into perspective though. This is a brand new distro with a brand new window manager. With that in mind Pocketlinux 1.2 is definitely worth checking out. If you don't have a look now, be sure to check back on this distro in a few releases. I was pretty hard on you guys, but you really did alright. Nice work. I saw some guy in the mall with a T-shirt that read, 'Everyone is entitled to MY opinion'. So likewise, there you have it."
Pocketlinux: From Slack Blah to (KDE Light) Bling

( Permalink: Review of Pocketlinux      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 31, 2005 )

A look at Netflow
Netflow is a Linux or BSD based network data collection and reporting system.
"Netflow provides a session-level view of network traffic, recording information about every TCP/IP transaction that occurs over your network. It might not be as complete a record of network traffic as tcpdump can provide, but it's also much easier to manage and much more informative when aggregated."
Monitoring Network Traffic with Netflow

( Permalink: A look at Netflow      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 31, 2005 )

A Good Use for an Aging Linux Machine
Expensive groupware is simply overkill when all you want is to decide whose turn it is to do the dishes. See how Peter Seebach uses his old Linux box to build a miniscule Web-based household calendar. Beats putting together a cluster; with a dedicated database server; with RAID and tape backups; and a separate machine to run the interface.

( Permalink: A Good Use for an Aging Linux Machine      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Aug 31, 2005 )

Mac Access Point
"Originally, this was going to be a slightly complex HOW TO, but in the last day Verizon released drivers for Mac OS X. So the process of turning your Mac in to a Wi-Fi access is quite simple now. In fact, for old Mac pros, this is just internet connection sharing- super easy."
HOW TO make a Powerbook in to a Wi-Fi access point!

( Permalink: Mac Access Point      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 31, 2005 )

The Rosegarden Companion, DSSI, and more
This article consists of three reviews: The book The Rosegarden Companion, SSI (the Disposable Software Synthesizer Interface), another book Notes from the Metalevel, and some other stuff.
"I confess that this is the latest distraction, but it's already got me avoiding other necessary tasks. D. Michael McIntyre has been writing The Rosegarden Companion for two years, and it's easy to tell that it's been a labor of love. The author's presentation style is informal and friendly, and he definitely is knowledgeable about his subject. For those of you don't know about Rosegarden, it is an integrated audio/MIDI sequencer with advanced features, including extensive system control and impressive notation facilities. The program has been in development since the early 1990s, beginning with a GUI based on the Xaw widget set and coming at last to a beautiful Qt interface. But Rosegarden is not only a pretty face, and McIntyre is an excellent guide to what's behind the program's good looks."
At the Sounding Edge

( Permalink: The Rosegarden Companion, DSSI, and more      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 30, 2005 )

How to void your iPod Warranty
I honestly don't feel the need to convert my iPod to Linux and then play doom on it. Though I will admit I do find it a little tempting.
"The current king of iPod hacks is a Linux install that will let you boot the open source OS directly on your 1G, 2G, or 3G iPod (other iPods are not supported). Why would you want to run Linux on your iPod? Because you can, as any good hacker would tell you. But also because it opens the device up to a slew of other functions. Many of the hacks listed below first require this step."
Six slick iPod hacks

( Permalink: How to void your iPod Warranty      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 30, 2005 )

Broad and candid SW strategy from Steve Mills
At the top of IBM's software hierarchy, sits Steve Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Software Group. Here are his thoughts and opinions on the relationship between IBM software strategy its, own development community, and the developers ISVs, VARs, SIs, and developers in customer organizations it supports.

( Permalink: Broad and candid SW strategy from Steve Mills      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Aug 30, 2005 )

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