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Interview with Fyodor of Nmap
Nmap ("Network Mapper") is a free utility for network exploration and security auditing. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, although it works fine against single hosts. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. Nmap runs on most types of computers and both console and graphical versions are available. Nmap is free software, available with full source code under the terms of the GNU GPL.
Read at TuxJournal.net

( Permalink: Interview with Fyodor of Nmap      Submitted by TuxJournal.net Mon Jul 18, 2005 )

Reviews: Via Epia M1000 Mini-ITX Motherboard
After reading quite a bit about the relatively new Via PadLock security initiative, and while looking for a low consumption mainboard, I decided to give Via a try.
So I recently bought a Via Epia M10000 Mini-ITX motherboard with a Nehemiah C3 1GHz CPU (motherboard, CPU, 512MB of RAM and Mini-ITX case run for under $300 which is a very decent price for a feature packed system), and put it to test in different areas.
The results, while not a power horse, are still not disappointing. There is a lot of room for this highly integrated low power mini-ITX motherboard in custom routers, digital video recorders, personal entertainment centers, small servers, and any other place where a low noise, small form factor, low power, crypto enabled solution may be required.

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( Permalink: Reviews: Via Epia M1000 Mini-ITX Motherboard      Submitted by Flavio Villanustre Mon Jul 18, 2005 )

Why I Like Lynx
In Why I Like Lynx, Paul Dunne explains why he remains true to the old text-mode dinosaur.

"Writing about BitTorrent the other day reminded me just how much I rely on lynx, the text-mode web browser. So I thought I'd write a few words explaining just what it is about that clunky old program that so appeals to me."

( Permalink: Why I Like Lynx      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Jul 18, 2005 )

Aeronix Zipit instant messenger appliance
"Aeronix used Linux to build a $99 instant messenger appliance aimed at keeping kids from tying up the family PC while chatting with friends. Naturally, hackers soon appropriated the device for other duties, such as remotely controlling/monitoring Sony's Aibo robot."

( Permalink: Aeronix Zipit instant messenger appliance      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 18, 2005 )

Bruce Schneier
"Less than you think. The bad guys are going to optimize their attack strategy as best they can. As defenders, we can do a better or worse job securing ourselves. Doing a better job publicly is more secure than doing a worse job in secret. Think about it. Would you rather have door locks that a burglar can break with ease, or strong door locks that the burglar knows are harder to break? As prey, do you care if the fox knows how you decide to stay or flee? Not really. What you want is to make the best possible security trade-offs."

( Permalink: Bruce Schneier      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 15, 2005 )

Sun's CIO backs blogs despite lawyer worries
"Although Vass had no knowledge of this, he soon discovered the system in question was in fact the desktop machine of an engineer who had recently left the company. The desktop had been reformatted following his departure, cutting off 600 users who had over the last three years depended on it for network services."

( Permalink: Sun's CIO backs blogs despite lawyer worries      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 15, 2005 )

Second Life
"In fact, not only can Second Life residents build anything they want, they own it and can share it with other residents any way they want. While that may be a revolutionary idea in the world of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), Ondrejka says that its simply drawn from the real world, pointing out: Economic and market forces work in digital worlds in the same way that they have always worked, from ancient Athens to the modern world."

( Permalink: Second Life      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 15, 2005 )

What New Users Need to Know About OpenOffice.org
"The question is worth asking. Any large piece of software has its own ways of doing things, and OpenOffice.org is no exception. In fact, because of its history and its design assumption that users are at least as interested in designing documents as in writing them, OpenOffice.org needs more orientation than most. OOo is not difficult to learn, but if you approach it expecting it to behave exactly like another office suite, especially MS Office, you are setting yourself up for frustration."

( Permalink: What New Users Need to Know About OpenOffice.org      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 15, 2005 )

First look at AspectJ 5 and associated Java tools
A major focus of AspectJ 5 is on providing support for the new Java language features introduced in Java 5, including annotations and generics. AspectJ 5 also contains new features not tied to Java 5, such as an annotation-based development style, improved load-time weaving, and a new aspect instantiation model. Get a first look at AspectJ 5 and associated tools

( Permalink: First look at AspectJ 5 and associated Java tools      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Jul 15, 2005 )

New GNU Source Installer
"In order to give developers further incentive to prepare their source packages in a standardized way, and in order to initiate new users into the mysteries of source installation, I've launched a new GNU project: GNU Source Installer. The goal of the project is not to hide all the details of source installation. Instead, with GNU Source Installer, users can see the details in a way they can more easily understand. It also adds some features that could even be handy for the more experienced."

( Permalink: New GNU Source Installer      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 14, 2005 )

The Death Of A Firewall
"By accepting that our internal network isn't much safer than a hostile external network, we've created a more realistic security architecture. Users have outbound access to services on ports that would normally be closed, bringing fewer restrictions on the types of applications we support (Skype, for example). Since our laptops are now secured against attacks on the internal network, they're capable of withstanding attacks when connected to an open wireless network outside the office. We're also no longer worried about opening new ports in the network firewall because servers get secured at their own DMZ."

( Permalink: The Death Of A Firewall      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 14, 2005 )

PMA430: Portable Media Player
"I recently picked up an Archos PMA430, an all-in-one portable media player that combines their old AV400 series that can play and record both MP3s and DivX, display photos, and output to a TV using an included wireless remote, with a touchscreen PDA running Qtopia. Read below to find out what I've discovered so far, including the hackability of the Linux OS running underneath."

( Permalink: PMA430: Portable Media Player      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 14, 2005 )

MythTV: Easy personal video recording with Linux
"While other complete hardware/software combos, such as the popular TiVo, solve many of the headaches of having to build your own system and find out which hardware works and which doesn't, they also lack a level of customization and user freedom; with TiVo, for instance, you have join one of the company's monthly subscription plans. I decided to build my own system using open source software and carefully picked hardware. This proved to be much easier than I expected, thanks to MythTV."

( Permalink: MythTV: Easy personal video recording with Linux      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 14, 2005 )

Programming with Spotlight
"The API for Spotlight offers highly advanced search capabilities. In fact, you can develop some of the very features of Tiger we've already grown to love using Spotlight's API. In this piece, we'll ease into Spotlight programming from a Cocoa development perspective so that you can make your applications Spotlight enabled. Next time (this coming Friday), we'll finish our work with Spotlight by hacking up a plugin for Stickies."

( Permalink: Programming with Spotlight      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 14, 2005 )

Java Scripting Languages
"Groovy, on the other hand, is new. It prompted me to look at Python-like scripting languages that run in a Java environment. In this article, I discuss Jython and Groovy, two scripting languages that use the Java runtime environment. By the way, JavaScript has nothing to do with the Java language, so it is not considered here."

( Permalink: Java Scripting Languages      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 13, 2005 )

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