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Booting Knoppix from a USB Pendrive
"The thing that keeps it going is that on a few occasions - not all, but a few - there are those little successes that set us up for the next time. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, I refuse to judge; I'm as much of a success junkie as most other geeks, and am unrepentant about it - am, in fact, always happy to boast about the fact (although, as they say, "it ain't boasting if you can do it".) All the more so if recounting the experience can help others learn a fun new method, or a cool way to accomplish something useful. Hence, this article."

( Permalink: Booting Knoppix from a USB Pendrive      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 8, 2005 )

Rats in the security world
"The biggest rat is e-mail. How have we put up with our current technology for so many years? E-mail is by nature completely insecure. There's no guaranteed authentication of either the sender or the recipient. Most e-mail traffic is never encrypted as it traverses its way around the Internet. Many e-mail servers still don't encrypt stored messages, and there is no way to ensure that your e-mail isn't bounced, quarantined, rejected, or forwarded on to the wrong person. "

( Permalink: Rats in the security world      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 8, 2005 )

Linux in the Classroom: a Look Back
"Welcome back! Class has been dismissed, and now it's time to look back and examine what went right and what went wrong during our month of class. Being such a short semester--two hours a day, every week day, for four weeks--things started off fast and never really slowed down. We had a good time, and you still can check out the on-line version of the class here. You can log in as a guest and navigate to the computer science courses, and the Linux Administration course is there for you to peruse. A student put all of the notes and assignments into one PDF file for you to download, if you are interested."

( Permalink: Linux in the Classroom: a Look Back      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 8, 2005 )

The Apache HTTP Server
"The Apache web server began life as a variant of the original National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) httpd web server. It was a collection of patches against the core NCSA software, and so it was "a patchy" server (hence "Apache"). Eventually, the NCSA stopped maintaining their server, but by then the Apache developers had rewritten effectively all of the original NCSA code. Apache became a separate project, and active development continues on it today."

( Permalink: The Apache HTTP Server      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 8, 2005 )

An introduction to Delta Debugging
"Every developer knows that debugging -- the process of finding and fixing defects in program code -- is an important process. Often, the effort devoted to it outweighs the cost of all the other software development phases. Debugging is unpredictable, since a single bug can hold clueless developers hostage for long time. And unfortunately, debugging has always been a mostly manual affair -- but that's about to change, with the advent of Delta Debugging."

( Permalink: An introduction to Delta Debugging      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 8, 2005 )

Inside Odeo with Evan Williams
"When something gets as much big-time press as podcasting (to the point where Apple supports podcasts in the latest version of iTunes, released earlier this week; Apple, by the way, has no plans to charge for podcasts), either the hype machine is way out of control, or there really is something interesting going on. For Evan "Evhead" Williams, the creator of Blogger.com, podcasting is an exciting next step in the grassroots authoring movement he helped start. More than that, Williams is banking that podcasting is a really big next big thing."

( Permalink: Inside Odeo with Evan Williams      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 8, 2005 )

Blowing the lid off of TiVo
There are a lot of sites about "hacking" the TiVo, to do this to it and that to it (and there's always the other thing too). After all, half the fun of owning something that runs Linux is to make it do something more (or different) than it was intended to do. But most of us only need so many Web servers (off the top of my head, I think I have 10 or 15 Web servers in my house already, including the embedded systems).

( Permalink: Blowing the lid off of TiVo      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jul 7, 2005 )

Porting LinuxBIOS to the AMD SC520
"In this article, we describe the work done by the Cluster Research Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory to port LinuxBIOS to the AMD SC520 CPU. Although space does not permit a detailed description of all the work involved, we hope you can get some idea of what it takes to port to a new board."

( Permalink: Porting LinuxBIOS to the AMD SC520      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 7, 2005 )

Selecting the Best Compiler Options
"This article suggests how to get the best performance from an UltraSPARC or x86/AMD64 (x64) processor running on the latest Solaris systems by compiling with the best set of compiler options and the latest compilers. These are suggestions of things you should try, but before you release the final version of your program, you should understand exactly what you have asked the compiler to do."

( Permalink: Selecting the Best Compiler Options      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 7, 2005 )

Why I teach Eclipse
Given the rapid rate of technological change, how much can I -- or should I -- teach my students about specific tools? Professor Gary Pollice discusses the virtues of Eclipse technology and explains why he and other instructors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute use it in their courses.

( Permalink: Why I teach Eclipse      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jul 7, 2005 )

Podcast with GarageBand
"You can take your podcast even further by organizing it into chapters that display intermittent pictures and web links as your audience listens. Chapters allow you to make your podcast more interactive by displaying pictures that illustrate your topic, and web links that people can click to find more information on what you're talking about. Your listeners can view the pictures and web links in the song artwork pane within the iTunes window or on their iPod with a color display."

( Permalink: Podcast with GarageBand      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 7, 2005 )

Building and Installing OpenSolaris
"These articles describe how to build and install OpenSolaris; they are not intended to be an "OpenSolaris developers' guide", so information beyond that which is required for building and installing OpenSolaris is not included. This should not be seen as a problem, however, because (as with most other large-scale open source projects) the number of active OpenSolaris developers who will need this knowledge is likely to be small compared to the number of people who will want to build it for their own edification."

( Permalink: Building and Installing OpenSolaris      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 6, 2005 )

VMware Workstation 5
"VMware Workstation is a $200 software application that creates virtual machines and allows someone to use some Linux or Microsoft Windows desktops to host other operating systems. For Linux users, it provides a way to run Windows on their workstations provided they have an acceptable distribution. According to VMware, Workstation version 5 runs on:"

( Permalink: VMware Workstation 5      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 6, 2005 )

Graphviz, Open Source Software That Clarifies Comp
Spending the time to work through a mass of source code can reveal the function flow to you, but when function pointers are involved or the code is lengthy and convoluted, the process becomes considerably more difficult. This article shows you how to construct a dynamic graphical function call generator using open source software and a bit of custom glue code.

( Permalink: Graphviz, Open Source Software That Clarifies Comp      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Jul 6, 2005 )

New Techniques Aid Chips' Energy Efficiency
IBM first introduced power-saving, frequency-shifting techniques in its PowerPC 750 line of processors. As process geometries have shrunk further, power dissipation has become even more of a challenge, and engineers have worked hard to improve power-saving technologies and maintain performance. This quick read gives insight on how these techniques have advanced in more recent chips.

( Permalink: New Techniques Aid Chips' Energy Efficiency      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Jul 6, 2005 )

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(Tue Mar 22, 2005)

Writing an Incident Handling and Recovery Plan
(Tue Mar 22, 2005)

Interview with Hurd developer Marcus Brinkmann
(Mon Mar 21, 2005)

Booting with runit
(Mon Mar 21, 2005)

Inside GnomeMeeting
(Mon Mar 21, 2005)

Password Cracking and Time-Memory Trade Off
(Mon Mar 21, 2005)

Linux Kernel: Process Segments
(Sat Mar 19, 2005)

Getting Started with a TV Tuner Card
(Sat Mar 19, 2005)

Synchronizing PalmOS devices with Linux
(Sat Mar 19, 2005)

Secure Batch Email with UUCP and SSH
(Thu Mar 17, 2005)

Create your own Live Linux CD
(Thu Mar 17, 2005)

Multi-core and multi-threaded gaming
(Thu Mar 17, 2005)

A moment of Xen
(Thu Mar 17, 2005)

PHP 5 Power Programming
(Wed Mar 16, 2005)

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Knoppix 3.8 and UnionFS
(Wed Mar 16, 2005)

Mozilla Puts A Stop To Browser Suite
(Wed Mar 16, 2005)

Know your Enemy: Tracking Botnets
(Tue Mar 15, 2005)

The CISM Prep Guide: Mastering the Five Domains of
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Embedding Perl in database tables
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Introducing KeyKit
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Problems in GProFTPD
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Linus switches to Apple Hardware
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