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The Third Commandment of system administration
"Nothing will make your team look worse than getting a call from an angry boss wondering why he couldn't get into the company email server all weekend. Server and service monitoring provides a way to know at all times which items on your network are up, which are down, what servers are experiencing issues handling load and just about any other type of availability information you could want. By configuring alerts and notifications, you can be the first to know when a problem on your network arises."

( Permalink: The Third Commandment of system administration      Submitted by Noel Tue May 10, 2005 )

Avoiding man in the middle attacks
Securing the handshake during a Secure Sockets Layer session (SSL) is vital, since almost all of the security involving the connection is set up inside the handshake. Learn how to secure the SSL handshake against a man in the middle (MITM) attack -- in which the intruding party masquerades as another, trusted source.

( Permalink: Avoiding man in the middle attacks      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 10, 2005 )

Review: Sun Fire V40z
"The Sun Fire V40z can come preinstalled with either the 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8. I opted for SUSE, but the software was a little too out-of-date to be useful to me, both in testing for this review and in my production environment. After some consideration, I switched to 64-bit Gentoo Linux -- specifically, the 2.6.11-gentoo-r5 kernel for i686 and SMP."

( Permalink: Review: Sun Fire V40z      Submitted by Noel Mon May 9, 2005 )

Rapid Prototyping using OS X Tools
In a continuing look at the Mac mini as an embedded development platform, this article shows how to rapidly prototype a simple application, looking at the variety of tools and glue available natively in Mac OS X.

( Permalink: Rapid Prototyping using OS X Tools      Submitted by Anonymous Mon May 9, 2005 )

Processor Chips and Sliding Registers
A very basic approach to how sliding register windows work, but for those who want to get the fundamentals - a good piece. here

( Permalink: Processor Chips and Sliding Registers      Submitted by Jay Fink Mon May 9, 2005 )

Easy DB2 skill building with Oracle experiance
Two DB skills are better than one and can expand your potential compensation scale. If you've had experience with Oracle and now are starting or want to learn DB2 Universal Database, this article will help you leverage your previous experience and put you on the fast track for learning how to move data from one machine to another, or from one platform to another.

( Permalink: Easy DB2 skill building with Oracle experiance      Submitted by Anonymous Mon May 9, 2005 )

Apple delivers 2-GHz iMac G5
"In addition to getting faster G5 processors, the iMac now includes an ATI Radeon 9600 video card that features 128MB video memory -- twice the video RAM available before -- a new 8X SuperDrive that provides double-layer burn support, built-in Gigabit Ethernet and 512MB of RAM across the line."

( Permalink: Apple delivers 2-GHz iMac G5      Submitted by Noel Fri May 6, 2005 )

Improvising Broadband Access In Rural Areas
"Broadband Internet service, either via DSL or cable, is generally most economical to deliver in densely populated areas. DSL is distance sensitive, and generally only feasible within three miles of the nearest central office switch. Since utility companies are not mandated to provide high speed Internet service the way they are required to provide basic telephone service, there are many regions where broadband service is not available, and probably won't be anytime soon."

( Permalink: Improvising Broadband Access In Rural Areas      Submitted by Noel Fri May 6, 2005 )

Review: VMware 5.0
"VMware 5.0 mainly introduces collaboration features that make it easier to share common configurations with co-workers. GNU/Linux support has also been enhanced, and there is preliminary support for Solaris x86 and more recent builds of Microsoft Windows "Longhorn" beta. Here is a breakdown of the major improvements to VMware:"

( Permalink: Review: VMware 5.0      Submitted by Noel Fri May 6, 2005 )

Debian on Steroids III: Libranet 3.0
"Libranet 3.0 does not move like a heavyweight once installed, however. Compared to another 2.6 distro (SuSE) I tried, things happen much more snappily with Libranet 3.0. Performance on a 500MHz K6-III+ system was impressively good. On a 1GHz Celeron machine, applications started about as quickly as they did under SuSE 9.1 running on my 2.2GHz P4. Even my P1 233 ran tolerably, although installation and KDE startup can wear a bit on one's patience."

( Permalink: Debian on Steroids III: Libranet 3.0      Submitted by Noel Fri May 6, 2005 )

Fun with Knoppix
"Even if you've never heard of Knoppix, you probably recogonize the "ix" suffix in the name as iconic of Unix. Linus begat Linux and Klaus Knopper begat Knoppix. Knoppix, like Linux, resulted from curiousity and personal need. Since its creation it, has morphed into something much larger than its founding vision, in large part due to Linux and the free software movement. Don't let this relationship deter you from exploring Knoppix. Knoppix may be based on Linux and open source software, but is something anyone can use."

( Permalink: Fun with Knoppix      Submitted by Noel Fri May 6, 2005 )

Apple's fastest Power Mac yet is a barnburner
"After first finding a potential buyer for said dual 2-GHz Power Mac, I mentally toted up and compared hardware specs on my way to the store: A 700-MHz processor bump over my old Power Mac; a 16X SuperDrive that burns dual-layer DVDs holding twice the data of single-layer discs; a larger, 250GB hard drive; and a better video card, the ATI Radeon 9650. In fact, with that ATI card, I could one day hook up one of the 30-in. Apple Cinema Displays should I so choose. Hmm."

( Permalink: Apple's fastest Power Mac yet is a barnburner      Submitted by Noel Thu May 5, 2005 )

Gmail on Linux Box using Postfix and Fetchmail
If you have a Google Gmail account, you can relay mail from your home linux system. It's a good exercise in configuring Postfix with TLS and SASL. Plus, you will learn how to bring down the mail safely, using fetchmail with the “sslcertck” option. That is after you have verify and copied the necessary certificates. You'll learn all that from this tutorial, "Google Gmail on Home Linux Box using Postfix and Fetchmail", and you'll have Gmail running on your local Postfix MTA.

( Permalink: Gmail on Linux Box using Postfix and Fetchmail      Submitted by Mike Chirico Thu May 5, 2005 )

Interview: Mandriva Linux Founder Gael Duval
"Regarding the geographic focuses, Conectiva will boost our research & development forces, but on the business side, they will start to concentrate on what they know: selling Linux & Open-Source solutions to the Brazilian government and local corporates. Progressively we will introduce additional Mandriva services such as the Club to former Conectiva users."

( Permalink: Interview: Mandriva Linux Founder Gael Duval       Submitted by Noel Thu May 5, 2005 )

Cool Clothes Make the Geek
If you are what you wear, then based on the processor-based wardrobe designed by these readers, you may be in trouble! This article challenges you to develop the most outlandish, outrageous chip-controlled clothing you can.

( Permalink: Cool Clothes Make the Geek      Submitted by Anonymous Thu May 5, 2005 )

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Advanced UNIX Programming, Second Edition
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The longest short IP Sec Paper
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The GNOME Journal, January Edition
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A guide to ripping and encoding music
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How Security Exploits Threaten Governments
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Self-Managed Data Buffer Memory
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World's Smallest Secure Web Server
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Gentoo for All the Unusual Reasons
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Proactive Patch Management
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