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A Look at the Linux World Canada Show
"On a more positive note, Xandros was helping to promote the Skype voice-over IP solution. During the early part of the show, the company was handing out mini-earbud/microphone headsets. Later, Xandros handed out coupons good for 30 minutes of free long distance service by way of Skype to almost everywhere on Earth. Xandros also was behind setting up a cardboard Skype telephone booth, which consisted of a small Compaq desktop PC with a headset running Xandros Linux and Skype."
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( Permalink: A Look at the Linux World Canada Show      Submitted by Noel Thu May 5, 2005 )

Write Your Own Automator Actions
"Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) introduces Automator, which lets users string together preinstalled script steps (Actions) into a sequence (Workflow) that can be run and saved. The sequence is a rudimentary data flow, or pipe: typically, each step outputs some data, which becomes the input to the next step. The advantage for the user is that there's no need to know a scripting language in order to write and run a custom sequence."
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( Permalink: Write Your Own Automator Actions      Submitted by Noel Wed May 4, 2005 )

The Linux Kernel Archives
KernelTrap offers an interesting look at the history behind the Linux Kernel Archives. They start from the beginning in 1997, when kernel.org ran on a generic "white box PC" using a shared T1, to the present where it runs on multiple quad Opterons each with 24 gigabytes of RAM, 10 terabytes of disk space, and a gigabit link to the internet. Much of the article is based on an interview with Peter Anvin, also including quotes from Linus Torvalds, Paul Vixie of Internet Systems Consortium, Inc who donates the bandwidth, and Matt Taggart of Hewlett-Packard who donated the hardware.

( Permalink: The Linux Kernel Archives      Submitted by Jeremy Andrews Wed May 4, 2005 )

Open Source VS Windows
"Every person in the office had been managed right out of controlling their own desktop."

This new article summarizes the key difference in using Windows VS Linux. The author shares how Linux and Open Source can empower and restore value back to the user.

( Permalink: Open Source VS Windows      Submitted by Mark Rais Wed May 4, 2005 )

The Telecom Plot Thickens
The Cellular Telephone and Internet Association (CTIA) wireless show in New Orleans in March was the usual hotbed of industry announcements, deal making, and rumors; much like any electronics industry trade exposition. But Roaming charges' secret operatives returning from the show were tight-lipped when debriefed, allowing only two words to escape their pressed lips: "Craig McCaw."

( Permalink: The Telecom Plot Thickens      Submitted by Anonymous Wed May 4, 2005 )

The Ins and Outs of USB
In a world of serial and parallel, it would not be simple for a new device connection to make its mark. Follow the USB standards success story to witness how this meritorious technology carved a place for itself. USB provides many benefits to users and vendors, but also see where it missed the boat.

( Permalink: The Ins and Outs of USB      Submitted by Anonymous Wed May 4, 2005 )

Put a Tiger in Your Mac
"The feature I'm most jazzed about, and the one that will have the biggest impact on how I interact with information on my Mac, is Spotlight. Spotlight is designed to help users find files -- instantly. You type a keyword, and even as you begin to enter the letters, results are already popping up. "
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( Permalink: Put a Tiger in Your Mac      Submitted by Noel Tue May 3, 2005 )

Howto: The Perfect Setup - Debian Sarge (3.1)
I have written a detailed description about the steps to be taken to setup a Debian based server (Debian Sarge alias Debian 3.1) that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/POP3s/IMAP/IMAPs, Quota, Firewall, etc.).

( Permalink: Howto: The Perfect Setup - Debian Sarge (3.1)      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue May 3, 2005 )

WEP
"This article is the first of a two-part series that looks at the new generation of WEP cracking tools for WiFi networks, which offer dramatically faster speeds for penetration testers over the previous generation of tools. In many cases, a WEP key can be determined in seconds or minutes. Part one, below, compares the latest KoreK based tools that perform passive statistical analysis and brute-force cracking on a sample of collected WEP traffic. Next time, in part two, we'll look at active attack vectors, including a method to dramatically increase the rate of packet collection to make statistical attacks even more potent."
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( Permalink: WEP      Submitted by Noel Tue May 3, 2005 )

Cleanliness next to Rootliness
"An interesting operating system that attempts to do a better job of separating out system privileges, administrative privileges and user privileges is Apple's Macintosh OS X. OS X disables the root user in the underlying Unix system, but allows the privileged administrative user to administer the system. There is room for improvements with this approach, but I argue that it is a more secure road to travel than the one Linspire seems to be advocating."
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( Permalink: Cleanliness next to Rootliness      Submitted by Noel Tue May 3, 2005 )

Load List Values for Improved Efficiency
Reduce the number of database hits and improve your Web application's efficiency when you load common shared list values only once. In this code-filled article, learn to load the values for drop-down lists when your Web application starts and then to share these loaded list values among all the users of your application.

( Permalink: Load List Values for Improved Efficiency      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 3, 2005 )

Interview: Branden Robinson
"Branden Robinson has won the 2005 Debian Project Leader (DPL) election. Robinson, who has run each year since 2001, was chosen from a field of six candidates. His term begins on April 17. Before Robinson assumes the role of Project Leader, we asked if he'd answer a few questions about his plans for the next year, and his thoughts on some of the issues facing the Debian Project. "
Story (He was also interviewed here and here.)

( Permalink: Interview: Branden Robinson      Submitted by Noel Mon May 2, 2005 )

Queue Management for Qmail
"Qmail's queue consists of several directories. Some of them, which can be expected to hold many hundreds or thousands of files are split into numbered subdirectories. That is because in Unix, normally finding a file in a directory becomes slow if that directory contains many files."
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( Permalink: Queue Management for Qmail      Submitted by Noel Mon May 2, 2005 )

Backups tapes a backdoor
"Even without evidence of theft, the lack of encryption is disturbing, if entirely expected, said Jon Oltsik, senior research analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group. The analyst firm polled almost 400 companies and found that, despite renewed focus on securing customer data, more than 60 percent of the companies do not encrypt any of their backup data, and only 7 percent actually encrypt all their backup data. (Not sure I buy into this. It just shows that physical security is also important for backup media. - Noel)"
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( Permalink: Backups tapes a backdoor      Submitted by Noel Mon May 2, 2005 )

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
"For Tiger, Apple created launchd: one launch daemon to rule them all. Launchd does the job of all of the existing program launching mechanisms, and does it in a way that puts the least possible burden on the programs that it launches. Processes spawned by launchd don't have to worry about "daemonizing" themselves, checking for dependencies, or relaunching or keeping communication handles alive in the case of a crash."
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( Permalink: Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger      Submitted by Noel Mon May 2, 2005 )

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Proactive Patch Management
(Fri Jan 7, 2005)

Better programming through effective list handling
(Fri Jan 7, 2005)

Understanding NetBSD 2.0's new technology
(Thu Jan 6, 2005)

Linux and Security at Salem Hospital
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The Independent Qt Tutorial
(Thu Jan 6, 2005)

SimplyMepis 2004.06 or: Gnome Guy Goes KDE
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Graphical Scripting with Kommander
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Flickr and Perl
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Linux AMD64 Kernel Bug
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Memory issues in Linux
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