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The PowerBook Sudden Motion Sensor
"Apple added a feature called Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS) to the PowerBook line in early 2005. The sensor attempts t prevent data loss by parking the heads of an active disk drive after detecting a "sudden motion", which could be due t strong vibrations or a fall"

( Permalink: The PowerBook Sudden Motion Sensor      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 24, 2005 )

HOWTO: Creating Images Of Your Linux System
I have written a tutorial describing how to create images of your Linux system with SystemImager.
SystemImager lets you create images of your installations. So you can make a backup of your systems, clone your systems (if you have to maintain more than one machine with exactly the same software), or even distribute your software over the internet. To do so, you need an image server (should have enough disk space to store your images) and a so-called golden client (i.e., your "perfect system" of which you want to make an image). This means that you have to install some software on your image server and on your golden client in order to run SystemImager. SystemImager provides Debian packages as well as rpm packages for rpm-based distributions such as RedHat, Fedora, SUSE or Mandrake. In this example both my image server and my golden client are running under Debian.

( Permalink: HOWTO: Creating Images Of Your Linux System      Submitted by Falko Timme Thu Mar 24, 2005 )

How to Set Up a Jabber Server
"Jabber is an open source implementation of the IM server that aims to change this. It uses streaming XML protocols that are free, open, and public. These protocols have been formalized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as the approved instant messaging and presence technology under the name of XMPP. The first Jabber technologies were developed in 1998 by Jeremie Miller and is now used on thousands of servers world-wide to enable millions of users to communicate with each other."

( Permalink: How to Set Up a Jabber Server      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 24, 2005 )

Linux: A Clear Winner for Hardware I/O
"Hardware I/O is important to quite a few people but the traditional way in which Windows and Linux treat I/O is far from ideal. In this article we will look at these traditional ways, and show a new way which makes Linux a clear winner over Windows for hardware I/O."

( Permalink: Linux: A Clear Winner for Hardware I/O      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 24, 2005 )

Self-Serving Funded Studies to Be Believed?
Not a day goes by where I don't see yet another "funded" studied making conclusions that favor the companies that paid for the study. The simple fact is, as we all know, if a company pays Analyst Company X to study something and reach a conclusion, Analyst Company X had better come to the conclusion that favors that company, or they won't be getting money from that company anymore. The fact that companies feel the need to create phony reports in order to "win" at any cost should tell you one thing: they are in it for your money, period.

( Permalink: Self-Serving Funded Studies to Be Believed?      Submitted by Chuck Talk Thu Mar 24, 2005 )

Inside StYNCies, Part 2
"The first installment of this dynamic duo developed a user interface that lives up in your menubar like the system clock. This piece finishes off the series by reverse-engineering the storage format of the StickiesDatabase file to develop your own API to Stickies and to finish off your project for syncing Stickies with your iPod."

( Permalink: Inside StYNCies, Part 2      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 23, 2005 )

Advanced System Building 301
"If you’re reading this, you’ve probably built dozens of desktop computers on your own and for others and consider yourself a seasoned system builder. You laugh at the so-called expertise of Best Buy’s GeekSquad, and are the one doing the teaching when calling technical support. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking to take your system building skills to the next level. This isn’t the place to if you want to sit and listen to an expert tuner take a didactic approach and give lecture on building a highly optimized system. This article isn’t written like a tutorial – this article is for experts."

( Permalink: Advanced System Building 301      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 23, 2005 )

For network security, build a m0n0wall
"M0n0wall is an open source firewall and wireless router developed by Manuel Kasper, built on a stripped-down FreeBSD operating system. M0n0wall offers many of the same features found in commercial firewalls products such as Check Point Firewall-1 and Cisco Pix, including stateful packet filtering. With it you can create a secure virtual private network (VPN) between two sites, or you can use m0n0wall as a VPN gateway, so you can access your LAN secure from the Internet. You can use RADIUS for client authentication in order to raise the security even higher."

( Permalink: For network security, build a m0n0wall      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 23, 2005 )

Book Review: Regular Expression Recipes
"Regular expressions are not restricted to just the Perl or shell environments, so Nathan offers variations for Python, PHP, and VIM as well. In most cases the translation is relatively straight-forward, but in a few cases a different environment may have (or lack) additional facilities, prompting a different expression to do the same task."

( Permalink: Book Review: Regular Expression Recipes      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 23, 2005 )

Karamba, what an attractive desktop!
"SuperKaramba is an application that lets you place "themes" on your desktop, somewhat similar to the Windows application Samurize or Konfabulator for Mac OS X. But SuperKaramba themes are like mini-applications that live in their own windows on the desktop background, performing different tasks."

( Permalink: Karamba, what an attractive desktop!      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 23, 2005 )

Novell Linux Desktop
"When you look into the Novell Linux Desktop (NLD), you find a product that fits an analyst's picture of a mature open-source model. Last week, we asked some hard questions about that model with regards to Xandros and were left wondering. When you ask the same questions of Novell, the answers come out positive:"

( Permalink: Novell Linux Desktop      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 22, 2005 )

JamPod for guitarists - portable iPod play-along
" is about to debut. It's a simple concept - a small module that connects your guitar, your dock connector model iPod, and your ears (through headphones) so that you can jam along with whatever digital tunes your Pod is packin. "

( Permalink: JamPod for guitarists - portable iPod play-along      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 22, 2005 )

A Method for Forensic Previews
"Where computer forensics is concerned, the idea of less is more carries great weight. The less an investigator has to do to interact with and extract information from evidence (or what may become evidence), the better. In the case of the preview, the goal is to determine whether or not a given target machine has been compromised by some unauthorized agent. This determination has to be made without seizing the target machine and forensically processing a backup of its file space."

( Permalink: A Method for Forensic Previews      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 22, 2005 )

Track bugs with Bugzilla on Linux
Bugzilla is a defect or bug tracking system -- a system that allows individual or groups of developers to keep track of outstanding bugs in their products. This type of system lets users track bugs and code changes, communicate their actions with other teammates, submit and review repair patches, and manage quality assurance.

( Permalink: Track bugs with Bugzilla on Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Mar 22, 2005 )

Writing an Incident Handling and Recovery Plan
The following is an outline of a typical generalized incident handling and response plan for a small to mid-sized organization that doesn't have a dedicated incident response staff.

( Permalink: Writing an Incident Handling and Recovery Plan      Submitted by LogError Tue Mar 22, 2005 )

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