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Distributed Discussion with Elliotte Rusty Harold
"Elliotte Rusty Harold has long been a well-known voice in the Java community. His first edition of Java Network Programming came out in 1997, and seven years later, he has returned with a third edition of this classic, updated for J2SE 5.0 and the java.lang.nio package introduced in Java 1.4. He's also known for his many books and articles on XML, as well as for the long-running Café au Lait web site."

( Permalink: Distributed Discussion with Elliotte Rusty Harold      Submitted by Noel Thu Dec 16, 2004 )

Mac OS X Update Released: 10.3.7
"improved AFP support for saving documents with long file names
improved OpenGL technology and updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
improved FireWire device compatibility
updated Preview application
improved compatibility for third party applications
previous standalone security updates "


( Permalink: Mac OS X Update Released: 10.3.7      Submitted by Noel Thu Dec 16, 2004 )

Meet OpenVPN
"If your company has people on the road, such as sales or technical people, a VPN is a good method for letting them access data on the company network. Many different VPN solutions can be bought, but many are free. Here, I discuss only solutions you can set up without buying a commercial VPN product. The main VPN solution used for more complex tasks is IPsec; some people use PPTP. Although PPTP is usable, security flaws have occurred in its past, and it simply does not match up to IPsec."

( Permalink: Meet OpenVPN      Submitted by Noel Thu Dec 16, 2004 )

Sun Ray ultra-thin client
"Sun Ray ultra-thin clients, on the other hand, are smart devices that take advantage of consolidated resources and compute cycles on the server and require neither administration nor hardware upgrades on the desktop for the life of the device. The Sun Ray devices are stateless; that is, they have no local operating system, no local data or files, and no local applications. They simply display screen updates and relay keyboard and mouse input to the server. Data itself also resides on a central server, either on a Sun Ray server or in a larger data storage solution."

( Permalink: Sun Ray ultra-thin client      Submitted by Noel Thu Dec 16, 2004 )

Z4CK - Zaurus Centric Cyber thriller reaches paper
A novel both about -- and written on -- a Linux-based Sharp Zaurus has been released in paper form. Z4CK, by Scottish security professional Kevin Milne, is a cyber thriller set in 2031, whose protagonist uses a wireless-enabled Sharp Zaurus to defend himself from false murder accusations. Unlike films like 'The Net', Z4CK gives a realistic insight into hacker tools and techniques. The novel features wireless hacking with the Zaurus, and a view of how an Open Source future might look. Z4CK was first released online in August, and the work remains available in downloadable form. The first six chapters are free, with complete PDF and plucker versions available for $3.

The newly available dead-trees version is priced at 7.50 GBP, and can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or direct from .

( Permalink: Z4CK - Zaurus Centric Cyber thriller reaches paper      Submitted by Kev Milne Thu Dec 16, 2004 )

Apple fights RealNetwork hacker tactics
"Apple Computer has quietly updated its iPod software so that songs purchased from RealNetworks' online music store will no longer play on some of the Mac maker's popular MP3 players. The move could render tunes purchased by many iPod owners unplayable on their music players. For the last four months, RealNetworks has marketed its music store as the only Apple rival compatible with the iPod, following the company's discovery of a way to let its customers play their downloaded tunes on Apple's MP3 player. Apple criticized RealNetworks' workaround, dubbed Harmony, as the "tactics...of a hacker," ...

( Permalink: Apple fights RealNetwork hacker tactics      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 15, 2004 )

Free as in Freedom
"This article is going to focus not on GNU/Linux, but “New Linux,” the operating system as it exists today, with GUI desktop environments and all the features of your favorite monopoly software (plus thousands of Unix-like programs, tools, utilities etc.). So, time to wrest that sword-helmet-cuirass combo from Richard Stallman—though he did look awful good in that garb—and place them on the person of Raymond’s visionary of the now-and- next-week, the one and only Linus Torvalds."

( Permalink: Free as in Freedom      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 15, 2004 )

Linux Power Tools
"Linux is a great desktop OS for developers as well as system administrators. Let us take a look at some of the utilities which makes this a great environment for system administrators and developers. Most of the content below is taken from the home pages of these apps and the I make no claims on the originality. My aim introduce the reader to the wonderful tools that are available in a Linux/BSD desktop environment."

( Permalink: Linux Power Tools      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 15, 2004 )

Linux MIDI: A Brief Survey, Part 3
"A universal editor/librarian is valuable software if you have any external MIDI equipment, but as I mentioned, writing such software is a non-trivial task. Thankfully, an excellent project is available for Linux MIDI musicians working with hardware synths and other devices: JSynthLib."

( Permalink: Linux MIDI: A Brief Survey, Part 3      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 15, 2004 )

Adobe Intelligent Documents
Adobe's combination of PDF, XML and J2EE creates Intelligent Documents that can dynamically interact with core applications and integrate people into business processes. This article describes a joint solution by Adobe and IBM that enables interprises to communicate more effectively, automate document-based processes, access systems offline, and share information securely.

( Permalink: Adobe Intelligent Documents      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Dec 15, 2004 )

How to Install Debian Linux on a desktop computer
In this part I will show you how to speed up Debian by using hdparm, getting sound and video to work, and finally wrapping it up with printing. hdparm stands for “hard disk parameters”. Debian comes with fairly conservative hard drive parameters that do not take advantage of DMA that most new hard drives are equipped with. Debian does not comes with hdparm installed by default, so let's go ahead and install it.
Read More @ Linuxtimes.net

( Permalink: How to Install Debian Linux on a desktop computer      Submitted by Tarun Agnani Tue Dec 14, 2004 )

The Future of Software Tools
Alan Brown had a press interview with InformationWeek where they asked what he thinks are some of the important trends for the future of software tools. He covers which areas are changing the kinds of software tools being delivered, and the features the tools support. See his response to "Pay-per-use" software tools, Connecting business with IT, and more…

( Permalink: The Future of Software Tools      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Dec 14, 2004 )

Picking up where Apple leaves off - The i-Tablet
"As a Photographer and a Dyslexic the idea of being able to use a Tablet as a platform for showing photographs, editing, and an extension of my badly organized memory is very appealing. I had purchased an early QBE, which I was happy with, except for the problem of going between the QBE and all my other desktops which are Apples, it was always the odd man out, in addition to the frustration of finding cross platform software. So taking matters into my own hands I cut into a Dual USB iBook and didn't look back."

( Permalink: Picking up where Apple leaves off - The i-Tablet      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 13, 2004 )

An apt-get primer
"Most of the time, apt-get works with the Debian online archives, downloading packages from the Internet and installing them. More than 200 official mirror sites exist, as well as dozens of unofficial ones. Depending on which Debian-based distribution you are using, repositories are either entered automatically or selected by you during installation."

( Permalink: An apt-get primer      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 13, 2004 )

The Grumpy Editor's Guide to PDF Viewers
"Your editor spends a lot of time dealing with PDF files. The proliferation of "profit through litigation" business models has not helped in this regard, but, even without the legal profession's contributions, much text of interest comes in the PDF format. As a result, a great deal of your editor's time is spent working in PDF viewers. PDF viewing hassles can rival the holiday season in their ability to make an editor grumpy. There is little to be done about the latter, so it seems like a good time to review the state of the art in free PDF viewers. Maybe, in that realm, something better can be found."

( Permalink: The Grumpy Editor's Guide to PDF Viewers      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 13, 2004 )

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Introduction to OpenVPN
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(Sat Aug 14, 2004)

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Impressions of LinuxWorld August 2004
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Attacking the phishing threat - what every company
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Linux Web Filtering with DansGuardian and ClamAV
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Getting On-line Anywhere with Bluetooth and GPRS
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DragonFlyBSD 1.0A: A strong start
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Using advanced widgets in Perl/Tk
(Thu Aug 12, 2004)

A look at DParser for Python
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CDE Trouble
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Matthias Ettrich talks about KDE and aKademy
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Making the Jump to Subversion
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A critique of port knocking
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Mac Keeps Lead on Linux 
(Wed Aug 11, 2004)

IBM eServer iSeries and pSeries Servers
(Wed Aug 11, 2004)

Intel's LGA775 Pentium4 CPU
(Tue Aug 10, 2004)

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Konversation: Interview with Dario Abatianni
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Breaking the Laptop Barrier
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Spam Blocking Techniques
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Automated Penetration Testing
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Nils Magnus (of LinuxTag) on Security and aKademy
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