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Extend your AirPort Network with AirPort Express
"For a while now, I've been using an AirPort Extreme wireless network in my home office. However, due to the limited coverage of the wireless network, I had difficulty getting a wireless connection in my bedroom (My AirPort Extreme base station is in the study). With the kitchen separating the two rooms, I had moderate coverage in the kitchen but I also wanted the ability to surf the Web on my bed using my notebook. So I visited the nearest Apple Center and bought an AirPort Express to extend the range of my network"

( Permalink: Extend your AirPort Network with AirPort Express      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 15, 2004 )

An Introduction to Hydrogen
"Recently I've been having so much fun with a particular Linux audio application that I have to share it with readers. The application is called Hydrogen, and for those of you unfamiliar with it, Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine/rhythm programmer with a remarkable set of features. Here's what the features list on the Hydrogen Web site has to say about the program's capabilities:"

( Permalink: An Introduction to Hydrogen      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 15, 2004 )

Q&A: Linus Torvalds, inventor of Linux
" I've felt strongly that the advantage of Linux is that it doesn't have a niche or any special market, but that different individuals and companies end up pushing it in the direction they want, and as such you end up with something that is pretty balanced across the board.
I continue to feel that the desktop is interesting, because it's how I personally have always used Linux, and what I myself have been interested in. It's also the technically (and marketwise) most challenging area, which makes me appreciate it all the more. And clearly there is a lot of budding interest in the area from the commercial players."


( Permalink: Q&A: Linus Torvalds, inventor of Linux      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 15, 2004 )

Wrangling CoLinux Networking
"In this model, you tell CoLinux the name of your Ethernet adapter and then it piggybacks a connection on it. There's just one physical Ethernet plug on the back of my computer, but to the network (the DHCP server in the D-Link router, the other computers behind the router, and so on) it appears that two computers, with two IP addresses and two MAC addresses, live behind that plug."

( Permalink: Wrangling CoLinux Networking      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 15, 2004 )

ZoneMinder: Linux home security par excellence
"ZoneMinder was written by and is maintained by Philip Coombes, who explains on his site that he wrote ZoneMinder after having been burgled. His garage had been broken into and all his power tools were stolen. A recent similar incident sent me looking for a Linux security camera system -- my friend Susan's home was broken into while she was away on vacation. I was called when her home security alarm went off about 11 a.m. and the security company couldn't reach her. By the time the police and I got there, the bad guys were gone. The front door had been kicked in and the TV and DVD/VCR player removed. I guess the sound of the alarm going off kept them from spending more time in the house. It seems strange that a home protected by an alarm system is so vulnerable, but the sign in the yard didn't deter them."

( Permalink: ZoneMinder: Linux home security par excellence      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 15, 2004 )

Introduction to CVS
"First of all, what is CVS?
In short, CVS is a source control system.
And why would I need that?
To source control your project is one of the key points of good software engineering design.
How does it work?
A CVS server is necessary to get started with. All the incremental changes that you make to the source
code are stored in the server (called a CVS repository), so that it would be easy to get back to a previous version at a later point of time."


( Permalink: Introduction to CVS      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 15, 2004 )

An Introduction to RubyCocoa, Part 1
"RubyCocoa is a framework that provides a bridge between the Ruby programming language and the Cocoa framework of the Mac OS X operating system. This framework allows you to create Mac OS X native, Cocoa-based applications using Ruby. It was created by Hisakuni Fujimoto and is currently in version 0.4.0. It seems to be pretty stable for application development."

( Permalink: An Introduction to RubyCocoa, Part 1      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 14, 2004 )

An Introduction to RubyCocoa, Part 2
"In Part 1 of this two-part series, Christopher Roach provided some background and helped you get started with RubyCocoa programming. In today's conclusion he gets into the actual code ... and if you're following along, you'll end up with a functioning application."

( Permalink: An Introduction to RubyCocoa, Part 2      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 14, 2004 )

ISCSI Storage - SAN's for the rest of us - Part II
"Since iSCSI is using TCP/IP, pretty much any network transport can be used to connect systems. Even a home DSL connection is capable of handling iSCSI - though don't expect great performance. Gigabit ethernet is the minimum for a 'real' server, in my opinion, if you expect to get similar performance to direct-attached storage or FiberChannel. Right now FiberChannel tops out at 2 Gbps so equivalent performance can be achieved with a pair of bonded gigabit links. 10-gigabit ethernet is starting to come down in price and will undoubtedly start to give FiberChannel a run for its money in the not-too distant future."

( Permalink: ISCSI Storage - SAN's for the rest of us - Part II      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 14, 2004 )

The Practice of Network Security
"The central dogma of the book is the organization of a security policy on a series of fronts that when implemented in their totality provide “layers of protection” against attackers. This is excellent advice. Liska also drums home the message that network security has to be a priority for the entire organization, not only the IT department or network administrator. Without the involvement of the organization, the resulting security policy is sub-optimal at best and next to useless at worst."

( Permalink: The Practice of Network Security      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 14, 2004 )

Build a high-availability Linux Web server
Set up a heartbeat failover cluster that lets a good server pick up where a bad one leaves off, ensuring that your site is never down for long. Maintaining maximum system uptime is increasingly critical to the success of on demand computing. Unfortunately, many off-the-shelf solutions for high availability (HA) are expensive and require expertise.

( Permalink: Build a high-availability Linux Web server      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Oct 14, 2004 )

WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend - A Guide to Wir
Wardriving is extremely important for the state of wireless security, as it shows how many unprotected WLANs are out there and is therefore directly influencing wireless security awareness. The book will both teach you how to participate in wardriving projects as well as to get familiar on what kind of information outsiders can discover about your wireless networks.

( Permalink: WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend - A Guide to Wir      Submitted by LogError Thu Oct 14, 2004 )

DiskWarrior - A very useful disk repair tool
"In its maintenance mode, DW can be set to watch the SMART status (a self-health feature found on most new hard drives) of your drives, and send you an email when it sees an anomoly. This feature lets you work in peace, knowing that if you're drive notices it's about to fail, you'll receive an email about the problem. For the record, though, the SMART status on the failed partition yesterday never even squawked."

( Permalink: DiskWarrior - A very useful disk repair tool      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 13, 2004 )

Mandrake 10.1 Community Reviewed!
Mandrake Community Edition is the bleeding edge of the Mandrake development cycle. This is the release where the good folks over at Mandrake put the final test on new features and squash all the bugs they can before the final release. The ISOs are available through MandrakeClub for download before anyone else gets to see it. So is it worth your hard-earned cash to join the club? Is 10.1 going to be worth the upgrade? Find out in this review, fresh off the presses at LinuxForumsDOTorg.

( Permalink: Mandrake 10.1 Community Reviewed!      Submitted by sarumont Wed Oct 13, 2004 )

Contrarian Minds: Kenny Gross
"But in the past, nobody harvested the signals," Gross says. "The innovation from my team was to start sampling those signals continuously with a new software tool and then use the correlations in those signals as a very sensitive diagnostic probe. The telemetry harness, which requires no hardware modifications at all, now becomes the EKG system monitoring the health of the server."

( Permalink: Contrarian Minds: Kenny Gross      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 13, 2004 )

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