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Cool Stuff for your Mozilla web browser.
"With the speed of todays computers and the copious amounts of RAM that most machines have, there isn't any real good reason not to use one of the best browsers out there. It's not just a web browser anymore, but an entire suite of web tools right at your fingertips. Not only does Mozilla have a web browser but most default installs include useful stuff like an email client, an irc client, an address book, and composer. Like I stated, if these aren't enough to keep you busy for quite awhile playing with them, you can install add on applications to your Mozilla browser. Below are a few of my personal favorite add ons. I highly recommend trying some of them."
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( Permalink: Cool Stuff for your Mozilla web browser.      Submitted by Noel Sun Sep 26, 2004 )

Hardening the PAM framework
"The first user to log in at the console of a Linux box can get ownership of many hardware devices, depending on how PAM is configured. Traditionally, Unix systems let the superuser (root) own the hardware, but to make it easy for desktop users to access devices such as sound cards, CD drives, and the like, the first console user can be set up to have ownership of these devices. Ownership reverts to root when the console user logs out. The device list is in /etc/security/console.perms, and ownership is changed by the PAM module pam_console.so."
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( Permalink: Hardening the PAM framework      Submitted by Noel Sun Sep 26, 2004 )

Hardening Linux authentication and user identity
"Many experts believe that having a single authentication mechanism for each service on the system (terminal logins, local logins, network logins, etc.) is too inflexible. Typically, each service needed its own authentication code or had to use the single mechanism available. PAM is the answer to inflexible single authentication mechanisms. PAM allows different modules to be added for authenticating new services and for adding new authentication mechanisms for old services. PAM can also be used to enable shadow file authentication for applications that don't natively support it. PAM module information can be found in the following places on the Internet:"
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( Permalink: Hardening Linux authentication and user identity      Submitted by Noel Sun Sep 26, 2004 )

Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs
"Grumpy Editor series. A sad, but common experience in the 1990's was to see presentations at Linux conferences which were clearly done with PowerPoint. When Linux advocates need to use a 100% proprietary system to communicate with their audience, something is clearly wrong. Fortunately, those days are behind us, and PowerPoint only makes appearances in irrelevant corners at Linux events - LinuxWorld keynotes, for example. Your editor has given a fair number of talks this year in a number of exotic locales, and that trend looks set to continue. So presentation software is an area of interest; it is time to look at the current state of the art. Your editor has found that, while the situation is better than it has ever been, there is still room for improvement."
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( Permalink: Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs      Submitted by Noel Sat Sep 25, 2004 )

Hot LyX
"A common problem with word processors today is that they force users to deal with typesetting, a skill that is about as useful to a writer as metalworking is to a mechanic. This focus on typesetting means that writers have to spend too much time dealing with the way their documents look. To make matters worse, many documents are shared in a variety of different formats requiring additional time wasted in export, conversion, and quality control on the finished product. To help get around these obstacles, Linux users can turn to a document processor called LyX. LyX is optimized for writing and takes the chores of typesetting out of the writer's hands and places them in a competent professional: LaTeX."
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( Permalink: Hot LyX      Submitted by Noel Sat Sep 25, 2004 )

Is there a ClearCase to move to UCM?
Are you thinking of moving from base Rational CleaCase to Unified Change Management (UCM)? Many organizations find it difficult to use ClearCase out of the box. UCM was an effort to identify the most common elements of ClearCase use models, and to create objects and methods that make the application more effective. This article shares some points that you may want to consider when making the decsion to move to UCM.

( Permalink: Is there a ClearCase to move to UCM?      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Sep 25, 2004 )

Interview with Camino Project head Mike Pinkerton
"We started developing a side project, then called "Chimera" for its hybrid mix of native Cocoa front-end and cross-platform/Carbon/Cocoa backend. The goal of this project was to make a fast, standards-compliant browser that just worked. It didn't have 50,000 features, you couldn't check your email from the certificate dialog. It was streamlined and simple; exactly what you needed and nothing more. We had a rapid string of dot-releases which garnered a devoted following of Mac users, excited to see a free, native browser with a modern rendering engine."
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( Permalink: Interview with Camino Project head Mike Pinkerton      Submitted by Noel Sat Sep 25, 2004 )

A Quick Guide to Digital Shoeboxes
"We're going to take a look at a few digital shoeboxes for both Mac and Windows (even though I'm starting with the Mac-only iPhoto because of its impact on the market). But this isn't a case of consigning photos to the box and forgetting about them; we want an electronic shoebox that helps us search, sort, and organize our pictures--an all-singing, all-dancing shoebox that, far from being just a storage medium, can help us with the time-consuming stuff and make photo sharing easy again."
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( Permalink: A Quick Guide to Digital Shoeboxes      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 24, 2004 )

Front and Back: Kile and LaTeX
"LaTeX is a document preparation system based on Donald Knuth's TeX. LaTeX provides the facilities needed to typeset articles, books, and other documents. Kile is a KDE-based environment for editing LaTeX documents, which simplifies the process and provides easy access to commonly used commands and tags. As well as offering short cuts to the various commands used to convert LaTeX documents, and to launch the viewers for these formats, Kile provides an output window, so you can view an errors which may have been present in your document, and an embedded Konsole window, so you can easily launch any other commands you wish without switching windows."
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( Permalink: Front and Back: Kile and LaTeX      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 24, 2004 )

Managing Users, Fonts, and Printers
"The standard way of managing user and groups in Slackware involves the use of the commands useradd, groupadd, passwd and related tools. Additionally, Slackware has a friendlier version of useradd, called adduser. You can get an adequate overview of user management using these tools at the canonical source. However, that's not the complete picture; at least, it isn't if you have KDE installed. In that case you have an excellent GUI tool at your disposal to manage users in a simple and convenient way. You can manage your user accounts with kuser, the KDE User Manager, which is shown in the screenshot of Figure 6."
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( Permalink: Managing Users, Fonts, and Printers      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 24, 2004 )

Moving from Windows to Linux
"Moving from Windows to Linux declares in its opening paragraph that it is intended for Microsoft Windows power users and Linux novices. However, the focus of Moving from Windows to Linux is not always clear. At times the book seems to be oriented more toward new computer users. There is a lot of content on shell scripts, Web servers and FTP servers that would confuse even some Windows power users and possibly leave a new Linux user wondering what they had gotten themselves into or why it was important."
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( Permalink: Moving from Windows to Linux      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 24, 2004 )

Intrusion Prevention Systems
The inadequacies inherent in current defences has driven the development of a new breed of security products known as Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS). This is a term which has provoked some controversy in the industry since some firewall and IDS vendors think it has been “hijacked” and used as a marketing term rather than as a description for any kind of new technology.story (PDF)

( Permalink: Intrusion Prevention Systems      Submitted by Scott Fri Sep 24, 2004 )

Kig - App of the Month
"Kig is a interactive program which you can use to study geometric figures; hence the name Kig: KDE Interactive Geometry. With Kig, which is meant to be a better version of programs like KGeo and KSeg, you can play in a pleasant and educational manner with mathematical figures. Kig is very usefull for teachers as students with studying geometric figures and their relationships."
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( Permalink: Kig - App of the Month      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 23, 2004 )

The iMac G5: A first look at Apple's new all-in-on
"Judging from comments on a variety of Mac-related Web sites, Apple fans around the world are sharply divided about Apple Computer Inc.'s new iMac G5 desktop machine. Announced on Aug. 31 and now shipping in dribbles and drabs, the third-generation all-in-one sports a host of improvements and a completely new look. Gone is the flat-panel screen supported by a chrome arm above a hemispherical base."
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( Permalink: The iMac G5: A first look at Apple's new all-in-on      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 23, 2004 )

How GNU/Linux and Serial ATA RAID teamed up
"Recently Mailroute, a company that provides virus and spam filtering for businesses, switched its GNU/Linux-based servers from SCSI to Serial ATA disks and saved itself a lot of money. The switchover wouldn't have been possible without Broadcom's new SATA RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) controller, the RAIDCore BC4852. While the product was in development, RAIDCore was an independent company working with Mailroute as it developed a GNU/Linux product. When chipmaker Broadcom acquired RAIDCore earlier this year, there were some concerns that Linux support would get lost in the shuffle."
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( Permalink: How GNU/Linux and Serial ATA RAID teamed up      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 23, 2004 )

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