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New World Record for Bluetooth Link
"The plan was to connect to a Class 3 cell phone and attempt to transfer a file over the air at an extreme range of 1 kilometer (about 3,300 feet). Using a 19 dBi panel antenna, a Linksys USB Class 1 adapter sporting a pigtail mod, and a Sony laptop with the default Widcomm drivers, the Bluedrivers transferred a picture file from a Sony-Ericsson T610 using the phone's built-in Obex file transfer protocol."
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( Permalink: New World Record for Bluetooth Link      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 2, 2004 )

A Taste of Computer Security
"Given the nature and scope of the field, it would require one or more books to even briefly touch upon all that i known about computer security. This document's goal is only to give you a taste of (a subset of) the subject. The various sections are not uniform in their depth or breadth, and the document's overall structure is not pedagogical. I could have titled it Thinking Aloud On Computer Security, if not for the somewhat pompous undertone."
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( Permalink: A Taste of Computer Security      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 2, 2004 )

The Official DOOM 3 Hardware Guide
"At the moment, DOOM 3 will be the closest many of us will ever come to playing the leading man in a big Hollywood movie production. While there will continue to be many more action games in the near future, many of which will provide an enhanced level of realism, DOOM 3 will be the first and likely one of the best you will see. We've played it and we're here to tell you that even if computer gaming is not "your thing," you will want to play DOOM 3, and we have a feeling many people will see it that way. The interactive entertainment experience of DOOM 3 is going to be far reaching and will certainly break the bounds in appealing to those people outside what is considered the average gamer. With the prospect of so many new people being brought into gaming by DOOM 3, there will likely be a lot of questions regarding the computer hardware needed to support it. "
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( Permalink: The Official DOOM 3 Hardware Guide      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 2, 2004 )

Real and iPods
"Since Harmony is only depending on the iPod not to let the music move OFF the iPod, no reason they can't use one DRM scheme (Real's Helix DRM) to get the data to the real media player on the computer, and another scheme (Fairplay) to say "here, iPod, is an AAC file with fairplay. Play it but don't let it be copied". If the audio is in AAC at 192kbps to begin with (in the Real download service) there's no transcoding of codecs or loss of quality. It's really just the wrapper that is being changed, and the rules of how to use the audio. "
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( Permalink: Real and iPods      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )

Feather Linux Mini Review
"The distribution's website describes Feather Linux as "a Linux distribution which runs completely off a CD or a USB pendrive and takes up under 64Mb of space. It is a Knoppix remaster and tries to include software which most people would use every day on their desktop." Knoppix is a live-CD distribution based on Debian. Currently, Feather Linux is at version 0.5.4 and includes the following applications, among others: Kernel 2.4.26, Dillo web browser (patched for frames and tabs), XMMS and plugins, wavplay, mpg321, ogg123 and other Ogg Vorbis tools, Sylpheed, axyFTP, cdrecord, mkisofs, rdesktop, parted, partimage, Midnight Commander, Samba, apsfilter, mplayer, mount.app, nano, Xpdf, hdparm, usbview, cdparanoia, iptables, LinNeighborhood, VNCviewer, DHCP client, NTFS resize support, and various standard console and system tools."
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( Permalink: Feather Linux Mini Review      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )

Linux Takes on Windows Gaming
"TransGaming recently gave WineX a new name, Cedega, and announced support for a number of DirectX 9 titles. Thanks to the Cedega application, users have at least a chance at running some of their favorite Windows games on Linux -- the key word being chance. It all depends on a number of factors, one of which is, how much futzing are you prepared to do to make a Windows game run on Linux? If you're a seasoned Linux user, an afternoon spent twiddling .conf file can be fine entertainment. If you just want a "click-and-go" gaming experience, however, Cedega may not be for you."
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( Permalink: Linux Takes on Windows Gaming      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )

What is new in GNOME 2.8?
"Evolution is a groupware client for GNOME. Written by Ximian (and now owned by Novell). Evolution has been a favourite of many GNOME users for some time now. Evolution 2.0 has been proposed for inclusion as an official component of GNOME 2.8."
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( Permalink: What is new in GNOME 2.8?      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )

Optimizing Build Times Using Parallel make
"Most C/C++ development environments depend on some version of the make utility to manage the build process, yet many engineers don't take advantage of its parallel capabilities to reduce compile times. This article will explain how to use this feature and provide explanations and solutions for the most common pitfalls."
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( Permalink: Optimizing Build Times Using Parallel make      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )

Digital Hub Concepts in Enterprise Software, Pt 4
"XML is a fantastic technology for transferring data in a heterogeneous environment. Apple's WebObjects technology can be used to handle the conversions from database to XML to database so that any applications or scripts that can parse XML can participate in the system. This article demonstrates a WebObjects application that can handle this data conversion. It builds on a scenario described previously where scientists and students from all over the globe are collaborating on a huge set of weather data."
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( Permalink: Digital Hub Concepts in Enterprise Software, Pt 4      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )

Autonomic Linux: Patrick Patterson of Nitix
"Patrick Patterson: I'm currently leading the development group for several of our next-generation products (such as Twister, Evolution/ExchangeIt!, Expression Desktop, and our "Runs on Nitix" certification program), and I guess my current challenge has to be keeping up with the requests that our users keep giving us. They see Nitix as the perfect replacement for Microsoft in the small to mid-size business (SMB) and Enterprise edge worlds, and they keep challenging us to remove the few remaining barriers to its adoption in these spaces... things like being able to run their custom applications easily. "
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( Permalink: Autonomic Linux: Patrick Patterson of Nitix      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 1, 2004 )

Using CVS With XCode
"Have you ever been working on a project in Xcode, taken a direction in the code, and wished you hadn't? You sat there and just wished you could go back to the way your code was three days ago before you decided that bad idea was a really good one. Maybe you work in a team and were frustrated when your coworker was working on the same file you were and saved over the three hours worth of changes you had just made. Both of these issues would be nonexistent if you used some sort of version control in your coding projects. Version control is taken care of by some sort of source code management system. These applications keep track of version history, releases, code differences, and many other features."
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( Permalink: Using CVS With XCode      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 31, 2004 )

FreeBSD source keyword statistics
"Inspired by the Linux swear count page I started hacking a quick shell script that retrieves various versions of the FreeBSD src-all distribution and does some statistics on the thing since everybody enjoyes senseless graphs. The graphs shown are generated by tracking the HEAD branch so choppy graphs caused by imports/upgrades of third party applications are expected whereas further forks (i.e. the -stable subtrees) and events on stable trees should not cause any interference."
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( Permalink: FreeBSD source keyword statistics      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 31, 2004 )

Connect KDE apps using D-BUS
D-BUS is an up-and-coming message bus and activation system that is set to achieve deep penetration in the Linux® desktop. Learn why it was created, what it can be used for, and where it is going.

( Permalink: Connect KDE apps using D-BUS      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Jul 31, 2004 )

Data Integrity – The Unknown Threat
Much of the attention commanded by computer security issues focuses on threats from external sources. Firewalls and perimeter defense tools are deployed to deny unauthorised entry to the network. Experts look for vulnerabilities and ways to ensure that the perimeter cannot be breached. Administrators monitor network traffic for unusual activities and anomalies, and it is common for users to be warned against suspicious email attachments. eBCVG

( Permalink: Data Integrity – The Unknown Threat      Submitted by Danny Sat Jul 31, 2004 )

Bringing Linux to Nicaragua
"An interesting thing that I've learned during this operation thus far is most businesses and individuals aren't yet tied into any specific application package. In the US, many people seem to say, "I can't get MS Office for free? I don't want it." Down here, they tend to ask, "How do I word process? How do I print things?" This means they're much more willing to switch to Linux, as long as it allows them to do what they need to do. Most of the computer usage down here consists of word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, all of which Linux does wonderfully."
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( Permalink: Bringing Linux to Nicaragua       Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 31, 2004 )

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(Sat Apr 17, 2004)

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(Sat Apr 17, 2004)

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(Sat Apr 17, 2004)

Review: Serenity Virtual Station
(Sat Apr 17, 2004)

Destructive Influence
(Sat Apr 17, 2004)

Design an application for grid
(Sat Apr 17, 2004)

Web Application Worms: Myth or Reality?
(Fri Apr 16, 2004)

Mail Scanning With Exim And The Exiscan ACL
(Fri Apr 16, 2004)

Sun: UltraSPARC Not Dead Yet
(Fri Apr 16, 2004)

OSDL's Carrier-Grade Linux
(Fri Apr 16, 2004)

Using Web Services Security in WebSphere Apps
(Fri Apr 16, 2004)

A first look at Vector Linux 4.0, SOHO edition
(Fri Apr 16, 2004)

Is Linux more secure than Windows?
(Thu Apr 15, 2004)

OpenOffice 1.1 Competitive Guide SMB Segment
(Thu Apr 15, 2004)

The myths of Gentoo Linux
(Thu Apr 15, 2004)

How to burn DVDs
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KDE 3.2 - A User's Perspective
(Thu Apr 15, 2004)

At the Sounding Edge: Sounding Better All The Time
(Thu Apr 15, 2004)

Trolltech's Eirik Eng and Matthias Ettrich
(Wed Apr 14, 2004)

the gopher:// manifesto
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With Release, X.Org Seals Fate of XFree86
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Desktop Guerrilla Tactics: a Portable Thin Client
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Centralized Printing Using CUPS
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Adriaan de Groot
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Processors: The Road To Tomorrow
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First retail Simputer runs embedded Linux
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Shuttle - SB62G2
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