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Apple introduces fourth-generation iPod
"Apple Computer Inc. today introduced its fourth generation iPod, revised with a new interface similar to that found on the iPod mini and a new feature called Shuffle Songs. The new iPod also sports a battery that's good for up to 12 hours of use at a time, according to Apple. The iPod is available in 20GB and 40GB capacities for $299 and $399 respectively."

( Permalink: Apple introduces fourth-generation iPod      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 22, 2004 )

Exploiting software: how to break code
This is a very exciting book, full of nitty-gritty details you need to be familiar with in order to understand how attackers find software holes and build exploits. These details are valuable if you want a deep understanding of the concepts and practices behind system security. Story

( Permalink: Exploiting software: how to break code      Submitted by LogError Thu Jul 22, 2004 )

VMWare Workstation 4.5.2
"Many folks are curious about Linux and have wondered whether or not they should try it out. Well, wonder no more. VMWare makes it very easy to run Linux right on your Windows desktop. And, if you're feeling adventurous, you can even try running the beta versions of the next version of Windows called "Longhorn" or even Sun's Solaris operating system."

( Permalink: VMWare Workstation 4.5.2      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 22, 2004 )

Book Review: SQL Pocket Guide
"As with all of O'Reilly's pocket guides, this book provides a short synopsis of a very detailed topic; Gennick, who is also the author of Transact-SQL Cookbook and Oracle Regular Expressions, states that the goal of this book is to reach "programmers who are familiar with SQL and who need to refresh their memories on a point of syntax or usage". Note that the author doesn't mention database administrators, which I'll discuss later."

( Permalink: Book Review: SQL Pocket Guide      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 22, 2004 )

Microsoft heed a key lesson learned or suffer the
developerWorks Editor-in-chief Michael O'Connell explores how Microsoft's concerns about Linux have impacted its behavior, and suggests that Microsoft should heed a key lesson IBM has already learned. Perhaps it'll take some sort of near-death experience for this seemingly invincible company to recognize the need to reform, and embrace open industry standards.

( Permalink: Microsoft heed a key lesson learned or suffer the      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jul 22, 2004 )

Well-structured, modular code in the Java language
If you work on large-scale development projects, then you're familiar with the advantages of writing modular code. Well-structured, modular code is easier to write, debug, understand, and reuse. The problem for Java developers is that the functional programming paradigm has long been implemented only via specialized languages such as Haskell, Scheme, Erlang, and Lisp. This article, shows you how to use functional programming constructs such as closures and higher order functions to write well-structured, modular code in the Java language.

( Permalink: Well-structured, modular code in the Java language      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jul 22, 2004 )

SkyOS, the 7th Beta and Robert Szeleney
Thom Holwerda put together a review of the latest beta of the upcoming SkyOS 5, and also an in-depth interview with Robert Szeleney, creator of SkyOS. They talk about the future, the drivers included, the applications ported and the general inspiration for SkyOS.

( Permalink: SkyOS, the 7th Beta and Robert Szeleney      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jul 22, 2004 )

AirPort Express in pieces
"iPodding takes apart a AirPort Express."

( Permalink: AirPort Express in pieces      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 21, 2004 )

Securing Mac OS X
This paper addresses operating system hardening in terms of patching, administration roles and setting passwords. It also provides information on Apple Macintosh OS X network security: namely, basic firewall configuration and hardening of network services such as FTP, SSH and the Apache web server. Story

( Permalink: Securing Mac OS X      Submitted by LogError Wed Jul 21, 2004 )

Multi-Boot Disk for AMD Opteron Processors
"Sun Microsystems Inc.'s new 64-bit Opteron machines can be configured to run the Solaris Operating System (x86 Platform Edition) and several distributions of Linux, all from a single internal disk drive. This is made possible by correctly partitioning the disk drive at the time of the first OS installation, to allow space for two or more different operating systems. When all of the operating systems are properly installed, the user can choose which one to run from the Linux GRUB Boot Loader, as the machine is being booted."

( Permalink: Multi-Boot Disk for AMD Opteron Processors      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 21, 2004 )

Cryptography and the Open Source Security Debate
If you follow technology trends, you're probably aware of the two schools of thought with regard to security and/or cryptography. Does cryptography and security solutions become more secure as the number of eyes pouring over its source code increases or is a private solution which leverages security through obscurity provide a more secure environment?

Daniel R. Miessler submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which offers some compelling arguments for both scenarios. In the end, his well thought out opinion, comes to a universal conclusion.

( Permalink: Cryptography and the Open Source Security Debate      Submitted by Kelly McNeill Wed Jul 21, 2004 )

SGI supercomputer to scale Linux to 1,024 CPUs
"Initially, Pennington said, the system will use two images of Linux -- one per 512 processors -- while it's being tested and configured. Later, all 1,024 processors will address one image of the SGI Advanced Linux operating system being used. That operating system is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst at market research company IDC in Framingham, Mass., said the Altix system follows a path of innovation that SGI has offered for years in the supercomputing market. "SGI has often led the field in how many processors they could run on one operating system," he said."

( Permalink: SGI supercomputer to scale Linux to 1,024 CPUs      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 21, 2004 )

GNU/Linux Clears Procurement Hurdles
"On July 1, 2004, the Executive Office of the President of the United States issued a memorandum for Senior Procurement Executives and Chief Information Officers. The memorandum emphasizes the President's previous memorandum titled "Maximizing Use of SmartBuy and Avoiding Duplication of Agency Activities." In this latest memorandum, OMB 04-16, the President issued the following ground-breaking statements:"

( Permalink: GNU/Linux Clears Procurement Hurdles      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 21, 2004 )

IBM launches POWER5-based p5 server line
"A while back, we covered IBM's launch of their POWER5-based i5 server line, and today the company has launched their advanced POWER5-based line in the form of the p5 series. The p5 series goes from 2-way to 16-way, and expands many of the features, especially virtualization. But I'll let you check out the press release for more info. Also, a number of sites (e.g. here and here) are running coverage of the launch, with the obligatory quotes from IBM reps and smack-talking competitors. The big news is in the benchmarks, where the new p5 gives IBM a significant lead over the competition in SPECfp and TPC-C (a transaction processing benchmark) performance."

( Permalink: IBM launches POWER5-based p5 server line      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 21, 2004 )

Using Linux To Burn CDs?
Linux offers powerful, flexible tools for creating CDs. You can create disks that are readable on almost any platform and create .iso files for download and distribution.

( Permalink: Using Linux To Burn CDs?      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Jul 21, 2004 )

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