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Fedora vs Mandrake vs Suse
"There are all types of distributions available, from ones that are very user friendly to advanced ones that allow you to build your system from the source code. This article covers the three most popular intermediate Linux distributions available today, Fedora Linux, Mandrake Linux and Suse Linux. Intermediate distributions give the user plenty of control and choice over their system, yet provide easy to use tools to administer and maintain their system. "
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( Permalink: Fedora vs Mandrake vs Suse      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 5, 2004 )

Preventing Denial of Service Attacks
"Denial of Service (DoS) attacks set out to remove a service from functional use by its clients. Web servers will stop serving web pages, email servers will stop accepting or delivering email, and routers will go dark, taking you off the Internet all together. Denial of a particular service will come in one of two forms: Complete consumption of a resource such as bandwidth, memory, CPU, file handles, or any other finite asset. Exploiting a weakness in the service to stop it functioning or causing the service to crash."
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( Permalink: Preventing Denial of Service Attacks      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 5, 2004 )

The Stealth Desktop Part I: Finding a New Distro
"The Slackware installer it is a text-only process which usually consist of three steps. In the first one you boot into the install environment; there you have a root console where you can bring up the network (if needed), and manage the partition scheme you're going to use (with the help of the fdisk or cfdisk programs). The second is the install proper, done with the setup program. Finally, and still within setup, you do the initial basic configuration tasks such as setting up the network, choosing the default desktop environment, and so on."
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( Permalink: The Stealth Desktop Part I: Finding a New Distro      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 5, 2004 )

Automatic Backups with rsync and Anacron
"In this article I am going to show you how to quickly set up your computer for simple, hassle-free, and transparent backups using only rsync and cron (or Anacron). The premise is simple: every night your computer will make an automatic mirror of all the files you wish to backup, and at chosen intervals these mirrors will be archived and kept for a specified period of time."
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( Permalink: Automatic Backups with rsync and Anacron      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 5, 2004 )

Konserve: Interview with Florian Simnacher
"I wrote Konserve because I needed it. I wanted to make backups from my important files. And I didn't want to struggle with scripts and cron jobs. Konserve was published because I thought it'd be useful for others as well. I never thought about selling Konserve. To develop software and to sell software are two different things and I'm definitely better in the first one. There came so many ideas and code as feedback after the publishing of Konserve. That's worth the costs of publishing Konserve in the internet."
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( Permalink: Konserve: Interview with Florian Simnacher      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 5, 2004 )

Building a Web Cluster with FreeSBIE
"Suppose that we need to build a cluster of web servers to serve HTTP and HTTPS connections. Why do we need a cluster? First of all, our web services are heavily loaded; having one or two CPU systems and a lot of RAM is not enough anymore. Secondly, our services need 24x7 availability and this requires an excellent fail-over backup system, which should be completely transparent for customers and normal web surfers. Nobody cares how many servers and sites we have; everyone only wants to see the requested web page."
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( Permalink: Building a Web Cluster with FreeSBIE      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 5, 2004 )

Mac.Ars: the .Mac gap
"Would people bail on .Mac because of the e-mail storage issue? After all, .Mac offers a host of other features: iSync, Backup, iDisk, the Mac OS X Learning Center, and a tight integration into OS X (which will become even tighter in Tiger). Problem is, how many .Mac users actually take advantage of those items? Those who partake of the entire .Mac experience are likely to stick it out. It's those who use .Mac primarily for e-mail that Apple needs to worry about."
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( Permalink: Mac.Ars: the .Mac gap      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 4, 2004 )

Hacking Mac OS X Panther
"The Macintosh operating system has always been a rather scriptable environment. Many applications support scriptable events that let you automate tasks or integrate separate programs. With Mac OS X, there are even more opportunities for scripting, now that the ultimate scriptable environment, Unix, is under the hood. But why limit yourself to the Desktop? The Mac's script-friendly environment can integrate your Desktop application with web applications such as Amazon. This hack is a quick example that loosely integrates the Mac Address Book with Amazon."
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( Permalink: Hacking Mac OS X Panther      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 4, 2004 )

Packet Crafting for Firewall & IDS Audits
"It is best to not blindly rely on the output of certain automated tools when auditing devices that safeguard your valuable computing assets. I would compare this to an analogy where one manually checks his door locks and the burners on the stove before going to bed, instead of waiting for a burglar or a fire alarm to be woken up. You know you've done everything required to safeguard your environment, but at the end of the day you still want to make sure. Packet crafting, when used to audit your network, cannot verify all conditions affecting your firewall and IDS, but the process can do so a fair number of them."
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( Permalink: Packet Crafting for Firewall & IDS Audits      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 4, 2004 )

Songs in the Key of Tux: Audacity
"Here ends my quick tour of editing with Audacity. Next month, I'll go over the basics of recording. Audacity has a built in metronome, so if I stick to something simple, I should be set. I'm chomping at the bit to start recording, especially since Joe bought a Washburn Dime333 - one of the nicest guitars I've ever held."
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( Permalink: Songs in the Key of Tux: Audacity      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 4, 2004 )

Building a Mailing List
"Because I use Movable Type to manage my system, I could have used their API to develop a plugin that would activate on new posts to trigger distribution. I'm dubious about having to maintain that plugin, though, so I chose a very low-tech high-tech solution: a crontab entry. Every five minutes, a cron job queries the MySQL database to find posts made in the previous few minutes. If it finds a new post, it queries the list database for individual message subscribers and sends them each a unique email with a tracking code. (On my MySQL box, that query requires well under 0.001 seconds to run.)"
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( Permalink: Building a Mailing List      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 4, 2004 )

Installing MPlayer
"MPlayer has set itself apart as a versatile movie player under Linux and other platforms. Whether you love or hate it, once you try it, you'll have to agree that it is very different, with its versatile keyboard control and alternative methods for handling video playback."
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( Permalink: Installing MPlayer      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 4, 2004 )

Migrating Win32 C/C++ apps to Linux on POWER
This article covers Win32 API mapping, particularly process, thread, and shared memory services to Linux on POWER. The article can help you decide which of the mapping services best fits your needs. The author takes you through the APIs mapping he faced while porting a Win32 C/C++ application.

( Permalink: Migrating Win32 C/C++ apps to Linux on POWER      Submitted by Anonymous Sun Jul 4, 2004 )

Apple says no iMacs until September
"Apple has stopped taking orders for the current iMac as we begin the transition from the current iMac line to an all-new iMac line which will be announced and available in September. We planned to have our next generation iMac ready by the time the inventory of current iMacs runs out in the next few weeks, but our planning was obviously less than perfect. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers."
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( Permalink: Apple says no iMacs until September      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 3, 2004 )

Jabra Bluetooth FreeSpeak 250 Headset
"The headset has its own charging docking station. The BT250 boasts a talk time of 8 hours and 240 hours standby. Honestly I haven't been able to test that as I usually plop it in the charger every couple days or so. Arguably this is probably the best feature of the device and gets the most attention. Speaking of battery life, using Bluetooth does take a noticeable drain on my phone, especially using it with a headset. As result is I got a car charger for the phone so that I can give the battery a quick boost if needed. "
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( Permalink: Jabra Bluetooth FreeSpeak 250 Headset      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 3, 2004 )

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