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Project Hydra: the USB Multiheaded Monster
"This situation got us thinking. It would be really cool to have a dedicated, remotely accessible console server with a lot of serial ports connected to all of our servers. One way to do this would be to use multiport serial cards, but they are comparable in price to serial console switches and have a similar scalability problem. Instead, we figured out how to use the readily available USB bus with USB-to-serial adapters. This solution works well even in our mixed environment, and it is also scalable and inexpensive."
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( Permalink: Project Hydra: the USB Multiheaded Monster      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 3, 2004 )

CrossOver Office Professional 3.0.1
"One of the more common questions experienced Linux users get asked by those considering migrating from Windows to Linux is, "Will my Windows applications run under Linux?" Thanks to the folks at CodeWeavers, the answer to that is yes--for some applications, anyway. The company's CrossOver Office lets you run many important Windows applications such as various versions of MS Office, Internet Explorer, and Quicken."
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( Permalink: CrossOver Office Professional 3.0.1      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 3, 2004 )

Skype beta Internet telephone for Linux
"Skype -- which bills itself as the Global P2P Telephony Company -- is now offering a Linux version of its beta Internet telephone software and service. Like the Windows version which debuted ten months ago, the Linux version is free: at least for the moment. You can download and start using the beta immediately. If you do, you'll be surprised at how good it sounds."
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( Permalink: Skype beta Internet telephone for Linux      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 3, 2004 )

A parent's guide to Linux Web filtering
"A Web filter is a software that can filter the type of content a Web browser displays. The filter checks the content of a Web page against a set of rules and replaces any unwanted content with an alternative Web page, usually an "Access Denied" page. The type of content to be filtered is usually controlled by a systems administrator or a parent. Web filters are used in schools, libraries, and homes to safeguard children from obscene content on the Internet."
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( Permalink: A parent's guide to Linux Web filtering      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 3, 2004 )

Setting Up Subversion for One or Multiple Projects
"Among this plethora of new players, Subversion is receiving the attention of many open-source developers due to its robustness, similarity to CVS and innovative architecture. Having recently marked its 1.0 version release, Subversion is being used in many open-source projects, including SpamAssassin, the Linux 1394 FireWire support project and the SILO Sparc Boot loader. As with any new toy that comes into a system administrator's hands, security is the first concern when dealing with Subversion. The good news is Subversion has been developed in these hard times, in which few can be trusted. Subversion takes the smart approach of coupling with the Apache Web Server and delegating many security functions to Apache."
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( Permalink: Setting Up Subversion for One or Multiple Projects      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 3, 2004 )

Allowing root to remotely Logon
Prevent root password guessing by disabling remote root access. Administrators can still gain remote root access by "su -" from a personal account; and this is desirable. Since entries are written to log files, there will be a record of which Admins obtained root access.
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( Permalink: Allowing root to remotely Logon      Submitted by Mike Chirico Sat Jul 3, 2004 )

Immersed in the Apple ][
"I've been working with an Apple ][ emulator lately, remembering some of the charms it had that we've largely lost since. Users of the Apple, or my old Franklin, or many of the other systems out there at the time, had a much more "up close and personal" relationship with the hardware and with the software. I remember my parents talking about a System/360 they'd used in graduate school with punch cards, and wondering how anyone could stand it, when instant feedback from the computer was available right in our den."
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( Permalink: Immersed in the Apple ][      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 2, 2004 )

An inside look at Safari 1.3 Developer Preview
"Safari 1.3 not only includes updates to WebKit, but it also features new "JavaScriptGlue" framework code, in addition to a new JavaScript console window. Meanwhile, an updated developer Safari "Debug" menu includes new options to toggle Safari's window transparency, shadow display, and background rendering. While the standard install of Safari 1.3 does not appear to enable the RSS reader technology expected in Safari 2.0, much of the framework for feature appears to be included in the release, including the RSS interface images. "
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( Permalink: An inside look at Safari 1.3 Developer Preview      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 2, 2004 )

Lost Root Password
"I have a very good memory. I remember most of my client's passwords (there are a few I forget regularly for no reason that I can understand, but I really do know most), I remember telephone numbers, and of course I know my own passwords. That last isn't as easy as it might sound, because I have quite a few different systems and each has its own password, but though I might use the wrong one now and then, I'll get it on the second or third try"
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( Permalink: Lost Root Password      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 2, 2004 )

One Old PC + RedHat, Knoppix, Fedora, or DSL
"If you're anything like me, you've got a couple of old machines hanging around the house either for the kids to play with, or just because you can't bear to get rid of them. After all, they still run, right? One of the old systems I have is a Compaq Armada 7800 (a 266 Mhz Pentium II), which was pieced together from components of 2 such laptops of not exactly the same model... so the CD is the wrong color and hangs sort of loose in its slot ... same deal with the hard drive ... and no battery whatsoever, but it refuses to die, so I won't part with it. "
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( Permalink: One Old PC + RedHat, Knoppix, Fedora, or DSL      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 2, 2004 )

Awk is your friend
"The nice thing about humans is that they're at least somewhat predictable. Given the choice between having data randomly strewn about, and having it in some predictable pattern, humans will generally choose predictable patterns (Microsoft filesystem management issues notwithstanding). These patterns are what make awk, a pattern-matching programming language, a wonderful tool for systems administrators, database administrators, and even command-line junkies who use their box mainly for pleasure. The notion of being able to write a one-line command to do almost anything draws ever closer with awk in your tool belt."
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( Permalink: Awk is your friend      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 2, 2004 )

The Penguin Driven Church Office
"Why should churches let penguins into the Pastor's study? That's a fair question. We considered our options rather carefully. Cost, choice, freedom, ease of use and ability to customize the software were our main issues. We had the connections to obtain software from a large proprietary corporation. Unfortunately, because we're not a 501(c)(3) organization, we didn't get any consideration. We have paperwork from the government that confirms our non-profit status--meaning everyone still gets their tax deductions--but some companies won't touch us because we lack that status."
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( Permalink: The Penguin Driven Church Office      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 2, 2004 )

An External SCSI Tape on a Sun Enterprise Server
"Not every shop running the Solaris Operating System has the resources -- or even the need -- for backup solutions like fancy tape auto-changers, libraries, or silos. Often all that is needed is a backup, or ufsdump, of the root file system, an important database, or the code from a small development project. In these cases, an external device such as a SCSI DDS tape drive will often suffice. The following information should aid in configuring your external device on most Sun Enterprise servers that have an external SCSI connection. This information applies to Solaris 7 OS or later versions. "
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( Permalink: An External SCSI Tape on a Sun Enterprise Server      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 2, 2004 )

Stress-testing the Linux kernel
Automating software testing allows you to run the same tests over a period of time, ensuring that you are really comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges. In this article, Linux Test Project team members share their methodology and rationale, as well as the scripts and tools they use to stress-test the Linux kernel.

( Permalink: Stress-testing the Linux kernel      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Jul 2, 2004 )

What should Apple do?
"Apple wants to sell more Macs—and I as a Mac developer want them to sell more Macs. One way to do that is to add features and applications to their operating system. Another way to do that is make sure that the competition doesn’t have a ton of cool stuff that they don’t have. I have absolutely no problem with that. It makes total sense. But, at the same time, Apple can’t do everything—they need other developers to make software for OS X too. What concerns me is the message the Dashboard thing sends. It goes like this, “If you come up with a good idea and develop a successful product, we might copy it and bundle it for free with the OS."
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( Permalink: What should Apple do?      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 1, 2004 )

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