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Building a Linux firewall and router
"This site is an introduction to simple hardware routers for small networks built from old, obsolete hardware and free open source software. The intended audience for this site are Newbies to both Linux and to hardware routers and firewalls. Included are instructions for hardware assembly and software configuration. One page is a primer for network security and discusses firewalls, anti-virus software and other security related tools. The intent of this site is to encourage others to build and install their own secure router for homes and small businesses."
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( Permalink: Building a Linux firewall and router      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 28, 2004 )

Creating a cron GUI Interface with Ruby/Tk
"This article is the first in a two-part series that teaches you how to use Ruby and Tk on your Mac OS X system. During the course of this tutorial, I hope to convince you of the advantages of using Ruby and the Tk toolkit by creating a program that will act as a GUI-based front end to the cron daemon. In the first half of the series, we'll create the back end of our program. This will be an array-based class that allows us to load/save cron jobs from/to a text file whose contents will be added to the cron schedule. By doing so, I hope to provide a primer to Ruby for those of you who are unfamiliar with the language."
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( Permalink: Creating a cron GUI Interface with Ruby/Tk      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 28, 2004 )

iPod on a Car Stereo Even if You Don't Own a BMW
"There are a number of options. One option that I like is the cassette adapter, which works great for other units as well (a CD Discman, for example). This simply goes into your cassette player, starts playing -- and the music playing on your iPod comes out of the car's stereo speakers. Often on these, the wire going to the device comes out of the left side of the adapter, so if your cassette player loads tapes in such a way that the left side isn't on the outside, you might want to try something like a portable FM transmitter. This would mean something like the iTrip, which sends a signal to your FM radio and actually broadcasts the music playing on your iPod directly to your radio."
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( Permalink: iPod on a Car Stereo Even if You Don't Own a BMW      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

Printing in Mac OS X
"Mac OS X has made a major leap in printing technology. From a single Print dialog, you can switch between printers, set print options, and create PDF files. Mac OS X makes printing easier and more powerful than ever."
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( Permalink: Printing in Mac OS X      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

Stupid cat tricks that work.
"The "cat" command is very powerful and fast.  These may be some tips you haven't seen before, such as "summing" each row of numbers, converting a random number of columns to a specific number N,  or getting the contents of multiple files from one list. These tips are simple,  fast and worth a quick look."
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( Permalink: Stupid cat tricks that work.      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

Python applied to the Natural Language
This installment introduces you to the Natural Language Toolkit, a Python library for applying academic linguistic techniques to collections of textual data. Programming that goes by the name "text processing" is a start; other capabilities for syntactic and even semantic analysis are further specialized to studying natural languages.

( Permalink: Python applied to the Natural Language      Submitted by Anonymous Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

Moving on to Fedora Core 2 from Fedora Core 1
"One problem I did notice is that prior to entering the graphical installation mode the contents on the screen fit nicely within the screen boundaries. As soon as I entered the graphical installation mode the contents were skewed to the right. I can easily adjust this but I found it odd to have this discrepancy. My Windows machine connected to the same monitor does not have this problem so it is a bit annoying to have to adjust the monitor settings when switching between machines (a KVM switch is used to share the one monitor with two computers)."
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( Permalink: Moving on to Fedora Core 2 from Fedora Core 1      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

Programming with bash
"Face it, you can't become any kind of respectable administrator without knowing a decent bit about shell scripting. You don't have to be the "Bashmeister General" or anything, but having a firm grasp on the basics will get you out of a lot of jams, and provide a foundation for furthering your experience and your skill. In this article we'll cover some programming functionality of the bash shell."
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( Permalink: Programming with bash      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

Postfix: The Definitive Guide
"Postfix also is quite resource efficient: it easily can handle a thousand messages per day on a high-end 486 machine. I've used Postfix for three years, and it always has been several steps ahead of what I've needed for SOHO environments without overwhelming me with what I did not (yet) need. ISPs are using it on high-end modern PCs to handle as much as a million messages a day. It runs on Linux and most flavors of Unix. This book covers Postfix 2.1, which is in release candidate status as I write this review in May 2004. One caveat: the book does not cover the policy daemon interface; it is in the development branch only and may not make it into 2.1 stable."
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( Permalink: Postfix: The Definitive Guide      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

Xandros Desktop OS 2.0
"Many Linux vendors are making a grab for the grail of “Linux Desktop”—a simple workstation system that will escape the complexity and truly bring Linux to the masses. But only one vendor has gone to the bold extreme of putting “desktop” in the very name of the system. When I saw the name Xandros Desktop OS 2.0, I could tell this wouldn’t be the usual Linux Apache/Samba/Sendmail station. When Xandros uses the word “desktop,” they’re not talking about a GUI. They are talking about the whole operating system. I reviewed Xandros Desktop OS, and I found it to be a smart, simple Linux system that is sure to win converts in the upcoming battle for the desktop."
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( Permalink: Xandros Desktop OS 2.0      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 27, 2004 )

What Would (Steve) Jobs Do? We have a winner!
"First off, thanks to everyone who entered our ”What Would (Steve) Jobs Do?” contest, where we asked readers to send in their best and most interesting guesses for what big product Apple might announce at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. We received literally hundreds of entries, and we were blown away by the detail many of you went into. "
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( Permalink: What Would (Steve) Jobs Do? We have a winner!      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 26, 2004 )

Installing WordPress on OS X 10.3
"Of the many options out there, many people choose to run their own blogging software, as opposed to a managed service like Blogger or TypePad. On the software side there are many decent tools available: Six Apart's Movable Type (MacZealots.com has a tutorial for installing MT as well), Greymatter, Blosxom, and countless others. WordPress is a less-known but still extremely capable free blogging packaage that is very popular with many bloggers (like its founding developer, Matt Mullenweg), and is rapidly gaining in popularity across the web. WordPress is an excellent choice for a personal or professional blog, and the price is right, too. This tutorial will show you how to install WordPress 1.2 on OS X 10.3."
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( Permalink: Installing WordPress on OS X 10.3      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 26, 2004 )

How to use cryptography in computer security
"Cryptography is the mathematics underlying computer security. While a Ph.D. in cryptography is hardly a requirement for keeping one's systems secure, an understanding of the basics helps in decision making about security, both for system administrators and IT managers. In this article, I present a non-technical overview of a few key concepts in cryptography that are relevant to consumers of security solutions. I then look at some widespread myths about cryptography, and give some advice on practical matters relating to cryptography."
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( Permalink: How to use cryptography in computer security      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 26, 2004 )

SuSE Linux 9.1 Review
"SuSE 9.1 is an improvement but as I said in my opening line its a step forward on one front yet a step back on another. Take 3D for instance with my ATI card not working. The biggest improvements are definitely in the GUI and the surrounding images that support the overall look of SuSE 9.1. Its package selection is also becoming better and more refined, new packages are being added and the range of commercial programs available is much better then the majority of distributions. Overall I liked SuSE 9.1, I personally prefer it over Mandrake and Fedora for ease of use and features however hardware support is still lacking in some areas and stability isn't perfect. "
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( Permalink: SuSE Linux 9.1 Review      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 26, 2004 )

Scanning for viruses with Knoppix
"First, with the Knoppix disc, the OS that might possibly be infected is completely powered down, so anything that might have been running in memory is gone. Second I'm booting into a completely different OS, so I don't have to worry about the infection somehow running accidentally under Linux. Third, Knoppix and the virus scanner in it is free, so I can burn many copies of it and scan multiple machines at once."
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( Permalink: Scanning for viruses with Knoppix      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 26, 2004 )

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