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GGF and Grid Security
Things are changing fast in the grid community. Our communication networks connect millions of systems and billions of individuals on the planet. These myriad systems, and the data they contain, present juicy targets for those who want to steal, damage, corrupt, or otherwise gain unlawful access to those systems.

( Permalink: GGF and Grid Security      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 18, 2004 )

Applications, User Interfaces, and Servers
"Many of us sense that the next stage of components, involving Web services, will shake up applications even more. And recently, it's started to look as if the application, once the central fixture of computer use, would dissolve into a soup of servers, application fragments, and user interfaces. This article attempts to convey the flavor of this soup in some palatable fashion."
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( Permalink: Applications, User Interfaces, and Servers      Submitted by Noel Tue May 18, 2004 )

Group-Office 2.0.2 Pro Review
Bob Minvielle reviews Group-Office 2.0.2 Professional edition for OSNews. GOP is a web-based collaboration office suite. Screenshots included.

( Permalink: Group-Office 2.0.2 Pro Review      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 18, 2004 )

How Proxies Work
"Proxy servers were originally developed to cache frequently accessed web pages for computersbehind a common Internet connection. In the early days of the Internet, wide area links were veryslow, the Web was relatively small, and web pages were static. The entire Web consisted of only afew thousand websites shared by scientists and academicians. Whenever an important newselement hit a website, many scientists in the same organization would visit that page (how manytimes have you forwarded a link inside your company?). By caching that page on a local server,proxies could eliminate redundant Internet access to retrieve the same page over and over."
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( Permalink: How Proxies Work      Submitted by Noel Tue May 18, 2004 )

FreeBSD Networking Basics
"Beginners to Unix-like operating systems such as FreeBSD are often stymied by their network settings. Sure, the install process may have set up your NIC for you, but where do you go to view these settings, and how do you proceed if your NIC stops working? Since networking is such an integral part of computing, this article will demonstrate how to verify, configure, and optimize your network settings."
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( Permalink: FreeBSD Networking Basics      Submitted by Noel Tue May 18, 2004 )

Peak 4.1
"Peak 4.1, the new version of BIAS's two-track audio editor, takes greater advantage of OS X's power than its predecessor, Peak 3 (; July 2002), did. Harnessing the computing muscle of dual-processor Macs, the program now performs simultaneous actions more smoothly. And it allows you to burn files directly to CD -- there's no need for an intervening application. It also has improved performance and, most important, new effects and features sure to interest audio and video professionals."
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( Permalink: Peak 4.1      Submitted by Noel Mon May 17, 2004 )

PowerBook 12 vs. iBook: What's a Mac fan to do?
"Apple recently sent Computerworld two of its newest laptops for review purposes: a top-end 14-in. iBook G4, with a combination drive and an AirPort Extreme card for wireless networking, and an entry-level 12-in. PowerBook, similarly equipped -- but with a SuperDrive that can burn DVDs as well as CDs. The PowerBook weighs just 4.6 pounds, while the iBook weighs 5.9 pounds."
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( Permalink: PowerBook 12 vs. iBook: What's a Mac fan to do?      Submitted by Noel Mon May 17, 2004 )

Karl Auerbach: ICANN Out of Control
"October's distributed, denial-of-service attack against the domain name system--the most serious yet, in which seven of the thirteen DNS roots were cut off from the Internet--put a spotlight on ICANN, the nongovernmental corporation responsible for Internet addressing and DNS. The security of DNS is on ICANN's watch. Why is it so susceptible to attack, when the Internet as a whole is touted as being able to withstand nuclear Armageddon?"
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( Permalink: Karl Auerbach: ICANN Out of Control      Submitted by Noel Mon May 17, 2004 )

BitTorrent: ISOs for Everyone--Fast!
"Luckily, Bram Cohen has been working on a project called BitTorrent for over two years. BitTorrent fundamentally changes the way large-scale file transfers work. Rather than the traditional model of many computers downloading the file from a very small number of congested sources, BitTorrent uses a peer-to-peer model. It transforms the massive network of downloading nodes into a constantly changing web of uploading and downloading peers "
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( Permalink: BitTorrent: ISOs for Everyone--Fast!      Submitted by Noel Mon May 17, 2004 )

Using Shared Memory from PHP
"IPC is one of the most important features of the UNIX systems. It allows two processes to communicate with each other. In this article we'll work with two System V IPC functions, semaphores and shared memory. System V IPC originated in SVR2, but has implementations by numerous vendors. It's also available in SVR4."
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( Permalink: Using Shared Memory from PHP      Submitted by Noel Mon May 17, 2004 )

Maintaining Linux Firewalls
"Regardless of the type of firewall you deploy, you will have to test and maintain it carefully.You need to actively monitor your firewall so that you can discover scanning attacks, connection attempts, and general weaknesses. Of course, you will have to scan your firewall to ensure that all extraneous ports and daemons are closed.You can use a scanner such as Nessus (www.nessus.org) to do this. However, even an application such as Nessus cannot implement the specific attacks necessary to truly test your firewall. You may never know that a hacker has entered your network unless you carefully monitor your firewall logs. "
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( Permalink: Maintaining Linux Firewalls      Submitted by Noel Mon May 17, 2004 )

Linux on the Mainframe
"If you're either at a business-decision level or a technical level and are evaluating if you should give Linux on the mainframe a try, this book is for you. Linux purists shouldn't shy away from this book, though, because the authors do a good job of explaining when and why Linux could be used on the Mainframe and when it should stay be used standalone. After a brief introduction on the evolution of both platforms, the authors lay down the building blocks of mainframe architecture."
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( Permalink: Linux on the Mainframe      Submitted by Noel Mon May 17, 2004 )

The Distributed Mac
"Apple seems to be pushing the whole distributed computing thread (excuse the pun), what with Xcode doing distributed builds, Qmaster possibly spreading across the Pro App line, and Xgrid grabbing a lot of attention from the scitech market. If prior history counts for anything, it really makes me wonder, what's next?"
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( Permalink: The Distributed Mac      Submitted by Noel Sun May 16, 2004 )

Eye of the Tiger (10.4): a Wishlist
"Mac OS X 10.3 “Panther” put the user at center, and now one year later it is time for an upgrade. Being realistic, I dream of Mac OS X putting the user at center even more with greater performance and many more options. I have compiled a list of improvements and new functions that can be implemented into the recently announced Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger.”"
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( Permalink: Eye of the Tiger (10.4): a Wishlist      Submitted by Noel Sun May 16, 2004 )

Providing file meta-data support with KFile plugin
"This tutorial is about writing a meta-data plugins for KDE. It might help to explain what I mean by meta-data, and also what I mean by a plugin. Meta-data is a unfortunately a bit of a buzzword term, but in relation to some data (for example, a JPEG encoded digital photograph), it means some additional data describing that data (for example, the camera settings that were used to take the image). The terms meta-information and meta-info have equivalent meaning. In KDE, a plugin is a dynamically loaded library that provides certain functionality over a well defined (and often quite restrictive) interface. That may not mean much - don't worry though, since it will become more apparent later."
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( Permalink: Providing file meta-data support with KFile plugin      Submitted by Noel Sun May 16, 2004 )

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