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the gopher:// manifesto
"Gopher is an infoserver which can deliver text, graphics, audio, and multimedia to clients. Keeping documents "link clean", making linking a function of the server info-tree and not in the doc, layout is kept to its most frugal minimum, and is standard across all docs. No graphic design means its the ideal navigable interface, a hypertext Eden."
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( Permalink: the gopher:// manifesto      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 14, 2004 )

With Release, X.Org Seals Fate of XFree86
"The new X.Org X Window System release is also more than just a replacement for the latest version of XFree86 (4.4), according to Gettys. "We updated a number of major components that were very stale in XFree864.4: e.g. fontconfig, Xft, freetype, and made the distribution much less likely to break systems that had more up to date packages," Gettys told internetnews.com. "Some critical bug fixes were also incorporated."
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( Permalink: With Release, X.Org Seals Fate of XFree86      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 14, 2004 )

Desktop Guerrilla Tactics: a Portable Thin Client
"Here, in broad strokes, is the thin client approach on which we settled. We assembled a small floppy-based distribution with an SVGA VNC client, and then we set up our Linux machine to act as a fat server to our thin clients. We then deployed our floppy distribution to the client machines. All our work was done with a stock distribution of Red Hat 9, with the exception of some packages we downloaded from the Internet."
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( Permalink: Desktop Guerrilla Tactics: a Portable Thin Client      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 14, 2004 )

Centralized Printing Using CUPS
"The CUPS server sits on a Linux system in a DMZ. This DMZ exists between the LAN where the printers reside and the LAN where the production systems lie. Installing CUPS on Linux was, as we all have come to expect, pretty painless. Add the RPMs, and the software is there and ready for use."
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( Permalink: Centralized Printing Using CUPS      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 14, 2004 )

Adriaan de Groot
"In what ways do you make a contribution to KDE?
Palm Pilot syncing, mostly. And portability, both to FreeBSD and to Solaris. I've mucked about all over the code base. I also spent some time as licence police. You know, basically doing jobs that need to be done."

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( Permalink: Adriaan de Groot      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 14, 2004 )

Processors: The Road To Tomorrow
"Bleeding-edge performance has always been what Intel and AMD have used to promote their best CPUs. The fastest mainstream CPUs filled that role nicely, until both manufacturers decided to re-architect their x86 server/workstation CPUs to create a new class of ultrahigh-performance processors. This new processor class is aimed at ultimate game play, 3D game development, content creation (such as video and audio), and uniprocessor workstations."
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( Permalink: Processors: The Road To Tomorrow      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 14, 2004 )

I Spy with iSight
"In several recent incidents, thieves have stolen equipment worth thousands of dollars from Brigham Young University. The staff of one department took matters into their own hands and set up a surveillance camera. The perpetrators were promptly recorded and arrested. And no high-end, expensive equipment was necessary -- just Apple's $150 iSight camera and a $20 software program called EvoCam."
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( Permalink: I Spy with iSight      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 13, 2004 )

OS X Trojan Horse Is a Nag 
"Technically, the threat isn't a Trojan Horse by the standard definition: It isn't a working piece of malicious code and can't easily be spread to other computers, experts said. Instead, it is a demonstration of a possible threat."
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( Permalink: OS X Trojan Horse Is a Nag       Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 13, 2004 )

Apple responds to trojan horse warning
"We are aware of the potential issue identified by Intego and are working proactively to investigate it," said Apple in a statement. "While no operating system can be completely secure from all threats, Apple has an excellent track record of identifying and rapidly correcting potential vulnerabilities."
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( Permalink: Apple responds to trojan horse warning      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 13, 2004 )

First retail Simputer runs embedded Linux
"All three Amida Simputer models are based on a 206MHz processor, and include a three-pin RS232 serial port, two USB 1.1 host ports, and one USB 1.1 device port. They support Internet connections via a landline modem (PicoPeta sells a small modem as a Simputer accessory), or a Reliance CDMA phone."
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( Permalink: First retail Simputer runs embedded Linux      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 13, 2004 )

Shuttle - SB62G2
"The SB62G2 uses the Intel 865G chipset as opposed to the 875P in the SB75G2. Also included is onboard VGA, namely the Intel Extreme Graphic 2 graphics chip. And finally, the SB62G2 doubles up on the onboard LAN ports, utilizing the Intel 562EZ and Realtek 8100b chips With these extra features, the SB62G2 brings a little more versatility to the table and some cost savings."
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( Permalink: Shuttle - SB62G2      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 13, 2004 )

Application Security - Next Layer of Protection
Many companies are just now beginning to realize the importance of web application security. Some are learning the hard way. Most veteran security professionals are aware of common Unix applications that have been historically vulnerable such as versions of BIND/DNS, FTP, Sendmail and Apache Web Server. The most predominant business applications being deployed in these instances is email and web services. Since these types of applications are employed to purposely facilitate bidirectional communications most perimeter firewalls are configured to allow data to pass through without much inspection of the payload. eBCVG

( Permalink: Application Security - Next Layer of Protection      Submitted by Dr.T Tue Apr 13, 2004 )

A Manifesto for Collaborative Tools
"Engelbart's work was driven by some deceptively simple observations, which he described in his 1962 paper, "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework." His thesis was this: Society's problems are scaling at unprecedented rates, so solutions need to scale also. Our very survival depends on our ability to work together more effectively, to get collectively smarter. Computers -- when used properly -- can help us do this.    Today, we celebrate Engelbart's accomplishments, but we forget his motivation. Computers should help us become smarter and work together better, and in many ways, they have."
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( Permalink: A Manifesto for Collaborative Tools      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 13, 2004 )

Testing frameworks in Python
This article looks at Python's two standard modules for unit testing: unittest and doctest. These modules expand on the capability of the built-in assert statement, which is used for validation of pre-conditions and post-conditions within functions. The author discusses the best ways to incorporate testing into Python development, weighing the advantages of different styles for different types of projects.

( Permalink: Testing frameworks in Python      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Apr 13, 2004 )

PCQuest Linux 2004
"PCQuest Linux 2004 is a new version of a Linux distro from the publishers of PCQuest, a popular 15-year-old computer magazine published in India. PCQuest distributed Slackware on CDs in 1996 and Red Hat in 1997. Later, PCQuest started making its own distribution, based on Red Hat, now Fedora. The three CDs that make up the distro came with the March 2004 issue of the magazine. I have been using the new distro for a week now, with some interesting results. "
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( Permalink: PCQuest Linux 2004      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 13, 2004 )

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