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Linux as a Tool for Windows Hardware Errors
In this article, Rais offers insights why Windows hardware failures may be causing some to update or replace devices that are still operational. Instead, he shows how powerful a tool Linux can be in tracking down hardware problems and validating some inherent issues with Windows device support... Complete article

( Permalink: Linux as a Tool for Windows Hardware Errors      Submitted by Mark Rais Thu Aug 16, 2007 )

Develop multitasking applications with PHP V5
Many PHP developers believe that because standard PHP lacks threading capabilities, it's impossible for a practical PHP application to multitask. Not true... PHP doesn't support threading in the way other languages like the Java programming language or C++ do, but the examples in this article show that PHP can exploit in-process multitasking and has more potential for speed-ups than many realize.

( Permalink: Develop multitasking applications with PHP V5      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Aug 16, 2007 )

Create a Web Service with Ruby on Rails
Learn how to use a Web service to facilitate the communication between a Ruby on Rails client and an SCA component running on WebSphere Process Server. You can see how to expose the SCA component as a service, followed by the steps required to generate the Ruby client that will invoke the service.

( Permalink: Create a Web Service with Ruby on Rails      Submitted by idaashley Thu Aug 16, 2007 )

What does your favorite text editor say about you?
Funny post about editors.
"Emacs
Your choice of text editor was simple. You wanted the most powerful, and most extensible editor on Earth. And you can write a formal mathematical proof that Emacs is that editor. You are a lisp hacker and you are not afraid to use it. In fact, when you watched Matrix you were disappointed that the streaming code on the screens was not lisp. You still think that the back-end and AI of the Matrix is done in that language. You might have (or are working towards) a PHD."
Terminally Incoherent Blog Archive What does your favorite text editor say about you?

( Permalink: What does your favorite text editor say about you?      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 15, 2007 )

Runes of Avalon - an enjoyable game for Linux
In my teens I was addicted to playing computer games. We all are at some point of our lives. And I have played a wide variety of games from arcade to RPG and simulations. But the most enjoyable ones were games which had simple controls. Some of the classic games of yore I have immensely enjoyed are Pacman, MS-Pac, Dig Dug, Snake and so on.
Read the whole game review

( Permalink: Runes of Avalon - an enjoyable game for Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Aug 15, 2007 )

Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL
This document describes how to install a Proftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota with this setup.

( Permalink: Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL      Submitted by Falko Timme Wed Aug 15, 2007 )

Envy - ATI and NVIDIA drivers installation
“Envy” is an application for Ubuntu Linux and Debian written in Python and PyGTK. Full Story

( Permalink: Envy - ATI and NVIDIA drivers installation      Submitted by dave Wed Aug 15, 2007 )

Consistent MySQL backups using ZFS snapshots
"One place where I've started to use it recently on my own home server is to make instant and consistent backups of my MySQL databases. In this article I will show you how to install MySQL on a ZFS file system and supply you with a script to make consistent snapshots of the databases."

Consistent MySQL backups using ZFS snapshots

( Permalink: Consistent MySQL backups using ZFS snapshots      Submitted by Nickus Wed Aug 15, 2007 )

Pico ITX Motherboard Review: VIA ITX
Cool looking board.
"Due to the size of the Pico-ITX motherboard, the best way to attach an optical drive is through USB. This creates an obstacle for installing a full operating system (like Windows XP or Ubuntu) if you don't have one, but there are a number of ways to get around this if you want to invest the time and have the understanding. Initially, just to keep things simple, I used the Pico-ITX system with a lightweight Linux distribution known as Feather Linux. This distro is designed to fit on a USB flash drive that is under 128 MB, and it can be booted from and run off of the drive. This means no disk-based solution is needed, though for testing a 3.5 SATA drive will be attached as well."
Pico ITX Motherboard Review: VIA ITX

( Permalink: Pico ITX Motherboard Review: VIA ITX      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 14, 2007 )

SSL-enabled Name-based Apache Virtual Hosts with m
This article describes how to implement SSL-enabled name-based vhosts - that is secure virtual hosts which share the same IP address and port - with the SNI-capable mod_gnutls module for Apache's httpd web server.

( Permalink: SSL-enabled Name-based Apache Virtual Hosts with m      Submitted by George Notaras Tue Aug 14, 2007 )

Remapping the Caps Lock Key
This is for emacs.
"Here is a question: when was the last time you used the Caps Lock key on purpose? When was the last time you went hey, I wish I could type in ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME'! Chances are that unless you are a Nigerian prince in a dire need of a money transfer, your use of Caps Lock is very limited."
Terminally Incoherent Blog Archive Remapping the Caps Lock Key

( Permalink: Remapping the Caps Lock Key      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 14, 2007 )

In-depth Fedora 7 Review
If you're a Fedora user the end of May means one thing...time for a new release! This year was no different as the Fedora project continued its aggressive six month release schedule. Fedora 7, code named “Moonshine”, is the latest version of the Red Hat influenced Linux distribution. Fedora regulars will note the absence of the word “Core” in the new name. This isn't the only change with this release. We'll delve into what's new in 7 as well as review Fedora from a desktop standpoint.

This is an in-depth review of Fedora 7, which was intensively tested for a month before preparing it. It is also a review of Fedora by a Fedora user.

Read the Fedora 7 review

( Permalink: In-depth Fedora 7 Review      Submitted by Steve Emms Tue Aug 14, 2007 )

Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support
Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a Debian Etch server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support.

( Permalink: Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Aug 13, 2007 )

netcat tutorial: Copy hard disk or partition image
netcat utility (nc command) considered as TCP/IP swiss army knife. It reads and writes data across network connections, using TCP or UDP protocol. It is designed to be a reliable “back-end” tool that can be used directly or easily driven by other programs and scripts. At the same time, it is a feature-rich network debugging and exploration tool, since it can create almost any kind of connection you would need and has several interesting built-in capabilities.

This howto explain migrating data between two server hard drives using netcat over a network. It is very easy to copy complete drive image from one server to another.

( Permalink: netcat tutorial: Copy hard disk or partition image      Submitted by nixcraft Mon Aug 13, 2007 )

Hardening Linux
Basic level description of locking down your box.
"The very first step is to seal any ports you aren't deliberately using. Although Linux is secure by design, vulnerabilities are regularly discovered and it is only sensible to mitigate risk. It's a good idea to use nmap to check the services your computer is exposing. Check this over the Internet using your public IP address too."
iTWire - Hardening Linux

( Permalink: Hardening Linux      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 13, 2007 )

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