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My sysadmin toolbox

I run two servers that host a couple of Web sites for customers, including two wikis and a forum, and ordinary static HTML sites. The wikis, the photo gallery, and the phpBB forum are especially important to keep an eye on. The maintenance of the Web server and the mail server is a one-man show, so I have to watch them all the time and try to automate whatever is possible. My toolbox includes Mutt, rss2email, Midnight Commander, and more.

Computer and Internet Technology Energy Solutions

  • MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com); By Mike Angelo and Aric Campling (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 10, 2006 1:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Use computer technology such as the Internet, VPNs, USB-keys, sneaker-netting, live CDs, and so forth to help to reduce dependency on oil and to reduce air pollution. MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) reports: “Today, in 'Part 2' of this 'Solutions for the Energy Crises' . . . article, we look at telecommuting as an alternative to burning gas and diesel fuel. We also look at some of the computer tools that help people to do these things. . . . If one's work is done on a computer, that person is a perfect candidate for working from home -- telecommuting"

Create iPod video content on the Java platform

This article shares some practical (and potentially very popular) uses for mobile video, and then present two programs to get you started using the QuickTime for Java API to create video content for the iPod. These programs let you easily add captions to existing video files and convert legacy video files into an iPod-compatible format.

Must-have WordPress plugins

WordPress 2.0 is a great piece of blogging software, but it doesn't build in every function a blogger might want. However, you can use plugins to extend the functionality of WordPress far beyond what it can do out of the box.

Microsoft Plans To Patch 7 Flaws Next Week

  • Yahoo!; By Gregg Keizer - TechWeb.com (Posted by Abe on Feb 10, 2006 11:19 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Microsoft warned users Thursday that they needed to set aside time on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to deploy seven security bulletins, the most the Redmond, Wash.-based developer has released since October 2005.

Howto: Mono meets MySql (and a few other tricks)

Following the well-received article on Mono, MonoDevelop and Glade, I decided to have a closer look at this mysterious beast and see if I couldn't get it to do something a little more useful. So I hooked it up to everyone's other favourite database, MySql, and knocked out a little database browser. Here's how I did it.

SGI warns that bankruptcy might be year-end option

  • Channel register; By Ashlee Vance (Posted by tadelste on Feb 10, 2006 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SGI; Story Type: News Story
SGI issued its most ominous regulatory filing to date, warning that a bad 2006 could force the former high-flyer into bankruptcy.

SCO's Discovery-Go-Round Keeps Spinning

SCO's attempts to discover evidence in its case against IBM and its possible placement of Unix code in Linux have not come to an end.

Asterisk VoIP gets South African accent

Open source voice over IP application gets tonal overhaul with the release of a package of voice prompts recorded in a South African accent. Push 1 to download, push 2 to erase Canadian accent!

Linux.com weekly security update - February 10, 2006

Advisories were released this week for IPsec Tools, Adzapper, ELOG, and the Linux kernel. Vendors that released advisories are Debian, Gentoo, Fedora, Mandriva, and SUSE. No advisories were issued for Ubuntu this week.

Creating Web albums with shalbum

  • linux.com; By Shashank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Feb 10, 2006 8:52 AM EDT)
Almost no site seems complete these days without an image gallery, which displays thumbnails of many images in on a single main page. When you click on any image, you bring up a page with a larger version of the image. My favorite way to create image galleries is by using shalbum, an elegant shell script that uses ImageMagick to generate Web albums.

Reader reviews SuSE Linux courses

We've been talking about training a fair bit recently, but mostly it's been about which courses are offered where and at what price. Novell's "Bridging NetWare skills to Novell Open Enterprise Server for Linux", for example, is a free online session. You might think it's only worth what you pay for it, but the time you invest in it is also a form of payment and it could keep you from having the experience one reader did with the more Linux-oriented courses that will actually cost you money.

Mark Shuttleworth Is The International Open Source Personality Of ...

A Kurta-Pyjama clad Mark Shuttleworth was eye-candy during the ceremony. Robert Adkins commented, ”You look like an Indian.” Mark received the special award, 'International Open Source Personality of the Year'.

Convincing management to approve free software

  • Free Software Magazine; By Maria Winslow (Posted by fsmdave on Feb 10, 2006 5:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial, News Story; Groups:
The grassroots efforts of system administrators have brought Linux and other free software into the mainstream. To be an effective advocate for free software at work, you need to speak the language of management and convince them from their point of view. This article discusses how to present your case, why your audience makes all the difference, how to hook them with proof of cost savings, and reveals two secret weapons for your quest to promote free software.

This article explains why bashing Microsoft won’t help you in your case, which migration recommendations will seem the most practical and feasible to management, and how to present those recommendations in terms that management will respond to.

Comment of the Day - February 10, 2005 - Lessons Learn in Brazil

  • Lxer - Article; By Mario Miyojim (Posted by tadelste on Feb 10, 2006 5:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
Mario writes: ",,, if any of you is young and ambitious, fear not and go ahead and fight for what is right. You will have nothing to regret in the future".

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Spyware Barely Touches Firefox

Internet Explorer users can be as much as 21 times more likely to end up with a spyware-infected PC than people who go online with Mozilla's Firefox browser, academic researchers from Microsoft's backyard said in a recently published paper.

"We can't say whether Firefox is a safer browser or not," said Henry Levy, one of the two University of Washington professors who, along with a pair of graduate students, created Web crawlers to scour the Internet for spyware in several 2005 forays. "But we can say that users will have a safer experience [surfing] with Firefox."

Back to school with education LiveCDs

  • IBM developerWorks; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Feb 10, 2006 4:18 AM EDT)
Make open source education tools available on your Linux® system without lengthy installation and configuration efforts. Discover three packages -- FreeDUC, Knoppix for Kids, and Vigyaan -- that make it easy to set up a learning environment.

Free Software Foundation launches Gnash

Gnash is a free player for Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Shockwave/Flash (SWF) files. Developer Rob Savoye started the project last fall at the request of the Free Software Foundation.

Copy Protection on German Video DVD Impairs CD/DVD Writers

Sony all over again. This time it's a DVD that cripples your computer.

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