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Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Release Candidate 1 Available

Scott MacGregor writes: "The first release candidate of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 is now available for download. Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Release Candidate 1 is intended to allow testers to ensure that there are no last-minute problems with the Thunderbird 1.5 code. There will be at least one more release candidate before the final launch of 1.5.

Suspected bot master busted

  • Security Focus; By Robert Lemos (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Federal authorities arrested a 20-year-old California man on Thursday, accusing him of creating bot software to compromise nearly 400,000 Windows computers and using his control of the systems to garner more than $60,000 in profits.

[Ed.- What a criminal mastermind- he vandalized 400,000 PCs for a measly $60k? Way to go, schmuck. Just like causing a thousand dollars' worth of damage to steal a car stereo you'll hock for $40.]

How to outsmart automated phone systems

  • Seattle Times; By Jolayne Houtz and Emily Heffter (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To help you escape from automated phone purgatory, The Seattle Times has compiled a consumer's guide for thwarting the phone systems at about 60 local and national companies and government agencies. We spent more than 2 ½ hours on hold while experimenting with various tricks to bypass the phone menus, voice prompts and automated routing systems to reach a human.

Intel to create software development centre in Argentina

  • The Inquirer; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
My good friend Fernando Cassia writes me: "I always find it puzzling that the mainstream U.S. media mentions Brazil, but leaves Argentina out of the picture, even when there's something worth mentioning, like this."

Now admittedly, he was fussing over the fact that I missed his article in the Inquirer. But then he doesn't return my emails and leaves me mostly in the dark with regard to South America, which is his home turf.

I am flattered that he refers to us as the mainstream American press. You have to admire his ability as a journalist and his remarkable mastery of English. Not bad for a nice Italian boy living in Argentina, huh? But then Fernando, how come you never write me any more?

Is it time for Sony to recall their rootkit DRM music Cd's?

If you have not been following this story, it's time you did, as there are some 20 music Cd's out there published by Sony/BMG, that contain this malware they are calling a DRM solution concocted for them by by First 4 Internet. Be warned that once your PC is infected, it is difficult or maybe impossible to remove the code from your computer without causing damage to your system, such as rendering your CD drive inaccessible. In addition to hiding hacks, if your PC is infected with this DRM you can also be setting yourself up for new viruses that your scanner will not detect as the same trick can be used by virus writers to cloak the code from your anti virus protection program. As Airhead sarcastically said in his news submittal on this subject: "Good job Sony"

Ie, Firefox and Opera, who's the fairest of them all?

LONDON - In a perfect example of what goes up must come down, Microsoft had managed to upstage Netscape with the introduction of its now famous Internet Explorer. Even though that stage is far away from Redmond, the arrival of Mozilla Foundation's Firefox and Opera are slowly but surely giving the geniuses at Microsoft many a sleepless night.

Intel®'s Bold Move with Linux™

Intel's move into India, China, Brazil and Egypt has allowed it to move outside the box of Microsoft's governance with Linux as the linchpin of its marketing strategy. One has to wonder if the such a move makes sense. In the short-term, it might cost Intel but it depends on how quickly they can gear up in the gigantic and untapped markets they've established themselves.

Private-Public Partnerships in Open Source

  • Technetra; By Robert Adkins (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 11:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs) have the potential to create new promises or fulfill old ones. Open source PPPs are favorite vehicles for spurring ICT development in emerging economies. Today's efforts may be dramatically improved by learning from successful projects in other fields such as pharmacology and advanced technology development. Five principles for improving open source PPP projects are reviewed.

Linux loses its religion

  • The Inquirer; By INQUIRER staff: (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
EERO TEERIKORPI, who runs Continuent and who we have met a few times now, told us yesterday that the religious fervour that used to grip Open Source advocates has largely abated as the software matures and has become pervasive.

Just Googling: It Is Striking Fear Into Companies

  • New York Times; By STEVE LOHR (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 11:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We watch Google very closely at Wal-Mart," said Jim Breyer, a member of Wal-Mart's board.

Comment of the Day- November 6, 2005 What did Microsoft ever do to you?

avenger writes: UNIX people seem to hate the company that made the PC available, popularized it, took it to other countries around the world, made it user friendly, gave people an opportunity to make a living, simplified programming and made it possible for Linux to exist by giving Intel a market.

Related to: Intel® Linux™ versus Microsoft® Windows

The Linux Sysadmin's Essential Bookshelf

A system administrator pretty much has to be able to do anything- network voodoo, user education, pull cable, build servers, fix hardware, fend off clueless management, and myriad more tasks. With these in mind, here is my own Essential Bookshelf for the Hardworking, Underappreciated, Overworked, Conscientious Sysadmin.

People Behind KDE: Sebastian Kuegler

Today's People Behind KDE interview is with Sebastian Kügler.

Avoiding Oblivion in Your Tech Career

  • O'Reilly Network; By Mike Havey (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 8:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Where are you headed in your technology career? If Shakespeare is correct in his renowned soliloquy on the seven phases of life in As You Like It, you stand to lose your sense of taste, your eyesight, and your teeth. Life moves quickly for the technologist: one day, you're a reticent rookie whose broken code generates core dumps; the next, you are the center of attention and the slickest talker in the design review session. But ultimately, you fade into old age and fall apart like some antiquated IT system: a curious relic with no value and in need of maintenance.

[Ed.- Don't let the lead scare you- the author tells how to avoid becoming old, toothless, and unwanted. At least in your career.]

Brazil Offers Half a Million Cheap Linux-Powered Computers

  • Brazil Magazine; By Juliana Andrade (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 8:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Beginning next week, stores all over Brazil will start selling computers on the installment plan, at low interest rates, for no more than US$ 440, as part of the Linked Citizen Program, known as "Computers for All."

The Ministry also determined the minimal features the computers must contain, in terms of both equipment and programs. The idea is for consumers to take home a complete microcomputer, ready for use, with a Linux operating system and an array of open software programs with 27 software applications, including a photo editor, word processor, anti-virus, and internet navigator.

Red Hat Certifies SWsoft Products

SWsoft products Plesk, SiteBuilder and HSPcomplete have been awarded Red Hat Ready certification. SWsoft joins companies such as DataPipe, EV1Servers, Hostway, ThePlanet and RackSpace in the Red Hat Partner program which ensures customers and partners receive enhanced support for Red Hat-based web hosting service offerings.

What business can learn from open source

I think the most important of the new principles business has to learn is that people work a lot harder on stuff they like. Well, that's news to no one. So how can I claim business has to learn it? When I say business doesn't know this, I mean the structure of business doesn't reflect it.

Business still reflects an older model, exemplified by the French word for working: travailler. It has an English cousin, travail, and what it means is torture.

[Ed.- No kidding!!]

Mysql, OpenOffice Upgrades Getting Good Reviews

  • TechNewsWorld; By Ric Shreves (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 7:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Ric writes: "News from the open source Security, strength, a lower TCO: find out about all the advantages of IBM Middleware on Linux. Latest News about open source world last week was dominated by product releases, including two big ones: MySQL 5 and OpenOffice 2. As a result, it seemed like everyone with a computer and a tech column was busy writing reviews.

"I confess right off the bat to being too wrapped up with other things to download either of these programs and install them. OpenOffice is definitely on the list, but not until I get some free time to really sit down and learn it. Lets face it, we're all spoiled by Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Office"

[Ed: No Ric, we we're not all spoiled by Microsoft Office. - tadelste]

Networking 101: Understanding IP Addresses

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 6:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Networks don't work without addresses: Whenever you are sending something, you need to specify where it should go and where it came from. To be an effective network engineer or administrator, you need to understand IP addresses backward and forward: you need to be able to think on your feet. If something breaks, likely as not some address assignment has been screwed up. And spotting the problem quickly is likely to be the difference between being the hero, or the guy who "takes a long time to fix the problem." Before covering subnetting in the next Networking 101 installment, we'd like to thoroughly explore IP addresses in their primal form. This is crucial to understanding subnets.

[Ed.- This should be a great series. Stay tuned for more.]

Linux thumbnail viewers

Thumbnail viewers are utilities that let you quickly view or manipulate images. For instance, many let you display, rotate, and zoom images. Some also offer built-in slide show features -- though not at the level of presentation programs such as Impress. Here's an introduction to several common Linux thumbnail viewer programs.

[Ed.- As usual, the Linux world offers many good choices.]

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