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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 OpenOffice.org Impress. Here's an introduction to several common Linux thumbnail viewer programs.

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

Cooking For Engineers

  • Cooking For Engineers (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 4:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read!

[Ed.- This is an excellent site that could teach traditional cookbook authors a few things. Bon appetit!]

Howto: Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL (Incl. Quota)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 6, 2005 3:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial describes how to install a Proftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users.

SonyBMG and First4Internet Release Mysterious Software Update

SonyBMG and First4Internet, the companies caught installing rootkit-like software on the computers of people who bought certain CDs, have taken their first baby steps toward addressing the problem. But they still have a long way to go; and they might even have made the situation worse...The update is more than 3.5 megabytes in size, and it appears to contain new versions of almost all the files included in the initial installation of the entire DRM system, as well as creating some new files. In short, they’re not just taking away the rootkit-like function — they’re almost certainly adding things to the system as well.

[Ed.- Now why are folks so upset over this? Shoo, just have a little trust.]

Open source turns money-spinner

Open source code, written by a community of thousands of software developers, has always been made freely available. But there are ways of making money from it...

Redundant Internet Connections Using Linux

  • SysAdmin Magazine; By Seann Herdejurgen (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 2:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
With the advent of high-speed Internet links from Internet Service Providers (ISPs), it's easier for users to host services on their home computers. But what happens when your ISP connection goes down? An obvious solution is to have a redundant Internet connection from another ISP. To help set up a Linux host with redundant Internet connections, this article covers the following essentials:

1. Configuring the host to properly handle inbound network connections from multiple ISPs

2. Load-balancing outbound network connections

3. Configuring various services to enable redundancy

4. Configuring firewall protection using ipchains or iptables

[Ed.- Linux has all the tools to implement just about any kind of networking scenario- you don't need to spend megabucks on pricey commercial widgets.]

Toward Saner Version Control

  • Kuro5hin; By skyknight (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 1:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
All in all, Subversion is a fantastic tool, and one that I believe to represent the future of version control. However, this doesn't stop the snooty and recalcitrant proponents of commercial tools from claiming that Subversion is an inferior tool, and that everyone would be better off if only they would adopt a "real" tool. This claim, as far as I am concerned, is nonsense.

In dealing with said Philistines, it would seem that the most common complaint centers on Subversion's lack of deference to strict file locking. This is unfortunate, as said mechanism is in fact a crutch for a crippled process. If coordination of developers in your group depends on knowing who is editing what file, then, quite frankly, you are doing something very wrong.

[Ed.- Kuro5hin is the place for the finest in thought-provoking, elegant invective.]

Linux kernel 2.6.14 gets released

Better late than never, the new Linux kernel, version 2.6.14, became available late last week. Originally, the latest kernel was to show up on Oct. 7. Linus Torvalds explained that the release been "delayed twice due to some last-minute bug-reports, some of which ended up being false alarms (hey, I should be happy, but it was a bit frustrating)."

Women in Open Source

  • Just A Summary: Piers Cawley Practices Punditry; By Piers Cawley (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 5, 2005 11:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
... it’s about being friendly. As geeks, we tend to be terrible at it—I know I am. Don’t tolerate the bearpit. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been part of too many poisonous ‘communities’—places that were actively newbie hostile. No matter how often you have to do it, the right answer is almost never “Read The Fucking Manual”—even if the answer can be found there. Be polite. So what if the person asking you is clueless—they’re not the only one listening to you; maybe you just scared a listener who would be an asset to your community away.

Setting up your own APT repository with upload support

  • Debian Administration; By Steve Kemp (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 5, 2005 10:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
We've previously covered setting up your own repository for the Debian's apt-get system, but we didn't cover managing automatic uploads. Thankfully this is a simple task with the reprepro, and dupload tools and a small amount of scripting.

The reprepro package is tool for creating an APT repository with a pool structure, the same type of structure the official Debian mirrors use.

The repository may:

Contain packages for multiple distributions: Stable, Unstable, Testing, etc. Contain packages for multiple architectures: x86, sparc, all, etc. Be managed quickly and easily.

Nokia 770 Internet Tablet Now Shipping

  • RealTechNews; By Michael Santo (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 5, 2005 9:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nokia is now shipping its Linux-based 770 Internet Tablet in Europe...It is available in twelve countries, and Nokia isn’t charging the same for it in all of them. The price ranges from 349 Euros to 369 Euros...According to the website Internet Tablet Talk, which is devoted to the 770, it will be released on November 10 in the U.S.

Windows Software CEO Opens Up To The Linux Community

Interviews are one thing. Lobby4Linux has done our share of them and we enjoy the work. However, what we present to you here is much more than an interview. It is the Chief Executive Officer of a Major software company talking to us. Talking to you from his heart. Nothing held back...no qualifiers, simply open dialog with the Linux Community. There are some suprises within the following text...things that will suprise you about how Xara has developed their code. It is worth the read for that alone.

Online stock trading warning issued

  • Security Focus; By Peter Laborge (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 5, 2005 6:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced a warning yesterday for online stock traders to be careful in their online dealings.

This is the first warning of its kind from the SEC, and one prompted by an onslaught of complaints over the last few months. Just 6 months ago, this was not a concern for the SEC, Susan Wyderko told USA Today in an interview. A page has been created outlining how to protect yourself and what to do if you encounter a problem.

[Ed.- the article contains a number of excellent links, and the SEC's page is very good.]

Massachusetts seeks freedom from Office suite

  • News Tribune, Tacoma Washington; By Mark Jewell (Posted by dcparris on Nov 5, 2005 5:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Mark Jewell writes: "Similar proposals in Oregon and Texas have been shot down. But officials in several states including Rhode Island and Wisconsin express interest in moving to the new data standard, said Jack Gallt, assistant director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers."

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