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Browsers, phishing, and user interface design

Phishing works for so many reasons, we need to rethink browser and user interface design to provide some real-life security to the average user who doesn't see or understand the security cues.

Upgrading to Dapper, TurboPrint issues

I upgraded two of my home systems from Breezy to Dapper Kubuntu. One is AMD-64, one is i386. I write about this stuff for a living, and would rather tinker than work anyday, so it here we are. The upgrade went OK, but not nearly as well as a plain-vanilla Debian installation. And the K/Ubuntu devs seem determined to make printing painful.

Secure your email communication with free software

  • Free Software Magazine; By Jerome Gotangco (Posted by fsmdave on Jun 7, 2006 1:38 AM EDT)
A guide for installing, configuring and using Mozilla Thunderbird, Enigmail, and GnuPG to provide secure and encrypted email

Fine looms, as Microsoft sees EU settlement recede

No hols without homework

Much like the Vista release date, Microsoft's hopes of a speedy European antitrust case settlement are receding. The company is "some more months" away from a settlement with the European Commission, Microsoft's european president Jean-Philippe Courtois said today.

Keep your private documents private

  • Free Software Magazine; By Robin Monks (Posted by dcparris on Jun 7, 2006 12:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Nowadays, with more and more governmental censorship (and with it getting worse by the day, just look at Slashdot’s privacy section) and reports of hacking into major servers becoming almost a daily occurrence, we all want the maximum security and privacy possible online. Thankfully, some great free software projects have risen to the challenge! Here are some simple steps to keep your "stuff" safe:

Another Google App., Another Google Yawn

If you really want a free and good replacement for Microsoft Office, you should be looking to, not Google.

Stop using Internet Explorer

Firefox browser is safer, faster on most Web pages and has more features

Rockbox: The Open Source Jukebox Firmware - Introduction

Rockbox is an open source replacement firmware for MP3 players and it runs on a variety of models:
  • Archos: Jukebox 5000, 6000, Studio, Recorder, FM Recorder, Recorder V2, Ondio FM and Ondio SP
  • iRiver: H100 and H300 series
  • Apple: iPod 4th gen (grayscale and color), 5th gen (Video), Nano and Mini 1st/2nd gen
  • iAudio: X5 (including X5V and X5L).
  • Additional models are in development.

When disaster strikes, OSS-based service is there to help

Last year, survivors of the many hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast of the United States suffered from scarce resources and limited communication avenues. With families separated and desperate to find one another, launched a free call-in service, based on open source software, that helped them to reconnect. Now, with hurricane season approaching once again, is ready for the deluge.

Open source software quality in limelight at Red Hat Summit

NASHVILLE -- While some just talk about the quality of open source software, Red Hat said it's actually doing something about it.

How to suspend and hibernate a laptop under Linux

  •; By Manolis Tzanidakis (Posted by grouch on Jun 6, 2006 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Many people prefer working with laptops instead of desktops for the flexibility they offer. Some of them would also like to switch to a free and open source operating system like GNU/Linux and have their laptop do all the things that proprietary OSes offer, such as suspending their laptops. Several distributions try to make this work out of the box, but knowing what's under the hood always comes in handy, particularly when something goes wrong and needs fixing. Let's take a look at how to suspend and hibernate your laptop under Linux.

Open Source Video Downloads responds to the Linux community, converts video library to Ogg-Theora.

Serverresponse and light weight XML web services

  • Free Software Magazine; By David Sugar (Posted by grouch on Jun 6, 2006 3:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
With the latest GNU Telephony releases of GNU Bayonne, I have experimented with and introduced a new lightweight kind of XML based web service that I call serverResponse. This was meant to offer something functionally capable of supporting automated remote procedure callable services, but that is far simpler to operate and requires far less code to support than SOAP or even XMLRPC. This is built around a new XML dialect called serverResponse, which suggests it is related to XMLRPC methodResponse in nature.

Open Source To Help Double System Builder Margins

  • Linux PR (press release); By Con Zymaris (Posted by grouch on Jun 6, 2006 2:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Linux
Cybersource has released a free toolkit which offers system builders and whitebox hardware resellers a method for differentiating their PCs and laptops from those of top-tier hardware vendors.

Bacula Network Backup Implementation Guide

  •; By (Posted by gg234 on Jun 6, 2006 1:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, Linux
Bacula Network Backup Implementation

Digium is The Voice of Asterisk

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Jun 6, 2006 12:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Open Source VoIP vendor Digium is releasing the latest version of the Asterisk Business Edition this week, which includes new security and voice features, as well as a new Linux distribution base.

Saving Word 2003 can be tricky

In a response to mail, one tech writer offers advice to a user having problems with saving MS Word 2003 files to USB Flash drives. Apparently, the manufacturer's tech support suggested "deleting everything and using a recovery disk". From the article:
"A: Once again, readers, beware of ''support'' people when they tell you to delete everything from your computer. It means they don't know what to do, but it doesn't mean it is the RIGHT thing to do."

[For those of our readers who still have a copy MS Office lying around, or who still have to support it. There is also a response involving Firefox's disappearing bookmarks. - dcparris]

How The Current State Of Case Law Forces Software Patenting

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Jun 6, 2006 10:28 AM EDT)
Every discussion of software patents ends with commenters roundly condemning the greedy sleazebags who filed them. But when pressed, one software patenter told Email Battles why he seeks patents for his software, in succinct terms that will strike home with every programmer and business manager. For an attorney, this guy sure can simplify.

Gp2x handheld gaming console - the open source games machine

It's not all about the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP when it comes to portable gaming, other machines are on the market with their own unique selling points, like the GP2X, a Linux-based handheld console that can boast more than 500 games titles - all of them free to download.

Microsoft and Adobe get the lawyers out

Portable legal document format

Microsoft is digging in for legal action from Adobe after the two fell out over the inclusion of a "save as pdf" feature in next year's Office suite.

[Microsoft Monitor has an interesting perspective on this story. Betchya can't guess who's blowing smoke. - dcparris]

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