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Why Your Doctor Won't Return Your Email

Way back in 2003, a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project concluded that while over 32 million Americans had exchanged health-related email, only 7% had exchanged messages with their doctors or health professionals. Three years later, while a huge segment of America uses email, over 60% of the medical community still refuses to engage. Email Battles explores the dangers of email, as doctors see them.

The summing up

MS v EC Day five: There's a fat lady, and she's warming up...

Share your Linux with Xtenda

A couple of PCI cards, the Xtenda kit and some extra peripherals turns your Linux machine into a four-person workstation. SA Linux company Yellow Penguin has partnered with Linspire and NComputing to bring Xtenda to the country.

Samba Creator Takes Stand in Microsoft Case

Andrew Tridgell, creator of the Samba server software used by free and open-source software developers alike, made an important contribution to the European Commission’s defense of its 2004 Microsoft antitrust ruling at the Court of First Instance this week.'s latest and greatest secret marketing weapon: WHY?

  • Charles Libervis Blog; By Charles-H.Schulz (Posted by Libervis on Apr 28, 2006 12:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Our insider reveals that marketing project is about to be revamped: "This initiative, called «WHY» is the answer of the community to some (rather justified) critics that it has so far not achieved the same level of marketing efficiency as its cousin, the Mozilla community. So much for the critics, because the Marketing Project of is going on a slow but assured pace towards change."

Free Software Allows Neighbors to Improve Internet Access

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed software that enables the sharing of high-speed wireless connections without compromising security or privacy. The software can improve Internet connectivity in residential areas at no additional cost.

My sysadmin toolbox

I work with several Linux machines in a multi-admin Web hosting environment, and I'd be lost without Nagios, RCS, vi, coWiki, and the rest of my toolbox.

Upcoming event: LinuxTag 2006

It’s official: I’ll talk on LinuxTag in about a week from now. See the Debian Wiki and the LinuxTag 2006 Workshop pages for details.

The LinuxTag is - according to their own pages in german and english - the “World’s No. 1 Linux Expo and Conference since 1996″. This year it will be in Wiesbaden from May 3rd until 6th.

Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation review

  • Free Software Magazine; By Martin Brown (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 28, 2006 9:57 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun have made some headlines in recent months through the release of their Ultra 20 workstation and a number of new servers based on the AMD CPUs. For some this is seen as major change of direction for a company that is well known for the use (and continued interest and development) of the SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) CPU. With so many new machines being based on the AMD CPU it will be surprising to some that Sun’s new mobile units are based on SPARC technology.

Microsoft's ISA Firewall Is Impotent Against IPv6 Traffic

The Microsoft ISA Server Team says the firewall lets IPv6 traffic pass through the system regardless of your firewall policy settings. The only solution offered: Disable IPv6 traffic entirely. For those who require IPv6 solutions, Email Battles serves up a study list of vendors offering a broad array of IPv6-ready firewalls, along with other IPv6 products.

[We know many GNU/Linux users still have some Windows boxes around. You should know about this one. - dcparris]

Lessons learned from the NSF TeraGrid

This article introduces the TeraGrid, the National Science Foundation grid that is currently the largest set of public high-end computational resources in the United States. It describes the motivations behind the project and briefly introduced some of the challenges inherent in managing a large geographically distributed grid. It also explores the advantages TeraGrid offers the scientific community.

Bill Gates' Letter To Hobbyists (en Français, 2006)

  • The Register; By Andrew Orlowski (Posted by dcparris on Apr 28, 2006 8:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
EU vs MS Comment Plus ca change

Using's spadmin as an advanced font manager

One of the few remaining gaps in basic desktop functionality in GNU/Linux is the dynamic loading and unloading of fonts, especially in groups. If you're working in (OOo), StarOffice Printer Administrator (spadmin) offers a partial solution to the problem.

Book Review: Network+ Study Guide, Fourth Edition

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Apr 28, 2006 7:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:
I suppose you could call this an anniversity book review since this study guide has been on the market for a year now. The book reflects the most recent incarnation of the CompTIA requirements for the Network+ certification, so it is bound to be around for a few years to come. I know that anyone studying for a certification and living within a budget wants to gain the maximum amount of value for the least amount of outlay.

Solving the Standards Stakeholder Conundrum

  • Consortium Standards Bulletin; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 28, 2006 6:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
With more than a million standards in place in the world today, it is axiomatic that we are all profoundly affected by their existence. Yet only a very small number of people are involved in the creation of these standards, relative to the billions that are impacted by their implementation.

Tech Titans Support Ajax

According to an IBM press release in February, a prominent group of computer industry vendors and Internet-based businesses are supporting an initiative to make it easier for an open-source community to form and popularize Ajax.

Phonon: Multimedia in KDE 4

  • KDE Dot News; By Matthias Kretz (Posted by dcparris on Apr 28, 2006 5:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
After many months of work on the new Multimedia API for KDE 4 it is time to finally announce Phonon. Phonon will provide a task oriented API for multimedia, making it easy for KDE applications to use media playback and capture functionality (and more) resulting in application developers being free to concentrate on the user interface aspects. The number of possibilities to integrate multimedia into the desktop experience make Phonon especially interesting.

Reference List of SUSE Linux Resources

It made sense to create a list of excellent resources for SUSE Linux users, whether new or seasoned. Below is a list of wikis, mailing lists, news sites, forums, and other types of places to go for information on SUSE Linux. If you have additional resources, please let me know, and I will update this page as necessary.

Report: Linux Rising in Financial Firms; But Some Users Wonder Why

  • LinuxPlanet; By Jacqueline Emigh (Posted by dcparris on Apr 28, 2006 3:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Among early adopters of Linux, Wall Street looms as tall as its skycrapers. But why are some financial services firms starting to take giant steps into Linux, and what stands in the way of even bigger penetration? Jacqueline Emigh files this report from this week's Linux on Wall Street show in New York City.

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