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Opinion: Why Windows Vista will suck

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 8:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Responding to a recent article in ExtremeTech entitled "Why Windows Vista Won't Suck," columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, who's been using Vista for months, is pulling no punches: Microsoft's replacement for Windows XP is flat-out going to "suck," he retorts.

Moore's Law gets new lease on life!

  • dW (Posted by idean on Mar 1, 2006 7:17 PM EDT)
Researchers at the IBM Almaden Research Center have achieved high-quality line patterns using deep-ultraviolet 193nm optical lithography for spaced ridges 29.9nm wide, besting the 32nm industry-consensus, theoretical (until now) limit by 2.1nm (slightly wider than the diameter of a DNA helix). Dr. Allen postulates that this "high-index immersion" variant of DUV lithography might purchase about seven years of breathing room before the industry has to rewrite Moore's Law.

Running MySQL queries on multiple servers

You may know how to use SQL to extract data from a table in a MySQL database, and how to run a query that combines data from more than one table. But what about multiple databases? Or even multiple databases on multiple servers?

The Risks Digest - Volume 24: Issue 17

  • ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy; By Peter G. Neumann (moderator) (Posted by incinerator on Mar 1, 2006 4:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Community
The Risks Digest is an interesting read about the risks of using computers in the world of today.

A first look at Google Page Creator

Google is offering free Web pages with an easy-to-use home page creator that you don't have to download, and you can use the utility even from a Linux desktop if you use Firefox. The company released Google Page Creator last week as a Google Labs project. That means you won't find it on the main directory of services because it's in an early stage of beta testing. If you're willing to be a Google guinea pig, you'll find the service functional, if limited in scope, and easy enough for a beginner to use.

Viewing Word files at the command line

As a Linux user, there are times when you have to play nicely with users of Windows or Mac OS -- such as when they send you Microsoft Word files. When you receive a Word file, you can either follow Richard Stallman's advice and refuse it, or bite the bullet and work with it. Modern Linux word processors -- such as Writer, AbiWord, KWord, and TextMaker -- can deal with most Word files. But if you don't want to fire up a word processor in order to read or print the document, you can turn to the command line. A handful of small but powerful Linux command line utilities make viewing, printing, and even converting Word files to another format a breeze.

Open source ID management puts users in control

Higgins, at your service

Powerpc PrPMC module runs SMP Linux

Extreme Engineering Solutions is shipping a PrPMC (Processor PMC) module targeting HPC (high-performance computing) and telecom applications. The XPedite6200 module is available with dual Freescale MPC7448 processors, and up to four modules can be installed in a single AdvancedTCA slot, the company says. It supports Linux.

Gates Sees Google Honeymoon Ending

Bill Gates has told Forbes Poland that Google’s honeymoon will go on for no more than two years.

While visiting Poland last month, Bill Gates sat down for a chat with the editors of Forbes Poland, Michal Kobosko and Eryk Stankunowicz. Gates discussed Google, said that he sees IBM as Microsoft's biggest competitor, and addressed the prices of technology stocks as well as his role in and outside of Microsoft.

[Ed: This could be titled: Gates setting himself up for a blindsiding -tadelste]

More Power to Gentoo Linux

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Gentoo
Gentoo Linux has released its first update of 2006, continuing the evolution of the meta-distribution, adding new software versions and improving support for PowerPC architectures.

It also offers what Gentoo developers are claiming to be the first distribution with compile time optimization for the POWER5 processor. That support comes partially thanks to an IBM donation to Gentoo.

Linux: IPW3945, Debating the Binary Daemon

The announcement of a new project to support Intel's PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection mini-PCI express adapter (IPW3945) was met with mixed reactions. The project includes a binary-only daemon to enforce regulatory limits for the radio transmitter on the wireless device, communicating to the kernel driver through a sysfs interface.

ISPConfig News Letter (New Release: Major Upgrade)

ISPConfig 2.2.0 is available for download.

Comment of the Day March 1, 2006 - Google & Gates

  • -Article; By number6x (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
Microsoft has always defined itself in terms of its competitors. It can't seem to define a roll for itself without having a competitor. Related to:
Gates Sees Google Honeymoon Ending

Php Multiple Functions Security Bypass and File Manipulation ...

Multiple vulnerabilities have been identified in PHP, which could be exploited by local attackers to bypass security restrictions and manipulate arbitrary files.

Running MySQL queries on multiple servers

You may know how to use SQL to extract data from a table in a MySQL database, and how to run a query that combines data from more than one table. But what about multiple databases? Or even multiple databases on multiple servers?

Complete Debian Linux Server Setup Guide

  •; By (Posted by gg234 on Mar 1, 2006 7:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Complete Debian Linux Server Setup Guide

Hacker Defender Rootkit Guru Kills Stealth Project

Hacker Defender has long been the bane of improperly protected Windows users, especially when cloaked by its highly capable antidetection service. Together, the technologies are a one-two punch that antivirus software can't deflect. Nevertheless, the architect of one of the most successful attack combinations in Windows history has decided to throw in the towel. Email Battles tells you why.

GNOME 2.14 due next month

The countdown to the next update to the GNOME desktop is on: mark March 15 on your calendar. (Unless, of course, you're a KDE disciple, or one of those CLI old-school types.) VoIP support, improved security for corporate deployments and several tools for making it easier to search the Web are some of the new features uses can expect in Version 2.14 of GNOME.

Os X under attack

In the past few weeks, Apple's Mac OS X has taken some very serious security hits, leading some of us professionally paranoid security types to wonder if we're finally seeing the long-expected surge of attacks on Apple systems. I never did buy into the theory that Apple's software was immune to malware or significant vulnerabilities — I've always figured that vandals attack the most obvious target, which is why Microsoft vulnerabilities are so often in the security headlines.

About: FOSDEM 2006

So - the Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) of 2006 is over, and it was a great experience. You can find additional reports about it at their Wiki page, and they also provide links to their flickr photo album and other pictures.

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