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My sysadmin toolbox

I am the senior system administrator for a national ISP. We run a cluster of blade servers as our primary mail/Web/DNS/RADIUS farm. I have found several tools that I cannot live without in this environment.

Google This: You Don't Need Search Engines To Protect Your Privacy

If you're relying on search engines owned by giant companies to shield you from Big Government, step away from that computer. Your faulty grey matter is a far greater danger to you. Email Battles shows you how to take care of yourself so Big Business and Big Government can duke without either of them pretending they care about you.

Jonga back on Google index

South African search engine, Jonga, is being indexed again by Google after a 10-day hiatus from Google’s search results.

Learn Regular Expressions the easy way in Linux

Learning Regular expressions can be a real chore. But by using this utility, the finer nuances of regular expressions can be picked up easily.

Royal Bank of Scotland switches to open source intranet

  • TechSpot; By Derek Sooman (Posted by dcparris on Jan 27, 2006 3:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group is moving its content management systems over to the open source application server Zope.

Page Shows May Get Makeover

Some Web users are reporting seeing a reformatted Google results page that has the links to specialized search pages listed in the left-hand column instead of placed horizontally across the top of the search box.

Open Source Pioneer Larry Augustin Joins Fonality's Board of ...

Open Source Pioneer Larry Augustin Joins Fonality's Board of Directors

[Ed: Note: You have to click through an ad to get to the story. - dcparris]

Mozilla Severs Netscape News Legacy

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Jan 27, 2006 1:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
After years of official separation, Mozilla is just now shaking off some of the last vestiges of its parental association with Netscape.

Mozilla's Usenet(define) public newsgroups have been moved from netscape.public.mozilla.* to just mozilla.*. The renaming officially ends Mozilla's public Netscape news legacy after more than 8 years of active use.

Novell asks: which Windows-only apps do you need most?

Novell, through its CoolSolutions community-relations website, is conducting an online public survey to determine which Windows-only applications are most likely to keep Windows users from migrating to Linux. The company also wants to know which Windows-only apps would be most popular on Linux desktops if they were ported to Linux.

Getting scanners to work with Linux

  •; By Steve J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Jan 27, 2006 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More than a few Linux users have become upset because they have trouble making scanners work properly with their systems. Most of the time, however, "the fault doesn't lie with Linux," writes columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

Instead, "it's the eternal problem of hardware vendors neither supplying drivers nor the information developers need to write drivers," he continues.

Free software advocate finishes third in Canadian election

Mathieu Allard, the free software advocate who ran for the New Democrats in the riding of Saint Boniface, Manitoba, finished third in the Canadian national election on January 23. Since he was not elected, he is returning to his job as executive assistant to Christine Melnick, the Minister of Housing and Social Services in the Manitoba provincial government. He plans to look for new ways to promote the use of free software in government.

Is Alito a Threat to Internet & Computer Privacy & Freedom? Hold Off on Alito Nomination

  • MozillaQuest Magazine (; By MozillaQuest Magazine Op-ED (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 26, 2006 10:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Will Judge Alito allow the government to snoop on your Web surfing, e-mail, and Internet chatting? MozillaQuest Magazine ( reports: "the Constitution expressly forbids the President . . . the authority to spy upon American citizens without first obtaining search warrants . . . That includes our e-mail, our Web surfing, our Internet communications, and so forth. Whether George Bush and his regime are exceeding those powers likely will work their way up to the Supreme Court.

From LJ March 2006: Battle of the Ajax Mail Packages

Scalix and Zimbra offer promising e-mail solutions that exploit Ajax to offer rich Web clients.

Harvestroad throws its Red Hat into Linux ring

Perth based e-learning vendor HarvestRoad (ASX:HRD) has signed a software partnership deal with Linux vendor Red Hat. HarvestRoad develops solutions for the education, defence and enterprise marketson the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

PCLinuxOS gets its own website

  • (Posted by tadelste on Jan 26, 2006 8:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PCLinuxOS, a three-year-old LiveCD desktop Linux distribution that originated as a fork of Mandrake, now has its own website. went live earlier this week. "We now have a home of our own, thanks to the support from donations received last month," distro founder "Texstar" wrote.

Quick-and-Dirty caching fix for Java memory leaks

This article shows you how Soft references, like weak references, can help applications prevent object loitering by enlisting the aid of the garbage collector in making cache eviction decisions.

Red Hat Plans Linux Distro for MacBook Pro

  • TechNewsWorld; By Jennifer LeClaire (Posted by tadelste on Jan 26, 2006 6:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
"This could be a new opportunity for Linux to find additional niches above and beyond the home and [small office] markets where Macintosh has historically been strong," Interarbor Solutions Principal Analyst Dana Gardner told

GPL 3's DRM Provisions Raise Eyebrows

  • eWEEK Linux; By Peter Galli (Posted by tadelste on Jan 26, 2006 5:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The Free Software Foundation is already hearing complaints from companies about the GPL 3's provisions for digital rights management, which it calls"a malicious feature and can never be tolerated."

[Ed: It's good for companies to be uncomfortable with the GPL's anti-DRM provision. They really shouldn't be so comfortable about depriving people of their freedom to begin with. - dcparris]

UK Government pushes tough anti-hacker law

  • Reg Developer; By John Leyden (Posted by tadelste on Jan 26, 2006 5:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The UK Government plans to toughen up computer crime laws under proposals outlined in the Police and Justice Bill on Wednesday. The bill would double the maximum jail sentence for hacking into computer systems from five years to ten years, a provision that will classify hacking as a more serious offense and make it easier to extradite computer crime suspects from overseas. Denial of service attacks, something of a grey area under current regulations, would be clearly classified as a criminal offense under amendments to the 1990 Computer Misuse Act (CMA) proposed in the bill.

The Art of Intrusion

Book review The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders& Deceivers

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