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What happened to the guts?

What happened to the guts in mainstream publications? I recall back in the 80s InfoWorld pressured Lotus into ditching its copy protection scheme by docking Lotus 1-2-3 several points in reviews because of the inconvenience. I believe Lotus was the first to buckle, but other vendors jumped on the bandwagon and abandoned copy protection. Fast forward to today. Not only has copy protection come back from the grave, it has risen like a juggernaut zombie bent on eating everyone's brains. Worse, many consumers and writers alike seem to be unscrewing their scalps and willingly offering up the meal."I want the latest iThing, it's so cool!" Sure, you'll find appropriate outrage in Linux Journal and a handful of renegade publications like the Register. But what happened to themainstream journals with the guts of yesteryear?

Linux-compatible car PC gains slim CD drive

Mini-ITX system integrator has updated its Linux-compatible car PC, adding room for a slim ATAPI drive, and a pudgier, more futuristic faceplate. The revised VoomPC-2 also comes standard with a more powerful mini-ITX motherboard, based on a 1.5GHz Via C7 processor.

A DIY calendar control in PHP

As a former ASP.Net coder, I've missed the convenience of Microsoft's built-in Calendar Control since I switched to doing Web site development in PHP. On a recent project I needed the ability to display a calendar with dates serving as hyperlinks to selected database items. I decided to use the opportunity to write some portable PHP code that I could use in other projects.

Mysql Administration Via ColdFusion

There are multiple ways of doing this, but the basic answer is that you can do this very easily. MySQL ships with a set of utilities that ColdFusion can run via CFEXECUTE to perform various tasks. So for example, to backup a database you can use the MySQL dump command:...

Report: Linux Dodges Microsoft In Retail Vertical Space

In the face of a big vertical marketing blitz by Microsoft, keenly evident at last week's National Retail Federation (NRF) show, several retailers in the "household name" category keep forging ahead with Linux implementations of their internal computer systems anyway. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

New Open Source News Podcast Debuts

We decided to try our hand at audio podcasting with a brand new podcast called Open News. It is intended to be a weekly open source news podcast delivering all the top open source headlines from the previous week. We also want to include release updates, tips and maybe even commentary from open source analysts and celebrities.

LDAP replication with Kerberos auth and k5start

I run LDAP + Kerberos on my network for information and authentication. After setting everything up initially, I later acquired a spare machine and decided to run it as a slave LDAP server, using slurpd.

Adult coaching in Open Source in Belgium

So we're a school, dedicated to Open Source and Linux and we have new courses which start next week. Interested? Our school has always maintained high standards and is proud to present itself as the only school in Belgium where beginners and experts can learn Linux.

The advantages of using public APIs like Google's with Ajax

Add more functionality to your Web applications than just what your own Ajax scripts and server-side programs provide.

Contact centers opening to open source

Three years ago, the travel industry was still struggling in the wake of the 9-11 disaster and Spirit Cruise Lines had to be particularly cost conscious when it went about replacing its CRM system. "We were in a situation where we had a real dog of a CRM application and we needed change and we needed something that could be quickly adapted to our environment," said Steve Baskerville, director of IT at the Norfolk, Va.-based business. "But we didn't have a lot of money. We couldn't consider Onyx or Pivotal. They were way out of our price range."

HD as the first step beyond TV

What comes after television? That's a question I've been asking at every Consumer Electronics Show. The answer, of course, is not just"more TV" but bigger and better TV, with better sound and higher resolutions, made possible by digital sources, processing and displays. In other words, computing and networking.So does TV become just become a suburb of computing, or does the reverse happen? The TV folks imagine the latter. But the former is inevitable. Our job is to make the inevitable happen sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, we get to watch Big TV metasticize— and to enjoy what we can of it.

A Web-Based Tool for Optimized Cluster Design

Read this article and become a cluster design expert! Use a new tool from the to determine price and performance before you buy! Get a handle on everything from Ethernet cables, to GFLOPS, to power and cooling.

This week at LWN: LCA: The state of the Nouveau project

In any conference, there comes a time when one has to wonder what the people who do the talk scheduling were thinking. For lca2007, that moment came when your editor realized that the talks on OLPC (Jim Gettys), real [Dave Airlie] time (Ted Ts'o), and Nouveau were all scheduled together. Nouveau won out, but it was not an easy decision.

Vim tips: Using tabs

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 24, 2007 7:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Before Vim 7.0 was released last May, I usually had six or seven xterms or Konsole windows open, each with a single Vim session in which I was editing a single file. This takes up a lot of screen space, and isn't very efficient. With Vim 7.0, users now have the option of using tabs within Vim. With Vim's tab features you can consolidate all your sessions into one window and move between files more easily.

Linux Audio Players, Tested and Graded

One longstanding Unix tradition is best summed up thus: "Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together." On a Linux machine, this philosophy is most clearly visible from the command line, where Unix hackers continue to provide simple, flexible tools that talk to one another and don't have the huge overhead of a graphical user interface.

How not to release a live DVD game

I was intrigued when I heard about SuperGamer, a beta live DVD based on PCLinuxOS. The DVD includes, in demo version for the most part, 3-D shooters America's Army, Doom 3, Postal 2, Cube, Enemy Territory, Nexuiz, Quake 4, Soldier of Fortune, UFO: Alien Invasion, and Wesnoth. Unfortunately, my SuperGamer/PCLinuxOS experience was as bad a Linux experience as I can remember having.

Linux USB subsystem, drivers explained

A free presentation about writing Linux drivers for USB devices is available for download from Free Electrons, a French embedded Linux training and consulting firm. The 92-page presentation is available in English and French, in several document formats, under a Copyleft license.

Tips and Tricks for Linux Admins: The State of the Tiny

There is a distinct sub-culture in the Unix-type operating universe made up of gnarly old geekbeards who were raised up in the green-screen command-prompt era. They think X Window is for amateurs and any executable over 100K is bloatware. These are the wizened gurus who can touch-type 100 words per minute, remember every option for hundreds of commands, and who take pride at keeping antique hardware in service. Throw away an old 386 or 486? Never. Not when it makes a perfectly good firewall, printer server, Ethernet bridge, or network router.

Open Linux Router Project Announced

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jan 24, 2007 4:08 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
ClarkConnect, IPCop, m0n0wall, and Smoothwall are among the Linux distributions currently available that are targeted for use as a firewall or network server. However, shortly another contender will be launching into this arena and that is the Open Linux Router.

The Open Source Initiative Still Lives

There was a time when the OSI (Open Source Initiative) was one of the hotbeds of open source activity. After the retirement of its co-founder and leader, Eric S. Raymond, in January 2005, the OSI lost much of its fire. That may be changing soon, though. An investigation by Linux-Watch has found that there is still heat in what appeared to be the organization's quiet ashes.

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