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Open source plan secures key data

A group of academics and major vendors last week kicked off an open source project designed to give applications easier access to identity systems and users more control over their personal information. The Higgins Project will provide a set of adapters that plug into identity systems, such as directories, human resource systems or Web sites using native protocols or APIs.

CLI Magic: Securely deleting files with shred

  •; By Shashank Sharma (Posted by tadelste on Mar 6, 2006 8:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I used to think a simple format of a hard drive was enough to make data recovery impossible, but I was wrong. To ensure that details of your secret love affair, bank account passwords, and daily porn site visits cannot be recovered, use shred.

An Empirical Test Of Google AdWords Pay-Per-Click Fraud

Everyone who buys pay-per-click advertising worries about the loss-potential posed by click-fraud. And rightfully so. Any disgruntled employee, shady competitor, or seedy entrepreneuer can unleash a click-fraud campaign that takes money out of your pocket. So what's a savvy businessperson with a tight wallet to do? Email Battles ran a painful test, the results of which may offer some useful insights.

Cluster Resources All About Empowerment

GRIDtoday spoke with Cluster Resources CTO David Jackson about the unique capabilities of the company's Moab family of solutions, which includes cluster, Grid and utility computing suites. Said Jackson: "We do what we do well, which is empower [companies] to deliver their skills seamlessly, efficiently and reliably."

View and edit graphic files with XnView

I've tried many image browsers over the years, including IrfanView and ACDSee, but after using XnView, I can almost forget about the rest.

Cheap Laptop Upgrades Fix Firefox Bloat

Still fighting Firefox memory leaks? Once you've exhausted all the programmatic options, you may want to cast a sharp eye toward your hardware. Question is, which changes give you the most bang for the buck? Email Battles steps you through the reasoning for each decision, then comes to a gratifying conclusion. And the best part, you won't have to move all your software and settings to a new machine.

Review: StarOffice 8: Office Killer?

StarOffice incorporates five components, called StarOffice Writer, StarOffice Calc, StarOffice Impress (a presentation package), StarOffice Base, and StarOffice Draw. This thorough article is a combination of a review of the functionality and Martin Brown's experiences of using StarOffice 8 for day-to-day tasks.

Frugalware Linux 0.4 RC1 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir; By OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Mar 6, 2006 2:44 PM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - The Frugalware Developer Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Frugalware 0.4rc1. A list of changes since 0.4pre2: created a package synchronization client and daemon (syncpkg and syncpkgd) to update packages faster; implemented 'fwcpan', a new tool to install any CPAN module; split, now all language packs and dictionaries can be installed and removed separately; more than 80 new packages: Xgl (with a step by step howto), Beagle....

OSDir took this Frugalware release for a spin in their Frugalware Linux 0.4 RC1 Screenshot Tour.

Put Your Application on the Google Map

  • dW (Posted by idean on Mar 6, 2006 1:57 PM EDT)
Google Maps API along with DB2, PHP, JavaScript, and XML let you create an easy-to-use map with your data on it. Pan to your zip code to see area-specific data. Use custom icons, change the map type, create a sidebar, and use event handlers. The author and his 9th grader son walk you through the process.

Sun Cashes in on Open Source

Sun Microsystems' Simon Phipps reflects on company's new software strategies.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 36

Welcome to our issue number 36 of Fedora Weekly News.

Open source routing reality check

Open source software has become an integral part of an array of network and IT products, but making a business out of a free Linux-like WAN router operating system and commodity PC hardware will be a challenge, observers and experts say.

The Value Cluster (Part 1): Cheaper, Better, Faster

  •; By Douglas Eadline and Jeff Layton (Posted by deadline on Mar 6, 2006 12:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, Fedora
Build a Linux cluster for under $2500. That is crazy -- or maybe not. Join Doug and Jeff as they undertake this outrageous project.

Open source not ready for higher education?

  • Ars Technica; By Ryan Paul (Posted by tadelste on Mar 6, 2006 11:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In reality, the report itself found that open source software is being used on a massive scale by universities. According to the study results, 57 percent of all American higher education institutions are using open source software products somewhere within their infrastructure. 53 percent of all American higher education institutions use Apache, 51 percent use Linux, 38 percent use MySQL, and 35 percent use Firefox. Those numbers clearly show that open source software is widely used by American universities.

Ibm's Support To Open Source Voice Applications

Eclipse-based software aims to unite development community with new application programming interface and IBM multimodal tools that build on the Voice Tools Project.

Linux: Defect Scanning with Coverity

Ben Chelf, CTO ofCoverity Inc., offered access to the bugs discovered by the Coverity tool, previously known as the Stanford Checker, to a select few interested developers.

Firebird in 60 seconds

With the recent aquisition of Netfrastructure by MySQL AB, also bringing Jim Starkey (InterBase creator) to work for the company, the Firebird database got a lot of exposition in the media.

Mozilla is making money from Firefox

Jason is excited to know that Mozilla Corporation has made $72M last year from the popular Firefox browser, I clearly remember I read about that last year somewhere.

No backdoor for Vista?

A BBC report last month suggested the Home Office was in talks with Microsoft over ways to overcome any obstacles Windows Vista's wider use of encryption might pose to criminal investigations. Vista is due to feature hardware-based encryption, called BitLocker Drive Encryption, which acts as a repository to protect sensitive data in the event of a PC being either lost or stolen.

Speaking before a Commons home affairs select committee hearing, Professor Ross Anderson reportedly urged the government "to look at establishing 'back door' ways of getting around encryptions". Provactive stuff but, as previously reported, a careful review of the rest of Anderson's comments reveal he has talking about the challenge posed to police forensic investigations by hard disk encryption. Not too much should be read into one particular phrase.

Teenager claims to find code flaw in Gmail

  • NetworkWorld; By Jeremy Kirk (Posted by tadelste on Mar 6, 2006 9:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A teenage blogger claims to have discovered a flaw in Google's Gmail service that allows JavaScript to run, potentially allowing a malicious hacker to gather e-mail addresses or compromise an account. The supposed flaw may already have been fixed, however.

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