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After years of struggling to contain a growing plague of spam and its antecedents, like phishing and 419 scams, AOL and Yahoo have fallen back to the Bill Gates playbook: Charge for it
. In all fairness, Gates stole the idea from the US Post Office, which profitably elevated advertising missives from "junkmail" to "Standard Mail A." It's simply a matter of perspective.
Last week's news that IBM is releasing a free version of its DB2 database software might be good news for system administrators seeking a low-cost (as in, no-cost) back-end server platform. But could the latest commercial database platform to go freebie be a bad omen for open source databases such as MySQL and PostgreSQL?
Building secure software doesn't have to be complicated; it just takes a commitment to secure design, and an upfront willingness to work within the unique development environment that is open source.
A San Francisco start-up released an early test version of its open source Songbird music software on Wednesday, with which it ultimately hopes to undermine the dominance of Apple's iTunes. Pioneers of the Inevitable is hoping to create "the Firefox of MP3".
In this final installment of the old C hacker's foray into Python, he teaches his problem-solving program how to guess.
I run two servers that host a couple of Web sites for customers, including two wikis and a forum, and ordinary static HTML sites. The wikis, the photo gallery, and the phpBB forum are especially important to keep an eye on. The maintenance of the Web server and the mail server is a one-man show, so I have to watch them all the time and try to automate whatever is possible. My toolbox includes Mutt, rss2email, Midnight Commander, and more.
Use computer technology such as the Internet, VPNs, USB-keys, sneaker-netting, live CDs, and so forth to help to reduce dependency on oil and to reduce air pollution. MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) reports: “Today, in 'Part 2' of this 'Solutions for the Energy Crises' . . . article, we look at telecommuting as an alternative to burning gas and diesel fuel. We also look at some of the computer tools that help people to do these things. . . . If one's work is done on a computer, that person is a perfect candidate for working from home -- telecommuting"
This article shares some practical (and potentially very popular) uses for mobile video, and then present two programs to get you started using the QuickTime for Java API to create video content for the iPod. These programs let you easily add captions to existing video files and convert legacy video files into an iPod-compatible format.
WordPress 2.0 is a great piece of blogging software, but it doesn't build in every function a blogger might want. However, you can use plugins to extend the functionality of WordPress far beyond what it can do out of the box.
Microsoft warned users Thursday that they needed to set aside time on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to deploy seven security bulletins, the most the Redmond, Wash.-based developer has released since October 2005.
Following the well-received article on Mono, MonoDevelop and Glade, I decided to have a closer look at this mysterious beast and see if I couldn't get it to do something a little more useful. So I hooked it up to everyone's other favourite database, MySql, and knocked out a little database browser. Here's how I did it.
SGI issued its most ominous regulatory filing to date, warning that a bad 2006 could force the former high-flyer into bankruptcy.
SCO's attempts to discover evidence in its case against IBM and its possible placement of Unix code in Linux have not come to an end.
Open source voice over IP application gets tonal overhaul with the release of a package of voice prompts recorded in a South African accent. Push 1 to download, push 2 to erase Canadian accent!
Advisories were released this week for IPsec Tools, Adzapper, ELOG, and the Linux kernel. Vendors that released advisories are Debian, Gentoo, Fedora, Mandriva, and SUSE. No advisories were issued for Ubuntu this week.
Almost no site seems complete these days without an image gallery, which displays thumbnails of many images in on a single main page. When you click on any image, you bring up a page with a larger version of the image. My favorite way to create image galleries is by using shalbum, an elegant shell script that uses ImageMagick to generate Web albums.
We've been talking about training a fair bit recently, but mostly it's been about which courses are offered where and at what price. Novell's "Bridging NetWare skills to Novell Open Enterprise Server for Linux", for example, is a free online session. You might think it's only worth what you pay for it, but the time you invest in it is also a form of payment and it could keep you from having the experience one reader did with the more Linux-oriented courses that will actually cost you money.
A Kurta-Pyjama clad Mark Shuttleworth was eye-candy during the ceremony. Robert Adkins commented, ”You look like an Indian.” Mark received the special award, 'International Open Source Personality of the Year'.
The grassroots efforts of system administrators have brought Linux and other free software into the mainstream. To be an effective advocate for free software at work, you need to speak the language of management and convince them from their point of view. This article discusses how to present your case, why your audience makes all the difference, how to hook them with proof of cost savings, and reveals two secret weapons for your quest to promote free software.
This article explains why bashing Microsoft won’t help you in your case, which migration recommendations will seem the most practical and feasible to management, and how to present those recommendations in terms that management will respond to.
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