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Perspectives on KDE Multimedia
"Multimedia has now become an essential part of every computer, including those within the enterprise. While aRts was, for along time, hailed as the answer for multimedia within KDE, it fell out of favor as it became obvious that it was hopelessly inefficient. Associate Editor Eduardo Sánchez sits down with Scott Wheeler of the KDE Project to find out where the KDE multimedia department is headed in general, and concerning a replacement for aRts, more specifically."
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( Permalink: Perspectives on KDE Multimedia      Submitted by Noel Thu Nov 25, 2004 )

Beginning Perl, 2nd Ed.
"Beginning Perl is a conversational-style tutorial that will guide you through your first steps into the Perl world and even a little beyond. The first two-thirds of the book cover the basics of programming with Perl including data types, flow control and IO. The casual flow through here will help prevent fledgling programmers from suffering information overload. The authors handle the need to provide enough information, though, by revisiting topics repeatedly, going a little deeper each time. Unfortunately, this hurts the volume's use as a reference, as it's quite a challenge to go right to something. (Example: The built-in join() is covered in the chapter on "Regular Expressions," which is certainly not the first place I would look.) The index is decent and can guide you through these problems, if you remember to start there."
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( Permalink: Beginning Perl, 2nd Ed.      Submitted by Noel Thu Nov 25, 2004 )

CentOS 3.3 is a good Red Hat server alternative
"According to the Web site of its developers, the cAos Foundation, "The goal [of CentOS] is to reproduce RHEL in a freely distributable form that complies in full with RedHat's redistribution requirements. It is designed for people who need an enterprise class OS without the cost of certification or the RedHat brand name." To a large extent, it succeeds. Unlike the hobbyist nature of White Box Linux, CentOS is more of a full-time effort from a dedicated non-profit foundation. CentOS 3.3 is supposed to be the equivalent of RHEL3."
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( Permalink: CentOS 3.3 is a good Red Hat server alternative      Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 24, 2004 )

Gifts, Gadgets, and Software for Mac Geeks
"The 2004 Mac DevCenter gift-giving guide spans the spectrum of fiscal responsibility -- from inexpensive stocking stuffers ($15) to top-of-the-line devices ($650+). Most of the suggestions are less than $80. Everything showcased works with Mac OS X. And I'm hoping that you'll find many of these items interesting and slightly tempting."
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( Permalink: Gifts, Gadgets, and Software for Mac Geeks      Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 24, 2004 )

Remaster Knoppix without Remastering
"Knoppix is pretty easy to remaster and many people have created their own Knoppix variant to suit their needs. However there are a number of tweaks and changes you can make that don't require a complete remastering if you take advantage of the knoppix.sh script. I'll go over some of the advantages to this approach over a full remastering below."
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( Permalink: Remaster Knoppix without Remastering      Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 24, 2004 )

Linux MIDI: A Brief Survey
"First, a brief review of what a sequencer is and does. Old-school MIDI musicians would define a sequencer as software or hardware that records MIDI data entered by way of a performance on a MIDI-enabled instrument--keyboard, guitar, wind controller--and provides some means for editing and arranging the recorded data. Remember, MIDI data is not audio data, and MIDI messages simply give commands to a connected device (hardware or software) that then should respond according to the particular message. For example, a MIDI note-on message tells an instrument to play a specified note, while a stream of pitch bend message tells the instrument to perform a pitch bend to the specified degree. "
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( Permalink: Linux MIDI: A Brief Survey      Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 24, 2004 )

Mac Modding Shortcuts
"Make repetitive tasks simpler and maximize ergonomic efficiency with this excerpted chapter from Erica Sadun's Modding Mac OS X. This comprehensive chapter covers everything from the philosophy of keyboard shortcuts to step-by-step instructions to a look at speakable items, complete with shortcut management tips and screenshots. Neat, concise, and easy-to-use, this excerpt helps you add, remove, and change keyboard shortcuts to meet your personal computing needs. Keep your hands on the keyboard and give that mouse a rest."
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( Permalink: Mac Modding Shortcuts      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 23, 2004 )

Install KNOPPIX LiveCD on Hard Drive
"KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX® can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it."
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( Permalink: Install KNOPPIX LiveCD on Hard Drive      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 23, 2004 )

Entrap: A File Integrity Checker
"Verifying the integrity of files is an important systems administration task. Well-known systems administration authority Æleen Frisch says that "minimally, you should periodically check the ownership and permissions of important system files and directories." One method for verifying files is to take a snapshot of the system in a pristine state and compare it against subsequent snapshots."
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( Permalink: Entrap: A File Integrity Checker      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 23, 2004 )

Extending Ruby with C
"Ruby, if you've never heard of it, is an object-oriented scripting language, similar in many ways to Perl and Python. It originates from Japan and is young, as far as programming languages go. There are many really good reasons you might want to use the Ruby language; I'm not going to go into all of them here, but the one at the core of this article is the ease with which you can write Ruby extensions in C."
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( Permalink: Extending Ruby with C      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 23, 2004 )

The Definitive Guide to MySQL, 2nd Ed.
"The book has four sections: Introduction, Fundamentals, Programming and Reference. The Introduction begins with a brief introduction to databases, relational databases, ANSI 92, and how MySQL fits in to each of these. It also touches on the licensing for MySQL (commercial vs. non-commercial usage) and a version roadmap for past and future releases of MySQL. The roadmap is very helpful to know what features are present in the version of MySQL you may be using (or are planned for an upcoming release)."
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( Permalink: The Definitive Guide to MySQL, 2nd Ed.      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 23, 2004 )

World of Warcraft Open Beta Review
"For the past weeks I have been participating in the US Open Beta of World of Warcraft. As this is the closest to what the actual game will be when it is released on the 23rd of this month, this preview can be seen as the review of the game. I will be talking about all the game aspects and about how Blizzard handled and used this beta to get ready for release. With about 500,000 others, I was granted a view of the game before the paying customers begin living their virtual adventures in the lands of Azeroth. "
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( Permalink: World of Warcraft Open Beta Review      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 22, 2004 )

My workstation OS: Mepis Linux
"Although I know my way around an operating system, I'm not the kind of guy who wants to fiddle around too much to get a distribution to work. It has to work 'out of the box' or require very little tailoring. At least as important as usability is a good community -- someone to help you when you need advice. And a third thing I need is easy availability of packages for additional software. Mepis has all of that."
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( Permalink: My workstation OS: Mepis Linux      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 22, 2004 )

Issues Discovering Compromised Machines
"In addition, as advanced blackhat community moves beyond buffer overflows into new exploit type areas and zero-days attacks (with non-public exploits against non-public vulnerabilities) have a chance of becoming more common, traditional intrusion detection rates might decrease even further, giving defenders no chance to detect, let along stop the attack.   Obviously, in case of a zero-day attack, detecting a second order (i.e. after-exploit) trace becomes the only option, as the attack itself will most likely fly through most network security monitoring gear by the very nature of being a "zero-day". Some of the existing attacks can also be mutated and optimized to pass through some of the detection filters."
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( Permalink: Issues Discovering Compromised Machines      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 22, 2004 )

K3b—Easy CD Burning Program for Linux
"We chose K3b as the CD and DVD burning program to include in the SimplyMEPIS CD and this book because it is one of the finest and most versatile programs of this type we have ever used, in any operating system. K3b handles music, video, and data equally well, and has no trouble burning the "ISO" (complete file system image) CDs needed to boot your computer directly from its CD drive. This is the program that was used to create the original master version of the SimplyMEPIS bootable CD and the video instruction DVD included with this book."
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( Permalink: K3b—Easy CD Burning Program for Linux      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 22, 2004 )

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