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Modern-day Manhattan Project
"Comparing the proposed high-assurance software initiative to the famous atomic bomb research project of the 1940s, NSA's director for information assurance, Daniel Wolf, said the research would focus on tools and techniques for writing secure software and detecting malicious code hidden in software."
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( Permalink: Modern-day Manhattan Project      Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 3, 2004 )

Carmen Rizzo—Synthesizing the World
"Oh, sure. For instance, I was in Paris recently and I only had a laptop and an Oxygen [MIDI controller] keyboard to play my Native Instruments soft synths. I found myself actually producing more music and getting more done because that’s all I had. It was a constant reminder that I was getting so much done with so little technology around me. There’s a lot to be said for being inspired by, and challenged by, handicap. I know Prince, and have recorded a lot with his camp, and that’s how they work, too. Prince will get a new piece of gear and issue a personal challenge for them all to use only that one tool to create a song."
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( Permalink: Carmen Rizzo—Synthesizing the World      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 2, 2004 )

SSH Host Key Protection
"This is the first in a series of articles on SSH in-depth. We start with looking at standard SSH host keys by examining the verification process to ensure you have not been the victim of an attack. Please note that this article applies to the widely used OpenSSH application that is bundled with most Unix based operating systems, and not the commercial version of SSH."
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( Permalink: SSH Host Key Protection      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 2, 2004 )

The Need for Speed and Automation
"Today, the most common way of measuring overall system performance is through the use of benchmarks. Benchmarks, as the name implies, measure specific aspects of performance. Performance is the result of how efficiently the hardware and software work together to complete a task. There are basically two major types of benchmarks, the micro and the macro. A micro benchmark focuses on one facet or subsystem, such as a filesystem sequential read test or a network I/O bandwidth test. A macro benchmark typically focuses on a specific workload and usually combines the overall performance characteristics of many subsystems, such as a TPC-H or SPECjAppServer workload. Both benchmark types are useful in determining the performance of a given set of software/hardware."
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( Permalink: The Need for Speed and Automation      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 2, 2004 )

Lycoris 1.4
"It seems made for office users, at a first glance. The interface is nice and well polished, very easy to use. Users coming from Windows will find this very comfortable. You can try the evaluation version and decide if it is worth the money it costs. Installing new packages is easy, you get them from the ISO CD and install them through a control panel. The general control panel is very Windows-looking in its organization."
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( Permalink: Lycoris 1.4      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 2, 2004 )

Introduction to Unicode
"Unicode, or the Universal Character Set (UCS), was developed to end once and for all the problems associated with the abundance of character sets used for writing text in different languages. It is a single character set whose goal is to be a superset of all others used before, and to contain every character used in writing any language (including many dead languages) as well as other symbols used in mathematics and engineering. Any charset can be losslessly converted to Unicode, as we'll see."
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( Permalink: Introduction to Unicode      Submitted by Noel Tue Nov 2, 2004 )

Interview with Mupen64 creator
"The only big application I wrote during my free time is Mupen64. I started writing this application after i seen ultrahle working for the first time. I was very amazed by this program but i thought it was very limited and not accurate at all seeing how many problems there was. So, I decided to learn how the Nintendo 64 works and write my own emulator and as I was also starting to use Linux, I wanted it to be portable. Of course, I didn't progress fast during the first months (years?). I wasn't very experienced in C language, and I was learning many things at the same time. Mupen64 developement has been halted several times until I restart it nearly from scratch and released the first version. After that, I got enough experience to progress much more quickly "
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( Permalink: Interview with Mupen64 creator      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 1, 2004 )

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Apple iBook Bluetooth Installation
"So with a USB BT adapter sticking out of my iBook, I had enough. Looks stupid and if you are going to plug something in, that is as bad as a wire. I wonder if I can fit it inside somewhere. If you haven’t taken an iBook apart before, visit Powerbook Tech. They have detailed instruction (that I will skip) on ripping Apple ‘Books apart. I will skip that as it would just be more typing for me. ***If you are going to try this, do so at your own risk! You could SERIOUSLY damage your levely Apple product.***"
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( Permalink: Apple iBook Bluetooth Installation      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 1, 2004 )

First Look: SUSE Linux Professional 9.2 beta
"Novell recently opened a limited beta of SUSE Linux Professional 9.2, and I've been using it for my work/production machine ever since I got my hands on the five-CD download. No, using a beta release of an operating system as your production system is generally not a good idea. Yes, there are bugs, as expected in beta software. There are also improvements and refinements, as is also to be expected. But overall, well, read on and see."
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( Permalink: First Look: SUSE Linux Professional 9.2 beta      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 1, 2004 )

An MPlayer project update
"I'm not sure if MPlayer will help people find their way into Linux. As a command-line player, it is more for advanced users who don't mind typing options to get things done. GIMP and OpenOffice.org are both apps that run under X and they both can be used in ways similar to proprietary Windows products. I hope the new external MPlayer front ends developed during recent months will change this situation a bit. One thing I noticed during the last year, however, is that there is an increasing demand for LiveCDs that include MPlayer, to use special hardware features like MPEG decoders that are not yet supported in the Windows version."
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( Permalink: An MPlayer project update      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 1, 2004 )

OpenBSD 3.6 released
"OpenBSD project leader Theo de Raadt today announced the official release of OpenBSD 3.6 for 14 architectures. This regular release includes new support for the luna88k platform as well as a long list of enhancements such as SMP support for x86 and AMD64. Read on for details and download mirrors. According to the press release from de Raadt, the following changes, bugfixes, additions and enhancements have been made to 3.6:"
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( Permalink: OpenBSD 3.6 released      Submitted by Noel Mon Nov 1, 2004 )

Everquest Free for a Month
"In order to get more players involved in the title, the game designers over at Sony Online Entertainment are offering for a limited time free 30-day trial keys for their popular MMORPG Everquest."
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( Permalink: Everquest Free for a Month      Submitted by Noel Sun Oct 31, 2004 )

Running Linux: A book for all ages
If you've never read an O'Reilly book, then now's the time to start! From one of the best IT publishers comes Running Linux, 4th edition. Whether you're just beginning to delve into Linux or are a Linux vet, Running Linux will have something for you. The Content Development team over at LinuxForumsDOTorg has given it a run through. See it reviewed here before picking up your own copy!

( Permalink: Running Linux: A book for all ages      Submitted by sarumont Sun Oct 31, 2004 )

OpenBSD 3.6 Live
"First off, I must tell you that OpenBSD MP support stems from the NetBSD work mainly done by Bill Sommerfeld. Of course, lots of other developers in their camp have added to it; these days I think Frank van der Linden is maintaining the i386 parts. However, stuff like this is impossible to just move over verbatim, and I have spent weeks of work making it fit into our tree. It deserves to be mentioned I got funded by GeNUA for big parts of this work; we thank them for that very kind support."
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( Permalink: OpenBSD 3.6 Live      Submitted by Noel Sun Oct 31, 2004 )

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