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iPod Photo
"A delight for the ears. A feast for the eyes. Though it’s no bigger than a pack of playing cards and weighs in at just over 6 ounces, iPod Photo delivers a one-two sensory punch. Letting you carry an entire library of your favorite music — up to 15,000 songs — or enough photos — as many as 25,000 — to fill nearly 200 slide trays or cover nearly 5,000 square feet of wall space. Got a really big den?"
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( Permalink: iPod Photo      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 27, 2004 )

Pumping Up the Power of the IPod 
"After nearly three years of almost daily use, my trusty old iPod was starting to give up the ghost. But thanks to a new install-it-yourself battery, it has a new lease on life -- and it's even better than new. Wired News tested a $40, high-capacity, 2,100 mAh (milliamp hour) replacement iPod battery from Newer Technology. It was easy to install and delivered 22 hours of continuous play -- more than double the play time of the original battery. (The battery tested is for first- and second-generation iPods; Newer also sells one for third-generation iPods.)"
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( Permalink: Pumping Up the Power of the IPod       Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 27, 2004 )

Intel's Dual Core Strategy Investigated
"As far as architecture goes, the x-series of dual core CPUs from Intel are built on the little talked-about Smithfield core. While many have speculated that Smithfield may be Banias or Dothan based, it's now clear that Smithfield is little more than two 90nm Prescott cores built on the same die. There is a requirement for a very small amount of arbitration logic that will balance bus transactions between the two CPUs, but for the most part Smithfield is basically two Prescotts."
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( Permalink: Intel's Dual Core Strategy Investigated      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 27, 2004 )

Aurox 10.0,1 Beta Reviewed!
Another lesser-know distro trying to make a splash on the big scene. Aurox Linux is a Fedora-based distro mainly developed in Poland. Even in its tenth release cycle, it is still a young distro and as such: small. Could it be the next big thing? Even gentoo was small and "lesser-known" once. Check out this review, hot off the presses at LinuxForumsDOTorg.

( Permalink: Aurox 10.0,1 Beta Reviewed!      Submitted by sarumont Wed Oct 27, 2004 )

Geolocation by IP Address
"Geolocation by IP address is the technique of determining a user's geographic latitude, longitude and, by inference, city, region and nation by comparing the user's public Internet IP address with known locations of other electronically neighboring servers and routers. This article presents some of the reasons for and benefits of using geolocation through IP address, as well as several techniques for applying this technology to an application, Web site or user community."
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( Permalink: Geolocation by IP Address      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 27, 2004 )

IBM reveals why it's open sourcing Cloudscape
A common and a consistent framework for accessing information enables developers to do more things with more people more often. This article shares, how Derby fits into IBM's developer strategy, the Java application stack, It's intention to drive more innovation around Java on Linux, and why they want to make the Derby database become as ubiquitous as the Apache HTTP server.

( Permalink: IBM reveals why it's open sourcing Cloudscape      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Oct 27, 2004 )

Securing the (Increasingly) Mobile Client
Enterprise deployments of notebook PCs, tablet PCs, and PDAs continue to grow by leaps and bounds. In fact, researcher Gartner Inc. recently predicted that, by the year 2010, 80 percent of key business processes will involve the exchange of real-time information involving mobile workers. Read Article

( Permalink: Securing the (Increasingly) Mobile Client      Submitted by Scott Wed Oct 27, 2004 )

Linux and Mac OS X and malware writers
"Mac OS X users are targeted by an exploit which is being termed a virus in some reports, but is actually a plain old rootkit. Known as "Opener," or MacOS.Renepo.B (Symantec's label) the rootkit requires admin access to install. Once installed, it does a number of sneaky things, including installing a keystroke recorder, grabbing the Open Firmware password, decrypts users' keychains, creates a new (and hidden) user account, and installs a password cracker. "
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( Permalink: Linux and Mac OS X and malware writers      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 26, 2004 )

Two-Faced: Setting up a Simple Linux Firewall
"Don't assume that a firewall is the ultimate in security. If the security of some of the boxes on your internal network is poor, the firewall might help cover for this, but it's not a substitute for trying to improve them. Also, the kind of "two-interface firewall" I'm discussing here (see Diagram, below) is possibly a little too simple: arguably the webserver should be in a "DMZ", hung off the firewall on a third ethernet card (see the quickstart for Three-Interface Firewall and possibly the Shorewall FAQ)."
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( Permalink: Two-Faced: Setting up a Simple Linux Firewall      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 26, 2004 )

Portable Linux Virtual Machines
"Quite the buzz is building over the technology preview released by MetroPipe. This package runs on Damnsmall Linux and uses QEMU (a CPU emulator). Essentially an Internet communication system, it can run entirely on a USB mini-drive key (128 MB) and other flash-media devices, and even iPods. It includes a bootable Linux OS, a web browser (Firefox), email client (Thunderbird), Enigmail GPG (for email encryption) and a persistent home directory."
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( Permalink: Portable Linux Virtual Machines      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 26, 2004 )

Using a Linux-based home recording studio
"Recording with Ecasound can be complex, but we'll do it simply, because we'll be importing the recordings into Audacity. Before recording, test the setup. Open your mixer and make sure that you have selected the appropriate sound capture input (in aumix and Kmix you will see a red button in place of the normal green button to indicate the device currently used for sound capture). Make sure your instrument is plugged in and ready to record, and type the following command in a terminal session:"
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( Permalink: Using a Linux-based home recording studio      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 26, 2004 )

How to build a home recording studio
"To record basic tracks, we'll be using Ecasound, a popular command-line sound recorder and processor. Ecasound supports everything under the sun, but we'll be using it only to record and to play back tracks. More specifically, we'll be using it to play back tracks already recorded while recording new tracks, and we'll be recording the tracks one at a time. There are at least three choices for mastering: Audacity, Ardour, and Ecasound."
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( Permalink: How to build a home recording studio      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 26, 2004 )

Linus Torvalds Interview
"Linus Torvalds tells of some other programming venues than the Linux kernel, predicts a shadowy outcome for GNU/Hurd, gives some advice to anyone wanting to undertake a large software project and updates us on the latest in kernel development in this email interview by Preston St. Pierre. "
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( Permalink: Linus Torvalds Interview      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 26, 2004 )

A week in the BSD CLI
"I've always been comfortable using the command line interface to get specific tasks done. To me, the command line was a necessary tool as well as a last resort -- if all else failed, I knew I could count on a command line program to fix the problem. I already knew that I could do pretty much anything from the command line if I was willing to sit down, read manual pages, and learn -- or if I really had to. To prove it, recently I forced myself to use only the CLI for a week. I ended up learning a lot more than just a few command line arguments."
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( Permalink: A week in the BSD CLI      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 26, 2004 )

Mac OS X Power Hound Helpful Hints, Part 2
"An Internet shortcut is a short name that you assign to any web site. When you type the short name into the address bar and press Enter, your browser loads the full URL for you. So instead of typing "www.nytimes.com" or mousing into your News -> World -> Current folder, you could just type "nyt" and press Enter to call up the New York Times site. Shortcuts (also known as keywords) are supported in every Mac OS X browser except for Safari, iCab, and Internet Explorer."
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( Permalink: Mac OS X Power Hound Helpful Hints, Part 2      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 25, 2004 )

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The Penguin Driven Church Office
(Fri Jul 2, 2004)

An External SCSI Tape on a Sun Enterprise Server
(Fri Jul 2, 2004)

Stress-testing the Linux kernel
(Fri Jul 2, 2004)

The keys to GnuPG
(Thu Jul 1, 2004)

gLabels: Ready for prime time
(Thu Jul 1, 2004)

CERT recommends anything but IE
(Thu Jul 1, 2004)

Fighting Network threats with a Network Analyzer
(Thu Jul 1, 2004)

Stretch Java skills with CodeRuler medieval game
(Thu Jul 1, 2004)

Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager
(Thu Jul 1, 2004)

Kernel DoS Vulnerability
(Wed Jun 30, 2004)

What To Do When Things Go Wrong
(Wed Jun 30, 2004)

Security: The root of the problem
(Wed Jun 30, 2004)

Five Performance Tools for Linux on PowerPC
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Automating Builds on Linux
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Hidden costs of offshoring
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Getting Comcast Email on Home Linux Box
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The RULE Mini Kde page
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Existing Applications can be Enabled for Grid
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Pronunciation of Software Names
(Tue Jun 29, 2004)

RealNetworks shows some love to Linux
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Open Source Innovation within the DoD
(Tue Jun 29, 2004)

Handy wireless networking with Knoppix Linux
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