What Should Google Do
A PDF e-book, edited by Seth Godin.
Thanks to Ensight for pointing this one out.
The "Google" branded bricks-and-mortar drop-in centre in tourist-heavy metropolitan areas is a particularly good idea (page 22).
One can easily imagine this scenario:
"Hey , we've flow into Berlin for this conference - where do we get a great Chinese meal around here?"
"I know , let's go to the Google centre on the K'Dam, have a coffee, and find out. They can also point out points of interest for us, and book us some tickets for the Berlin Philharmonic tommorow night."
Saturday, August 30, 2003
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:50 pm
Kerneltrap have a feature on how on to upgrade to the 2.6 kernel
The intended audience is for Linux users who are already comfortable with compiling the 2.4 kernel. If you've never compiled a kernel before the Linux Kernel How To is a good introduction.
Interesting Wired article on the Time Travel spammer.
"The anonymous e-mail offered $5,000 to any vendor capable of promptly delivering a collection of far-fetched gadgets for conducting time travel.
Hill, a computer programmer living in Iowa, said he normally deletes a couple of dozen junk e-mails every day with hardly a glance. But this time, he hit the reply button instead.
"It was just so weird, I had to respond. I sent him a message saying I could get him what he wanted," Hill said. "
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:30 pm
Thursday, August 28, 2003
UK IT experts fear for jobs
"British IT consultants, hit hard by technology spending cutbacks over the past three years, are concerned that a probable deal at the upcoming World Trade Organisation meeting in Cancun could lead to further job losses.
The European Union has offered to welcome foreign providers of computer services, "including highly skilled, self-employed, com- puter experts".
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:25 pm
Power Outage Brings London Trains to A Halt
And so soon after the U.S. blackouts.... spooky.
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:22 pm
TrustCommerce interviewed on their usage of KDE
"It's simple: KDE makes the UNIX desktop usable for non-IT workers. If it wasn't for KDE, we'd have to pay a lot of money for proprietary hardware (Apple) or software (Microsoft). More importantly, the machines are more stable and easier for our sysadmin to maintain. That's a big savings in cost - not having to hire another sysadmin as our employee count continues to grow. "
Linux vs. Windows: Choice vs. Usability
Quote:"One of the major roadblocks for Unix was the lack of one single standardized platform for applications. Linux seems to be following along the same line, although on a different parallel. To compete head-to-head with Microsoft, Linux advocates should standardize the platform."
I tend to disagee with the author's premise. In my view, standardisation would kill off innovation.
Secondly, Linux users are generally extremely passionate about their preferred Window managers. I just love KDE 3.1 , but others swear by Gnome or Enlightenment. The cool thing is , is that Linux gives everyone that choice. Removing that choice removes the flexibility of Linux - which is the primary reason I switched in the first place.
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:12 pm
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Hackers take SCO site offline
"A denial-of-service attack hit the Web site of SCO, which is fighting a controversial legal battle concerning Unix copyrights
Last weekend, a denial-of-service attack took down the Web site of The SCO Group, which is caught in an increasingly acrimonious row with the open-source community over the company's legal campaign against Linux. "
Posted by chunkybacon at 4:46 pm
Software patent protest to block Web sites
Several hundred Web sites are to remove their front pages in protest against a European software patents directive, due for a final vote next week.
More than 600 Web sites are to take part in an online protest against a proposed European law on software patents, timed to coincide with a real-life protest in Brussels on Wednesday.
Writing in The Guardian in June, Arlene McCarthy, the British Labour MEP who is guiding the software patents proposal through Parliament, argued that the legislation would "provide legal certainty for European software inventors" and protect the investments of small European software companies.
"It is time some of the 'computer rights campaigners' got real," she wrote. "Patents for software inventions will not go away. It is infinitely better for the EU to harmonise laws across the EU with a view to limiting patentability, than to continue with the mess of national courts and European Patent Office (EPO) systems, and the drift towards US patent models."
Posted by chunkybacon at 4:30 pm
Emailing a file via cron
Very handy discussion on emailing an attachment from a cron job here at devshed. I tried this out , using the Mime::Lite perl module, and it works flawlessly.
Posted by chunkybacon at 4:20 pm
SpamAssassin - cannot write to User_prefs error
You may come across a lot of errors in /var/log/maillog to do with spamd not having enough rights to
the users "user_prefs" file:
"Aug 27 07:01:35 SERVERNAME spamd: Cannot write to /home/USERNAME/.spamassassin/user_prefs:"
There are 4 options to rectify this problem (which i found on a Debian mailling list)
* Remove -u nobody from spamd. The daemon will run as root. Children
will setuid() themselves to the appropriate userid when processing
* Make sure ~/.spamassassin is world-readable and has all the necessary
config files. If you are using bayes, you may need to make the
database files world-writable.
* Make ~/.spamassassin world-writable, and let spamd create whatever
files it needs.
* Create a special sa user and group, run spamd with "-u sa", set
~/.spamassassin's group ownership to sa, and add group read/write
access to it. Let spamd create whatever files it needs.
Posted by chunkybacon at 12:20 pm
Posted by chunkybacon at 11:19 am
Saturday, August 23, 2003
Friday, August 22, 2003
Kde Look is worth a visit , if you want to customise your KDE install.
The iconsets that are available are well worth installing. These can radically change the look and feel of your desktop.
I personally give this site a +10 score as it's one hell of a resource for twiddling with your KDE. You can waste an entire afternoon just doing this, as I've found myself unfortunately doing. [ "oh crap - it's already 5pm .. and i've been customising since 11AM ! "]
Posted by chunkybacon at 10:40 pm
Thursday, August 21, 2003
SoBig Virus - the worst is yet to come
Windoze gets infected , and the rest of us catch a cold. Thanks "Billy Gates"....
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:56 pm
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Posted by chunkybacon at 1:21 pm
Microsoft Urges Users Not to Use Windows on the Internet
New Windows vunerability -- from MIDI files!!!
Microsoft Direct X Vunerability bulletin
"An attacker could seek to exploit this vulnerability by creating a specially crafted MIDI file designed to exploit this vulnerability and then host it on a Web site or on a network share, or send it by using an HTML-based e-mail.
A successful attack could also cause an attacker's code to run on the user's computer in the security context of the user. "
Oh dear - more whacked out "trustworthy" computing from Microsoft.
Posted by chunkybacon at 12:59 pm
Monday, August 18, 2003
New Blaster Worm Installs Patches
The first case of a "good" virus?
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:26 pm
DCOM Exploit With Universal Targets
Source code variant of the MS-BLASTER worm, without the viral self-replication bit.
Knowledge of the service pack of the target system is not required in the above exploit. It targets Win2k and XP systems.
Just download the source code, and compile using gcc:
(assuming you've saved as dcom.c)
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:02 pm