Friday, May 28, 2004

Microsoft web servers are dying off in Germany. A staggering 89% of .de servers run Apache.
How Linux Saved My Files and My Job
Next time your NTFS-based drive decides to take a sudden trip down south, give BG-Rescue Linux a try.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Oracle's 9000 programmers to switch to Linux by the end of the year

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

New KDE based RSS aggregator, beta version 1.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Kill Bill

IBM versus Microsoft
Slashdot discussion on a linked article on how IBM is pushing Linux and encroaching into Microsoft's space. The Slashdot discussion is a big one.

I came across this travel blog page with pictures of my home town.

How to be popular in 2004

Monday, May 24, 2004

The benefits of using Linux
A detailed and extensive thread on that's well worth reading and printing out. Hand out, if need be, to your Windoze friends and relatives.

The Google Book
Found on E-bay , an early 20th century children's nonsense-verse book.

Experimental search engine for speech and video content.

KWin drop shadow patch
KDE 3.2 port of this patch that enables drop shadows around open KDE apps.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Oh dear

Sun's Java Desktop 2 gets a scathing review from, which is also discussed on Slashdot. The reviewer tried to install JDS2 on no fewer than 4 different machines and in each case the installation failed.

Saturday, May 22, 2004

The Windows security nightmare

Friday, May 21, 2004

Spam Adversaries to debate in public
Mega-spammer Scott Richter and SpamCop founder Julian Haight to debate in public according this Wired article.
Linux Art
Interview with Everaldo (of KDE Crystal icon fame) and Jimmac (from the Gnome camp)

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Off to Menorca

I'm off to Menorca for the next week.

Familiar Linxux
Designed to run on a Compaq iPaq handheld.

GUI environments for handhelds running Linux.

Interview with Larry Silverstein, chief technologist at Google
When asked about server numbers he says 'more than 10,000'
Gnome 2.6 reviewed

Monday, May 10, 2004

Utterly Boring
Good blog. Nice design.

Could Red Hat Mean Curtains for Windows?
The Independent newspaper (UK) interviews Matthew Szulik of Red Hat, on RH's desktop plans.

Thunderbird 0.6 released

Sunday, May 09, 2004

First Pictures of Titan

Cassini probe takes first pictures of Titan

Friday, May 07, 2004

UK company, offering Linux desktop solutions.

Microsoft says it's all Joe users fault
It's your fault. Yeah you, Mr. or Ms. Corporate IT Person. Microsoft says it's your fault, and the fault of your users, that there
are so many security problems with Microsoft software. Oh, sure, there are security holes in Microsoft products. But Microsoft
does patch them -- eventually. And unless corporate IT does a better job of promptly applying those patches, as well as training
users in safe computing practices -- well, there's only so much Microsoft can do.

What Sasser can do to a roomful of Windows computers

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Konqueror shortcuts

I regularly use the php: and gg: shortcuts in my konqueror url bar to look up php commands and do google searches. However, there are more useful shortcuts:

fm: Freshmeat
cpan: CPAN perl module archive
dict: Webster's dictionary
wi: WhatIs tech dictionary
ggg: google groups
ggi: google images

You can view, edit and even add your own by doing:
Konqueror->Settings->Configure Konqueror->Web Shortcuts

Upgrading to Mandrake 10 Official

note : to deinstall KDE 3.1.x , type urpme kde-base
Urpmi man pages

From the release notes:

- urpmi can now do a distribution upgrade simply by adding urpmi sources for the 10.0 dist tree or cd's and then running 'urpmi urpmi' then 'urpmi --auto-select' and finally 'urpmi kernel' to install the new kernel. See KDE notes for tips on having a smooth upgrade experience with KDE installed.

KDE 3.2
- The KDE Project has reorganized applications for the 3.2 release. An example is that kmail is part of kdepim now instead of kdenetwork. This could cause upgrades from 9.x that have KDE 3.1.x installed to not go smoothly. The best way to do an upgrade from 9.x will be to completely remove KDE from the target system, run the upgrade using your preferred method (urpmi --auto-select or upgrade installation) and then install KDE from the 10.0 media. If you do not do this, you will find that some KDE 3.2 applications will not be installed and some KDE 3.1.x applications will be left on the system.

It is also a good idea to make backup copies of each user's ~/.kde directory before doing the upgrade. This is because in the past, changes to KDE configuration files have caused problems when trying to run the new apps with the old configuration. It may be helpful if you are having problems after the upgrade to rename or remove the old ~/.kde directory and let it recreate automatically. Then move any data like kmail accounts and kaddressbook data back by hand.

Register - UK ID Card guide
6 page article on the proposed biometric id cards.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Whine whine whine
Bill Gates whining , way back in 1976

Toutatis orbital path
Nasa simulation.

Google CenturyShare
Displays the Googleshare for a given keyword throughout the century.

Google Blogoscoped
Great blog with lots of google related links and news.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

UK Coastguard shut down by Sasser
Staff resort to paper and pen

Slashdot discuss the Sasser outbreak

Latest Google news on Sasser

Internet2 sets new speed record
Jaw dropping 6.25 Gigabits per second.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

EU expands Eastwards

Celebrations in Warsaw
European Union welcomes 10 new member states

Hello to our new friends from Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Cyprus, Hungary, Slovenia ,Malta, and Luvania ;-)

Celebrations as EU grows to 25 members