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Advanced filesystem implementor's guide

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GNU/LinuxDaniel Robbins of Gentoo Linux has written a very good article in 6 parts on Linux filesystem implementation. If you are relatively new to Linux but not to computers, and wonder what all those different Linux filesystems are all about, read the article series over at the IBM open source projects web site. It's very interesting reading indeed.

The article series cover journaling, ReiserFS, tmpfs, devfs, ext3, XFS and GFS and how to set them up under Linux 2.4.
 
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No go: The 5mx and the Apacer 96Mb CF

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Psion PDA
By Tor Willy Austerslått

While the 16Mb internal memory on the Psion 5mx holds silly amounts of data, you occasionally need to transport bigger files from point A to B, and that's why I went out and bought a 96Mb Compact Flash memory card from Taiwanese memory maker Apacer.
 
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Stealthing around the net

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Thomas C. Greene of The Register explains in layman terms how you do "Do-it-yourself Internet anonymity". If total paranoia isn't your cup of tea, you can still follow most of the tips in the article to maintain a low-key presence on the net.
 
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E-mail since 1971

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NewsThis year, it's 30 years since Richard Tomlinson sent the first e-mail message on ARPANET, using the now famous '@' as an indicator that the message was supposed to end up on another machine. In 1971, Tomlinson was working (and still is) for Bolt, Beranek and Newman, a contractor hired to work on ARPANET for the US government. He was, as the case often is, supposed to have been doing something else when "inventing" e-mail.

In 2001, Tomlinson got himself a Webby award for his early work on e-mail. Morse, Marconi, Bell and Tomlinson?
 
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Itanium flunking Compaq server tests

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HardwareIntel's Itanium processor is failing to pass Compaq Computer's stress tests, according to a Compaq representative, thus holding up the release of Compaq's Itanium servers.

A Compaq representative said that the company has experienced "sightings" with Itanium, Intel's 64-bit processor for servers, in Compaq's internal testing of its ProLiant DL590/64. The representative would not go so far as to call the issue a flaw, but said the problem appeared to be caused by the processor. The problem crops up with servers running both the 733MHz and 800MHz version of the chip.

Read the full story over at Cnet.

 
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Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1 released

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WindowsIn connection with COMDEX, Opera Software ASA has released Opera 6.0 beta 1 for Windows. Among the new things are the ability for users to choose between Multiple Document Interface (like it's now) or Single Document Interface (ála Netscape). Also, Opera now displays non-Latin characters, meaning Asian users can use Opera with their native character sets. There's an extensive list of new features in the press release.

You can download Opera for free right away. The free version has advertising, and a version without the ads will set you back USD39. Upgrade from Opera 5.x is free.
 
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PsiLinux on Psion 5mx

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Psion PDAThe PsiLinux project (formerly known as linux-7110) now has PsiLinux booting on the Psion 5mx. From the progress page:

"The project has come a great distance since the kernel was first booted mid-way through December 1998. That breakthrough lit the path for further development in much the same way that Linus Torvald's did when he got the kernel booting on Intel PCs.

 
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Windows XP Home? No network for you!

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Just in case you haven't found out yet, Windows XP Home edition doesn't support anything useful when it comes to networking, either in you SOHO or company. This is an excerpt from "Windows 2000 Magazine update", a weekly e-mail newsletter for subscribers. It's written by Paul Thurrott:
 
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Getting a scanner to work under FreeBSD

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FreeBSDBy Torfinn Ingolfsen

My latest experience with FreeBSD was getting my scanner to work. I have a quite ordinary (but cheap) Agfa flatbed scanner which is connected to my machine with an USB cable. The scanner is an AGFA SnapScan 1212U, now discontinued. The only software Agfa has for this scanner is called ScanWise. Not a bad program, but it is only for Windooze. So I was very interested to see if I could get the scanner to work with free software.

 
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Personal firewalls are 'futile'

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SecurityFrom BSDvault:

"Security researchers have highlighted a potential shortcoming with personal firewall products.

To alert users of the presence of a Trojan or privacy threatening program running on their systems, personal firewalls have been adapted so they monitor and block outbound traffic (as well as blocking inbound network traffic).

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However if a malicious program modifies a DLL used by Internet Explorer to make an outbound connections to port 80 on its behalf then this protection is bypassed."

Read more one BSDvault.

 
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