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Stopping Grokster ads and spyware

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By Tor Willy Austerslått

If you have installed Grokster, you will have noticed the advertising in the lower left portion of the window. This is the Grokster people's way of getting money. What you probably haven't noticed, is all the other covert advert trafficking going on in the background.
 
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Using an OpenBSD firewall to share a cable modem

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OpenBSD/NetBSDThis is a good article on how you configure an OpenBSD box to act as a firewall and to share your internet connection through it. You can read all about it here.
 
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Sneaking out through the firewall

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SecurityWe all know that blocking in- and outbound traffic on specific ports and from specific programs can be accomplished using personal firewalls. After installing one, you'll start feeling safe and have warmfuzzy feelings. But what happens when a trojan hooks on to your browser or other software, and starts to phone home in the process space of your trusted application? It's been mentioned before, but it hasn't been done until now.
 
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Running Apache on BSD

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OpenBSD/NetBSDI'm in the process of setting up a web server on OpenBSD 2.9. While trawling the net for useful info, I came across this piece on running a high-performance web server on the BSD-flavored OS'es. It's from the Apache web site, and it's put together from different contributors. Since it seems to be from the real world, it's devoid of the usual academia, instead going straight for the matters.

Also, take a tour of the misc section on apache.org site to pick up more on getting Apache to perform on your particular kind of box.
 
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Do you know Linux? Do you?

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GNU/LinuxUnixreview.com has a test with 25 questions which is supposed to test your basic Linux skills. The test was put together in order to assess how ready you are for the Linux+ exam.
 
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22Mbps WLAN ships

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NetworkingBuffalo Technologies announces that they have new IEEE 802.11b wireless LAN stuff out. It's the 22Mbps AirPort 2x™ access point and ditto NIC. It's supposedly compatible with all other Wi-Fi gear out there, meaning it operates in the unlicensed 2,4GHz band. It also means it can communicate with all other Wi-Fi network cards, regardless of speed.
There's a rundown on Wi-Fi at computeruser.com if you need more on this particular wireless scheme.

For the rest of the details on the new 22Mbps WLAN gadgets, read the Buffalo Tech. press release.
 
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OpenBSD: The most secure OS around

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OpenBSD/NetBSDZDnet reports:

"You're probably sick and tired of running into the latest Windows security snafu. And you're undoubtedly painfully aware that most versions of Unix have their own major security holes, such as the recent HP-UX whopper. I'm guessing that you're wondering if there's a network operating system that gets security right. There is: OpenBSD."

The article presents a good overview of what sets OpenBSD apart from other OS's, without going into too much detail.

 
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Linux 2.4.14 is out

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GNU/LinuxLinux kernel 2.4.14 is here. Available for download from the mirror list at www.kernel.org. Also read the changelog.
 
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Samba 2.2.2

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Samba - the Windows compatible SMB server for Unix/Linux/*BSD etc. got an upgrade a month ago. It is now version 2.2.2. There's a small-ish review at eWeek Labs.

Wanna download? Go to www.samba.org and choose a mirror.
 
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Star Wars Episode II trailer

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The trailer for Star Wars episode II "Attack of the Clones" is available for streaming online as of right now immediately. I had difficulties viewing it because of "technical difficulties" a few minutea ago. Guess they are being slashdotted.

The trailer requires Quicktime 5. There's three separate trailer sizes to watch, according to your bandwith.
 
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