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Web review: How stupid is your boss?

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Why are so many middle managers and executives technically inept? If they weren't, we might have more companies running their intranets on Linux. But if they were, we might not be able to surf, download, and email on company time quite so much.
Today's web review is for deskbound workers with clueless superiors. It's calls Don's Boss Page. When the index page is loaded, it looks like an Excel chart. If you scroll down, you'll see the real intent of the site.
 
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Build your own supercomputer

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ZDNet: How to build your own supercomputer: Take a few off-the-shelf, stripped-down PCs, add some network switches, a maze of Ethernet cabling and some homegrown Linux software, and you'll be well on your way.

Hewlett-Packard, together with a national laboratory in France, tried this recipe out. To the great surprise of many scientists, it worked. What they ended up with is the "I-Cluster," a Mandrake Linux-powered cluster of 225 simplified PCs from HP that has benchmarked its way into the list of the top 500 most powerful computers in the world.
 
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Simple FreeBSD firewall/NAT setup in half an hour

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FreeBSD
If you plan on NATing and firewalling your precious home LAN after connecting it to the world via Cable Modem or xDSL, here's how to do it with a FreeBSD box. A person named Jim Arnold did just that.

The page Simple FreeBSD firewall/NAT setup in half an hour on his site, explains the setup for FreeBSD 4.2, so your mileage will invariably vary.
 
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The Ig Nobel Prize

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NewsGoofy science has its own awards. It's the Ig Nobel Prize, and scientists look forward to this event even more than the real McCoy. Or maybe not. Or maybe.

The awards are organized by the Annals Of Improbable Research (AIR), and happened last night.

Go see.
 
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The Deep Web

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It's all in here...The Web.
1 billion pages.
19 Terabytes of content.
Really? Not really.
 
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Vee haf ways...

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NewsMakers of highly annoying banner ads are starting to become even more highly annoying, a piece on CNN.com says. Why does this remind me of the Soup-Nazi on the Seinfeld show?

In the future, you can't enter sites without either turning off your AdBuster, JunkBuster Proxy or whatever, or paying a fee to watch ad-free pages. Says the ever so mongrous profit-mongers.

Doh! Get your local friendly sysadmin to block advertising domains in the proxy instead.
 
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Microsoft tightens security

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WindowsAfter being bashed into an unrecognizable mess over the last few months, the Redmond Circus promises to clean up their act and deliver IIS6 and other things in a default locked down configuration. In addition, a new crop of security tools will appear on the Windows Update web site, and an online security tool. Gartner Group released a recommendation earlier that called for all Microsoft IIS-servers to be replaced. Read the whole thing on Wired.
 
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Pegasus Mail: version 4 beta is out

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WindowsFrom Pegasus Mail website: Pegasus Mail v4.0 in public preview!
A beta version of Pegasus Mail v4.0 is now available for public preview and evaluation prior to unrestricted release late in September. A text file containing information about installing the preview and any limitations that may apply is available here - we suggest that you read this before proceeding to download the preview itself, which you can do by clicking here.
 
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A Wireless Neighborhood Freenet

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NetworkingOver at BYTE.com, Moshe Bar writes:
"This column is really about how some friends and I are turning left-over Linux boxes plus wireless LAN equipment into instant neighborhood "freenets." But first a few observations about the Open Source ecology in which or from which these things swim."

Read the full article.
 
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StarOffice 6.0 beta is here

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StarOffice 6.0 beta is available for download from Sun's website. What???The biggest change from version 5.2 is that all the different applications have been split up in smaller programs (instead of one large wad of code) and the support for XML file formats. This fact is clearly referenced on Sun's website.

Personally, I just hope I'll be able to print from it and that it doesn't crash every time I switch to Opera or Poco. Even if it's beta :-)
 
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