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BSDVault: Using Sharity-light to mount windows shares from FreeBSD

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FreeBSDBSDVault has a new tutorial in the FreeBSD help section. This time it is how to access (mount) Windows shares (it could be from your Samba server) from FreeBSD. Read the tutorial over at BSDVault!
 
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ONLamp: Ripping MP3s

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FreeBSDI never got into the MP3 thing. The wholesale swapping of music online just makes fair use look bad. Plus, my home computer is comfortably situated in the nexus of several speakers attached to a high-quality home stereo. Why would I trade several hundred CDs and high-fidelity recordings for tiny computer speakers? However, as my work schedule shifted, I found myself having a greater need for lugging CDs to and from work. This seemed to be a decent application for MP3s.

Ripping CDs to MP3 is a fairly straightforward process that is ripe for automation. You need the artist, title, and song list from each CD. Thisinformation is freely available online through a number of online music databases. CDDB is the best-known example. Armed with this information, you copy the audio track to your hard drive using a "ripper." FreeBSD includes several different rippers, and the core OS actually has the ability to rip audio tracks. You then "encode" the ripped file to MP3. Finally, you label the MP3. There are several other trivial functions that can be added to this process to make life later a little simpler, such as writing .m3u index files, but these are the basics.

Read the article at ONLamp.com.
 
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OpenBSDpost.net Re-Opens

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OpenBSD/NetBSDFrom BSDatwork.com: After a few months of downtime, OpenBSDpost.net has re-opened its doors to the OpenBSD community. Be sure to check out their member-rich forum. I can't seem to get into the site just now, maybe they haven't reopened just yet?
 
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Mandrake Linux 8.1 available

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GNU/LinuxMandrake-Linux 8.1 became available for download through their website thursday. It's "the most complete, user-friendly and server-adapted Linux operating system available".
 
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Still crazy after all these years

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BBC Coprocessor board Did you ever get hands-on training on a 6502 microprocessor? I know I did. I wrote the most beuatiful control program for a lightbulb sign, consisting of a stack of high voltage relays, one hundred bulbs and the geekport on an AIM-65 computer - for christmas 1984.

If you'd like to dive into 6502-related material, there's a web-site devoted in its entirety to this ultra-classic of microprocessors. If it were a car, it would be an Opel Blitz. A classic workhorse. Move yourself over to http://www.6502.org.
 
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Web review: Linux at IBM.com

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GNU/LinuxFrom NewsForge: Yes, we all know that IBM is one of the biggest supporters of Linux and other Open Source software. We know they're a huge company with many interests in many different companies. If one were to stumble onto a section of the IBM.com Web site dedicated to hardware, one might come to the conclusion that IBM favors Microsoft. Try it. Go to www.ibm.com and click on that cool looking Thinkpad deal right there on the front page. Now that is a good price. Click through to the specifications, and you'll see that, according to the verbiage, IBM recommends Microsoft: "IBM PC's use genuine Microsoft Windows." Probably something they have to say contractually. Not a big deal, we all know how to put the Linux CD in the drive and hit "install." However, there are places on the IBM website to which one could surf and truly believe that IBM is sold out to Linux -- even, to my eyes, to the point of being anti-Microsoft. Check it out: go to www-1.ibm.com/linux/. Nothing too terribly surprising -- we've even reviewed the Linux section of IBM's high-quality developerWorks webzine before and we gathered they like Linux pretty well. Read the full article.
 
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Dealing with Full Disks

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FreeBSDONLamp.com has a new article that tells you how to deal with full disks. From the article: "So, your daily message shows that your partitions are getting full. (You do read your daily status mail, right? Of course you do.) While various desktop environments have nifty point-and-click interfaces that show you exactly where your disk space went, they don't help much when your GUI-less server starts having trouble. We're going to look at some basic disk measuring tools, with the goal of finding that missing few gigabytes of space." Read the full article.
 
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Nimda propagates again

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SecuritySecurity Focus says the Nimda worm (which is already spreading havoc) is set to do another propagation really soon. They found another code bit that is supposed to respread Nimda 10 days after the machine was first infected. That means really soon for many vulnerable Windows servers and workstations.
Initial Nimda attack activity began at 0300 GMT on September 18, indicating that a second wave could begin as early as 0300 GMT on Friday 28.
 
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PsiWin 2.3.3 on Windows 2000 Pro

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Psion PDABy Tor Willy Austerslått

Using PsiWin on a locked down Windows 2000 Professional installation is difficult. It needs rights all over the place. This is how I repacked and distributed it.
 
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Follow the Yellow briQ Node

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GNU/Linux"Clean air. Walk to work. Rocky Mountain National Park is less than 45 minutes from here." That's how Kai Staats describes living in Loveland, Colo., and working at Terra Soft Solutions. Perhaps the only thing more refreshing than the Rocky Mountain scenery are the innovative PowerPC-based Linux products that his company has created. Terra Soft co-founder and CEO Kai Staats was busy developing Web sites and doing marketing consulting work through his Terra Firma Design company. Business was good, but there was a problem with how his work, and by extension, the work of his clients was presented. "We hosted our Web sites on servers that we neither owned or maintained," says Staats, "and so in 1997 [we] brought our servers in-house. I wanted Apple hardware, and my sys-admin [Terra Soft co-founder and CIO Dan Burcaw] wanted Linux. We used MKLinux at first, tried LinuxPPC, and decided we could produce a better product." That better product made the Linux distribution scene in April 1999, when Terra Soft Solutions announced the availability of Yellow Dog Linux Champion Server 1.0. Now known simply as Yellow Dog Linux, the 2.0 version arrived to rave reviews this summer. As with any Linux distribution, the roster of Yellow Dog Linux users is quite diverse, including HBO, America Online, Boeing, and yes, Apple Computer, a company that Terra Soft has worked hard to develop a relationship Staats has described as "positive, supportive."

Read the full article at Newsforge.
 
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