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Newsletter Archive: 2006

GoboLinux - A Breath Of Fresh Air?
My very first reaction to GoboLinux was negative. The underlying idea of taming the Unix/Linux file system hierarchy with symbolic links isn't new: heck, SCO did that way back with their 3.2v4.0 release, and for exactly the same reasons (see the Software Storage Objects- SSO section at this link).

Date: 2006-12-28

The Influence Of Unix On NT
For several years now I've been looking for something Bill Gates said. Unfortunately I had misremembered the actual words, and every time I found someone who thought they remembered it, they had the wrong words too and I'd come up dry yet again.

Date: 2006-12-12

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Date: 2006-12-11

More Reasons To Love Unix/Linux
I did a lot of clean-up work at this website over the long Thanksgiving weekend. This was all due to radically changing the layout. Some of that was quick and simple do do, but for older pages I needed to do some hand editing before switching to the new format.

Date: 2006-11-28

The 15 Commands Essential For Unix
Learning UNIX is a seemingly daunting task, there are thousands of commands out there, each with hundreds of options. But in reality you only need to know a few of them.

Date: 2006-11-14

Is it time to move to a new hosting provider?
Keeping on top of the important things is a challenge, because everything is important when you're a small business. Something as important as your hosting needs should be entrusted to the provider that measures its success by your success. At least that's what Rackspace believes. Your team's needs are our needs. Their goals are our goals. And we'll do whatever it takes to make your team happy and successful.

Date: 2006-11-13

Reconsidering The Value Of OSS Indemnification
With Microsoft agreeing not to sue Novell SLES Support Subscription customers for patent infringement issues, maybe it's time to reconsider the value of OSS indemnification?

Date: 2006-11-07

Vi In A Nutshell
The unix text editor vi< probably has more features than Microsoft Word yet I've only been using about 5 of them. Recently I've been learning a bit more about it.

Date: 2006-10-24

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Date: 2006-10-12

A List Of Amazon S3 Backup Tools
In an effort to replace my home backup server with Amazon's S3, I've been collecting a list of Amazon S3 compatible backup tools to look at.

Date: 2006-10-10 : Offsite Backups / Remote Encrypted Filesystems provides you with a sane, unix based offsite filesystem that you can access over SSH or HTTPS. We support SSH key-based automation, and are the only provider with multiple global locations.

Date: 2006-10-04

Apple's Unix To Surpass Linux?
Tom Yager dusted off his crystal ball this morning in order to answer the question "where will Linux thrive?"

Date: 2006-09-26 : Offsite Backups / Remote Encrypted Filesystems
These are the tools that clueful Unix sysadmins use to build their remote backup systems. Unfortunately, offsite backup providers force their closed, proprietary (Windows) clients and protocols down your throat.

Date: 2006-09-13

Red Hat Choice Academic To Colleges
The company announced a trio of universities would adopt Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Network solutions for some of their computing needs.

Date: 2006-09-12

Ubuntu Update Undermines UI
Users of Ubuntu Linux found themselves locked out of the user interface after their PCs received an update that broke the windowing system for the OS.

Date: 2006-08-29

Centrify Boosts Unix Access To Active Directory
The company announced at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo that its DirectControl Suite now supports a number of UNIX and Linux platforms.

Date: 2006-08-15

Filepro Conversion
In years past, I did a lot of Filepro work. This goes way, way back: I worked on the first Tandy Xenix version when it was still beta - so beta that it couldn't even do floating point math reliably!

Date: 2006-08-01

Legacy ISA
I found a professed "competent" student at the local university who spent a couple of hours destroying the setup in one of the machines. We now have one machine working...

Date: 2006-07-18

Where's The Memory?
I had happened across How To Remotely Monitor Memory Usage and smiled when I saw this...

Date: 2006-06-20

Inward Bound
There's a Boston customer I have serviced for many years now...

Date: 2006-06-06

SMB Caching
A customer had a particular shared folder setup so that only he had access to it.

Date: 2006-05-23

I do like BSD OSEs, but I think the most interesting thing about the release of PC-BSD is that the download page incudes a VMware image.

Date: 2006-05-09

Oracle Ponders Novell Purchase For Linux
With an earnings announcement coming up on April 18th, Oracle founder Larry Ellison has been wondering whether his firm should pick up SuSE Linux by buying Novell.

Date: 2006-04-18

Microsoft Virtually Supporting Linux
The Windows maker announced at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo it would make the Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 available at no charge to customers.

Date: 2006-04-04

IBM Wants To Eclipse Unix Developers
The command line is a wonderful thing, and a developer skilled in the ways of vi (or emacs if you must) can build great applications; IBM thinks developers can do even better with its Eclipse IDE.

Date: 2006-03-21

Misunderstanding Security
At UNIX Security: Don't Believe the Truth, Thom Holwerda makes a rather silly argument that Unix security is no better than the worst of Windows security because the result to the user is the same: his personal files can be damaged by a worm or virus even if system files are more protected.

Date: 2006-03-07

How Shells Call Other Programs
An article about How Linux or UNIX Understand which program to run got picked up by a few dozen RSS feeds recently. It's not a bad article.

Date: 2006-02-14

MySQL Network For SCO OpenServer 6
The SCO Group announced availability of the MySQL Network for SCO OpenServer 6 at the National Retail Federation Show on Monday. This will allow their customers and channel partners to benefit from high performance, low-cost, easy-to-manage solutions platform.

Date: 2006-01-17

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