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Custom checks and notifications for Nagios

A while back, I wrote an article for Linux Journal's web edition entitled “Howto be a good (and lazy) System Administrator.” A couple astute readers, after reading the article, asked if I was familiar with the Nagios monitoring system, and I am. I've been using Nagios for a few years now. more>>

Share a Keyboard/Mouse Between Multiple Computers With x2x

If you have multiple computers on your desktop there are a number of scenarios for using them: more>>

With EasyGUI, I Can Stick with Python

Well, that's the best pun I could come up with but EasyGUI looks like the missing link that makes Python my first choice where I tended to use Bash.

For all of recent history, I have used dialog for basic interaction with users. Dialog is a program callable from the shell that produces an assortment of not pretty but functional interaction boxes. more>>

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Review: LaCie USB Speakers

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Shawn Powers reviews the La Cie USB speakers, and looks at their Linux compatibility.

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Ubuntu's Looney Labeling Goes On

Among the interesting — if a bit odd — aspects of Ubuntu development is its convention of assigning each release a codename — often more universally known and used than the offical release number. These codenames follow a well known pattern, progressing alphebetically with the name of an animal and some, er, "unique" adjective, like Breezy Badger or Gutsy Gibbon. Lately, though, the names have been just a bit more odd than normal, and the trend continues with the nom-de-plume for Version 9.04. more>>

Lenovo Sidesteps It's Way to Linux-Liquidation

If we had a nickel for everytime a half-truth eminated from the corporate world, we'd probably be able to buy quite a bit of it. That doesn't make it any less disappointing, however, when the half-truths are about Linux, from a Linux vendor. Such is the case this week, as Lenvo denied, then confirmed the end to their consumer Linux offerings. more>>

Web Stats - Don't Believe A Word Of Em

Ever had a discussion (fist fight) at your organization about your web server statistics? I know I've been there. If you have too, you should probably read this: more>>

The phishers are getting techincal...

This morning I got a phishing letter. Since it was not from my bank, I almost deleted it without looking, and then this caught my eye: more>>

Switching From Windows To Linux In 3 Easy Steps

In my ongoing quest to take over the world with Linux as my OS of choice, I've noticed that simply handing someone an install CD doesn't really do the trick. I've also noticed that formatting their Windows 95 install with a fresh version of Linux tends to make angry faces as well. The more tech savvy the user is, the more resistant to change they tend to be. more>>

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Review: Acer Aspire One

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Geri Druckman reviews the Acer Aspire One ultra-portable laptop. more>>

Amazon to Handle G1G1 Round II

The One Laptop Per Child program made history — and quite a bit of money to send laptops to developing nations — last year with its Give One Get One Program, allowing geeks with big hearts and cash to spare to pick up an XO laptop for themselves and provide one to a child in need at the same time. more>>

With Linux, Even Rootkits Are Open Source

Linux has traditionally been regarded as significantly more secure than other common platforms, and in particular the Windows line. Part of the security equation has been the lack of large numbers of malware applications, along with the difficulty of deploying those applications covertly. That may well have changed last Thursday, however, as a commercial "penetration testing" firm released what may be the most difficult to detect Linux rootkit to date — under an open source license. more>>

OpenOffice.org: Knowing when to use Impress

With Labour Day past, we back in the season of slide shows -- million of them daily in both academia and business. For over a decade now, slide shows have become an accepted prop for public speaking, regardless of whether they are useful or well-designed, and the trend shows no sign of slowing. You can, of course, just acquiesce and accept that as soon as you click to the first slide, most of your audience will sigh deeply and sit back low in their chairs. But, if you really want to make slide shows work for you, you'll think before opening up the Impress wizard. more>>

Pointless Patents

Microsoft has been granted a patent on 'Page Up' and 'Page Down' keystrokes. more>>

Browsershots

One of the first things you learn when you put up a web page is that things just don't look the same in different browsers. At Linux Journal we certainly had a lot of "did you check the page in X" experience where X was some browser that wasn't happy with what we had put up. more>>

Downloading an Entire Web Site with wget

If you ever need to download an entire Web site, perhaps for off-line viewing, wget can do the job—for example: more>>

Java Sound & Music Software for Linux, Part 1

I've wanted to write this article for quite a while. Over the years I've noted that Java-based music and sound applications have increased in number and quality, yet no comprehensive list or summaries have covered these advances. And so at long last I present this survey of music and sound applications that require Java. The presentation follows no particular order, but in this first part I'll begin by questioning the use of Java in sound and music applications development, followed by a brief look at Java's internal audio and MIDI capabilities. more>>

When does communications become spam?

An issue near and dear to my heart, both personally and professionally is that of spam. Not the lunch meat, which, when prepared correctly, I happen to enjoy, but that bane of email, the unsolicited commercial email (UCE). At what point does legitimate communication cross the line to become junk. more>>

Google Takes the Browser Market by Storm

The buzz in every tech circle this week has been the release of Google's long-awaited Chrome browser. Dubbed everything from a warning shot at Mircosoft to a sure-fire Firefox killer, Chrome has captured the attention of nearly everyone with a software fetish — and it's beginning to show. more>>