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Barack Obama Looking for People Who Do LAMP

You must have:

* At least 5 years of professional web development experience * A deep understanding of LAMP development processes and best practices * Experience building complex applications using PHP and MySQL more>>

Linux: You Get What You Paid For (When You Bought Windows)

If you've been an Open Source advocate for any significant amount of time, you've no doubt heard someone say, with a sneer in their voice, "You get what you pay for". Let it be noted, I really hate that cliche. It does make me think, however, about what you really get when you purchase the license to use a commercial operating system like Windows or OSX. more>>

Denmark Backs Up the OOXML Outrage

The official appeals over OOXML's adoption as an international standard have been coming in left and right over the last week or so, leading up to last Thursday's deadline for appealing the adoption. Now, those appeals are being backed up by a letter of protest from Denmark, delivered directly to the ISO Vice President. more>>

CEOs of the World, Unite!....Behind Microhoo?

Even with the madcap Apache dance between Microsoft and Yahoo supposedly over, it's still getting a lot of attention from people you'd assume have more important things to ponder. The latest bout, from the D: All Things Digital Conference, has a who's who list of technology execs tossing in their two cents on how to get the two bruised and bickering behemoths to play nice. more>>

How to be a good (and lazy) System Administrator

If you're anything like the average System Administrator, you are understaffed, underfunded, and overworked. By now, you've also gotten used to the idea that no one knows you exist until the mail server goes down, then you're suddenly on America's Most Wanted. In this article, I'm also assuming that you have many servers that you are responsible for. I'm also assuming more>>

An Eee PC of One's Own

My soon to be hubby got me a pre-wedding gift: my very own Asus Eee PC!

And so far? Loving it. I plan to use it mainly for online browsing, webmail, and skype -- and for these it's about as plug and play as you can get. more>>

Convert a MAC Address to Motorola S-Records

If you do embedded programming you're probably familiar with Motorola S-Records. This following script takes a MAC Address and outputs S-Record data. more>>

Doing a Reverse Hex Dump

If you work with the command line you've most likely used hexdump or od to dump binary files, but what do you do if you have a hex dump of something and you want to create the binary version of the data? Assuming your needs aren't too complex, the answer may be xxd. You can use xxd to dump binary files just like hexdump and od, but you can also use it to do the reverse: turn a hex dump back into binary. more>>

HP to Dance with Evil Incorporated

Everyone knows that Microsoft is desperate. After borking their bid to buy up Yahoo, Big Evil is looking for any way it can possibly increase its competition with Google in search and more importantly, search advertising. more>>

Linux in Amsterdam

So what's up with Linux in Amsterdam? That's a front-burner question for me right now because I'll be spending the next three days there, and would like to pick up on a story or few while I'm there. more>>

Wise Words for the Anti-P2P: Be Careful Who You Mess With

Peer-to-peer file sharing technology is nothing new, nor is its use to widely distribute copyrighted content. Groups like the RIAA and MPAA desperately want to disrupt as much file sharing as they can, but there's a simple piece of advice they'd be wise to remember: When chasing file sharers, try not to break the law yourself. more>>

PC Recycling Consumes 20x More Energy Than Reuse

Conventional wisdom: recycling is typically the best option for the stuff I don't want anymore.

Little-known factoid: recycling a PC consumes 20 times more energy than reusing it, according to a study by Eric Williams for the United Nations. more>>

Linux Product Insider: California to Star at CeBIT Fair

This week's "Linux Product Insider" features California as CeBIT partner 'country', Sangoma's analog-digital telephony solution, Medsphere's open-source health record system, Super Talent's DDR3 SO-DIMM and Wrox's new book Code Leader. more>>

Bash Brace Expansion

Bash brace expansion is used to generate stings at the command line or in a shell script. The syntax for brace expansion consists of either a sequence specification or a comma separated list of items inside curly braces "{}". A sequence consists of a starting and ending item separated by two periods "..". more>>

The Meaning of Open Source

Like many Linux Journal readers, I have been upgrading my Gibbons to Herons recently. And like many readers, I imagine, I have been finding a few little challenges along the way. That was no surprise, since it's pretty much par for the course when carrying out a major upgrade. But something else did surprise me, although in retrospect I see that it shouldn't have. more>>

Give Me 3 Synths, Part 3

In this final installment to the series I'll double your reading pleasure by presenting two new Linux softsynths. Such a deal, two reviews for the price of one! more>>

Android, Coming to a Developer Near You

Google's Linux-based Android platform for mobile phones has drawn a lot of attention since it was announced in November of last year, from phone makers as well as users. Now it appears the platform is about to cross the finish line, and Google is putting its developer search into overdrive. more>>

40%-off Sale at the Linux Journal Store

T-shirts, back issues, archive CDs, stickers, buttons, "Linux Rules" rulers and more are all 40% off in the Linux Journal Store now through Sunday, June 1. more>>

Is Belgium's Bark Worse Than Google's Bite?

If anything should be a maxim for operating a successful website, it's this: Stay on the good side of the search engines. Search engines drive web traffic, and if you set them off, they can drive that traffic right past your site without a second thought. This moves us to wonder: What the heck is going on with the Belgian press, and who told them it was a good idea to agitate Google? more>>