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  • Management: What Motivates Your Techies? (Jul 29, 2008, 22:30)
    Enterprise Networking Planet: "Techies are not so different from other employees; it’s just that the things they hold most important are very, very important to them. Even in the post dot-com era, they know there are greener pastures."

  • Control, Transparency, and Customer Contributions to Open Source (Jul 29, 2008, 18:30)
    The Open Road: "While most open-source projects attract little to no outside developer interest, corporate-sponsored open-source projects start with an implicit handicap by demanding control of the destinies of their projects:"

  • Web Video and the Net's Creaking Backbone (Jul 29, 2008, 17:30)
    LinuxInsider: "Two weeks ago, Apple and AT&T outlets opened their doors to massive lines of fans eager to buy the new iPhone 3G. The stores were stocked and ready to sell, but the network -- shouldered with the burden of activating so many new phones -- was quickly overwhelmed, and the process slowed to a crawl. Demand quickly outpaced the ability of the system to provide for it, and as a result, it failed. Most users were told to go home and activate their new phones from there."

  • Xataface Lets Non-technical Users Edit MySQL Data (Jul 29, 2008, 17:00) "Xataface is a framework for the LAMP stack designed to allow non-technical users to edit the contents of MySQL databases through a Web interface. While phpMyAdmin is a great tool for database administrators and those who are familiar with SQL and database design, Xataface aims at allowing less technical people to modify the database."

  • 5 Simple Reasons to Choose Linux Over Vista (Jul 29, 2008, 16:30) "Windows Vista comes with an in-built digital rights management (DRM) feature that is absent on Linux machines. The DRM features can cause a lot of problems like - technical support problems, sluggish behavior of the computer, conflict with the peripheral devices and software.'

  • Four Commands to Analyze Connection Usage under Linux (Jul 29, 2008, 15:30)
    Trendics: "Is someone establishing an excessive number of connections to your server? Here are the commands I like to run to analyze connection usage."

  • If Bush Gets it Done, America Gets FREE Software! (Jul 29, 2008, 15:03)
    The Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge: "The CodeWeavers Lame Duck Presidential Challenge will make its software products downloadable for free to all Americans for 24 hours at if President Bush accomplishes at least one of the following goals:"

  • Wi-Fi Planet Compendium of DD-WRT (Jul 29, 2008, 14:30)
    Wi-Fi Planet: "Among the most sought after, widely read stories at Wi-FiPlanet are the ones addressing DD-WRT. One reader wrote in recently to ask if we had more than five. More than five? Um...yeah."

  • DNS Disaster: First Attacks Reported (Jul 29, 2008, 13:00)
    ZDNet: "The first attacks that are likely to have stemmed from a serious Domain Name System flaw have been reported."

  • 18 Features Windows Should Have (but Doesn't) (Jul 29, 2008, 12:30)
    PC World: "Linux users have long enjoyed the freedom to keep large numbers of applications running simultaneously--without being overwhelmed by screen clutter--thanks to the power of virtual workspaces."

  • Smail - the Lighter Mail Server (Jul 29, 2008, 11:00)
    Free Software Magazine: "Smail is simple, clean and efficient. Although it is as secure as pretty much most of its larger cousins (it’s been the subject of just one security advisory), it has arguably one of the least cumbersome configuration set-ups around. Its small size and simple configuration make it a great replacement for the bigger MTAs — especially Sendmail — in situations where you just don’t have the time/energy/patience to get involved with configuring an MTA."

  • How To Install Django On Debian Etch (Apache2/mod_python) (Jul 29, 2008, 08:00)
    HowtoForge: "This tutorial explains how to install Django on a Debian Etch server. Django is a web framework that allows to develop Python web applications quickly with as much automation as possible. I will use it with Apache2 and mod_python in this guide."