Archive for July, 2006

Ironing out Linux wrinkles

July 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

Linux Annoyances for Geeks Author: Michael Jang Published by: O’Reilly ISBN: 0-596-00801-5 Supplied by: Intersoft Suggested price: R291.96 Linux is not Windows. Most users new to Linux forget this and expect Linux to operate exactly as Windows does with the result that they become frustrated by seemingly non-sensical quirks that make getting Linux running properly […]

Put Africa in the Linux Timeline

July 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

To celebrate Linux’s fifteenth birthday, and its 150th issue, Linux Journal is updating its Linux Timeline to mark recent milestones in the history of the free and open source operating system. The timeline was created in 2002 to celebrate the magazine’s hundredth issue and begins in 1991 with Torvalds telling the world that he is […]

Secure messenger to guard against totalitarian governments

July 21st, 2006 | No Comments »

Aged geeks should remember the Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC) well. The hacker group was particularly famous for its easy-to-use Back Orifice spyware trojan released in 1998, which was as good for corporate espionage as it was for humorous office pranks. So it’s with some irony that CDC has released an open source client […]

Driving game highlights aid challenges in Africa

July 21st, 2006 | No Comments »

International development agency Transaid has taken its promotional activities to a new level with the launch of an online computer game aimed at raising awareness of the transport challenges faced by health workers in Africa. The Transaid Challenge puts the player in the driving seat of a four wheel drive health service vehicle, charged with […]

Online LPI training launched

July 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

South African Linux trainers Linux Holdings have launched a full range of Linux Professional Institute(LPI) LPI training courses online. Providing the courses through a mix of online chat, correspondence and forums will allow the company to keep training costs to a minimum and could result in savings as much as R1000 per course for students, […]

Making the message stick

July 19th, 2006 | No Comments »

What is a freedom league without a bit of guerrilla branding? In an effort to increase the exposure of its cause, the Geek Freedom League (GFL) is calling on geeks to use GFL-branded stickers in ingenious ways. And with the choice of an iPod Nano or digital camera as the main prize, league members have […]

Share and share alike with Synergy

July 19th, 2006 | No Comments »

Sitting with one keyboard on my desk, another on my lap, and two mice next to each other for my two PCs was quite a complex operation. I kept using the wrong keyboard, which isn’t a problem if I typed “ls”, but could be a disaster when hitting the “delete” key. I was suffering from […]

Open source powers Welsh e-theses project

July 18th, 2006 | No Comments »

A newly launched electronic theses deposit system, the Repository Bridge allows theses produced at Welsh universities to be automatically and electronically added and stored at the National Library of Wales. The system is part of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)’s digital repositories programme. JISC works with further and higher education by providing guidance, advice […]

PHP is dead. Long live PHP!

July 18th, 2006 | No Comments »

A friend recently told me that PHP is on its way out, Ruby on Rails is where it’s at. I scoffed. I chuckled. Then I gave it some thought. Could PHP have had its day? So time to do a bit of research. My first port of call was of course www.php.net – source for […]

Firefox 2.0 changes small but significant

July 18th, 2006 | No Comments »

A beta version of Firefox 2.0, the open source browser taking the Internet by storm, was released late last week and it is fast becoming my preferred browser. Here I’ll look at just a few of the changes and new features that really make this browser work for me. At first glance there is little […]

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