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Buffalo – be my companion forever May 30, 2006

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I got my Buffalo LinkStation Network Attached Storage (NAS) yesterday. It is a 250GB HDD with a gigabit network card. The System supports Windows, Linux and Mac off the box. It as a very nice little web admin from where you can configure the LinkStation to behave the way you want it to. It is very useful when you have multiple systems and you need a single point of stage for all your files like mine. Yes I know few of you will argue that you can setup one of the old system to be the file server, but would it work on just 17 watts of power and give the following advantage:+ Toaster like size+ Low power consumption – 17 watts+ boot time of less than 20 secs+ Web, FTP and Samba servers working out of the box+ Print server+ Expandable thru USB 2.0 ports+ No drivers required+ Backup software to backup your system to this device/appliance or should I say appliancewhite 

 As though this was not enough for my needs, I went and re-flashed the factory firmware to a full blown Debian system which I found @ http://www.linkstationwiki.org. Know I have my White Buffalo running:+ Apache web server with PHP, Perl and SSL support+ MySQL database with PHP and Perl support+ FTP server+ SSH server+ DynDNS client+ Samba+ HDD monitoring tools like SMARTMON, HDPARM and NoFlushI am planning to use the SSH on Buffalo thru web so that I can tunnel it thru office network. This will allow me to browse sites which are blocked by the big bad wolf (my company). This way I can still get to sites to do my research on stuff like this. If this aint cool then what is?

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THE 10 OLDEST CURRENTLY-REGISTERED .COM DOMAINS April 8, 2006

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Rank Create date Domain name
1. 15-Mar-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM
2. 24-Apr-1985 BBN.COM
3. 24-May-1985 THINK.COM
4. 11-Jul-1985 MCC.COM
5. 30-Sep-1985 DEC.COM
6. 07-Nov-1985 NORTHROP.COM
7. 09-Jan-1986 XEROX.COM
8. 17-Jan-1986 SRI.COM
9. 03-Mar-1986 HP.COM
10. 05-Mar-1986 BELLCORE.COM

Samsung Q1 March 10, 2006

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Q1

Get more information on the following sites

Http://umpc.com

http://www.samsung.com/cebit > click on Ultra Mobile PC

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Ubuntu – No. 1 Linux distro. Impressive. March 10, 2006

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LinuxQuestions.org reported on Monday that of the 2500 users that voted in a site poll, 19.5 percent voted for Ubuntu as the Linux distribution of the year, narrowly beating Slackware, which received 19 percent of the votes.

 

This is the latest in a long line of awards that Ubuntu has racked up over the last six months — an impressive achievement considering that the distribution is less than two years old.

Origami – What is it? February 26, 2006

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Microsoft is keeping it a big secret on “Origami” (http://www.origamiproject.com). Well till know no one had any idea what the hell origami is but now due to this stupid ad agency who are running the ad campaign have given it away. I will not say more have a look @ it for yourself to know more @ www.d-kitchen.com; Enter the main site; Go to “Work”, then “Brand Theater”.

This will be my next gizmo if I get to know its technical spec and the price. I guess I will have to wait till 02-Mar-06.

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QWERTY keyboard layout, Why? :-| February 8, 2006

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Have you ever wondered – why are keyboard layout like how it is now. Well this question struck to to me today when I was struggling to type this huge anlysis document and it was hard for me to type it faster. So when I took break from this doco I reseached on it –

“In 1872, Remington produced the first mechanical typewriter, patented by C. Latham Sholes. Soon typists were going so fast that they were able to jam the keys which flew up to hit the typewriter ribbon. In the late 1870’s: the “improved” Qwerty layout was designed to slow down typing, so those pesky keys would not jam anymore. Here is the speed trap we are stuck with today, 130 years later.” – from http://www.xpertkeyboard.com/history.htm

Can you beat that, we are using a 130 year concept which was designed to make us slow in typing. I must say it is pretty well doing its job of making my typing slow and inacurate.

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US-CERT Vulnerabilities Annual Summary January 6, 2006

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US-CERT’s latest annual summary of vulnerabilities discovered in 2005 states that Windows operating system as about 812 reported vulnerabilities and Unix/Linux as 2,328 reported. When you give this number to even a 2nd grade student he will tell you that Windows is a much safer operating system than Unix/Linux.

If you look closer to the Unix/Linux vulnerabilities you will find vulnerabilities are from all flavors of Unix/Linux like Solaris, Redhat, Fedora, SUSE, Mandrake, Debian, FreeBSD… countless of these compared to Windows which are hand few – Windows 2003, 2000, NT, XP, ME, 98 and 95. Hence a bigger number of vulnerabilities in Unix/Linux due to large number of variants in its category.

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MSN Messenger for Linux / Unix December 30, 2005

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aMSN is an free open source MSN Messenger clone, featuring:

» Display pictures
» Custom emoticons
» Multi-language support (around 40 languages currently supported)
» Sign in to more than one account at once
» File transfers
» Group support
» Normal, and animated emoticons with sounds
» Chat logs
» Event alarms
» Webcam support
» History in color
» Ability to autoclose the filetransfer window when it is finished
» New plugins log window (Alt-P)
» Plugins compatible with supported languages
» Faster loading skin window
» Skins in chatwindow
» Resizable chatwindow bottom
» When you add a new user, you can define in which group you want to add them
» When a contact change status, the top of the chat window changes color ( green for away, grey for offline, etc.)
» New panel GUI to alert when there’s a new aMSN version
» Possibility to download the new release directly by aMSN
» Automatically update language files and plugins from the web
» New gui for deleting users (also possible to block on deletion)
» Possible to add notes for each user (XML)
» Support for MSN Mobile service
» Tabbed windows so you can group conversations using tabs
» Status is displayed inside a frame, so it won’t dissapear when you scroll
» Display picture in notification alert (like MSN 7)
» Statistics for history (logging)
» Now possible to choose any state for your login status (before it was only possible to login invisible or online)
» Timestamping

But that’s not all! More features can be added to aMSN with plugins, or for the adventurous, completely change the look of aMSN with different skins!

Visit http://amsn.sourceforge.net/index.php to download and use the app.

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Mail-to-Blogger test December 29, 2005

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Wanted to test is if the Mail-to-Blogger test would work fine or not. Hence this test message.
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