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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jalbum - Photo album your way - Free Jalbum web album application - Share albums with friends

Photo Album Site that presents your Pics in a cool looking way.

Show your photos like a pro

Jalbum lets you create and share stunning customized photo albums. Publish to or your own site.
It's free.

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Programatik 2009 (Windows), from ANF Software - Software Downloads - TechRepublic

Programatik 2009 (Windows)

File Management
ANF Software,
Installation File,
Microsoft Windows
ANF Software

Overview: The Programatik, with its very form, is a program which can store important information, links, Installation file paths, Explanations of Computer Programs for you. Furthermore, it can be differentiated from an ordinary program via its improved visual quality. Of course it is not limited only with that, it aims to ease your works with Multiple Language support, ability to make your own translation, multiple search with I-FRAME, Possibility to prepare your own Multiple Search system, direct linking possibility to Program's producer and to the Installation file.

(Is this item miscategorized? Does it need more tags? Let us know.)

Format: Software | Date: Nov 2008 | Version: 2009 | License: Free | Downloads: 4

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nirsoft installer

NirSoft makes a ton of free and incredibly useful applications for Windows. There are password storage and recovery tools, registry editing utilities, networking apps, and a ton of Windows Explorer add-ons. But there are so many useful programs at the NirSoft web site that it would take forever to download them all.

That's where the NirSoft Installer comes in. This app can install every single NirSoft utility in one fell swoop. Or you can pick and choose the ones you want to download and install. There are also options for downloading just the top 10 apps, all the programs designed for Windows 2000 or newer, or just the utilities for Windows 95/98/ME.


nirsoft_installer 1.32 has been released (10-Aug-09)

nirsoft_installer is an NSIS installer I whipped up to download and install most of the wonderful utilities found at


Orb - Your media, everywhere

Orb Overview

  Orb 2.2009.821.1400 was downloaded & scanned by our team, against different types of malwares (like viruses, spyware, trojans, backdoors and others) and found CLEAN.

# When you have Orb on your PC: You can stream music to your laptop
# Select songs, make playlists, right from the laptop
# ALL your music is available (and internet radio, podcasts, and videos)

Once you've downloaded and installed Orb to your home PC, login to, using any internet-connected device with a streaming media player (mobile phone, PDA, laptop) and start MyCasting all your digital media anywhere anytime. Orb is also compatible with all major gaming consoles â€" the Wii, PS3 and Xbox â€" so you can now enjoy your media on your TV screen as well!

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Ext2 IFS For Windows

Ext2 Installable File System For Windows

What's unique about this software?

It provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 with full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (read access and write access). This may be useful if you have installed both Windows and Linux as a dual boot environment on your computer.

The "Ext2 Installable File System for Windows" software is freeware.

Force Close Stopped Responding Programs & Frozen Processes » My Digital Life

Force Close Stopped Responding Programs & Frozen Processes

When shutting down the Windows XP PC, sometimes the Windows computer will not shutdown itself due to Windows waiting for certain tasks or processes which has not responding, or already frozen or hanged to time out. In this case, Windows will prompt a dialog box that mentions "This Program has stopped responding", and giving users the option to End Task or wait to allow more time Windows to terminate the program or task.

The cause for problem is because the Windows will try to properly and gracefully terminate all running processes, tasks and programs before shutting down the Windows. If Windows kernel unable to to terminal a not responding or hanged programs, then Windows will wait until time out, and ask the user whether to end the frozen task or continue to wait for the process to respond.

If you don't want to wait for default time out and want to force exit or force close any unresponsive programs automatically, just set the value of "AutoEndTasks" to 1.


Don » APT-build — optimize your Debian!

APT-build — optimize your Debian!

[ Friday, 23 November 2007, P2O2 ]

Certainly most of the Linux users would like to have their systems fully optimized for their rigs but do not have the stamina or enough knowledge to play with the Gentoo installation paradigm. But here comes the rescue — an apt-build goody available under every distro armed with the big gun - APT package manager.

Author: Gallus Annonimus

Time to make the beast work for us. First we have to install it. Issue the command:

apt-get install apt-build 

Now it's time to configure it. In doing so, we'll be asked for an optimization level — whether we want to create an apt-build repo for APT, and a question about processor architecture. Of course all options can be reconfigured in this way:

dpkg-reconfigure apt-build 

The above command offers two additional options for the gcc compiler and make builder. Their descriptions can be found in system manuals: man gcc and man make.

Optimizing system

Let's go to the next step and start optimizing our system. Our program makes use of deb-src entries contained in the etc/apt/sources.list file. Thanks to the source addresses compilation and installation processes are fully automatic (similar to emerge found in Gentoo). Apt-build downloads sources of the main application and its dependencies, compiles them, creates a deb package, and finally installs the package.

We are offered a broad spectrum of options. I list only a few basic ones:

  • apt-build update — updates repo list,
  • apt-build upgrade — updates operating system,
  • apt-build install program — installs an application,
  • apt-build world — something for hard-core users, it recompiles whole system!

Other useful options:

  • --noupdate — useful for underpowered machines and when we do not want to update repos (apt-build refreshes repos with every invocation),
  • --yes — we do not have time to approve every stupid question during program installation,
  • --force-yes — we approve unauthorized packages (ATTENTION: apt-build does not install unauthorized packages — what's worse is it won't ask us for this; the option's highly recommended),
  • --reinstall — reinstalls a package,
  • --rebuild — builds a package from the beginning.



Preventing Brute Force Attacks With Fail2ban On Debian Etch | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

Preventing Brute Force Attacks With Fail2ban On Debian Etch

Version 1.0
Author: Falko Timme <ft [at] falkotimme [dot] com>
Last edited 04/24/2007

In this article I will show how to install and configure fail2ban on a Debian Etch system. Fail2ban is a tool that observes login attempts to various services, e.g. SSH, FTP, SMTP, Apache, etc., and if it finds failed login attempts again and again from the same IP address or host, fail2ban stops further login attempts from that IP address/host by blocking it with an iptables firewall rule.



how to force-close unattended linux systems

how to force-close unattended linux systems

Luke Militello luke at
Sat Dec 20 05:25:34 GMT 2008
Paul Johnson wrote: > In our computer lab, there are some users who walk away from their > computers for hours.  I'd like to automatically close down those > sessions so that other users do not have to wait or hit > ALT-CTRL-Backspace.  I don't find anything while googling because I > don't know the magic words, I'm afraid. gdm is the login manager and > the gnome screensaver installed.  I just need some little addon to the > screensaver that logs out systems if they aren't used for a while. > Similar to the way the laptop power manager closes down idle systems. >  > Got any advice? >  Sounds like you are looking for autolog...  sudo apt-get install autolog

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uniquegeek: How to Manually Force a Program to Close

How to Manually Force a Program to Close

Yes, programs in Linux can crash.

If you need to force a program to close, but are wondering what the heck Kubuntu folks use instead of Task Manager (CTRL-ALT-DEL), try using the terminal instead.

(I suspect there is a GUI like Task Manager kicking around somewhere that you can install, but that would require installing it or finding it. You already have a terminal).

What you need to do is find the Process ID of the program that is running, and then kill that process. First: open a Konsole window. In the window, type
ps -e | grep NameOfProgramYouWantToKill
ps aux | grep NameOfProgramYouWantToKill
Sometimes the name of the program not obvious or not what you expect it to be. In that case, you can just do
ps -e
ps aux
and scroll through the list to find it. Once you find it, you'll notice a number beside it, on the left. Type:
kill number
And hopefully you've shut the right program down. The program should disappear from the taskbar. As always, if you are consistently starting to experience problems with hanging programs, you should try rebooting the computer. If you still experience problems, Google for bugs or an update or patch for the software.

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How do you force close frozen aps (in wine, or otherwise) - Ubuntu Forums

Press Alt+F2 to bring up the "Run Application" dialog OR open a terminal. Type:
and press enter. You will get a skull and crossbones as your mouse pointer. Click the offending window and it will die.

You can also open a terminal and type:
killall nameofprogram

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

PelicanHPC: A GNU/Linux distribution to create a HPC cluster for MPI based parallel computing


PelicanHPC is a live CD image that let's you set up a high performance computing cluster in a few minutes. A Pelican cluster allows you to do parallel computing using MPI. You can run Pelican on a single multiple core machine to use all cores to solve a problem, or you can network multiple computers together to make a cluster. The frontend node (either a real computer or a virtual machine) boots from the CD image. The compute nodes boot by PXE, using the frontend node as the server. All of the nodes of the cluster get their filesystems from the same CD image, so it is guaranteed that all nodes run the the same software. Packages can be added to the frontend node on the fly, thanks to aufs. If new software is installed in /home/user (easy for self-compiled, a little tricky for .debs), it is available to all the nodes. The CD image is created by running a single script, which takes advantage of the Debian Live infrastructure.  It is very easy to create a custom version with new packages installed in standard locations by adding package names to the script and then running it.
  • Pelican is created using Debian Live. To make your own version you only need live_helper (also deboostrap, rsync, any others?) and the make_pelican script, which is provided below.
  • The LAM-MPI and OpenMPI implementations of MPI are installed. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available. Debian testing (Lenny) is the base for both.
  • Contains extensive example programs using GNU Octave and MPITB. Also has the Linpack HPL benchmark.
  • You can use any Class C network you like. By default, the cluster is on 10.11.12.*
  • xfce4 window manager, konqueror for browsing and file management, ksysguard for monitoring the cluster, kate and nano for editing. As noted, it is very easy to add packages. Pelican is a bare-bones framework for setting up a HPC cluster.
  • Pelican releases and all testing is currently done using Debian Lenny as the base. Squeeze or sid may or may not work.
I have looked it over in VirtualBox and it looks and sounds great! Now to set up that Cluster!:)



IBM developerWorks : 10 important Linux developments everyone should know about

10 important Linux developments everyone should know about

Celebrating 10 years of Linux accomplishments


birthday The Linux® technology, development model, and community have all been game-changing influences on the IT industry, and all we can really do is stand back and look at it all, happy to have been along for the ride for developerWorks' first 10 years. The Linux zone team has put together this greatly abbreviated collection of things that stand out in our minds as having rocked the world of Linux in a significant way.

Much too much has happened with Linux in the last 10 years to do anything like a complete job of listing the important events and technological advances surrounding this operating system. But nevertheless, in celebration of our 10th birthday, the Linux zone team looks back and presents to you some major milestones, why they matter, and what we wrote about them. Please to enjoy.

Be sure to check out the developerWorks 10th birthday page to see what else is going on across the site, including a timeline of developerWorks events over the last 10 years.



The incredible breakfast machine - Hack a Day

The incredible breakfast machine

posted Sep 28th 2009 4:00pm by Matt Schultz
filed under: home hacks, misc hacks


A lot of us skip breakfast in the morning, be it because we don't have time to make something, don't have the patience, or for some other reason. Yuri Suzuki and Masa Kimura are aiming to make your breakfast a little easier, a little quicker, and a lot more interesting. Their latest project is a Rube Goldberg-like machine that does everything from fry your eggs to brew your coffee. The coolest part about this project is it was built with the help of the public. The two designers put out an open invitation for people to come help in constructing the device at Platform21, a publicly accessible design forum in Amsterdam. Now if someone would tie this into an alarm clock, we could all wake up to the smell of toast and coffee instead of the super loud 140db alarm clock or the confusing (albeit effective) wake up machine.

Google Docs goes back to school with new features

Google Docs goes back to school with new features

Google must have been reading our back to school series, because the Google Docs interns have added a bunch of new features designed specifically for students. There's something for everyone, whether you're writing papers or doing problem sets. Although Google is highlighting thiese improvements as useful to students, some of them could definiteltly come in handy in a nonacademic situation.



[Fwd: Fw: The singing anesthesiologists]

Oh My G!!! HA HA!:) Now that's Talent!;) Funny funny funny:) See link to the video below...


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Very cute


These singers are all Anesthesiologists in Minnesota and they can really sing. They are also funny.  Here they sing "Waking up is hard to do"  


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Don's e-mail sig DonSongs links

God Bless,


Check out my Web Pages and Blog's too...

Don's Music and Poems at

DonSongs! Download Both Albums in MP3's Free! Also, there's Pages of my Songs, Poems and Pic's of me and friends:>)

DonSongs New Site With Music Players for Both Albums and New Page Design...

Download The Whole Living Beings - Climate Control Album Free!:) We have our New Album Out Now! With me, Don Bishop doing Vocals and Lyrics and Marty Splawn Playing all the Music! And You can Download the whole Album Free!

And here's an alternative Living Beings download site that also has smaller 64Kbps M3U versions for Dialup connections and it has Streams of the complete album too if you just want to listen online without saving the MP3's.

Living Beings Blog has some MP3 Song clips from our Living Beings - Climate Control album. Also, I put up some of my favorite Pic's.

And here's an alternative DonSongs download site that also has smaller 64Kbps M3U versions for Dialup connections and it has Streams of the complete album too if you just want to listen online without saving the MP3's.

CMU - Christian Music Underground

CMU was started by Don Bishop to share the music of myself and of course the rest of you guys who are among the non commercial artists out there who work hard at their music and want to Glorify, Praise and Share the Love of our Lord Jesus.

DonSongs Blog... This is a Collection of Songs written & Sung by Don Bishop from 01-1991 to 03-2002.

I need help starting a ministry for Kids. Do you love Kids and Teenagers? If you feel a calling on your life to help the least of these grow up and learn to live and love and believe in Jesus, then please check out our vision.

Psalms 68 Ministries

My Web Site's Business Page, the Entry Point for all the rest. My New Site is at and my old faithful is at

Classified Ads, Place Your's for Free Here! Try out my free Classified Ads Site.

Don's Deals Free Classifieds

Memory upgrades from - Memory installed in Windows PC

Did you read this page about the over 3gig of memory thing?

Why doesn't my Windows® PC recognize the whole 4GB of memory I installed?

Not only is there a maximum amount of memory that your computer motherboard can accept, there is also a maximum amount of memory that your operating system (OS) can accept. For instance, when you install 4GB of memory in a 32-bit Windows system (the most common version; 64-bit systems are typically used by high-end users), your system reports only 3GB or 3.5GB.

First , we can assure you, there isn't a problem with the memory. While Windows allows for 4GB of memory to be addressed, it does not equate to 4GB of physical memory.

Some of the memory (regardless of how much you have installed) is reserved for use by the devices that you are using, such as a graphics card, PCI card, integrated network connections, etc, meaning it is unavailable for use as normal main memory.

Upon startup, your system calculates the amount of memory needed for these devices; if you haven't maxxed out the memory in your system, it's invisible to you, and all your physical memory (the installed RAM) is available for use. However if you've maxxed out the DRAM in your system, this amount will be deducted from your physical memory, so you can't use 100% of your DRAM.

The maximum memory limitation varies by operating system, For instance, the 4GB memory limitation doesn't exist in 64-bit versions of Windows.

Note for Windows Vista users:
Microsoft has addressed this issue for Windows Vista with its Service Pack 1.

If you have a system board that can handle more than 4GB of memory and a processor capable of handling x64 instructions and memory remapping, Vista SP1 can help. Because of Windows and the driver stacks, Windows loaded them into 'high' memory locations to avoid potential driver compatibility issues. (Meanwhile, the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista limit the total available memory to 3.12 GB.) VistaSP1 has other features to enhance your computing, so we recommend you add it, if you haven't done so already.

If you are running Windows XP, you can cosmetically correct the issue by editing the Physical Address Extension settings.

Memory maximums for current Microsoft® Windows OSs include:

Windows Vista (32 bit)

  • Ultimate: 4 GB
  • Enterprise: 4 GB
  • Business: 4 GB
  • Home Premium: 4 GB
  • Home Basic: 4 GB
  • Starter: 1 GB

Windows XP (32 bit)

  • Professional: 4 GB
  • Home: 4 GB
  • Starter Edition: 512 MB

Windows Server 2003 (32 bit)

  • Datacenter SP2: 128 GB
  • Enterprise SP2: 64 GB
  • Standard SP1: 4 GB*
  • Datacenter R2: 128 GB
  • Enterprise R2: 64 GB
  • Standard R2: 4 GB*
  • Web Edition: 4 GB*
  • Small Business Edition: 4 GB*

* Certain Microsoft server operating systems can support over 4GB of memory via Physical Address Extension (PAE). Please refer to Microsoft knowledgebase article located here for more information.

Windows Server 2008 (32 bit)

  • Datacenter: 64 GB
  • Enterprise: 64 GB
  • Standard: 4 GB
  • Web Server: 4 GB

Windows Vista (64 bit)

  • Ultimate: 128 GB
  • Enterprise: 128 GB
  • Business: 128 GB
  • Home Premium: 16 GB
  • Home Basic: 8 GB

Windows XP (64 bit)

  • Professional: 128 GB
  • Windows Server 2003 (64 bit)
  • Datacenter SP2: 2 TB
  • Enterprise SP2: 2 TB
  • Standard SP1: 32 GB
  • Datacenter R2: 1 TB
  • Enterprise R2: 1 TB
  • Standard R2: 32 GB
  • Small Business Edition: 128 GB

Windows Server 2008 (64 bit)

  • Datacenter: 2 TB
  • Enterprise: 2 TB
  • Standard: 32 GB
  • Web Server: 32 GB

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Using VirtualBox to run Ubuntu and any other operating system

Using VirtualBox to run Ubuntu and any other operating system

The easy way to run operating systems without messing up your system

GNU/Linux can be scary to a new user. After all, what if you mess up? What if you end up corrupting your hard drive so badly that you need to format it to get rid of GNU/Linux? The solution is to use virtualization technology. A virtual machine creates a virtual hard drive as well as a virtual computer, so you can install and run it from within another operating system. If you want to get rid of the virtualized (also known as the guest) operating system, just delete the virtual hard disk from the real (host) computer's hard drive.


First, choose which virtualization tool to use. Right now, there are four big ones: Parallels, VMWare, QEMU, and VirtualBox. Parallels is commercial at US$49.99 for Windows and GNU/Linux. For me, that is way too expensive. That leaves us with VMWare, QEMU, and VirtualBox. VMWare has two freeware versions. One (called a player) runs pre-built operating systems (known as appliances). The other one (called a server) will make machines, but isn't as fast as the professional version. The problem with QEMU is that it is completely command-line (there are GUIs made for it, but they never worked for me). Therefore, it is extremely complicated to create a new virtual machine with it. Besides, it just can't do some basic things that the others can (like pause a virtual machine, for example). That leaves us with VirtualBox.

VirtualBox is free software. It is cross-platform (runs on Windows and GNU/Linux, with an Intel Mac version in beta). It runs Windows, OS/2, GNU/Linux, BSD, Netware, Solaris, and L4 guests. And on certain guests, you can install VirtualBox Guest Additions, which lets you share files and more between the guest and the host. The next version, coming soon, will include support for running the pre-built VMWare appliances [1]. It simply works.



Qemu Launcher - Summary [Gna!]

Qemu Launcher - Summary


Qemu Launcher provides a graphical front-end to all basic, and many advanced QEMU computer emulator options. It allows you to create, save, and run multiple virtual machine configurations, create and convert disk images.

Qemu Launcher utilizes the full system emulation mode of QEMU that allows you to run unmodified operating system on virtual hardware.

Qemu Launcher also supports launching virtual machines from the command line, by specifying the configuration name:

qemu-launcher 'Configuration name'

Note that you still need a graphical environment to do this, unless the virtual machine is set to start in non-graphics mode.


Perl interpreter
Gtk2 Perl module
Gtk2::GladeXML Perl module
Locale::gettext Perl module
QEMU emulator suite

Registration Date: Tuesday 11/08/2005 at 02:42 CET
License: GNU General Public License V2 or later
Development Status: 4 - Beta



SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive

Virtual CloneDrive


Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive.

Probably the best virtual drive software, Virtual CloneDrive allows you to enjoy the freedom of a virtual drive and is completely free.
  • Supports all common image formats such as ISO, BIN, CCD
  • Supports up to 8 virtual drives at the same time
  • Easy to use - just double-click an image file to mount as a drive
  • Virtual CloneDrive is freeware, you may use it at no cost.

Read more and download...


Optically challenged computers rejoice!

Optically challenged computers rejoice!

Virtual drive software isn't new, but with the recent surge of ultra portable notebooks that do not have built in optical drives this is a good time to go over one of the free emulation software out there, Slysoft's Virtual CloneDrive.

For those that may not know, a virtual drive emulates a physical drive, in this case an optical drive. This way you can mount a disc image and use it as if a physical disc was inserted into an actual drive.

CloneDrive gives you the ability to mount up to 8 virtual drives at once. Simply right click the virtual drive under My Computer and select the image you would like to mount or just double click the image file itself.

One nice feature of CloneDrive is that it also shows a history of what's been mounted before making it easy to swap out images without the need to browse your computer.

Keep in mind that you will need to convert your CD/DVD to an image format before using CloneDrive. But once you have, loading programs are only a mouse click away.

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Don : Booting your machine over HTTP

Our objective is to let users boot their machines with bare minimal
requirements on their side, and we will handle most of the problem that
you may face in booting. All that user needs is Internet connectivity
and a small program (gpxe) to boot the machine. This gpxe program
provides network booting facility. You can download these program from
our site (available at Downloads section). Also, you can find a list of
distributions and tools that can be booted with BKO here. Your small
56KB gpxe program can boot any of these options!

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10 easy ways to play with Linux without leaving Windows

10 easy ways to play with Linux without leaving Windows

Linuxby Lee Mathews (RSS feed) Sep 28th 2009 at 3:00PM
While I haven't made the switch to Linux full time, I find myself
spending more and more time experimenting of late. In particular, I'm
enjoying projects like Moblin and the Ubuntu Netbook Remix.

If you're still using Windows for your primary OS there are tons of ways
to get your feet wet like a true penguin without making any serious
commitments. Here are ten ways to play with Linux painlessly -- if you
have another to share, please post it in the comments!

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GeoEye spots Iranian nuclear site | Tech News on ZDNet

GeoEye spots Iranian nuclear site

By Stephen Shankland CNET News
Posted on ZDNet News: Sep 28, 2009 5:59:32 AM
Satellite imagery company GeoEye has released a photo of what it says is
the controversial and underground Iranian uranium enrichment site that
came to light last week.

The photo, taken Saturday, shows the facility at a military site about
20 miles north-northeast of Qum and 100 miles southwest of Tehran,
GeoEye said. An analysis of the photo by IHS Jane's, a defense
intelligence consulting firm, said the facility has a primary and
several auxiliary entrances, ventilation shafts, a surface-to-air
missile site, and quarry and construction equipment.

See the shots below for a view of what the companies say are the main
and auxiliary entrances, the ventilation shafts, and an overall view.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Home Musix GNU+Linux

I tried out Musix Linux this morning and it is about the coolest Audio Editing Linux Systems I have seen!:) It also has most everything you need  for average Web Browsing and Word Processing. I was running it on the Sun VirtualBox with 350mb of ram and 24mb of video memory and it ran fine. So, it should run really well on anything above that. Check it out...

What is Musix GNU+Linux?

It's a 100% free multimedia operating system intended for music production, graphic design, audio and video edition, and all kind of tasks. It contains an enormous collection of free (as in freedom) programs that can replace Windows.  (More details: here /// Download /// A nice review at GNU/"Linux Journal". /// Video-Demo)

How does it works?

The system will boot from your CD/DVD drive, with no need to install anything on your hard disk. Later, it can be installed.

Go there...

Don -- Run Linux natively inside Windows

This is a Linux Distro that runs inside of Windows. You might want to
try it out, to see what Linux is like.


andLinux is a complete Ubuntu Linux system running seamlessly in Windows
2000 based systems (2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7; 32-bit versions only).
This project was started for Dynamism for the GP2X community, but its
userbase far exceeds its original design. andLinux is free and will
remain so, but donations are greatly needed.

andLinux uses coLinux as its core which is confusing for many people.
coLinux is a port of the Linux kernel to Windows. Although this
technology is a bit like running Linux in a virtual machine, coLinux
differs itself by being more of a merger of Windows and the Linux kernel
and not an emulated PC, making it more efficient. Xming is used as X
server and PulseAudio as sound server.

andLinux is not just for development and runs almost all Linux
applications without modification.

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GeeXboX HomePage

This is a cool Linux Live CD and there is a Windows version too...


What is GeeXboX ?

GeeXboX is a free embedded Linux distribution which aims at turning your computer into a so called HTPC (Home Theater PC) or Media Center. Being a standalone LiveCD-based distribution, it's a ready to boot operating system than works on any Pentium-class x86 computer or PowerPC Macintosh, implying no software requirement. You can even use it on a diskless computer, the whole system being loaded in RAM.

Despite his tiny ISO image size, the distribution comes with a complete and automatic hardware detection, not requiring any driver to be added. It supports playback of nearly any kind of audio/video and image files and all known codecs and containers are shipped in, allowing playing them through various physical supports, either being CD, DVD, HDD, LAN or Internet.

GeeXboX also comes with a complete toolchain that allows developers adding easily extra packages and features but that might also be used to give birth to many dedicated embedded Linux systems.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

A Free Utility that Really Does Speed Up Firefox

A Free Utility that Really Does Speed Up Firefox

I must admit that I wince whenever I read a claim that a particular program will speed up my PC. I've been trying these programs for more than a decade and frankly most don't work. But there is always an exception that proves the rule and SpeedyFox is indeed, such an exception.

SpeedyFox is a program designed to speed up Firefox. It doesn't claim to speed up your browsing but rather to make Firefox load more quickly and to accelerate some specific operations such as viewing/searching your browsing history and working with cookies.

According to the SpeedyFox website the program works by contacting the databases that Firefox users to store its information.

"Firefox uses SQLITE databases to store lots of its settings. By over time the databases grow and Firefox starts working slowly. SpeedyFox compacts those databases without loosing any data."

Read more and download...


VirtualBox - VirtualBox

Now this is really cool. I found it on the PCLinuxOS home page. I may just try this one out:)

VirtualBox -- professional, flexible, open

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.

Some of the features of VirtualBox are:

  • Modularity. VirtualBox has an extremely modular design with well-defined internal programming interfaces and a client/server design. This makes it easy to control it from several interfaces at once: for example, you can start a virtual machine in a typical virtual machine GUI and then control that machine from the command line, or possibly remotely. VirtualBox also comes with a full Software Development Kit: even though it is Open Source Software, you don't have to hack the source to write a new interface for VirtualBox.
  • Virtual machine descriptions in XML. The configuration settings of virtual machines are stored entirely in XML and are independent of the local machines. Virtual machine definitions can therefore easily be ported to other computers.
  • Guest Additions for Windows, Linux and Solaris. VirtualBox has special software that can be installed inside Windows, Linux and Solaris virtual machines to improve performance and make integration much more seamless. Among the features provided by these Guest Additions are mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by resizing the guest window). There are also guest additions for OS/2 with somewhat reduced functionality.
  • Shared folders. Like many other virtualization solutions, for easy data exchange between hosts and guests, VirtualBox allows for declaring certain host directories as "shared folders", which can then be accessed from within virtual machines.

A number of extra features are available with the full VirtualBox release only (see the "Editions" page for details):

  • Virtual USB Controllers. VirtualBox implements a virtual USB controller and allows you to connect arbitrary USB devices to your virtual machines without having to install device specific drivers on the host.
  • Remote Desktop Protocol. Unlike any other virtualization software, VirtualBox fully supports the standard Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). A virtual machine can act as an RDP server, allowing you to "run" the virtual machine remotely on some thin client that merely displays the RDP data.
  • USB over RDP. With this unique feature, a virtual machine that acts as an RDP server can still access arbitrary USB devices that are connected on the RDP client. This way, a powerful server machine can virtualize a lot of thin clients that merely need to display RDP data and have USB devices plugged in.


VirtualBox comes in different versions, depending on your needs. Please see the Editions page for details.


We have put together a small tour of the VirtualBox features on the Screenshots page.

Press Coverage

We maintain a link list to press articles about VirtualBox on the Press page.

Academic Papers

There is a list of papers referencing VirtualBox on the Papers page.

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PCLinuxOS - Home

PCLinuxOS - Home

Category:System Requirements
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As a guide: Any recent PC will be more than enough for running PCLinuxOS. Here is a basic checklist:

    * An IBM-compatible PC
    * 8 GB of free disk space (To install. to run the live CD you don't need any)
    * 512 MB of memory (you can get by with 256)
    * a CD or DVD drive
    * a network card
    * a high speed internet connection (for new software and updates)

PCLinuxOS Wiki - This is the place where we will be putting all the documentation for PCLinuxOS.

There are quite a few variants of PCLinuxOS available. This page gives links to them. Some are download links, some are documentation.

From Documentation


    * 1 Basic Hard Drive Installation of PCLinuxOS
          o 1.1 Getting Started
          o 1.2 Video Removal Tool
          o 1.3 Format and Partition your Hard Drive
                + 1.3.1 Custom Disk Partitioning
          o 1.4 Copying PCLinuxOS files to Hard Disk
          o 1.5 Seting up Grub Boot Loader
          o 1.6 Installation Complete: Reboot
    * 2 First Boot
          o 2.1 User & Password configuration
    * 3 Getting Help
          o 3.1 IRC Chat
          o 3.2 Community Forums

Basic Hard Drive Installation of PCLinuxOS

The following information will assist you in the installation of PCLinuxOS to either your PC or Laptop:

 PCLOS 2009 Screen Shots

YouTube Videos on PCLinux OS.
PCLinuxOS 2009 running under QEMU on Ubuntu Linux !!!
This is just a quick look at the NEW PCLinuxOS 2009 ! It's running under QEMU on my Ubuntu Linux computer :)

PClinuxOS 2009 test
This is don with e 1.73 celeron 2gb ddr and x3100 video card so it's not so smooth but not bad.

A Look at the new PCLinuxOS !!!
With some nice improvements over the last PCLinuxOS this distro is REALLY nice ^_- Here's the link And here's the...

PCLinuxOS 2009 first look.
A test release.

PCLinuxOS 2009 Boot Speed



Recycled robot wins top honor
09:37' 23/09/2009 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Vu Van Thang, 19, from Thai Binh province has won one of the five top prizes at the National Creativeness Competition for Children and Youth 2009 for his robot made entirely from items found in the trash.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

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How to stop Vista's System Restore from filling your Hard Drive up.

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The 100% Electric Motorcycle | Online videos for busy IT professionals | TechRepublic Video

The 100% Electric Motorcycle

Motorcycle company Brammo Enertia has created one of the first bikes which runs fully from electric power. WBBM's Angie Hunt reports from Ames, Iowa,..

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The DEKA Arm | Online videos for busy IT professionals | TechRepublic Video

This is a very cool new Robotic Arm!:)

The DEKA Arm
New technology is making it possible for amputees to pick up small
objects they never thought they would master thanks to the biggest

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Urban Hopper bot leaps over 25-foot fence | Online videos for busy IT professionals | TechRepublic Video

Urban Hopper bot leaps over 25-foot fence
DARPA is showing off its Precision Urban Hopper robot, a wheeled ground
unit being developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Boston Dynamics
for surveillance operations in urban terrain.

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Jordanian suspected of trying to blow up downtown Dallas skyscraper | Top Stories | Star-Telegram

Jordanian suspected of trying to blow up downtown Dallas skyscraper

Posted Thursday, Sep. 24, 2009


DALLAS -- Federal agents arrested a Jordanian Thursday suspected of trying to blow up the 60-story Fountain Place building in downtown Dallas.

Undercover agents with the FBI tricked Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, into thinking that he was detonating a bomb placed in an SUV parked outside the 60-story skyscraper at 1445 Ross Ave., before they arrested him, according to court documents. The explosive device was inert and inactive, the Justice Department said in a news release.

"The identification and apprehension of this defendant, who was acting alone, is a sobering reminder that there are people among us who want to do us grave harm," U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks said in the news release announcing the arrest.



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Monday, September 21, 2009 Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.

NEWDistribution Release: Parted Magic 4.5
Patrick Verner has released Parted Magic 4.5, a small Linux live CD designed primarily as a hard disk partitioning utility: "This new version of Parted Magic updates the graphical server X.Org, expands networking, improves RAM usage, and fixes some bugs. To combat some of the problems associated with the newer versions of X.Org and Intel chipsets, Parted Magic offers driver versions intel-2.4.1, intel-2.5.1, intel-2.6.3, intel-2.7.1 as boot options. There is a new PPPoE option added to the 'Start Network' program. RAM usage has been significantly reduced for the 'Default settings (Runs from RAM)' and 'Live with low RAM settings' boot options. The default option only requires 192 MB, from 256 MB in version 4.4, to completely run Parted Magic from RAM. The biggest gain was with the low RAM option because that now only requires 48 MB to run." Visit the project's home page to read the release announcement. Download (MD5): (79.0MB).

About Parted Magic
Parted Magic is a 40 MB live CD/USB/PXE with its elemental purpose being to partition hard drives. Although GParted and Parted are the main programs, the CD/USB also offers other applications, such as Partition Image, TestDisk, fdisk, sfdisk, dd, ddrescue, etc.


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NEWDistribution Release: SystemRescueCd 1.3.0
François Dupoux has released SystemRescueCd 1.3.0, a Gentoo-based live CD designed for administering or repairing an operating system and data after a crash. What's new in version 1.3.0? "Updated the standard kernels to Linux kernel 2.6.31; updated FSArchiver to 0.5.9 (better NTFS support); updated NTFS-3G to version 2009.4.4 AR17 (NTFS-3G advanced release); updated e2fsprogs to 1.41.9 (ext2, ext3, ext4 file system tools); Linux kernel 2.6.31 and btrfs-progs 0.19 are using a new btrfs format; added gdisk 0.3.1 (gdisk is a GPT partition table manipulator); updated the Xfce desktop environment to version 4.6.1; updated Python to version 2.6.2; updated Mozilla Firefox to version 3.5.2." Read the complete changelog for further details. Download the live CD image from here: systemrescuecd-x86-1.3.0.iso (236MB, MD5).

About SystemRescueCD
SystemRescueCd is a Linux system on a bootable CD-ROM for repairing your system and your data after a crash. It also aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the partitions of the hard disk. It contains many of system utilities (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic ones (editors, Midnight Commander, network tools). It aims to be very easy to use: just boot from the CD-ROM, and you can do everything. The kernel of the system supports most important file systems (ext2/ext3, ReiserFS, XFS, JFS, VFAT, NTFS, ISO9660), and network ones (Samba and NFS). SystemRescueCd is based on the Gentoo Live CD.


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Feature Story (by Caitlyn Martin) Linux Security Basics, Part 1: Authentication

There have been a number of discussions, some of them fairly heated, about system security in the comments section of DistroWatch Weekly (DWW) over the last couple of months. Some have even argued against what most would consider basic Linux security. As a result I received a number of requests to write an article covering Linux security basics, complete with references. There are, of course, entire books written on Linux security and as I began writing, it became clear that one article just wouldn't do the subject justice. Consider this week's feature to be a starting point for a small, intermittent series of articles about Linux security.

I have limited the scope of this article and any future DistroWatch features on security to what makes sense to the home or small office user or, in other words, environments with just a handful of systems and users. Most of what follows can be applied to BSD, OpenSolaris, or indeed any UNIX or UNIX-like operating system, though the file names, specific commands and syntax may be somewhat different. To keep things simple I'm going to stick with Linux systems.

Before I get into describing basic Linux authentication, the recent discussions made it abundantly clear that I need to first define what I mean by security. I also have to answer the most basic question which is why we need to bother with security at all. Some DWW readers claim to have all but ignored security without a single problem for many years. Those claims are undoubtedly true. That doesn't mean the potential for real problems isn't present. Kurt Seifried, in his Linux Administrator's Security Guide, writes: "You only need to make one mistake or leave one flaw available for an attacker to get in. This, of course, means that most sites will eventually be broken into." He adds: "All technical security measures will eventually fail or be vulnerable to an attacker. This is why you must have multiple layers of protection."



Linux Today - Linux Security Basics, Part 1: Authentication (DistroWatch Weekly #321)

Linux Security Basics, Part 1: Authentication (DistroWatch Weekly #321)
Sep 21, 2009, 20 :36 UTC (0 Talkback[s]) (533 reads)

(Other stories by Caitlyn Martin)

[ Thanks to Caitlyn Martin for this link. ]

"Accounts and passwords

"The first and simplest line of defense is a password. In his book, Securing & Optimizing Linux: The Ultimate Solution, Gerhard Mourani writes: "Many people keep their valuable information and files on a computer, and the only thing preventing others from seeing it is the eight-character string called a password. An unbreakable password, contrary to popular belief, does not exist. Given time and resources all passwords can be guessed either by social engineering or brute force." Some Linux users go even farther, running distributions which have either no password or a well-known and published password on a privileged or root account. This is tantamount to putting out a welcome mat for anyone and everyone who wishes to access your system provided they have physical access. A vulnerability in a service which communicates across the Internet can effectively leave such a system open to literally anyone who is aware of both the flaw and the password. Kurt Seifried, writing about insecure defaults of all sorts, not just passwords, states: "This is one of the problems that have caused no end of security problems since day one."

"Mourani lists four basic rules for a good password. Three of them do apply even to home and SOHO systems:"

Complete Story

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Key Senator Says He Will Alter Health Proposal -

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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus,
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In addition, Mr. Baucus said he would make changes to reduce the impact
of a proposed tax on high-end health insurance policies.

Mr. Baucus, Democrat of Montana, disclosed his plans in an interview a
day before the committee is to begin meeting to debate and vote on the
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care system and guarantee insurance for millions of Americans.

Mr. Baucus said the changes showed that he had heard the criticism of
his bill from colleagues, who asserted that many people would be
required to buy insurance who could not afford it — even with federal
subsidies to help defray the cost of premiums.

"Affordability — that, I think, is the primary concern," Mr. Baucus
said. "We want to make sure that if Americans have to buy insurance,
it's affordable."

Mr. Baucus said he believed that the changes would "help smooth the way
for passage" of the bill through the Finance Committee, where it has
been criticized from both the left and the right.



Linux Today - Linux Security Basics, Part 1: Authentication (DistroWatch Weekly #321)

Linux Security Basics, Part 1: Authentication (DistroWatch Weekly #321)
Sep 21, 2009, 20 :36 UTC (0 Talkback[s]) (344 reads)

(Other stories by Caitlyn Martin)

[ Thanks to Caitlyn Martin for this link. ]

"Accounts and passwords

"The first and simplest line of defense is a password. In his book, Securing & Optimizing Linux: The Ultimate Solution, Gerhard Mourani writes: "Many people keep their valuable information and files on a computer, and the only thing preventing others from seeing it is the eight-character string called a password. An unbreakable password, contrary to popular belief, does not exist. Given time and resources all passwords can be guessed either by social engineering or brute force." Some Linux users go even farther, running distributions which have either no password or a well-known and published password on a privileged or root account. This is tantamount to putting out a welcome mat for anyone and everyone who wishes to access your system provided they have physical access. A vulnerability in a service which communicates across the Internet can effectively leave such a system open to literally anyone who is aware of both the flaw and the password. Kurt Seifried, writing about insecure defaults of all sorts, not just passwords, states: "This is one of the problems that have caused no end of security problems since day one."

"Mourani lists four basic rules for a good password. Three of them do apply even to home and SOHO systems:"

Complete Story

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