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Monday, June 14th, 2004

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10:53a
Shared calendar system
I am looking to implement a shared calendaring (maybe addressbook as well) system in one of my clients' offices. I'd like to achieve: 1) Not based on somebody else's website/service 2) Open Source 3) Simple to implement

Maybe also that it ties in with a Linux-based mail server (some kind of Groupware would work).

Any recommendations? Things to stay away from? Opinions? Thanks!

On another note, and slightly off-topic, I'm looking for a USB device I can plug both an IDE drives or a laptop drive into it, to access the drive without having to mount it and connect it internally to a computer. I know I've seen them before but now that I need it I can't for the life of me find one. Any pointers? Thanks again!
11:19a
Small and user-friendly
Hi. I've got a problem that I'd appreciate help on. My little brother has a former company computer, one of those they auction off when they purchase new ones. It's an old Pentium II 350 with 256 megs of ram. It has two hard drives, a 2- and a 12-gig. He used to have a cracked version of XP on the 2-gig drive. Well, my little brother is notorious for downloading and using programs like Kazaa, and my parents would love it if he no longer had the capability to do so. He's not the most tech-saavy, but he's smart, and I think he could get the basics of Linux and leave the administration to me.

What would you suggest as far as a small and user-friendly distribution of Linux? I'm running Fedora Core 2 on my laptop, and both FC1 and FC2 are way too large for the 2-gig drive, which I need to use for the OS. The 12-gig drive has a lot of his files on there, and I'd like to keep it vfat and just mount it for his use. Installation can be complicated so long as use is (relatively) simple. The only real requirement is OpenOffice.org, so he can write papers on the computer.

Current Mood: geeky
3:15p
virginia tech g5 supercomputer...
after checking out some of the info on vtech's supercomputer, comprised of 1100 apple g5 dual processor computers, i came across some notes about how the cluster runs on apple's os x server operating system, which - don't get me wrong - i love os x, but i'm just wondering, because i've always gotten tons more performance out of my pc's (homebuilt and oem) with linux...

basically i'm looking for different people's input on whether or not virginia tech's supercomputer/apple cluster would run faster/yield higher performance if a custom linux kernel was used instead of apple's os x server...

just some food for thought. i would personally think they'd get a lot more out of it with linux, but only if they could get linux to "talk" to the hardware as efficiently, or more efficiently than apple's own os does...
3:38p
Can someone point me toward a good sight or book on SNMP, and what you can and can not do with it?

I have network behind Linksys BEFSR81, but the ip's of the servers change occasionally. The weird thing is the router will relearn on some ports but not others. I have no idea why. But I'm hoping to write a script that will, if it's possbile, issue an snmp signal to the router telling it to flush it's IP -> MAC adress table.
8:56p
Kernel Crash Exploit detected...
Hello all,

This article on slashdot is quite serious, much more so if you have users on your server with shell accounts:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/14/118209

In fact anything that triggers a SIGFPE will cause the kernel to spiral into a lockstate.

If you implement the i387 (gentoo) patch on this site, I've found that the kernel seems to only partly recover.

The signal.c patch appears to work well on my system and throws a message to syslog whenever the SIGFPE is caught by the kernel.

Current Mood: accomplished
11:05p
Dual Head Display
What card(s) are you using, if you do dual head, to do this?

I have dual 21" flat panels at work and want to do it here at home, but I am not running windows here.  (Thank the Gods!)

We have nVidia cards with Analog and Digital out and it works in windows, but GeForce4 didn't seem to be recognized under KDE (SaX).

I am running SuSE 9.0.

Thanks in advance.

Current Mood: curious

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