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April 2004

That Darn Spyware 
- What's really awful is how this stuff has apparently existed since Windows 95 and even before most people were connected the the Internet!
 
Microsoft and Sun 
- They say the enemy of my enemy is my friend, but that's not always a safe assumption.
 
Quicksilver 
- Many Mac users swear by Launchbar or Quicksilver. I think Spotlight is better, honestly.
 
Are we having fun any more? 
- O tempora! O mores! The spammers and the crooks are taking the joy out of computers.
 
Even Eric Allman gets spam 
- Well, duh. Of course he does. Don't we all? Just because he is THE sendmail guy, why should that matter?
 
Lunatic Liberal Fringe and Linux 
- Although Linux is being taken over by large, soulless corporations, I'd still like to believe it can be part of a better world in the making.
 
RPM rollbacks 
- RPM rollbacks can save your butt, but you have to be consistent in requesting the ability.
 
Forced login 
- Forcing me to register in order to read your content is seldom going to work. I wish Google wouldn't even index that crap.
 
Funny Google Ads 
- Google ads can be oddly inapproprate at times. Sometimes just a single word can trigger mis-aimed ads.
 
So called "free software" 
- Innovate? Huh? Oh, he must mean "starting now", 'cause Microsoft sure never innovated diddly up to now. Repackage, re-market, yep. But innovate? Who are you trying to kid, Steve? What's your latest innovation? Oh yeah, you want to out-Google Google. Yes, QUITE innovative.
 
Missing data files 
- I told him to umount /med. His "missing files" would appear. We'd need to do a little more to fix this up permanently, but the files were there.
 
Missing data files 
- I don't like answering the phone on Sunday, but I know it's probably someone with a real problem. I usually let it go to voice mail, and call back if it is a client with a serious issue, but for some reason I picked this one up.
 
Wireless Network Security  by Michael Desrosiers
- Wireless networks are not just popular and convenient for mobile computer users. Crackers are finding them an easy target to gain entry into corporate networks. Digital intruders are compromising defenseless air space at corporations, public hot spots and homes to gain illegal entry to computers. A hot spot is an area within range of a wi-fi antenna, which allows internet access or network connectivity to happen by sending the packets via radio waves.
 
5 Reasons People Like Technology White Papers  by Christine Taylor
- Reason #1. Many people would rather die than talk to a sales representative right off the bat, but they will read a white paper. When people start researching a product, they are not prepared to talk to a salesperson. They have no idea if the product is for them, or if they even need the technology at all. They'll also be resistant to new and innovative technologies. Well-written, benefit-laden white papers will qualify your product to the reader, and qualify the reader to you at the next stage in the sales cycle.
 
What is an Investor Ready Business Plan?  by Howard Schwartz
- An investor ready business plan is a document that has been professionally prepared to meet the needs of both Venture Capitalists and Angel investors. In your Business Plan, you should be able to see your own project through the investor's eye. Your plan must be able to answer the concerns of an investor.

The investors, both VCs and angels, are risking their hard earned capital by investing in your venture in the hope of long term returns that are worth many times their original investment. An Investor Ready Business Plan demonstrates to investors that you are an expert in your industry and that you have a clear mission. An entrepreneur addresses these needs by prepareing a comprehensive and detailed view of their business objectives and goals. Some important sections that address different concerns of the investors are below:

 
Install SCO OpenServer under VMware Workstation  by Lytle David Smith
- Although it may take some finagling, you can virtualize SCO Open Server systems.
 
Stop Windows Messenger Spam  by Lytle David Smith
- Windows Messenger Spam plagues users foolish enough to make direct connection to the Internet without a NAT router.
 
Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Little Black Book 
- Actually, there's nothing "little" about this. It's over 500 pages of very precise and specific Panther detail. Don't let the redundant title (OS Ten 10.3 ???) set you back: this is a good guide to Panther.
 
IPsec 
- A protocol for encrypting and securing ip communication between hosts. The important point is that IPsec is encrypting everything that happens.
 
gopher 
- Gopher servers are still running and even today new ones pop up!
 
Finder 
- If you hear this, you are hearing an Apple person. The Finder is Mac's equivalent to Windows 'My Computer' - except, well it's different.
 
pkill 
- One some OSes, this is a 'parallel kill' that will use rsh to kill processes on multiple machines. On Linux and BSD, it allows selection by various criteria, including names (like 'killall').
 
XAML 
- Pronounced 'Zammel', this is Microsoft's next development language, slated to appear with Longhorn. If you are an anti-Microsoft zealot, this is scary stuff. Yes, of course I'm an anti-Microsoft zealot..