Archive for May, 2006

Kubuntu Free CD’s

Friday, May 26th, 2006

One of the things I’ve really admired about the Ubuntu project is that they will MAIL you REAL cds of their product for free. That can give a much more professional look for redistribution than a hand burned cd with handwritten green ink saying ubuntu linux 5.10…. Well, Ubuntu has done this for quite a [...]

Trackback and Comment Spam storms update

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Well it looks as though the storms of Trackback and Comment spam that I mentioned last week have just about tailed off now. About 6200-6300 posts were reported as junk by akismet and the “other” spam killing plugin probably got another couple hundred, so it’s been pretty deep. Anyway, the first few days, I was [...]

Konqueror and Google Maps

Friday, May 26th, 2006

After I did my “Kiosk” upgrade to KDE 3.5.2 I was really interested to see if Konqueror would finally work with Google Maps, of course, the problem isn’t with Konqueror it’s with the browser detection. Konqueror uses something called khtml to render web pages. It’s really a fairly good/standards compliant ACID test passing engine. So [...]

Mandriva Kiosk

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Some time back I had seen a quick reference to Mandriva Kiosk as some new Mandriva version of the “Click and Run” repository of Linspire. I finally got a chance to give it a try with the upgrade of KDE to 3.5.2 (Mandriva 2006 had shipped with the 3.4.x series of KDE.) Anyway, I found [...]

Symantec Antivirus Remotely Exploitable Vulnerability

Friday, May 26th, 2006

This is bad – whose defending the defender? eEye security has a bulletin announced that regards a remotely exploitable vulnerability in Symantec Antivirus 10.x and Symantec Client Security 3.x They say other versions MAY be vulnerable they’re waiting for information from Symantec. Now, Symantec is probably the biggest selling antivirus package out there. It looks [...]

Google Wins Bidding War for Dell Desktop Placement

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Google has apparently won a pricey bidding war in the race to have their software bundled with new Dell PC’s over the next 3 years. Essentially, I suspect this means, Google Desktop (perhaps Google Pack?) will be preinstalled, as well as browser settings adjusted to make a Google-ified search page the default and probably Google [...]

Federal Long Distance tax ends….

Friday, May 26th, 2006

I think at one point I’ve said that once taxes are put in place they tend NEVER to go away. Well, I must admit I’m wrong. 108 years ago in an effort to help finance the Spanish American War, long distance telephone taxes went into place. The tax will no longer be in effect as [...]

Google Picasa for Linux

Friday, May 26th, 2006

One of the big stories out today… Google has released an “early beta” version of Picasa for linux. I first saw the news from the ZDNet Googling Google blog. There are deb, rpm and bin downloads available. The Official Google blog gives a few more details, for instance… this “magic” is made possible by a [...]

Slow posting week

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

This has been a slow posting week. Much slower than I had hoped across all the sites. The main reason is a stomach bug of sorts (flu?) Anyway, I managed to get a little work done yesterday and felt clobbered again today. I don’t know how much I’ll be posting before next Tuesday. There is [...]

Mozilla Firefox 1.0x series end of life….

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

The Mozilla Firefox 1.0.x series will no longer be supported with security updates. IF you use Firefox as your web browser, make sure you’re using the current version in the 1.5 series (currently 1.5.0.3). You can find what your current version is by going to Help, “About Mozilla Firefox”. The 1.5 series automatically downloads and [...]

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