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+ - ViEmu for Word and Outlook released

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rikkus
rikkus writes "ViEmu provides Vi-like editing in Windows applications. Previously it was available only for Visual Studio.NET, but now there's a version which works in Word and Outlook. I've been using the VS.NET version since it was released and have been extremely grateful that I haven't had to learn how to edit all over again. Sorry, I don't know of an equivalent for EMACS users."
Unix

The Birth of vi 459

Posted by Zonk
from the please-keep-emacs-trolling-to-a-minimum dept.
lanc writes "Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun, tells the story of how he wrote the vi editor. The article at The Register delves into his motives, who instigated the project, and some of the quirks of leaving a 'gift to mankind'. From the piece: '9600 baud is faster than you can read. 1200 baud is way slower. So the editor was optimized so that you could edit and feel productive when it was painting slower than you could think. Now that computers are so much faster than you can think, nobody understands this anymore. The people doing Emacs were sitting in labs at MIT with what were essentially fibre-channel links to the host, in contemporary terms. They were working on a PDP-10, which was a huge machine by comparison, with infinitely fast screens. So they could have funny commands with the screen shimmering and all that, and meanwhile, I'm sitting at home in sort of World War II surplus housing at Berkeley with a modem and a terminal that can just barely get the cursor off the bottom line.'"
Data Storage

File Systems Best Suited for Archival Storage? 105

Posted by Cliff
from the disk-image-plus-PAR-sets dept.
Amir Ansari asks: "There have been many comparisons between various archival media (hard drive, tape, magneto-optical, CD/DVD, and so on). Of course, the most important characteristics are permanence and portability, but what about the file systems involved? For instance, I routinely archive my data onto an external hard drive: easy to update and mirror, but which file system provides the best combination of reliability, future-proofing, data recovery, and availability across multiple platforms (Linux, OS X, BeOS/Zeta and Windows, in my case)? Open Source best guarantees the future availability of the standard and specification, but are file systems such as ext2 suitable for archival storage? Is journaling important?"
Security

+ - Fingerprinting the World's Mail Servers

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ttul
ttul writes "This O'Reilly SysAdmin Article describes some work done by mod_perl author Stas Bekman and his colleagues at anti-spam software company MailChannels to fingerprint the world's publicly visible email servers. Interesting results from the survey? Open source options like Sendmail and Postfix are still firmly in the lead after all these years, but commercial services like Postini are catching up fast. The article goes into some detail on how email servers can be fingerprinted despite attempts by sysadmins to cloak their identity."
Announcements

+ - Orkut goes public

Submitted by jmusits
jmusits (727995) writes "I don't think this is a dupe, but many may already know. orkut has now open it's doors to the general public (at least anyone w/ a google account). You no longer need to be "invited" by someone else. A a user of Facebook during my college years and not knowing anyone on orkut before, I was quite happy to be able to join. Also I like orkut's interface and philosophy much more than any other online community I have been a part of before."
KDE

+ - Factual Inaccuracies in Posted KDE Preview Article

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Troy Unrau
Troy Unrau writes "(put this in your backslash please)

Regarding the KDE Features Sneak Preview article that was posted here earlier, I have a few corrections to make of that authors article (and one complaint). First, the screenshot shown of the K-Menu that is supposedly for KDE 4 is not accurate. That shot is of kickoff, a SuSE linux customization for KDE that is already available for KDE 3.5.5 for SuSE and other users. Second, it states of Plasma "And the surprise of all things is that it will be possible to run the beautiful Dashboard widgets of Mac OSX in KDE 4.0." which is not true. It will run desktop widgets, but not the Mac OSX ones. And lastly, the first portion of the article is a blatant ripoff of an article I had previously written for dot.kde.org about SVG in KDE... of which he stole some screenshots without any credit whatsoever, not even a link. In fact, the whole article contains nothing but derivative, uncredited material, factual inaccuracies, and ads. Thankfully for him, he got posted to slashdot so his adstream should go up. Please note that dot.kde.org is running a series called "The Road to KDE 4" which is exposing features of KDE 4 on a weekly basis that are carefully checked for accuracy by the members of KDE actually responsible for each of those features."

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