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Submission + - Free Opensolaris Starter (DVD) Kit

ericb writes: "The free opensolaris starter (DVD) kit was just announced. The following distributions are included: Solaris Express, Nexenta, Belenix, and Schillix.

To place an order, go here:

(Note: You'll be directed to a sign-in/registration page first.)"

Submission + - Dell to build mobile phones?

An anonymous reader writes: Just days after Dell poached Motorola's handset guru, Ron Garriques, speculation is growing that the company is planning to enter the mobile space. has an article discussing this.
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Submission + - Citizendium aims to replace Wikipedia

cupidio writes: Ars Technica is running a feature on Citizendium, the new wiki-based encyclopedia started by Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger. One interesting revelation is that Sanger started work on the project only after talking with John Seigenthaler, victim of a famous Wikipedia hoax that accused him of murder. "When Seigenthaler called, I was already resigned to the necessity of making a competitor to Wikipedia," Sanger says. "The effect of Seigenthaler's call was to make me feel to some extent personally responsible for the injustice that Wikipedia was causing, which made my motivation only stronger. When after six to nine months I saw that Wikipedia wasn't going to make any significant changes, it became clear that it was on me to organize a better alternative, if I could." Can Citizendium get bigger than Wikipedia?

Submission + - Dumping .info TLD for good?

tulare writes: "To the chagrin of postmasters and webmasters everywhere, the newish .info and .biz domains have become the realm of all that is seedy on the Internet, from popup-laden porn sites to every imaginable R)oleX and Herbal V14GrA advertising domain. From this writer's point of view, there is simply nothing on .info or .biz that is not at some level related to spam.

My question is this: at what point, and what sorts of efforts can be taken to simply drop the entire mess that has become .info and .biz? I'm sure ICANN would need to get involved, but perhaps a petition drive to convince DNS server admins to blackhole those TLDs would be a starting point to show public support for denying spammers the cheap safe haven they now have. Thoughts?"

Submission + - Help Desk: First Step in Successful IT Career

jcatcw writes: A help desk jobs can put you in a good position for future growth, according to Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology. In a help desk role, you can gain in-depth, real-world knowledge of nearly every system a company uses or sells, including operating systems, applications, networks, the Internet, hardware and peripherals. In addition to those hard skills, you can develop the strong interpersonal skills — communication, problem-solving and leadership abilities — that are becoming more important to hiring managers.

Submission + - Interview with Kurt Sauer, CSO of Skype

An anonymous reader writes: HNS is running an interview with Skype's CSO where he talks about the technology challenges that Skype faces with the constant evolution of threats, VoIP security in general, what's it like to be the CSO of such a large company, and more.

Submission + - What's In A Twinkie?

ctwxman writes: "I grew up on Devil Dogs. Alas, there's no Devil Dog book, but now there is one about Twinkies — nature's perfect food thanks to the miracle of modern science and advanced chemistry! "Why is it you can bake a cake at home with as few as six ingredients, but Twinkies require 39? And why do many of them seem to bear so little resemblance to actual food?" Pure goodness doesn't come easy. Steve Ettlinger is the author of "Twinkie, Deconstructed," the definitive Twinkie story... even without the official help of the keepers of the Twinkie secret. It's all summarized on MSNBC. Before clicking, make sure you have a glass of milk handy."

Submission + - Operating Systems don't Matter (or shouldn't)

SpectateSwamp writes: "It's the application Stupid. Always has been.

The operating system really has very little to
do with the results. It provides file access,
connections and other low level resources.

As long as there is competition and there will be.
They can't be that tough, when one can be written in
a few months by 1 man. So don't worry about your
operating system. Just use them to run your favourite
software. Most systems work pretty well.

If my main app wouldn't run on Vista then so long
Vista or any other OS.

A good Desktop Search is the most important program
on any computer. By Far. Finding and playing Video,
Music, Pictures and Text. And a Random switch for fun.

My point:

Search shouldn't be part of any operating system.
It's a hinderance to the system's stability, speed
and openness.

I have been hounding the MS folks about Desktop Search at: id=31672"

Journal Journal: Lose weight while you work 20

At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester they have developed "The Office of the Future". From the article:

Most visitors think they've walked into a gym.

The creator of the "Office of the Future" is quick to correct them.


Submission + - When Information Security Gets Physical

llamalicious writes: An article on Dark Reading gives a bit of insight into the hidden dangers of engaging in corporate security "dirty-work". A seemingly simple task provides two security contractors with an unpleasant awakening to the realities of attempting to covertly retake company property from a crooked employee.

From the article: "Our success was short lived when he turned and saw us walking out with his machine. His polished, professional demeanor changed for the worst when he saw us trying to leave the building. He raced toward us and began trying to pry the laptop from my colleague's hands, while cursing and calling us unprintable names."

Submission + - How to beat botnet spam

Timely Reminder writes: Spam filters are failing and it's only a matter of time before the net is swamped under a steaming pile of viagra-spam, according to this columnist who advocates "an auto-immune system" for the net, to deal with the threat from botnets (something also keeping Vint Cerf awake at night) — and comes up with a seven-point plan for eradicating junk for good, including: "Shipping all new machines with firewalls and virus protection built in to reduce the number of systems which get turned into 'bots'" and taking "a look at our older applications and protocols and make some hard decisions regarding their continued existence and use".

Submission + - Hard Disk Study Leaves Google Surprised

bugg_tb writes: The BBC is reporting on a study performed by Google engineers on regular 'off the shelf' hard drives that Google uses for caching data and how they perform and the likelyhood of them to fail. The author states: "We expected to notice a very strong and consistent correlation between high utilisation and higher failure rates. "However our results appear to paint a more complex picture. First, only very young and very old age groups appear to show the expected behaviour." The report concludes that: there was a clear trend showing "that lower temperatures are associated with higher failure rates". "Only at very high temperatures is there a slight reversal of this trend." You can see the full report here

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