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Submission + - Hacker artist embraces open source for inspiration (

supaneko writes: "Computer terminals at a gritty internet cafe in New York City's Chinatown were taken over last week by digital artist Evan Roth in order to debut his internet-based art. Scores of art enthusiasts flocked to Mr Roth's "speed show", an art exhibition format that is specifically geared toward displaying artwork hosted on websites.

To hold a speed show, an artist will rent time on terminals at an internet cafe, many times amidst a sea of teenage gamers, and pull up webpages containing his or her artwork on a cluster of monitors. Mr Roth spread the word about his speed show, called When We were Kings, through Twitter only days before the event.

"I like taking these ideas that come from open source development. In this case, the hack isn't programming code but altering it to your own meaning," Roth says."


Submission + - Best Solution for HA and Network Load Balancing? (

supaneko writes: "I am working with a non-profit to eventually host a massive online self-help archive and community (using FTP and HTTP services). We are expecting a high number of unique visitors (1000+/day). I know that having only one server to serve this number of people is not a great idea. With that in mind, I began to look into clusters. After a bit of reading, I discovered that I am looking for high availability, in case of hardware fault, and network load balancing, which I assume will allow the load to be shared among the two to six servers that we hope to purchase. What I have not been able to determine is the "perfect" solution that would offer efficiency, ease-of-use, simple maintenance, enjoyable performance, and a notably better experience when compared to other setups. Reading about Windows 2003 Clustering makes the whole process sounds easy while Linux and FreeBSD just seems overly complicated. But is this truly the case? What have you all done for clustering solutions in the past? Free/Net/OpenBSD? Linux? Windows? PC-DOS? What key features should I be aware for successful cluster setup (hubs, wiring, hardware, software, same servers across the board, etc.)?"

Submission + - Disaster Recovery for SMB?

supaneko writes: "I have been tasked with the creation of a disaster recovery plan for my employer. We are a relatively small IT company with about thirty employees, the majority of which are programmers. Our environment is running on a Windows domain with a few file servers and green screens running from a couple IBM i5's. Not only am I a newbie to the company but I am a total newbie to disaster recovery planning.

I have searched the Internet and even taken a gander into some of my older instructional books for guidance on creating this documentation. Every item that I have stumbled upon mentions creating a team to handle the disaster recovery planning. To me, it would seem that because of the company's small size, a team is not a feasible option for the creation of this document at this time. I have also been unable to really find any guidance or examples on how to form this documentation for a business of this size.

With this in mind, I am a little curious as to what some of you could recommend to help guide me along my way. What resources are available on the Internet? Where may I find examples? What are good things and things that must be included? What have all of you experienced guys done when this task was posed to you?"

Submission + - Server optimization for newbies?

supaneko writes: "I recently obtained a new job as a network and server administration for a small IT company. I am absolutely shocked at how much is taking place within this company that I have little to no experience with. To help bolster my experience, I decided to purchase a used server to use for hands-on training and practice. My ultimate goal is to have a complete, secure LAMP server available to the public running CentOS. I have been browsing the Internet for various guides and tips on setup, optimization, security, and maintenance but nothing that really seems to give me the hands-on approach to ideas that I would like to learn.

When you all started out, what route did you take to pick up the server setup and maintenance skills you have now? Is there anything in particular that you would recommend to someone who has excellent skill with consumer PCs and servers but is a total newbie to corporate and enterprise networking and servers?"

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