Archive - May 2003


May 29th

Sony Unveils 'PSX' Digital Appliance

This looks pretty interesting:

Dubbed "PSX," the device features a built-in 120 GB hard drive and recordable slot-loading DVD±RW/-R drive, as well as TV tuner and Ethernet port. For expansion, the PSX will include USB 2.0 support and a Memory Stick slot. Sony will also include a connector for its upcoming PSP portable entertainment device.

This also appears to be a separate device from the new revision PS2 already announced. More details (and pictures!) can be found in this PDF.

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May 28th

From PlayStation to Supercomputer

C|Net is carrying a story about researchers from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications that have assembled a supercomputer from 70 PlatStation 2 console systems.

The resulting system, with components purchased at retail prices, cost a little more than $50,000. Researchers at the supercomputing center believe the system may be capable of a half trillion operations a second, well within the definition of supercomputer, although it may not rank among the world's 500 fastest supercomputers.

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May 22nd

Embedded Linux "Cool Devices" Quick Reference Guide

This reference guide contains a categorized listing of various embedded Linux devices, including PDAs, mobile and IP phones, entertainment devices, tablet PCs, access points, and other devices the defy categorization. It also includes a special do-it-yourself category.

Information about most devices contains pictures, descriptions, and specifications. Check it out.

Embedded Linux Reference Guide

May 21st

Intrusion Detection Systems: An Introduction is featuring an article on Intrusion Detection Systems.

"Intrusion Detection is the process and methodology of inspecting data for malicious, inaccurate or anomalous activity."

This is a good introduction to the process for any security-minded individuals out there.

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Citrix Plans Linux Client Due to Windows' Fears

Citrix has announced plans to develop a Linux version of its ICA Client to address concerns about Windows security. This client will allow companies to deploy Windows applications (such as MS Office) to any PC running Linux.

Granted, it's not as ideal as a native Linux/FOSS solution, but it does provide an additional foothold for Linux in the corporation, as well as cede even more credibility to Linux as a reliable, secure operating system.

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May 20th

Administer Linux on the Fly

This IBM developerWorks article is thorough guide to using the /proc filesystem to administer a Linux system. If you're unfamiliar with everything /proc is capable of doing (as I am), this is a must read.

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