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God invented USB sticks to help us improve our health. Network file transfers are like plastering bacon grease to your arteries. Using the good old-fashioned Sneakernet protocol adds more tens of feet of healthy walking to your day.

Intel "Atom" media server?

Hello again,

Recently, I've been doing alot of thinking about cost.  I have a ton of media files. and I want to share them across my home network (gigabit ethernet,wired).

  The economy the way it is , I believe it smart to look at all parts of the equation. I 'm no engineer,but electricity is part of the cost. I would think there should be substantial savings here? I'd like to hear what you have to say.

 Considering the , intel board ,msi wind, or the supermicro server board.


Zenoss Releases New Version of its Enterprise IT Monitoring Product; Guarantees 50% Cost Savings Over Traditional Solutions


Annapolis, MD - June 2, 2009 - Zenoss Inc., the fastest-growing alternative to the "Big 4" for enterprise network and systems monitoring, today released a new version of its award-winning software, Zenoss Enterprise. The new product release dramatically eases the burden of managing and administering enterprise IT monitoring, providing companies with one product to discover, monitor, alert, and report. The company is backing Zenoss Enterprise implementations with an industry-first guarantee of 50% or more cost savings on licensing, maintenance, and deployment compared to traditional products from HP, IBM, CA, and BMC.*


"Zenoss' customer base continues to grow as HP, IBM, CA and BMC customers say enough is enough," said Bill Karpovich, co-founder and CEO of Zenoss. "Companies are no longer willing to let their IT monitoring requirements be held hostage by vendors imposing exorbitant costs, too much complexity, and multi-product requirements. This marks a new day in enterprise IT monitoring - customers get the functionality, support, and flexibility they demand at a price that makes sense."


"Zenoss Enterprise excels in meeting D & E Communication's IT monitoring needs," said Troy Wingenroth, VP of IT, D & E Communications. "We have significantly reduced our costs and streamlined our monitoring operations with Zenoss' one product to discover, monitor, alert, and report." 


The latest version adds several features and enhancements that align with needs of enterprise IT infrastructure monitoring. New features include:


  • l Normalization of Metrics Across Heterogeneous Technologies -A single, consistent view of monitoring information across Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows platforms that simplifies cross-platform management and enterprise reporting.
  • l Scalable Secure, Monitoring of Linux/Unix Servers- Easy to deploy, agent-less monitoring for Linux and Unix that doesn't compromise scalability or security
  • l Monitoring of Internal or External Web Services-A simple GUI-based configuration able to monitor any cloud-based service
  • l VMware vSphere 4 Support- Extended management capabilities for virtualization management, including support for vSphere 4 and the new vCenter Server
  • l Expanded Device and Applications Support-Turnkey plug-ins for more than 20 new target technologies include Linux, AIX, Nokia Firewalls and Barracuda Anti-Spam appliances;Zenoss monitors over 100 technologies directly out of the box
  • l Simplified Setup and Configuration- Point and click install and configuration wizard guide that greatly reduces setup time and simplifies configuration tasks


Zenoss is able to back its savings guarantee by eliminating up-front licensing costs and reducing the time and effort required to deploy and maintain the software.  Zenoss customers benefit from lower costs and can more quickly respond to the needs of their customers and end users.


For more information concerning Zenoss Enterprise and the cost savings guarantee, please go to


About Zenoss


Zenoss is the fastest-growing alternative to the Big 4 for enterprise network and systems monitoring. The company backs Zenoss Enterprise implementations with a 50% or more cost savings guarantee on licensing, maintenance, and deployment compared to traditional products from HP, IBM, CA, and BMC.  Hundreds of enterprises rely on Zenoss software to dramatically ease the burden of managing and administering enterprise IT monitoring, providing companies with one product to discover, monitor, alert, and report. To learn more about Zenoss' award-winning enterprise open source network monitoring software, visit



*For more information concerning cost-savings guarantee qualifications and pricing assumptions, please see



Bluenog Launches Higher Education Initiative


Company to Offer Integrated Content Management, Portal and Business Intelligence Solutions with Commercial and Open Source Support to Education Sector

PISCATAWAY, N.J. and GETTYSBURG, Penn., June 2, 2009 - Bluenog, an enterprise software and solutions company, announced today it will deliver offerings specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the higher education sector. The announcement was made at the annual Portal 2009 conference at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Penn.

The company will extend Bluenog ICETM, its integrated suite of content management, portal development and business intelligence software, to interface with key educational support systems such as Sungard Banner, Resource25, Sakai, Moodle and Blackboard. In addition, the company's professional services division, Bluenog Solutions Group, will offer consulting services designed to help colleges and universities integrate commercial and open source solutions to meet their needs in a cost-effective manner.  

"Colleges and universities are increasingly turning to commercial solutions built on open source projects, such as Bluenog ICE, to address their needs," said Jonathan B. Spira, chief analyst, Basex, a leading knowledge economy research firm. "Having access to professional support, customization, product updates, training and the ability to integrate with existing infrastructure is key for institutions that need to keep costs low without sacrificing functionality."

This initiative follows fresh on the heels of three client implementations at Wellesley College, Columbia University's Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and NYU Langone Medical Center. Bluenog recognized higher education's heightened demand for rich portal development, dynamic website content management and enterprise reporting. Integration with strategic educational and administrative support systems was also a key requirement.

"We are focusing on the higher education sector because collaboration and integration is so important to this space," said Suresh Kuppusamy, CEO and co-founder, Bluenog.  "Having thousands of users on a given portal, these organizations are looking for a way to seamlessly enhance and customize their existing infrastructures at a reasonable cost and Bluenog ICE offers that solution."

Early results from the Bluenog implementation at NYU Langone Medical Center have shown significant savings on up-front licensing and maintenance costs.

Bluenog's ability to integrate with CIESIN's existing applications eliminated the need to migrate any existing content.  CIESIN also benefited from the flexibility of a pre-built portal and BI framework that can be easily added into the overall solution in the future, without any need for custom integration.

Wellesley chose Bluenog ICE after an extensive evaluation of commercial and open source software and related services to revamp their Web presence and boost functionality to provide a richer and more consistent experience for prospective and current students.

About Bluenog

Bluenog is an enterprise software and solutions company.  Our flagship product, Bluenog ICE, is an Integrated Collaborative Environment of content management, portal, and business intelligence software. It eliminates application silos, reduces total cost of ownership and accelerates application development. Leading organizations rely on Bluenog ICE,  a commercial solution built on open source CMS, open source portal and open source BI projects, to build and deploy Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and manage dynamic website content at a fraction of the cost of traditional alternatives. Bluenog Solutions Group meets our customers' unique challenges by combining commercial and open source software into pragmatic solutions.  Headquartered in Piscataway, N.J., Bluenog is also a Red Hat, Oracle and Actuate partner. For more information, visit

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Bluenog ICE is a trademark of Bluenog. All other trade names are the property of their respective owners.

This release, and additional Bluenog resources, is available online in the Feintuch Communications media room at



Making My own Desktop Manager: The Design

So I've been looking into Clutter this week and figuring out if (i) it's the right technology to use and (ii) how to incorperate it into the original design, so I have nothing flashy to show in this article (although yesterday I did manage to get xlib composite screenshots into Clutter as actors!), so I'd thought I'd share some more of my design with you instead...

So the main design is very simple, similar to the design of a web site (navbar, content, and side-panel)

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The most important modern innovations of Linux is its transformation into a hypervisor

The battleground has shifted from the Operating System to the hypervisor, and Linux has a clear role to play. One of the most important modern innovations of Linux is its transformation into a hypervisor. Learn how KVM and Lguest paly an important role in this trend.



Unexpected Things Sometimes Work: What Language is Linux Written in?

I have posted an article on Bright Hub two days ago, which was titled "What Language is Linux Written in." I have discussed the various parts of Linux, from the kernel and device drivers to user programs and I just want to hear the community's critics about it. What else do you have in mind? Anything I forgot to put in? Shoot it in the comments.

Computex News and The Future of Linux in Netbooks

Every year we are hearing that "2000-something will be the year of Linux." But it does not happen. Asus announced it is better with Windows, Windows XP support is prolonged, Windows 7 is just around the corner (don't say it's crappy with netbooks, AMD announced dual-core Neo processors which will run Aero fine) and the companies will slowly adopt to Linux. Another competitor on the netbook market comes from Android and Acer announced Aspire One with Android in Q3 this year. Let's count the competitors: Android, XP, 7. It was nice news that Ubuntu Moblin was announced but what will be the competition like: AMD Dual Core Neo + Windows vs. the unfamiliar Ubuntu Moblin or Android (by the way, I really loved Moblin and find it really efficient in terms of netbook use).

Put everything in place and rethink: there are many reasons that Linux is not triumphing over Windows. Plus there is competition and in the arena of the netbooks, I cannot claim that this year or the next will be the year of Linux. Just set aside your passion for this lovely operating system of ours and try to rethink objectively: does the announcements in Computex will have any positive impact on Linux? Or is it just "Computex?"

 Hit the comments!


Windows 7 release date near Ubuntu's 9.10

Microsoft announced the release of Windows 7 to be on October 22.  I can't help to think that this is planned as a way to take the wind out of the sails of the Ubuntu 9.10 release, since the code for Windows 7 is planned on being done by July.

 Is it a ploy?  Will Windows 7 steal all the headlines from Ubuntu's 9.10?  The saga continues......


How to fix Firefox's semi-fullscreen problem

I have read quite about this problem on sites like the Ubuntu Forums.  But so far the "solutions" do not actually seem to solve the problem, rather temporarily fix it, and I believe that I have found a solution to this problem.

If you have this particular problem, Firefox will look similar to the image below when you open it.  You will have no task bar, no title bar, nothing but the browsers contents.


Ok so now on to the solution:

 1.) Press F11 twice and it should go from looking like the image above, to the image below.

As you will have undoubtedly noticed, the task bar and title bar are visible and it looks as if Firefox is simply maximized.

2.) Drag Firefox partially off screen (may only work if compiz is running, I'm not sure) and shrink it to a likeable "un-maximized" size.


3.) Now all you need to do is drag it back onto your screen and the problem is resolved.

I think the problem is caused by javascript resizing windows, but it has only happened a few times and I am no expert.  This solution solves the problem until, obviously, it is altered again.  If anyone knows for sure what causes this, please, by all means post a comment explaining it.

Good Luck


Bing is not Google, but it is a spin engine.

Microsoft is at the beginning of a major product launch, called Bing, in an attempt to catch up to Google in search, following the collapse of Microsoft's take-over attempt of Yahoo.  While Bing is a re-branding of Microsoft's clunky distant third place "Live Search" search service, Bing is also an attempt to add new features to search.  Microsoft calls Bing a decision engine, in that it purports to offer more comparisons in its search results, rather than the simple blue links which have characterized search up to the recent arrival of Wolfram Alpha.  

But rather than a search engine or even a "decision engine", Bing also appears to be a spin engine, in that it provides partisan answers to controversial topics, such as Steve Ballmer's propensity to throw chairs to blow off stress.  At a friend's suggestion, I typed the following phrases (without quotes) into both and  The results are very telling.  Be sure to look at the phrase completion options that you are offered as you type.  

"linux "

"antitrust microsoft"

"ballmer throws chair"

"bill gates steals"

The important thing here is not whether Bill Gates does, in fact, steal, and I am not here to make ad hominem attacks on the world's richest man.  The point is how Microsoft deals with criticism.  With spin.  As opposed to Google, which just repeats much of the criticism of it.  

For example, the first phrase, Linux, when typed into Bing, yielded phrase-completion suggestions linked to comparisons of Linux and Microsoft products.  By contrast, the same phrase when typed into google leads to information that a GNU-Linux user would actually want, such as information on different Linux distros.  

The second phrase produced no phrase-completion results at all in Bing.  Google yielded the records in the actual case.

Same for the third phrase.  Bing returned no suggestions at all for "Ballmer thr", whereas that same incomplete phrase yields "ballmer throw chair" and "Ballmer throwing chair" in Google.

As to the fourth phrase, Bing returned "bill gates steve jobs" and "bill gates steps down" for "bill gates ste".  But add an "a" to the end of that search, "bill gates stea" and you get nothing under Bing.

In short, Microsoft is always partisan, whereas Google is more informative, Microsoft couldn't even do so much as suggest phrases that would lead the reader look at official court records regarding its anti-trust trials, or anything else that reflected negatively on it.  

Contrast that with phrases that are negative for Google, such as "Google is evil."  Typing "Google is e" yields no suggestions.  But typing in "Google is" yield results which are both positive and negative for Google as a company:

"Google is your friend"
"Google is broken"
"Google is skynet"
"Google is making us stupid"
"Google is a number"
"Google is paying to work from home"
"Google is always right"
"Google is taking over the world"
"Google is watching you"
"Google is paying"

More to the point is the first phrase.  Microsoft's first suggestions all are aimed at diverting attention away from one of its keenest competition, Free Open Source Software, a competitor which, every year in its official annual 10k SEC-mandated warning to investors, Microsoft lists as a threat to its profitability.

Compare that to Google's suggested results for its main global competitor, Baidu, a Chinese search engine which holds about 60% of search results in China to Google's approximate 32%.  Google's suggested phrase-completions return first a Chinese character hyperlink to Baidu; second to an English-language hyperlink for Google's arch rival; and trailing below that are all viable suggestions for or Baidu MP3 or Baidu Video.  

Clearly, it is more important for Microsoft to put its spin on your results, compared with Google, which is more concerned with giving you information that is probably useful to you, even if it is negative for Google.  

Which raises a question: who at Microsoft is responsible for skewing results this way?  Does Chairman Bill know about this?  I'll bet he does.  Same for Ballmer.  These two men have reputations for cut-throat competition, and yielding no quarter to their competition.  Which is the real lesson to be learned here.  Google has thrived despite competition.  Microsoft has succeeded only where it can choke out competition, as in leveraging its Microsoft Windows desktop monopoly.  Where Microsoft has to compete, such as in search or in on-line video delivery or even in game consoles, it comes in second or even third.

Clearly, Bing is not Google, and is not going to overtake Google anytime use, nor offer information which, on the whole, is as useful to its users as Google search results.  

By the way, the most concise summary of why Google is beating Microsoft can be seen by typing this phrase into your browser:  Google is always one step ahead of Redmond. 

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