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Weekend Project: Create Virtual Hosts with Apache

Apache is very flexible, and it's easy to configure Apache to handle several domains even when your Web server only has one IP address to share between them. You can use this to host multiple sites, or just to provide a sandbox for development rather than making changes on your live site. This weekend, we'll learn how to create virtual hosts with Apache.

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FreeNAS 8.0 Simplifies Storage

The FreeNAS distribution is tailor-made for installation in a small office environment. It is an extremely low-resource network storage system that you can administer through a Web browser, but it supports high-end features like automatic backups, replication, LDAP or Active Directory authentication, and seamless file-sharing over NFS, CIFS, AFP, and even FTP and TFTP. The latest release — version 8.0 — is just a few weeks old, and it is the perfect time to take a look.

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You've Got Firefox in my Pidgin: Instantbird 1.0 Launches

What do you get when you combine Firefox and Pidgin? No, it's not the setup to a geeky joke (yet) — it's Instantbird, an instant messaging client based on Firefox with Pidgin's libraries providing the protocol support for IM networks. With the 1.0 release just out the door, let's take a look at Instantbird and how it measures up.

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Grab Android Screenshots from Linux: No Rooting Required

Getting a screen shot should be easy, shouldn't it? On Android, not so much. While it's trivial to get screenshots on the Linux desktop and on some other mobile platforms, Android is a different story. If you need or want to get Android shots, without rooting your device, you can — using the Android SDK. Here's how, in as few steps as possible.

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Weekend Project: Setting up DNS Service Discovery

DNS Service Discovery (DNS-SD) is a component of Zeroconf networking, which allows servers and clients on an IP network to exchange their location and access details around the LAN without requiring any central configuration. Most Linux distributions supply the Avahi library for Zeroconf support, but not nearly as many users take advantage of it. Let's look at an easy-to-set-up use for DNS-SD: providing automatic bookmarks to services. All it takes is an Apache module and a Firefox extension.

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