Wednesday, September 29, 2010

LBK Post 022 6 More Blender Made Movies and Animations

Almost Everyone Loves Big Buck Bunny

6 More Blender Made Movies and Animations 

You Probably Haven't Seen Before


Including Big Buck Bunny's Out Takes 



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

LBK Post 021 Like Found Money--GiFi

It's Like Found Money--GiFi


The New App:

That Let's You Leave Money For Your Friends at 
Distinct Locations.

Yes, You Heard Me Correctly...

The First line of the TechCrunch Story Says This:

Increasingly, there are apps that let you leave messages, photos, and videos for friends in real places. Now you can leave money as well.

Read About it Here:



Sunday, September 26, 2010

LBK Post 020 PS3 Hacked Using Official Controller

Hack Wars Part Two:

PS3 Hacked Using Official Controller

From Yokima Sun via Slashdot:

"The PS3 Hacking War took on a new turn few days ago with Sony releasing a new firmware that blocks USB devices, supposedly aimed at cloned PS3 Joypads, but more than likely to stop the efforts of hackers. Today the PS3 is now hackable using its own Sixaxis/DualShock 3 Controllers. 
How will Sony stop people now from 
playing emulators on the PS3?"


Slashdot:   Sony Has Lost the PS3 Hacking War
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See Today's MC2 Post: Hackers, Alive and Doing Well.


Friday, September 24, 2010

LBK Post 019 What? Never Heard of Hurd?

The Hurd: GNU's Quest for the Perfect Kernel

So, with all due respect to the project's mission and philosophy, we should be happy that the Hurd wasn't ready in 1991, because in 2010 it still isn't (at least for production use). Reading the history of the Hurd (for example in the article that The H published in late June), a comparison to the everlasting development of the video game Duke Nukem Forever is not completely far-fetched. A release has been promised several times, but the development schedule has been postponed even more and the architecture has been completely redone several times.

No vaporware

So what is the state of the Hurd? Is it vaporware, like Duke Nukem Forever?

Fortunately not: the code exists, there is still work going on (for instance as part of Google Summer of Code), and there are even some relatively functional Hurd distributions. Let's look first at the code and the current architecture, and then at the Hurd distributions.



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

LBK Post 018 World's smallest NVIDIA ION2 based PC Launched

Giada N20 

The Giada N20 is powered by the Intel Atom Processor D510, 2GB of DDR2 system memory, a 320GB hard drive and runs on Windows 7 Home Premium. Not bad features for a device this small that has an MSRP of $449.

Test Site With Videos:



Sunday, September 19, 2010

LBK Post 017 A Linux Software Approach to RAID


Just Being SMART

Using RAID and S.M.A.R.T to Save Yourself from 

Data Loss and Lot's of Grief

I have been configuring SMART monitoring to lot of my servers and

workstations, both work and home, lately. Especially when combined

with RAID, SMART can help you to avoid disasters that would occur

when you lose your data in an event you hard drives break.



Saturday, September 18, 2010

LBK Post 016 VMWARE Will Buy Suse Linux.

 VMWARE Will Buy Suse Linux


TROUBLED SOFTWARE OUTFIT Novell is about to flog off all its assets to two other firms, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal.
Virtualisation software maker VMware has plans to buy Novell's Linux operating system business open source Suse , while Attachmate wants to buy what is left.


For More Years than I care to remember, I've been a Fanboy of SuSE

Linux (Yeah, way back when they spelled it that way).
Then Novell took it over and I said: "Oh, oh, this can't be good.

So I turned my back on it and bounced around other Distros
finally settling on Ubuntu and Fedora Core up to 9.X.  
( 10 and 11 were kinda flaky )

Right now I'm running Mint 
(gnome 32 bit Live version -- not Debian) 
on VirtualBox.

To Me, Novell was just too close to the

SCO characters that were

saying parts of the Linux kernel belonged to them (SCO). 

It seems Novell started having a tough time keeping the Open Source
Software in the right egg baskets.

 Just this last week it appears Novell decided to sell Suse Linux to

VMWare, the virtualization company. 

Hopefully this is a good thing.



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

LBK Post 15 Free Project Parts Really

How to: Get Free Electronic Parts for your Projects



Don’t you hate it when you’re working on your next project and realize you’re short a resistor or capacitor?  You have two choices:  Buy online, pay for shipping, and wait a week or go to your local Radio Shack and pay ridiculous prices to acquire what you need. Forget that!  Go to these companies, simply request free samples, and they’ll send you free parts – Sometimes even overnight.

Email us and let us know about your experiences as you request samples.  If you’d like to add your company to the list, contact us.

Push Buttons & Switches:

    * Bulgin – Free $20 stainless steel push buttons!
    * Sorenson
    * Apem
    * NKK
    * eSwitch

General Components:

    * Digi-Key – They’ll send you one or two dirt cheap components, but don’t push

    * Beganto

Free LED Samples:

    * Bivar
    * Ledtronics
    * SunLED International and USA
    * Sensitron
    * Philip’s Lumileds
    * DDPLED
    * MarkTech
    * Buy 100 LEDs for $7

Free IC and Microcontroller Samples:

    * Atmel
    * Maxim – Good experience with them, samples arrived in about a week.
    * MillMax
    * Freescale – Quality experience, arrived in a few days.
    * Cirrus Logic
    * STMicro

Project Boxes/Enclosures:

    * PacTec
    * Serpac

Free Semiconductor Samples:

    * Texas Instruments – Great service – Samples took about 4 days to arrive.
    * National – Absolutely fantastic – they ship your samples overnight!
    * Analog Devices
    * Microchip
    * Zilog
    * System General
    * Supertex



Monday, September 13, 2010

LBK Post 013 You Must Remember This

DRAM prices Continue to Fall

CONTRACT PRICES for DRAM are continuing to fall, according to Dramexchange.The market tracker's beancounters are predicting that the price of DRAM will fall further in September 2010 amid weakening demand for PCs.

This means that you can pick up memory really cheaply and PC OEMs are going to be flogging larger 4GB memory modules with their products.

Bit.Ly Link:


Sunday, September 12, 2010

LBK Post 012 Networking Basics

An Introduction to How the Internet Works


Very Well Done.



Saturday, September 11, 2010

LBK Post 011 Broadcom Releases Open Source Linux 802.11n Driver

Broadcom releases open source 
Linux 802.11n driver



Wireless semiconductor vendor Broadcom announced yesterday that it has released an open source Linux driver for its latest 802.11n chipsets. The "still in progress" driver supports Broadcom BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225 Wi-Fi chipsets, enabling Linux distributions to include native support for these popular Wi-Fi chips, says Broadcom.

The driver announcement was made on the newsgroup by Broadcom Scientist Henry Ptasinkski. According to Ptasinkski, the driver has been released as fully open source code, and uses the native mac80211 stack.

In addition to supporting current 802.11n chipsets BCM4313, BCM43224, and BCM43225, the driver provides "a framework for supporting additional chips in the future, including mac80211-aware embedded chips," he adds.



The pre-release version of the Broadcom 802.11n driver can be downloaded from the staging-next git tree in the drivers/staging/brcm80211 directory, available here:



Thursday, September 9, 2010

LBK Post XYZ Bring Out The Flame Throwers

How-to-Geek asks:

What is Your Favorite Linux System? (Poll)

So this week we want to know which Linux distribution is your favorite. Which one provides the best performance, ease of use, or flexibility for you? Share your insights and experiences with us and people who may be new to Linux in the comments!

As you can see, I've already voted for Linux Mint 
(which I'm running in Sun's VirtualBox).

Head on Over There and Vote Too.



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

LBK Linux By Knight___Easy in Linux__Not So Easy in Windows

LBK Linux By Knight___Easy in Linux__
Not So Easy in Windows

Topic of Discussion: How to Change the Priority of Wired/Wireless Network Cards in Windows
From How-To-Geek:


At Linux By Knight


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

LBK Post Eight Great Virtual Appliances for VMware

Eight Great Virtual Appliances for VMware

Free for The Downloading

Two of these projects -- Cacti and FOG -- are InfoWorld Bossie 2010 Award winners. Read about the other InfoWorld Bossie 2010 winners in "Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source software of the year."

I blogged about the Bossie Awards in LBK August 26th Post.

================             The Eight       =================

Openfiler NAS and SAN

Opsview monitoring

Cacti network graphing

M0n0wall Firewall

AS Communication Gateway


BitNami WordPress

FOG Computer Cloning