Win a copy of “Wicked Cool Perl Scripts”

Mon, 2006-04-24 10:02 -- admin

This week we are giving away a copy of Wicked Cool Perl Scripts by Steve Oualline.

All you need to do to enter is:

1) Read our terms and conditions.

2) Send your FSM subscriber name (the name you use to login), and your full name to .

Entries open on the 24th of April 2006 and close on the 29th of April 2006.


Book review: Wicked Cool Perl Scripts by Steve Oualline

Every GNU/Linux administrator will need to touch a Perl script or two at some point. Perl seems to be the scripting glue of choice since it has matured so well over the years. As a result, administrators can choose from many different Perl books. One such book is Wicked Perl Scripts by Steve Oualline and published by No Starch Press.

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The day my father blew himself up

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the visible front of the current standards battle royale: in this corner, at 220 pounds, Open Document Format (ODF)! In the other corner, the 800 pound gorilla, Microsoft Office 12 XML format! Hopefully, we won’t get caught in the explosion.

The day my father blew himself up

Why can't free software do portable right?

I recently bought a U3 compliant USB key, the hype and packaging was amazing and for the most part the U3 drive lived up to the expectations. Thunderbird was included on the key, and I was excited about being able to make any computer “my computer”, do my work, and then go without leaving a trace.

We have a winner for “Linux Made Easy”

Thu, 2006-04-13 13:52 -- admin

The entries just keep growing in number and this week was no exception, unfortunately there can only be one winner...

Congratulations Jeffrey Mills of Seattle, Washington, in the USA!

Mike has won a copy of Linux Made Easy.

Thanks to all who entered.

Thanks also go to No Starch Press for providing this great prize.

Google Calendar—Yes!

Wow. I logged in to Slashdot today and the first thing I saw was that Google has released its new calendar. I noticed right away that this calendar allows imports from MS Outlook—one less excuse for people to cling to MS. I've tried various calendar apps within Firefox and Thunderbird, but this one appears as intuitive as Google's great Reader app. I wonder if any of this is making MS nervous?

Building a new media lab: advice needed

Greetings, everyone. We’re currently in the process of planning a new media lab for our English department. We have a budget of about $50,000, though there are hints that we could get more if we could make a compelling enough case. At any rate, the lab’s purpose will be to give students the chance to produce some really outstanding new media projects. These will likely range from website production to simple digital videos and on to fully interactive media (e.g., flash movies, videogames).

Win a copy of “Pro Apache Ant”

Mon, 2006-04-10 10:11 -- admin

This week we are giving away a copy of Pro Apache Ant by Matthew Moodie.

All you need to do to enter is:

1) Read our terms and conditions.

2) Answer this question:

What CMS is our new system based on? (Hint: read the editorial for issue 11.)

3) Send your FSM subscriber name (the name you use to login), your full name and your answer to .

Free software events review March 2006

As the March Hare sprang from the ground to frolic in the newfound warm weather of the spring season (here in the North), the free software world continued its steady but rapid advancement in the information technology landscape. Meanwhile, waiting in the corner is yours truly, glancing occasionally at the media ready to report on events that I personally think are interesting and feel like including here. In the month of March that consisted of:

Interview with Simon Peter, creator of klik

It's the year 2006, and installing applications in GNU/Linux can still be a nightmare (especially if they are not available in your distribution's repository). Simon Peter is the developer of klik, a piece of software that tries to resolve this problem. Simon kindly accepted to answer a few questions for FSM.

TM: Hello Simon! Please tell our readers about yourself...

MIT OpenCourseWare Turns 5

Ah, MIT. I don’t know what it takes to get into this school, but, damn, they have some good people there. I learned about their Open Course Ware project a few years ago, and am so glad to see it’s still thriving. The concept is simple: Make all the course materials freely available online, so that even folks like me (who are denied the chance to go to MIT), still get to reap some of the benefits of an MIT education. I’m timidly suggesting to my own dept that we start thinking in this direction.

Book review: Pro Apache Ant by Matthew Moodie

This book covers the popular Java-oriented build tool, Ant. It is a combination of reference manual and user guide, which demonstrates how to create Ant scripts that can compile projects, test them, and perform the many other manual tasks involved in the build pipeline, above and beyond standard compilation phase.

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