Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

Information Overload

My customers rely on me to have the information they need. As a result, I have to stay on top of lots of information: new product releases, security patches, mergers, product interoperability—and that’s just the beginning. I’m trying to use technology to help with the information overload, but is it really helping?

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OS/2 Lives On!

NewsForge ran this article about FOSS (free and open source software) for OS/2. It was a real eye-opener; I hadn’t even considered the possibility that the kind of grassroots support that has driven the support and development of operating systems such as Linux and the BSDs (OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and NetBSD) might also work for OS/2.

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Mac OS X Malware Uncovered

After having just written about predictions concerning Mac OS X malware (viruses, spyware, trojan horses, worms, etc.), news of a Mac OS X virus comes in from MacNN. Is the prediction coming true?

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The Year of the OS X Exploit

UPDATE: A problem with the original title and the resulting URL for this posting caused some problems, so I reposted with a better title and a clean URL. Sorry!

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Open Source Hardware

Sun joins IBM in trying to use the open source software model to help with hardware as well. (Thanks to Linux-Watch for the news.) Creating a new project called OpenSPARC, Sun is open sourcing the specifications for its latest SPARC processor, the UltraSPARC T1, code-named “Niagara”.

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Camino Goes Final

My favorite Mac OS X web browser, Camino, has finally reached 1.0 status! Built using the same Gecko rendering engine as Firefox, Camino is not a Mac OS X port of Firefox, but a separate project built specifically to integrate into the Macintosh environment.

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Suggestions for Processing Mail

I need some help with a solution for processing mail messages. Specifically, I’m looking for an open source solution that will allow me to create filters (or rules, or policies, or whatever term you’d like to insert here) that will perform actions on inbound mail messages. Does anyone out there have any suggestions?

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Open Source Blackberry Workaround?

Funambol, formerly Sync4j, is claiming that its latest product, Funambol 3, could function as an open-source Blackberry workaround, allowing push e-mail to be delivered to a variety of mobile devices, including Blackberries. This is particularly important in light of the threat of a Blackberry shutdown due to the RIM-NTP patent dispute.

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Apple and Virtualization

Ever since the announcement that Apple was transitioning its entire product line to Intel-based processors, there has been one thing primarily on my mind as the “I-really-want-this” item. Sure, now that the first Intel-based Macs have been announced and specs published, I’m looking forward to fast dual-core CPUs, higher FSB speeds, etc. But there is still this one thing that I’m really, really hoping to see: virtualization.

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Update on VMware Server

A few days ago I discussed the possibility of VMware giving away GSX Server for free. With the official announcement now made and lots of articles appearing about the subject, I thought I’d provide an update.

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