Tuesday, October 31, 2006

my rss feeds

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.

RSS feeds let you gather headlines from various websites in one place-an RSS reader, which may be web-based, integrated with your e-mail program, or a stand-alone program or better from your browser. Some browser do support RSS feedings available immediately right in front of your desktop!

MSDN explains RSS feeds:
"What Is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) provides a convenient way to syndicate information from a variety of sources, including news stories, updates to a web site or even source code check-ins for a development project. Regardless of the purpose for which the RSS file is being used, by watching this XML file, you can quickly and easily see whenever an update has occurred. Of course, viewing the RSS feed in Internet Explorer and hitting F5 every few minutes is not the most efficient use of your time, so most people take advantage of some form of client software to read and monitor RSS feeds.

How to make RSS feeds? Here are some RSS feed guides, click HERE !
You may also download news and rss reader independent softwares from

Here it is finally from my own blogspot RSS feeds available HERE:

Need to jot down some time to have and include it from the left sidebar for gobal availability of the pages here.

EDITED: now globally included

happy halloween!

FC6 released

The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora Core 6 (Zod). Install-time access to third-party package repositories, extensive performance improvements, support for Intel-based Macs, and a new GUI virtualization manager are some of the primary features. Additionally, Fedora Core 6 provides various improvements on the desktop, including a new default font and theme, the latest releases of GNOME and KDE, and additional options in window managers.

The Fedora Project is a Red Hat sponsored and community supported open source project. Its goal? The rapid progress of Free and Open Source software and content. Public forums. Open processes. Rapid innovation. Meritocracy and transparency. All in pursuit of the best operating system and platform that is free.

sources: fedora, redhat

skype's limit

THE local distributor of Skype wifi phones was red-faced last weekend after the model units it was showing to trade buyers at the COMMDAP expo in The Fort failed to connect to each other.

The SMCWSK P100 phone is supposed to make Internet telephony much easier than what Skype now provides through the personal computer, but somehow the COMMDAP organizers failed to install wifi connection to the booth of Skype distributor, MSI-ECS, to make the wifi phones work.

Despite the technical glitch, MSI-ECS has already convinced the Octagon computer store chain to carry the SMCWSK P100, at a suggested retail price of P14,900 (savvy buyers can get the same unit for as low as $170 overseas.)

The advantage of the Skype wifi phone is that it not only frees the user from being tethered to the computer or laptop, it can also be pocketed and brought overseas as a secondary phone.

The unit is designed to instantly detect and connect to unsecured wifi hotspots just like a laptop, but without being weighed down by the laptop.

While it does provide free overseas phone calls to fellow Skype users, the wifi phone, just like a PC-originated overseas phone call, will still cost the Philippine caller to a non-Skype phone a hefty 0.232 euro (inclusive of value-added tax) a minute.

That rate compares with what Sun Cellular now charges, 20 US cents a minute (plus value-added tax), but still about half what Globe Telecom and Smart Communications both inflict, a painful 40 US cents a minute.

Still, the Skype wifi phone will easily pay for itself for frequent travelers and business callers.

According to the Skype rate card, calls originating in Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, or even in Europe and all connecting to the Philippines should cost as little as 2 US cents.

If you think it is wonderful, wait until you get your hands on a combination wifi cellphone (Nokia and Samsung have gone out ahead with their initial models), now being unrolled by T-Mobile in Seattle.

Aside from making cheap VoIP calls, the wifi cellphone enables weakened and out-of-range wifi calls to seamlessly switch to cellphone calls using the same mobile phone.

Manila Pen upgrades Benz

THE Peninsula Manila Hotel will get eight Mercedes-Benz S350s to replace its aging S320 limo fleet.

According to the grapevine, the eight long-wheel-base Benzes will be delivered by mid-November, after having been specially painted in regulatory Peninsula green (technically, the color is known as brewster green) in the Maybach factory in Germany.

The new Pen fleet is actually part of the 10 S350s acquired by the now anachronistically named Nissan Car Leasing, which will maintain and lease the Benzes to the luxury hotel.

With the retirement of its 10-year-old S320s, the Pen has decided to simply outsource the limo service to a third-party provider, as Mandarin and Shangri-La have done.

According to the grapevine, the Pen had considered acquiring a number of BMW 7s as well, but was told by its Hong Kong headquarters to stick to Mercs, the three-pointed stars being the standard limo of choice of Peninsula hotels worldwide.

The S350 has a list price of slightly more than P8 million, and the fleet purchase has already given the local Benz dealer, CATS Motors, an P80-million windfall.

To underscore the importance of the Peninsula purchase, the Mercedes-Benz regional bosses in Singapore are even flying in for the delivery and hand over.

sources: INQ7

Monday, October 30, 2006

sisters at work


top 31 for RHCE Exam

Top 31 Things with Red Hat RHCE Exam

One of RHCE requirements is passing a multiple-choice exam. The exam consists of 40-50 questions that are based on general Linux topics (such as regular expressions), as well as topics that are specific to Red Hat. The time period allotted for the exam is one hour.

Note that last month it was erroneously reported that the exams are given at a number of locations -- "about 20 worldwide." Randolph Russell, the RHCE Certification Manager, has pointed out that the exam is now often scheduled in 21 cities in the United States and Canada. It is also offered in Europe, Japan, Australia, and the Pacific Rim.

Looking at the top 31 topics to know for this part of the exam. Why 31? The list of topics mirrors those emphasized by Red Hat at:
http://www.redhat.com/training/rhce/examprep.html. The following list of study topics includes links that will take you to sites documenting the topics in detail and should quickly bring you up to speed on your exam preparation. Bear in mind, however, that the difficulty of the RHCE exam lies not so much in the multiple-choice portion of the exam, but in the lab portion.

A thorough understanding of Linux disk partitioning is required. Appendix B of the Official Red Hat Linux Reference Guide outlines what you should know and is available at:

Know how to install Red Hat in a variety of environments. The installation guide for the Intel platform is available at:
http://www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL-7.1-Manual/install-guide/ . The guide for the Alpha platform is located at: http://www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL-7.1-Manual/alpha-install-guide/.

Be familiar with the Linux Loader, LILO. It is the most common loader used. A mini HOWTO is available at:

Authentication in Linux is a broad topic. Know the simple practices, such as storing users and passwords in /etc/passwd, as well as shadowing, employing PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules), and other common-sense items, including disabling unused services and unused user accounts.

The Filesystem layout is common between Red Hat and other Linux implementations with only a handful of unique files, which are detailed at:

Multiple boot installations can be accomplished with tools such as rawrite (for DOS) and fips, which are well documented at:
http://www.linuxgazette.com/issue18/redhat.html#fips. Red Hat details how to configure a dual boot system at: http://www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL-7.1-Manual/customization-guide/dualboot.html.

The /etc/sysconfig contains many files that are used to configure the system. Details on all files Red Hat has placed in /etc/sysconfig are available at:

KickStart can be used to automate installation and bypass many of the basics. A well-written HOWTO can be found at:
http://wwwcache.ja.net/dev/kickstart/KickStart-HOWTO-monolithic.html. Information specific to Red Hat can be found at: http://www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL-7.1-Manual/customization-guide/ch-kickstart2.html.

The Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) is an industry standard for installing software and patches. The creation of new RPMs is defined at:
http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/tips/Compile-Tips/Compile-Tips.html. Documentation relevant to all aspects of package management is located at: http://www.rpm.org. Be sure to read “Impressing Your Friends with RPM” at: http://www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL-7.1-Manual/customization-guide/s1-rpm-impressing.html.

src identifies a source RPM package. Data within src.rpms from Red Hat is, by default, placed into /usr/src/redhat. More information on RPM is available at:

The /sbin directory holds executables that can be used to boot the system and start system recovery operations. An outstanding discourse on Red Hat system recovery steps can be found at:
http://www.discussionsite.com/computer/linux/linux/00000004.htm. Rescue mode is documented at: http://www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL-7.1-Manual/customization-guide/rescuemode.html.

Users and groups can be created in a variety of ways. For the exam, know the methods defined at:

and the uses of Linuxconf, as detailed at: http://www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL-7.1-Manual/customization-guide/linuxconf.html.

The user environment can be reconfigured with a set of files based on each user's shell type. A classic example is that when a user logs in, /etc/profile will run to start the environment. If a user is running the bash shell, then .profile within their home directory can run as well.

The bash shell is currently the most common shell in use. Configuration options for the GNU Bourne-Again Shell can be found at:
http://nodevice.com/sections/ManIndex/man0076.html. Bash environment variables are also listed for Red Hat at: http://www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL-7.1-Manual/getting-started-guide/s1-managing-variables.html.

Quotas allow you to limit the disk space utilized by users or groups. The Linux quota mini HOWTO can be found at:

Jobs can be executed in unattended mode at regular intervals by root and other users via the cron service. Configuring repetitive tasks via cron is explained in the tips file located at:

The basic concepts of the kernel -- its purpose, numbering, and all other relevant aspects -- must be thoroughly understood for this exam. The Linux Kernel book posted at:
http://nodevice.com/sections/Docs/tlk-0.8-3.html/tlk.html is an excellent resource for this information.

Sufficient understanding of kernel development tools extends beyond the basics of the kernel and can be gleaned from the Programming Guide posted at:

LILO configuration (see item 3) utilizes lilo.conf as the main file. The man page for the loader can be found at:

Be familiar with network services that are frequently used on Linux, including:

Apache --

Samba --
http://us1.samba.org/samba/docs/FAQ/ and http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/tips/Samba-Tips/Samb a-Tips.html

NFS --
http://nfs.sourceforge.net/nfs-howto/ and http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/tips/NFS-Tips/NFS-Tips.html

sendmail --
http://www.sendmail.org/faq and http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/mail.html

DNS --

ftp --

Know the basics of troubleshooting networking services (see item 20). Most troubleshooting simply involves knowing the configuration and how to control access. Much of this information can be found at:

Controlling access to services can keep intruders out and ensure that your system is not being abused. Red Hat explains how this should be done at:

A number of other network services can run under Red Hat and are fully supported. They include the following:

squid --

innd NNTP server --
http://www.mibsoftware.com/userkt/inn/doc/innd.8.htm and http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/tips/INN-Tips/INN-Tips.html

xntpd --

Understand the concepts of X and Xfree86. Configuration of X is discussed at:

and http://www.europe.redhat.com/documentation/HOWTO/Xwindow-User-HOWTO.php3.

Be familiar with the desktop environment usage and configuration as defined at:
http://www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL-7.1-Manual/getting-started-guide/ (read the GNOME Desktop Environment and KDE Desktop sections).

Remote logins and remote client sessions are possible with X. Configuration for both the local and the remote machine is presented in the simplest manner possible at:

The xientd daemon is a more secure version of inetd and is documented at:
http://www.synack.net/xinetd/. The tcp_wrappers tool provides a simple firewall and allow you to restrict traffic to and from the network. Documentation on using the tcp_wrappers tool to limit access can be found at: http://www-oss.fnal.gov/fss/documentation/linux/linux-faq/0006.html.

NIS allows you to expand beyond a simple system. A Red Hat system can be configured as an NIS or NIS+ client, or as an NIS server. The steps involved in these configurations are detailed at:

Know how to use PAM (Pluggable Access Modules) to add additional security to a system. Detailed information is available at:

Routing (in terms of iproute2 and related concepts) is discussed at:
http://www.europe.redhat.com/documentation/HOWTO/Adv-Routing-HOWTO.php3. IP forwarding is discussed at: http://kernelnewbies.org/documents/ipnetowrking/linuxipnetworking.html#tth_chAp7.

Know how to use ipchains to implement a basic firewall. The Linux ipchains HOWTO is located at:
http://www.europe.redhat.com/documentation/HOWTO/IPCHAINS-HOWTO.php3. The concept of User Private Groups and their role in Red Hat’s world is defined at: http://www.linux.cu/docs/RedHat6.2/doc/ref-guide/s1-sysadmin-usr-grps.html#S2-SYSADMIN-PRIV-GROUPS.

These are the 31 topics identified by Red Hat to know for the RHCE exam. While nothing can compare with hands-on experience, information from the links provided above can be used to enhance your knowledge in preparation for the multiple-choice portion of the exam.

sources: google, redhat, fedora, and sysadreview

Friday, October 27, 2006

firefox 2

Strike while the iron is hot!
Firefox 2 is now available for download, keeping up against the lastest IE7 from Micro$oft.
The Firefox includes a new interface theme and security enhancements such as built-in phishing protection. It also has session memory, which, when the browser is re-opened, brings back the set of Web pages that were in use when it was last closed. Changes have also been made in the technology to import RSS feeds, producing a feed list view with title and first lines
The good:
Firefox 2 adds built-in antiphishing protection, search engine suggestions, session restore, inline spell-checking, and Live Titles; the browser is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux; localized versions available in many different languages.

The bad: The Firefox 2 uninstall leaves behind a mess; some 1.5 version add-ons will break in 2.0; there are no thumbnail previews of open tabs; the browser doesn't yet pass the Web Standards Project Acid2 test.

The bottom line: Mozilla Firefox 2 is a winner, beating Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 on security, features, and overall cool factor and deserving my choice of browser.
rss feeds from cnet reviews and cnn news

Thursday, October 19, 2006

IE7 released

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 was released last night.

Internet Explorer 7 is a huge improvement over IE6, with anti-phishing technologies and ActiveX opt-in, just to name a few. The Phishing Filter and the architectural work in IE7 around networking and ActiveX opt-in will help keep users more secure. IE7 also delivers a much easier browsing experience with features like tabbed browsing (especially with QuickTabs), shrink-to-fit printing, an easily customizable search box, and a new design that leaves more screen real estate for the web site you’re viewing. IE7’s CSS improvements are incredibly important for developers as many of you have made quite clear. I also think IE7’s RSS experience and platform are important, powerful, and innovative.

Unluckily the biggest security improvement, the sandboxing of the browser, will only be available in Vista, and several other security features are only available from XP forward.

Download it directly here http://www.microsoft.com/ie

Some major features:

Tabbed browsing:
A lot of browsers around have this feature for quite a long time. To name a few, like Mozilla/Firefox, Avant, and Opera browsers have been enjoying user-download clicks from their dload site for this tabbed browsing enabled feature. It provides convenience and browsing flexibility as you dont have to open a new separate window and manageability to simple click on the same parent window to look over another browsing site and more. No kidding, I had this last year!

RSS feeder:
Same with Avant and Opera browser. Read your news with this RSS feeder available with other non-IE browser. You cant do that for now with IE6 unless you download a separate application to feed your mind with news simplicity.

Enhanced browsing security like anti-phishing, malicious software and activity detection by activeX component, improved CSS architecture and function, pop-up blocker has been around loooong time.
You can even download a separate toolbar component and youre good to go.

I hope, the first malicious IE7 security flaw would not appear within the first month of this date.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

pinoy paypal

I cannot rememer the day when I directly sent PayPal an email with this PayPal Philippines, asking them to have one. There was also a time I need to find a time of supporting an online petition to have PayPal Philippines. Let me find that sent item from my box...a minute.Found it. My sent email item dated April 28, 2006 with a support link:http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/paypalphilippines/signatures?start=550

Mga Kabayan, PayPal Philippines, now a reality!

As of October 12th, 2006, PayPal is available in the Philippines. This is only on a limited basis, though, since users from the Philippines could only use PayPal to pay for transactions online. Users are also limited to sending up to $100 unless one verifies using a credit or debit card.

As of this time, it is still not possible to do the following: * Load up one’s account thru credit card* Receive funds* Withdraw funds into a local bank account.

PayPal does not currently offer the ability to add funds from your bank account. PayPal accounts opened in this country or region currently cannot withdraw funds. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you. PayPal accounts opened in this country or region currently cannot withdraw funds. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.

Ano kamo?

We think it’s good that PayPal has again enabled its services here in the Philippines. This will enable Filipinos here to purchase goods and services online. However, the functionality is still very limited, and we are still not able to use the service for our intended purpose, which is to receive funds. We think this is a bigger aspect, since being able to receive funds online will greatly benefit Pinoys who need a quick, cheap and (relatively) safe means to receive money online from here and abroad. It’s not perfect, but it’s a good start.

facts in life:someone said "reinventing the wheel sometimes do help"...

Monday, October 9, 2006

back online

hi blogspot. its nice to be back online from a three-month vacation.

i just dropped by here, sending you some letters and symbols just to let you know that im back to post for more, shout for more and more...

its now 2:30AM, just feel i just need to have a short taste of hot coffee and get a glimpse of hot items from redundant CNN news. will take some 'whats-going-on' from the world i guess.

i just need to fix and put some time with my old system, do some simple file management, setup and install some applications and need-to-have softwares that boost most of my job functions and provide me more skills uptime and a better proactive senses i guess. some backups restoration, current work maps, collaborative staff and helpful minds recall, so i can move along these coming days...

heard google bought youtube and n. korea successfully tested nukes, i was sleeping when they happenned.

browsed some old mobile pix and digipix backedup with my other flash disk, would post and upload some of them so the web would know them atleast...

mmm. looking and evaluating new OS i guess would be my last activity this month end if time and work permits.

my sheepish smiles,... with some digipix of my funny kids and their weird-stuff doings.

did some google search about some contacts of old time friends.

...coffee, snip.

sit down and get some sleep, activated......



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