Captain Tangent’s Friday link post for 08/24/07 – with sneak peek bonus

The links that bind.Once again, we arrive at the Friday link love – or lack thereof, post. In addition to some links for sites that I found interesting or just plain found again in my vast hierarchically structured collection of bookmarks, I wanted to give a sneak peek into what is coming up on rackIT. Next week, we’ll be interviewing the good folks at KDE to see what’s new and nifty about KDE 4.0. We also introduce our series from the FLOSS Front Lines where we’ll meet the people that are in the trenches of the Free Software movement and what they are doing to propagate the benefits of Free Software and Open Source development. The series includes a brand new interview (exclusively on rackIT) with Free Software Foundation/GNU founder Richard M. Stallman. There’s your peek, now on with the links!

  1. Still using that clunky GUI text editor? Real men (and women) use the CLI and a good editor like VI. Have a look at Mastering the VI editor for tips on VI – it’s my editor of choice from the CLI.
  2. Did you know (I really hope you do) that you can edit text files in Emacs? Well, yeah- it is a text editor – with syntax highlighting – but it also doubles as an email/news/rss client, a file comparator (you know, like diff), a file manager, a complete integrated development environment, and, the icing on the cake, you can play tetris and several other games in Emacs. Have a look at the guided tour of Emacs for the scoop. BTW the aforementioned founder of the Free Software Foundation and GNU also happens to be the hack behind Emacs. It’s been in continuous development by the very same for over 30 years now – yes, 30 years. It’s probably pretty solid code by now! Richard Stallman also wrote the GNU C compiler, and quite a few other widely used programs.
  3. If you need high quality, royalty free stock photography, look no further than the morguefile. I’m not sure how many pictures are there, but I rarely can’t find what I’m looking for. The vast majority of it is high quality and professional. Most of the pics you see around rackIT come from the site – we’ve even done some print pieces of which the high res versions – available gratis, zipped and ready for download – reproduce quite nicely. You don’t even need an account to view or download the entire site.
  4. While most of try to avoid getting an STD, heres one you won’t mind catching. This STD is a Live Linux Distro loaded with security tools for your enjoyment and security auditing pleasure – in fact, that’s the st in STD – security tools distribution. It’s chock full of forensics applications, encryption tools, packet sniffers, firewalls, honeypots, Intrusion Detection Systems, wireless tools, password tools, etcetera and so on – many, many (many) tools – it’s even has virus removal stuff – that makes this one STD that you won’t have to go to the clinic to kill!
  5. Speaking of killing stuff, if you run your own apache web server, you can stop bad bots in their tracks. evolt has a good article about how you can do just that. Speaking of apache admin, if you are sick of folks stealing your measly bandwidth by linking to your graphics, not only can you stop external image linking, you can let people know that the images are coming from your site. Tom Sherman’s article at jotsheet explains the technique as implemented through .htaccess, but you can add the same code (more-or-less) to your httpd.conf file and get server-wide results. If you don’t like either howto, go straight to the source and read about both of these techniques from the mod_rewrite docs on the apache website (the link is for apache22). Go GUI-less and edit that httpd.conf in VI – it’ll really makes you feel like you know what your doing – well, unless you don’t use VI, then you’ll just feel stupid and frustrated.

So, there’s your tangentinated links and a few made up words to boot. We’ll see what’s in the link bag again next week. Don’t forget to stop by this coming week for our interview with Wade Olson of KDE who tells us about all the nifty new features we can look forward to in KDE 4.0 – Cheers!