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A new drupal module to fight link rot

From: Rod-Lists 
Of course we run drupal on linux.

"If you run a WordPress or Drupal site, you can now fight link rot with Amber, a new open source add-on from Harvard's Berkman Center. If links are dead, visitors can still summon up the pages as stored on your server or, if you prefer, outside ones such as the Internet Archive. TeleRead has the details, and the Amber site is here, with download information."

8mm projector

From: Mike Harrison 

anyone got an 8mm film projector I can borrow for tonight?

Yeah, I know.. Not Linux related.. 

Easter egg in Tron: Legacy

From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" 
If you look closely at the computer terminal in Flynn's arcade, the system
identifies as "SolarOS", which is a clear reference to SunOS. Even the
version number and architecture is correct.

" 'With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the
first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all
irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and
warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we=E2=80=99re al=
damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG
episode "The Drumhead"
- Alex Smith
- Kent, Washington (metropolitan Seattle area)

Home Automation

From: John Alcock 

My nest has died.  I am considering buying another one.  However, now would
be the time to think otherwise.

I used to play around with Z-Wave, but never got far with it.  I still have
a Z-wave controller.  Back in the day, I remember there were some nice
linux scripts and utilities that interfaced with Z-Wave to do stuff.

So, I have several questions.

1 - What does everyone think of Z-Wave?
2 - Should I look at one of the other home-automation platforms.
3 - Should I get a Nest thermostat regardless of the home-automation
platform I ultimately decide on.


Possible to use switch behind EPB hand-off?

From: David White 
I have a client who has 2 static IP addresses that are assigned to 2
separate firewalls.

The client has 2 retail stores right next to each other. Same parent
company owns the retail stores, but different IP address for each store,
and the powers that be for each retail store requires separate hardware,
and doesn't want their own firewall touching the other retail store's

They even have refused to configure one of the firewalls to act as a
passthrough to the 2nd firewall.

I talked to someone from EPB earlier today, as I wanted to get a 2nd
hand-off from the white Alcatel-Lucent Fiber-to-Copper boxes that EPB has
on-site. That box has 4 LAN ports, but only 2 are in use (1 is for phones).

I was told that to get a 3rd port activated for the 2nd IP address, that we
would have to pay for a completely separate EPB connection.

So the guy I talked to suggested getting a router instead. But each of the
corporate firewalls are configured on the public IP addresses. So if I put
in a router, I would need to get a 3rd IP address, and then have the
firewalls reconfigured to use the router's public IP address as the
gateway, right?

I asked about putting in a switch in instead, and the guy said that
wouldn't work.

But I don't see why it wouldn't work, since the firewalls are already
configured on the public IP address.

Am I missing something?

David White
Founder & CEO


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