Motorola RAZR 2 V8 Linux phone review

in Categories Beyond nixCraft, Linux, Linux Embedded devices, Linux phone last updated August 20, 2007

I did used Motorola RAZR V3 for sometime in 2006 before I dropped it into a swimming pool 🙁 The new RAZR 2 has a bigger screen, better UI, quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 with EDGE and Linux platform. OSnews has published a review for the new RAZR 2 V8:

The RAZR2 V8 is a quad-band GSM and EDGE phone, it features two 240×320 TFT screens (one internal 2.2″ and one external touchscreen 2.0″), 512 MBs internal storage out of which 420 MBs are accessible, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support, a microUSB charging/data/audio port, and a 2 MP camera without flash. The V8 came with a headset, a British-style charger (PureMobile added to the package both a converter and a mini-USB Motorola-branded charger), a microUSB 2.0 data cable, CDs and manuals, and a 770 mAh Li-Ion battery.

Motorola RAZR 2 V8 Linux phone review

=> Read review here and you can get Motorola RAZR2 V8 Spec Sheet here.

It is believed that it is one of the most popular cell phones around the world. And now it has been updated to run Linux. There is also V9 model with 2Mp camera and a full HTML browser. I want one. I might get this one or may be Apple iPhone.

CD (compact disc) turns 25 years old

in Categories Beyond nixCraft, Links, News last updated August 17, 2007

I got my first music CD in late 90s. I still have Linux CD collected in 1995. An engineering marvel at the time but instantly recognizable today, the compact disc turns 25 years old on Friday. But in an age of iPods and MP3 players, the CD’s future is increasingly in doubt. Today I don’t use CD for backup. DVD almost replaced everything.

Happy 60th birthday, India!

in Categories Beyond nixCraft, India last updated August 15, 2007

Happy 60th birthday, India! Don’t forget to taste the freedom with Open source software. If you value independence go with Linux, Firefox and other open source software 🙂

Today we gain independence from the United Kingdom and becomes an independent nation. Jawaharlal Nehru addresses the nation with the Indian Declaration of Independence and takes office as the first Prime Minister of India. Live it up India!

Understanding Linux networking stack ~ from sockets to device drivers

in Categories Beyond nixCraft, Howto, Linux, Networking last updated August 13, 2007

Read from sockets to device drivers Linux networking stack:

One of the greatest features of the Linux operating system is its networking stack. It was initially a derivative of the BSD stack and is well organized with a clean set of interfaces. Its interfaces range from the protocol agnostics, such as the common sockets layer interface or the device layer, to the specific interfaces of the individual networking protocols. This article explores the structure of the Linux networking stack from the perspective of its layers and also examines some of its major structures.

Understanding Linux networking stack ~ from sockets to device drivers
Anatomy of the Linux networking stack

Hacking Linksys router: WRT54GL DIY Internal POE

in Categories Beyond nixCraft last updated August 13, 2007

This is an interesting idea. This small howto will teach you to wire up a Power Over Ethernet (POE) cable AND make it provide power INTERNALLY i.e. no external power connector going into the router. So if you have limited space in your outdoor AP enclosure, you can use this hack. You can also apply this hack to other linksys products.

Security breach: Facebook index.php source code leaked

in Categories Apache, Beyond nixCraft, Security last updated August 12, 2007

Facebook is one of the famous web 2.0 portal, its php source code was leaked on the Internet. This blog post has posted index.php home page source code. According to facebook:

Some of Facebook’s source code was exposed to a small number of users due to a bug on a single server that was misconfigured and then fixed immediately. It was not a security breach and did not compromise user data in any way.

However a misconfigured webserver can easily give out php file to all end users.

WordPress comment admin panel: Add comment reply box

in Categories Beyond nixCraft last updated August 2, 2007

Update: WordPress 2.7 and above has inbuilt feature to reply, delete and do other things with comment systems.

Recently I found an interesting WP plugin. It modifies the comment page in the admin panel to include a ‘Reply to Comment’ link among the options for each comment. Without this plugin I had to first view the post. This should be part of core wordpress system, IMHO.

Interview Questions: Why Should I Hire You?

in Categories Beyond nixCraft last updated July 31, 2007

I’ve written about one of such trick questions – How important is money to you? Now IT managers share their favorite interview questions and the thinking behind them at computerworld.

‘Why Should I Hire You?’ and Other Favorite Interview Questions (via digg)

On a related note you may find Conducting the UNIX Job Interview: IT Manager Guide with UNIX Interview Questions (IT Job Interview series) book quite useful. This book is not just useful for IT managers but you will get a list of interview questions along with sample answer. A good book for job hunters, IMHO.