By offering low upfront costs, reduced overall risk, instant global reach and access to enterprise-level software solutions, Google Apps provides a compelling opportunity for every organization. Those who capitalize on it will reap significant immediate benefits.

I found the following reasons for why we must use google apps??

1.Eliminate email hassles instantly. No more outages, lost mail, spamming, phishing, viruses, security breaches.

2.Reduce costs. Eliminate the hardware, software, maintenance, upgrades, and services associated with your current environment.

3.Enable collaboration for everyone, from anywhere. Access and collaborate on all your documents and spreadsheets from anywhere in the world via a web browser.

4.Get everyone on the same page. Bring all your key information together in one central, easy-to-use, searchable location.

5.Reduce IT overload. Google handles all technical aspects, freeing up your team to focus on other projects, and allowing you to reduce your online communication and collaboration costs to one low monthly fee.

6.Instantly increase the productivity, knowledge, teamwork, and communication capabilities. Provide instantly accessible tools, including Web-based business class email, online document management, online calendars, blogs, wikis, etc. to your business and your team.

7.Make partnering and out-sourcing more efficient. Create a platform that can seamlessly support virtual ad-hoc teams (without the intervention of an “administrator”), thereby quickly reducing your costs.

8.Increase your peace of mind. With Google’s hosted, fast, safe, and secure file storage, you never have to worry about losing critical business information. You also never have to worry about scalability – Google apps will support any number of users who can be added at any time.

9.Get automatic versioning. Any change to any information in a Google document or spreadsheet creates a new version of the information. Even if a document or spreadsheet is being authored by many users simultaneously, none of the information will ever get lost. If any change is unacceptable, the contents of it can be quickly rolled back to any of its previous states with a couple of clicks.

10.Take advantage of continuous improvement. All Google Apps updates are immediately distributed to all customers. This means that you always have the latest and greatest features immediately available for use in your organization – without doing a thing.

11.New hires are already using this technology. People entering the workforce today have lived and breathed the web since they were in high school. If you don’t provide company endorsed solutions, they will end up using tools that are available on the open Internet until you do.

Linux_On_Ipod

March 11, 2007

Can you believe?This is a strange picture of an ipod with linux loaded.Will it happen?Wait and see.

While looking around the internet i came to read this news from winspin .
Nintendo, the most family friendly of the gaming companies, may be opening the door to interactive porn. Specifically, the launch of the Wii remote has caused a chain reaction of innovation in the market for porn. In addition to adult sites creating Wii friendly navigation, there’s also a Wiibrator, activated by USB and bluetooth.

Ozgur Alaz reported on PSFK, “The last buzz about Wii is that it could begin a new generation of porn industry. “Wii Mote Strap” gives players the ability to give pleasure to computer women in matured themed games.”

“So shortly after getting the trial version of opera on the Wii I went to a free adult site Tiava.com to look at some photos. Yesterday I went back and… well apparently either the site maintainers are Wii enthusiasts or I’m not the only one. The site has added a “Wii friendly” interface for browsing their content. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised the adult industry seems to always know where technology is going, but I’m surprised to see it so quick. The browser hasn’t been available but for a week now.” (arstechnica)

You had to know this was coming as pormasters are always on top of the latest trends. Since this is a touchy subject, all comments will be greatly appreciated.

The following link is a collection of 70 free legal channels that you can watch from your browser. Includes Game Network, Tv Cartoons, Horror Channel, Comedy Channel, Sci-Fi Channel, Lifestyle Network, 8 Adult channels and a lot more. its name is “channelchooser.”

Channelchooser is a free TV-portal. Watch here only the best online news, entertainment, sports, music and information TV-channels. Pick, push and play on Channelchooser.

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I got this news from zdnet.com.

While Linux has long enjoyed a reputation for being more secure than closed source operating systems such as Windows, its rise in popularity has also made it a far more common target for hackers, a new study suggests.

An analysis of hacker attacks on online servers in January by security consultancy mi2g found that Linux servers were the most frequently violated, accounting for 13,654 successful attacks, or 80 per cent of the survey total. Windows ran a distant second with 2,005 attacks. A more specific analysis of government servers also found Linux more susceptible, accounting for 57 per cent of all breaches.

In a similar analysis last year, Windows proved far more vulnerable, with 51 per cent of successful attacks on government servers made on some version of the Microsoft operating system.

However, the rise in digital attacks probably reflects a lack of training and deployment expertise rather than inherent security problems in Linux, mi2g officials suggested.

“The swift adoption of Linux last year within the online government and non-government server community, coupled with inadequate training and knowledge on how to keep that environment secure when running vulnerable third party applications, has contributed to a consistently higher proportion of compromised Linux servers,” mi2g executive chairman DK Matai said in a statement.

The mi2g study concentrated on “overt digital attacks” and didn’t include more general forms of attack such as viruses and worms. Microsoft has been under fire for the past year for the lack of speed with which some patches to fix security holes exploited by these forms of malicious code have been made available and deployed.

While Linux advocates may not welcome the new data, it should prove good news for fans of BSD and Mac OS X. Those operating systems accounted for a tiny percentage of successful attacks, and no government servers running other OS were breached.

Gentoo Portage secrets

March 7, 2007

While searching for something special on internet , my eyes got captured on a post in Linux.com.And that is “Gentoo Portage secrets”.

Gentoo Linux is perhaps the most-used source-based Linux distribution. One secret to its success is the powerful and handy Portage package management system. While Gentoo comes with extensive documentation covering most aspects of using Portage, the techniques described in Gentoo’s handbook and other documentation are not always the most effective ones. Here are some insider tips that can greatly increase your productivity.

Search faster 

Before you install a package, you usually look for it via Portage’s search capabilities. Portage’s emerge utility has –search and –searchdesc options, but using them is not enjoyable, because they take a long time to run. That’s why we’ve seen the emergence of third-party search front ends for Portage, such as esearch and eix. Their common idea is to use their own search indexes to speed up searches. When using either utility, you have to rebuild the index after updating the Portage tree, and after installing and uninstalling software. Of the two, eix works faster and has more capabilities.

Optimizing traffic usage 

Updating your software can take a lot of network bandwidth. There are tools that help you decrease Portage’s appetite. The most effective and well-known such tool is Deltup, which allows you to download deltas, or the differences between new and old versions of package source. That approach can save you up to 90% of the download size. The procedure for installing deltup is described in the Gentoo wiki.The Gentoo wiki provides more tips for users with poor Internet connections.

Faster package compilation 

Every time you install or update some software under Gentoo, you need to wait until its source is compiled. Portage supports a set of tools that try to decrease the compiling time of your packages.One of the ways to speed up compilation on a slow machine is to distribute the compiling task to another host. This is what Distcc aims to do. You can even use Windows boxes to assist in the task.
Managing logs and configuration files

Another new feature in Portage 2.1 is the new logging framework. Many packages show notices while you emerge them, but you may not see them if you do not watch the emerge process. Now you just need to turn on elog, by adding these lines to /etc/make.conf:

# This sets what to log
PORTAGE_ELOG_CLASSES=”warn error log”
# And this is how to do it
PORTAGE_ELOG_SYSTEM=”save”
and creating the /var/log/portage/elog directory. Now, each package’s emerge log will be saved in a separate file in the specified directory. You can find more info on configuring elog by inspecting the /etc/make.conf.example file. There are already GTK and QT graphical front ends for viewing these logs.

Spending a lot of timefor evaluating Linux vs. Windows and Windows vs. the MacOS, I came to know that the real battle is between the MacOS and Linux. Salessheet shows that about 9000 people switch to mac everyday from windows.Being an Opensource product linux has its own importance.That battle really kicks off this year with Apple stepping up their effort sharply with the Leopard, and Dell becoming aggressive (with others likely to follow) with SUSE Linux (though this choice may change).
Both platforms have their own advantages and disadvantages against each other and the winner will likely be the solution that walks away with the greatest number of advantages and the least number of disadvantages.
lets have a look ,why microsoft was thrownout of the war? What are theProblems with Microsoft in General ?

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