September 28, 2004

A free, GPL, non-interactive software package for producing plots, charts, and graphics from data. It was developed in a Unix/C environment and runs on various Unix, Linux, and win32 systems. ploticus is good for automated or just-in-time graph generation, handles date and time data nicely, and has basic statistical capabilities. It allows significant user control over colors, styles, options and details.

September 24, 2004
Search the USDA National Nutrient Database

This interface allows simple searches. Enter up to 5 keywords which best describe your food item. Select a Food Group. Then click on the Submit button. If you don't get a match, check your spelling or try a related keyword. If you get too many food items, try a more specific keyword. If you enter two or more keywords, the program will search for food items which contain all of the keywords. Keywords do not have to be adjacent or in the same order as they appear in the food item. You can exclude food items by placing the word "not" in front of a keyword.

September 22, 2004

This is the main ConTeXt site. ConTeXt is a free high end document preparation tool.

Scientific Document Preparation WebPage: LyX

LyX is an excellent tool for writing scientific papers. LyX is an almost-WYSIWYG editor which serves as a front-end for LaTeX. To put it simply, you create your paper in LyX much as you would in Word. LyX, however, will automatically create the LaTeX code for you, based on your input. It allows you to embed and visually format pictures (including but not limited to png, bmp, jpg, and eps (encapsulated PostScript) figures) in your document.

September 16, 2004
The Official God FAQ

Funny stuff...

September 13, 2004
An Introduction to GraphViz

GraphViz is a collection of tools for manipulating graph structures and generating graph layouts. Graphs can be either directed or undirected. GraphViz offers both graphical and command-line tools. A Perl interface also is available, but it is not covered here for reasons of generality. Graphical tools are not going to be discussed in this article either. Instead, this article focuses on using GraphViz from the command line.

September 09, 2004
Going price for network of zombie PCs: $2,000-$3,000

One indication of the going rate for zombie PCs comes from a June 11 posting on, an electronic forum for spammers. The asking price for use of a network of 20,000 zombie PCs: $2,000 to $3,000. Such networks typically are used to broadcast spam and phishing scams and to spread e-mail viruses designed mainly to create yet more zombies.

September 01, 2004
Secure Passwordless Logins with SSH

How to create passwordless logins to allow remote administration tasks securely with SSH - setting up your SSH identities.


The ReportLab Open Source PDF library is a proven industry-strength PDF generating solution, that you can use for meeting your requirements and deadlines in enterprise reporting systems.

knoda - Knorr's Datenbank

knoda is a database frontend for KDE. It is based on hk_classes and is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).