Linux for Travelers - Secure computing on the road... This site provides information to help you protect yourself against online identity theft while traveling. Most public computers are infested with spyware, trojans and viruses. Linux is a free operating system that you can carry around on a CD that will bypass spyware-infested hard drives. Read more... en How to Make a Travel Blog <p>Creating a travel blog is a great way to keep your friends and family updated with your travels. I previously created a list of <a href="">free travel blog hosts</a>. Those are all good basic solutions, but if you want more features and control, such as your own custom domain name, I recommend using Wordpress software hosted on your own domain name, like Site5 also offers automatic installation of photo gallery software like Coppermine, Gallery2, and 4images, as well as mailing list software like PHPlist, and much more...</p> <p>It's easy! Here are the steps:</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Blogs Tue, 04 Dec 2007 17:15:37 -0600 LFT 121 at Windows Vista - A Zombie Operating System? <p> has a great article about why Windows Vista is so bad: <a href=",1895,2190228,00.asp">Night of the Living Vista</a>.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Linux News Sat, 29 Sep 2007 13:13:17 -0500 LFT 120 at Linux Internet Cafe in Toronto, Canada <p>If you are traveling in Toronto, check out the <a href="">Linux Caffe</a> &mdash; a cafe run entirely with Linux and Free open source software.</p> <p>Newsforge also has an <a href=">article about LinuxCaffe</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>When Patrick and family finally opened the doors to the linuxcaffe in June 2005, he had lived up to his goal of 100% open source. The business runs Ubuntu Linux on five servers. The point-of-sale server runs the L'âne POS application on a Celeron 700, with a Javelin Wedge P150 touch screen thin client terminal. There's also a media server on a Pentium 4 that runs the jukebox, videos, and webcams; a Pentium 3 development server running Asterisk and anything else they're testing; and the "burn unit," Patrick's nickname for the Pentium 3 machine that is dedicated to burning CDs and DVDs for clients.</p> <p>Patrick and his employees gleefully burn and distribute free Linux CDs to anyone who shows an interest. In a post at the linuxcaffe blog, he tells the story of a young Rwandan girl who saw the shop's marquee promoting Ubuntu Linux, came in to inform them that Ubuntu 4U meant "free for you" in her language, and walked out carrying her very own official copy of Ubuntu.</p> <p>Wi-Fi access is free at the café, but visitors may also rent a computer while they're there. "We've standardized on ThinkPad 600s for rental units," Patrick says, "and they run beautifully as thin clients. The great thing about it is they're inexpensive [and] customers feel special because they're using a laptop."</p></blockquote> <p>If you are looking for an Internet cafe in Toronto, check out Linux Caffe at 326 Harbord Street.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Linux News Sat, 03 Feb 2007 01:46:15 -0600 LFT 118 at Running Damn Small Linux in Ubuntu <p>I recently followed some instructions for <a href="">putting Damn Small Linux on a thumb drive</a> and was suprised to find that the latest version easily boots <em>inside of</em> Windows and Linux as well as directly from the thumb drive.</p> <p>Here are some screenshots of Damn Small Linux running inside of Ubuntu Linux. Notice the window borders:</p> <p><img src="" alt="Booting Damn Small Linux inside of Ubuntu" /></p> <p><img src="" alt="Second boot screen, DSL in QEMU" /></p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Linux Thumb Drives Portable Apps Wed, 20 Dec 2006 20:23:04 -0600 LFT 117 at Public Web Surfing Article in the New York Times <p>The New York Times ran an article on <a href=";en=dbe69b7dfa41df22&amp;ei=5088">the dangers of using public Internet access</a>.</p> <blockquote><p>While it is hard to say how likely it is that someone is lurking on a public network, many public networks do not have adequate security.</p> <p>Last fall, InfoWorld magazine published an article about a security researcher who managed to collect more than 100 passwords, per stay, at hotels with lax security (about half the hotels she tested).</p> <p>Gathering reliable statistics about security breaches is notoriously difficult, since companies are reluctant to reveal this information. Still, the most recent computer crime and security survey, conducted annually by the Computer Security Institute with the Federal Burea Description of Investigation, found that the average loss from computer security incidents in 2005 was $167,713 per respondent (based on 313 companies and organizations that answered the question).</p> <p>As Jim Louderback, editor of PC Magazine, noted, the statistics may not matter given the problems one data breach can cause.</p></blockquote> <p>The article mostly covers wireless computing. You can read the full article <a href=";en=dbe69b7dfa41df22&amp;ei=5088">here</a>.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Fraud Prevention Tips Internet Cafes Malware Windows Security Tue, 31 Oct 2006 21:39:35 -0600 LFT 116 at Firefox 2.0 Released <p><a href=";id=128844&amp;t=59">Firefox version 2</a> was recently released. I haven't had a chance to install it yet, but it is worth checking out.</p> <p>Firefox is more secure than Internet Explorer, and has more features. Internet Explorer 7 has also been released, but based on the very bad security record of IE, it is not recommended.</p> <p><a href=";id=128844&amp;t=59">Click here to get Firefox</a>.</p> Firefox Free Software Sun, 29 Oct 2006 09:50:39 -0600 LFT 113 at Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft <p>A new version of Ubuntu has been released, code named <a href="">Edgy Eft</a>.</p> <p>You can download the new version of Ubuntu at <a href=""></a>.</p> Linux News Ubuntu Sun, 29 Oct 2006 01:09:30 -0600 LFT 112 at Linux for Travelers Forums <p>The <a href="/forum">Linux for Travelers forums</a> are back online. You can now register for this site and ask questions about Linux in the forums.</p> <p>There are also forums for topics like Windows security, and using Linux in Internet cafes...</p> Linux Tips Site News Windows Security Wed, 25 Oct 2006 09:38:42 -0500 LFT 107 at Scambaiting and 419ers <p>You may have seen emails where someone from a foreign country promised to transfer millions of dollars into your bank account from the late General [so-and-so] if you will just give them your bank account number.</p> <p>Surprisingly there are people that actually fall for this trick.</p> <p>It is especially common in Nigeria so it is sometimes called the Nigerian 419 email scam. I belive that the "419" refers to the legal code that is being violated.</p> <p>Some resources and reading to educate yourself about these kinds of email scams:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">419 education page</a></li> <li><a href="">News from the BBC on 419ers</a></li> <li><a href="">More 419 news from BBC</a></li> <li><a href=""></a></li> </ul> <p>I recieved the following scambaiting email today and wanted to post it as an example:</p> <blockquote><p> ATTN:</p> <p>My name is Barrister Anderson Mako I am a private attorney . and I have a client who is interested in investing some good money in your country.</p> <p> My client is a very important and prominent person who has mandated me to contact you for a very important business transaction my client is by name Mrs. Maryam Abacha and she is the wife of a Late Military head of state in one of the richest african country.</p> <p>Her husband Late General Sanni Abacha made a lot of money through Oil proceeds during his tenure in office. In fact it was discovered after his death that he was worth well over $4.5 billion in United State Dollars and some of this money was retrieve after he died while some was recovered from officials that served under him during his reign as president of Nigeria.</p> <p>The truth of this case is that my client despite the problem she is going through now, she still has a lot of money in her possession, which she intends to invest outside her country.</p> <p>What my client need from you now is reliable account<br /> where she can transfer some money but mind you, all the<br /> money in her possessions cannot leave at once because she need to build confidence and trust.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Fraud Prevention Tips Fri, 22 Sep 2006 18:18:32 -0500 LFT 106 at The XGL Linux Desktop <p>XGL/Compiz has turned the graphical desktop of Linux into something that rivals even the latest version of Mac OS X. Check out this video of Linux running on a dual monitor system with XGL/Compiz.</p> <p>I belive that <a href="">SUSE 10.1</a> has XGL/Compiz included by default. You can download it for free <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"><br /> <param name="movie" value=""></param> <param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Compiz Linux News XGL Mon, 18 Sep 2006 17:54:10 -0500 LFT 105 at