I seem not to post anything but links lately, but anyway,
Eddy Petrișor has a post about transitioning from lilo to grub2 (considering usage of LVM).
Romain Beauxis writes about what he dislikes about git (or probably most distributes version control systems) when it comes to team-maintained packages, to which Martin F. Krafft responded with an interesting post that puts some aspects of distributed versioning into a more balanced perspective then Romain had. After all though, I agree that there are uses to DVCSs which make sense (like being able to commit while not having any sort of connection to the “central” repository). However, I still think that relatively small “projects” like maintaining Debian packages have more to gain from the central repository then from the ability to commit while not connected. That is, at least as long as upstream doesn’t use a DVCS already, in which case there are other benefits from using the same DVCS, like easily pulling in upstream changes.
While not technologically new to me, this post by David Pashley about copying files with netcat was a nice summarization of how to do it (and why it is sometime preferable over scp or rsync, plain or over ssh). One of the comments refers to mbuffer, which might also prove useful if you need really high speeds (>200MByte/s) or want some more advanced buffering options. The pv tool (alias Pipe Viewer) might be of interest to meter the throughput.
Phil Hands writes about getting an USB stick to boot (certain) ISO images with the help of grub4dos.