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Status of RootPrompt.org
Sorry for the long long patch with no posts. Mostly it was caused by Spam with a side of boat building thrown in. Last summer I started a complicated plan to reduce the spam submissions and then started building a boat. This sucked up most of my time and I never ended up completing the anti-spam code or taking the hours a day to deal with the spam.

Well I have handled the spam in a much simpler way now. I took down the submission page. If you would still like to submit things to me send me an email and I will tell you what the page is now named. Please don't post it anywhere or the spam will start again and I will have to change the page again or take the time to stop the spam in some code based way.

My current intentions are to post at least one high quality posting every work day. And post more if I have the time.

Thank you for your patience and hope you continue to enjoy RootPrompt.

( Permalink: Status of RootPrompt.org      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 6, 2009 )

Sun xVM VirtualBox
eWeek has this article on Sun's xVM VirtualBox. Here are the Sun.com pages for Sun xVM VirtualBox.

"Sun's xVM VirtualBox 2.1 desktop virtualization software offers a variety of new features, from full support of VMware VMDK and Microsoft VHD hard drive image files to support for hardware virtualization from Intel and AMD. Sun is making the open-source, no-cost software more powerful, thus creating a good alternative to VMware Workstation and Parallels Desktop products. The virtualization software is also backed by Sun, giving enterprise IT managers the viable support options needed to bring it into their environments."

( Permalink: Sun xVM VirtualBox      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 6, 2009 )

Using GPG with GMail
Nice writeup on using GPG and the Firefox plugin fireGPG to allow encryption and signing when using gmail.

( Permalink: Using GPG with GMail      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 5, 2009 )

Information about MySQL on Clusters
In a follow up to yesterdays interview link Sun's MySQL community blog asks Detlef Ulherr the following questions:
  • How is failure detection done?
  • How is promotion of a slave to the master done after failure detection?
  • How are other slaves failed to the new master?
"To answer the question for failure detection and automation, we have to differentiate between two scenarios. The first one is a normal cluster on one site, running MySQL databases amongst other applications. The second scenario consist of two clusters described in scenario one linked together with Sun Cluster Geographic Edition or its open derivates. The two clusters are dispersed between two sites. The main purpose for this scenario is disaster recovery, and the content of the MySQL database is replicated between the clusters using the classical MySQL replication."

( Permalink: Information about MySQL on Clusters      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 4, 2009 )

Open HA Cluster: MySQL highly available on Solaris
I have been using both Solaris and MySQL for years and I can see how having someone like Sun (who I think does a very good integration job) get MySQL working well with Sun's Clustering software is a Very Good Thing.

Read the interview here: Detlef Ulherr and Thorsten Früauf on Open HA Cluster: Making MySQL highly available on Solaris

"Thorsten: I thought this was a good move, since within my consultancy work it was always obvious that some kind of database is part of a data center project. One of Suns strengths is providing a great infrastructure to run data center applications. Most architectures contain a database, be it Oracle, Sybase, Informix, DB2, PostgreSQL or MySQL - all of them have their strengths and weaknesses again. This is one of the reasons why we have data services for all of those databases in Solaris Cluster and try to be the best high availability platform for them.

By acquiring MySQL, Sun has the chance to offer a complete integrated stack — from the database down to the hardware in a complementary way."

( Permalink: Open HA Cluster: MySQL highly available on Solaris      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 3, 2009 )

Stop VIM Autocommenting
Has anyone else noticed how the newer versions of VIM attempt to be smart? Yeah, they think that just because you typed a comment on one line that you want to comment the next line, and the next, and the next. I don't know about you, but I'll tell the program which lines I want to comment, not the other way around. Link

( Permalink: Stop VIM Autocommenting      Submitted by slonkak Thu May 29, 2008 )

Redundant Array Of Inexpensive Disks (RAID)
The storage capacity and data retrieval speeds of Hard Disks have increased multiple folds in last few years. However for large business organizations, which not only need to store terabytes of invaluable data but access them frequently as well. These organizations cannot afford to let their systems go offline even for a short duration of time. Moreover they cannot even think of losing even small amount of data due to disk failure or for that matter any other reason.

( Permalink: Redundant Array Of Inexpensive Disks (RAID)      Submitted by Falko Timme Thu May 29, 2008 )

Picking the right Eclipse distribution for you
Which Eclipse distribution is right for you? Compare the CodeGear JBuilder 2008 Turbo trial version, nexB EasyEclipse, Europa bundles, and Innoopract's Yoxo On Demand distros. Many of these Eclipse distributions already contain the plug-ins and tools you need to start working right away.

( Permalink: Picking the right Eclipse distribution for you      Submitted by Jayne Thu May 29, 2008 )

Watching Live-TV On Your Ubuntu Desktop With Zatto
Zattoo has developed a software program that allows you to watch TV on your computer. All you need is a broadband connection and a current operating system (Windows XP or Vista, Mac OS X, or Linux). The service is legal and free of charge. Full Story

( Permalink: Watching Live-TV On Your Ubuntu Desktop With Zatto      Submitted by david Wed May 28, 2008 )

Manage Widget Geometry in PyGTK
Several container widgets exist in GTK+, and with the toolkit's API, you can create user-defined containers. This API is also exposed to PyGTK. In this article, learn how to create a "weighted-table" container in PyGTK. The implementation introduces you to the basic model of GTK+ geometry management and gives you a feel for what to consider and expect when implementing container widgets.

( Permalink: Manage Widget Geometry in PyGTK      Submitted by LinucksGirl Wed May 28, 2008 )

How To Install A TeamSpeak Server
This tutorial describes how to set up a TeamSpeak server on an Ubuntu Server system. Teamspeak has the ability to make more than one server by setting different ports for each server. The user that controls all these servers is called the SuperAdmin, he has the ability to make more servers and users with or without their rights.

( Permalink: How To Install A TeamSpeak Server      Submitted by Falko Timme Wed May 28, 2008 )

Changing The Language & Keyboard Layout
This document describes how to reconfigure the default language and the keyboard layout on various distributions so that they suit your location. I made this howto for our VMware images where the keyboard layout is always set to German and a few users have problems to configure the language and keyboard layout on these images.

( Permalink: Changing The Language & Keyboard Layout      Submitted by Falko Timme Tue May 13, 2008 )

How to: Asus Eee PC protection with privacy filter
This article will show you how to make your Asus Eee PC secure from prying eyes by using a privacy filter. 3M Privacy Filters help block the screen view from anyone viewing the computer from a side view. Their unique microlouver privacy technology allows just persons directly in front of the computer to see on screen data clearly.

( Permalink: How to: Asus Eee PC protection with privacy filter      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 13, 2008 )

Unison - file synchronization tool
Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other. Full Story

( Permalink: Unison - file synchronization tool      Submitted by dave Tue May 13, 2008 )

Debug and tune apps on the fly with Firebug
In this article, learn to use Firebug, a free, open source extension for the Firefox browser that provides many useful developer features and tools. Using Firebug, you can monitor, edit, and debug live pages, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript code, and network traffic.

( Permalink: Debug and tune apps on the fly with Firebug      Submitted by Jayne Tue May 13, 2008 )

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