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You mean even Linux isn't cool enough now?
Most rational human beings would agree that the flame wars over operating systems are ignorant at least and pointless at best. A few of them are, I suppose, somewhat understandable. Windows 3.1 versus OS/2, Unix versus Windows NT, Windows XP versus MacOS--these are all givens in a computing environment with room for different perspectives. That said, the battle between aficionados of Linux and BSD is not only silly but hurts both parties with every attack.

( Permalink: You mean even Linux isn't cool enough now?      Submitted by Rollie Hawk Thu Mar 2, 2006 )

Getting Real
Don't know if this ebook is any good, but the company sure knows what it is doing.
"Getting Real details the business, design, programming, and marketing principles of 37signals. The book is packed with keep-it-simple insights, contrarian points of view, and unconventional approaches to software design. This is not a technical book or a design tutorial, it's a book of ideas."
Getting Real: The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application

( Permalink: Getting Real      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 2, 2006 )

Moore's Law gets new lease on life!
Researchers at the IBM Almaden Research Center have achieved high-quality line patterns using deep-ultraviolet 193nm optical lithography for spaced ridges 29.9nm wide, besting the 32nm industry-consensus, theoretical (until now) limit by 2.1nm (slightly wider than the diameter of a DNA helix). Dr. Allen postulates that this "high-index immersion" variant of DUV lithography might purchase about seven years of breathing room before the industry has to rewrite Moore's Law.

( Permalink: Moore's Law gets new lease on life!      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Mar 2, 2006 )

Mac mini musings
I may buy one of these. Or purhaps if I can get the cash together a iMac.
"Given the muted response to yesterday's announcements, perhaps the most interesting news from the event is actually the new features in Front Row. Now it supports shared media from other Macs on the network via Bonjour, it doesn't matter where your video, music and other files are. As long as they're shared, the mini plugged into your TV can find them and display them."
Mac mini musings - O'Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog

( Permalink: Mac mini musings      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 2, 2006 )

Zero to IPSec in 4 minutes
If you want to play with a secure VPN this article would make a good starting point.
"In this short article we'll look at how to get a fully functional IPSec VPN up and running between two fresh OpenBSD machines in about four minutes flat. The goal here certainly isn't to give an exhaustive overview of all the option available in IPSec or OpenBSD, but rather just how quickly and easily we can be up and running when others take days or weeks to do the same thing."
Zero to IPSec in 4 minutes

( Permalink: Zero to IPSec in 4 minutes      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 1, 2006 )

Ruby on Rails with Lighttpd and MySQL
This is all interesting software that I have been doing some work on. My installation is on Centos, so its pretty close.
"I chose Lighttpd as it natively supports two core features that rails requires out of a web server - Fastcgi and URL rewriting. FastCGI is removes a lot of the limitations of CGI programs. CGI programs have the problem that they have to be restarted by the webserver for every request which leads to really bad performance values. FastCGI removes this limitation by keeping the process running and handling the requests by this always running process."
Installing Ruby on Rails with Lighttpd and MySQL on Fedora Core 4

( Permalink: Ruby on Rails with Lighttpd and MySQL      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 1, 2006 )

Why won't Dell promote its Linux desktops?
Well written article about Dell, the industry, and Linux.
"Last Thursday, when I wrote about Dell's new Linux desktop, was one of the most frustrating days of my professional life. My eWEEK colleague John Spooner and I tried our best to get Dell to confess that they really had released an honest-to-God Linux desktop.
But Dell simply wouldn't do it. "
Why won't Dell promote its Linux desktops?

( Permalink: Why won't Dell promote its Linux desktops?      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 1, 2006 )

Apple - Mac mini
This is the Apple page for the new Intel based Mac Minis.
"Mac mini makes it easy and affordable to work with digital photos, movies, music, and the web. And now it all happens with the blazing speed of the Intel Core, in either Solo or Duo configurations. Choose the Solo for a low-cost entry to iLife ’06. Or select the Duo model for unprecedented power in such a small package — up to four times faster than previously. Coupled with an all new architecture and the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X, Mac mini runs all your modern and innovative software, speedily."
Apple - Mac mini

( Permalink: Apple - Mac mini      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 1, 2006 )

Unix System Admin tricks of the trade
There are key utilities, command line chains, and scripts that are used to simplify different processes. Some of these tools come with the operating system, but a majority of the Unix tricks come through years of experience and a desire to ease the system administrator's life. The focus of this article is on getting the most from the available tools and insight across a range of different UNIX environments.

( Permalink: Unix System Admin tricks of the trade      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Mar 1, 2006 )

My sysadmin toolbox
Anything that starts off with a Top replacement that I have never heard about makes me interested.
"Htop does exactly the same thing as top, but is much less likely to induce migraines. It's color-coded, which makes it easier to read. It has an easy-to-read summary of CPU, memory, and swap usage displayed as simple bars at the top of the screen. Most usefully, it has the most important keyboard commands permanently listed at the bottom of the screen for easy reference. It also displays the complete command line for running processes, not just the process name. "
Linux.com | My sysadmin toolbox

( Permalink: My sysadmin toolbox      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 28, 2006 )

IBM's Octopiler, or, why the PS3 is running late
Interesting article on the cell processor.
"What IBM has in mind is what I would call a tiered approach to Cell. At Tier I, there's the "expert programmer" (IBM really means "expert programming team") who codes to the bare metal, manages memory alignment and traffic flow issues like NYC's finest, and just generally makes all the parts of the Cell scream in perfect harmony. This guy, if he exists, is going to be worth his weight in gold. No, scratch that. He'll be worth Marlon Brando's weight in diamond-studded platinum. "
IBM's Octopiler, or, why the PS3 is running late

( Permalink: IBM's Octopiler, or, why the PS3 is running late      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 28, 2006 )

Accelerated X flame wars! Maybe not
Linux with faster a faster X Window System would be a good thing.
"Then along came 3D accelerated graphics. This, in short, transferred the processing required to display graphical detail from the main processor to the processor on the graphics card, or the GPU. To facilitate this, the GPU exposes a series of APIs or functions to the program that, when called, performs the necessary operations needed for the user to play first-person shooter games and blow up the appropriate baddies. Or, for the more serious, it would enable you to represent three-dimensional models of certain architectures using computer aided design programs."
Free Software Magazine - Accelerated X flame wars! Maybe not

( Permalink: Accelerated X flame wars! Maybe not      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 28, 2006 )

Testing and Measuring the TAMS 3011
The eCos embedded operating system offers an alternative to UNIX-style operating systems for development work. This article examines how its architecture influences the development process, building a sample application and exploring the differences in architecture between eCos and UNIX.

( Permalink: Testing and Measuring the TAMS 3011      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Feb 28, 2006 )

Ruby on Rails for Web Development on Mac OS X
Apple has a page on using Ruby on Rails on a Mac.
"It should come as no surprise that Mac OS X is a favored platform for Rails development. Rails and its supporting cast of web servers and databases thrive on the rich Mac OS X environment. The premier text editor favored by legions of Rails programmers everywhere is TextMate, a Cocoa application. And all members of the Rails core development team work with Macs."
Using Ruby on Rails for Web Development on Mac OS X

( Permalink: Ruby on Rails for Web Development on Mac OS X      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 28, 2006 )

Running Apache2 With PHP5 And PHP4 At The Same Tim
This tutorial shows how to install and configure Apache2 with PHP5 and PHP4 enabled at the same time. Because it is not possible to run both PHP5 and PHP4 as Apache modules, we must run one of them as CGI, the other one as Apache module. In this document I will use PHP5 as Apache module and PHP4 as CGI, and I will describe the setup for the Linux distributions Debian Sarge (3.1) and Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger).

( Permalink: Running Apache2 With PHP5 And PHP4 At The Same Tim      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Feb 27, 2006 )

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