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A brief history of hard drives
Hard drive history in pictures. Fascinating.
"What high-tech product advances the fastest? It's probably the hard drive. The capacity doubles easily every two years and sometimes every year, faster even than the chip progress described by Moore's Law. The first drives took up storage closets. Now, a 5GB drive can fit in a phone. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, which has made drives for years and also now owns IBM's drive division, recently collected pictures from hard drive history and made a calendar. Here are some highlights. "
A brief history of hard drives | CNET News.com

( Permalink: A brief history of hard drives      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 15, 2006 )

How to Quickly Install the Solaris 10 OS
If your interesting in trying out Solaris, this is a great artictle to get you started.
"This How to Guide instructs users unfamiliar with Solaris 10 installation on how to install the Solaris 10 OS on a Sun supported x64 or x86 system. This step-by-step guide, complete with screen shots, takes users through the installation process, in 25 simple steps. Novice users should be able to complete a Solaris 10 1/06 Operating System installation on a standalone x64 or x86 system using the instructions in this guide. 1760K"
How to Quickly Install the Solaris 10 1/06 OS

( Permalink: How to Quickly Install the Solaris 10 OS      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 15, 2006 )

Working with Quartz Composer
Not sure if this is new. It's new to me and it passes the interesting test.
"Quartz Composer is a groundbreaking graphics development environment that allows you to explore the incredible power of the graphics stack of Mac OS X Tiger. With Quartz Composer, you can easily combine the capabilities of Cocoa, Quartz 2D, Core Image, OpenGL, and QuickTime, all using an approachable visual programming paradigm. Use Quartz Composer to prototype Core Image filters, build engaging screen savers, create custom user-interface widgets, make data-driven visual effects, and even perform live performance animations."
Working with Quartz Composer

( Permalink: Working with Quartz Composer      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 15, 2006 )

Fundamentals of Massive Linux Scaling
This introductory article encapsulates four of the top things I learned about major enterprise Linux scaling. They are foundational aspects for a robust scaled server complex using Linux. They also address issues I see fairly consistently in some Linux enterprises. My hope is that these insights will help administrators overcome obstacles with their massive Linux scaling projects.

( Permalink: Fundamentals of Massive Linux Scaling      Submitted by Mark Rais Tue Feb 14, 2006 )

Helping the needy get nerdy
Interesting program.
"Free Geek volunteers are a part of one of two programs, the Adoption Program or the Build Program. The Adoption Program gives each person, after 24 hours of volunteer service, a FreekBox, consisting of a rebuilt computer running Linux, as well as basic software, a monitor, keyboard, mouse, one year of tech support and classes on how to use it all. For the Build Program, which takes about 100 hours, volunteers build five computers and get to keep the sixth one, leaning more towards an educational focus."
Free Geek: Helping the needy get nerdy since the beginning of the third millennium.

( Permalink: Helping the needy get nerdy      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 14, 2006 )

msntv 2
How to install Linux on a cheap msntv 2 device.
"Where to start! I have been searching for a cheap device that i could use for a cluster. I came across the msntv 2 at CompUSA one day about 2 months ago. Ever since then I have been buying them on eBay for around $0.99 cents. Don't believe me? Here (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5864762840&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1) is one I bought today. I have bought 20 so far for a total price of around $200. After socketing the msntv bios and poking around. I managed to get Linux running and even better managed to get it running without any hardware modifications. The specs for the msntv 2 are as follows :"
Main Page - Toc2rta Wiki

( Permalink: msntv 2      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 14, 2006 )

The year ahead in Java Web services
2006, is going to be a banner year for Web services in general, and for Java Web services in particular. New third-generation frameworks are being unveiled, which offer much better support for doc/lit SOAP as well as potential performance improvements. This article looks at both the state of Web services today and the major changes coming in 2006, and get an overview of how the new frameworks and technologies relate and interact.

( Permalink: The year ahead in Java Web services      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Feb 14, 2006 )

Top 10 Things All Switchers Should Know
Nice article to send to someone who is making the big change.
"How can an entire application be removed by just trashing the executable? OS X applications seem clean because the ugly is hidden deep within the application. OS X apps are actually a special kind of folder. To actually see what’s inside an application, right click it and select Show Package Contents."
Top 10 Things All Switchers Should Know at Plastic Bugs

( Permalink: Top 10 Things All Switchers Should Know      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 14, 2006 )

How To Install ColdFusion MX 7 On Debian Sarge
Although ColdFusion MX 7 does not officially support Debian, it is still possible to run ColdFusion on a Debian server which is quite interesting because Debian is one of the most widely used Linux distributions on servers.
This HowTo shows how to install ColdFusion MX 7 on a Debian Sarge system and how to integrate it into Debian's Apache web server.

http://www.howtoforge.com/coldfusion_installation_debian_sarge

( Permalink: How To Install ColdFusion MX 7 On Debian Sarge      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Feb 13, 2006 )

MooBella on-demand ice cream maker
Cool (pun intended) use of Linux.
"MooBella has put Linux to work making ice cream, in a vending machine that Wallace and Gromit would be proud of. The MooBella vending machine uses Linux 2.4 and a Red Hat filesystem to make 96 varieties of ice cream, on demand, in about 45 seconds per precisely-measured serving. "
Device Profile: MooBella on-demand ice cream maker

( Permalink: MooBella on-demand ice cream maker      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 13, 2006 )

Configuring Apache for Maximum Performance
How to document that talks about tuning Apache.
"Apache server performance can be improved by adding additional hardware resources such as RAM, faster CPU, etc. But most of the time, the same result can be achieved by custom configuration of the server. This article looks into getting maximum performance out of Apache with the existing hardware resources, specifically on Linux systems. Of course, it is assumed that there is enough hardware resources - especially enough RAM that the server isn't swapping frequently. First two sections look into various Compile-Time and Run-Time configuration options. The Run-Time section assumes that Apache is compiled with prefork MPM. HTTP compression and caching is discussed next. Finally, using separate servers for serving static and dynamic contents is covered. Basic knowledge of compiling and configuring Apache and Linux are assumed."
Configuring Apache for Maximum Performance

( Permalink: Configuring Apache for Maximum Performance      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 13, 2006 )

List of Programming advice to not follow
Interesting take on the programming advice list.
"A friend of mine is just beginning his professional programming career and he asked me recently f I had any specific programming advice for him."
Chryler's

( Permalink: List of Programming advice to not follow      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 13, 2006 )

iPhoto postcards
And I did not even know I could print postcards.
"Ordering iPhoto postcards is as simple as ordering a book. In fact, it is even simpler: drop a picture in the right place, select a theme, pick a color and you're done. If you want to get fancy, you can even type some text to pre-fill your cards, making them very suited to mass announcements — but please, no pink or light blue for weddings or babies, it's just... well... "
iPhoto postcards - O'Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog

( Permalink: iPhoto postcards      Submitted by Noel Mon Feb 13, 2006 )

Linux Job Want Ads Gone Mad HUMOR
Wanted: Demi-god Software Programmer
Capability to write code for any device including pacemakers, wrist watches and staplers... Complete article.

( Permalink: Linux Job Want Ads Gone Mad HUMOR      Submitted by mark rais Sun Feb 12, 2006 )

The four most common Unix security mistakes
I was not going to put this one up until I saw the paragraph I pulled out for the pull quote. How true this is.
"Just about everybody does this - loading unneeded software on exposed servers or implementing SANS and switches where they're not needed. Every piece of software you add to a system, whether running on the main processor or on associated gear, adds vulnerabilities. The rule is simple: if it's not necessary, don't load it, don't use it, and don't worry about it."
The four most common Unix security mistakes | Paul Murphy | ZDNet.com

( Permalink: The four most common Unix security mistakes      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 10, 2006 )

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