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Cool Macworld Product: SketchUp
Review of SketchUp.
"My job was to traverse the show floor looking for a gem. Not just a product that has a big PR campaign associated with it, but one that does something truly original and useful. Past the rows of video games and rainbow iPod cases, I finally found my pick. So which product got my Coolness Vote this year? A neat design tool called SketchUp."
MacDevCenter.com: Cool Macworld Product: SketchUp

( Permalink: Cool Macworld Product: SketchUp      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 19, 2006 )

Build Apache Geronimo from scratch
Many new and veteran developers are hopping onto the ever-growing Apache Geronimo bandwagon. Thus, the ability to build Geronimo is becoming increasingly important to developers who want to incorporate changes or full-custom modules. Unfortunately, building Geronimo is no trivial task. It requires learning new build scripts and companion build applications. Luckily, you can follow this step-by-step guide to understand exactly how to build the Apache Geronimo source code from scratch.

( Permalink: Build Apache Geronimo from scratch      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jan 19, 2006 )

Setting up a local web server in Debian Linux
Any web developer, designer, or webmaster can benefit from having a local web server. Even if that developer has no interest in securing and maintaining the server his or her websites live on, a local web server can act as a convenient mirror for testing updates, trying new designs, and other general sand-boxing activities.

( Permalink: Setting up a local web server in Debian Linux      Submitted by Rollie Hawk Wed Jan 18, 2006 )

Interview with Etoile authors
Interesting interview with some people that going down (and building) their own road.
"When I discovered GNUstep, unlike GNOME/GTK, KDE/QT or whatever, it looked like an exciting possibility to build a new Desktop Environment I would like to use. I thought initially Backbone could be a such environment, Nicolas was involved in Backbone, which brought us to exchange our ideas on User Interface and Desktop Environment topic, but I wasn't interested by official Backbone vision which intends to recreate NeXTSTEP before starting to rethink it. In parallel I became more critical on Cocoa API, in a perspective taking in account both its historical design and how it was evolving right now. Finally GNUstep being still not really usable two years ago, I decided to contribute to GNUstep, moreover it was a good opportunity to have a better understanding of Cocoa/OpenStep API. Ultimately I thought it would open various possibilities to improve it."
Interview with Etoile authors

( Permalink: Interview with Etoile authors      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 18, 2006 )

Lisp is sin
Never written in lisp. Spent a few days playing around with the elisp (lisp language for emacs) but never really did anything with it.
"I have a love/hate relationship with Lisp and Scheme. Over the last 2 years, I've tried to convince myself to move to Lisp and Scheme away from Python as my primary language for doing 'fun stuff'. However, every time I have done so, I've run into blockers - almost always the same ones the reddit.com folks ran into - the lack of libraries which work across Lisp implementations (though the Lisp folks are working on fixing some of the issues - issues like the one mentioned in the last para here)."
Sriram Krishnan : Lisp is sin

( Permalink: Lisp is sin      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 18, 2006 )

iMac 17 Review
I want a Mac book! There I said it.
"The Big Switch has been publicly underway for a mere seven months, and it has borne fruit in the form of a new iMac and laptop, the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro is due to hit store shelves at some point in February. The iMac is available now, and we've had a 17" Core Duo iMac up and running at the Ars Orbiting HQ since we were able to get our hands on one."
iMac 17

( Permalink: iMac 17 Review      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 18, 2006 )

Create your own real-time visual effects on Linux
EffecTV is a fantastic application written by Fukuchi Kentaro that gives you access to the raw pixel data from a video capture device. You can use its existing open source framework to modify more than two dozen effects, or add your own visual effects on Linux. This article explores the EffecTV and SDL architectures, and teaches you how to harness the power of open source video processing.

( Permalink: Create your own real-time visual effects on Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Jan 18, 2006 )

First look: VMware Player
Well written article about the new VMware Player.
"But no true geek is going to be content with just a Web browser. So, pretending to be a true geek, one of the first things I did was start installing other applications. I could have downloaded one of the full OS images conveniently provided at VMware's site, such as Fedora Core, Minix, or OpenBSD. But it was more fun to do it myself. This stripped-down version of Ubuntu includes a copy of gnome-app-install, which lists available applications for me to select, then downloads and automatically installs my selections. I installed games, office productivity software, Evolution groupware, the XChat IRC client, and even the GRAMPS Genealogy System."
NewsForge | First look: VMware Player

( Permalink: First look: VMware Player      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 17, 2006 )

Previewing KDE 4
Good interview with Aaron J. Seigo about KDE.
"Recently at a Linux show, John Littler saw a preview of a new version of KDE running on a KDE developer's laptop. The interface looked cleaner than before, and apparently there was a whole raft of new stuff under the hood. John recently interviewed KDE developer Aaron J. Seigo about the forthcoming KDE 4 (due in the fall) and also a little about the recent controversy surrounding the porting of KDE to operating systems other than Linux."
LinuxDevCenter.com: Previewing KDE 4

( Permalink: Previewing KDE 4      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 17, 2006 )

Running Commercial Linux Software on FreeBSD
Interesting article talking about running commercial Linux apps under FreeBSD.
"One of the more intriguing capabilities of the BSD operating systems is their ability to run binaries for other Unix-like operating systems. I recently found myself requiring the commercial PGP Command Line for a project. Rather than install a Linux box just for this one piece of software, I jumped through some hoops and made it work perfectly on one of my existing FreeBSD systems. Getting a random piece of commercial Linux software running on a FreeBSD system isn't always as transparent as you might like, but you can do it with a minimum of fuss if you have a few extra troubleshooting skills."
ONLamp.com: Running Commercial Linux Software on FreeBSD

( Permalink: Running Commercial Linux Software on FreeBSD      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 17, 2006 )

So long, Windows Media Player on OS X
This article contains some solutions to continue to play Windows Media files on your Mac.
"The first I saw of this story was when I got an upgrade-nag e-mail from Flip4Mac, which makes a QuickTime component to play, import, and/or encode Windows Media on Mac OS X (your feature set depending on how much you're willing to pay). What was so interesting was that the basic player was now free (down from $10), and being distributed on Microsoft's site. Initial rumors that this represented a wholesale abandonment of Windows Media Player on the Mac seemed like an overreaction until Microsoft confirmed it."
So long, Windows Media Player on OS X

( Permalink: So long, Windows Media Player on OS X      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 17, 2006 )

Novell liberates AppArmor Linux security framework
Good things coming out of Novell.
"Scheduled for inclusion in Novell's community-oriented OpenSUSE distribution, the AppArmor source code will be available to the public as well as OpenSUSE community members. Novell hopes that the availability of the AppArmor source code will stimulate interest in the project, attracting developers that contribute code to other major Linux distributions. According to Novell's executive vice president and chief technology officer Jeff Jaffe, Novell is committed to improving security while contributing to the betterment of the open source community:"
Novell liberates AppArmor Linux security framework

( Permalink: Novell liberates AppArmor Linux security framework      Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 17, 2006 )

How To Set Up Database Replication In MySQL
This tutorial describes how to set up database replication in MySQL. MySQL replication allows you to have an exact copy of a database from a master server on another server (slave), and all updates to the database on the master server are immediately replicated to the database on the slave server so that both databases are in sync. This is not a backup policy because an accidentally issued DELETE command will also be carried out on the slave; but replication can help protect against hardware failures though.

http://www.howtoforge.com/mysql_database_replication

( Permalink: How To Set Up Database Replication In MySQL      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Jan 16, 2006 )

Questions Ruby on Rails skeptics ask
Interesting article that attempts to answer questions people bring up for not using Ruby on Rails for a project.
"If you have been following anything related to web development at all, you have at least heard of Ruby On Rails. If you're like me, it makes you want to take a flying leap into developing with it. For personal projects there's nothing to hold you back. However, if you decide to recommend using Rails with a team that doesn't know much about it, you may run into some questions. If you don't have some ready answers, the idea will most likely be shot down quickly and left in the dust."
Updrift: Questions Ruby on Rails skeptics ask

( Permalink: Questions Ruby on Rails skeptics ask      Submitted by Noel Mon Jan 16, 2006 )

Cheat Knoppix 4 to Improve Performance: Part 1. Ch
Tweaking Knoppix is easy with cheat codes. Learn how to use Knoppix cheat codes. MozillaQuest Magazine (MozillaQuest.Com) reports: "Live Knoppix is very nice Desktop Linux." But it can use some tweaks, which are easy to do using Knoppix cheat codes. For example, "Knoppix uses Open Sound System (OSS) drivers by default . . . Using the ALSA drivers [and running "the alsaconf configuration procedure"] took care of the audio problem. Moreover, dropping the default OSS drivers and changing to the ALSA drivers was easy to do using a Knoppix cheat code. . . . The Knoppix cheat-codes discussions and tutorials in this article should be applicable to most any computer with which you can use the Knoppix live Linux CD or live Linux DVD."

( Permalink: Cheat Knoppix 4 to Improve Performance: Part 1. Ch      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Jan 16, 2006 )

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