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Use Automator to backup files to Backpack
Backpack is a powerful web service. This article will guide you on how to create an Automator application that you can use for very fast and efficient backup of your local files to your online Backpack account.

( Permalink: Use Automator to backup files to Backpack      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Dec 21, 2005 )

HOW TO: Run Other OSes On Your PC
This has been on my list to play with for a while. It looks very cool and interesting. The article is a good description of the VMware Player and what to do with it.
"VMware Workstation has always been (and still is) a commercial product, and you have to pay a fairly large sum to get your hands on it, but VMware have now released a free application dubbed VMware Player, which can run virtual machines produced by VMware and a few other companies. Yet, with some simple hacks, we can use VMware Player to run any x86 Operating System we like."
HOW TO: Run Other OSes On Your PC

( Permalink: HOW TO: Run Other OSes On Your PC      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 20, 2005 )

Mysql Cluster: Two webserver setup
Interesting article detailing how to set up two or three machines as a MySQL cluster.
"This HOWTO was designed for a classic setup of two servers behind a loadbalancer. The aim is to have true redundancy - either server can be unplugged and yet the site will remain up."
Alex Davies: Linux HOWTOs

( Permalink: Mysql Cluster: Two webserver setup      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 20, 2005 )

The Best Linux Distribution of them all
Not as controversial as you might think from the title.
"Tom, you have asked a really simple question which has no single/simple answer. But I will try and explain it as best as I can. You should know that Linux is just a kernel. When all the necessary tools like the word processors, image editors, compilers and likes are added so that they seamlessly work on top of the Linux kernel, it becomes a distribution. I need not tell you that different people have different likes and dislikes. With respect to computers and OSes too this holds true. The versatility of Linux is that there is a Linux distribution which commits to cater to individual likes."
All about Linux: The Best Linux Distribution of them all

( Permalink: The Best Linux Distribution of them all      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 20, 2005 )

Intel readying multiple versions of Yonah processo
I want a dual core laptop!
"Yonah's launch could mean that dual-core Yonah iBooks, at speeds of 1.5GHz, might be announced in January, while faster PowerBooks, packing the performance version of the processor, might arrive later in the quarter, although that remains pure speculation at this point. Think Secret first reported that Apple was prepping Intel-based iBooks in mid-November, and sources more recently noted that the 14.1-inch iBook will likely be replaced by a 13.3-inch widescreen version. Think Secret also recently reported details of the revamped Mac mini that will pack an Intel processor."
Think Secret - Intel readying multiple versions of Yonah processor

( Permalink: Intel readying multiple versions of Yonah processo      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 20, 2005 )

Help with writing XML in PHP
XML has always had a lot of hype and confusion surrounding it. However, it's not as difficult as you might think it is -- especially in a great language like PHP. When you understand and implement XML properly, you'll find there are a lot of powerful tools you can use. XPath and XSLT are two such tools that are worth checking out. Reading and writing XML in PHP may seem a little frightening, but dont be scared off. This article shares easy techniques for reading and writing XML in PHP.

( Permalink: Help with writing XML in PHP      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Dec 20, 2005 )

A History of Chipmaking at IBM
In the last decade alone, IBM scientists have announced one semiconductor breakthrough after another: copper technology, silicon-on-insulator, silicon germanium, strained silicon, and low-k dielectrics. All of these technologies came out of IBM's fertile in-house research community. This prowess in modern chipmaking know-how didn't come out of a vacuum -- rather, it came out of the hermetically-sealed clean rooms of the most advanced R & D department in the semiconductor industry.

( Permalink: A History of Chipmaking at IBM      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Dec 20, 2005 )

Debian Qt KDE Packagers - The People Behind KDE
Very interesting interview with seven Qt package maintainers for Debian.
"More generally, I'd like to see reforms to KDE's system of shipping software in big monolithic modules. When so many of the best KDE apps are not in any official module, and so much that is in the official modules is rotting, the rationale for the old system now seems weak. While kdelibs, kdebase, kdepim, and a few others are natural or necessary units, I see no reason to shackle Kopete to ktald, or KMix to mpeglib."
Debian Qt KDE Packagers - The People Behind KDE

( Permalink: Debian Qt KDE Packagers - The People Behind KDE      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 19, 2005 )

The Apache Geronimo push for clustering
Clustering allows an application server to support multiple nodes with failover, session data sharing, and load balancing across many network nodes. This article provides details, direct from the Apache Geronimo clustering effort team leader, Jeff Genender. Find out who is working on the details, how they work together to get the code written, and the ramifications these efforts are having on the open source community.

( Permalink: The Apache Geronimo push for clustering      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Dec 19, 2005 )

Gentoo Installer Review
This article looks at installing Gentoo Linux.
"The Gentoo flavor of Linux is rapidly gaining market share because it can easily be optimized for extreme performance and customized for practically any application. The open source development community has embraced Gentoo because of its flexibility and because the tools created for Gentoo are superior to the equivalent tools in other flavors of Linux. In that same spirit, the Gentoo development community has created a new installer package that has been under development for months and promises to become the de facto standard for Linux installers. Today, Jon Hood, a developer working for Asteria Solutions Group, Inc., who recently took the new Gentoo Installer for a test drive, reports his results."
Gentoo Installer Review

( Permalink: Gentoo Installer Review      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 19, 2005 )

Trailer Park Boys
How the show the Trailer Park Boys is produced using Macs.
"When they started out, however, their setup wasn’t nearly so elegant. “Yeah, before Xserve RAID we were using this kludge daisy chain of FireWire drives,? says Harty. “Even now, the sheer cost of daisy chaining that many drives and making sure every computer on my network could see it and access it just would’ve been astronomical for a young company starting up.?"
Trailer Park Boys

( Permalink: Trailer Park Boys      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 19, 2005 )

Profiling and Optimizing Python
How to make your python code run faster.
"Most of the time, code that we write doesn't have to perform as fast as if we wrote it in C. Most of the time, the first pass at writing it is "fast enough" and we don't have to optimize--but there are times when a piece of code just has to meet a certain standard of performance. For those "it's gotta run like a scalded dog" moments, the Python profiler may lend some assistance."
ONLamp.com: Profiling and Optimizing Python

( Permalink: Profiling and Optimizing Python      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 19, 2005 )

Proactively Handling X.509 Certificate Expiration
Proactively Handling X.509 Certificate Expiration with ssl-cert-check shows how ssl-cert-check can be used to view certificate expiration dates, and notify support personnel prior to a certificate expiring.

( Permalink: Proactively Handling X.509 Certificate Expiration      Submitted by Matty Sun Dec 18, 2005 )

Apple Planning Intel-Ready iBook Debut for January
No idea if this is true or not, but the real question is will you buy one? (or two :)
"It is not known exactly what processors or price points the new models will debut at, but it is thought Apple will expand the iBook line with one additional model and will lower prices in some cases possibly $200 or more to entice current Windows users and prove to the market it will be more competitive with the likes of Dell, Gateway, HP and Sony."
Think Secret - EXCLUSIVE: Apple Planning Intel-Ready iBook Debut for January

( Permalink: Apple Planning Intel-Ready iBook Debut for January      Submitted by Noel Sun Dec 18, 2005 )

Wireless Robotics: Various Movement Systems
Previous articles have focused on the low-level approach to wireless robotics, and covered some of the hardware and software subsystems that are needed to make wireless mobile robots work. This article takes a step back to focus on the big picture, and talks about some of the macro-level design options for mobile robots. The high-level design you decide to use will have a great impact on the specific hardware and software choices you make in building your robot.

( Permalink: Wireless Robotics: Various Movement Systems      Submitted by Anonymous Sun Dec 18, 2005 )

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