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I don't usually link to application pages. In fact I can't remember the last time I did so. But this application just was so cool and clever that I am going to break my rule. When executed it looks at some information on your computer and ipod (if connected) and tells you where they were made and about when. My Powerbook and iPod were both made in China.
"What is coconutIdentityCard? coconutIdentityCard is just a small app that reads out where and when your Mac and your iPod were built by Apple. Just plug in your iPod while the app is running and it will show you the information about your iPod instantly. "
coconut-flavour.com - coconutIdentityCard

( Permalink: coconutIdentityCard      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 7, 2005 )

Xandros Surfside Linux Edition
Nice review of Xandros Surfside Linux.
"A friend, "a virus-riddled, we-don'-need-no-steenkin'-firewall, smartass friend” who spends more time cleaning and reformatting than he does actually using his computer, asked me to help him set up a new system. The main criteria was that the system had to be bulletproof. The main uses for the system were to be e-mail, web browsing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and a little bit of word processing. Internet connectivity had to include a wireless option. At first, I resisted the challenge. This particular friend had previously demonstrated his propensity for being a pest. But then, unbidden and unforeseen, a timely review package arrived in the mail. So I called the man and said one word: "Linux!" After he stopped laughing and picked himself up off the floor, I told him that the only way I was going to help him was with a Linux system. The writing was on the wall. It was time for a change."
Xandros Surfside Linux Edition - operating system review

( Permalink: Xandros Surfside Linux Edition      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 6, 2005 )

System Configurations and Changes with cfengine
Smart people that I know love this thing. It's on my short list of things to play with.
"Cfengine, written by Mark Burgess, is one of several tools available to automate system configurations and changes. Cfengine lets you assert certain conditions on a server, and over time the server will converge towards meeting those conditions. Depending on how you write your cfengine configuration files, the first time cfengine runs on your mail server it could install your sendmail RPM. The second time it could update /etc/mail from a CVS repository. The third time cfengine runs it could restart your mail daemon if it's not running already. At midnight, cfengine might clear out all old files from "/tmp" and run your log rotation scripts."
Sys Admin > v15, i01: Automate System Configurations and Changes with cfengine

( Permalink: System Configurations and Changes with cfengine      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 6, 2005 )

Easy Ajax for the masses with xajax
As a PHP programmer an AJAX library for PHP is of interest to me.
"Together we'll take a look at the xajax class library for PHP. You'll be surprised how easy it really is to create the nifty stuff you'll find all over the internet lately. I have prepared four documented working examples on how to use xajax in real-world situations. You can study the sourcecode as well as download the whole set to do with it whatever you like. Let's dive into xajax!"
The Net is Dead: Easy Ajax for the masses with xajax

( Permalink: Easy Ajax for the masses with xajax      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 6, 2005 )

CLI Magic: More on SSH
Basic tutorial on using SSH.
"Let's start with one of the basics. If you log into a remote machine frequently, you might be tired of typing your password over and over again. You can set up SSH so that you can authenticate without typing a password. First, you'll need to create an authentication key for SSH. This will actually consist of a key pair: a private key and a public key. To create your keys, run the command:"
Linux.com | CLI Magic: More on SSH

( Permalink: CLI Magic: More on SSH      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 6, 2005 )

How-to make a bike charger for your ipod!
Crazy? Well he made it work. :)
"Right, well, I drained my ipod overnight (all artists -> all numbers -> repeat :-) )... This way I want to see if I can get enough current from it to boot it, charge it and hopefully it charges enough to get some usable tunes out of it… (with my hand crank setup I had to crank for about 30 minutes to get two stripes on the battery)..."
geektechnique.org: How-to make a bike charger for your ipod!

( Permalink: How-to make a bike charger for your ipod!      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 6, 2005 )

Hacking OpenSUSE
Very nice article about some things you can do to improve your SuSE 10 system.
"When you're done installing SUSE Linux 10.0, your desktop system is not complete. If you installed the OSS version, you still need support for Java programs, MP3 audio files, and browser plugins for Macromedia Flash, Adobe Acrobat, RealPlayer, and Windows Media Video. If you installed the commercial edition you might have all of those things, but still not have support for playing DVD videos on your computer. Here's how to effectively make SUSE Linux 10.0 into a desktop powerhouse."
Hacking OpenSUSE

( Permalink: Hacking OpenSUSE      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 5, 2005 )

Read the letter that won the internet battle
Letter about why we should not create a new multi-governmental organization to rule over the Internet.
"The governance structure and continued stability and sustainability of the Internet are of paramount importance to the United States. The Internet has become an essential infrastructure for global communications, including for global trade and commerce, and therefore we firmly believe that support for the present structures for Internet governance is vital. These structures have proven to be a reliable foundation for the robust growth of the Internet we have seen over the course of the last decade."
Read the letter that won the internet governance battle | The Register

( Permalink: Read the letter that won the internet battle      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 5, 2005 )

Linksys courts Linux hackers with WRT54G
Good news for people that want a WRT54G to run Linux on.
"Linux hackers and hobbyists have long hot-rodded their WRT54Gs, adding features such as Radius authentication, bridge capabilities, VoIP QoS (voice-over-IP quality-of-service), and so on. The L model will continue to offer 4MB of Flash, and 16MB of RAM, in order to support the various freely and commercially available alternative firmware images for the devices that depend on those memory capacities. "
Linksys courts Linux hackers with WRT54G

( Permalink: Linksys courts Linux hackers with WRT54G      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 5, 2005 )

Primeval C: two very early compilers
I admire the willingness to put 35 year old code out on the net.
"Several years ago, Paul Vixie and Keith Bostic found a DECtape drive, attached it to a VAX, and offered to read old DECtapes. Even at the time, this was an antiquarian pursuit, and it presented an opportunity to mine beneath the raised floor of the computer room and unearth some of the DECtapes we'd stored since the early 1970s. Gradually, I've been curating some of this, and here offer some of the artifacts. Unfortunately existing tapes lack interesting things like earliest Unix OS source, but some indicative fossils have been prepared for exhibition."
Primeval C: two very early compilers

( Permalink: Primeval C: two very early compilers      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 5, 2005 )

G4-optimized Firefox 1.5 released: BeatnikPad Jour
Alternative version of Firefox, use at your own risk.
"For those of you with G4 processors and feeling left out of the G5-optimized Firefox build goodliness, I now have a G4-optimized Firefox 1.5 build just for you."
G4-optimized Firefox 1.5 released: BeatnikPad Journal

( Permalink: G4-optimized Firefox 1.5 released: BeatnikPad Jour      Submitted by Noel Mon Dec 5, 2005 )

Swedish Campground
I have no idea if this is true or not. But it's an interesting story.
"Finally she came across a floral symbol that was used in Sweden to indicate an interesting feature or attraction in a campground. She rendered a 16 x 16 bitmap of the little symbol and showed it to the rest of the team, and everybody liked it. Twenty years later, even in OS X, the Macintosh still has a little bit of a Swedish campground in it. "
Folklore.org: Macintosh Stories: Swedish Campground

( Permalink: Swedish Campground      Submitted by Noel Sun Dec 4, 2005 )

10 Places You Must Use Ajax
Interesting article that talks about the areas in which using AJAX makes a lot of sense and areas in which it does not.
"It's been well over a year now since GMail changed the way everyone thought about web apps. It's now officially annoying to use web apps that haven't replaced clunky html functionality with peppy Ajax goodness. "
Alex Bosworth's Weblog: 10 Places You Must Use Ajax

( Permalink: 10 Places You Must Use Ajax      Submitted by Noel Sun Dec 4, 2005 )

Track phone position with GoogleMaps and Java
Most developers (and the general public, for that matter) haven't yet gotten the idea that the next step in wireless applications is going to be all about location. Mologogo uses GoogleMaps with a Java and a GPS-enabled cell phone to show a target phone's position on a GoogleMap, allowing you to track it from your own phone or through the Web. This artcle provides insight into Mologogo and other Web 2.0 contenders and their privacy issues.

( Permalink: Track phone position with GoogleMaps and Java      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Dec 3, 2005 )

Take a Screenshot of DVD Player in OS X
Nice little tip on how to screen capture from a DVD.
"Ever since OS X came out, Apple made sure that it would not be possible to take a screenshot of a DVD. When DVD Player is open, you can't capture the screen with Grab. Command-Shift-3 and Command-Shift-4 both do not work when DVD Player is open. This makes no sense at all (If you own the DVD, you should have every right to do whatever you want with it! But that's another story). However, Apple forgot one thing..."
Random Tech: Take a Screenshot of DVD Player in OS X

( Permalink: Take a Screenshot of DVD Player in OS X      Submitted by Noel Sat Dec 3, 2005 )

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