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Quickly build Java GUIs for Windows and Linux
More and more software companies are developing applications on multiple platforms. Testing their applications on multiple platforms is a big challenge. In order to shorten the testing effort, they want to write their test scripts once and run them on multiple platforms. This article will walk you through the multiple platform automation coding process with an automation project for Windows and Linux using the Rational Functional Tester.

( Permalink: Quickly build Java GUIs for Windows and Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Oct 25, 2005 )

OpenOffice.org 2.0 Has Edge over Its StarOffice 8
Short very positive look at OpenOffice.org 2.0.
"eWEEK Labs' tests of OpenOffice.org 2.0 show that it is an excellent office productivity suite option, particularly in the case of Linux distributions, which typically come bundled with a well-integrated version of the suite."
OpenOffice.org 2.0 Has Edge over Its StarOffice 8 Cousin

( Permalink: OpenOffice.org 2.0 Has Edge over Its StarOffice 8      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 25, 2005 )

Good machine to run Linux on
Ray has been my go to guy for hardware advice for years. He has started a new site called Baremetalbits where he is reviewing various computer hardware. I know his new site is going onto my to read list, and you should add it to yours.

This Shuttle that he reviewed also looks so nice to me I think its going to be the new Linux machine I am building to run Asterisk and some other jobs.

"The Shuttle SN25P is a stylish, yet reasonably priced way to run the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ dual-core 64-bit processor. Even without multithreaded software, the AMD 64 will still let you run a heavy background process while still having a complete processor core dedicated to your foreground activities. The addition of an X2 CPU turns this little box into the next best thing to your own portable supercomputer. "
Review: Shuttle XPC SN25P SFF Barebones Computer

( Permalink: Good machine to run Linux on      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 24, 2005 )

Howto: Running a server with Ubuntu 5.10
This tutorial covers the installation of a web-, email- and ftp server using the new Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger).
Though Ubuntu is primarily targeted at desktop systems, you can also use it to run a rock-solid web server, and this document shows both Linux newbies and experienced users how to do that.

The tutorial demonstrates the installation of Apache + SSL + PHP, Postfix with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND9, Courier-IMAP(s) and Courier-POP3(s), Proftpd, MySQL, Webalizer, Quota, etc. with the help of 22 screenshots.

( Permalink: Howto: Running a server with Ubuntu 5.10      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Oct 24, 2005 )

PostgreSQL bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch
I don't know anything personally about the course but I do really love the name. It does sound better that the way most computer courses are done.
"Last month I spent an intense five days learning the ins and outs of the PostgreSQL database management system at the Big Nerd Ranch, a teaching and consulting company based in Atlanta which specializes in Mac OS X and Unix. The "Big Nerd Ranch Way" removes you from your normal environment to Historic Banning Mills, a beautiful resort southwest of Atlanta, where your only concern is learning. Founder and alpha nerd Aaron Hillegass and his staff offer a series of innovative courses taught by world-class professionals."
NewsForge | PostgreSQL bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch

( Permalink: PostgreSQL bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 24, 2005 )

Linux System Startup
Good overview of what your Linux machine does when it boots up.
"The boot loader is the program loaded by the ROM. It is either the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) on the motherboard or device-specific code, as might be found on a SCSI disk controller board. There are two popular boot loaders for PCs. LILO, short for Linux loader, is the traditional loader, while GRUB, short for grand unified bootloader, is the newer one. Each program has the task of grabbing some configuration information, loading the Linux (or other) kernel and turning over control to the OS."
Linux System Startup | Linux Journal

( Permalink: Linux System Startup      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 24, 2005 )

Why Worms Shun Apple's OSX
Short article that talks about some of Mac OS X's security Advantages.
"MONEY OVER GLORY.  OS X offers inherently better security for several reasons. The most important is that it was designed with relatively little concern for compatibility with earlier versions, while Windows is full of compromises so that it works with older and less secure operating systems."
Businessweek: Why Worms Shun Apple's OSX

( Permalink: Why Worms Shun Apple's OSX      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 24, 2005 )

Clean up your web apps with SOAP and AJAX
Popularized through its use in a number of well-known Web application services like GMail, Google Maps, Flickr, and Odeo.com, AJAX provides Web developers with a way of expanding the value and function of their Web applications by using asynchronous XML messaging. This article shows you how to implement a Web browser-based SOAP Web services client using the Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) design pattern.

( Permalink: Clean up your web apps with SOAP and AJAX      Submitted by Anonymous Sun Oct 23, 2005 )

Macologist :: Home
Its nice to see companies stepping up with support even if it's just at the promise stage.
"Let's be perfectly clear about this. There WILL be a Mac/Linux/Win32 client AND server released on the SAME exact release date when Teamspeak 3 is ready and made available to the open pub. All platforms will contain the SAME feature-rich client and be fully functional with one another. There will be NO compatibility between Teamspeak 3 and its predecessors. "
Macologist :: Home

( Permalink: Macologist :: Home      Submitted by Noel Sun Oct 23, 2005 )

You can't offshore legacy systems Integrity
This article examines the critical role that older workers with extensive knowledge about legacy systems should play in maintaining, integrating, and replacing those systems. Based on his consulting experiences, the author describes effective techniques for discovering legacy system characteristics and leveraging the wisdom of experienced Older staff members.

( Permalink: You can't offshore legacy systems Integrity      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Oct 22, 2005 )

Video iPod review
Well written review of the new iPod Video.
"A lot of questions were raised by the tech crowd about the new iPod: what types of video would it play? What happened to the iPod photo? Why release a new iPod so soon after the nano? What's the battery life? What does the video output look like on a TV? Are TV shows really watchable on such a tiny screen? Does it scratch as easily as the iPod nano? Those were just a few of the questions I was barraged with when I told people I had gotten my hands on the new iPod, and were more than enough to warrant a discussion on the topic."
Video iPod : Page 1

( Permalink: Video iPod review      Submitted by Noel Sat Oct 22, 2005 )

The CUPS Printing System
Good overview of the CUPS printing system.
"CUPS is what its name says: a common UNIX printing system. It is aimed at providing a common printing interface across a local network, masking differences among the printing systems on each computer. I am not sure that such a system is needed in a pure Linux environment, where the standard Berkely LPD provides this functionality, but CUPS does provide interactivity with SMB and Windows printers. CUPS also allows dynamic printer detection and grouping."
The CUPS Printing System | Linux Journal

( Permalink: The CUPS Printing System      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 21, 2005 )

The More Processors, the Better
Achieve a level of high reliability in a microprocessor system by adding a second identical processor to a system to monitor and verify the system processor operation -- also known as the lockstep processor technique. This tip demonstrates the integrated lockstep facility (LSF) in the PowerPC 750GX processor.

( Permalink: The More Processors, the Better      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Oct 21, 2005 )

Interview with Bryan Cantrill
Interesting interview with Bryan Cantrill creator of DTrace.
"I wanted to do operating system development, and I interviewed everywhere," Cantrill says. "The amount of energy at Sun was probably three orders of magnitude greater than any other place. All the other computer companies ... their operating system development groups were like morgues, because operating system development was viewed as something of the past."
Bryan Cantrill: DTrace

( Permalink: Interview with Bryan Cantrill      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 21, 2005 )

Looking at the RTF format
Good look at the RTF document format and what is good about it.
"RTF is more helpful than some other formatting markups because it is human-readable, and it was designed to be that way from the outset. It's a text-based format, not a binary one. You can, if you so choose, write RTF markup in a plain text editor (although I can't imagine any circumstances in which that would be a good idea)."
MacDevCenter.com: TextEdit's Default Format: RTF... Why?

( Permalink: Looking at the RTF format      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 21, 2005 )

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