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Looking at OTR
OTR is fine. My chats are not all that exciting so sniff away I don't worry about them all that much.
"OTR was developed by two security researchers, Ian Goldberg and Nikita Borisov, at the University of California at Berkeley. The software provides standard security features like authentication, to ensure you are talking to the person you think you are, and encryption, so no one can tap into your conversation. In addition, OTR introduces two new security concepts to instant messaging -- deniable authentication and perfect forward secrecy."
NewsForge | How to keep instant messaging off the record

( Permalink: Looking at OTR      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 14, 2005 )

Diagnostic Tests with Ant
Checking your Java code with Ant. Sounds good to me.
"Most of these problems can be solved by creating a checklist. However, instead of wasting time asking new users the same questions on the checklist over and over, you can create a diagnostic test that goes through the checklist, providing users with the information they need to solve the problem. If users can't solve the problem themselves, they can show you a clear checklist, so you can take a look at what's going wrong without asking a bunch of questions first."
ONJava.com: Diagnostic Tests with Ant

( Permalink: Diagnostic Tests with Ant      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 14, 2005 )

Howto Create Video for your iPod
Warning to all, I have been avoiding upgrading Quicktime because I did not want to buy pro-again. But iTunes 6 wants the new version of Quicktime, so hey I sent Apple a little bit of money today.
"With QuickTime 7 Pro, you can create your own videos that will play on the new iPod. Already have great home movies you want to play on your iPod? No problem. QuickTime 7 Pro helps you easily convert them to a format that iPod understands.* Just follow these easy instructions and you'll be watching your own video on your iPod in no time."
Apple - QuickTime - Tutorials - Creating Video for iPod

( Permalink: Howto Create Video for your iPod      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 14, 2005 )

Editing audio with Ardour, Audacity, and SND
Very well done overview of editing audio on Linux with Ardour, Audacity, or SND. Spends enough time with each of them without being to long. If you do any editing under Linux or even a Mac this article is worth reading.
"Meet Jack. Jack is where things start to get weird. Most operating systems, err, Windows and OS X, provide an invisible interface to your audio hardware. In these OSes audio applications output to a software mixer, which mixes the signals and streams it to the sound card. This approach is similar to how ESD works. Similarly, Jack is an audio daemon that sits between audio apps and ALSA. Where Jack differs is that, in the proud tradition of Linux, it is infinitely configurable. This allows lower latency and the ability to pipe any output to any input, like a rousing game of Twister, but with data. Ardour requires it. Audacity and SND can use it. Any ALSA program can use it via an ALSA plugin."
Editing audio in Linux : Page 1

( Permalink: Editing audio with Ardour, Audacity, and SND      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 13, 2005 )

How ping came to be
Great story about how the network tool ping came to be.
"In December of 1983 I encountered some odd behavior of the IP network at BRL. Recalling Dr. Mills' comments, I quickly coded up the PING program, which revolved around opening an ICMP style SOCK_RAW AF_INET Berkeley-style socket(). The code compiled just fine, but it didn't work -- there was no kernel support for raw ICMP sockets! Incensed, I coded up the kernel support and had everything working well before sunrise. Not surprisingly, Chuck Kennedy (aka "Kermit") had found and fixed the network hardware before I was able to launch my very first "ping" packet. But I've used it a few times since then. *grin* If I'd known then that it would be my most famous accomplishment in life, I might have worked on it another day or two and added some more options."
The Story of the PING Program

( Permalink: How ping came to be      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 13, 2005 )

DiscoverStation: Multi-headed Linux machine
This is a new twist on the terminals hooked to a computer idea. You put in extra video cards, USB keyboards, hook monitors to the cards, and bang you have a multi-headed Linux box. Pretty cool.
"By combining a mixture of proprietary administrative tools with a modified Red Hat distribution and a GNOME desktop, Userful has updated the concept of timesharing by adapting it to a personal computer. The result is DiscoverStation, a hardware and software solution that connects as many as 10 terminals to a single computer."
NewsForge | Userful GNU/Linux multi-station software suits general desktop users

( Permalink: DiscoverStation: Multi-headed Linux machine      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 13, 2005 )

Using Cyrus IMAP
Nice overview of using Cyrus IMAP.
"Postfix is a replacement for sendmail, the stock MTA that comes in FreeBSD. It is easier to configure and manage than sendmail. If you depend on sendmail, you can still look at the article for the Cyrus part, but you'll need to look elsewhere for the MTA configuration."
ONLamp.com: Running Cyrus IMAP

( Permalink: Using Cyrus IMAP      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 13, 2005 )

New iPod, iTunes 6, and iMac G5
New cool stuff from Apple: a wider iPod that can play videos, new version of iTunes so you can buy videos and TV shows to watch on the iPod, and a new iMac G5 with some cool new features.
"The new iPod, featuring a gorgeous 2.5-inch color screen, can display album artwork and photos, as well as play stunning video including music videos, video podcasts, home movies and television shows. The new iPod holds up to 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos or over 150 hours of video and is available in a 30GB model for $299 and a 60GB model for $399, with both models available in stunning white or black designs."
News Stuff at Apple

( Permalink: New iPod, iTunes 6, and iMac G5      Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 13, 2005 )

Wireless Robotics: Fast Robot Prototyping
Learn about the different materials and techniques you can use to physically build a robotic prototype. See how to build a fast and easy prototype that can be disassembled, reconfigured, and reassembled. This article builds on a previous articles, entitled "How to drive your wireless robot."

( Permalink: Wireless Robotics: Fast Robot Prototyping      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Oct 13, 2005 )

Book Review: Knoppix Hacks
I love knoppix. It is just about the next best thing to sliced bread. Well perhaps even better as I am on a low carb diet.
"This is a book about using Knoppix, um, disaster recovery, er, fixing Linux -- Windows even -- well, about so much that almost everybody ought to read it. It would be a shame if the title were to turn off potential readers. If it hadn't been for the sub-title, "100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools", I likely wouldn't have bothered to look at it at all."
Book Review: Knoppix Hacks by Kyle Rankin LG

( Permalink: Book Review: Knoppix Hacks      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 12, 2005 )

Review: Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger
I have yet to play with Ubuntu, so many distributions so little time.
"Ubuntu 5.10 release, also known as Breezy Badger, is not drastically different from the previous Ubuntu release, 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog, but it is an excellent distribution that is well worth a look for any user interested in a Linux distro for the desktop or server. The Ubuntu distribution is on a six-month development cycle, so releases tend to be full of minor improvements and incremental changes. This is a good thing for users, since it means a great deal of stability from release to release -- as well as a predictable release cycle that's easy to plan around."
Linux.com | Review: Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger

( Permalink: Review: Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 12, 2005 )

What the heck is Open source?
The phrase "open source license" refers to a large number of agreements that license the copyrights inherent in software widely, fairly, and with the fewest restrictions possible. While all open source licenses share similar intentions, each license typically accomplishes its goal by different means. This article, written by Editor in Chief of the Linux Magazine Martin Streicher, describes the tenets of copyright and explains the intents of an open source license.

( Permalink: What the heck is Open source?      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Oct 12, 2005 )

So You Like Color?
Good article on using colors on the console.
"Have you ever redirected the output of a curses program with colors and wondered what those mysterious ^[[ symbols are? Have you ever tried to produce colors with a printf command without using curses? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, read on. This article attempts to explain the mysterious characters that one finds in the output of a curses program that produces colors. Later, we extend this concept to produce colors with a mere printf command."
So You Like Color--The Mysterious ^[[ Characters | Linux Journal

( Permalink: So You Like Color?      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 12, 2005 )

Identifying Changes to the File System
The best thing about a Mac is that it comes pretty much locked down from outside attacks. The second best part of it is that its Unix and does not have years of crazy compromises piled on top of more compromises.
"When you use a Macintosh, or indeed any Unix-based system, it's comforting to know that your computer is more secure than Windows. It is, however, a mistake to equate "more secure" with "invulnerable." Keep in mind that the hacker who does break into your system has more skills than the average script kiddy. And when this happens, what should you be looking for? Let's assume that a malicious hacker wants one of two things:"
MacDevCenter.com: Mac Security: Identifying Changes to the File System

( Permalink: Identifying Changes to the File System      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 12, 2005 )

SUSE 10.0 Review
Lots of screenshots. Picture is worth a thousands words and all that. Its also a well done review.
"In brief: New SUSE, first release from OpenSUSE.org, comes in OSS Edition (100% Open Source, only available on 5 CD ISOs) and Eval Edition (free and unlimited, but contains closed source. DVD or 5 CD ISOs), has been tested in 4 beta releases and 1 release candidate. This review is based on the Eval DVD, but if you don't like reading you can just skip directly to the screenshots. "
SUSE 10.0: Get the facts! - Ben Jao Ming

( Permalink: SUSE 10.0 Review      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 11, 2005 )

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