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Jabber Instant Messaging
Anyone else remember when all we had was talk, ytalk, and finger? Things sure have gotten fancier and fancier. Well its a well written article, check it out.
"As with many other areas of technology built around proprietary offerings, someone sooner or later would offer an open standard. In instant messaging, the leader here is Jabber. Jabber is an open, XML-based protocol for instant messaging and presence. One of the more visible applications of this protocol is the creation of an instant-messaging network, though the protocol itself allows the development of and use with many other applications."
ONLamp.com: Company-Wide Instant Messaging with Jabberd

( Permalink: Jabber Instant Messaging      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 11, 2005 )

SoC Drawer: The Resource View
This article looks at system-on-a-chip (SoC) design and how designers can look at things from a resource perspective. A system-on-a-chip (SoC) can provide a single-chip solution, lower power usage, better performance, more frugal use of board real estate, simpler integration, and lower part counts.

( Permalink: SoC Drawer: The Resource View      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Oct 11, 2005 )

MCNLive Jordaan Review
I like live CDs, they make it so easy to introduce someone to Linux. They are also a great way to test drive a new distribution (even if its only new to you).
"When it comes to Live CDs, there are quite a few popular Live CD based distros out there. Quite a few have been reviewed on this site and others making their way onto this site. But one thing one must notice is that the majority of Live CDs and popular distros like Knoppix, Ubuntu, Xandros and more. MCNLive is probably one of the very few that are based on the Mandriva distro."
MCNLive Jordaan Review

( Permalink: MCNLive Jordaan Review      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 11, 2005 )

Review: The Sims 2
I bought it and only played for a little while. My daughter loves it. Go figure.
"The Sims 2 is the much awaited sequel to the ever popular and innovative Sims The Sims series. Like the original, You control your Sim through everyday life. Unlike its predecessor, you have control over every aspect of your Sim's life, whether it be deciding to starve them to death or have them grow to be the CEO of a company. "
Macologist :: View topic - The Sims 2 Review

( Permalink: Review: The Sims 2      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 11, 2005 )

Surplus Primestar Dish Wireless Antenna
Man people do cool stuff. I don't have anything good I could do with this sort of setup but just knowing it exists makes me want to figure something out. If you have done something cool with a homemade wireless dish or antenna drop me a line, I would like to interview you.
"It is easy to make a surplus Primestar dish into a highly directional antenna for the very popular IEEE 802.11 wireless networking. The resulting antenna has about 22 db of gain, and is fed with 50 ohm coaxial cable. Usually LMR400 or 9913 low loss cable is used if the source is more than a few feet from the antenna. The range using two of these antennas with a line of sight path is around 10 miles at full bandwidth. I must stress the line of sight part though. Leaves really attenuate the signal."
Use a Surplus Primestar Dish as an IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networking Antenna

( Permalink: Surplus Primestar Dish Wireless Antenna      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 10, 2005 )

Virtual Hosting With Postfix, Courier And MySQL
This document describes how to install a mail server based on Postfix that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database. I'll also demonstrate the installation and configuration of Courier (Courier-POP3, Courier-IMAP), so that Courier can authenticate against the same MySQL database Postfix uses.

The resulting Postfix server is capable of SMTP-AUTH and TLS and quota (quota is not built into Postfix by default, I'll show how to patch your Postfix appropriately). Passwords are stored in encrypted form in the database (most documents I found were dealing with plain text passwords which is a security risk). In addition to that, this tutorial covers the installation of Amavisd, SpamAssassin and ClamAV so that emails will be scanned for spam and viruses.

This tutorial is based on Debian Sarge (Debian 3.1).

( Permalink: Virtual Hosting With Postfix, Courier And MySQL      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Oct 10, 2005 )

Under /etc: A Simple Guide | Linux Journal
I like to make a backup file name filename.date. Sometimes on a machine with several people having responsibilities we have done filename.initials-date i.e. filename.nd-8oct05. The important thing is that you have a system so you can identify the old file if you need to go back to it.
"Newcomers to Linux, especially those coming from a Windows background, often find files in the /etc directory to be difficult to understand. In this article, I provide a brief explanation of some of these files and their uses. Before we dive into the /etc directory however, I would like to point out that changes to some of these files can render your system unstable or in some circumstances unbootable. I cannot emphasize enough that you should make a backup of these files before making any changes."
Under /etc: A Simple Guide | Linux Journal

( Permalink: Under /etc: A Simple Guide | Linux Journal      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 10, 2005 )

Using GMail and Linux for Spam Filtering
I also have noticed the small amount of spam that Google has dropped in my mailbox. They are doing a great job with it.
"One of the things that struck me most about GMail is the absence of spam. During my initial use, I could easily attribute that to the fact that it was a new account that hadn't been found by the spammers' address harvesters. Recently, though, it's become obvious that GMail's spam filtering pieces are superb. I am getting spammed, but GMail is catching the vast majority in its filters."
Using GMail and Linux for Spam Filtering | Geektime Linux

( Permalink: Using GMail and Linux for Spam Filtering      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 10, 2005 )

Darwin only Commands
Great page that lists Unix commands that only exist under Darwin.
"This page lists command-line programs that are found only or almost only on Darwin, the Open Source version of Unix used in Mac OS X. This information on this page is a pre-publication version of Appendix A of Unix for Mac OS X Tiger."
Unix Commands Unique to Darwin

( Permalink: Darwin only Commands      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 10, 2005 )

Short review of SuSE 10 Linux
I tried to early to get it and it was not on the mirrors yet and have been to busy after that. Well this is a short but good write up about it.
"The install on an old 1.2G AMD with 348K of RAM went flawlessly. While a bit on the slow side, the install progressed without a hitch. (I later installed on a much newer machine with 1G of RAM and the install seemed to fly!) The usual questions; language, licensing agreement, choice of install (KDE or GNOME), time zone, etc. Once answered, it was time for the install to begin. End of Disk 1, system rebooted and the install continued."
Suse 10 Goldmaster is a HIT! | Geektime Linux

( Permalink: Short review of SuSE 10 Linux      Submitted by Noel Sun Oct 9, 2005 )

How To Build a Game In A Week
This guy used Python and PyGame to build a RPG in a really short amount of time. Interesting that this is possible and interesting that we are seeing more and more applications come out that are written in interpreted languages that would have needed to be compiled just a few years ago.
"I can't believe how quickly many features came together using Python as opposed to, say, C++ or even Java. Things like typeless variables, dictionaries, and extremely easy-to-declare lists (allowing a mixing and matching of object types) made it very easy to implement content lists, attribute handling, spell effects, and so forth. I was already a fan of the language, but now the prospect of using Python, tied into a high-level 3D engine, has become extremely appealing to me."
GameDev.net - How To Build a Game In A Week From Scratch With No Budget

( Permalink: How To Build a Game In A Week      Submitted by Noel Sat Oct 8, 2005 )

Expect and SSH- Mobile phone marketing & Mobile marketing tips from a Mobile marketing agency
An article over on Linux Journal made me think about all the different ways I have done similar things. While still overcome by the memories I dug out some expect code that I used a few years ago to automate feeding a SSH pass phrase to scp multiple times and wrote a little bit about it. Hope you find it useful.

( Permalink: Expect and SSH- Mobile phone marketing & Mobile marketing tips from a Mobile marketing agency      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 7, 2005 )

XFree86 Trouble
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in XFree86, cfengine, RealPlayer 10, Helix Player, ClamAV, XSun, Xprt, arc, prozilla, AbiWord, Backupninja, Hylafax, ApacheTop, and libsnmp5.

( Permalink: XFree86 Trouble      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 7, 2005 )

Mac OS X Software thats open source
Great article that describes a list of Mac OS X open source applications. Its a nice list. I look for software to play with when I get bored and there were several in this list I had not heard of. Smultron and Preferential Treatment both look interesting, so check it out while I play with Smultron.
"If you want to make use of open source software on a Macintosh running OS X, you have plenty of options. The Fink project modifies Unix/Linux open source packages to run on Mac OS X, and gives users the ability to build from source or download precompiled binaries. Many open source packages have native OS X versions -- Firefox, Thunderbird, Abiword, Nvu, and the GIMP among them. But if you dig deeper, you will find quite a few Mac-only open source software gems. Here are a few of the best open source programs written specifically for Mac OS X."
NewsForge | Using open source software on Mac OS X

( Permalink: Mac OS X Software thats open source      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 7, 2005 )

Java object serialization for Ajax
If you're doing Java Web development using Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax), then delivering data from the server to the client is probably your top concern. This article focuses on what matters most for many Java Web developers: producing data for the client and walks you through five approaches to Java object serialization. It will give you all the information you need to choose the data format and technology best suited to your application.

( Permalink: Java object serialization for Ajax      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Oct 7, 2005 )

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