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Review of SuSE 10 Beta 3
I have been planning to download and review SuSE 10 but as I have not done it yet ... Let me point you over to GeekTimeLinux.com who has.
"OPEN SUSE has been billed by everyone that has worked with it as offering cutting edge software. Some already proven, while other programs are still in their Beta form. Some of the new software includes; GNOME 2.12 and KDE 3.4, two powerful desktop environments. Both with polish and speed. My install was with GNOME. This version of GNOME appears to be much more polished than previous versions and (it may just be me) even appears to be faster."
Suse 10...No Hits...Just RUNS...No Errors

( Permalink: Review of SuSE 10 Beta 3      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 15, 2005 )

How to use iPodderX
I use iTunes. But if your unhappy with that solution then this is a viable alternative.
"As I said earlier, you can subscribe to podcasts using a dedicated podcatching client. There are several solutions available for the Mac, but my favorite dedicated client is iPodderX. iPodderX is developed by August Trometer (Purdue grad) and Ray Slakinski. The team just released a new version of the application that includes several excellent features. Some of them include:"
Podcasting 101

( Permalink: How to use iPodderX      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 15, 2005 )

The ATX Case and Power Supply
The recent blade.org announcement heralds that IBM and Intel are looking to standardize blade hardware designs, allowing blade systems from multiple vendors to work together. It's no surprise that Intel is interested in this -- its own ATX standard has been a massive success. This article looks at the history of ATX and some of the lessons learned about power supply and chassis standardization.

( Permalink: The ATX Case and Power Supply      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Sep 15, 2005 )

Review of ABSmini
This looks like a very nice size for an external drive. I may need to get one of these.
"The ABSmini is a 1.8" USB 2.0 external storage device and one-touch backup system that is smaller than it has a right to be. Not only is its size remarkable, but so is its ability to be powered totally off of its USB connection, so no power plugs and bulky AC adapters are necessary at all."

( Permalink: Review of ABSmini      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 15, 2005 )

Mirrored RAID Using GRUB
Interesting article about moving from a single drive Linux set up to a fully mirrored bootable configuration. The article covers each step and looks complete.
"This article assumes you are using GRUB as your bootloader, and that you have an existing, working, and bootable installation of Linux. This document (should) contain every command required to convert a single drive over to a fully mirrored RAID-1 system. During the process, you will have an opportunity to change the filesystem type (perhaps from Ext2 to XFS or ReiserFS); I will be migrating partitions from Ext2 to Ext3 and XFS."
Migrating To A Mirrored RAID Using GRUB

( Permalink: Mirrored RAID Using GRUB      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 14, 2005 )

BitTorrent under Linux
BitTorrent is a great way to distribute large files. If you have never given it a try, take a look. Lots things can be downloaded with it, for example Linux distributions.
"The BitTorrent protocol implements a hybrid client/server and P2P file transfer mechanism. BitTorrent efficiently distributes large amounts of static data, such as installation ISO images. It can replace protocols such as anonymous FTP, where client authentication is not required. Each BitTorrent client that downloads a file provides additional bandwidth for uploading the file, reducing the load on the initial source. In general BitTorrent downloads proceed more rapidly than FTP downloads."
BitTorrent for Linux

( Permalink: BitTorrent under Linux      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 14, 2005 )

Worldwide saturation bombing of Knoppix CDs
This was only an average Humorix post (which is pretty good) until I got to the last line. ha! I will help burn some of them :)
"Nevertheless, one naysayer emerged from the woodwork to say nay. "This is a bad idea for demonstrating Linux to end users. ActiveX is unstable and unreliable -- if NAPWOT crashes because of a flaw in Windows, Linux will get all of the blame. In short, Microsoft would be rewarded for its own shoddy programming. No, we need people to try real Linux distributions -- I'd recommend a worldwide saturation bombing of Knoppix CDs, but that's just my personal preference.""
Programmer Implements Linux As ActiveX Applet

( Permalink: Worldwide saturation bombing of Knoppix CDs      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 14, 2005 )

Using Apache mod_jk
"Recently, I was asked to reorganize some of our Web applications to improve their stability. The major push was to get each of our applications running in its own instance of Tomcat. These applications all are in various stages of development, and if a single instance allocates all of the memory available, the entire Tomcat server must be restarted. This, in turn, brings down all of the other applications."
Connecting Apache's Web Sever to Multiple Instances of Tomcat

( Permalink: Using Apache mod_jk      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 14, 2005 )

My experience with ACLs (Access Control Lists) was on Solaris and was not nearly as painful as Michael Solberg reports. However I have not had that much use for them. They can let you do some very flexible things with files and directories shared between users. If you want to learn about ACLs on a Mac this is an excellent article to start with.
"I have to admit, when I first heard that Apple was adding ACLs to the next version of OS X, I got a pretty nasty lump in my throat and ordered another pint of ale. I was first introduced to ACLs in DFS on AIX and I still have nightmares and flashbacks of files which can't be deleted by root and will forever remain on the disk until the next newfs. After reading through Apple's new File Services manual however, I've learned to stop fearing and start loving the ACL. Apple's implementation of ACLs on Darwin is actually very intuitive and makes a whole lot of sense."
Grokking Darwin ACLs

( Permalink: Mac OS X ACLs      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 14, 2005 )

All about wget
wget is a great utility. I use it all the time. Mac users should take a look at curl.
"OK, you laggardly louts late to the Linux party, listen up! This week's column is all about power to the people. Command line power. Power that keeps working while you're off lollygagging. We're talking about GNU Wget: the behind-the-scenes, under-the-hood, don't-need-watching, network utility that speaks HTTP, HTTPS and FTP with equal fluency. Wget makes it easy to download a personal copy of a Web site from the Internet to peruse offline at your leisure, or retrieve the complete contents of a distribution directory on a remote FTP site."
CLI Magic: the word on wget

( Permalink: All about wget      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 13, 2005 )

What is IPython?
"Python, an interpretive programming language that combines elegant code with a powerful object-oriented approach and many modules, has been around since the early 1990s. To make Python more productive, Fernando Perez in 2001 began working on IPython, an enhanced interactive Python shell with improvements such as history caching, profiles, object information, and session logging, as a replacement for the default interpreter."
Introducing IPython

( Permalink: What is IPython?      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 13, 2005 )

Interview with Alan Cox
Alan is interesting and intelligent and the interviewer did a good job. This interview focuses on computer and Internet security.
"It is beginning to improve, but at the moment computer security is rather basic and mostly reactive. Systems fail absolutely rather than degrade. We are still in a world where an attack like the slammer worm combined with a PC BIOS eraser or disk locking tool could wipe out half the PCs exposed to the internet in a few hours. In a sense we are fortunate that most attackers want to control and use systems they attack rather than destroy them."
The Next 50 Years of Computer Security: An Interview with Alan Cox

( Permalink: Interview with Alan Cox      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 13, 2005 )

Weigh your options before building a customizable
Customization typically offers users the ability to manipulate shiny objects, but not much real power. Wouldn't it be better to put the time into supporting a more powerful and flexible user interface?

( Permalink: Weigh your options before building a customizable      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Sep 13, 2005 )

Hacking an iPod
"This project came about after I dropped my 40 GB 3rd generation iPod and killed the hard drive in it. I decided to open up the iPod and see what I could do with it. I could do so without fear of breaking it, since I’d already broken the most expensive part in it."
iPod Super

( Permalink: Hacking an iPod      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 13, 2005 )

The State of Linux Graphics
This is a great article on what's going on with Linux graphics. It covers all sorts of things such as X, XAA, Cairo, OpenGL, Kernel Graphics Support, VGA support, OpenGLIES, and more.
"X.org is about to release X11R7. The primary feature of this release is the modularization of the X source code base. While modularization doesn’t mean anything to most users, it will make it much easier to work on the X source code. Before modularization the X source tree consisted of about 16M lines of code all built as a single project. After modularization the tree will be split into dozens of independent pieces, making the project much easier to build and understand."
The State of Linux Graphics

( Permalink: The State of Linux Graphics      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 12, 2005 )

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