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Apple Security Update
Just to warn you there have been some reports of 64 bit application problems. On the other hand a lot of stuff was patched with this update.
"Apple on Monday released a security update for Mac OS X, updating several of the components and technologies in the operating system. Specifically, the update affects AppKit, BlueTooth, CoreFoundation, cups, Directory Services, HIToolBox, Kerberos, loginwindow, Mail, OpenSSL, QuartzComposerScreenSaver, Security Interface, Safari, X11 and zlib."
Apple releases security update for Mac OS X

( Permalink: Apple Security Update      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 19, 2005 )

Linux Wireless Freedom with OpenWrt
Do you love Linux? Do you demand more from your Linksys WRT router? Enter openwrt, a Linux distro for Linksys WRT (and similar) routers. Newsforge is running an article that explores OpenWrt and provides a step-by-step guide on how to go from an ordinary router to an amazing Linux system.

( Permalink: Linux Wireless Freedom with OpenWrt      Submitted by American Dave Fri Aug 19, 2005 )

How to upgrade a video card
Good overview on how to select a video card, and then how to install it.
"Next is a question of chipsets. The 3-D graphics field has two major camps, ATI and NVIDIA. Both ATI and NVIDIA make a range of GPUs and support chips that they sell to other manufactures to be used in their graphic cards. What can get slightly confusing is that some firms, such as Asus, build both ATI and NVIDIA-based video cards. Unlike NVIDIA, ATI manufactures and sells some video cards under their own names. The question is which is better for a Linux user. As of this writing, ATI cards have a reputation for uneven Linux video driver quality, so, at present I prefer NVIDIA-based cards. Although there are issues associated with installing NVIDIA drivers, which this article will get to, the cards are well supported under Linux."
A Video Card Upgrade HOWTO

( Permalink: How to upgrade a video card      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 19, 2005 )

Review of PiTiVi and GStreamer
"Hervey's goals for PiTiVi have been clear from the beginning. His intention was to create a simple, intuitive, and powerful editor that can be useful for both home and professional needs. Back in 2004, PiTiVi was Hervey's end of studies project, and he spent his time proving that the freedesktop.org-hosted GStreamer framework could handle audio and video editing. Since March 2005, Hervey took PiTiVi from the ground up and identified where he could go with the existing codebase. He decided to convert the application to use Python. PiTiVi currently uses the new GStreamer 0.9 release, which includes many improvements for supporting complex end-user multimedia applications--such as PiTiVi."
Linux for Video Production

( Permalink: Review of PiTiVi and GStreamer      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 19, 2005 )

Balance - Command line load balencer
I have not played with Balance myself but it may be worth looking into.
"A server is limited in how many users it can serve in a given period of time, and once it hits that limit, the only options are to replace it with a newer, faster machine, or add another server and share the load between them. A load balancer can distribute connections among two or more servers, proportionally cutting the work each has to do. Load balancing can help with almost any kind of service, including HTTP, DNS, FTP, POP/IMAP, and SMTP. There are a number of open source load balancing applications, but one simple command-line load balancer, balance, remains one of the most popular available."
Taking a load off: Load balancing with balance

( Permalink: Balance - Command line load balencer      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 19, 2005 )

Black Dog Pocket Linux Server
This sounds very cool to me. I want one that uses bluetooth instead of USB and it would be perfect.
"The Dogs are based on a single PowerPC 405 Delta embedded processor and 64MB of RAM (Realm also has a dual-processor model under development for its enterprise product line). The company calls the Dogs "servers" because they create an Ethernet-over-USB network with the host PC, and serve applications that are accessed using the host PC's KVM device functions."
Pocketable Linux server creates plug-and-go Linux desktop

( Permalink: Black Dog Pocket Linux Server      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 18, 2005 )

New user experience with Linux
Linux-noob brings us a Linux review from a total newbie. As I have been using Linux for more than a decade the article is from an interesting perspective.
"Here's a default for Linux, The workspaces. If you want to have things organised, this is the way to do it. In your bottom right corner you will see four different workspaces. I found them when accidentally pressing something and my windows dissapeared. i thought my laptop was haunted but then I found it again... on a different workspace. Now I can easily have everything the way I want it, easy to find and use. This is usually how I use the workspaces: "
Windows girl goes Fedora

( Permalink: New user experience with Linux      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 18, 2005 )

Review of Conserver
"These are just some of the things conserver can do for you. Conserver is a daemon that runs on a Unix-like system to facilitate remote management of devices. The only prerequisite to taking advantage of conserver is the ability to connect to the "console" of the device you wish to manage. This "connection" can be via a direct serial connection, a TCP socket, or any command conserver can invoke. A TCP socket is traditionally used to connect to a terminal server, whereas random commands allow you to do anything -- from connecting to proprietary systems to integrating into an IPMI environment. The definition of "console" is really left up to your imagination."
Conserver: A Flexible, Mature Console Management System

( Permalink: Review of Conserver      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 18, 2005 )

And it still toasts bread
Ok this is cool. But I want to see the kitchen sink version.
"It has long been regarded that the UNIX-like OS NetBSD is portable to every type of machine except perhaps your kitchen toaster. Technologic Systems, however, has conquered this last frontier. Using one of its rugged embedded TS-7200 single-board computers housed inside the empty space of a standard 2 slice toaster, Technologic Systems has designed a functional NetBSD controlled toaster."
Technologic Systems Designs NetBSD Controlled Toaster

( Permalink: And it still toasts bread      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 18, 2005 )

Game Review: Battlefield 1942
Battlefield 1942 is probably going to be my next software purchase. If you have never heard of it or just want some more information take a look at this review.
"Battlefield 1942 is a first person shooter that allows you to fight in all the major battles of World War II. From the Russian front to the Pacific islands you fight as one of five different soldiers. From sniper to medic, Allied or Axis, you can choose your place in the battle. Every vehicle you encounter is fair game to hop in and unleash your fighting fury. Tanks are by far your best resource on the field, but there are battleships, submarines, planes, jeeps, halftracks, anti-aircraft guns, and many more. The range of play and freedom of choice in this game is what makes it so addictive. Theft of enemy vehicles is not only allowed but part of a good strategy, depriving them of supplies. Strategy is important but not rigid. Decide to fight alongside your comrades or sneak up to the frontlines to wage your own private war. Every time you fight the same battle the choices you make drastically affect the outcome."
Review: Battlefield 1942

( Permalink: Game Review: Battlefield 1942      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 18, 2005 )

Geronimo: Open Source Java 2 Platform
Geronimo is one of the more complex projects undertaken by the open source community, comparable to Linux in its intricacy. One of Geronimo's principal goals is J2EE 1.4 certification -- a time-consuming effort. Nevertheless, Geronimo has already issued several milestone releases and is moving steadily toward the magical 1.0 release. Peek behind the curtain and see how the Geronimo deployment model brings a number of different open source projects under one umbrella.

( Permalink: Geronimo: Open Source Java 2 Platform      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Aug 17, 2005 )

Graphic algorithm testing with Tcl
Interesting article that describes how to put together a 3D testing environment that can be used with different algorithms.
"Do you need any of these development environments to experiment with game console 3D programming? Certainly not. I am surrounded by computers at work and at home; Macintosh, PC, Sun, and SGI. Despite the differences in hardware and software on all of these systems, they all have a nice little scripting language, Tcl, which is more than capable of stepping up to the task. Using Tcl, you can literally prototype algorithms in the interpreter much in the same way you would prototype an electronics circuit on an experimenter's breadboard. In our case, we're going to assemble a game console to experiment with using Tcl. Pretty cool, huh?"
Build a Simple 3D Pipeline in Tcl

( Permalink: Graphic algorithm testing with Tcl      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 17, 2005 )

KNemo: Network Monitor for KDE
The beauty of Linux is such that it recognizes the spirit of innovation and encourages that spirit to roam free. One of the tools that I had truly enojpoyed having available to me in older versions of KDE was KNetStats, a useful applet that offered a utility that offered an expansion of the functionality of GNOME-netstatus. I often went to great lengths to package the Debian version of KNetStats simply to have that useful tool available.
fullstory with screenshots.

( Permalink: KNemo: Network Monitor for KDE      Submitted by Chuck Talk Wed Aug 17, 2005 )

Review of Car Racing Game TORCS
Well written review of the car racing game TORCS.
"That's why I'm thankful for TORCS, a beautiful 3-D auto race game for the serious race fan. TORCS Project leader Eric Espiť, Christophe Guionneau, and the rest of the TORCS team have put together a mature and advanced race simulation with beautiful graphics, photo-realistic scenery, real-time action and a ton of different cars. For the more coding inclined, TORCS even lets you program your own cars, robot opponents, and race tracks as well. Have a look at Figure 1 for a sample of what you can expect."
Linux Game of the Month : TORCS

( Permalink: Review of Car Racing Game TORCS      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 17, 2005 )

Tiger and Apache / PHP
"By default, Apache has been configured to serve your personal web pages from a directory based on your Mac OS X short username. You can find your short username in the Accounts preference panel. If your short username is "morbus," you can access your personal web site by opening a local web browser and typing This (aka localhost) is pretty special--every computer has one. Both names represent the computer itself; by accessing in your browser, you visit the Apache activated via the Sharing preference panel."
Web Apps with Tiger: Getting Started

( Permalink: Tiger and Apache / PHP      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 17, 2005 )

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