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Game review: Nexuiz
Downloaded Nexuiz and took a look. There is just one zip file to download. The zip file contains the data and six different Linux binaries, a Mac version, and several Windows binaries. Its a multiplayer game and when you start it up you will have the option to start a game or connect to a list of existing games. I did not try the Linux versions, but the Mac version ran smoothly. The review over at Newsforge was somewhat negative about the game. But it looked good to me.
"Nexuiz is free software, so anyone can download, modify, and share it as they see fit. It's put together by volunteer programmers and artists, and for the most part they did a great job on it. The program itself is stable, and it worked on most of the distributions I tested it on. The sound and animation are decent, though not up to modern standards. Playing Nexuiz will give you a Quake 3-like experience in terms of gameplay, graphics, and sound."
Nexuiz: Open source deathmatch

( Permalink: Game review: Nexuiz      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 11, 2005 )

Object Oriented PHP Programming
I guess that I should study this article very carefully. I have written a bunch of PHP code and well... none of it is object oriented. Or I may just go on like I have been doing.
"There seems to be a common pitfall among some PHP developers--especially those just beginning PHP programming--and that is their lack of object-oriented (OO) PHP use. This article's purpose is to inform developers about the practicality of OO PHP; fully understanding the benefits of using OO PHP should be a requirement in the PHP learning process."
The Practicality of OO PHP

( Permalink: Object Oriented PHP Programming      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 11, 2005 )

Custom OpenBSD Live CD
Clear instructions on how to create a OpenBSD live CD.
"I recently taught an OpenBSD system administration course for schoolteachers who were interested in maintaining, configuring, and tuning an OpenBSD system in a networked environment. I decided to use a Live CD to teach that course, so that the students wouldn't need to install anything. They didn't even need a hard disk to run OpenBSD out of the box on their PCs! The Live CD I made focused on security, network management tools, the Firefox web browser, and so on."
Building an OpenBSD Live CD

( Permalink: Custom OpenBSD Live CD      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 11, 2005 )

Add Still Images to Your Mac-Mini Media Player
Use the Linux kernel framebuffer directly to display graphics -- and discover the alarming truth behind the old iMacs' framebuffer's so-called 'standard' mode.

( Permalink: Add Still Images to Your Mac-Mini Media Player      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Aug 11, 2005 )

Backups using hardlinks and rsync
This is a great trick and a well written article describing it. Kevin Korb put this together for the Greater Orlando Linux User Group.
"Rsync doesn't do incremental backups itself (actually it has recently gained that ability but I still prefer this method). In order to get incremental backups we will use a special feature of the cp command that will copy an entire directory tree by making hard links of each file instead of actually duplicating them. First you count up how many existing backups there are and decide if there are too many. If so delete the oldest until you are happy. Then you use cp -al to duplicate the most recent backup into a new directory with the current time stamp. Here is a demonstration:"
Backups using rsync

( Permalink: Backups using hardlinks and rsync      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 10, 2005 )

Linux Powered Submarine
I don't know what I could say other than "Wow! Cool!". And you know you want one!
"The "Mongoose" -- a Linux-powered robot submarine built by students from Georgia Tech University -- competed with 18 other student-built subs on August 6th and 7th, 2005, in an attempt to successfully navigate through a field of obstacles and complete its programmed mission. "
Introducing the Mongoose -- a Linux-powered submarine

( Permalink: Linux Powered Submarine      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 10, 2005 )

What runs Everquest
Many people play or have played Everquest. I put way to much time into it for several years. It's a great game but very little has been written about the hardware behind the game. This article from Spectrum starts with a lot of background information on the game but has a great section where it talks about the servers behind Everquest.
"Once Joffe's team adds a server to the rack, he loads a Unix operating system onto it. Custom-built software then automatically loads all the game software and the programs the new machine uses to communicate with other servers, configures its storage systems, and starts it up. The server is then ready to be added to the cluster that supplies data about a particular world in EverQuest. The entire process of joining the server farm occurs within minutes, Joffe says. As characters populate the virtual locales that the new machine produces, their data are stored there."
Engineering Everquest

( Permalink: What runs Everquest      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 10, 2005 )

How To Secure Your Wireless Network
This purpose of this article is to help you understand the terminology of wireless security in the home setting as well as to develop a check list for key security oriented steps you should take when setting up and using your network.

( Permalink: How To Secure Your Wireless Network      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Aug 10, 2005 )

Review of the miniMate
It looks like a Mac Mini. Is designed to sit underneath and has up to 400GB of hard disk space and adds more Firewire and USB ports. If I actually owned a Mini a miniMate would be on my short list.
"The miniMate is available with storage up to 400 GB, and it has 3 USB 2.0 ports and 3 FireWire ports. It is also very is easy to hook up; simply attach power, USB and FireWire cables and it's ready to use. The miniMate shows up on the computer as being attached through just FireWire, even when plugged in using the USB and FireWire cables. Without the use of the FireWire cable, it will show up as a USB device. Formatting the hard drive is easy, and like any other disk, it involves going to Disk Utility and selecting the miniMate from the menu and erasing the contents from there."

( Permalink: Review of the miniMate      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 10, 2005 )

Build a digital animation system
Growth in the Digital Special Effects (SFX) and computer animation industry, a sub-segment of the media and entertainment industry, is exploding world wide. A number of reasons have caused this growth and they involve the merging of technology and imagination.This article illustrates the dynamics and business model and processes of the animation effects industry and introduce the existing infrastructure.

( Permalink: Build a digital animation system      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Aug 9, 2005 )

Slax Live CD 5.0.6 review
So many distributions and so little time. This one sounds like a good Live CD choice.
"Slax is a live CD distribution based on the venerable and time-tested Slackware Linux. Its claim to fame is twofold. First, despite containing the KDE desktop and many common KDE applications, it fits nicely on a 185MB mini CD. (There's also a version for 128MB USB flash memory drives that uses the XFCE desktop.) Second, it's easy to "remix" Slax by adding downloadable modules for new programs and features. Once booted, the CD will automatically load the new features."
Review: Slax 5.0.6

( Permalink: Slax Live CD 5.0.6 review      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 9, 2005 )

FreeBSD Firewalls for everyone
Lan game reviews explains how to use m0n0wall firewall (based on FreeBSD) to create a gaming router with lots of features including traffic shaping.
"If you share the bandwidth in your home with family members, kids, spouses, friends, roommates, or just about anyone else, you will know the headaches caused by unexpected downloads right in the middle of your online game of choice. Instant jump of ping, disconnects, and many other nasty things that can happen as a result of sharing bandwidth. Recently, companies have been coming out with routers specifically designed to aleviate this problem. But for the most part, they are hard to find, and hard on the checkbook. Well don't worry, Lan Game Reviews has you covered! With this article, we will walk you through how to set up your own firewall / router from old computer parts laying around the house. And include all the nifty features you will find with a commercial gaming router."
Gaming Router / Firewall

( Permalink: FreeBSD Firewalls for everyone      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 9, 2005 )

Interview with Joris Vink of OpenCVS
CVS is cool, OpenCVS is a OpenBSD group version of CVS. So my bet is its going to be very cool.
"Q: Do you plan to extend OpenCVS to get even more functionalities than GNU CVS?

Of course, the main problem with GNU cvs was that they stopped working on it as soon as they got it "working". A lot of neat stuff has been discussed, but it will not be put into OpenCVS before we have a transparent replacement for GNU cvs."

Interview met Joris Vink

( Permalink: Interview with Joris Vink of OpenCVS      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 9, 2005 )

Part man part machine: Hands free Pictures
Do you ever long to wander around looking like a cyborg? Well even if you don't this guys work is interesting. I think there could be some negative consequences to his phrase if the secret service ever hears him say "take shot" into a wireless headset. Other than that its cool. Perhaps "Take pic"?
"This rig allows you to take photographs by saying "Take shot" into the microphone of a Bluetooth headset. The picture itself is taken by an iSight fixed on my shoulder. As voice recognition is not always perfect, especially in a noisy environment like a city, you'll hear "Picture taken" in the headset if everything went fine. Both the headset and the iSight are connected to a 12" PowerBook tucked into the backpack."
Digital Photography Hack: A Hands-Free Shooting Rig

( Permalink: Part man part machine: Hands free Pictures      Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 9, 2005 )

Remote Backups With Rsync
This tutorial describes how to set up a nightly backup from remote client machines to a centralized server using rsync. It includes example shell scripts and crontab files.

( Permalink: Remote Backups With Rsync      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 8, 2005 )

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