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Quality Programming
The article skips around a little bit, but there is plenty of interesting stuff in there so keep reading. Basically the article talks about the question "Is there so much variation between programmers that this even matters?".
"Is software really about artistic high notes? "Maybe some stuff is," you say, "but I work on accounts receivable user interfaces for the medical waste industry." Fair enough. This is a conversation about software companies, shrinkwrap software, where the company's success or failure is directly a result of the quality of their code. And we've seen plenty of examples of great software, the really high notes, in the past few years: stuff that mediocre software developers just could not have developed."
Hitting the High Notes

( Permalink: Quality Programming      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 8, 2005 )

Finding your pointer
I set this sort of thing up on my dad's windows machine. (I told him to get an iBook but thats another story). Basically you hit a key and it shows you dramatically where your mouse pointer is. If you don't need it (I don't seem to have trouble finding my curser) not that exciting but when you need it, well it's the sort of thing you need really badly.
"Mouseposé is a brilliant little program that does to mouse movement what Exposé did to window management. More than just eye candy, Mouseposé runs quietly in the background and at the touch of a configurable hot key, dims the screen and puts a spotlight on the area around your mouse pointer."
Mouseposé Review

( Permalink: Finding your pointer      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 8, 2005 )

Thanks to Pair Networks
I have been a very happy customer of Pair Networks for more than five years and would not hesitate to recommend them as a hosting provider for anyone that needs to put up a web site. They have been professional and responsive to me. As far as I have been able to tell in those five years if I have been unable to get to my site, then it is because I don't have a working network route through something local. It has never been on their end.

I would also like to say thanks for their support of FreeBSD.

"A big thankyou to Pair Networks for providing such donations. An equally big thankyou to all of the other people who donate--your contributions provide visibility to a userbase who cares about FreeBSD and the developers who contribute to the FreeBSD project."
Pair Networks and donations

( Permalink: Thanks to Pair Networks      Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 8, 2005 )

Server Setup with Mandrake/Mandriva
This is a detailed guide for Linux beginners about how to setup a web, mail and FTP server with Mandrake/Mandriva 10.2. It covers every aspect of the installation and demonstrates the setup process with the help of 39 screenshots. Experienced system administrators will benefit from this tutorial as well.

( Permalink: Server Setup with Mandrake/Mandriva      Submitted by Falko Timme Mon Aug 8, 2005 )

In Pursuit of Good Desktop Linux
In this informative search for a *good* desktop Linux, MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) finds Mandriva in the lead. "A good desktop Linux is easy to use, is easy to install and configure, and is feature rich. . . . [It] has to be good right out of the box. It includes a file management system with easy access to shared files and devices on other computers on a LAN. . . And it includes a file management system that let's users have easy access to MS Windows directories and files on the local computer for dual-boot Linux and Windows computer systems -- or for Linux-based computer systems converted from a MS Windows system to Linux."

( Permalink: In Pursuit of Good Desktop Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Aug 8, 2005 )

Description of Skype Internet Telephone
On my Mac Skype sounds better than iChat. I played with it the other day and called several normal phone numbers with mixed results (they had trouble understanding me), which I think has more to do with the microphone I am using and my background noise than the software. Skype runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and windows and its pretty cool. One of my friends likes Gizmo better, but I don't have an opinion yet. I am going to buy a better headset and give them both another try.
"Skype lets you make free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has the service. It's free and easy to download and use, and it works with most computers. Skype offers free global telephony and unlimited voice calls with its next-generation peer-to-peer software."
What Is Skype

( Permalink: Description of Skype Internet Telephone      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 5, 2005 )

Power Architecture Challenge: CSI Edition
What if police could follow the action of a crime scene hours later? What if detectives had a 'wig detector,' saving them valuable time in investigations? These questions and many more are answered as developerWorks readers play at cops and robbers, producing ideas for some of the next generation of forensics detection and examination technologies.

( Permalink: Power Architecture Challenge: CSI Edition      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Aug 5, 2005 )

Overview of Scripting Tools
Great overview of Scripting languages that come on a Mac and how to integrate them with XCode.
"If you're new to the world of open source scripting languages—or just want to brush up on what's unique about Mac OS X—this article will help you get oriented. Mac OS X bundles the most popular scripting languages out of the box: perl, Python, php, tcl, Ruby—not to mention shells such as bash, ksh, zsh, and csh. We'll show you how to integrate scripting languages into Apple's Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Xcode, using targets and custom build rules. We'll also discuss ways to safely install newer versions or alternate languages."
Introduction to Open Source Scripting In OS X

( Permalink: Overview of Scripting Tools      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 5, 2005 )

Testing with FitNesse
Clearly written article. Interesting software. Its a wiki designed to aid in the creation of tests for software.
"It allows all stakeholders to define acceptance tests using the same simple language. In other words, they can talk to one another. Even non-technical people can produce tables of what is expected for what input. And even techies can read those tables and use them to validate their work. Generally speaking, FitNesse is a great concept and a terrific open-source solution to an often difficult problem."
Programming Tools: FitNesse

( Permalink: Testing with FitNesse      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 5, 2005 )

Documentation tool: Thout it out
Every once in a while, I come across a really excellent tool that works as advertised. I like to share those tools with you when I do find them, and the Thout Reader from OSoft is one of those tools. A portable documentation tool, the free ThoutReader does what it is supposed to do, painlessly and effectively.

full article with screenshots

( Permalink: Documentation tool: Thout it out      Submitted by Chuck Talk Fri Aug 5, 2005 )

Wired Interview with Michael Lynn
This is one of the best pieces on this situation I have read. There are lots of places telling you the facts of the situation but this explains the history and why Lynn decided to do the Black Hat briefing. One interesting part was when Lynn was talking about when he quit his job with ISS: "I thought they were handling this in a non-ethical manner." I have read some conjecture that Lynn was doing this for the glory, but that's not the tone of the interview.
"Lynn: Air Force (Office of Special Investigations). NSA, is what I'm told, but he wouldn't show me his credentials. There were a lot of flashy badges around from lots of three-letter agencies. So they take me to a maintenance area and I'm surrounded by people ... and one of them says (to another guy), "You've got the van ready?" I'm going, "Oh my god." And they go, "Just kidding!... Oh, man, you rock! We can't thank you enough." And I'm just sitting there, like still pale white. They all shook my hand."
Router Flaw Is a Ticking Bomb

( Permalink: Wired Interview with Michael Lynn      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 4, 2005 )

What is OpenSuSE?
OpenSuSE is reported to be Novell's new direction for SuSE Professional. They plan to put all its source code up on OpenSuse.org and give lots (thousands) of copies away. I just installed SuSE Professional 9.3 on one of my machines, so far so good. But I still need to dig in and take a good look at it.
"Novell is already the proud custodian of countless imperative Linux technologies like Mono, Evolution, Hula and Beagle. OpenSuSE will give Novell even more leverage as it struggles against fierce competitors like RedHat and Mandriva. The notion of an open SuSE is not a new one."
SuSE goes community

( Permalink: What is OpenSuSE?      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 4, 2005 )

Getting More From Your Shell
The latest article on Linux, Unix, /etc/:Getting More From Your Shell, will show you how to start getting more from your shell! If you're using KDE or GNOME exclusively, it will show you what you're missing.

( Permalink: Getting More From Your Shell      Submitted by Paul Dunne Thu Aug 4, 2005 )

Some Open Source games
Short reviews of five open source games. Then comes the real treat, a bunch of comments with even more games.
"You can use open source software to make yourself more productive, but the open source community has also produced some impressive game titles, such as Freeciv, Vega Strike, and Flight Simulator. I've found some lesser-known yet excellent and quite addictive games for you to try. All of these games have low system requirements and run on multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X."
Five addictive open source games

( Permalink: Some Open Source games      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 4, 2005 )

Review of Apple Mighty Mouse
Yes. You read it correctly its actually a review. By someone who has one. Not more of the press release slightly worked on but an actual review. Short version is they like it and it should be packaged as the default mouse for new Macs.
"The out-of-box experience is about the same as usual for Apple—smallish, simple box with the mouse nested neatly in the center on a bed of foam, awaiting my peeling off of its plastic to be used. The Mighty Mouse is the exact same size as the current Apple Pro Mouse and same shape as well—pill-shaped and rounded. In fact, if not for the scroll ball on top, one might easily mistake it for a white Apple Pro mouse upon first glance. Inside the box is a CD with software for OS X and a small manual."
Apple Mighty Mouse

( Permalink: Review of Apple Mighty Mouse      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 4, 2005 )

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