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Why I Teach Eclipse
Gary Pollice discusses the virtues of Eclipse technology and explains why he and other instructors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute use it in their courses.

( Permalink: Why I Teach Eclipse      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jun 30, 2005 )

Command-line programs in UNIX shell scripts
"Like it or not, but sooner or later you realize that you'll have to write shell-scripts to administer UNIX. And among these scripts there certainly will be those to cooperate with interactive applications such as telnet, ftp, su, password, ssh. But it means the end of the admin's quiet life because while dealing with interactive programs one often come across numerous hidden traps which doesn't usually happen with ordinary sh-scripts. Though fortunately or may be not, but most of these problems generally turn up within first five minutes of the work under the script. The symptoms typically look like that author can't pass the authentication from the script. At first you feel confused because usual pipe constructions such as:"
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( Permalink: Command-line programs in UNIX shell scripts      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 29, 2005 )

Test Drive a Mac Today!
"Apple doesn't simply place a computer into a box and ship it, Apple gives you a full package from the hardware and cables down though the OS and even down to the software packages from brain dead consumer to pro level audio and video production. However while this is good for a generic consumer PC, Apple - or Apple retailers should come up with a "switch package" that is a little beyond what Apple generally hands out.
Here's what I'd stuff into a switch package:"

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( Permalink: Test Drive a Mac Today!      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 29, 2005 )

Backing up in firewire target disk mode
"The little things in Macs and OSX are the ones which end up being the most powerful. In this case, my trusty old G3 iBook has bitten the dust with the dreaded Logic Board failure - leading me to discover the firewire target disk mode.... allowing me to back up my internal hard drive over firewire to my Linux box. I love those little things that Apple puts in! Here's my mini howto."
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( Permalink: Backing up in firewire target disk mode      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 29, 2005 )

Open source hides secret data
"The art of hiding information from anyone except from the intended receiver has been used for many centuries. Hiding information by embedding it in other, seemingly innocuous information is known as steganography, a word that means "covered writing" in Greek. Today, steganography applications can hide one file within another on a computer. Steganography applications are available on many different platforms, including Windows, Linux, and *BSD."
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( Permalink: Open source hides secret data      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 29, 2005 )

Trying Oracle on Linux in the Enterprise
"My company runs its Oracle databases on HPUX11i and Hewlett Packard hardware. Oracle and HP are certified for use with Linux, so I wanted to see how the performance of some of our databases would compare if moved to Linux. My ideal goal was for Linux to do everything HPUX does, interconnecting with our existing infrastructure seamlessly. I wondered whether we'd lose any flexibility in administration."
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( Permalink: Trying Oracle on Linux in the Enterprise      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 29, 2005 )

DShield - Intrusion Detection
"DShield bills itself as a distributed intrusion detection system. It works by collecting statistics from firewalls all over the world. Just how many reports does DShield receive? Currently its Web site lists about 24 million records each day, with more than 840 million recorded last month."
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( Permalink: DShield - Intrusion Detection      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 28, 2005 )

Never IM in This Town Again!
"Movie producers, directors, actors and crew workers bouncing from one job to the next have traditionally relied on agents and Rolodexes for finding their next gigs. But these days, many are discovering it's easier to post their job availability on IM. Instead of displaying simple "away from my computer" messages, Hollywood buddy lists now overflow with come-ons, from "need work" to "wrapping up shoot." Producers hiring for a new production can tell at a glance who's available now, who's not and who might be free in the near future."
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( Permalink: Never IM in This Town Again!      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 28, 2005 )

Cross-Platform Game Programming
"As games publishers continue to release titles simultaneously on multiple platforms, developers must contend with two or more console architectures during development. In order to isolate the high level changes and streamline development efficiency, games usually sit on top of an engine designed to abstract away hardware details to common API calls. The first chapter describes the typical problems encountered when attempting to write a cross-platform engine and discusses how to design low level systems to prevent cross-platform issues."
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( Permalink: Cross-Platform Game Programming      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 28, 2005 )

WebGUI works wonders for church Web site
"In the summer of 2003 we came across WebGUI, which is owned by Plain Black, LLC, and released under the GPL. Its Web site touted a commitment to open source, an active group of developers (volunteers, paid staff, and contractors), and community support from discussion boards. After a three-day email conversation with JT Smith, lead developer and owner of Plain Black, we were convinced that the project was actually as good as it looked, so we downloaded a copy."
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( Permalink: WebGUI works wonders for church Web site      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 28, 2005 )

Albert Astals Cid
"Albert: I started in KDE translating it to Catalan and I still doing that when I have time. Then I began sending small patches for bugs I found and implementing some features like showing the thumbnail of the current page in the top left part of kghostview and helping Luis Pedro implement thumbnails for all pages. I got involved with KPDF last summer when someone asked why KPDF was still using XPDF 2.x when 3.x was out already and I tried to do it."
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( Permalink: Albert Astals Cid      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 28, 2005 )

Test Driving Linux
"Test Driving Linux is a fast spin around the Linux world for Windows users contemplating making the jump to the open source operating system. As with a number of other such titles, including Marcel Gagne's Moving To Linux or Exploring The JDS Linux Desktop by Tom Adelstein and Sam Hiser, this book is structured around a Live CD. In this case the Live CD is Mandriva's (the distro formerly known as Mandrake) Move CD. This is a particularly friendly and easy to use Linux distribution, which makes it ideal for the new user."
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( Permalink: Test Driving Linux      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 27, 2005 )

A CD-Free Installer for the Solaris OS
"The Solaris OS is very interesting and is among the most sophisticated operating systems I've ever known. And with the release of the Solaris 10 OS, many can't wait and have downloaded the pre-release version in order to get a taste of what the final version will offer. But with many pre-releases as over 600 new features get loaded into the OS, this could mean burning CDs before you can install the OS. What will be presented here is an alternative for Solaris installation. It is similar to network-type installation, but it doesn't require burning the boot CD. Here we go."
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( Permalink: A CD-Free Installer for the Solaris OS      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 27, 2005 )

A Gold Mine of Moving Images
"BBC Motion Gallery has posted tens of thousands of clips in QuickTime 6.5, and itís continually adding more from its remaining 600,000 hours of footage. These will also soon be available in QuickTime 7 for Mac and Windows. Advanced capabilities in Mac OS X Tiger will make the footage fully searchable using the lightning-fast Spotlight feature."
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( Permalink: A Gold Mine of Moving Images      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 27, 2005 )

Joseph Cheek on the acquisition of Lycoris
"With news of the recent Lycoris acquisition by Mandriva, it would seem that the Linux desktop landscape is in for yet another change. Lycoris, considered to be one of the most innovative and easy to use desktops at one time, has recently lost market share due to a botched release and their inability to keep up with the fast changes in Linux technology. Mandriva, one of the most popular Linux desktops, seems to have suffered from lack of innovation in the past, along with ease of use issues. If there ever were an acquisition/merger that made good sense to Linux Desktop users, this is it."
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( Permalink: Joseph Cheek on the acquisition of Lycoris      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 27, 2005 )

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