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Exploring Ruby on Rails
"DF: That's a good question, because it brings up an important point about Rails that might be foreign to you if you're coming to Rails from a different framework or a different programming environment. There's a lot of code generation and a lot of the boilerplate code is generated or already exists. So, the first step with Rails is to run the rails command with the name of your application in the directory where you'd like to serve the application. For example, enter"

( Permalink: Exploring Ruby on Rails      Submitted by Noel Thu Apr 7, 2005 )

Solaris Zones Partitioning Technology
"The Solaris Zones feature in the Solaris Operating System is a partitioning technology used to virtualize operating system services and provide an isolated and secure environment for hosting and running applications. A zone is a virtualized operating system environment created within a single instance of the Solaris Operating System. Two types of zone exist: global and non-global."

( Permalink: Solaris Zones Partitioning Technology      Submitted by Noel Thu Apr 7, 2005 )

Review: Axio Backpacks
"Without making this too much of a shoot-out between the Swift and the Megalopolis, how does the Swift stack up? Well, the Swift encloses 1200 cubic inches, according to Axio, making it the second-largest hard-shell pack in the Axio line. Only the Fuse is bigger (see the review below); and, while not cavernous like the Hybrid (again, see the review below), it doesn’t feel terribly small, as the Megalopolis sometimes does."

( Permalink: Review: Axio Backpacks      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 6, 2005 )

Securing your online privacy with Tor
"The Tor network consists of servers known as onion routers. Instead of sending data directly to a destination server, your computer uses these onion routers. To do this, the computer obtains a list of onion routers from a directory server and then selects a random path to the destination server. The clever part is that each onion router along the way knows only which server data is received by and which server data is being sent to -- as each layer in an onion touches only the ones on either side of it. In other words, none of the onion routers know where the data packet originated from."

( Permalink: Securing your online privacy with Tor      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 6, 2005 )

A Motherboard Upgrade HOWTO
"When considering a motherboard upgrade, the first question to ask is if the upgrade makes financial sense. If you made a list of what goes into a local dealer's white box PC clone and then priced out what those component parts cost on their own, you usually would discover that the individual parts cost significantly more that the clone PC. If your PC has a lot of issues that need to be addressed and you aren't happy with much in your current PC, you may be better off buying a basic PC clone. Then, you simply could move the parts you consider to be of value over to the new system."

( Permalink: A Motherboard Upgrade HOWTO      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 6, 2005 )

Baby Duck syndrome
What if something neither looks nor quacks like a duck, but users think it is a duck? Seebach comments on the baby duck phenomenon and how it can trap users with systems that don't really meet their needs.

( Permalink: Baby Duck syndrome      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Apr 6, 2005 )

Developing in OpenGL Using Makefiles
"I recently decided to start dabbling again in C code and expand my horizons in OpenGL. My system environment is primarily UNIX. In one day, I hop back and forth quite a bit between the Solaris OS and Mac OS X, using X Windows. Looking around for example code to reverse engineer and analyze for both platforms is next to impossible. For example, the self-supported OpenGL tutorial site, NeonHelium, contains examples for multiple platforms and operating systems. The coding examples for the Macintosh are primarily for Cocoa or the old Mac OS. The majority of the other source code is for UNIX and Microsoft Windows."

( Permalink: Developing in OpenGL Using Makefiles      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 5, 2005 )

World's Largest Linux Supercomputer
"We were running into performance problems with some of our more sophisticated applications," explained NASA's Brooks. The agency examined linking thousands of dual-processor commodity servers into a sprawling cluster, but that approach did not mesh with the scientific applications that the agency ran. Instead, the agency opted for a large multiprocessor system."

( Permalink: World's Largest Linux Supercomputer      Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 5, 2005 )

Using the PHP 5 SOAP extension
Many Web developers enjoy the versatility and ease of use of PHP, but sometimes they need to access existing business logic in a J2EE application server. In this article and through code examples, learn how to use the new SOAP extension in PHP 5 to access a J2EE application using Web services, without having to leave the PHP environment or learn a new programming model.

( Permalink: Using the PHP 5 SOAP extension      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Apr 5, 2005 )

Best practice XML importing to OpenOffice with XSL
When it comes to importing generic XML into OpenOffice, the user is on his own. This article offers a quick XSLT tool for this purpose and demonstrates the Calc import of records-oriented XML. In addition to learning a practical trick for working with Calc, you might also learn a few handy XSLT techniques for using dynamic criteria to transform XML.

( Permalink: Best practice XML importing to OpenOffice with XSL      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Apr 5, 2005 )

Tech turns average Joes into mini-Spielbergs
"Caouette quickly mastered iMovie, the consumer-level video editing software that comes free with Apple computers. He became obsessed with converting into digital files the home video tapes, answering machine recordings and family photos he had been compiling since age 11. He next used iMovie's editing and special effects tools to transform two decades of mementos into a bio-documentary, Tarnation, revolving around his troubled mother."

( Permalink: Tech turns average Joes into mini-Spielbergs      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 4, 2005 )

KDE Chooses BitKeeper
"The KDE project had been using CVS for a number of years, but due to persistent and crippling limitations it was finally decided to convert the massive source repository to Subversion, a next-generation CVS clone with fewer limitations. Unfortunately, due to many unresolved issues and technical problems with Subversion, the move has proven impossible."

( Permalink: KDE Chooses BitKeeper      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 4, 2005 )

Xandros Review
"It came as no surprise to me that GNC liked Xandros because it had more Windows features than the other desktops offer out of the box. So, if you want a product that looks and acts like Windows out of the box, Xandros wins. In fact, Xandros provides you with:"

( Permalink: Xandros Review      Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 4, 2005 )

Fighting Hackers
Mayank Sharma tells us how to further thwart the hackers in a recent NewsForge article. The honeypot technique revealed aims to confuse and distract potential attackers. From the article -- "A honeypot is software that attracts hostile activity by masquerading as a vulnerable system. While it's running, the honeypot gathers information about attackers and their techniques and patterns. Honeypots distract crackers from more valuable machines on a network, and provide early warning about attacks and exploitation trends." -- [Full Article]

( Permalink: Fighting Hackers      Submitted by Brice Burgess Mon Apr 4, 2005 )

Pod People
"Besides my hard drive failure phobia, there was the capacity to think about. “A thousand songs in your pocket” sounded impressive yet, assuming 10 songs per album, that’s only 100 albums. I own hundreds of CDs. Prior to owning an iPod, I used to pass many of them through my changer on a regular basis. I also have many albums with 12, 15, 20, or more songs on them—all of which chip away at that 100 albums figure."

( Permalink: Pod People      Submitted by Noel Fri Apr 1, 2005 )

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