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Open Source Derby database development with Apache
Apache Ant is one of those rare tools that every developer must absolutely have in their development toolkit. Apache Derby is an open source high quality, pure-Java embedded relational database engine that is file-system based, highly portable, and lightweight making them ideal for distribution. This article introduces a handful of Apache Ant tasks that make it easier to incorporate the building and distribution of Derby databases into an application’s build process.

( Permalink: Open Source Derby database development with Apache      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Dec 24, 2004 )

SanDisk Digital Audio Player
"With all its different functions, the SanDisk Digital Audio Player amounts to a high-tech, Swiss army, pocketknife". MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) reports: The 512-MB SanDisk Digital Audio Player is a Santa's pick. It gives lots of bang for the bucks. The SanDisk Digital Audio Player plays MPEGs and other digital music files, it doubles as a voice recorder, and it has a built-in FM stereo radio too. The Digital Audio Player also is what amounts to a USB removable disk drive. Moreover, all that functionality is wrapped into a package about the size of a roll of quarters. Use a SanDisk Digital Audio Player to carry both your music files and your data files around with you.

Check MozillaQuest.com for the full story and links!

( Permalink: SanDisk Digital Audio Player      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Dec 24, 2004 )

Exporting QuickTime Movies
"impleVideoOut X converts any QuickTime movie into a FireWire stream, regardless of whether it originated with your digital camcorder, your hand-held camera's movie function, or even (heaven forfend!) one of those illicit TV torrent sites. With SimpleVideoOut X, you can easily play through to FireWire and connect the output to a recording device or your TV. This article introduces you to the program, walks you through setting up the physical connections, and adds a few tricks along the way."

( Permalink: Exporting QuickTime Movies      Submitted by Noel Thu Dec 23, 2004 )

A Recovery CD for the Solaris OS
"This paper documents a method for building and using a recovery CD for the Solaris Operating System. This CD can be used to restore root file systems without having to install the OS on an alternate boot disk or configure and use a Solaris JumpStart server (as described in the BigAdmin Community-Submitted document "Restoring the Solaris OS From VERITAS NetBackup Software")."

( Permalink: A Recovery CD for the Solaris OS      Submitted by Noel Thu Dec 23, 2004 )

Freedom, Innovation, and Convenience
"If you buy a house, you are free to change it. If you don't know how to change it yourself, you can hire a carpenter or a plumber to change it for you. The same with software. Every user can take advantage of the the freedom to change the software. If it's free, you can persuade your cousin the programmer to change it for you, or you can hire someone."

( Permalink: Freedom, Innovation, and Convenience      Submitted by Noel Thu Dec 23, 2004 )

Security Risks In Wireless Computing
This article will address at a summary level the most significant security risks in the wireless computing environment. The purpose of the article is to introduce in a centralized fashion the scope of the problem and the most significant talking points on the issue of wireless security and to summarize where the industry is in addressing these problems and where it is going.

( Permalink: Security Risks In Wireless Computing      Submitted by LogError Thu Dec 23, 2004 )

Emulator-friendly Linux code
Computers have been emulating other computers for a long time, often to access a legacy application or to use applications written for a popular OS on a system with a more stable, responsive OS. As Linux grows in popularity, developers need to examine their options when planning binaries that will run on non-Linux systems.

( Permalink: Emulator-friendly Linux code      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Dec 23, 2004 )

Internet Sharing using a linux box
"One simple way of sharing the internet connection using linux is using the IP forwarding feature of the kernel and network address translation (NAT). For NATing one can use either ipchains or iptables.  It is assumed that the private network is in the range. Let us take the example of a simple network.  The server is used to connect to the internet. It's IP address is There are 4 workstations They are connected to the server via the switch. All the workstations share the internet through"

( Permalink: Internet Sharing using a linux box      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 22, 2004 )

Knoppix slims down Linux Live CD
"We will split the mainstream edition of Knoppix into two versions: a 'maximum' DVD edition with a complete Debian installation, and a 'light' edition on CD that contains the most popular desktop and server software only, for older computers or smaller systems that don't have a bootable DVD drive yet," said Knopper."

( Permalink: Knoppix slims down Linux Live CD      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 22, 2004 )

Apple and IBM Power ahead together
"The Power5 hasn’t yet arrived in an Apple machine, despite the similarly named PowerPC G5, the Mac’s latest, greatest CPU. Apple’s G5 is actually based on the Power4 -- except with a single core, a smaller die, less heat, and lower power consumption. In other words, the PowerPC incarnation of the Power architecture is optimized for smaller machines. And that plan seems to be working better than ever: Apple sold 836,000 PowerPC laptop, desktop, and server systems in its fourth fiscal quarter of 2004."

( Permalink: Apple and IBM Power ahead together      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 22, 2004 )

Implications for Power Architecture
Major electronics companies have come together to form a new standards body focused on Power Architecture technology. Power.org will create and promote a family of standards, reference designs, and more. Here's a developer's-eye view of the future and implications for Power Architecture standardization.

( Permalink: Implications for Power Architecture      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Dec 22, 2004 )

Talking about the birds and the bees
"Our main Web site at www.hiltonpond.org reports on diverse aspects of natural history, from birds to bees and flowers to trees,” Hilton says. “To my knowledge no one else in the world is publishing a weekly photo essay about natural history—especially not one with the quality of photos and text that appear under ‘This Week at Hilton Pond.’ These regular postings are great teaching tools for students, educators, and laypeople of all ages. With a different topic each week, the installments are ‘virtual field trips’ that encourage people to go out and look at the natural world in their own backyards."

( Permalink: Talking about the birds and the bees      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 21, 2004 )

KPilot - App of the Month
"The KPilot webpage offers the following description: "KPilot is a replacement for the Palm Desktop software from PalmSource Inc., which makes any PalmOS powered handheld (e.g., a Palm Zire 31) capable of exchanging information with your KDE powered computer. KPilot does not replace the Palm Desktop alone, it connects and integrates a number of fine KDE 3.x applications into a package that can do everything the Palm Desktop can, and more."

( Permalink: KPilot - App of the Month      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 21, 2004 )

Time Flys with DragonFly
"There are a number of reasons we chose to import a new version of ntpd. The existing ntpd had a very bad security record. DragonFlyBSD uses a BSD-based license and there have been some questions about the license used on the previous version of ntpd. Additionally, the setup and configuration process was just overly complex under the old version of ntpd."

( Permalink: Time Flys with DragonFly      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 21, 2004 )

Why your data is at risk
This article discusses various methods by which critical data may be attacked. It compares the risks to data as it traverses a network (data on the wire) with attacks directed at a data repository (data at rest).

( Permalink: Why your data is at risk      Submitted by LogError Tue Dec 21, 2004 )

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