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Dual-core PowerPC processor announced
"In addition to the MPC8461D for embedded devices, Freescale (which was spun off from Motorola's semiconductor division) plans to make the MPC7448, which would be the successor to the MPC7447 currently used in some of Apple's products. The e600 line's low power requirements make it ideal for use in both embedded applications and laptops, and if the MPC7448 has a DDR controller, that would address one of the largest problems with the 74xx line."
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( Permalink: Dual-core PowerPC processor announced      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 1, 2004 )

Dual 2.5GHz Power Mac G5
"In early June, Apple finally announced the long-awaited upgrade to its PowerMac G5 line. The original lineup, announced in July 2003, consisted of single-CPU 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz models, and a dual 2.0GHz model. During the keynote address in which he unveiled the original PowerMacintosh G5, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made the now-infamous promise that they would be shipping a tower with a 3.0GHz PowerPC 970 CPU by the end of the following summer. As the winter of 2003 ended, Mac users who were reluctant to buy Rev. A products from Apple or wanted a 3.0GHz machine were wondering where the new towers were."
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( Permalink: Dual 2.5GHz Power Mac G5      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 1, 2004 )

Mac vs PC desktop shootout
"Welcome to the Mac vs PC desktop shootout. This page has continued to be one of our most popular a year after we last updated it. We're planning to test a Dual 3GHz Xeon and Dual 2.5GHz Opteron during the next two weeks. For now, we've added the G5/2.5GHz MP Power Mac to the numbers we already had."
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( Permalink: Mac vs PC desktop shootout      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 1, 2004 )

Windows PCs vs. X Terminals: A Cost Comparison
"Excluding administrative costs, the 15-year cost of 25 Linux systems in a lab environment is estimated to be $41,359 versus a 15-year cost of $100,000 to $155,000 for Windows PCs serving the same function. Although these estimates are based on rough cost estimates, the overall cost of hardware and software deployment, coupled with the shorter overall time spent on administrative tasks, yields significant cost savings over long-term deployment cycles in our work environment."
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( Permalink: Windows PCs vs. X Terminals: A Cost Comparison      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 1, 2004 )

Devil Whiskey: From Fan-Made to Self-Made
"What started as a fan-made follow-up to a classic series of computer role-playing games has spun off into its own original territory, thanks in part to open source development tools. Devil Whiskey follows the mold of the fantasy computer RPGs that were popular throughout the 1980s, but are now out of favor in the present-day PC gaming market. It runs on Linux and Windows, and, while the developers sell it (as a reasonably priced $25 for download), they plan to open source its code after selling a certain number of units."
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( Permalink: Devil Whiskey: From Fan-Made to Self-Made      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 1, 2004 )

How to Misuse SQL's FROM Clause
"It may seem surprising to state it so, but the FROM clause of SQL statements seems to be one of the most often misused parts of SQL queries. Misused? How is that possible? We put into the FROM clause all the tables to join together in a query, don't we? Well, well, well. Not quite. At the risk of sounding pedantic, perhaps a bit of (applied) theory would be welcome."
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( Permalink: How to Misuse SQL's FROM Clause      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 1, 2004 )

Fun with the Ion window manager
Take a look at the Ion windows manager, a powerful and simple program that manages the windows that applications bring up on your desktop. Ion isn't flashy, but once you get used to it, it can greatly enhance your productivity and make you wonder why you ever used those other window managers.

( Permalink: Fun with the Ion window manager      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Oct 1, 2004 )

Apple ups Mail, iDisk storage
"Now .Mac subscribers will receive 250MB of storage, which can be allocated between mail and iDisk storage as .Mac users see fit. Users can "partition" their iDisks, allocating anywhere from 15MB to 150MB for mail and 100MB to 235MB for the iDisk. There's an additional option to upgrade the account to 1GB for another US$49.95."
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( Permalink: Apple ups Mail, iDisk storage      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 30, 2004 )

Interview with Scribus Team
"To bring Scribus up to a level of usability, reliability and functionality where all levels of users can use Scribus as a serious DTP program on the GNU/Linux and *NIX platforms. We've closed approximately 700 bugs/feature requests since we put in the bug tracker after 1.1.2 was released. It's easy to see we have really put in the hours over about 10 months to knock the bugs on the head and introduce some really great features to Scribus."
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( Permalink: Interview with Scribus Team      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 30, 2004 )

The Lack of a Small Unified Database
"Currently, free software users are missing a standard single-file SQL format, which may be a tar or ZIP archive, that contains everything needed by a generic frontend to let people work: schemas, data, indexes, forms structures and so on. Such databases could be copied immediately, uploaded to a Web server or sent by e-mail, the same as any other file. Users would have the certainty that the receiver immediately could access all the data, queries and forms, even if they might look different. Above all, it would be great if such a file format became an OASIS standard, because it would make it much easier to accept in corporate or government scenarios."
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( Permalink: The Lack of a Small Unified Database      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 30, 2004 )

Amarok 1.1 Review (KDE Audio Player)

We have come a long way with our music players in KDE. From xmms, to Noutan, to Juk and now to Amarok...but has the progression been a good one?

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( Permalink: Amarok 1.1 Review (KDE Audio Player)      Submitted by xiando Thu Sep 30, 2004 )

Programming With Apache XMLBeans
Discover how Apache XMLBeans is revolutionizing data binding.

Apache XMLBeans is used for XML data binding. It is immensely powerful in that it supports the full W3C XML Schema specification, unlike other data-binding techniques that support only a subset of it. It is also surprisingly easy to use for developers who are accustomed to object-oriented manipulations. With XMLBeans, you can access and manipulate the data contained in an XML document using Java classes.

( Permalink: Programming With Apache XMLBeans      Submitted by Kevin Krouse Thu Sep 30, 2004 )

Virginia Tech G5 supercomputer
"The cluster--comprised of 1100 G5-based dual processor cluster nodes--was recently upgraded to 2.3 GHz Apple Xserves, AppleInsider confirmed this week. This latest boost represents the cluster's second transformation in less than a year. Due to a stringent need for error correcting code (ECC) RAM, in January--a mere three months after its inception--System X was overhauled from dual-processor Power Mac G5s to dual-2GHz Xserve G5s. "
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( Permalink: Virginia Tech G5 supercomputer      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 29, 2004 )

Digital photo management
"I [thought] "that is the end" when iPhoto was introduced. But the sales seemed unaffected. Now iPhoto gave me a lot of ideas for improvements of my PhotoGrid. Some people buy PhotoGrid after finding the difference (better feature) from iPhoto." Tad Nagano of PhotoWorks told Spymac. "It is acceptable when the software from Apple and so on has not stolen other developer's unique idea though it is not patented. I once had a product to change screen resolution that keeps icon positions according to the relative positions. Now the Finder has the feature. Yes, I know I went too far. I have to ask our government to make patent procedure easy and cheap."
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( Permalink: Digital photo management      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 29, 2004 )

amaroK: Next Generation Audio Player Hits 1.1
"amaroK is the first KDE application to use the GStreamer Multimedia Framework without any dependency on external bindings. amaroK can also integrate with xine so you have the freedom of choosing your own flavor. With version 1.1 there are many exciting changes that make using amaroK even more fun. Here are some of the features that you will simply love :"
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( Permalink: amaroK: Next Generation Audio Player Hits 1.1      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 29, 2004 )

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