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Perl Parser Performance
"There was one dominant XML parser in Perl a few years ago; parsing an XML document was synonymous for using the XML::Parser module. The module written by Larry Wall and Clark Cooper worked as an interface to James Clark's expat XML parser, and it didn't leave much room for competitors. Traditional Perl modules for XML processing were built on the top of XML::Parser. But times are changing. Other C/C++ parsers, such as libxml2 or Xerces C++ have entered the scene, and so have their Perl extensions. Perl XML folks have developed Perl SAX, a Perlish counterpart of Java SAX interface."
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( Permalink: Perl Parser Performance      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 16, 2004 )

Interview with Jaanus Kase from Skype
"I am working in Skype project management team, and one of my tasks is to manage Skype for Linux - collect feedback from users, work with developers, testers and external parties. I don't do actual coding myself, but I do a lot of design and quality assurance. I'm using MEPIS, SuSE 9.1 and Java Desktop System Release 2, and Windows XP."
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( Permalink: Interview with Jaanus Kase from Skype      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 16, 2004 )

GNOME: We've overtaken Windows, bring on Apple
"Popular Linux and Unix desktop environments such as GNOME and KDE have traditionally appealed to geeks with time to spend on tweaking new hardware configurations and knowledge of Unix commands. However, with the upcoming release of GNOME version 2.8, the project is expected to increase its useability for mere mortals in the computing industry."
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( Permalink: GNOME: We've overtaken Windows, bring on Apple      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 16, 2004 )

Acrobat to a Paperless Office
"Acrobat is an excellent program for document distribution. Most users are familiar with the freely available Acrobat Reader, allowing anyone to view PDF documents. The full-blown version of Acrobat offers a range of tools to manage document distribution beyond just converting other formats to PDF. If you just have single documents to distribute, the built-in capabilities of OS X suffice. However, if you would like to add annotations, track reviews, merge multiple PDF files, or add custom headers and footers, Acrobat might be for you."
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( Permalink: Acrobat to a Paperless Office      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 15, 2004 )

ZFS - the last word in file systems.
"ZFS is supported on both SPARC and x86 platforms. More important, ZFS is endian-neutral. You can easily move disks from a SPARC server to an x86 server. Neither architecture pays a byte-swapping tax due to Sun's patent-pending "adaptive endian-ness" technology, which is unique to ZFS. And you don't have to worry about migration. Sun continues to support the UFS file system."
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( Permalink: ZFS - the last word in file systems.      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 15, 2004 )

Yoper Linux v2.1 Review
"Yoper's claim to fame is the speed at which it runs, out of the box. Yoper is a distro that targets the desktop Linux user from a brand new convert to the legendary guru. The latests release (2.1) improves upon the the installer, making it more user friendly and now includes non-destructive partitioning. Speed applies to every aspect of the system. The install was completed, start to finish, in under 15 minutes. Once the system booted, the kernel took little time to load. It may seem little slow as compared to a custom kernel (like one created in a Gentoo install), but thats to be expected with a universal build. Once KDE started to load I noticed the speed kick."
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( Permalink: Yoper Linux v2.1 Review      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 15, 2004 )

Intrusion Detection with Tripwire
"The idea behind Tripwire is quite simple: it first creates a "baseline" database of the state of the files and directories on your system and then on subsequent runs it compares the current state of the files and directories against this baseline identifying any deletions, additions or changes. The files and directories to be checked are decided by a "policy" file. This file also defines what attributes to compare; this can include access, inode and modification timestamps, owner and group IDs, permissions, file size and type, MD5 and SHA hash values, etc."
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( Permalink: Intrusion Detection with Tripwire      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 15, 2004 )

Lars Stetten About Unix Accessibility
"This is more or less the truth for visual impairments, but not those who are blind. In the GNOME project there is the support for visual impairments as part of the applications; Gnopernicus does this well, and supports type-to-speech, the braille line and magnification for screen areas. Harald Fernengel from Trolltech built support at the base on the toolkit Qt 4.0. If these classes are used by the application maintainers, KDE applications based upon Qt 4 will be an enthralling prospect. Because the same API that GNOME uses will be used there will be no difference between a KDE or a GTK application concerning accessibility. With KMouth, KMouseTool and KMagnifier the KDE project has three tools for handicapped. With these tools the audio-visual output is supported and mouse control for people with neuromuscular problems are improved. KMagnifier at last is a screen magnifier."
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( Permalink: Lars Stetten About Unix Accessibility      Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 15, 2004 )

Using iTunes as an Audio Processor
"Volume Logic is a plug-in for iTunes that enables real time digital re-mastering. Until recently, I used it to enhance the songs I listened to on my PowerBook. With it, you can control volume, drive, and bass boost. But it also has a set of magic equalizers that are phenomenal. I found that by using the Loud! setting along with the adjustments for drive and bass boost, I could finally achieve the sound I was yearning for. But I wanted to do more than just enjoy this music on my PowerBook. I wanted to create master CDs to share with my fellow musicians."
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( Permalink: Using iTunes as an Audio Processor      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 14, 2004 )

Biometrics in the Workplace
With recent events in mind, employees are demanding that companies around the world look at new security measures to protect them and the companies themselves. In fact, according to a recent Harris Interactive survey, conducted for Privacy & American Business, a majority of employees feel that their employers should be strengthening ID procedures for entering premises and accessing computer systems, as well as doing more detailed background checks on job applicants. story

( Permalink: Biometrics in the Workplace      Submitted by Scott Tue Sep 14, 2004 )

Moving to the Linux Business Desktop
I've read countless articles debating whether Linux is ready for the desktop showcasing the strengths and weaknesses of this OS. This book goes beyond that discussion as the author doesn't think Linux is just ready for the desktop but for the business desktop. Did Gagne manage to guide the reader as well as in his previous books? Read on and find out.
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( Permalink: Moving to the Linux Business Desktop      Submitted by LogError Tue Sep 14, 2004 )

Building a Linux Filesystem from an Ordinary File
You can take a disk file, format it as ext2, ext3, or reiser filesystem and then mount it, just like a physical drive. Yes, it then possible to read and write files to this newly mounted device. You can also copy the complete filesystem, since it is just a file, to another computer. If security is an issue, read on. This article will show you how to encrypt the filesystem, and mount it with ACL (Access Control Lists), which give you rights beyond the traditional read (r) write (w) and execute (x) for the 3 user groups file, owner and other. Article

( Permalink: Building a Linux Filesystem from an Ordinary File      Submitted by Mike Chirico Tue Sep 14, 2004 )

JRuby is a priceless addition to Java development
JRuby combines the object-oriented strength of Smalltalk, the expressiveness of Perl, and the flexibility of the Java class libraries into a single, efficient rapid development framework for the Java platform. This article introduces JRuby, a sophisticated addition to your Java development toolbox.

( Permalink: JRuby is a priceless addition to Java development      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Sep 14, 2004 )

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( Permalink: Changes to the RSS pages      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 13, 2004 )

Mac OS X for the Traveler, Part 3
"Keep in mind that you may not be able to download updates while on the road, due to bandwidth constraints, for example. Should Apple release an important update right before you go, download it to your desktop and keep it in a cool, dry place (so to speak) until you can install it safely--i.e. you have backed up your data and are able to react in the unlikely even of an upgrade-related issue. This can be done by using the "Download only" menu item, available through the "Update" menu of the Software Update application."
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( Permalink: Mac OS X for the Traveler, Part 3      Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 13, 2004 )

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Book Review: The Official GNOME 2 Developer Guide
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