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Site Is Mac Daddy of Apple Deals 
"While most bargain-hunting websites rely on automated price comparisons of online merchants, popular Apple products site dealmac has prospered with an offbeat approach: relying on Mac fans for cut-rate deals. Started in 1997 by Dan de Grandpre from his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, dealmac details the day's best Mac deals on the net and off -- everything from cut-price PowerBooks to blister packs of blank CDs."
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( Permalink: Site Is Mac Daddy of Apple Deals       Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 29, 2004 )

My adventure with pdftk
"Why do I need all this? I think this sums it up: "Pdftk is also an example of how to use a library of Java classes in a stand-alone C++ program." I just want to play with PDF files and try some of the things in this book. I don't care about Java or C++. In fact, I'm wondering why I even have to know that. At this point I'm just some dumb consumer, but I have to worry about all this other stuff."
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( Permalink: My adventure with pdftk      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 29, 2004 )

Tuning up your hard disks using hdparm.
"I'm writing this mini-how-to to help people get more from their system. People often complain that Linux is a bit slow for them (which it can be) I haven't seen such a post recently, but I know on TechIMO at least we always used to be talking people through using hdparm. As ever, you do all this at your own risk - nothing should go wrong, but it's your fault and not mine if it does. hdparm can be used on a running system. It doesn't require filesystems on the disk to be unmounted in order to work, so you can play with it all you want. Some settings like -Y will require a hard reboot to get the disk back - use with caution. "
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( Permalink: Tuning up your hard disks using hdparm.      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 29, 2004 )

RSS and Feed Readers
"RSS is one component of the Semantic Web - and the only element currently enjoying widespread use. RSS is not the only format available for providing news feeds, and the name RSS even describes two different formats. I say name rather than acronym because "RSS" has been variously used to mean "RDF Site Summary", "Rich Site Summary", and "Really Simple Syndication", and because of this, it is best regarded as a name, to avoid confusion."
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( Permalink: RSS and Feed Readers      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 29, 2004 )

Technical Aspects of the Emergency Response Net
"Mike Balderas: The FBI's ERN system originally began as a request for a simple e-mail list server. We compiled and converted the user list [from] several different data sources the FBI provided. We quickly found that the majority of the contact information on record was outdated. This led to the deployment of another system, in which we forced the users to authenticate and required them to update their contact information. By attrition, the data stores became irrelevant."
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( Permalink: Technical Aspects of the Emergency Response Net      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 29, 2004 )

aKademy Interview: Eirik Chambe-Eng of Trolltech
"Co-founder of Trolltech Haavard Nord and myself worked together on software development for ultrasound equipment at the regional hospital in Trondheim, Norway, in 1990. We realized that the tools available for cross platform development at the time were very bad, to use a diplomatic term. We saw that developers using these tools used up to half of their time finding out how to use the tools and in writing glue code. There seemed to be no fun in this type of programming."
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( Permalink: aKademy Interview: Eirik Chambe-Eng of Trolltech      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 29, 2004 )

Apple Remote Desktop 2
"ARD 1.2 had a few quirks, and I was looking forward to ARD 2 for the fixes. So, I got a copy of the software recently, and put it to the test. I liked what I found. The first thing I noticed was that the user interface is much more elegant than previous versions. It was also oriented toward doing multiple commands in sequence, so there is a command progress window at the bottom. On the left is an option to have multiple lists, which is very handy for those who want to keep their physical locations grouped. The windows just look better."
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( Permalink: Apple Remote Desktop 2      Submitted by Noel Sat Aug 28, 2004 )

SuSE 9.0 from the Network via Boot Floppies
"Copy the installation media into one directory on what will become your server. In other words, if you have 5 CDs, copy the contents of all 5 CDs into a directory. If you have a double sided DVD, copy both sides into one directory on the server. I prefer to do this at the command line with cp."
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( Permalink: SuSE 9.0 from the Network via Boot Floppies      Submitted by Noel Sat Aug 28, 2004 )

Solving a Customer Problem
"At times, a customer's code is misbehaving, but the source code is not readily available. Even in such cases, it may be still be possible to diagnose the customer's problem using powerful tools in the Solaris Operating System. These tools are available with a recent copy of Sun's compilers, such as Sun Studio 9 software. The collect and er_print tools are most often used to identify performance bottlenecks, but they are also very handy for general debugging tasks. In addition, the Solaris dynamic loader allows an analyst to easily develop interpose library routines that reveal valuable information without the burden of rebuilding large customer or system libraries. This article describes how the collect, er_print, and interpose libraries were utilized to resolve a customer problem."
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( Permalink: Solving a Customer Problem      Submitted by Noel Sat Aug 28, 2004 )

Exploiting the Potential of Linux
Organizations today are struggling with how to expand their business and compete in the face of lean IT budgets. Doing more with fewer resources, optimizing systems and revitalizing IT infrastructures for greater efficiency and agility to respond to ever- changing business conditions remain at the top of many business leaders’ agendas. story

( Permalink: Exploiting the Potential of Linux      Submitted by Scott Sat Aug 28, 2004 )

Improve collaborative build times with ccache
The ccache tool improves the build performance by caching the incorporation of header files into source files and therefore speeds the build time by reducing the time required to add in header files with each compilation stage. In this article, learn how to build and install ccache, how to use it with your existing environment, and how to improve the build times in group development projects.

( Permalink: Improve collaborative build times with ccache      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Aug 28, 2004 )

Politics Beyond Platform for Apple CEO?
"Jobs: I don't think we're complacent at all. I think we're really good at this, and we do it under the radar because we don't go out and brag that we don't have as many viruses because we don't want to wave a red flag in front of the bull. But we got criticized on this last one because somebody—this last one was a subtle one where two things came together to form a bigger problem. Somebody had alerted us to the first one in February, and we should have done more with it than we did but we didn't understand the second part of it, and it didn't come along until May, and then we understood it. Some people said we should have understood it in February, but we really understood it in May and it took us a few weeks to get to the bottom of it."
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( Permalink: Politics Beyond Platform for Apple CEO?      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 27, 2004 )

The Power of X
"Daniel Stone: I'm a 18-year old first-year university student from Melbourne, Australia; I'm currently on a break from my Arts/Engineering (Software Engineering) double-degree. To try and balance out all the geek in my life, I'm taking Arts, majoring in Indonesian — it's good fun, if really hard. Back in 2002, Trinity College started funding me to work on XFree86 4.3 debs, a while before its release. That took quite some time, and I got involved with the community somewhat then. When xwin.org started (remember that?), I was one of the admins there, and got involved when we merged with freedesktop.org; and thus began my fd.o involvement."
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( Permalink: The Power of X      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 27, 2004 )

PHPlist: Not your everyday Mailman
"Like many (if not most) open source developers, I use Mailman, the GNU mailing list manager, for all of my newsletter requirements. Recently, however, I began playing with a different one-way announcement-type newsletter mailer. It's called PHPlist, and as you might guess, in contrast to Mailman, it's not Python powered. Beyond the language difference, it adds a number of useful default features, including email from RSS feeds and sophisticated user management that really extends the power of an announcement-based mailing list."
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( Permalink: PHPlist: Not your everyday Mailman      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 27, 2004 )

LinuxCertified LC2430 Linux Laptop Review
"The system I tested was powerful. It has a 3.06GHz processor (with Hyper Threading support), 1 Gigabyte of RAM, and an ATI Radeon Mobility 9000 with 64Mb VGA ram. The screen is a 15" SXGA+ TFT resolution, at 1400x1050 pixels. The hard drive is 40Gb. There is a combination DVD & CD-R/W drive, as well as a 3 in 1 card reader, supporting SD/MMC/MS cards. 10/100 networking is built in and there is a 56k modem. There are plenty of I/O ports, including: "
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( Permalink: LinuxCertified LC2430 Linux Laptop Review      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 27, 2004 )

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