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Local company develops FreeBSD-based radars
"Some systems rely on modem access for connectivity and FreeBSD allows us to log in remotely,” O’Connor said. “It’s very stable and we’ve had boxes up for more than two years. It’s free so you can experiment with it and it’s easy to develop for. We’ve used FreeBSD from the beginning since about 1996 and it has served us well."
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( Permalink: Local company develops FreeBSD-based radars      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 31, 2004 )

Apple responds to RealNetworks FairPlay hack
"DMCA aside, does Apple need to threaten RealNetworks in order to make its point, or is Harmony a legitimate threat to Apple's business interests? The iPod + iTunes Music Store combination has proven to be a rather deadly one, at least to the competition, and it's questionable whether the existence of Harmony will do anything to change that. iTMS sells over 70% of legal downloads, while the various iPod models account for just over half of all digital music players sold last quarter. While some analysts have suggested that Apple should think about licensing FairPlay, the current closed, tightly-integrated music ecosystem has served Apple's interests very well. Judging by sales, consumers don't seem to be bothered by the closed ecosystem."
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( Permalink: Apple responds to RealNetworks FairPlay hack      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 30, 2004 )

Plug n Play progress in Linux
"Kernel developer and author Robert Love wants to take all the fun out of Linux. Someday you won't have to specify /dev pathnames to utilities when installing new devices, or configure CUPS and download a driver to make a printer visible, or determine which application can read data from a consumer device (unless you choose to do it the old-fashioned way). Instead, when you plug in something, it will just work, OS X style."
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( Permalink: Plug n Play progress in Linux      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 30, 2004 )

Four alternative Linux window managers
"KDE and GNOME combine window managers with suites of applications to create comprehensive work environments. As complete as they are, it's easy to forget that there are other graphical ways to work on a Linux desktop. Sometimes a lighter-weight window manager is in order, such as for laptop usage, children's use, or quick startup applications. Here are four "alternative" window managers that are mature, fast, and functional."
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( Permalink: Four alternative Linux window managers      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 30, 2004 )

Secure programming with the OpenSSL API
Learning how to use the API for OpenSSL -- the best-known open library for secure communication -- can be intimidating, because the documentation is incomplete. Fill in the gaps, and tame the API, with the tips in this article. After setting up a basic connection, see how to use OpenSSL's BIO library to set up both a secured and unsecured connection. And learn a bit about error detection as well.

( Permalink: Secure programming with the OpenSSL API      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Jul 30, 2004 )

A BSD For Your PHB
The reaction one gets when attempting to get a manager in a corporate environment to consider an alternate operating system can sometimes be likened to a typical dilbert comic strip. Joseph Mallett contributed the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which suggests that if you present the case properly, your pointy haired boss will make the right decision when choosing a Unix operating system to run the business.

( Permalink: A BSD For Your PHB      Submitted by Kelly McNeill Fri Jul 30, 2004 )

Memory Timings Explained
"The chipset supports the microprocessor. It usually contains several "controllers" which govern how information travels between the microprocessor and other components in the system. The memory controller is normally part of the chipset, and this controller establishes the information flow between memory and the microprocessor. In the case of a motherboard with Dual-Channel memory capability there are two memory controllers. The new AMD Athlon64 microprocessors have the memory controller integrated in the microprocessor."
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( Permalink: Memory Timings Explained      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 29, 2004 )

KDE science: Evolution Simulation
"The goal is a virtual reality which can be experienced by users as a realistic world and as a place for scientific development with a goal of creating a realistic evolution simulation. The realism is not so much of physical reality but more of a realistic human - and especially life as a whole - evolution. This also means that nothing keeps us from creating space shuttles that allows for exploring a whole solar system, which can get quite fascinating ;)"
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( Permalink: KDE science: Evolution Simulation      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 29, 2004 )

Building Systems to be Shared Securely
"In this discussion, we will review existing systems that provide strong separation via access control, virtualization, namespace management, and partitioning. We will then explore the FreeBSD Jail system, implemented by us, which adopts a hybrid approach to applying security primitives. We will pay particular attention to the implementation and administrative costs of modifying an existing system. We will also make recommendations for the design of new systems to facilitate the future introduction of security and separation features. These recommendations will reach the somewhat unsurprising conclusion that the path to security turns out to also be the path of improved and intentional software design and abstraction."
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( Permalink: Building Systems to be Shared Securely      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 29, 2004 )

Deconstructing H.264/AVC
Funny and informative (long though) rant at DrunkenBlog breaking down the history of MPEG and Quicktime. Talks about where MPEG4 was lacking and how H.264/AVC can fix it.

( Permalink: Deconstructing H.264/AVC      Submitted by Doug Thu Jul 29, 2004 )

ULB 2004 Video Follow-Up
"The configuration necessary for getting all four displays to work in this year's Ultimate Linux Box may have been common sense for any X config or ATI guru, but I had to do a bit of hacking to get it all working. The autodetected multihead from FC2 had two device sections, referencing the two PCI IDs given by the video card. These did multihead fine, but the sub-device or second and fourth video outputs simply were clones of the first and third."
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( Permalink: ULB 2004 Video Follow-Up      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 29, 2004 )

Mandrake Linux 10
"After using Mandrake for the week, I have to say I love it a lot. It has by far been the best Linux experience that I've had so far. There are a lot of things that I miss from the Windows world, ie The Sims, iTunes, and printing, but I can generally manage pretty well. If someone told me they wanted to try Linux, I would tell them Mandrake is for them. In fact, I would tell them that it is better than Windows in so many ways if you have a supported printer, don't have a million songs from iTunes or an addiction for a PC Game. (I know about Transgaming's Winex, I haven't tried it because I can go back to Windows to play and I don't want to pay the money to get it, but a newbie isn't going to play around with wine and win)."
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( Permalink: Mandrake Linux 10      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 29, 2004 )

CLI magic: File Transfer Protocol
"If you're an old geek like me, you may very well still use the standard FTP offering included in most Linux distributions. It may not have all the bells and whistles, but it still gets the job done. To get a file from a distant machine, you need to know either its name or IP address. You may also need to know a valid user ID/password combination. Even public sites often require a signon: user Anonymous and your email address for a password, for example. Let's give it a try. Enter the following at the command line:"
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( Permalink: CLI magic: File Transfer Protocol      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 29, 2004 )

Inside Tiger: A Look at the Finder and System
"The most significant changes to Tiger's Finder involve Apple's new Spotlight technology; as previously covered, the search field is greatly improved in both speed and functionality. Hitting a plus button inside the results window for the Finder's integrated search reveals options to narrow your search, such as "Kind," "Last Viewed," "Keywords" and "Contents." Also added is an iTunes-like "Smart Folder" function which allows you to save your search results as an auto-updating folder. When created, Smart Folders are added to the places sidebar. This essentially builds the power of Panther's current systemwide search feature (command-F) directly into the finder. "
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( Permalink: Inside Tiger: A Look at the Finder and System      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 28, 2004 )

The Terminal in OS X
"If you use OS X as your primary workstation os, you can access local and remote servers with shell access and perform all of your system administration and other efforts from the Terminal. However, there are a few areas unique to the Mac that may come in handy."
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( Permalink: The Terminal in OS X      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 28, 2004 )

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