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OS 9, Mine, All Mine
"I use 8.6 on my iBook basically because a) it means I can use one or two things like retro digital cameras (a JamCam and a QuickTake) that don't seem to like any OS that is more up-to-date than 8.6, and b) because I mainly use the iBook for word processing and a little bit of web browsing, rather than graphics-intensive (the photo files on my retro cameras are not huge). I have no real need for anything later than 8.6."
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( Permalink: OS 9, Mine, All Mine      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 26, 2004 )

An Interview with Hideya Kawahara
"Chuck Talk: I understand that you are the principle builder and architect for the Project Looking Glass interface from Sun Microsystems. I have read that you built the interface in your spare time, working to develop this unique new interface. Your work is an amazing and inspiring innovation. I must say that I am impressed, no matter what some may have written about the technology, it is more intuitive to work in three dimensional space, IMHO. Could you tell us where your inspiration came from for the idea?
Hideya Kawahara: I'm just a geek who are interested in 3D stuff, but not a 3D expert. Maybe like most of you folks. I think this fact has heavy influence in the UI design approach I took for Project Looking Glass. "

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( Permalink: An Interview with Hideya Kawahara      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 26, 2004 )

ELX BizDesk 4.0
"ELX BizDesk 4.0 is the latest incarnation of a product that was first unleashed in the middle of 2002 by Hyderabad-based Everyone's Linux Pvt Ltd, who claim to be the first Indian Linux distribution company to have entered the software market. Loosely based on Red Hat Linux 9, BizDesk 4.0 is designed primarily for corporate users who are looking for a drop-in replacement for Microsoft Windows and Office. Although ELX products receive the occasional mention in the wider press, a comprehensive review has not been undertaken since at least 2002. So what is BizDesk like in the year 2004, two years on? ELX kindly sent us a copy so we could find out."
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( Permalink: ELX BizDesk 4.0      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 26, 2004 )

Real wants to be the media player for Linux
"As RealNetworks moves aggressively into the Linux field, it is by no means the only open-source player for Linux. Popular Linux-based media players include Mplayer Sinek, Totem, XAnim and Xine. Check out some of the other open source media players yourself (links below) and see what you think"
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( Permalink: Real wants to be the media player for Linux      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 26, 2004 )

Canon PowerShot A60 on Fedora Core 2
"I do have a lot of notes stored up on my experiences with Fedora Core 2, and I need to hurry up and get them posted, but I wanted to push out these notes on my experience reading pictures and movies from my Canon PowerShot A60 using the USB (1.1) connection to my Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop running Fedora Core 2 Linux."
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( Permalink: Canon PowerShot A60 on Fedora Core 2      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 26, 2004 )

Linux tips
"Why would you want to do this? It's not possible for anyone to guess or keep trying the root account. This is especially good for computers on the Internet. So, even if the "root" passwords is known, they can't get access to the system remotely. Only from the terminal, which is locked in your computer room. However, if anyone has a account on the server, then, they can login under their account then "su -". "
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( Permalink: Linux tips      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 26, 2004 )

Grady Booch's dinner with Scott Ross
Grady Booch recently had dinner with Scott Ross, president of Digital Domain, the company responsible for the special effects in Titanic, What Dreams May Come, Apollo 13, True Lies, I Robot, and many others. Here's his interesting blog entry on what he learned about raw rendering and animation, Digital Domain, and his thoughts about what software products dominate the special effects industry.

( Permalink: Grady Booch's dinner with Scott Ross      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Jul 26, 2004 )

Tool of the Month: rpl
"The basic syntax of rpl is rpl 'oldtext' 'newtext' filename. It doesn't really get much simpler than that, now does it? Note that strings should be placed inside single quotes (') so that the shell doesn't try to treat part of your text string as a special character. If you're replacing a single word with another single word (in other words, no white space) then it's not mandatory to place your strings inside single quotes — but it's a good habit to get into."
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( Permalink: Tool of the Month: rpl      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 25, 2004 )

AirPort Express in pieces
"The AirPort Express is the product from Apple that is meant to tie the two together. It is a fully-capable, mobile 802.11g wireless access point that can also stream music from iTunes to your home stereo. In addition, it can extend the range of an AirPort Base Station and support print jobs over the network to a USB printer."
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( Permalink: AirPort Express in pieces      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 25, 2004 )

Use a Spare Mac as FireWire Hub On or Off
"This setup is especially useful for PowerBook and iBook owners who have only one FireWire port. With this setup it is possible to access hard drives, DV cameras, iPods, and iSights attached to a second Mac, be it on or off. Combine this with not being lucky enough to have wireless Internet in your home so you can use IP-over-FireWire and access FireWire devices over one wire in one fell swoop. Internet access and high-speed device connectivity over the same wire, whoa!"
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( Permalink: Use a Spare Mac as FireWire Hub On or Off      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 25, 2004 )

Thoughts on secure operating systems
"There is no assurance that any software development effort is free from people who have bad intent or who just write lousy software. The US government's highest security agencies have discovered spies working at the most trusted levels – does anyone realistically expect that software companies will adopt more rigorous screening than the CIA? In any case, it's not clear that it is easier to get code into Linux than it is to get code into other operating systems. In fact, because Linux code is developed on an open model and is tracked by a comprehensive source control system, it may be relatively harder to smuggle malicious code into Linux. In any case, "provenance" is a side issue, one that is easily turned into cheap fear-mongering and xenophobia"
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( Permalink: Thoughts on secure operating systems      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 25, 2004 )

Linux command line tips and tricks
I've been collecting command line tips and tricks over the last while, based on questions from work collegues and from my local LUG. Others have found them useful so I hope you do to.

( Permalink: Linux command line tips and tricks      Submitted by Pádraig Brady Sun Jul 25, 2004 )

How to harden GNU/Linux against local intrusions
"Since actual hacking methods are very uncommon due to the level of expertise they require, we'll limit our discussion to hardening the built-in boot modes. These modes are in place mainly to recover or repair a computer after a system failure or forgotten password. Because these necessary failsafes exist, physical security is the weakest layer of computer security, no matter what operating system is being used. You need to be logged in as root to perform these steps, with the exception of the BIOS changes."
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( Permalink: How to harden GNU/Linux against local intrusions      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 25, 2004 )

Call of Duty
"Call of Duty combines fun, realism, and fast paced action together to create an addictive game that causes you to play until you have won the game. When you get your hands on this game you can often be heard saying “Just one more level” or something to that effect. This game pulls you in by the hair on your head, shaves it off, and pushes you out and airplane with a gun, some medkits and some company. Therefore Call of Duty gets a rating of 3.5 out of 5 Macheads, or, "righteous". Call of Duty receives this rating because of the lack of graphics quality despite 3x the minimum memory requirement of 256MB. The game often seems too easy on the normal setting and makes the gameplay less fun due to lack of challenge occasionally."
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( Permalink: Call of Duty      Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 25, 2004 )

Why Design Using Low-End Macs?
"In this series of articles, Jason Walsh takes a look at how to run a design studio on low-end Macs. Whether you want to get off the upgrade treadmill, are just out of art school and want to set up shop on a budget, or just want to pick up a few tips and tricks, this feature will help you along the road. Part one is the introduction to the series; we will be getting down to business next week."
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( Permalink: Why Design Using Low-End Macs?      Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 24, 2004 )

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The Issue of Compliance
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Embedded Systems Conference
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Adding & Changing Data in MySQL
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A taste of Wine: Transition from Windows to Linux
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The Secret Source of Google's Power
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Creating an OpenBSD Package
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Linux on the GameCube
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Cool tools for remote administration
(Wed Apr 7, 2004)

POWER to the people: Chipmaking at IBM
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Possio's PX30 hackable wireless router
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Running BIND9 in a chroot cage using NetBSD 1.6.2
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Analyzing PostgreSQL SQL usage
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