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12 Steps to Improving Your Mac's Performance
"In Degunking Your Mac, published by Paraglyph Press, I detail why this slowdown occurs. The problems are common to all computers, with only minor variations brought on by the individuality of The One Using The Computer The Most. Figuring out what causes the slowdown is a start to getting better performance. Knowing the cause of the problem is only half the battle; though. To recoup the performance lost, you must know what steps are required to fix the problem, and learn how to maintain the computer once it is running properly."

( Permalink: 12 Steps to Improving Your Mac's Performance      Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 20, 2004 )

Macworld Boston 2004: Brains Over Beauty
"Reports of Macworld East's demise are somewhat premature. The Tuesday morning feature presentation was filled to capacity. David Pogue hosted a panel of original Mac engineers including Bill Atkinson, Andy Hertzfeld, Jerry Mannock, and Jef Raskin. I found Bill, Andy, and Jerry illuminating and entertaining. I thought Jef's "I really invented the Mac" speech about as compelling as Al Gore's bid for the Internet. Come to think of it, Al is easier to endure. Setting Jef's comments aside, however, the kickoff was a legitimate launch to a major conference and was well received by the audience."

( Permalink: Macworld Boston 2004: Brains Over Beauty      Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 20, 2004 )

Unix Printing Basics
"Somewhere there must be a theory stating that the amount of configuration knowledge required is directly proportional to the need for using said configured service. This is certainly often the case with printing. True, the configuration interfaces have steadily improved in the past few years. However, administrators still need a fair bit of knowledge to understand which particular software bits they need to make the most of the features of a particular printer. Additionally, the vast array of software available often confuses new users. As an example, there are more than 300 print applications available in the ports collection. Where exactly does one start?"

( Permalink: Unix Printing Basics      Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 20, 2004 )

Why doesn't Academia understand Industrial Work?
"If we want to, in Bryan's words, close the gap between academic and industrial work, such that a better understanding for industrial problem is the result (which could lead to improved paper acceptance rates, among other things), than industry will need to be more pro-active in making researchers aware of what the problems are that they need to solve, on short as well as long term. Industry has a chance to drive the research agenda as long as it is willing to open up and show what the real problems are."

( Permalink: Why doesn't Academia understand Industrial Work?      Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 20, 2004 )

Boot Linux from a FireWire device
Say you want to use Linux in a dual-boot arrangement, but you don't have any free space on your computer's hard drive. One solution would be to use a "live" Linux distribution such as Knoppix, which can be run directly from CD. This is certainly viable for occasional use, but it has a number of serious drawbacks.

( Permalink: Boot Linux from a FireWire device      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Jul 20, 2004 )

Opening netwox toolbox
Administrators daily face simple network taskes. Some of them requires to install specific softwares, which is time consuming and complex in heterogeneous environments. A cross-platform toolbox providing several tools only requires one installation and lowers incompatibilities. Netwox is one such toolbox.

( Permalink: Opening netwox toolbox      Submitted by Laurent Constantin Tue Jul 20, 2004 )

Of Free Software and Zealots
If you have ever spoken passionately about a favorite operating system, computer, technology or other tech topic on an online discussion board, the chances are good that you're among those that have been labeled a "zealot."

Tarential submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which suggests that the term is being thrown about too flippantly on some online discussion boards... especially with regard to discussion relating to free/open source software.

( Permalink: Of Free Software and Zealots      Submitted by Kelly McNeill Tue Jul 20, 2004 )

KDE 3.3 Beta1 Experiences
This is not a typical review of a desktop environment such as KDE or GNOME. These are the observations of what the user Osho GG saw when updated from KDE 3.2.3 to KDE 3.3 Beta1.

( Permalink: KDE 3.3 Beta1 Experiences      Submitted by Anonymous Tue Jul 20, 2004 )

New iMac will be a G5
"We normally don't talk about unannounced products, but we feel you need to know about the current situation. The iMac is based on the G5 processor. We could not secure the necessary supply of G5 processors to launch our new iMac on schedule, and as we indicated a few weeks ago, we now to plan to announce and ship it in September... We believe that IBM has placed enormous resources on improving the situation, and based on what they have told us, we expect the supply problems to be behind us by the beginning of Apple's fiscal Q1 05."

( Permalink: New iMac will be a G5      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 19, 2004 )

Higher-Order Messages in Cocoa
"HOM, or Higher-Order Messaging, refers to the treatment of a message as a data type, like an object, so that it can be used as the argument in another message. This is analogous to languages that treat functions as a first-class data type, like Lisp, Haskell, and PHP do. Even C and its descendants can use function pointers, although it's not as pretty."

( Permalink: Higher-Order Messages in Cocoa      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 19, 2004 )

Doom 3 has gone gold
"More importantly, Hollenshead addressed availability for the Mac and Linux platforms. There will be no boxed Linux version of the game, but binaries for Linux will be available "very soon after the PC game hits store shelves," and will presumably be available to those who purchase the "PC' (read: Windows) version. The Mac version has no release date aside from "when it's done," Hollenshead wrote. His reluctance to say more leads us to believe that the Mac version is still a few months away."

( Permalink: Doom 3 has gone gold      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 19, 2004 )

Stratagus: Open Source Strategy Games
"Stratagus has many of the same features found in commercially produced RTS game engines. It was actually one of the first RTS engines with the ability to display multiple map views on the screen at once, back in the FreeCraft days. It still lacks, though, in the graphics area. For now, the engine can only display 2D graphics, while the latest RTS titles on the market have 3D graphics. Still, the main advantage of Stratagus over commercial engines is that players can easily modify games or create their own. Of course, there's both the Linux factor and its cross-platform compatibility, since Stratagus runs on Mac OS X and BSD, too. "One big disadvantage of commercial RTS games is they only provide a Windows version."

( Permalink: Stratagus: Open Source Strategy Games      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 19, 2004 )

Introducing Screen
"GNU Screen provides virtual consoles in the same way your Window Manager provides virtual desktops. It allows you to run several shells and/or applications from a single session. Some of you will be thinking “but I can just fire up another XTerm” or “but Linux supports virtual consoles already”, but Screen can do a more than just virtual consoles – it supports detachment as well."

( Permalink: Introducing Screen      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 19, 2004 )

Device-Driver Trouble
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in the Linux kernel, Apache 2, the Linux Virtual Server, Pure-FTPd, FreeBSD's Linux binary compatibility mode, Domino, Shorewall, libpng, and the X Display Manager.

( Permalink: Device-Driver Trouble      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 19, 2004 )

Mobile AirDesk
"The device is called the Mobile AirDesk (to distinguish it from the same company's home products, which do a similar job but with different heights in mind). And while it's not quite as slick as a custom in-car computer, the Mobile AirDesk does what none of my previous improvised laptop platforms could; it allows the laptop to swing into a reasonable position for typing, and keeps it safe (fingers crossed) from anywhere I'm likely to spill a drink while driving, without the need to completely re-stow the computer. It does this by crouching on the passenger seat, and affording enough swivel action to give perfectly adequate keyboard access from the driver's seat when necessary. When not in use, the entire laptop tray can just be rotated next to the passenger seat. "

( Permalink: Mobile AirDesk      Submitted by Noel Mon Jul 19, 2004 )

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