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Bossa, a Framework for Scheduler Development
The recent activity in Linux kernel development caused by the introduction of a new scheduler by Ingo Molnar has emphasized for ordinary Linux users the importance of schedulers in modern operating systems. This article gives you a glimpse of what scheduling development is like by letting you implement your own Linux scheduler thanks to Bossa, a framework for scheduler development.

( Permalink: Bossa, a Framework for Scheduler Development      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Jul 10, 2004 )

Analysts weigh in on Apple iMac shortage
"While a new iMac has been expected for some time, Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Computer Inc. surprised many industry watchers when it announced late last week a shortage of iMacs forced the company to stop taking orders for the product. Apple called the iMac shortage "less than perfect" planning as it waits for the next generation of consumer desktops to hit the market."

( Permalink: Analysts weigh in on Apple iMac shortage      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 9, 2004 )

It's Numbering, but Not as We Know It
"Like any word processor, OpenOffice.org's Writer automatically adds numbers and bullets to paragraphs for you. Unlike typical word processors, however, Writer does not make lists a part of paragraph styles. Instead, lists have styles of their own. These styles are called numbering styles. It's a rather misleading term, though, because it refers to both numbered and bulleted lists, but never mind."

( Permalink: It's Numbering, but Not as We Know It      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 9, 2004 )

Novell outlines open-source transition
"The company will make only minimal investments in its BorderManager VPN and other products in favor of open-source alternatives, as it tries to create a profitable blend of open- and closed-source products, said Alan Nugent, Novell's chief technology officer. Speaking in Boston before an audience of technology experts, systems administrators and open-source enthusiasts, Nugent voiced strong support for his company's decision to bundle its proprietary networking software with open-source products, and even envisioned a day when the Waltham, Mass., company might sell only open-source technology."

( Permalink: Novell outlines open-source transition      Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 9, 2004 )

Blog-City Java garbage collection fix
If you're part of the current blogging craze, then you've likely heard of Blog-City, a blogging site owned and operated by Blog-City Ltd. When some unexpected performance issues cropped up, Java performance experts Jack Shirazi and Kirk Pepperdine(from JavaPerformanceTuning.com) were asked to assist in a technical tuning of Blog-City. Here's what they found out and did to fix the problems.

( Permalink: Blog-City Java garbage collection fix      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Jul 9, 2004 )

Review: iTalk
"As a worker in the field of communication, on occasion I need to take information from someone to use in a story. Iím not exactly a journalist, but I pretend to be one once in a while. My ability to scribble notes quickly is sorely lacking. Sometimes, I remember to carry my departmentís micro-cassette recorder with me, but usually not. Instead, I now keep an iTalk in the center console of my caróand, of course, my iPod is rarely very far away!"

( Permalink: Review: iTalk      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 8, 2004 )

Foofbag: Handmade Apple Laptop Sleeves
"Simple and somewhat stylish, depending how you feel about rainbows or flowers or tweed, foofbags are handmade cloth sleeves for your 12-inch or 15-inch Apple laptop. Available in 5 fabric choices, the foofbags have no handles or zippers -- they're designed to protect your Powerbook or iBook when it's in your bag, not be your bag."

( Permalink: Foofbag: Handmade Apple Laptop Sleeves      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 8, 2004 )

Beginning C
"While the introduction to programming material is more common in the early chapters of the book, it doesn't disappear in the later chapters. However, as the book proceeds the emphasis moves much more to the core of the C language. The coverage is very thorough, particularly when compared to a lighter introduction such as C Programming In Easy Steps. Horton doesn't shy away from looking at material often considered tricky, particularly when it comes to pointers. Unlike a number of introductory books, the treatment here is very thorough, and covers the use of arrays of pointers and pointers to functions as well as the basic usage of pointers. Similarly the book doesn't skip on using memory allocation functions, (malloc and co), unlike some introductions."

( Permalink: Beginning C      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 8, 2004 )

Linux helps make weather forecasts more accurate
"Referring to the humongous simulations that are used in climate research, Zacharia said scientists are benefiting from a good balance of increased processing power and memory, better interconnect technology, a sturdier OS -- Linux -- and advances in mathematical algorithms.
"Without a doubt, we're in a wonderful era with a number of purposeful systems and machines that are entirely focused on the scientific and technical market," he said. "I believe computing is going to be the great enabler in science and research in climate because there's no other way."


( Permalink: Linux helps make weather forecasts more accurate      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 8, 2004 )

Fedora Core 2: Making it work
"Getting FC2 to a state of desktop readiness is a task that requires a medium amount of skill and will probably take close to a full day for the first workstation (assuming that you have a high-speed Internet connection). Subsequent installs should go more quickly; indeed, I intend for my students to get most of it done during their first three-hour class."

( Permalink: Fedora Core 2: Making it work      Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 8, 2004 )

Getting Information From Here to There and Back
An information grid, as defined by this article, is the structure that allows end users and applications to share information, no matter where it is stored. The article shows system architects how to think through the information infrastructure when setting up a grid computing environment.

( Permalink: Getting Information From Here to There and Back      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jul 8, 2004 )

Securing the Mobile Real-Time Enterprise
Mobile technologies have ushered in sweeping productivity gains at enterprises across the globe. In many cases, they have been central to the creation of the so-called "real-time enterprise." These same technologies, however, have also increased enterprises' exposure to security risks that are frequently underestimated or misunderstood. How significant is the problem? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, within three years, 40 per cent of all workers will perform a significant part of their job outside of the office. eBCVG Network

( Permalink: Securing the Mobile Real-Time Enterprise      Submitted by MarekB Thu Jul 8, 2004 )

NetBSD Quarterly Status Report
Jan Schaumann published the NetBSD Foundation's second quarterly status report, covering the months April through June of 2004. Among many other things, this status report addresses the NetBSD Logo Contest and the upcoming release of NetBSD 2.0.

( Permalink: NetBSD Quarterly Status Report      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jul 8, 2004 )

Rich Wareham of Desktop Manager
"As a quick primer, virtual desktops are a way of organizing open windows on your screen instead of constantly hiding or minimizing windows or applications. You might have one virtual screen for emailing, one for web browsing, and another for your design application. Switching between them usually involves either a key combination or a graphical pager which holds icons representing open windows. That's a really lousy way of explaining something that will become obvious once you've downloaded it and tried it, so I'd encourage you to do so. Just about every *nix desktop comes with them, so switchers from that side of the fence often lament on their absence in Apples' OSX. There are other virtual desktop solutions for OSX, but Desktop Manager has garnered much praise for being high-quality, free, and open source. It hasn't won any awards that I'm aware of, but it sure as hell gets the coveted DrunkenBlog Seal of Approval."

( Permalink: Rich Wareham of Desktop Manager      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 7, 2004 )

Software Makes a Tiger of Panther†
"Last week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs wowed programmers at the company's annual developer conference with a demo of Tiger, the next major version of OS X, due out next year. But to users of some third-party Mac utilities, not all the nifty data-hunting features demonstrated in Tiger were wholly new. "

( Permalink: Software Makes a Tiger of Panther†      Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 7, 2004 )

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