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Putting together PDF files
"There are times when you need to combine multiple files from diverse sources into a single PDF file. In Windows or the MacOS it's easy -- use Adobe Acrobat. Sadly, Adobe hasn't deigned to put out a version of Acrobat for Linux, but there are a number of Linux utilities available that enable you to quickly and efficiently combine PDF files. This article looks at three command line utilities: Ghostscript, joinPDF, and pdfmeld. Each does a good job of combining PDF files, and they all pack some interesting features."

( Permalink: Putting together PDF files      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 22, 2004 )

Intel 3.40EE & 560 (3.60E) Processors
"Intel’s new LGA, or Land Grid Array, 775 processor socket takes a step away from traditional implementations in that the package no longer features pins, rather the bottom of the LGA 775 processors only have small gold contacts. With the LGA package, Intel has moved the pins into the bottom portion of the processor socket, something that will make installation of the processor easier in that there is no need to watch for bent pins on the package...although it will make it more difficult as well. You no longer need to worry about bent or damaged pins on the processor, rather now you have to worry twice as much about bent pins within the processor socket itself."

( Permalink: Intel 3.40EE & 560 (3.60E) Processors      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 22, 2004 )

PHP on the Command Line - Part 1
"So, why use PHP? An obvious -- and very good -- reason may simply be that you know PHP better than the alternatives. Less obvious is that, if you're developing a Web application in PHP, writing supporting scripts in another language can lead to extra headaches -- even if you're confident in both. There's both the human aspect of having to switch programming "mind sets", and the overhead of having to support two platforms and the potential missed opportunities for re-use; data access logic may need to be implemented twice, for example."

( Permalink: PHP on the Command Line - Part 1      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 22, 2004 )

Strategies for Managing Large Networks
"While small companies are able to work with simple configurations using static, point-to-point network links, that solution is wholly inadequate for sites with hundreds or thousands of servers and workstations. Dynamic routing eases the pain by putting intelligence into the network infrastructure, eliminating the need for human intervention when changes happen in the network topology. However, building such large networks takes some planning and forethought. This article, the first of two features on routing, introduces you to the possibilities and issues of large-scale network design. Next month, you'll learn how to apply Linux routers in your network."

( Permalink: Strategies for Managing Large Networks      Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 22, 2004 )

The Linux Migration Quick Reference
"Star Office can read and write Microsoft Office files, though not perfectly: Some of the fonts are different, so reading and writing office files sometimes yields a different look of the document. If you want a Star/Open Office document to look exactly the same on another system, you can save it in PDF format and view it with Adobe Acrobat. Microsoft's proprietary, un-documented macros are not available in Star/Open Office."

( Permalink: The Linux Migration Quick Reference      Submitted by someone Tue Jun 22, 2004 )

I Love AppleScript Studio
"AppleScript Studio reminded me that writing software is creative and energizing and exciting. Like a kid with an unplayed beta of Halo 2, I had to remind myself that deadlines loomed over the immediate horizon and that I should not, should not, should not wire up that "Publish" button so that it would take the column I just wrote and e-mail it to my editor automatically. Even though I knew it would have required a dozen lines of code, max, and perhaps twenty minutes of my time. Ditto for making the color of the interactive word count creep slowly from black to bright red the closer I get to my word count. Ditto for..."

( Permalink: I Love AppleScript Studio      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 21, 2004 )

More LDAP in Mac OS X Server
"In my last article, I suggested that you could fix the problems in the information Apple's WorkGroup Manager writes to the LDAP server by editing the records by hand and fixing the sn and givenName attributes. Well, you need a little more than that to get it all working well with both SquirrelMail and Address Book. To solve the problem, I delved into my toolbox and wrote a Perl script to give you a hand. In my company, a person's user name is their first name and last name joined by an underscore, so I could do it all in one go with my script. If you have some other system, then you'll need to make some small changes to my script, and perhaps do some editing by hand."

( Permalink: More LDAP in Mac OS X Server      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 21, 2004 )

MonoDevelop: A port to call home
"Getting the latest version of MonoDevelop installed couldn't be easier. I began with a fresh install of SUSE Linux Professional 9.1 on a Compaq Evo N1000v laptop with a 2.0GHz processor and 1GB of memory. I downloaded and installed Ximian's Red Carpet software management application first. Then, from the Red Carpet GUI, I selected the Available Software tab and then chose the Mono channel. Selecting all available packages gives you a list of 61 items. "

( Permalink: MonoDevelop: A port to call home      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 21, 2004 )

Wireless Infidelity
While the growth of 802.11b wireless networking has been explosive, problems with security of data being transmitted have plagued the technology almost since its conception. Still in spite of its drawbacks 802.11b has some compelling reasons for its deployment, both by the consumer and in the enterprise. Those reasons include its low cost, its ease of deployment and the tremendous convenience that wireless networking offers. eBCVG Network

( Permalink: Wireless Infidelity      Submitted by MarekB Mon Jun 21, 2004 )

Chronicle of the Xul Revolution
"George Staikos: I'm a professional and hobbyist software developer in Toronto, Canada. I have been involved with Linux and open source software for over 10 years now, and have contributed to many different projects, most prominently KDE. I also do consulting and develop software commercially, especially Linux and Qt/KDE related.
Part 1 and Part 2."

( Permalink: Chronicle of the Xul Revolution      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 21, 2004 )

A Day in the Life of #Apache
"On Apache 1.3, Apache runs in what is called a prefork model. There's one Apache parent process, and several child processes, each of which can answer incoming HTTP requests. Lots of people like the prefork model, but some people want choices. Choices are good. So, in Apache 2, you have choices. These choices are called MPMs, because they represent different models of multi-processing. If you like prefork, then use the prefork MPM. There's also worker, which is threaded. And there are a variety of other ones, including ones that are specifically for non-Unix operating systems, such as mpm_winnt and mpm_netware for Netware."

( Permalink: A Day in the Life of #Apache      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 21, 2004 )

The Mythical Man-Month Revisited
"This is the essence. The accident is everything else involved in software development. The details of the programming language, the configuration management, the modeling language, the packaging, documentation tools, libraries, build tools and so on are all accidental work in software development. Clearly there's lots of accidental work. Here's why what Brooks is saying makes so much sense — no one single area of software development is so badly burdened by accidental work that improving it can yield an order-of-magnitude improvement in overall productivity, reliability or simplicity."

( Permalink: The Mythical Man-Month Revisited      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 21, 2004 )

Thunderbird 0.7
"Thunderbird has many other features such as filters that are quite powerful and allow you to sort your email in many ways very easily. It also now benefits from a talkback feature that provides crash info back to the developers if Thunderbird crashes for any reason if you're using it. One of the best new features I can see is the ability to keep your user profiles on usb devices."

( Permalink: Thunderbird 0.7      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 21, 2004 )

Too Late to Save CEOs?
I know this won't be popular, but somebody has to say it. I was reading an editorial by Charles Cooper at CNET, and I must say that I take issue with what he is asserting. First of all, the American workers are not to blame. What Mr. Cooper and and his counterpart in the interview fail to remember is that they are living in America, not some foreign country. They are enjoying the fruits of our labors and our freedoms, not the protection and tax environment of some foreign country. They are enjoying the protection of the United States government, its armed forces, and its infrastructure, not some foreign nation.

( Permalink: Too Late to Save CEOs?      Submitted by Chuck Talk Mon Jun 21, 2004 )

Word Alternatives
"My solution is Open Office. I don't use this package for document production as it has not yet reached the stage of Cocoa-likeness that it can act like a Mac Application. However, it almost always displays even very complex .doc documents just fine. Interestingly it will not open a .doc document that has a password. And, of course, you can't translate back into .rtf as the table, footnote, and header formatting will not survive the translation."

( Permalink: Word Alternatives      Submitted by Noel Sun Jun 20, 2004 )

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