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Apple to slow pace of Mac OS X tweaks
"However, during a talk at the SIIA Enterprise Software Summit 2004 here, Apple Chief Software Technology Officer Avie Tevanian said, "We're slowing that (pace) down a little bit...because that's not a sustainable rate. But you'll still see us go really fast." Tevanian had previously headed OS X development but was promoted last year to oversee the company's broader software development efforts."
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( Permalink: Apple to slow pace of Mac OS X tweaks      Submitted by Noel Sun May 23, 2004 )

An overview of the Minimo (Mini Mozilla) project
"Minimo has two aims. First and foremost, Minimo is for embedders. The application layer of Minimo is small, and offers only the required pieces that a browser should have. This application layer will most likely be removed and replaced with an embedders application logic and UI. In this sense, Minimo is just a configuration of the Mozilla browser that is targeted at the Linux device space. "
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( Permalink: An overview of the Minimo (Mini Mozilla) project      Submitted by Noel Sun May 23, 2004 )

All About the umask and Permissions
"Within UNIX, system calls have base permissions (sometimes referred to as "default permissions") with which to create new files and directories. For directories the base permissions are (octal) 777 (rwxrwxrwx), and for files they are 666 (rw-rw-rw). Before creating the file or directory, the base permissions are compared to a mask (the umask set by the umask command) that will "mask out" permission bits to determine the final permissions for the object being created. The calculation to determine the final permissions is to take the binary of the base permissions and perform a logical AND operation on the ones complement representation of the binary umask."
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( Permalink: All About the umask and Permissions      Submitted by Noel Sun May 23, 2004 )

GNU: The New World Order
"We now live in a world that is dominated by personal computers, that are descendant from IBM's original Personal Computer (I will simply refer to these as PCs from now on). These computers are compatible enough to all run the same software in binary form. This is a very important factor in the current business model. These PCs can all run the same operating system, and most of them in fact do. Microsoft Windows is that operating system. Currently, the marketshare of Windows is estimated to be about 95% of all IBM compatible PCs. This means that software developers can pretty much ignore all other hardware and software, and develop for Windows PCs only. And this is what they do. Developing for one system only is much cheaper and faster than developing for multiple systems."
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( Permalink: GNU: The New World Order      Submitted by Noel Sun May 23, 2004 )

Xplanet - improve your background
" Xplanet can draw all the major planets and most satellites. I use it to provide the background image on my machines which run X. You can also download satellite images of cloud cover so your background reflect reality. I also display the daylight/darkness shadow. It makes for a very interesting and dynamic background. Have a look at their gallery of images. Very nice eye candy!"
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( Permalink: Xplanet - improve your background      Submitted by Noel Sun May 23, 2004 )

Qmail Address Lister
"What does this proggie do? Well, it lists qmail's users, that's what! Sometimes, for some reason, you will want a list of all valid addresses on a qmail system. This is not that. It stops too soon (see below), but it is close. I wrote this to use with some squirrelmail plugin, so the output may not be what you expect, but it's easy to change. It does, however, give you all first-level mail addresses (no sub-addresses like joe-spam@spamjoe.com), because there are potentially an infinite number of those. Also, it ignores aliases. It tries to figure out if something is really wrong with your users, and warn you."
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( Permalink: Qmail Address Lister      Submitted by Noel Sun May 23, 2004 )

Review of Fedora Core 2
A newbie's review of Fedora Core 2 with screenshots.

( Permalink: Review of Fedora Core 2      Submitted by Anonymous Sun May 23, 2004 )

Create Über Cool Video Effects Using AlamDV2
"All in all AlamDV2 is easy to learn. Once you know how to do stuff you are pretty much just limited to how fast you can work (like if the key commands are working). AlamDV2 is a high power, professional level video effects app that can be had for about $90 and is comparable to other, more expensive, high end video effects apps. Obviously AlamDV isn't going to allow you to do everything you could want effects wise you will find it a valuable tool for adding effects to your productions. Other than the problem with occasional loss of key command usage, and the odd failed rendering the app runs well even under Classic."
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( Permalink: Create Über Cool Video Effects Using AlamDV2      Submitted by Noel Sat May 22, 2004 )

More for Mac Users in Superstore Aisles
"Wandering the aisles of this and other computer superstores need not be as depressing an experience for Mac owners as it may seem at first. These stores stock more products for Macs than it might appear -- more than the local Mac-specialty stores, in fact. But don't try to ask the store's salespeople -- they won't know, and they'll probably try to sell you a PC."
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( Permalink: More for Mac Users in Superstore Aisles      Submitted by Noel Sat May 22, 2004 )

Writing Scalable Applications with PHP
"One day or another, every developer faces a situation in which he/she is responsible for extending the functionality of an existing application or prepare an application for an increase in use and traffic (scaling up). Our goal today is to make this process trivial by learning to develop applications based on a clean, elegant and modular design that is secure, reliable and flexible while keeping it all simple."
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( Permalink: Writing Scalable Applications with PHP      Submitted by Noel Sat May 22, 2004 )

Flash Presentations for the Web with OpenOffice
"To create a presentation with StarOffice or OpenOffice software, an application called Impress is available. Impress in StarOffice or OpenOffice software is equivalent to PowerPoint in Microsoft Office. You can even import a presentation file created in PowerPoint to Impress. If you are already familiar with PowerPoint, using Impress should not be a problem because it's pretty similar to using PowerPoint. In the following example, we will use the Autopilot feature in StarOffice and OpenOffice software to create a new presentation."
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( Permalink: Flash Presentations for the Web with OpenOffice      Submitted by Noel Sat May 22, 2004 )

Mozilla - Back to Basics: Part 1 Firefox
"There are two wildly successful open source projects right now that are sweeping across Windows, Mac & Linux desktops. Firefox and Thunderbird. Both applications have two distinct characteristics. They are stripped down versions of their predecessor - the Mozilla bundle, and both are based on a plugin structure allowing users to include only features they want or need permitting them to remain simple to use. In this first of two installments we take a look at Mozilla's Firefox web browser. "
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( Permalink: Mozilla - Back to Basics: Part 1 Firefox      Submitted by Noel Sat May 22, 2004 )

Why Mono is Currently An Unacceptable Risk
"In short, we are in an adversarial situation. Microsoft does not want us to succeed. Thus we cannot trust Microsoft, even if we'd like to, and must consider Mono based upon the question "What is the worst thing MS can reasonably do?". We can only trust Mono if we are convinced Microsoft doesn't have weasel room. The current situation appears, to me, to have lots of weasel room. The technical merits of Mono are basically irrelevant if its a trojan horse in the long term."
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( Permalink: Why Mono is Currently An Unacceptable Risk      Submitted by Noel Sat May 22, 2004 )

Cultured Perl: Three Essential Perl Books
In this article, the author reviews three Perl coding books, bringing you summaries of the key information contained in the books and how the new versions have been updated.

( Permalink: Cultured Perl: Three Essential Perl Books      Submitted by Anonymous Sat May 22, 2004 )

Spotlight on Solaris Zones Feature
"One of the new and interesting features in build 50/51 of the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) is N1 Grid Containers technology, a way to virtualize system resources and use multiple software partitions for one instance of the OS. The N1 Grid Container functionality comprises two main components, Solaris Zones partitioning technology and Resource Management tools. The Solaris Zones feature enables the administrator to create separate virtual disk environments, while the Resource Management framework allows for the allocation, management, and accounting of system resources such as CPU and memory."
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( Permalink: Spotlight on Solaris Zones Feature      Submitted by Noel Sat May 22, 2004 )

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