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Finding an open source programming job
"Brian says one of the major differences between proprietary and open source developers is that open source developers "tend not to want to reimplement everything themselves. They have familiarity with other projects, and know what bits of code from elswehere can be incorporated into what they're working on -- a skill you don't find in most commercial developers." "
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( Permalink: Finding an open source programming job      Submitted by Noel Tue May 11, 2004 )

Microsoft trying to rip off Expose
It appears that Microsoft is trying to rip off Expose and project Looking Glass in their new version of Windows. Suprising? Not really. here for more in depth information and to see some example images that show what the author means.

( Permalink: Microsoft trying to rip off Expose      Submitted by Anonymous Tue May 11, 2004 )

Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Little Black Book
"Gene Steinberg’s Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Little Black Book—a misnomer of Carolingian proportion given its girth—is an excellent resource to the seemingly endless variety of actions one may perform in OS X 10.3. Want to know what to do with Classic apps to make them launch faster? How about how to set up a restricted account for your younger sibling? Nixon’s little helper has the answer, and it does a good job of making that clear."
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( Permalink: Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Little Black Book      Submitted by Noel Mon May 10, 2004 )

Review: iLap
" If you have a laptop and spend any time working away from a desk or other hard, flat surface—for example, on the couch, in a chair, sitting outside, in front of the TV—go buy an iLap. You don’t even need to read the rest of this review. Just go buy it. Even if you already own a CoolPad, go buy an iLap. You won’t regret it. I showed the Web page to a fellow ATPM staffer and he bought it on sight. That’s how good this stand is."
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( Permalink: Review: iLap      Submitted by Noel Mon May 10, 2004 )

A conversation with Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT
Chuck Talk was pleased to be able to interview Dan Ravicher, Executive Director for the Public Patent Foundation. What follows is their conversation. Chuck hopes you find this as enlightening and inspiring as he did. It is good to know that the spirit of the Public Trust and Interest is not lost in America.

( Permalink: A conversation with Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT      Submitted by Chuck Talk Mon May 10, 2004 )

A Guide to Centralized Spam and Virus Filtering
"Spam and viruses constitute an enormous amount of mail on the Internet, wasting bandwidth and clogging the queues on defenseless mail servers. If delivered, the viruses also waste company resources as they spread. Mail administrators have taken a variety of approaches to defending their users from these two culprits, but it's difficult to keep up with new techniques and viruses and worms. This article explores the integration of Sendmail, MIMEDefang, ClamAV, SpamAssassin, and Vipul's Razor as a partial measure against spam and viruses. "
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( Permalink: A Guide to Centralized Spam and Virus Filtering      Submitted by Noel Mon May 10, 2004 )

Using the NDIS Wrapper Device Driver
"Some WireLess NIC adapters do not offer a Linux driver, but of course, they do have Windows device drivers. Some popular chipset vendors have not even released the specifications for their devices and that makes it impossible for the Linux community to develop Linux based device drivers. The Linux NDIS Wrapper allows one to use some Windows device drivers under Linux. If you have bought a wireless NIC and tossed it aside, or something more drastic, like reinstalled Windows on your laptop, read on to get your wireless NIC WarDriving."
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( Permalink: Using the NDIS Wrapper Device Driver      Submitted by Noel Mon May 10, 2004 )

Red Hat Desktop: Semantics is part of the problem
"We tried to position it as best we could without telling it what to be. For example, we called it "for hobbyists and developers," but Fedora is what you make of it. It's the proving ground for our next level technology (e.g. Core), but also enables its own community ecosystem in FedoraNews, FedoraLegacy, FedoraForum, FedoraChat, and FedoraLegacy. People run it in production. It's had its own growing pains, but so far it has been positively received and has become the most publicly tested version of Linux Red Hat ever released."
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( Permalink: Red Hat Desktop: Semantics is part of the problem      Submitted by Noel Mon May 10, 2004 )

A Field Guide to Wireless LANs
"A great deal of information is packed into A Field Guide to Wireless LANs for Administrators and Power Users. It probably is not the book to start with if you are new to networks, wireless networks in particular. But, if you already used your first wireless LAN, this book can take you much the rest of the way. Topics covered or touched on include security, basic setup of a wireless card and RF theory. It is a comprehensive book. Mr. Maufer describes the 802.11 specifications by using both a theoretical perspective and explaining how it works in practice. Several chapters of the book are devoted to explaining components of IEEE 802.11 in depth."
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( Permalink: A Field Guide to Wireless LANs      Submitted by Noel Mon May 10, 2004 )

Regular Expressions In 10 Minutes
"In conclusion the book provides a painless way into regular expressions. It takes a simple approach and keeps focused on showing how to get the job done. If you're already a regex regular then the chances are that there's not much new here for you, but if you're just starting out then this is a pretty good place to start."
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( Permalink: Regular Expressions In 10 Minutes      Submitted by Noel Mon May 10, 2004 )

Review of Sharp Zaurus SL-6000
"The new Zaurus SL-6000 from Sharp is a versatile, linux-based PDA incorporating an Intel XScale (PXA255) CPU at 400 MHz. In some respects it is a hybrid of the Zaurus SL-5600, which became available in the U.S. in April of 2003, and the SL-C750/760/860 which is only available as a special import and was reviewed here in September of 2003. The main enhancements to the SL-6000 are a better screen, some ruggedisation, built-in Wi-Fi and/or bluetooth, and a degree of expandability. There's also a USB host built into it using a Mini A connector on the bottom of the device. Oh, and a longer stylus."
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( Permalink: Review of Sharp Zaurus SL-6000      Submitted by Noel Sun May 9, 2004 )

Programming as if Performance Mattered
"I frequently see bare queries from programmers in discussion forums, especially from new programmers, who are worried about performance. These worries often stem from popular notions about what operations are "slow." Division. Square roots. Mispredicted branches. Cache unfriendly data structures. Visual Basic. Inevitably someone chimes in that making out-of-context assumptions, especially without profiling, is a bad idea. And they're right. But I often wonder if those warnings are also just regurgitations of popular advice. After all, if a C++ programmer was truly concerned with reliability above all else, would he still be using C++?"
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( Permalink: Programming as if Performance Mattered      Submitted by Noel Sun May 9, 2004 )

Review: TextWrangler 1.5.1
"TextWrangler 1.5.1 is the latest and greatest incarnation of Bare Bones’ lightweight text editing and development application. For many years, BBEdit Lite filled this important niche for Bare Bones and TextWrangler inherits much of its legacy. BBEdit Lite is still available as a free download, but is at the end of its development life. TextWrangler includes a number of additional features as a justification for the $49 price tag, including AppleScript support, integrated FTP tools, and the ever-popular “much, much more.”"
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( Permalink: Review: TextWrangler 1.5.1      Submitted by Noel Sun May 9, 2004 )

Review: Trans Lucy 1.01
"Trans Lucy is an application that has a radically novel and apt interface. Its most notable feature is the ability to play a movie—in full screen if desired—as a translucent layer over your work, allowing you to click and type through as if it weren’t there. This is one of those things that sounds like it really wouldn’t work. And it may not for some people."
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( Permalink: Review: Trans Lucy 1.01      Submitted by Noel Sun May 9, 2004 )

SQL Database Access with DBTags
"akarta DBTags is a custom tag library that contains tags to perform the same tasks -- creating a database connection, creating tables, retrieving result sets, and updating tables with prepared statements -- all without the use of JSP scriptlets. This tutorial illustrates the use of Jakarta DBTags in an example JSP."
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( Permalink: SQL Database Access with DBTags      Submitted by Noel Sun May 9, 2004 )

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