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FileMaker-to-Oracle Migration on Mac OS X , Part 2
"If you plan to migrate a FileMaker database that is expected to be used frequently, you may choose to locate it on a different part of a disk array from other heavily utilized database tables. The need to perform this type of hardware load balancing is minimized with fast disk array hardware such as the Xserve Raid system from Apple. Modern disk arrays can do a lot of this load balancing automatically when set up in a RAID 0+1 configuration."
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( Permalink: FileMaker-to-Oracle Migration on Mac OS X , Part 2      Submitted by Noel Thu Apr 8, 2004 )

Interview With CARP developer Ryan McBride
Ryan McBride works full time on OpenBSD development. His first contribution was adding IPv6 support to PF, OpenBSD's stateful packet filter. More recently he was the primary developer of CARP, the Common Address Redundancy Protocol, a patent-free alternative to HSRP and VRRP.

In this interview, Ryan discusses the development of CARP, explaining what it is and how it works. He reflects on patents and the difficulties OpenBSD has faced trying to work with IANA, as well as discussing several efforts to port CARP to other operating systems. Finally, he also highlights some of the new functionality that will be found in the upcoming May 1, 2004 release of OpenBSD 3.5.

Read the full interview at KernelTrap.

( Permalink: Interview With CARP developer Ryan McBride      Submitted by Jeremy Andrews Thu Apr 8, 2004 )

Embedded Systems Conference
"For those you who have never been to an embedded systems conference let fill you on a few details. This conference deals with the fundamental components for making consumer and industrial electronic devices. You don't see a lot of polished, marketable consumer products like cellphones or game consoles the exciting things you see are the next generation silicon, processor cores, software tools, development tools and serial interconnect products. With that said all the big hardware players had a GNU/Linux offering, some partnering with the likes of MontaVista, Red Hat, LynuxWorks and TimeSys. Everybody has development boards and board support packages (BSP) for GNU/Linux."
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Adding & Changing Data in MySQL
"There are several ways to add and to change data in MySQL. There are a few SQL statements that you can use, each with a few options. Additionally, there are twists that you can do by mixing SQL statements together with various clauses, some of which are available with the release of version 4 of MySQL. In this article, I will explore the ways in which data can be added and changed in MySQL."
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( Permalink: Adding & Changing Data in MySQL      Submitted by Noel Thu Apr 8, 2004 )

Sun Wants to Make Linux 3D
"In the demonstration, Jonathan Schwartz, vice president of Sun's software group, increases the transparency of a window so that you can see through it, turns a window on its side so that it sits at the edge of a screen like a book on a book shelf, turns a window completely around and leaves a note on the back, and takes a database of CDs presented as physical CDs, that you flip through, reading the labels, just as you would with real CDs, until you locate the one you want."
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( Permalink: Sun Wants to Make Linux 3D      Submitted by Noel Thu Apr 8, 2004 )

A taste of Wine: Transition from Windows to Linux
A fascinating and ambitious open source project, Wine attempts to solve the complex problem of running Windows executables on Linux. Although Wine is not a new project, the growing expectations for the Linux desktop and growing demand for Linux applications make it relevant today.

( Permalink: A taste of Wine: Transition from Windows to Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Apr 8, 2004 )

Overcoming Asymmetric Routing on Multi-Homed Serve
"A typical server not participating in a dynamic routing protocol, such as OSPF or BGP, has a simple routing table. It contains one entry for each interface on the server and one default route for reaching all the hosts not directly connected to its interfaces. This simple approach, which relies heavily on a single default route, results in a concentration of outgoing traffic through a single interface without regard to the interface through which the request originally was received."
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( Permalink: Overcoming Asymmetric Routing on Multi-Homed Serve      Submitted by Noel Thu Apr 8, 2004 )

Apple Sees a Shift in Developer Profiles
"The company said it has seen a large number of UNIX, Java and Open Source developers migrating to its Mac OS X operating system. "Over the last three years, people who have experience in those areas are showing a great interest in our OS," Apple Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations Ron Okamoto told internetnews.com. "We're seeing a lot of first timers. It's really impressive."
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( Permalink: Apple Sees a Shift in Developer Profiles      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 7, 2004 )

FileMaker to Oracle Migration
"I decided there would be some Mac OS X users interested in migrating their existing FileMaker databases to Oracle. I chose to use AppleScript to obtain detailed information about each open FileMaker database because AppleScript doesn't require any additional configuration by the user. Once I gather enough info to produce a report about the FileMaker database structure, I also have enough info to create table-creation SQL code and Perl migration scripts as well."
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( Permalink: FileMaker to Oracle Migration      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 7, 2004 )

I fought the scammer... and I won
"I hate spam more than I hate crackers. I hate spam more than I hate virus writers. I wanted to catch this guy in the act and I wanted to see him hauled off in a paddywagon. We contacted the police, who unfortunately didn't seem willing to do anything about it unless we caught someone in the act of doing something illegal. The daily staff in the cafe were instructed to let me know if said individual turned up again, though honestly, who could be that stupid? My hopes weren't high."
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The Secret Source of Google's Power
"Google has built their own distributed, fault-tolerant, petabyte filesystem, the Google Filesystem. This is ideal for the job. Say GFS replicates user email in three places; if a disk or a server dies, GFS can automatically make a new copy from one of the remaining two. Compress the email for a 3:1 storage win, then store user's email in three locations, and their raw storage need is approximately equivalent to the user's mail size."
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( Permalink: The Secret Source of Google's Power      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 7, 2004 )

Creating an OpenBSD Package
"Creating an OpenBSD package is very simple, but there is a lack of direct documentation. The various *BSD projects focus more on the more complicated procedure for building and maintaining a port (which includes package building). However, if you have a few binaries and manpages that you are only interested in distributing internally, there is no reason to go through all the steps required to create a port. "
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Linux on the GameCube
"The port was quite straightforward. A general problem on the GameCube is that you don't have real debugging possibilities -- no serial port, not even a simple LED. To display something, you first have to initialize the video interface. As the GameCube was never meant to be programmed by hackers, there's only very limited information about the low-level programming. But most of this stuff has been reversed. There are drivers for most of the [GameCube's] important hardware elements. They aren't written for Linux, but run without an operating system. The remaining task now is to port them to Linux."
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Cool tools for remote administration
"The xmeter tool is an absolute necessity for any administrator's desktop. Inspired by an older tool called xload, xmeter basically queries remote servers for output from the rstatd daemon. Of course, you'll need to have the rstatd daemon running on any boxes you want to monitor with xmeter, but getting rstatd installed and running is trivial on most Unix variants. Once you have that lone requirement in place, you're almost ready to use xmeter."
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( Permalink: Cool tools for remote administration      Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 7, 2004 )

POWER to the people: Chipmaking at IBM
In the last decade alone, IBM scientists have announced one semiconductor breakthrough after another: copper technology, silicon-on-insulator, silicon germanium, strained silicon, and low-k dielectrics. All of these technologies came out of IBM's fertile in-house research community. This prowess in modern chipmaking know-how didn't come out of a vacuum -- rather, it came out of the hermetically-sealed clean rooms of the most advanced R & D department in the semiconductor industry.

( Permalink: POWER to the people: Chipmaking at IBM      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Apr 7, 2004 )

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