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Royal Linux PDA
"The Linea LX's display will be a 65K-color 3.5-inch 240x320 pixel (QVGA) LCD panel that supports both portrait and landscape mode. Other hardware features include IrDA and USB connectivity, a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, an SD Type II I/O expansion card slot, and a unique snap-on keyboard (at right, click to enlarge)."
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( Permalink: Royal Linux PDA      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 30, 2004 )

Seagate eyes Terabyte harddrive platters
"Seagate will use a new technology to create the foundation for future harddrives. The company believes that its Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording will allow area densities of up to 50 terabit or more than 700 times the density of today's harddrive platters. Seagate plans to debut HAMR in 2010 with a density of about 1 terabit."
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( Permalink: Seagate eyes Terabyte harddrive platters      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 30, 2004 )

Checking Your Site's Health, Part 2
"One strategy is to test every five minutes (from cron), but send a page only when things are broken, and then only once every thirty minutes. This message can be cut down to precisely show the failing tests and perhaps the associated error output and exit status of the test program. Once the error clears up, the program can page on the next round with a single "All clear," letting you turn back around and head home instead of finishing your midnight trek into the office to fix the problem."
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( Permalink: Checking Your Site's Health, Part 2      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 30, 2004 )

Multi-Platform File Sharing in OS X, Part 2
"In Mac OS X, each local user account has both a normal "User Name" and a Unix-style "short name". The full user name can be any mix of alphanumeric characters, including such things as spaces, numbers, accents, and even symbols — similar to the types of characters you can use to uniquely rename your hard drive from the default “Macintosh HD”. The short name, however, cannot contain spaces or special characters, and is preferred to be eight alphanumeric characters or less."
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( Permalink: Multi-Platform File Sharing in OS X, Part 2      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 29, 2004 )

Apple ponders innovative scroll mouse
"Instead of a traditional scroll wheel, the optical touch-pad appears to be based on the iPod's scroll-wheel or iPod's mini's click-wheel, which would make the touch-pad surface tap sensitive. The peripheral device includes "one or more buttons configured to provide a clicking action for performing actions on the display screen"."
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( Permalink: Apple ponders innovative scroll mouse      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 29, 2004 )

Tapping RSS with Shell Scripts
"The problem now is that the head needs to be between the sed invocations and the fmt command, since we have no way of knowing how many lines each description is going to produce when fed through fmt. The solution is to build the next generation of this script!"
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( Permalink: Tapping RSS with Shell Scripts      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 29, 2004 )

Quality software means more secure software
"Common hacker exploits can be fixed with good software process. Things like buffer overflows can be fixed using common code scanning. But we can't solve the more basic software flaw problem with static analysis tools. Operations people don't care about fixing bugs or flaws. If you were a network manager trying to fix broken software, you'd try to protect it with something like an application firewall. On the other hand, a builder will fix the broken stuff by trying to get rid of bugs. Then they will get more sophisticated and go after flaws and try to fix the software life cycle."
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( Permalink: Quality software means more secure software      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 29, 2004 )

Intel's Pentium 4 3.4GHz processors
"changes from the older Northwood core are too complex to summarize easily. That said, I'll make a feeble attempt. Prescott includes larger caches, a much deeper main pipeline, SSE3 instructions, improved data prefetching, revised Hyper-Threading, and enough microarchitectural tweaks to kill a horse. Most importantly, Prescott is manufactured using Intel's new 90nm fabrication process, making it a smaller chip than the 130nm Northwood, despite having a much higher transistor count."
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( Permalink: Intel's Pentium 4 3.4GHz processors      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 29, 2004 )

Introducing the Nanode
"The Nanode is designed around VIA's EPIA N-Series Nano-ITX Mainboard, and is constructed from high-grade precision cut aluminum, and sports an elegant ceramic matt finish that will complement any living or working environment. The Nanode's charm and appeal are enhanced by its quiet operation and small size - just 94 x 150 x 160mm - ensuring it can fit into even the most space-constrained environment."
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( Permalink: Introducing the Nanode      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 29, 2004 )

Initializing User Defined Data Structures
"The term user friendly is not the term new programmers usually associate with C++. One of the darkest areas in the entire C++ jungle is the place where students are supposed to find out how to initialize data structures accessed by pointers. Consider Listing 1, a simple program using dynamically allocated arrays coded with the Standard Template Library (STL)."
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( Permalink: Initializing User Defined Data Structures       Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 29, 2004 )

Chrooted Movabletype on OpenBSD
"This covers installing and configuring the MovableType weblog software and mod_perl under chrooted Apache on the OpenBSD operating system. It covers the installation and configuration of PostgreSQL, the mod_perl Apache module, configuration the Apache HTTP server, and setting up a chrooted environment that MovableType can run under. All commands are issued via tcsh - so you'll have to translate to Korn / Bourne-shellese or whatever your default shell is. "
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( Permalink: Chrooted Movabletype on OpenBSD      Submitted by Noel Mon Mar 29, 2004 )

Multi-Platform Windows File Sharing in OS X
"For years, Mac users have enjoyed simple and almost effortless file sharing. Thanks much to the friendly approach the Chooser provided, it was easy to log onto other people's shared computers to swap files, collaborate on projects, and even access the printer on their desk. Using an Apple made things drop-dead simple, and it all "just worked.""
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( Permalink: Multi-Platform Windows File Sharing in OS X      Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 28, 2004 )

Multibooting with GRUB, Part 2
"This month's column goes further, with a look at using GRUB to boot FreeBSD, DOS, and Windows. It also includes information on hiding and unhiding partitions, changing the apparent order of your physical disks, and installing GRUB on your hard disk as a permanent boot loader."
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( Permalink: Multibooting with GRUB, Part 2      Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 28, 2004 )

Managing Your Fonts with OS X and Font Book
"OS X supports a number of different font formats. While this can seem like a pain, it's a great advantage over a Windows system that wouldn't support your legacy TrueType suitcases, your data fork suitcases, and many of the Type 1 fonts. Apple has crafted OS X to handle an extremely wide variety of font formats, both old and new, to allow you the greatest flexibility when using fonts. Here's what OS X supports as of OS X 10.3:"
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( Permalink: Managing Your Fonts with OS X and Font Book      Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 28, 2004 )

Management with Condor, Part 3
"First, let's quickly review Condor's basic characteristics. Condor was designed to make effective use of a pool of computing resources, whether they're dedicated nodes in a cluster or disparate workstations distributed across a network. A Condor pool consists of a central manager and a number of other machines that join the pool as participating resources. "
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( Permalink: Management with Condor, Part 3      Submitted by Noel Sun Mar 28, 2004 )

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