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Is the ALI for businessmen too?
"The KidSafe project has now evolved and changed to merge with the Apple Learning interchange (ALI). In a few words, the ALI is a site where educators and content providers post ideas of lessons, curriculums and other interesting material for other students to use. For some, the ALI is a place to find great teaching ideas while, for some others, it is a central meeting point for educators and parents that has become part of their life -- I am not kidding : have you heard about the Apple Distinguished Educator program ?"
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( Permalink: Is the ALI for businessmen too?      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 24, 2004 )

Talk on AppleScript Automation
"For those who may not be familiar with it, AppleScript is a scripting language, I guess you could say, similar to JavaScript and PHP but with a different purpose. It allows you to automate applications and the Macintosh operating system. It can “think” by analyzing user input, file data or situations, but AppleScript does not have the steep learning curve of other scripting languages because of its English-like syntax. And the best part is that AppleScript, a code compiler and many sample scripts come free with the Macintosh Operating System. Hundreds of Macintosh applications can be automated including QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, FileMaker Pro, Canto Cumulus, Extensis Portfolio and many others."
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( Permalink: Talk on AppleScript Automation      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 24, 2004 )

Firefox fills the IE void
"Trust me on this — I’m no knee-jerk open source bigot. During Mozilla’s long nuclear winter, I stuck with IE because I wasn’t willing to live with compromises. Then the tables turned. Suddenly, IE was the compromise I could not live with. Bugs didn’t get fixed. Standards support didn’t improve. New features didn’t appear. And the last vestige of cross-platform ambition evaporated when IE for the Mac was killed last year. The message is clear: Internet Explorer is dead in the water."
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The politics of open-source software
Wendy, spokesman and policy counsel for the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC), says he just wants to make sure government agencies don't unduly favor open-source or free programs over proprietary software. "We want a process that is not based on automatic preferences," Wendy said. The ISC is by far the most vocal opponent of a growing trend: Legislation that, if enacted, would all but prohibit government agencies from purchasing proprietary software for their own use. The ISC asserts that such legislation could jeopardize the future of the worldwide commercial software industry.

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Mail Server Survey March 2004
Similar to the way some sites on the web publish web server surveys (e.g. like Netcraft) to document the market shares of the different web servers out there (e.g. Apache, IIS, etc.) Falko plans to perform such surveys for mail servers on a regular basis in the future. Due to his limited resources he is unable to scan millions of mail servers at a time, but nevertheless thinks these surveys will generate interesting results. In his Mail Server Survey for March 2004 he scanned over 106,000 mail servers.

( Permalink: Mail Server Survey March 2004      Submitted by Falko Timme Wed Mar 24, 2004 )

Interview with the author of Konsole
"Directly when the KDE project started. For about a year or so before, I was investigating GUI programming on Linux. The state at this time was a disaster to say the least, besides X11, which is definitely a very good foundation. The most promising development at that time was Lesstif, a free Motif clone, but this project was progressing slowly, although it became successful in the end."
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PCLinuxOS 2K4 Preview5 LiveCD
"lean and mean tweaked out FreeBSD install, but the completeness and stability make it a huge hit with me...and it doesn't take days to get everything installed correctly. There is a good possibility that I'll just pop in the PCLinuxOS LiveCd next time instead of updating FreeBSD on my desktop computer. I will definitely keep a copy handy. "
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( Permalink: PCLinuxOS 2K4 Preview5 LiveCD      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 24, 2004 )

Poweroid 1204 silent PC
"The silent operation has been achieved using some very unique construction methods, as even the sides of the case act as large heatsinks. Internally the design is also very different, and Zalman has fitted a custom-made fan-less power supply. But the most impressive aspect of the TNN 500A is the heatpipe configuration used to cool the processor and graphics card. "
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Determining Free Physical RAM
"This article explores how application programs can find out how much free physical memory is available and how you can take advantage of this information. Specifically for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), it provides a routine to determine the currently available physical memory, plus a sample program demonstrating how this interface can be used."
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Making the next gen news
"Cost and comfort eventually dictated a production system built on Power Macs running Adobe’s InCopy and InDesign for page makeup and TruEdit, from Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), for folder-based editorial workflow. Also key is MEI’s TruFlow, a scriptable customizing tool that uses AppleScript to provide the intelligence required to flow and layout complex page designs."
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( Permalink: Making the next gen news      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 23, 2004 )

Multi-Platform Windows File Sharing in OS X
"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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Introduction to Decoding
"Variants of uuencoding soon started to spread. Uuencoding continued to be the most popular, followed by the similar xxencoding, after a special exception was made to use the tilde ~ (ASCII value 96) instead of the space character to encode the value 0. But the damage had been done. From then on, you could never be sure whether you would be able to decode a file that you had received."
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Linux Memory Forensics
"There are three main areas from which evidence of an intrusion can be gathered. The first and most common is the hard drive. A file system on a hard drive contains the least volatile data. Whether the investigator's strategy involves shutting down the system or just removing the computer's power, the file system will still be there. The investigator's response strategy will dictate what changes are made to the file system."
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Can a Red Hat Guru Survive on a Lindows Laptop?
"My objective with this laptop is to have a relatively lightweight means of accessing my other computers, so I can manage them while on the road. I need LAN and dial-up communications, and I would like to have wireless as well, although that is not yet a necessity. I want the ACPI power functions to work, and Lindows recently (as of this writing) released their Laptop Edition. Because Lindows advertises it as being configured to work with many different laptops, I thought I would give it a try."
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Joseph Eckert of SUSE LINUX
"the new release will include a bootable Live CD in the Personal version of SUSE LINUX 9.1. Regarding the 2nd part: As a full installation takes around 17 GB of disk space, that won't fit that easy on a DVD and we do not see a market for such a product. With the Live CD we target newcomers to Linux and want to provide them with the look and feel without the need to install it on their hard disk."
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( Permalink: Joseph Eckert of SUSE LINUX      Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 23, 2004 )

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