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My Linux Desktop Odyssey, 2004
"Michael C. Barnes updates his in-depth review of Linux desktop operating systems. In this exclusive article at DesktopLinux.com, Barnes examines how far the Linux distributions have come over the past year, updating his popular first article and evaluating the current versions of leading Desktop Linux desktop options including Ark Linux, ELX Linux, Lycoris, MEPHIS, Vector Linux, Xandros, as well as Live CDs including Puppy Linux and Flonix"

( Permalink: My Linux Desktop Odyssey, 2004      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 19, 2004 )

questions to get you started in PERL
"If the ARRAY is omitted, the 'shift' functions shifts the @_ array ( i.e. the list of arguments passed to a subroutine ). Within the file scope (within the main flow of program ), 'shift' without any arguments shifts the @ARGV ( i.e. list of command line arguments). "

( Permalink: questions to get you started in PERL      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 19, 2004 )

Interview with Zack Rusin
"In what ways do you make a contribution to KDE?
I'd say programming... A lot of it... Lots and lots of it but that's so common. I also attend many conferences and expos promoting KDE. But because that's also a pretty common answer to this question I have to go with the fact that I've got nice abs."


( Permalink: Interview with Zack Rusin      Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 19, 2004 )

Mandrake 10 - An outstanding effort
"What this all means is that Mandrake Linux, overall, is a pretty decent operating system. While running it here, I got a very good grip on its overall purpose and direction. Mandrake Linux is a distribution geared toward the newbie. Plain and simple. Yet, it has the functionality that a more experienced user would demand. This makes it an excellent distro for everyone. A very good placement really. A very good balance. That's what it all boils down to: balance. "

( Permalink: Mandrake 10 - An outstanding effort       Submitted by Noel Fri Mar 19, 2004 )

Tips and tricks for using ImageMagick on Linux
There's nothing quite like command-line tools for handling large batches of tasks, and image manipulations are no exception. Web developers and administrators will appreciate the ability to handle large numbers of files easily, either at the command line or in scripts. The author presents more examples of the ImageMagick suite, this time demonstrating how to put curved corners, logos, or frames and borders on your images, as well as how to convert to and from multipage file formats including Adobe's PDF format.

( Permalink: Tips and tricks for using ImageMagick on Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Mar 19, 2004 )

NoteRiser - Contour Design
"The Contour Design NoteRiser is designed to elevate the screen of your notebook to a comfortable viewing height when used on your desk with an external keyboard and mouse. Using one of seven pre-set positions, you can vary the height of the back of the laptop from 3.5" to 8.7" above your desk. When not in use, the Note Riser folds flat to easily fit in your notebook's carrying case. "

( Permalink: NoteRiser - Contour Design      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 18, 2004 )

Postfix with SASL and TLS
"This article will walk you through installing an updated version of Postfix on Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), complete with SASL and TLS support which uses system logins for authentication. If you prefer to see this as wide as possible, check out this expanding version with larger fonts, just for Wietse."

( Permalink: Postfix with SASL and TLS      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 18, 2004 )

FileMaker Pro 7 Reviews
"Filemaker 7 has a huge set of wonderful new features. But the real whammy is 7's change in architecture. Filemaker 7 presents us with a whole new way of thinking about and solving our data problems. A file is no longer a table, a window is no longer a file, and a relationship no longer has a name - just to mention a few of the major structural changes."

( Permalink: FileMaker Pro 7 Reviews      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 18, 2004 )

Netbooting NetBSD 1.6.2 on an i386 laptop.
A quick and dirty report on running NetBSD diskless on your laptop.

( Permalink: Netbooting NetBSD 1.6.2 on an i386 laptop.      Submitted by Stuart William Mackie Thu Mar 18, 2004 )

How Google Grows...and Grows...and Grows
"This is what it's like inside Google. It is a joint founded by geeks and run by geeks. It is a collection of 650 really smart people who are almost frighteningly single-minded. "These are people who think they are creating something that's the best in the world," says Peter Norvig, a Google engineering director. "And that product is changing people's lives.""

( Permalink: How Google Grows...and Grows...and Grows      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 18, 2004 )

How to prolong lithium-based batteries
"A lithium-ion battery provides 300-500 discharge/charge cycles. The battery prefers a partial rather than a full discharge. Frequent full discharges should be avoided when possible. Instead, charge the battery more often or use a larger battery. There is no concern of memory when applying unscheduled charges. "

( Permalink: How to prolong lithium-based batteries      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 18, 2004 )

Fedora Core 2 Shows 2.6 Kernel's Stuff
"We also found that Fedora's implementation of the KDE Project's KDE 3.2 and the GNOME Project's GNOME 2.5.3 desktop environments were much improved compared with the versions of those interfaces that shipped with Fedora Core 1."

( Permalink: Fedora Core 2 Shows 2.6 Kernel's Stuff      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 18, 2004 )

Crunch Numbers with GT3 using a Quadratic Sieve
Most of today's secure communications, including SSL and cryptographic algorithms, rely on the simple mathematical fact that factoring very large numbers is computationally difficult. And by "difficult," we mean that given current computational resources, it would take many years to find the factors (numbers that multiplied by themselves give the original number) of a very large number. Among the many algorithms designed for this task, the quadratic sieve is one of the fastest. In this article, the author provides an OGSA-based, Globus Toolkit 3.0 implementation of the self-initializing quadratic sieve for a grid environment.

( Permalink: Crunch Numbers with GT3 using a Quadratic Sieve      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Mar 18, 2004 )

Developer Accused Of Pirating Version Of Linux
"According to an ASB spokesweasel, Hasher had 5,232 different illegal software programs installed on his office computers, including Emacs (which counts as 200). The ASB estimated that the street value for all of this software was somewhere near $23 million."

( Permalink: Developer Accused Of Pirating Version Of Linux      Submitted by Noel Thu Mar 18, 2004 )

Mac OS X 10.3.3 Update
"Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.3.3 Update. Updates include:
  • Addresses issues, such as a lost network connection, that could occur when connecting to a network device that forces the network speed and/or duplex setting (known as a "locked" device).
  • Improvements in start up time that some computers experienced under some installations of Mac OS X 10.3.2
  • Includes Bluetooth 1.5, which supports Bluetooth-enabled headsets with iChat AV, and adds the ability to print to compatible Bluetooth-enabled printers.
  • and much more."


( Permalink: Mac OS X 10.3.3 Update      Submitted by Noel Wed Mar 17, 2004 )

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