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Wireless Hacks Book Review
Wireless networks are something quite new for the majority of computer users. We know its pros and cons, its security issues, but we don't have so much experience to create our own workarounds, helping tools and similar gadgets. Flickenger has that kind of experience and unselfishly shares that knowledge with his readers.

( Permalink: Wireless Hacks Book Review      Submitted by LogError Mon Dec 15, 2003 )

How To Upgrade To The -wli Kernel
KernelTrap has posted an interview with William Lee Irwin III, aka 'wli', and a step-by-step guide to installing the performance improving -wli patchset.

( Permalink: How To Upgrade To The -wli Kernel      Submitted by Anonymous Mon Dec 15, 2003 )

Eye on Performance: Micro Performance Benchmarking
Java performance enthusiasts Jack Shirazi and Kirk Pepperdine, Director and CTO of JavaPerformanceTuning.com, follow performance discussions all over the Internet to see what's troubling developers. While surfing the Usenet newsgroup comp.lang.java, they came across some interesting low-level performance tuning questions. In this installment of Eye on performance, they dive into some bytecode analysis to try and answer some of these questions.

( Permalink: Eye on Performance: Micro Performance Benchmarking      Submitted by Anonymous Sun Dec 14, 2003 )

Cultured Perl: Fun with MP3 and Perl, Part 1
Every self-respecting computer and music fan needs to be able to manipulate MP3s -- the defacto standard for recreational digital music use. In this article, the author looks at ways to manage and manipulate MP3s (searching, tagging, renaming, commenting, etc.) using the autotag.pl application. The author takes you through the application, illustrating how CPAN modules enable the application.

( Permalink: Cultured Perl: Fun with MP3 and Perl, Part 1      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Dec 13, 2003 )

Software that Predicts Needs
Deviceforge tells us about Intel's Probabilistic Networks Library (PNL) software and Open Source Machine Learning Library (OpenML).
"Faster microprocessors and improvements in the graphical mathematical models at the heart of Bayesian methods are all enabling real-time computer "machine learning" algorithms to run on standard PCs, according to Intel. The computer machine learning library is designed to increase innovation in this field by providing source code for a wide range of machine learning functions."

( Permalink: Software that Predicts Needs      Submitted by Noel Fri Dec 12, 2003 )

Linguistics Meets Linux: A Review of Morphix-NLP
Zhang Le, a Chinese scientist working on NLP has decided to pack the most important language analysis and processing applications into a single bootable CD: Morphix-NLP. More than 640 MB of NLP specific software is included and there's still a lot of place on the CD which uses a compressed filesystem for bringing us the best of both worlds...
The rest of the review is here.

( Permalink: Linguistics Meets Linux: A Review of Morphix-NLP      Submitted by Emre Sevinc Fri Dec 12, 2003 )

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 3.0
Andy Richter reviews the highest-end Red Hat OS solution today, Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 3.0.
"If you currently use RHL and are looking at RHEL as an upgrade path to a supported system, I think its a great choice (IMHO). This is especially true if you qualify for the educational deal with Red Hat and can obtain it at a greatly reduced rate. I feel that the normal fee for the system ($1500) is pretty steep but if a company were to find that the advantages out way the cost then this is definitely the way to go"

( Permalink: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 3.0      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Dec 12, 2003 )

Create a Simple Contact Manager With OpenOffice
In this excellent and easy to follow hands-on tutorial, you learn how to create a contact manager or PIM using Calc. MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) reports: Calc is the spreadsheet component of the OpenOffice.org and StarOffice office/productivity suites. It's powerful number-crunching and data-organization software, which can do everything from simple lists, to managing all sorts of information and data, to complex number crunching. That puts OpenOffice Calc and StarOffice Calc right up there with Lotus 123 and Microsoft Excel as a major spreadsheet and information manager. OpenOffice.org Calc is the only major spreadsheet application that is free and also available for all the major computer platforms. OpenOffice.org is a free, multi-platform, office/productivity, software suite that is comparable to the Microsoft Office suite. OpenOffice includes Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Draw (for drawing vector graphics), Math (for generating mathematical formulas), and Impress (for creating presentations). Sun's StarOffice is a commercial version of OpenOffice.

( Permalink: Create a Simple Contact Manager With OpenOffice      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Dec 12, 2003 )

Review - Open Source Network Administration
You would think that with all the information that comes with a Linux or Unix operating system and the wealth of information that can be found online that a book of this type is unnecessary. When you pick it up you also realize it's not one of those mammoth guides. So what did the author put into this title to make it interesting for all you network administrators using or interested in using open source tools? Read on to find out.

( Permalink: Review - Open Source Network Administration      Submitted by LogError Thu Dec 11, 2003 )

MicroSoft Starts Charging Vendors for Using FAT
This Article details how Microsoft intends to start charging vendors for the use of the FAT file system in devices such as camera memory cards and other storage media.
I'm wondering if this new turn is going to mean that free unices are going to need to drop FAT support or pay Microsoft.

( Permalink: MicroSoft Starts Charging Vendors for Using FAT      Submitted by Neil Short Thu Dec 11, 2003 )

SVG and XForms: Rendering Custom Content
The first Scalable Vector Graphics specification (SVG 1.0) laid the standard for XML-expressed two-dimensional interactive and animated graphics. Since then, the W3C SVG Working Group has made efforts to take SVG a step further with a strong focus on enhancing features that ease the work of using SVG for Web and desktop application development. One of the most promising features introduced in SVG 1.2 is Rendering Custom Content (RCC) -- it offers a clean XML-centric extension mechanism to mix and match different XML namespaces within an SVG document. This article takes you through the creation of a simple push-button widget while introducing the RCC mechanism.

( Permalink: SVG and XForms: Rendering Custom Content      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Dec 11, 2003 )

Tuning FreeBSD for Different Applications
Avleen Vig tells us how to tune FreeBSD for different applications.
"The DEVICE_POLLING option by default does not work with SMP enabled kernels. When the author of the DEVICE_POLLING code initially commited it he admits he was unsure of the benefits of the feature in a multiple-CPU environment, as only one CPU would be doing the polling. Since that time many administrators have found that there is a significant advantage to DEVICE_POLLING even in SMP enabled kernels and that it works with no problems at all. If you are compiling an SMP kernel with DEVICE_POLLING, edit the file: /usr/src/sys/kern/kern_poll.c and remove the following lines:"

( Permalink: Tuning FreeBSD for Different Applications      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 10, 2003 )

Linux 2.6 and the ide-scsi Module
Linux.com has this reports on the ide-scsi module.
"ide-scsi has always been broken. You should not use it, and indeed there was never any good reason for it existing AT ALL. But because of a broken interface to cdrecord, cdrecord historically only wanted to touch SCSI devices. Ergo, a silly emulation layer that wasn't really worth it."

( Permalink: Linux 2.6 and the ide-scsi Module      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 10, 2003 )

USB Storage Devices Under Linux
Newsforge talks about making USB storage devices work seamlessly under Linux.
"In this case, "someone" was Konstantin Riabitsev of Duke University.. In a posting last summer to a Red Hat mailing list, Riabitsev shared a shell script that made my life easier. You put his script in the location he specifies, copy a few lines from your system's usb.distmap file and paste them into usb.usermap, changing one string, and you're done. When you insert a USB storage device into one of your system's USB ports, an icon called SDA appears on the desktop. "

( Permalink: USB Storage Devices Under Linux      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 10, 2003 )

Invasion of Privacy Author Speaks With HNS
In this interview Michael J. Weber discusses the privacy and security issues regular users are troubled with, and offers and insight into his latest book.

( Permalink: Invasion of Privacy Author Speaks With HNS      Submitted by LogError Wed Dec 10, 2003 )

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