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All about the cell microprocessor
I just saw the post about David Wang's article on ISSCC 2005 cell revelations. You might be interested in a site dedicated to cell at http://cellmicro.inferknow.com. [Disclosure: Yes, this is my site, and I am only posting this since I think it might be of interest to those looking for a single-source on all things cell.]

( Permalink: All about the cell microprocessor      Submitted by thinks4food Sun Feb 27, 2005 )

Changes to iPod line-up
"Apple today announced a fresh line-up of iPod products, although not the Bluetooth-enabled models some people might have been hoping for."
Story

( Permalink: Changes to iPod line-up      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 25, 2005 )

DNS Common Abuses
"The Domain Name System is a distributed database that relies on several root servers for connectivity. Each network or domain has several central servers, to which each host on the network is configured to query. When a host in a domain attempts to resolve a name, which is to attempt to find its address, that domains name server attempts to track down the information by finding the closest name server to the target, and asking that server for the information. If the local name server doesn’t know any close name servers it simply asks the root name servers. "
Story

( Permalink: DNS Common Abuses      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 25, 2005 )

Vidalinux 1.1 Review
"Vidalinux is a Gentoo based desktop OS from our friends in Puerto Rico In this article, I will review Vidalinux 1.1 with a special comparison to Gentoo. "
Story

( Permalink: Vidalinux 1.1 Review      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 25, 2005 )

KMail -- One of the Best E-Mail Clients
KMail maintainer Ingo Klöcker and MozillaQuest's Mike Angelo discuss the KMail e-mail client. MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) reports: Because the KDE, KMail e-mail client is free, feature rich, works well, and works well with Linux, it provides a particularly notable bang for the buck. KMail is an effective tool for reducing and often eliminating e-mail annoyances, privacy invasions, and security exposures. It is good enough to be the e-mail client that we use. Thus, the KDE, KMail e-mail client gets a MozillaQuest Magazine Editor's Choice Award. KDE KMail is well-designed, well-built, and very solid. KMail is open source and you can download it free of charge.

Check MozillaQuest.com for the full story and links!

( Permalink: KMail -- One of the Best E-Mail Clients      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Feb 25, 2005 )

C++ exception-handling tricks for Linux
Handling exceptions in C++ has a few implicit restrictions at the language level, but you can get around them in some instances. Learn ways to make exceptions work for you so you can produce more reliable applications.

( Permalink: C++ exception-handling tricks for Linux      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Feb 25, 2005 )

Documenting Aviation History
"In early 2005, adventurer Steve Fossett will take Global Flyer into the stratosphere and attempt to fly solo around the world on a single tank of gas. Virgin Atlantic CEO Richard Branson, who is sponsoring the upcoming mission, believes this flight will become the next great aviation record — an achievement comparable to Lindbergh’s 1927 trans-Atlantic flight. But it won’t be easy: Lindbergh started hallucinating after staying awake for 30 hours straight. Fossett will be aloft for 80 — not to mention his one-tank-of-gas limit restricting him from landing and refueling."
Story

( Permalink: Documenting Aviation History      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 24, 2005 )

Kirix Strata
"The best description of Kirix Strata that I can come up with is, in a phrase, 'a multidimensional relational spreadsheet'. That phrase really doesn't do the product justice, but picture if you will an application that looks like a spreadsheet and acts like a relational database - and which also acts like a spreadsheet. Just like OpenOffice.org's Calc, one can add formulas in cells to be calculated. And you can also link these cells to affect other cells in other tables - a relational database."
Story

( Permalink: Kirix Strata      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 24, 2005 )

Perl: Understanding the Command Line
"In past columns, I've talked a lot about the Perl language, but have never said much about perl at the Unix shell command line. So, let's fix that by looking at some commonly used command-line constructs for Perl."
Story

( Permalink: Perl: Understanding the Command Line      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 24, 2005 )

The PCI Bus Ride
The widely adopted PCI standard has defeated a large number of competing standards in the marketplace. This article takes a looks at how the PCI bus won, what the effects of its dominance have been, and what might happen next…

( Permalink: The PCI Bus Ride      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Feb 24, 2005 )

SCALE 3x Wrap Up Reports and Presentations Online
Wrap up reports and reviews are in and SCALE 3x, the third annual Southern California Linux Expo appears to have been a huge success, with over 900 attendees, 30 seminars and 42 booths on their exhibit floor. Linux Journal and FedoraNews (1, 2, 3) have their articles online. In addition LinuxQuestions.org's LQRadio has a series of interviews available as mp3. They include interviews with Flight Gear booth,LinuxChix LA and Brion Vibber of Wikipedia. They plan to release more interviews with Linux Astronomy, LAMPSIG, and SCALE's PR Director Orv Beach in the near future. Pictures and presentation slides are also available on the SCALE website.

( Permalink: SCALE 3x Wrap Up Reports and Presentations Online      Submitted by Ilan Rabinovitch Thu Feb 24, 2005 )

DEVONnote
"Earlier this week, simply because it was something that had got buried in a darkened part of my todo.txt file some time ago, I got round to installing and trying out the writing and organizing tool DEVONnote, and found myself surprised and impressed by what I saw."
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( Permalink: DEVONnote      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 23, 2005 )

Cyrix Hotplate Howto
"At RabidHardware we strive to be environmentally sound (so says our lawyers). By re-using hardware we would have so hastily discarded in our youth, we can now give our dear Earth a new lease on life. Seeing how the Great White North is in the middle of one of the more colder winters as of late, and I'm on a budget (read: cheap bastard), I figure we could get two birds stoned at once with this latest project: A CPU-driven hotplate. "
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( Permalink: Cyrix Hotplate Howto      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 23, 2005 )

Rethinking Calendar Design
"One spin on this is that each of these 'spheres' of people may use different calendaring systems to interact with each other. I may use outlook or evolution at work, but among friends I may use an e-mail list. A central question is essentially, "How do I integrate the common events and tasks/activities of different spheres of people to give users a way to manage them all easily and make the interactions fun and useful?""
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( Permalink: Rethinking Calendar Design      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 23, 2005 )

Bare-metal server restore using tar
"The backup script uses tar. It doesn't compress the backups using software, because they're compressed by the tape drive. While there are plenty of fancy backup systems available, both open source and commercial, I rely on the simple, tried-and-true GNU version of tar. It gives me a backup system that is easy to understand and use. The administrators of non-Linux servers at my site use an expensive, name-brand commercial backup system, but their backups are not nearly as reliable. On the other hand, tar does not offer some of the advanced features that some environments may need."
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( Permalink: Bare-metal server restore using tar      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 23, 2005 )

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