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An Apple experience
"I got this feeling, as Steve leaped to assist Kunitake in getting a grip, that the Sony President was about to blurt something out that he was not supposed to, something that might have brought Ninjas swathed in black rappelling out of nowhere to send his head spinning across the stage before the words left his lips. The rest of the Keynote followed, and then it was time for the annual Expo walkabout. "
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( Permalink: An Apple experience      Submitted by Noel Sun Jan 16, 2005 )

KMail In Depth
"KMail has long been my Linux email client of choice for a number of reasons: nice clean interface, easily customizable and configurable, stable, and more features than you can shake a stick at. Today we'll dig into migrating from other email clients, encrypting messages and key signing, and configuring multiple accounts and identities."
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( Permalink: KMail In Depth      Submitted by Noel Sun Jan 16, 2005 )

Format Wars
"Real programmers love their applications’ source code: the faster and more elegant it is, the better. Users are after very different things: they seem to want simplicity, flashy colors, nice icons and tons of options. In spite of these reasons, or perhaps because of them, programmers and users often forget what lies in the middle of it all: information."
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( Permalink: Format Wars      Submitted by Noel Sun Jan 16, 2005 )

Perfect Eclipse and Apache Derby integration
Perfect Eclipse and Apache Derby integration The IBM Integration plug-in for Derby provides a seamless integration between Eclipse and Apache Derby. It enables the use of the Derby database JAR files as an installable component to Eclipse. Additionally the ij SQL scripting tool and the Apache Derby Network Server can be run from the Eclipse console.

( Permalink: Perfect Eclipse and Apache Derby integration      Submitted by Anonymous Sun Jan 16, 2005 )

Basic Firewall functionality Explained
"The enterprise-level firewalls include heavy-duty network authentication, DMZ (demilitarized zone) functionality, and even intrusion prevention, antispam, and antivirus technology. As firewall technology improves, however, many of these features filter down to the smaller, cheaper firewall systems. For example, many SOHO and personal firewalls now offer Virtual Private Network support, Denial of Service protection, and stateful packet inspection (SPI). Now even Linux software firewall distros such as Astaro are including cutting-edge enterprise type functionality that only the big players had before."
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( Permalink: Basic Firewall functionality Explained      Submitted by Noel Sat Jan 15, 2005 )

Code Complexity Metrics
"Performance metrics measure how well a valid program executes. Profiling tools fall into this category, and many tools are available. But for maintenance metrics, there are surprising few tools. Therefore, this column concerns creating a maintenance metric tool that measures complexity. It can be used as a prototype for general tools in other languages."
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( Permalink: Code Complexity Metrics      Submitted by Noel Sat Jan 15, 2005 )

iLife 05
"Offering major new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand, iLife ’05 lets you easily create fully customizable slideshows and stunning softcover books with iPhoto 5. Edit high-definition 16:9 video from the newest camcorders in iMovie HD. Add movies, pictures and music to iDVD 5 projects just by dragging them in. Or create multi-track recordings in GarageBand 2. Of course, iTunes offers the world’s best digital music jukebox for Macs and PCs. It seamlessly integrates with iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD and GarageBand and syncs with every member of the iPod family. You won’t find a better or easier-to-use set of creative tools than iLife ’05."
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( Permalink: iLife 05      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 14, 2005 )

iWork 05
"Pages, a streamlined yet powerful word processor, lets you create everything from letters to newsletters to brochures. Keynote set the standard for stunning presentations. Now Keynote 2 lets you build gorgeous photography portfolios, animated storyboards and self-running, interactive slideshows. With its built-in iLife Media Browser, iWork is the perfect complement to iLife. Available for just $79, iWork brings productivity to life."
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( Permalink: iWork 05      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 14, 2005 )

Apple Can Build Half-a-Cube for $499
"As soon as I saw the design, I instantly thought it could be an excellent cut-price portable Mac - even as an alternative to a PowerBook. For instance, you could grab the Mac Mini and plug it straight into a video projector and a keyboard and you're ready to go. I wonder if we'll see a portable battery pack developed for it by third parties in the near future."
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( Permalink: Apple Can Build Half-a-Cube for $499      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 14, 2005 )

An Interview with the KDE Team.
I recently got a chance to interview George Staikos, the Official Representative for the KDE Project in North America. He addresses some questions on the current status of the KDE project, and about the problems they have faced.

It has been eight years since the start of the KDE Project. At the very end of the project announcement, Matthais said that he is a "dreamer". Has his dream become a reality or is KDE still someway off?

I think it has. KDE is used by an incredible number of people worldwide. It has matured into a stable platform and even sets the standards in many areas. It's truly something to be proud of. Read More @ Linuxtimes.net

( Permalink: An Interview with the KDE Team.      Submitted by Aditya Nag Fri Jan 14, 2005 )

Bob Sutor's comments on IBM's release of Patents
Bob is the VP of IBM Standards. He says: "To be clear, this is not a "donation," but rather a pledge of the patents to seed and then maintain a patent commons for open source projects." Go here to see his other comments and his extensive list of links to articles on the subject from all the major developer and business publications. There is also a link to the patent description document, which provides the nitty-gritty of the patent release.

( Permalink: Bob Sutor's comments on IBM's release of Patents      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Jan 14, 2005 )

POWER Expert: Regina Darmoni
This question and answer article features the IBM Program Director of PowerPC licensing, Regina Darmoni. Regina has led the PowerPC licensing effort from the concept stage to the present and talks about general license terms and what's available -- and what it's like to be the little guy.

( Permalink: POWER Expert: Regina Darmoni      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Jan 14, 2005 )

Are your servers Secure?
"NO. No machine connected to internet is 100% secure. This doesn't mean that you are helpless. You can take measures to avoid hacks, but you cannot avoid completely. Its like a house, when the windows and doors are open then the probability of a thief coming in is high. But if the doors and windows are closed the probability of being robbed is less but not nil. I hope you all understand ..."
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( Permalink: Are your servers Secure?      Submitted by Noel Fri Jan 14, 2005 )

The Mac mini preview
"In keeping with the idea of an iPod in every pocket, and a Mac in every home, the Mac Mini is pictured next to the, er, bait. The Mac Mini at first reminds of the Micro ATX Whatever PC, except that with Apple, small, like everything else must be beautiful. At 3 pounds it weighs less than the lightest laptop Apple makes, and its profile is nearly as slim, a mere two inches tall, a flattened Cube — but flattened with style. The surfaces are smooth, mix of lacquer white and brushed metal, perhaps the love child design of an iMac and a PowerMac. The specifications are also, to be polite, minimal."
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( Permalink: The Mac mini preview      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 13, 2005 )

Akregator - App of the Month
"Akregator is an RSS reader featuring KDE's usual high level of integration. RSS feeds contain news and updates from websites and web logs. Akregator has been recently added to KDE and will be included in KDE 3.4 due in March but in the mean time it may well be part of your distribution, otherwise you can get the source code or Debian packages from the Akregator website . As with compiling any KDE programme you will need the KDE libs development files, but you should also install the KDE PIM development files or the Kontact integration described below will not be compiled."
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( Permalink: Akregator - App of the Month      Submitted by Noel Thu Jan 13, 2005 )

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