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House Passes TV Digital Speed-Up Plan

  • Yahoo News; By Jennifer Kerr (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 5:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The House on Friday backed a plan to require television broadcasters to switch to all-digital transmissions by December 2008, three months earlier than they would have to under provisions of a Senate bill.

House lawmakers also voted to set aside $830 million to help millions of Americans with older, analog TV sets pay for converter boxes so they'll continue to get service in the digital era.

Enterprise Unix Roundup Tips of the Trade

You don't have to spend big money to get nice, robust, reliable RAID arrays for Linux. Linux's software RAID implementation lets you set up RAID arrays with almost any block device - SCSI, PATA, or SATA hard disks. You may create arrays with entire disks, or individual partitions, which is something you cannot do with a hardware RAID controller. You can even create arrays from arrays. This, in fact, is how you get RAID 10, and exotic RAID-5 over RAID-5 "matrix" arrays.

["Tips of the Trade" is a regular weekly feature highlighting useful FOSS applications, and various syadmin/netadmin tips and tricks. - tuxchick]

Getting the Video out of Your New iPod--for Cheap!

  • Mac DevCenter; By Erica Sadun (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 4:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
So I buy a video iPod, figuring it would be a cool toy. (Gotta get those toys.) It arrives and I'm ready to give it a whirl. I pony up my two bucks, download the pilot episode of Desperate Housewives, insert a standard A/V-to-RCA cable into the earphone jack and try to play it back on my TV.

No Luck. Damned Apple.

I'm here to tell you not to worry.

Scalix enhances free version of email/calendar client

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Nov 19, 2005 3:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Scalix Corp. this week introduced an enhanced version of the free, unlimited-use version of its open source-based email/calendar software. The new version of Scalix Community Edition increases the number of users with access to advanced enterprise functionality from five to 25 users, the company said.

Write a Webserver in 100 Lines of Code or Less

  • O'Reilly Network; By Jonathan Johnson (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 3:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Network programming can be cumbersome for even the most advanced developers. REALbasic, a rapid application development (RAD) environment and language, simplifies networking yet provides the power that developers expect from any modern object-oriented language.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Supercomputing Transformed

  • Enterprise Unix Roundup; By Amy Newman and Brian Proffitt (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 2:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
At this week's Supercomputing show (known by the catchy moniker, SC 05) in Seattle, Linux was king and Microsoft announced its plans to sell some supercomputing bling-bling, which is as sure a sign as any that supercomputing isn't what it used to be. Sure, it's faster and more powerful, but it's not contained solely in the exotic realms of academia. Redmond taking interest is perhaps the greatest litmus test that something has gone mainstream.

Distributing Content with BitTorrent

  • Linux DevCenter; By Robert Bernier (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 2:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
There are many peer-to-peer protocols, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Some of them are not well known, others are infamous, while still others have faded away and gone out of use. This article shows how easy it is to publish your content online by using BitTorrent.

Seven from IBM -- SHM, Cell, AJAX, AOP, basic Linux tutorial

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dcparris on Nov 19, 2005 1:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
IBM has published the following technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . . !

Sony, Amazon Detail CD Buyback

  • Washington Post; By Brian Krebs (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 1:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Sony BMG has just posted a series of Web pages that should help consumers who have purchased music CDs tainted with its flawed anti-piracy software exchange them for the same titles without the software.

[Isn't that special.-tuxchick]

Magnatune: We're not as evil as we could be

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Magnatune is the Internet record company that rejoices in the slogan "We are not evil." One of the key planks of Magnatune's business model has been its commitment to what it calls "Open Music":

Third Firefox release candidate imminent

The third and potentially final release candidate of Firefox 1.5 is fast approaching launch, according to Mozilla Europe on Thursday morning.

"Release candidate three will happen very soon — in the next few hours or days," said Tristan Nitot, the president of Mozilla Europe.

16 papers on real-time and embedded Linux

  • LinuxDevices (Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2005 11:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LinuxDevices.com is pleased to publish the proceedings from the Seventh Real-Time Linux Workshop held in Lille, France, November 3-4, 2005, at the University for Science and Technology of Lille (USTL). The papers span a broad range of topics, ranging from fundamental real-time technologies to applications, hardware, and tools.

As usual, the conference was organized by the Real-Time Linux Foundation. The links below will lead you to a summary of each talk, and to a link for downloading the associated paper (PDF file). Enjoy . . . !

MIT's Free Patent Online Course

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 18, 2005 11:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Groklaw's akStan found something truly useful. He was looking for a paper on symmetrical-components analysis of three phase electricity, he tells me, but he found a patent course instead, on MIT's Open Courseware web page.

Dr. Robert Rines, who has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, taught the class from his book, Create or Perish, and the book is available, by chapters as PDFs. The course homepage has a graphic showing Thomas Edison's 1879 patent application for an "Improvement in Electric Lights." The final chapter is interesting, because he talks about some of the problems with the patent system, but you know about all that already. What is probably the most valuable chapter for us to read is the one on how patent law works, chapter 3 [PDF]. It explains what can and can't be patented. They keep stretching that line, of course.

Linux for Video Production

The GStreamer technology at the heart of PiTiVi has been in development for six years. It provides a means of stringing together different components to satisfy various multimedia needs. As an example, an application can read in a file, send it through a decoder plugin, run it through an effects plugin, and then display it to the screen or create an encoded file. GStreamer provides a comprehensive means of hooking together these different plugins in an infinite number of combinations. The plugin architecture opens up the development process to allow anyone to make GStreamer plugins for a range of different needs

'Nightmare' drove desperate user to open source

  • Computerworld; By Rodney Gedda (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 18, 2005 10:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We saved seven salaries worth over one year. It was so dramatic they gave me a big raise and I was promoted from system administrator to IT manager. And because of the savings we get more productivity out of old hardware."

IPv6 Forum chief: the new Internet is ready for consumption

  • Computerworld; By Dahna McConnachie (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 18, 2005 9:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IPv6 is not a pipedream. Founder of the IPv6 Forum Latif Ladid took time out from the IPv6 summit in Canberra to talk to Computerworld about why the new Internet Protocol is a pie to be consumed here and now.

Tiny USB hard drive dongle runs Linux

Tom's Hardware has reviewed a USB dongle based on a miniature 1-inch hard drive. The Zinside H2 is based on a Cornice 3GB "Storage Element" drive, and comes with a Ubuntu Linux installation CD that the publication used to install the older "Warty Warthog" release, creating a portable but slow Linux desktop.

Can Open Source Defeat Microsoft?

While there are of course proponents and detractors on both side of the line, many analysts have identified open-source software and nonproprietary formats as building up strong momentum against Redmond. But the open-source movement does have legitimate detractors.

[Ed: This article is well-balanced - partly truth and partly fiction. - dcparris]

Network Operating Systems: Hard(ware) Choices

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 18, 2005 8:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
If switching operating systems is something you're considering, don't forget to think about how your decision might limit future hardware purchases. There are tons of things that Linux and BSD will run on, but like all other ventures into the untested waters, you can never be certain that everything will work. Perhaps it's beneficial to purchase hardware from a manufacturer that has tested these devices alongside their operating system?

Make your Eclipse applications richer with view linking

The Eclipse platform allows pluggable components -- plug-ins -- to help create a rich graphical user interface (GUI) application. With Eclipse you can enhance a user's app experience by adding views to the GUI. This article will teach you how Eclipse makes it easy to link views and provides ways to adapt view linking to non-UI scenarios.

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