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Tuesday 28 June 2005 at 9:47 pm DrunkenBlog hosts two long articles on the issues surrounding Apples move to Intels x86 arch - Part 1 and Part 2. Discusses the unclean nature of OS X's current 64bit-ness as well as endian problems.

DVD - MacTheRipper and Handbrake are two useful OS X tools to rip DVD's to disk. MacTheRipper also removes region encoding and it will rip a DVD even though Apples DVD Player refuses to play it due to a different region code.

Simple command line tool to manipulate images - Sip. Also some useful OS X command line tips over at Acmetech - for example start a GUI app liike this open -a /Applications/

Tiny database - Stash is a small (20kb) command line database useful for maintaining simple lists.

NFS - How to handle NFS mounts on OS X. Shame you need a new NIS map for the NetInfo automount database. Why couldn't Apple just use a normal amd or autofs map ?

Cool - The Art of Science.


Tuesday 28 June 2005 at 9:14 pm As seen on slashdot - Castle Infinity has been resurrected as a free multi-user game environment.

Nothing special in this article on running Oracle on Linux apart from the short section on using PartitionImage to clone a server. The mention of HP-UX in the article still makes me shudder though ...

Fonts - A survey of twenty typefaces.

Nice article on DShield - a distributed IDS (Intrusion Detection System). Interesting stats such as the Top 10 Targeted Ports and the Top 10 'Offenders'.

Links (Updated 25/06/05)

Wednesday 22 June 2005 at 5:53 pm This is cool - hacking a cheap WiFi IM gadget with Linux and then using it to display what the Sony Aibo 'sees' via its camera.

A simple but horribly useful Windows command line too - RenTS will rename and timestamp a file - handy for rotating log files.

Amit Singh provides a flash based presentation of the OS X Kernel.

Via TinyApps - interesting hack: Boot Windows XP Off a Compact Flash Card.

Unix Security - 1001 Ways to Harden Linux.

Create your own Polaroids from normal images via The Polaroidonizer.

Useful Windows Admin articles - Sending emails via script, Recovering the Directory Services Restore Password and Subnetting to improve performance.

For the Mac - NeoOffice 1.1 Final has been released. NeoOffice removes the need to have X-windows running and it attempts to make it a more Mac-like application.

Lego - Brick Journal is a magazine devoted to advance Lego projects. The 2001 Starship model on the cover is amazing!

Linkies (Updated 21/06/05)

Monday 20 June 2005 at 9:22 pm Long overdue - Groundwork. GUI configuration for Nagios.

Article on server virtualisation to reduce wasting resources - How Linux Reins in Server Sprawl. I guess the next logical step is that mainframe servers (VMS, iSeries etc) prevent Linux server sprawl. Computing goes full circle :-)

And this type of thing is why OS X is so much more 'fun' when compared to other OS flavours - DittyBot. Request songs in your iTunes collection via SMS and have them played down the phone to you. Not practical but great fun.

Via Make magazine - Converting a rotary phone to a rotary cellphone. Turning into a fairly common mod but it would be great to have one of these.

Sun open-sourced their OS via OpenSolaris. Some nice supporting information over at Blastwave who do the excellent pkg-get for Solaris. And the first OpenSolaris based distro is out - Schillix.

Promising music 'zine - Dusted. Anyone that reviews new Skullflower can't be bad. Shame they don't have an RSS feed though...

A nice article which posits the idea that American culture is in fact less violent because of its apetite for visceral violence in entertainment (based on the fuss surrounding Grand Theft Auto 4) and homogenous populations. Whereas Britain actually has a overt violent undercurrent due to the greater variety of cultures and communities mixing together in pubs/clubs and the vicarious thrill of 'slumming it'. Having said that the UK is an infinitely more interesting place than the US (sweeping generalisations aside of course ;-). Read the article over at Popmatters and see what you think.

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Saturday 18 June 2005 at 11:15 am Via Ed Brill - Law Firm switches to iSeries over Windows. Hopefully better than Notes on AIX - we used to have fairly regular crashes of the Domino process (once a month or so). I wonder if Domino is developed across platforms simultaneously or if the Windows version pops out first and then the rest (AIX, Solaris, Linux, iSeries etc) ....

Fantastic - Tiny Houses. Wonder if anyone makes similar houses in NZ ?

Its finally happened - someones ported Mac-on-Linux to OSX creating Mac-on-Mac. You can now run OS X, PPC Linux and MacClassic as a Virtual Machine inside OS X (a la VMWare).

Tempted to switch to ReadingList to handle my reading list in Blosxom.

Useful examples of using Pipes & Filters.

Shown recently at Computex 2005 is the miniscule Flybook Laptop/Tablet.

Super stylish Urinals.

Starting to hear a little about Dave Winers new Really Simply Groupware / Instant Outliner. It looks like it has a lot of potential based on this screenshot.

If you like Linux LiveCD's but need an easy way to create them then MySlax looks pretty neat - its a Windows app to create a live custom Slackware based CD.

Multisession VNC on Tiger (Nifty!)

Wednesday 15 June 2005 at 3:03 pm Via Hack the Planet and Slashdot:

Try with Mac OS X 10.3 or later. If there are no display devices on-line the window server will create a virtual framebuffer.

In Tiger, Mac OS X 10.4, fast user switching gets a related feature. When a user session is switched off-screen, if a screen watching program such as OSXvnc-server is running, the off-screen session will get a virtual framebuffer so that it can be remote-operated while another user session or a login window is on the hardware console.

Try running, for example, and switching users. A remote VNC viewer will be able to connect to the session switched off-screen, so you can continue working from a remote location. When you set this up, make sure you set up a password for access and take the usual security precautions for a remote-controlled system.



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