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
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/TextEdit.app
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'
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
- 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!
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.
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.