Of Macs And Tux

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 10:42
Category: Software

Aqua TuxManila Bulletin: Friends often ask me why I am using an Apple powerbook whilst still advocating Linux. The truth is, I advocate both. However, there are some things that may require a little explanation as to why I chose one over the other.

The beauty of Open Source is that anybody can modify the source code and redistribute it. A side-effect of this, however, is the tendency of forking, i.e. having several versions rising from a single root. Although Linux does not suffer from this since only one kernel version is released at a time, the number of distributions, however, are quite astounding. Check out distrowatch.com or linuxiso.org and you will see dozens and dozens of distributions available for download. The problem will be in choosing the best one for your use but evaluating all distributions will eat up a quarter of your life! [OK, I exaggerate] You can, of course, create your own but then again, that is on a different level that is higher than the ordinary user.
Contrast this to the Mac OS – it is not free but it is only distributed by one entity and provides support for the product.

Read more at Manila Bulletin.

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Google: A Peek Under the Skirt of my Favorite Search Engine

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2005, 23:55
Category: Software

Google Query Serving ArchitectureI recently caught up with a friend who works for Google. I was curious and asked him what servers and storage Google uses in their data center, the answer is interesting and against my expectation: they use thousands of commodity PCs and cheap, off-the-shelf hard drives and rely on Google’s in-house fault-tolerant software. Here’s some of the juice…

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Avoid High kernel_task Utilization on 2005 PowerBooks

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2005, 12:05
Category: Software

MacOSXHints.com: Like many 2005 PowerBook owners, I have been frustrated with the apparent bug in Apple’s new USB trackpad driver on these machines which forces idle kernel_task utilization upwards of 7% at all times, dramatically reducing battery life, lowering system performance, and preventing the machine from cooling down while relatively idle. Well, after several months living with this frustrating bug, I was further frustrated to see that there were still no widely-publicized solutions. I decided to stop waiting and try to address the bug myself by simply removing Apple’s trackpad driver from the equation.
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Google Hacks: For Better or Worse

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Date: Saturday, July 9th, 2005, 20:07
Category: Software

There are a huge number of Google hacks out there (just Google that term, of course, to find examples). Combine that with the huge number of devices out there that have IP addresses (e.g. printers, network drives, IP cameras, etc.) and there are some interesting things you can do, like Googling “inurl” scripting/search functions. Read more…

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PowerPick: Drive Genius Repartitions Drives Without Reformatting

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Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2005, 22:21
Category: Software

ProSoft Engineering Drive GeniusI have always partitioned my PowerBook’s hard drive, usually with 80 percent dedicated to my production environment and around 20 percent reserved for software testing and general dorking around. The benefit to partitioning your HDD is that you can safely install beta software on the “spare” partition without compromising the integrity of your main (“production”) partition. The down side is that if you ever need to re-partition you drive, you’ve got to back everything up, then “nuke and pave” the drive (to borrow an old friend’s saying). This re-format and re-install exercise can take the better part of a day. Read More…

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Google Maps Make Finding Free Wi-Fi Easier on MetroFreeFi

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Date: Monday, July 4th, 2005, 01:50
Category: Software

MetroFreeFi has integrated Google Maps into their site to make finding free wi-fi even easier. Read More…

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Skype Beware? Check out Gizmo Project for PC AND Mac

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Date: Saturday, July 2nd, 2005, 04:24
Category: Software

Works perfectly with the Mac (developed first for Mac, in fact). This PC and Mac VoIP softphone offers everything Skype does and more, including call recording, call hold with music and cool call mapping feature. Plus it is all SIP based, which means you can call other networks. Read More for the link…

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EVDO Mac OS X Drivers for Novatel V620 Available

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Date: Friday, July 1st, 2005, 02:18
Category: Software

The Mac EVDO experts of EVDOinfo.com have released a simple Mac installer for the Novatel EVDO drivers for Mac OS X. Read More…

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iTunes Music Store on Google?

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 10:41
Category: Software

iTunes on GoogleThe Street.com is reporting that Apple may be preparing to announce a deal with Google that would make the iTunes Music Store available through the Google Web site. According to the article ?market chatter? indicates that Google may host a Web-based version of Apple?s iTunes Music Store. The move is significant because it could vault Google ahead of chief rival Yahoo! in the online music business.

According to market chatter, Apple is set to announce a deal with Google calling for Google to offer Apple’s iTunes music store through its own site. The rumored deal would pair the nation’s leading online music store with its leading search engine.
There’s “speculation of an iTunes launch,” says Paul Foster, an options strategist at Theflyonthewall.com. “Google is going to offer iTunes somehow on their platform,” according to the rumor, he says.

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Opera 8 Web Browser Released

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 12:00
Category: Software

The new Opera 8 Web browser adds a number of new features including a cleaner user interface, better security and raw speed. My favorite feature is that Opera is the only browser for Mac OS X that fully supports the Blackberry Web Client (BWC).

We’ve cleaned up our front yard. The Opera 8 interface is designed to make the advanced functions easy and effective to use. Menus, toolbars and other elements have undergone our “slim and clean”-routine. The licensed version has the largest browsing area in the industry.
Stay away from spy-ware, viruses, and other malicious applications that silently attack your computer while you are surfing the Web. For example, Opera displays security information inside the address bar, located next to the padlock icon that indicates the level of security present on a site. Opera 8 also provides protection against phishing attacks and automatically checks for security updates.
We’re holding on to our claim: “The Fastest Browser on Earth”. In Opera 8, further improvements have been made in the way the browser reads pages to allow you to fly the Web.
For further information on just how good our rewritten scripting engine is, go to: (Browser speed comparison)

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