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Tech (General)

Knoppix Update

Finally got around to updating my Knoppix CD. What a neat little setup. One CD with a TON of software. Interesting note on the page:

Closed because of “Software-Patents”

In the next few days, the European Parliament will decide about the legalisation and adoption of so-called “software patents” in Europe, which are already used by large companies in other countries to put competitors out of business. This can lead to the termination of many software projects such as KNOPPIX, at least within Europe, because the holders of the over 30,000 already granted “software patents” (currently without a legal foundation) can claim exclusive rights and collect license fees for trivial things like “progress bars”, “mouseclicks on online order forms”, “scrolling within a window” and similar. That way, software developers will have to pay the “software-patentholders” for using these features, even in their own, completely self-developed applications, which can completely stall the development of innovative software for small and medium companies. Apart from this, the expense for patent inquiries and legal assistence is high, for even trying to find out if the self-developed software is possibly violating “software-patents”, if you want to continue to market your software. Contrary to real patents, “software-patents” are, in the current draft, monopolization of business ideas and methods, even without any tangible technical implementation.

More about the current major problem at http://swpat.ffii.org/index.en.html

You can still download the software… but hope it sticks around. It’s super cool. Even when the computers in the lab aren’t working right, just POP in the CD, and I’m up and running. No issues, not glitches. Just smooth sailing.

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Programming

SpamAssassin for Mac OS X

I will get around to packaging SpamAssassin for Mac OS X one of these days. I got stuck a while back with some other issues with it, but I think they have been smoothed out now. So expect to see something soon. Note I won’t specify a date, but somewhere between now, and (before) hell freezing over.

Should be good, a nice powerful spam filter, free for OS X users. What’s not to like?

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Software

Flash 7 Public Beta

Macromedia Flash 7 Beta Available… wonder what’s new? Will have to give it a closer look in the morning.

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Tech (General)

Zend Optimizer

Trying to get Zend Optimizer running successfully. So far no success. Will try again tomorrow with a clean installation of PHP. Perhaps that was the problem.

Can’t find reports of it working, or not working, so I will assume the best.

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Software

Americas Army for Mac

I posted this yesterday on MacVillage.net. Americas Army: Operations is coming to Mac! Yea! Finally, my favorite game, on my favorite platform. Joy!

I can’t express how gitty I am. My only wish is that it isn’t to processor intensive, so my fellow Mac friends can enjoy it with me.

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Mozilla

Should I switch to Firebird/Thunderbird

Asa recently has been blogging a ton of opinions from others on Firebird, and Thunderbird. One particular post struck me. He suggests switching to Thunderbird.

I’m getting somewhat close, but I need a few things first:

  1. Stability/Reliability – it hasn’t even gone 0.1 yet!
  2. Spell Checker addon (if not built in).
  3. Minimize to tray (so I don’t have window clutter).
  4. Better notification (perhaps in the system tray for windows, dock for Mac).

So I’m leaning towards sticking with Mozilla 1.4 (hopefully released tomorrow). But not quite sure.

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Apple

Quark Express

Well, the big Apple news today, is ironically not about Apple, it’s about Quark, who finally finished up Quark Express, two years late.

Apple has a nice large ad on their homepage about it, pointing to this link:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/applications/quarkxpress/
But the big question, as the /. community asks is… Is this to late for Quark? Is there an audience left that hasn’t moved on?

I personally am of the opinion that it will need to be priced really good to sell, and it needs to be one heck of a solid reliable product. They can’t afford to have a buggy first OS X release like many other companies had. There is no time to rebound. That is, if they have time to take a first crack at the OS X market.

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Networking

Grub, a Network Admin’s Greatest Nightmare

Yikes, just got a chance to try out Grub, a distributed web crawling project… aka cheap bandwidth… This thing is scary. If I were a Network Admin, I would be working on ways to block this right now. This thing is bad news.