Wednesday, February 15 2012 @ 06:57 am CST Contributed by: Linegod
Newbies and experienced professional programmers alike appreciate the concept of the IDE, or integrated development environment. Having the primary tools necessary for organising, writing, maintaining, testing, and debugging code in an integrated application with common interfaces for all the different tools is certainly a very valuable asset. Additionally, an environment expressly designed for programming in various languages affords advantages such as autocompletion, and syntax checking and highlighting.
Linux has a lot of filesystems, but two of them (ext4 and btrfs) tend to get most of the attention. In his 2012 linux.conf.au talk, XFS developer Dave Chinner served notice that he thinks more users should be considering XFS. His talk covered work that has been done to resolve the biggest scalability problems in XFS and where he thinks things will go in the future. If he has his way, we will see a lot more XFS around in the coming years.
The crew in Ottawa is now taking square aim at Aperture, Lightroom and other similarly situated products with its new product called AfterShot Pro. Available for Linux, Macintosh and Windows, the software retails for $99 and promises to deliver a complete workflow for RAW files, including file management, batch processing and non-destructive editing capabilities.
Recently I had a personal project I wanted to implement that involved setting up a multi-user Linux server for myself and some of my friends, where the applications we wanted to run required some form of shell access. This presented an interesting predicament: since the particular people using this system were very technically knowledgeable, how could I prevent them from hacking and gaining root access to the server from their shell?
Thursday, December 15 2011 @ 07:03 am CST Contributed by: Linegod
Iíve had an off/on relationship with Vim for the past many years.
Before, I never felt like we understood each other properly. Vim is almost useless without plugins and some essential settings in .vimrc, but fiddling with all the knobs and installing all the plugins that I thought I needed was a process that in the end stretched out from few hours to weeks, months even; and it the end it just caused frustration instead of making me a happier coder.
Thursday, December 08 2011 @ 09:44 am CST Contributed by: Linegod
Earlier today I wrote about how it turns out that the Tablet OS (2.0.0 beta or later) actually recognizes Python as a direct "entry point" for apps, as it does for apps built using AIR or the Native SDK (WebWorks apps use the AIR entry point at this time).
With the original crude launcher, we'd developed a small set of experiments and demonstration scripts, which you had to copy over the network to "documents/scripts", with the bbxrun.py file sitting above to let you select which one to run.
If Iím sitting at my desk at my office, or at home, my PlayBook can be found nearby with playing music. (if not found in my hands). Music helps me be productive and drowns out the background noise that may distract me. Now on the PlayBook, there are a good number of options for streaming music. One of the more recent ones is Mielophone. Itís a minimalistic search application which streams music you request.
The ROSA team is glad to announce the our new product ROSA Media Player 1.0 Beta. What is the ROSA Media Player?
ROSA Media Player (ROMP) is a new media player for the ROSA/Mandriva. Technically it is based on MPLayer and SMPlayer code, but considerably differs from the SMPlayer (yes, ROMP is fork of the SMPlayer).
Barnes & Noble Exposes Microsoft's "Trivial" Patents and Strategy Against Android
Wednesday, November 16 2011 @ 06:39 am CST Contributed by: Linegod
Barnes & Noble has done the world a tremendous favor, by pulling aside the curtain and revealing Microsoft's patent campaign tactics against Android in lurid detail.
It reveals the assertion of "trivial" and "invalid" patents against Barnes & Noble and some shocking details about an "oppressive" license agreement that would have controlled hardware and software design features that Microsoft presented, thus limiting to what degree Barnes & Noble could offer upgrades and improved features to its customers if it had signed it, features it says none of Microsoft's patents cover. Microsoft worked so hard to keep it all secret, and I think you'll see why. It's ugly behind that curtain.