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OpenOffice.org now in Aqua flavor!!! September 7, 2006

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NeoOffice created by Patrick Luby and Edward Peterlin, which used to be the only modern flavor of OpenOffice.org for the Mac has now gotten better.  No more X11 required, all native Aqua.  Very nice port and it sticks primarily to the Mac OS X UI standards.  The dialogs could use more work but I have downloaded the build and its not bad.  Cant wait for the final.  As always, its Open Source and if you like the software consider making a donation to keep it going.  This was not an easy effort Im sure and the guys could probably use the support.

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Microsoft takes down barrier in Vista firewall May 1, 2006

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While I think its a good idea for businesses and commercial customers, seeing as they have their own protections in place, I dont think its a great idea for home users and home users should have everything turned on by default.  Heres hoping XP SP3 and Server 2003 SP2 have a nice two way firewall as well although I doubt it

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Windows Server 2003 Security Guide April 29, 2006

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Microsoft has released a security guide for Windows Server 2003.  Some very good information in it.

Emergency Response on10.net April 7, 2006

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Interesting video on 10.net regarding emergency response and such. Notice they use a lot of Windows and Mappoint

OpenVMS as a workstation April 7, 2006

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Ben Hertz, cool name. has submitted a review to Newsforge on why OpenVMS is his desktop of choice. While I wouldnt use VMS as a workstation, and I have, I equate using it as a workstation as masturbation with a brillo pad.

Microsoft releases a Linux centric site April 6, 2006

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Now, I thought April fools was about a week ago.  But alas, its true.  Port 25 is a new Microsoft site where MS will be releasing material from their Open Source labs.  Bill Hilf, Microsofts Open Source and Linux guy  announced the site during his keynote speech.

 My Take:  So far it has some potential.  The content right now is so-so.  I expect the site to be better and the material to get better as the site progresses.  Until then just enjoy the first day.

BootCamp allows Windows XP to boot on Intel Macs April 5, 2006

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Apple computer has released BootCamp. This allows users to boot Windows XP on the Intel Macs. Some testers have complained abot Blue screens but some have been successful in getting XP to boot on the machines. This will be included in Leopard.

Two points, this is an official solution by Apple and not a third party. All drivers are included to allow Windows to use the Webcam, the Apple keyboard and the Apple mouse and I assume airport. This will help Apple customers who have a need or just want to run Windows on the intel macs the maximum value for the money they have spent. I dont know how well this will go over with hardcore Mac heads but professionals and Windows fans will love the idea.

ENTRY REVISION:  I have been told iSight does NOT work with XP.  I have no idea when or if it will ever be supported.  If not, plenty of good quality USB webcams are available.

Fun with Virtual Server R2 April 5, 2006

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As many people know already Microsoft has released Virtual Server 2005 R2 as a freeware type application.  I managed through a slow download, might be interesting to know how many times it has been downloaded.  And I have been using it to test different distributions of Linux and other OS's.  Its very fast.  Faster than VMWare GSX Server.  So far I have installed eComStation, BeOS, Ubuntu, DR-DOS, Novell SUSE 10, Fedora Core 5 and FreeBSD 6. I was even able to compile NTSH and some of the NTSH Toolkit on eComStation, I may release it later on when I have the full toolsuite ported.  Performance wise I have been able to load two virtual machines at one time and still maintain good performance.  When I try to open that third it slows it down.  Anyway, thank you Microsoft.

Test April 3, 2006

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Evolution for Mac OS X April 2, 2006

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Novell Evolution has been ported to Mac OS X.  Good for Mac users, good for OSS.  Now, when will the Windows port be available?

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