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Friday, November 9, 2007
There's nothing quite like command-line tools for handling large batches of tasks, and image manipulations are no exception. Web developers and administrators will appreciate the ability to handle large numbers of files easily, either at the command line or in scripts. The author presents more examples of the ImageMagick suite, this time demonstrating how to put curved corners, logos, or frames and borders on your images, as well as how to convert to and from multipage file formats including Adobe's PDF format.
Go to the source to learn Linux basics and build the right Linux for you. Linux From Scratch (LFS) and its descendants represent a new way to teach users how the Linux operating systems work. LFS is based on the assumption that compiling a complete operating system piece by piece not only teaches how the operating system works but also allows an independent operator to build systems for speed, footprint, or security.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Apple's Time Machine is a great feature in their OS, and Linux has almost all of the required technology already built in to recreate it. This is a simple GUI to make it easy to use.
"Apple's 'Time Machine' is cool, but I use Linux, not MacOSX. So here is a Linux implementation (built off of rsync, of course). No fancy OpenGL, but quite functional none-the-less."
As part of a new marketing blitz to promote the Xbox 360 as a "family friendly" video game console, Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out a new feature called Family Timer, which will show up in the Family Settings Screen.
The Timer will let parents limit the number of hours their kids can play the Xbox on a daily or weekly basis. When the time limit is reached, the console will automatically shut off, ostensibly after saving the game.
Microsoft says that more than 90 percent of parents placed restrictions on gaming, and over half the parents surveyed said they would use a timer if it was available. In conjunction with the new feature, the Redmond company is joining with the National PTA to encourage parents to talk with their kids about "screen time."
"The campaign is designed to educate parents on the tools and resources available that can help them manage their family's media use," explained Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division. "The main program was a 20-city bus tour where we visited with parents and showed them how to use the controls on the Xbox 360 and Windows Vista, and with kids showing them that there are fun games for all ages."
The Family Timer feature is already found in Windows Vista in order to limit the time kids can spend in front of the computer. The previously available parental controls in the Xbox 360 largely revolved around which time of games were allowed to be played based on rating.
My todays favourite pick from digg
Digital entertainment download service CinemaNow has announced a partnership with Sonic Solutions' QFlix, to develop a system which enables burning of protected DVDs that promise to be identical to those available off the shelf, with one very big catch.
CinemaNow holds protection of DVD copyrights high in its list of priorities. It had previously offered a download-and-burn service, though copied discs intentionally included a kind of defect that was supposed to protect against further copies. That defect defeated those copies to the extent that they did not even play on many DVD players.
Changes to the CSS license were recently approved by the DVD Copy Control Association, making it possible for licensed services to legally burn DVDs, a development which follows CinemaNow's business model perfectly. As a result of a court order, CinemaNow's and Sonic Solutions' joint development should not have to carry the copy-defeating mechanism.
But as a result of studios' ability to adjust the definition of "managed copy" when necessary, new language may be added to the CCA license that would create a situation where DVD copying is technically legal, but also highly improbable. The technicality is that managed copies could be made, but only played if an original resides in the player alongside a copy.
Adding insult to the injury of CinemaNow's adoption is that the downloaded material cannot even be burned on any presently available hardware. This means that CinemaNow's partnership with Sonic, barring other circumstances, would still not yield any fruit until ,someone releases an appropriate CSS-enabled burner and DVD-Rs.