Sunday, June 29, 2008


YouTube - NeXTSTEP Release 3 Demo

the beginnings of Mac OS X

strictly speaking the Intel Mac is a unix box with a Mac OS shell


UNIX certification.

Leopard is an Open Brand UNIX 03 Registered Product, conforming to the SUSv3 and POSIX 1003.1 specifications for the C API, Shell Utilities, and Threads.
Since Leopard can compile and run all your existing UNIX code, you can deploy it in environments that demand full conformance — complete with hooks to maintain compatibility with existing software.

Terminal 2.

The Terminal application in Leopard takes advantage of the operating system’s native text and graphics capabilities, using Input Manager and Core Text to fully support non-English languages. The updated layout engine provides very fast rendering of ASCII, ISO, and Unicode text, and a new user interface gives users around the world the ability to harness the power of UNIX.

Friday, June 27, 2008

UbuntuLinux installing Parallels tools

Installing the Parallels Tools will make your work with Parallels Desktop more comfortable. The tools smooth mouse moving, enhance video subsystem functionality and other characteristics.

WARNING: You can install the Parallels Tools only if the guest operating system is running and you are logged in. If you are not logged in now select Cancel and run Parallels Tools installation later.

Before starting Parallels Tools installation close all the open applications to prevent data loss during possible X-Server reboot.

To install Parallels Tools:
1. Run Terminal.
2. Mount cdrom.
3. Change the directory to cdrom.
4. Run the sh with root privileges.
5. Follow the instructions of the Parallels Tools Installer.

and then I got stuck

Linux Genealogy CD 4.0 Ubuntu 8.04

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Linux Genealogy CD 4.0 Released: "The Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System, or GRAMPS, is a popular free genealogy program for use on Linux. It is powerful and easy to use and is released as one of the genealogy programs on a Linux 'Live CD.' That CD has now been updated to Version 4.0."

Linux Genealogy CD - GRAMPS: "The Linux Genealogy Desktop CD 4.0 has been released June 26, 2008.

This Live CD is based on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Desktop CD and, in addition to the regular Hardy, features pre-installed GRAMPS 3.0.1, GeneWeb, and LifeLines applications, as well as the GraphViz program to draw pretty graphs in GRAMPS. The CD is available only for the x86 architecture.

In addition to the Live Session, this disk also allows permanent installation of Linux and genealogical software on your computer's hard drive. This way you achieve adequate speed and the ability to save your data, and can do real work with your Linux software. Everything is similar to the Live Session, except that this is a permanent setup."

I will try it asa VM on Parallels on Mac OS 10.4.11 of course

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mac Genealogy Software

Mac Genealogy Software: "I’ve upgraded the Mac Genealogy Forums to new software. The design is not pretty, I’ll admit, but that’s to be worked on later.

I’ve went through the and have pruned a lot of users (1500+). Many of these go back to 2005 and %85 had not logged on in the past 12 months."

iFamily for Tiger | Mac Genealogy Software: "Official Description: iFamily for Tiger is a genealogy application for people who think differently. Whereas other genealogy software tends to emphasize the family unit, this software’s focus is on each individual person. This distinction is subtle and is a feature of iFamily for Tiger. In iFamily for Tiger you can see at a glance whether an individual has more than 2 parents or more than 1 spouse. Parent-child relationships may be natural (the default), step, adopted or foster relationships."

iFamily for Tiger: "iFamily for Tiger is for Apple Mac users who like to use the latest hardware and the latest operating system. It will not run on systems earlier than Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger). Although it works well on smaller machines it is best used with one of the larger displays (17'+) that is set to its maximum resolution and a mouse that has more that one button. Click here for Recommended Display Size"

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Closing the Door on Traditional IT

Sun Inner Circle — June 2008: Sun Starts Closing the Door on Traditional IT: "Perhaps it's the idea of sharing software services with other companies that makes many IT people nervous, even though cost reductions make people paying the bill sigh with relief. In a services model, organizations can pay only for the services they need for a specific number of employees (as in the payroll example). Most enterprises today build applications as though every employee will use them, which usually results in the company spending vast amounts of time and money creating very large systems and applications.

The setup costs for building services in-house aren't the only expenses. Most organizations end up using more computing and electrical power than needed for massive applications that not everyone uses. This makes as much sense as turning on every light in the house when you plan to read a book in the living room.

Subscribing to a multi-tenant IT services provider can increase an organization's flexibility and resiliency. In most IT shops, if the CIO needs to grow services quickly, the most immediate challenge is figuring out ways to acquire more server and storage capacity. This is followed by wondering how to justify the cost of burdening the datacenter further.

In the meantime, employees wait for the services they need. But with the subscription model, employees can remain productive. One of the goals of Sun's new services model is to get to the point where managers order the right services for employees from a list of vendors, rather than ringing up IT for provisioning.


Virtualization smackdown

Virtualization smackdown: Sun xVM VirtualBox 1.6 vs. VMWare Server 2.0 Beta 2 | Between the Lines | "xVM VirtualBox has the clear advantage of being the only free personal/SMB virtualization product that runs on all the major computing platforms - Windows, Linux, Mac, and Solaris. This is due to the fact that many of its components are written in a cross-platform GUI development library, Nokia/Trolltech’s Qt, which is best known for its use in the KDE Linux desktop and the Opera web browser. The interface is identical in all the environments and has a consistent look and feel, and all the virtual machines created in each platform independent version are compatible with each other. The software is also extremely light, weighing in at only a 22MB download."

un xVM VirtualBox

Sun Microsystems Feature Story: Everyone's Virtual Machine: "Sun xVM VirtualBox is a free, open source desktop virtualization platform that runs on Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, Apple Mac OS, or Linux systems, and lets users create a number of virtual machines onto which they can install whatever operating system they need to use, for whatever purpose. A single computer can run multiple OSes and applications simultaneously, with virtually no performance degradation, which enables developers to work on programs for different platforms, and power users to use applications that require different operating systems.

xVM VirtualBox provides for ultimate flexibility and allows easy user input, and APIs are exposed at every level including Web services. Its open source model requires no license keys or registration, and its flexibility, ease of use, and high performance, have encouraged more than 4 million people to download VirtualBox in less than 18 months."

un xVM VirtualBox - Google Search

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Samknows Broadband

Samknows Broadband - Chelmsley Wood (CMCHEL) Exchange

Broadband Speedtest on ZDNet UK