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June 18, 2006

How Can Dual Booting in this day and age be a good thing?

Filed under: Rants/Musings — cangione @ 10:36 pm

Apple has received an incredible amount of press for officially making it possible to dual boot a Mac machine into their OS or Windows XP. It has been talked about as the most important invention for Mac users since sliced bread. Um…… you have been able to dual boot Windows and Linux OS for years! This is nothing new! What I find funny is that Macs are getting to Dual boot while the rest of the world moves on to virtualization. Why would you want to dual boot a machine instead of running all of your OS in something like VMWare? The day I can virtualize a MAC OS in VMWare is the day I might become interested in it!

June 8, 2006

Bursting vs. Thoughtful Object Creation

Filed under: XML — cangione @ 8:50 pm

A significant amount of time and energy has been spent by CMS vendors talking about the benefits of bursting or chunking monolithic XML documents into individual objects. The benefits that are touted are object reuse, lower translation costs, individual routing and approval workflows and the ability to enhance content instead of re-creating the bare minimum necessary.

For this to work it assumes that the organization or the individual creating and managing the content has consistently applied the concepts of reuse at each of the bursting or chunking levels. In practical terms, does each topic or section actually make sense as a re-usable object? Very rarely. More often there are a few sections/topics/paragraphs in a document that scream to be reused. In addition, these reusable objects can then be consciously put in a location for others to find and re-use. Thus in many instances, it seems more practical to provide templates that can be used to create re-usable objects where appropriate and leave the rest of a document a standalone monolithic object.

June 7, 2006

Fedora Re-Spins Available

Filed under: Linux — cangione @ 8:52 pm

The Fedora Community released re-spins of Fedora Core 5 last week. It incorporates the latest updates available for the release which leads to less download time after your installation. The kernel-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5 shipped with FC5 disallowed the loading of any non-GPL modules. This was quickly fixed but marred the release.

Additionally the Fedora Community plans to re-spin often. Re-Spins will be provided each month for supported releases. This is a welcome addition for people that wait until a release settles down and mirrors the consistent release schedule that commercial vendors are adopting.

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