UEFI and Secure Boot: Microsoft limiting free competition?

slashdot.org has published the following story: “Hispalinux, which represents Spanish Open Source developers and users, has filed a complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission. 14 pages of grief cited Windows 8 as an ‘obstruction mechanism’ calling UEFI Secure Boot a ‘de facto technological jail for computer booting systems… making Microsoft’s Windows platform less neutral […]

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PhP and MySQL Phrasebook, by Christian Wenz

This small format paperback, about 340 pages thick, is a handy little book for looking up code and finding out quickly how to do common tasks. It is – very appropriately – subtitled «Essential code and Commands». PhP and MySQL Phrasebook contains more than 100 customizable code snippets, organized into 11 chapters and thus fairly […]

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Install and tweak WordPress – new series

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform in the world. It us currently used by more than 60 million sites! It is a flexible, easy-to-use open source software supported by a solid organization and millions of users. This post is the first in a series of posts that will discuss issues concerning the use of […]

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The Artist’s Guide to GIMP, by Michael J. Hammel

I have written about GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation software) earlier, in a review of The Book of GIMP. GIMP is a full-featured and free alternative to the excellent Adobe Photoshop, and (not surprisingly) one of the world’s most popular open source projects. The GIMP is a very impressive image editor, but not the easiest […]

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Linux Community Not Supporting Retina Macs?

I am writing this post on my delicious MacBook Pro Retina (often, oddly, referred to as MBPr online). It’s a great machine. But for me it is more than that: As a developer I think of it as a necessity (did you read that, IRS?) for me to have this beast. It’s one of very […]

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Mac OS X and iOS Internals: To the Apple’s Core, by Jonathan Levin

Mac OS X and iOS Internals is the first major work covering OS X internals since Amit Singh’s very fine and well-known Mac OS X Internals: A Systems Approach. It is also an excellent alternative and companion to the iOS Hacker’s Handbook. Levin’s stated ambition is to lay open the OS X’s core XNU and […]

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Nekkidblogger Menu – Left and Right CSS Dropdown Menu

Introduction Over the last couple of years there has been an increasing focus on Web page speed. Partly this is due to initiatives by Google and Yahoo, partly it is due to the explosive increase in web browsing on devices such as iPads and advanced cell phones (iPhone, Androids, etc). Gradually, the focus on speed […]

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Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours, by Phil Ballard and Michael Moncur

Most people know of JavaScript, even if they don’t know it or know how to use it. It was originally implemented as part of web browsers so that client-side scripts may interact with the user. It is still mostly used on Web pages, but there are numerous other uses of it as well. An essential […]

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