Google Earth Beta for Mac

This van As writes “AppleInsider reports that Google is developing a Google Earth version for Mac OS X. From the screenshots it looks similar to the Windows version, which is out since June 2005. The OS X version uses OpenGL rendering.” From the article: “Earlier this month, a pre-release version of Google Earth for Mac OS X that uses OpenGL rendering reportedly began making the rounds overseas. The 40MB application packs a hefty set of preferences, allowing users to tweak detail and color, and control the speed of their ‘flights.’ Google Earth interfaces with Google’s Web-based mapping service, Google Maps, in providing local search results and driving directions. However, sources say Google Earth for Mac OS X includes a superior set of satellite imagery when compared to the Google Maps Web service, offering additional clarity and a deeper zoom function.”


by jimmy Zhang – Fri, Dec 9th 2005 11:10 PDT

About: VTD-XML is a “non-extractive” XML processing software API implementing Virtual Token Descriptor. Currently, it only supports built-in entity references (” &s; ' > <). Designed to be random-access capable, it attempts to be both high-performance and memory-efficient. In addition, because VTD is inherent persistent, it can be saved on disk along side the XML document to achieve "parse-once, use many times." The "non-extractive" nature of VTD means that incremental, dynamic updates don't require re-serialization of irrelevant parts of the original document.

Custom scripting gives users a safe-du

Custom scripting gives users a safe-du
By: Philip J. Hollenback

As a system administrator, there are two ways you can interact with users: force them to follow the rules or encourage them with tools and guidelines. I prefer the second approach, as I think people generally want to do the right thing. Also, if people don’t follow the rules at your company, that is a management problem, not a computer problem. Therefore, I prefer to concentrate my attention on helpful tools and scripts, which is exactly what I did recently to solve a typical system administrator problem.

Successful IT projects demand business unit buy-in

Successful IT projects demand business unit buy-in
Tuesday December 06, 2005 (09:00 AM GMT)
Topic: Project Management
By: John Murray
One reason for the high failure rate of IT business application projects is the failure of those on the business side to assume a degree of responsibility for the project. Once the euphoria associated with getting a project approved begins to dissipate and the actual development work begins, the business side often seems to lose interest. As a result, the IT project manager comes to the realization that if the project is to be successfully completed, he must assume full responsibility for the effort.

Zonk from Slashdot writes

Posted by Zonk on Friday December 09, @05:46PM
from the please-don’t-burn-us-at-the-stake dept.
schnikies79 writes “Sony BMG is rethinking its anti-piracy policy following weeks of criticism over the copy protection used on CDs. The head of Sony BMG’s global digital business, Thomas Hesse, told the BBC that the company was ‘re-evaluating’ its current methods. This follows widespread condemnation of the way anti-piracy software on some Sony CDs installs itself on computers. The admission came as Sony faced more censure over the security failings of one of its copy protection programs.”