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anomalous cohort (704239) writes "I'm sure that the/. devs already know about the Eclipse IDE which is most noted for its rich variety of plug-ins but which plug-ins are the best? The Eclipse Marketplace currently lists 887 tools. I assure you that any instance of Eclipse with all of those plug-ins installed would take a very long time to load. So, my question to those coders who use Eclipse is this. What is your short list of "must have" plug-ins?" Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort (704239) writes "This question is for software, solutions, or enterprise architects. What are your biggest concerns about deploying an enterprise collaboration initiative? I will be giving a talk on this subject on March 11 and I want to make sure that I am addressing real-world concerns." Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort writes "We are in the early planning stages for an open source project that we believe will be of great interest and use to many people, both developers and non-developers alike. Not only is the project to be open source and that we would want developers to participate on the core but also we would like to foster a community where a large body of developers, with widely divergent skills and competence, could extend the core functionality. Think of it as a drupal or wordpress but for research purposes instead of publishing purposes.
We strongly believe that the success of this project will be very much dependent on the viability of the developer community that supports it. So, we are conducting some "market research" here. We want to do this right the first time.
What is "the good, the bad, and the ugly" when it comes to open source projects? What works for you and what doesn't? What open source projects blundered in the past and why? We're looking for tips and tricks as to how to do it right." Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort writes "The US patent office has granted a Microsoft patent application, 7,571,169, which "... is directed at providing a word-processing document in a native XML file format that may be understood by an application that understands XML, or to enable another application or service to create a rich document in XML so that the word-processing application can open it as if it was one of its own documents." So, say goodbye to open office." Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort writes "I recently attended a conference sponsored by IBM on Second Life about virtual worlds. The second day of the conference focused on virtual worlds behind the firewall. One of the speakers was a developer for the Open Simulator Project which is an open source project for a virtual worlds server application similar to Second Life. In fact, you use the Second Life HUD to connect to it. He also talked about the Open Source Metaverse which is a grid of open source virtual world servers.
My question is this. How mature are these open source offerings? Are they ready for the enterprise? I gave open sim a test drive. It did run but not smoothly. When you enter the world, you are a topless girl in a red leotard on a really small island.
Is there some way to create content without having to use the editor in the Second Life HUD? Open Sim uses a relational database backend which can be configured to be MySql. Has anyone studied the database schema? How hard would it be to just write to the database directly to create content? Is there an API that open sim supports?" Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort writes "I just ran across this story promoting Portable Ubuntu. Though not destined to replace my native Hardy Heron workstation, I would be interested in a thumb drive where I could easily run my favorite Linux apps on any Windows machine. They claim that any changes you make or apps you install are carried around on the thumb drive. The apps look like they are running within the host operating system and not inside some virtual box (but they really are). You are supposed to be able to read and write to any of the Windows formatted hard disks.
This sounds sweet but is it too good to be true? Has anyone else here used Portable Ubuntu? If so, then what are your impressions/findings of it?" Link to Original Source top
Shares of Sun Microsystems, which makes the Java software that runs many Internet applications, were up 78.9 percent after reports that it was in talks to be acquired by I.B.M. Shares of Sun ended at $8.89. I.B.M. was down 1 percent, to $91.95.
According to an even more recent article at the Wall Street Journal, this acquisition is going forward with this to say...
bankers not involved in the talks believe a deal will eventually get done.
I have already pondered what the impact might be as have others but I would like to know/.'ers opinions on this.
anomalous cohort writes "I am a casual gamer. Go or Chess are my games of choice when I am up for a serious intellectual gaming challenge. Otherwise, I just want to blog off some steam in a free, arena style FPS such as Alien Arena, Nexuiz, Sauerbraten, or Tremulous at the end of a long day. Either way, it is very rare for my gaming experience to exceed 30 minutes.
The problem is that attendance for these games has dropped off over the years. Finding a game with about two humans and two robots is perfect for me and very rare these days.
My question is this. What is currently the most popular free, arena style FPS for the casual gamer that you know of?" Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort writes "Stacy's Bookstore in San Francisco has announced that it is going out of business. This 85 year old store, located on Market St near Golden Gate University and the Embarcadero, has been a favorite of almost every developer I have met or worked with in the area. They always kept their technology section well stocked. I am sorry to see it go." Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort writes "Federated login, or the ability to sign in to many services using the same credentials, has been brewing for quite some time. Microsoft has had their passport. Sun Microsystems has had their Liberty Alliance compliant Sun ONE Identity server. I'm starting to see more and more sites adopt Six Apart's OpenID project. Last month, Google published their usability research on how best to employ federated login from the end user perspective.
My question is this. Has federated login's time finally come? How many here use federated login? How many here are planning to add federated login to their web sites? Is this a good thing or yet another annoying nuisance?" Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort writes "National Public Radio is running a story on an XBox live game called Braid. Why is Braid newsworthy? It's not a shoot-em-up FPS. The look is retro 2D platformer. In the game, you are Tim. You move back and forth through time to find out what went wrong in your relationship and what is the meaning of life. The game is more philosophy than fun and yet it has been downloaded over 50,000 times in the first 6 days of its release." Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort writes "Just two weeks after Microsoft announced their plans to steal a lot of big blue's business, IBM has announced that they will use Linux to steal business away from Microsoft through a partnership with Red Hat, Novell, and the makers of Ubuntu, Canonical. The idea is to capitalize on the dissatisfaction of Vista to promote a Microsoft free desktop." Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort writes "On page 4 in the business section of this Sunday's New York Times is another opinion piece asking Microsoft to rewrite their Vista operating system. More and more, the press is writing stories about the general dissatisfaction of Vista. Will Microsoft ever heed these calls for change? I doubt it." Link to Original Source top
anomalous cohort writes "Second Life is a massively multi-player online virtual world run by Lindon Labs. In Second Life, objects are animated using scripts written in a language called LSL (short for Lindon Script Language). Mono is an open source virtual machine written by Novell Corporation. Source code, written in C#, are compiled to IL (short for Intermediate Language) which is then run in the Mono virtual machine. It looks like Second Life is going to start using the Mono VM to interpret these LSL programs. They claim that this will speed up the in world experience." Link to Original Source top
Not that I actually agree with his main premise which is that the Internet is going to replace primary education. It's not going to replace schools anymore than it replaced any of the other institutions that pundits have predicted it would replace including newspapers, television, or dating. It has and will, however, supplement, augment, and transform all of those institutions." Link to Original Source
I am the project administrator for an open source project called Web 2.0 News Portal whose mission is to produce a small, easy to install, easy to operate application for the purpose of publishing categorized, story based content to the web in a way that is friendly to individuals, activist communities, or small businesses. If you are a LAMP coder or web designer and this looks interesting to you, then feel free to contact me about joining this project.
I run an online publication called Projection which provides commentary on current trends in technology and the media and what impact that these trends have on culture.
milkshape is an affordable modeler whose output can be imported by all of the engines.
Here is the latest version of the half-life editor which Crystal Space seems to favor.
Crystal Space is open source. You have to build from the source. I got it to build but the only demo that seems to work is flarge and the render is slow and choppy.
Reality Factory also appears to be open source. It doesn't work on my home machine.
Freya is real simple so it might be a good candidate for teaching Win.
Torque looks nice but costs $100. I have played with the demo and got some results. The demo doesn't allow you to do much so it's hard to say whether or not it's worth the $100. The site registration indicates that this is a one man company.
I should also look at logo which was designed for kids Win's age.
Hmmm, I already have serious sam and it looks like their engine is relatively easy to work with.
To use polygons made by milkshape, you must first export to lightwave.
There are definite usability issues with the serious editor. You have to position and size a new shape before you add it to the world. After you add it to the world, you cannot reposition/resize it. After you add it to the world, you have to go through every polygon so that it will be lit correctly.