Winik : Windows & *nix synergy : HomePage

Winik : Windows & *nix synergy : HomePage
“Winik is a cygwin distro that users can install in Windows like other applications program. Winik is unix like and users can select program from Start button and menus.
Users can select other wm such as KDE, Gnome, Icewm, Wmaker, Xfce etc. Winik give a taste of *nix to windows users. Winik are based on x/cygwin. Users can install Winik modules just likes other Windows application.”

More in the world of emulation:) It is worth poking around with stuff like this to get an idea of what there is outside of Windows.

Atari ST Emulation

About ARAnyM
“ARAnyM is an acronym: Atari Running on Any Machine. It is a virtual machine software for running the Atari ST/TT/Falcon operating systems (TOS, FreeMiNT, MagiC and others) and TOS/GEM applications on any kind of hardware – be it an IBM clone (read it as “PC” :-), an Apple, an Unix server, a graphics workstation or even a portable computer.”

What can I say, I’m a sucker for emulators.

No Joy for MSFT Speech Server

InfoWorld: Bumpy start for Microsoft’s Speech Server: February 22, 2005:

This MSFT offering has not set the world on fire. Maybe “speech recognition for the masses” isn’t a very catchy slogan.

Yahoo! News – New Sober Worm Spreading Quickly

Yahoo! News – New Sober Worm Spreading Quickly

CALI saw a bunch of this come through late this morning and early this afternoon. Seems like a lot of it is around.

JavaScripTools

JavaScripTools
“The JavaScripTools is a set of JavaScript components and functions to make the web developer’s life easy.”

Includes a set of classes for dealing with tables that would be handy for laying out lots of data, like CALI has.

Bare-metal server restore using tar

NewsForge | Bare-metal server restore using tar

After reading this one wonders why we spend good money for commercial back-up solutions, especially in a Linux environment.

Switching to an Alternative Windows Desktop

Using Explorer as the shell for Windows XP can be a bit of a drag. With the defaults, Explorer ties up a big chunk of memory and it has some issues as far as usability. If you’ve had any experience with X in the *nix world or the Mac’s OS X desktop, you know there are better solutions than the XP Desktop. Luckily, you don’t need to live with it. I’ve experimented with alternative desktops and utilities for Windows quite a bit over the years, and I think they have now matured to the point where they are usable. This piece describes what I’m using on my laptops and it is not intended to be some sort of general listing of utilities and shells.

Replacement Shell

Most folks don’t realize that you can replace the Windows default shell, Explorer. In early versions of Windows, it was easier, but it can be done in XP. There are lots of possibilites here, but I went with bblean, an offsheet of the X window manager Blackbox. Just download the zip archive, drop it on your C:\ drive and it runs. I chose it because it doesn’t use the XP registry, it has a relatively small memory footprint, has a lot of available styles, does a good job of grabbing existing desktop folders and such, is very configurable, and includes an utitlity to install it as the default shell, replacing Explorer as the Windows desktop.

Desktop Utilities

I added 2 utilities that provide a bit of advanced functionality to the desktop. YzDock is a neat little application launcher for Windows that behaves like the app launcher on the OS X desktop. You can add your favorite apps to it and let it rip.
Konfabulator is desktop widget maker/manager that was ported to Windows from the Mac world. It adds little utilities to your desktop including things like weather, a basic search box, to-do list, and more. Best part is that you can easily create your own Konfabulator widgets.

Elmer\'s new desktop.

Some Other Modder Resources

  1. Athene Operating System
    Athene is a high performance multimedia operating system for desktop computers.
    www.rocklyte.com/athene/index.html
  2. xtort.net – Dedicated to being massive directory of freeware
    Dedicated to being massive directory of freeware
    Lots of links to MSFT Windows shells and tweaks.
    www.xtort.net/sys/sys8.php
  3. :: Geoshell ::
    geoshell.com/index.asp
  4. PowerPro
    PowerPro Features. PowerPro incorporates these features: Starting Programs. Any number of small-footprint button bars (e.g. fits over title bar of maximized window).
    powerpro.webeddie.com/xfeatures.htm
  5. ShellON Features
    www.indexo.pionexnet.co.uk/surf.design/shellon/features.htm
  6. Aston – Desktop manager and Shell replacement for Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP
    A skinnable desktop and browser program. Offers skins, themes, plug-ins, for many programs. Alternate interfaces for Windows
    www.astonshell.com/aston/index.html
  7. Talisman Desktop. Program for desktop management, shell replacement, 32bit XP icons, themes, skins, visual styles
    The creators of desktop manager and shell replacement software for the Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP system. IF you need fast, high-customized, skinable interface builder program(instead standard Windows Desktop) then you must try our software…
    www.lighttek.com/talisman.htm

BetaNews | Opera Voice Enables the Living Room

BetaNews | Opera Voice Enables the Living Room
“Opera Software, best known for its Web browser, is venturing into the living room. Opera’s voice-enabled Electronic Program Guide (EPG), featuring IBM Embedded ViaVoice, fuses together the tasks of many different remote controls into basic voice commands.

With EPG, users tell their DVD player or cable box what they want to happen by talking to it. The announcement comes just weeks before Opera is expected to make available a voice-enabled version of its Web browser.”

SUSE Awarded EAL4 Certification

Slashdot | SUSE Awarded EAL4 Certification
Following in the wake of its previous certifications, Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 has achieved EAL4 certification on ‘an IBM eServer.’ This puts SLES9 in the same league as Windows 2000 for sales in the government sector and is the first Linux distro to achieve an EAL4 certification.””

Slashdot | QEMU Accelerator Achieves Near-Native Performance

Slashdot | QEMU Accelerator Achieves Near-Native Performance
An anonymous reader writes “QEMU is a generic and open source processor emulator which achieves a good emulation speed by using dynamic translation. Its sporting a new module called the ‘Accelerator’ which can achieve near native speeds, and currently runs on Linux 2.4.x and 2.6.x kernels. This means you could theoretically run Windows (or another OS) on a Linux machine at near native speeds without buying a commercial emulator. The catch is that although QEMU is released under various open source licenses, the Accelerator uses a free (as in beer) license because the module is a ‘closed source proprietary product.’ Fabrice Bellard does mention that he would consider open sourcing the Accelerator under certain conditions.”

I’ll be looking into this. A viable OS alternative to the great VmWare would be mighty cool.