Sunday, December 12, 2004

» amaroK 1.2-beta2

amaroK screenshot
amaroK is a killer! It's still in development and a little shaky around the edges (as one would expect for a beta release) but it has a tremendous load of great features, such as fetching covers, displaying lyrics, organizing your files in a sqlite3 or mysql database, and many more. It's definately worth checking out. It currently requires a rather new KDE as well as having gstreamer installed (both shipped with SUSE 9.2 and 9.1) but if you are running SUSE 9.2, you've got all it takes. You'll find an RPM of amarok 1.2-beta2 for SUSE Linux 9.2 on my RPM website. The dependencies are shipped with SUSE 9.2, with the exception of taglib - I'd strongly suggest you to install the taglib 1.3.1 RPM that's on my website as well.

Friday, December 10, 2004

» Abeille

Abeille screenshot
JETA Software has a nifty SQL client and database modeling tool called "Abeille" (i.e. "bee" in french), which they give away for free. It's not OpenSource (no sources) neither Free software (no GPL, no AFL, ...) but you may download and use it for free, even for commercial purposes/projects, and there aren't any runtime/deployment restrictions either. I'd call that "freeware", actually. It uses Java (works with 1.4, didn't work with 5) and (obviously) JDBC drivers to connect to MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, DB2, McKoi, ... I gave it a shot yesterday, to import an existing MySQL database into a model and add relationships to it. It's very smooth and easy to use, just drag'n'drop the existing tables into the model. Some of the other features (database object browser, SQL editor/frontend) are very much like in DBVisualizer (freeware as well, at least the free edition). A good one, although it would be much nicer if they'd just release it under GPL or an Apache/MPL-like license. An E/R modeling part would have been a killer.
Note that they also have a Forms Designer for JGoodies' FormLayout, under the same license (freeware) :)

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

» Manageability - Reverse Proxy Patterns

Whitepaper about using a Reverse Proxy (such as the Apache webserver) to secure and/or merge your web spaces here: Manageability - Reverse Proxy Patterns Not bad, although it doesn't explain how to set it up - look here, there or even in the Apache reference for further information about that.

» pyqlogger

Sir Reflog has written a quite cool desktop client called "pyqlogger" (as the name says, it's written in Python/Qt).
If you're using SUSE Linux, go fetch the pyqlogger RPM on my site, but I would recommend installing it using my APT repository, as apt-get will install the required packages (pyosd and feedparser) automagically.
Thanks for your good work, Reflog.

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