10/22/2006

Be Loyal, Kind and Don’t Steal Movies

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A Boy Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, etc., etc. He is also respectful of copyrights. Boy Scouts in the Los Angeles area will now be able to earn an activity patch for learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies and music.

The patch shows a film reel, a music CD and the international copyright symbol, a “C” enclosed in a circle.

The movie industry has developed the curriculum.

“Working with the Boy Scouts of Los Angeles, we have a real opportunity to educate a new generation about how movies are made, why they are valuable, and hopefully change attitudes about intellectual property theft,” Dan Glickman, chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, said in a statement Friday.

Source: AP

Tip: Reduce Firefox Memory Usage

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Many Firefox users notice that the open source browser can take a lot of memory, sometimes several hundreds of mega bytes. Fortunately Firefox lets you control to some extent how much memory it will consume.

To set the configurations you’ll need to edit Firefox settings. To do that you’ll need to type about:config in the address bar and edit the keys we’ll discuss in this article.

Cached Pages
When a page is loaded, it can be cached so it doesn’t need to be rerendered to be redisplayed. As a default Firefox will set the amount of cache memory according to the total amount of RAM your system got. The problem with that is that these values are per tab, so the more tabs you’ve got opened the more memory Firefox cache takes.

The config parameter is browser.cache.memory.capacity and you can set it to the number of KB you want let Firefox use for cache. Value of 0 will tell Firefox not to use any memory for cache. Note that the parameter browser.cache.memory.enable has to be true

The default value is -1 where Firefox will set the memory usage according to the following values

Physical RAM Memory Cache (in KB)
32 MB 2048
64 MB 4096
128 MB 8192
256 MB 14336
512 MB 22528
1 GB 32768
2 GB 45056

4 GB 59392

In Firefox 2 these defaults will change to the following:

Physical RAM Memory Cache (in KB)
32 MB 2048
64 MB 4096
128 MB 6144
256 MB 10240
512 MB 14336
1 GB 18432

2 GB 24576
4 GB 30720

To view current memory cache usage, type about:cache?device=memory in the address bar


Pages Stored In Memory

Pages that are visited are stored in memory in such a way that they don’t have to be re-parsed. Although it sounds like cache this is different from the cache. This setting improves performance of Firefox when pressing Back and Forward buttons.

The setting key to control this behavior is: browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers. The default value is -1 where Firefox use the following settings based on the amount of memory your system has.

RAM Pages
32MB 0
64MB 1
128MB 2
256MB 3
512MB 5
1GB 8
2GB 8

4GB 8

This preference limits the maximum number of pages stored in memory. Setting the value to 0 do not store any pages in memory.


Let Windows claim back memory
On Windows operating systems, when a program is minimized and left for a period of time, Windows will reclaim the memory the program used in anticipation that other programs might need it. Because of the way Mozilla applications are stored in memory, Windows is much more aggressive in reclaiming the memory they use, which can cause a delay when the program is restored. This preference determines whether to allow Windows to reclaim memory from a minimized Mozilla application.

Firefox’s default setting prevents Windows from reclaiming memory when the program is minimized.

To change this settings you’ll need to change or create the key config.trim_on_minimize and set it to true or false. True - allows Windows to reclaim back the memory and false (default) prevents Windows from doing that.

Note: Changing Firefox’s settings may not be enough to stop it from taking too much memory, plugins can also be a big factor in memory consumption.

Police uses Google Earth to pinpoint marijuana fields

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Racine County Sheriff’s Department used Google Earth — an online mapping program — last week to pinpoint marijuana fields in Mount Pleasant and bust a Racine man for harvesting pot.

The investigation began Friday after Racine County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over Dean Brown, 37, of Racine, near highways 75 and 20, according to a criminal complaint. A deputy smelled marijuana as he approached the car, and discovered 18 pounds of freshly harvested marijuana in the car’s cargo area. The marijuana, stuffed in two large garbage bags with heavy stems poking through the plastic, was worth between $63,000 and $140,000.

Brown was arrested for felony drug possession, but that was just the beginning of the investigation. Deputies found a GPS unit around Brown’s neck with coordinates to areas throughout Racine County, the complaint said.

Then they used Google Earth to pinpoint marijuana fields using the GPS coordinates.

Source: journaltimes.com

NetBeans IDE upgrade readied for SOA

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Focusing on open source efforts, Sun Microsystems officials this week provided informational updates on the NetBeans IDE and GlassFish application server, noting that NetBeans will have an SOA bent and be extended for other languages besides Java.

Java, meanwhile, may have more staying power as a platform than as a language, a Sun official recognized.

The upcoming 5.5 release of the NetBeans open source IDE features enhancements for SOA and also moves beyond the Java realm with accommodations for C and C programming.

Source: Yahoo

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