Here in the states, we have a three day weekend coming up (thankfully). I’ll be off to a small business seminar where only here in the states can you go to a resort for three days, attend a few seminars and write off your expenses on your tax forms. I have some end-of-the-week postings of some thoughts and tidbits of information that I thought might be useful but individually, they don’t deserve a blog post of their own.
Fedora 13 is out as of 5/25/2010. We run Fedora 11 in house but we’ll be converting over to 13 soon. Version 11 is at its "end-of-life" in one month. WPS runs on Fedora nicely. A quick glance at what is new:
Includes some major features like automatic print driver installation, automatic language pack installation, redesigned user account tool, color management to calibrate monitors and scanners, experimental 3D support for NVIDIA video cards, and more."
You can download the 32 bit or 64-bit version of the Fedora OS from: http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora-options#formats
Visustin Flow Chart Software
If you have a need to create flow charts of your WPS or other SAS language programs, I recently discovered some software that will do just that at: http://www.aivosto.com/visustin.html. There’s a free 30 day trial that is limited in numerous ways, but it does provide you with a sense of what the software can do. Single user licensing starts at $299.
Ultra Edit for Linux
As I write this, there’s not a version of UEX available for Fedora 13. However, I have updated my UEX version to the most recent 1.2.x and I notice much improved screen scrolling over previous versions. This was most noticeable (for me) when running in a VM like Virtual Box. If you’ve used Ultra Edit for Windows, you should take a look at the Linux version too. http://www.ultraedit.com/index.html
Virtual Box 3.2
Since Oracle bought SUN, Virtual Box has been branded with the Oracle logo. On May 18th, another release of Virtual Box, version 3.2 made it out the door and this too has many improvements. Two of the most interesting enhancements are: Memory Ballooning – Ballooning provides another method to increase vm density by allowing the memory of one guest to be recouped and made available to others;
Multiple Virtual Monitors – VirtualBox 3.2 now supports multi-headed virtual machines with up to 8 virtual monitors attached to a guest. Each virtual monitor can be a host window, or be mapped to the hosts physical monitors;
I use Virtual Box for testing and development. As a matter of fact, Vbox is where I host Fedora for any Linux development that I do.
Skype Beta 5
Skype Beta 5 came out a week or two ago and it has added one nifty feature. This version supports group video conferencing for up to five members. That means you and four other people. I use Skype and it saves me a lot of money. It works pretty well and I’ve not had any problems with it yet.
I used to use MSN Messenger for IM, etc… but almost everyone I do business with uses Skype today. I really don’t like the flashing advertisements that rotate on Messenger either. I find that distracting. One advantage of Skype is the ability to screen share. It’s amazingly easy to implement… just a couple of clicks and you are off and running. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles using Skype’s screen share but it gets the job done. I’ve done remote presentations from the US while at a client’s site sharing my screen with folks in the UK.
One other advantage of Skype over MSN Messenger is that Skype is available for both Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. It appears that you can screen share and video conference with the Mac version but the Linux version doesn’t support screen sharing (yet). Finally, this version also supports HD Video for select cameras. HD meaning 1280x720p.
About the author: Phil Rack is President of MineQuest, LLC. and has been a SAS language developer for more than 25 years. MineQuest provides WPS and SAS consulting and contract programming services and a reseller of WPS in North America.