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I have been messing with an old Netgear WPM824V3 lying around. This WiFi router allows you to flash firmware through TFTP, which can be very useful when the Web interface is not available or when the flashed firmware doesn't work.

The procedure is quite simple and documented in this article. Other Netgear router models apparently have similar procedures to enter TFTP mode, so you can try it on your own Netgear router models.

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Publican is a single source publishing tool. It uses DocBook XML files as input sources and can generate outputs in a variety of formats, such as HTML, PDF, ePub, Man, WebHelp, etc. A number of Open Source projects on the Internet, like Debian, Fedora, GIMP, etc, use Publican as the tool for generating documentation.

There is built-in support in Publican for many languages including Traditional and Simplified Chinese. However, some preparations are required before Publican can generate satisfactory Chinese PDF documents.

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All my servers are running on VMware Worstation virtual machines. Virtual machines have the advantages of easy management and ability of restoring to earlier snapshots, which are quite valuable during development.

Some of my virtual machines need to be running all the time when the physical computer is on. VMware Workstation provides an AutoStart feature to allow shared virtual machines to automatically start during the host system boot-up. However, the built-in AutoStart feature turns out to have limitations which make it useless for my situation.

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For years Joomla! community only had to deal with version 1.0.x and 1.5.x. Even though there were regular updates and new features, they had always stayed in the same version series. That was all changed since the release of Joomla! 1.6.

Joomla! developers worked on Joomla! 1.6 for 3 years. Now only half a year after Joomla! community received version 1.6, the first beta release of Joomla! 1.7 has been out of the door for testing.

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Most of our server platforms are running Linux of one kind or another. Occasionally requirements arise that FreeBSD platforms are needed to allow projects to proceed. In this article we present a record of a recent setup for our test server running FreeBSD 8.1 as a guest on VMware. It covers installation of Apache, MySQL, and PHP for preparation of installing Joomla! 1.5.

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