SimCity Source Code Released Under GPL

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Bil Simser has [posted an article on his blog](http://weblogs.asp.net/bsimser/archive/2008/01/10/simcity-source-code-released-to-the-wild-let-the-ports-begin.aspx) about the release of the source code for the original SimCity under the GPL. The GPL'd version has been renamed under the original working title Micropolis to protect the trademarks of Electronic Arts who currently own the intellectual property for the Sim* franchise. If the original title had stuck I wonder what they'd call The Sims these days.... The [source code for Micropolis](http://www.donhopkins.com/home/micropolis/) has been published on author Don Hopkins' website. He has also included a bit of [history](http://www.donhopkins.com/drupal/node/131) about this branch of the SimCity project including some technical detail behind this iteration of the code.  The GPL version has also been ported to the version of Fedora Linux being run on the [OLPC](http://laptop.org/).  A great way to spread this brilliant…
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WordPress Plugin: Admin Links Widget

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I've just launched the first version of a new Wordpress widget, the [Admin Links Widget](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-links-sidebar-widget/). This very simple widget does as the name suggests. It provides links to administrative functions from the sidebar of your Wordpress installation. The catch is, only administrators will be able to see the links so the general public won't have their view cluttered up with links they can't use. Give it a try! 1. [Download the Plugin](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-links-sidebar-widget/) 2. Unzip into your Wordpress plugins folder 3. Activate the plugin 4. Add the widget to your site! If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to post below.
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WordPress Plugin: Random Image Selector

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**UPDATE**: December 9, 2007: The Random Image Plugin has been updated! Please see [the new post](http://kdmurray.net/2007/12/09/random-image-selector-120-released/) for updates on features, or to comment.     Have you ever wanted to display a random image from a folder on your site? Maybe for a background or banner for your blog? Now there's a quick and easy way to do it: the Random Image Selector plugin for wordpress! The initial release, version 1.0.2 is available from the Wordpress.org plugins site. The download location is [http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/random-image-selector/](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/random-image-selector/) The premise of the plugin is quite simple, create a folder on your website where you want to store your randomly selected files. The plugin will select from all the files in that folder, and choose one at random to display. This is a great way to…
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Enterprise Dilemma – J2EE vs. .NET

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These two platforms have been fiercely competing for the lucrative "Enterprise" business customers since the .NET Framework made it's Beta debut in late 2001\. Since that time the debate has raged on in organizations of every size and in Internet forums of every description: Which platform is the **best** platform? Pundits from all sectors of the computing and business sectors chose a side early on and began to incite one of largest technological debates in the history of computing. Proponents for each side have argued their case both for their chosen platform, and against the other. The arguments which have been put forth supporting both the Java/J2EE platform and the C#/.NET platform have been very strong. Conversely, the arguments against each platform are often steeped in half-truths, myths and hearsay.…
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50 years of programming history

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I stumbled on a couple of articles recently pointing out the history of programming languages. What originally pointed me at this was an article in [Nikhil Kothari's blog](http://www.nikhilk.net/). He pointed to a chart on [O'Reilly's website](http://www.oreilly.com/pub/a/oreilly/news/languageposter_0504.html) which listed out the history of programming languages from the 1950's right through to the present. It's amazing to see which languages influenced others... and how old some are. I personally had no idea that [Ruby](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_programming_language) had been around since February 1993 (Same approximate time as [AppleScript](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AppleScript)). Check it out... it's worth a look! There's also a good textual [history of programming languages](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_programming_languages) in Wikipedia, not quite as visual, or as complete, but also interesting.
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