my apologies for the delay in getting this out ...

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*** How to Write a Basic Gtk# Program with Mono
Gtk#, the Mono API for the GTK+ UI toolkit, is the open source alternative
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***Unix Printing Basics 
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spoolers, filters, and drivers. Fortunately, new versions of Ghostscript
and foomatic make configuring printing easier. Dru Lavigne explains the
basics of Unix printer installation and configuration.

***Announcing the 2004 Mac OS X Innovators Contest 
The second Mac OS X Innovators contest is open and ready for your entry.
Here are the links and info you need to shine a light on your great idea.

***Hacking Mac OS X Panther 
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to find anyone in your Address Book who has an Amazon Wish List, and how
to build a GUI to your Unix scripts with some Perl or Python glue code;
the third is just for fun.

***Steve Jobs Introduces Tiger at WWDC 2004 
So many things to talk about at WWDC. So many things that can't be said.
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announcements and a preview of Tiger, Apple's next version of Mac OS X.

***Top Three Windows RSS Readers 
Which are the best RSS readers out there? Wei-Meng Lee picks his favorites
and gives you guided tours of them all.

***Surf the Web Anonymously 
When you surf the Web, your life is an open book, open to anyone who wants
to look. J.W. Olsen looks at two anonymous surfing programs that promise
to fix the problem.

***Spring in Action 
In this excerpt from "Better, Faster, Lighter Java," authors Bruce Tate
and Justin Gehtland provide an example of Spring (their counter-example to
the J2EE Pet Store application) in action, to show why you too will come
to appreciate this simple framework as elegant and important.

***Inside Class Loaders: Debugging 
Andreas Schaefer continues his examination of class loading in Java with a
look at what can cause problems in advance class-loading scenarios and how
to patch class loaders to help debug the problem.

***Refactoring in Whidbey 
Code refactoring means restructuring your code so that the original
intention of the code is preserved. In this article, Wei-Meng Lee walks
you through Whidbey's new support for code refactoring.

***ASP.NET Forms Security, Part 2 
In his previous column, Jesse Liberty showed how to add web form security
to your ASP.NET 2.0 application, and how to add users. In this follow-up,
he demonstrates how easy it is to create and manage roles.

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