Linux Journal Weekly News Notes -- September 1
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  Feature Links of the Week

   Programming Tools: eric3:
   http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/7739 -- We debutted a new monthly
   on-line column this week, Programming Tools, in which Reg. Charney
   will introduce some of his favorites. First up is eric3, a GUI-based
   IDE for Python.

   Vim Macros for Editing DocBook Documents:
   http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/7737 -- When Mitch Frazier was
   working on LJ's DocBook/XML project, he developed some vim macros to
   help us save time when tagging and editing. With some customization,
   they can work for you too.

   Building a Diskless 2.6 Firewall:
   http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/7383 -- Christian Herzog describes
   how to build a router/firewall by using old hardware, BusyBox and a
   CompactFlash card.

  Tech Tip

   You can embed items such as images and alternate stylesheets in HTML
   with data URLs (RFC 2397). Data URLs save an HTTP request or
   conveniently keep small graphics with the associated file. For
   example, you can decorate your Bastille Day party invitations with
   this graphic:

<img
src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAMAAAACAgMAAADgGo6JAAA
ADFBMVEUAAAAAAP//////AADp4iP6AAAAAWJLR0QAiAUdSAAAAAlwSFlzAAALEgAACxIB0t1/AAA
AAd
0SU1FB9QIHxMoJ5tG/nkAAAAMSURBVHicY8hhyAEAAbQA2S8zlQAAAAAASUVORK5CYII="height
="2
40">

   To convert a file to a data URL, use Eric Hodel's datafy.rb script:
   http://segment7.net/projects/ruby/datafy/datafy.rb.
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