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February 2005

AMD and Dell Leaders to Be Keynote Speakers at WCIT 2006

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Hardware

"The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2006) today announced the addition of Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board, Dell Inc.; and Hector Ruiz, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, AMD; as keynote speakers. The two leaders will draw on their longstanding involvement in a variety of global causes to share their insight on the positive role technology can play in addressing societal needs."

Yahoo! goes Hollywood

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Movies
Web

"Watch out, Hollywood. There's a new player in town. Yahoo!, the Internet portal created a decade ago by a pair of Stanford University computer geeks, is getting serious about muscling in on the entertainment business."

The Business Case for Linux

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Linux

ComputerWorld is running this really interesting article written by Carol Sliwa focusing on high volume businesses and their contemplation of running Linux servers. "Now that Linux is more commonly viewed as a mainstream option for mission-critical functions, IT managers are increasingly evaluating the open-source operating system with the same due diligence with which they compare commercial offerings."

Review: SimplyMEPIS 3.3 Linux

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Linux
Reviews

Randi submits, "XtremeResources is pleased to announce the publication of a review of the SimplyMepis 3.3 Linux Distribution by our very own Steve "sjohnson" Johnson."

This is a really nice review of Mepis starting out with a little background on Warren Woodford. The review includes some

Gentoo Linux Is Coming into Its Own

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Gentoo
Reviews

eWeek has a write up gentoo linux this morning. They say some nice things, but then "hesitate to recommend Gentoo for broad production use" because it "is for the most part a 'from source' distribution" and "the amount of time compilation requires".

77th Annual Academy Awards Winners

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Movies
-s

Despite being under such a tight security net, the Oscars was full of excitement and a few surprises. A very few. The big winners tonight were Clint Eastwood and Million Dollar Baby with a total of seven nominations and four wins.

Snapshots of KDE_3.4rc1

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KDE
Reviews
-s

In response to the many emails begging for my screenshots, I finally have them posted. Being too anxious to wait for gentoo's ebuilds, I downloaded the sources last night and began the build.

Music to My Eyes

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Gaming

GameSpy is running an introduction to the Doom3 expansion pack, Resurrection of Evil, due out April 5, 2005. That's right, in just over a month, not a year and a month. Big Grin

"One of the most popular sections of DOOM 3 was the ancient civilization area introduced towards the end of the game, and that's basically where the expansion begins.

ID Thieves Robbing the Cradle

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Security

The Seattle Times is running an interesting piece on a new trend of targetting children and young adults by identity thieves. They contend it's because so many years may pass before it's discovered.

Open Source Getting More Attention

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OSS

Open source software seems to be becoming a buzz word and increasingly more trendy with mainstream companies.

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