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Notes on Submitting Content

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Site News

Lord knows I appreciate all the 'news submissions' I can get. In fact, I've often thought of asking around for a 'Number One' to help me run the site in that area. But I have a few notes for those submitting, especially if you've noticed your submission not published.

Texstar on Safari

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Just talk

Here are some snapshots of PCLinuxOS' Texstar on vacation in New York City last weekend. He says he's having fun and is glad we ain't there! Big Grin

Actually, he said,

Final Update

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Well, I guess everything is about ready, except for a few minor glitches. I haven't looked at possible reasons why the gallery rss feed broke, but it's due for an upgrade so I'm not really concerned about that.

As noted in a comment of the last post we now have mail. I gave up on sendmail and opted for postfix which was really easy to set up.

An Update On Server/Site Move

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Well, I guess we'll go with this debian install. I still haven't worked out all the kinks yet cuz my gran'babies came over today and I didn't get a chance to work on things. I took the opportunity to upgrade drupal as you may have noticed too, and it was a much easier upgrade this time.

1/2 way there

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Well, we have the server up and running on the new install. Some things still aren't functioning properly, but the site is up. We are still ironing out the glitches, so there will still be periods in which we are offline.

Expect More Downtime

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If you are a regular to tuxmachines, you have probably noticed the unusual amount of downtime the past 18 hours. I've known for several weeks that a change in server system was imminent and it appears I can no longer delay the upgrade. Expect tuxmachines to be down on and off over the next couple of days beginning tonight.

Testdriving srlinuxx 2007

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Humor

I took a look at srlinuxx a couple of years ago and she was quite the gal. I thought this would be a good chance to catchup and see how she has progressed over the past few years.

PCLinuxOS stars in Heroes

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Linux

Seems our beloved PCLOS is now the preferred operating system of superheros as well. As seen in this screenshot, PCLOS is finding its way onto desktops and laptops everywhere - even Hollywood.

Top New Slogans For Microsoft Windows Vista

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Humor
  • Vista: We Ain't Done Til The iPods Won't Run

  • Windows Vista - Duh! We Had To Tell The Stockholders Something
  • Finally We Can Bring You The Blue Screen Of Death In 1080p

Conflicted over openSUSE

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Linux

I've found myself conflicted over Novell's recent pact with the devil as much as or perhaps moreso than many others have said. openSUSE has sorta been my pet project to follow since they announced they were opening up SuSE to the community. But now that they've taken this controversial step and are even including M$ code, what are open source supporters to do?

Linux Distro Timeline

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Ubuntu Satanic Edition?

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Humor

The first version of Ubuntu Satanic Edition, “Evil Edgy”, is available for download from our secure APT repository. This release contains a number of themes to reveal Ubuntu’s darker side.

Largest Ascii Penguin Ever

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Linux

Firefox Logo Crop Circle from Google Maps

Nixcraft has linked to the famous Firefox Logo Crop Circle from Google Maps and earth. Pretty cool. Take a click.

Ten Things Linux Needs to Make it Bigger in Enterprise

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Slide Show

Ubuntu History

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Sent in by a friend:

Don't you Hate...

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Just talk

Don't you hate those black websites with white (or worse -> orange or green) text? Takes 10 minutes before I can see anything else again. Tongue

Coke Blak

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Reviews

This morning in Grand Central, Coca-Cola salespeople were handing out free bottles of Coca-Cola Blak, their new coffee-Coke-combo "energy" drink intended to compete with Red Bull. Ed Levine, food writer and blogger, states, "It's odd... I don't want any more of it."

Halloween Pumpkin Computers

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Humor

Some crafty chaps have gone to the trouble of modding computers befitting the season. One is based on a Dell Laptop mobo and the other is an old-world Mac.

More HERE with links to the articles.

Microsoft Vista stumbles at top digital show

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MIKE SIEVERT, Corporate VP of Microsoft Client Marketing spoke here at Digital Life about how the market has moved from early adopters to the mainstream market place. But a bug interrupted his encomium, or songs of praise.

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Security Leftovers

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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