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A Subjective Look at PCLinuxOS

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PCLOS

Lobby4Linux.com is devoted to the proliferation of Linux on the desktop. Distro after distro has been tested and evaluated, and we have concluded that PCLinuxOS is best Linux distribution available today.

Laptop Sale Turns Into a Stampede

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Misc

A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.

Windows Virus Shuts Down Some SBC, CNN, ABC Computers

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Microsoft

A computer virus targeting Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software shut down machines at Time Warner Inc.'s CNN and Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network.

Toshiba ships first perpendicular harddrive

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Hardware

Toshiba claims it has won the race of bringing the first PMR harddrive to the market. PMR, short for perpendicular magnetic recording.

Bar at Milky Way's heart revealed

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Sci/Tech

The Milky Way is not a perfect spiral galaxy but instead sports a long bar through its centre, according to new infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Rice University Selects AMD for Clusters

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Hardware

AMD announced that Rice University has selected the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor to power its new, large-scale, Linux-based supercomputer.

Linux vs. Windows: TCO Comparison

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OS

Contrary to what the headlines would have us believe, the biggest threat to Microsoft's continued dominance, at present, is not Linux. It is older versions of Windows. The biggest threat to Linux is not Microsoft, but rather integration and interoperability issues among various Linux distributions and their applications.

AMD welcomes a level playing field

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Hardware

The latest guidance to EU countries buying microprocessors is not to mention anything that would favour Intel over AMD - or vice versa.

Windows Vista Could Eliminate Low-End PCs

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Microsoft

When Windows Vista ships at the end of 2006, it may not run on the cut-rate PCs sold by Dell, Gateway and other companies.

Options for Linux growth exist beyond the desktop

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OSS

There was some discussion at the LinuxWorld Conference & Exposition about how Linux and open source are already in the enterprise, and that new growth opportunities need to be identified now that the foothold is becoming a base of operations.

Recovering Hidden Treasures in OOo

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OOo

It's a little-known secret, but what you see in the interface of version 2.0 of OpenOffice.org isn't what you have to settle for. Hidden throughout version 2.0 are dozens of pieces of functionality, each available in a few seconds by customizing the menus, toolbars or keyboard shortcuts of OpenOffice.org applications.

M$ tries to calm nerves over RSS

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Microsoft

After starting a small row in cyberspace, a Microsoft executive insists that the company loves RSS - even if it won't call it RSS.

Delay for .xxx 'net sex' domain

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Web

The plan for a virtual red light district through the creation of a .xxx net domain name has hit delays after concern from government officials.

Forecast Cloudy for Windows Vista

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Microsoft

Microsoft spent significant marketing dollars last month to announce that it will call its next-generation operating system Windows Vista. But what's in store for users?

Dell customer rating plunges, Apple leads pack

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Hardware

U.S. consumers lambasted Dell Inc. for poor customer service in a survey conducted last quarter, sending the world's largest PC vendor into a virtual tie with the rest of the PC market behind the industry-leading efforts of Apple Computer Inc.

HBO enlists Firefox for series promotion

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Moz/FF

Online advertisers have found a new home for promotions--the popular Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

Aliens Patented Our Universe!

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Humor

Scientists have long been searching for a theory that will solve one of the biggest embarrassments of modern physics. Now a group of researchers have developed such a radical theory involving the holy wars between computer operating systems.

IGDA takes sex seriously

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Gaming

Special Interest Group formed to probe the nuances of sex and sexual themes in games.

Human-like skin gives robots sense of touch

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Sci/Tech

A flexible, electronic skin could provide robots, car seats and even carpets the ability to sense pressure and heat, Japanese researchers reported on Monday.

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Graphics: Intel/DRM-Next, ATI/AMD, and NVIDIA

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