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Book Review: Foundation Blender Compositing by Roger Wickes

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Hardly anyone realizes that Blender even is a video compositing and non-linear editing tool (in addition to its modeling, rendering, and animation capabilities). There are few, if any, books available on how to use it for that purpose, so Roger Wickes’ book is much needed. It contains an enormous amount of very useful information.

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PostgreSQL 9.0 is now in Betaphase

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The first Beta version of the new 9.0 release boasts over 200 new functions and improvements.

Hackerism, ethics and the best dad ever

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I’m currently reading The Hacker Ethic. It’s a great book, but if you don’t have the time for it you can just read a blog post made yesterday by Kevin Bush, called "Why I Want My Daughter to be a Hacker".

Desktops and their performance

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Phoronix has used its Test Suite to compare the memory and power consumption of different desktop environments. However, the results should be handled with care.

Igelle DSV: A New Fast Lightweight Linux

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linuxplanet.com: Building a Linux distribution with the novice user in mind has been tried many times over the years. If you had to pick one area where many new users struggle, it would have to be installing new applications. Missing dependencies or improperly configured repositories lead to frustration and, ultimately, abandonment of the entire platform.

Say Everything: Blogging as open-source journalism.

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As fascinating as the chronicle of blogging are the constant dismissals of it through its decade-plus history, as both a literary medium and an alternative to professional journalism. And Rathergate, the defining moment when the latter got its comeuppance, is thoroughly documented...

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Review: Mod-Security 2.5 by Magnus Mischel

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linuxsecurity.com: One of my favorite things about mod_security is that (amongst other things), it provides logging where none was provided. In fact, there is a whole chapter dedicated to it (chapter 4 on audit logging). And thus the first chapter I went to (just for fun). So I started flipping back and forth between chapters 2 (writing rules) and 4 (audit logging) to create my ruleset.

Book Review: Geeks Bearing Gifts

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The book Geeks Bearing Gifts, by Ted Nelson is a collage of computing history book. Not only does it directly cover computers, it also covers the origins of ideas that we see in computers.

RSSOwl 2.0.1 Review - Feature-Rich Feed Reader for Linux

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Written in Java, RSSOwl is a powerful feed reader for Linux, with support for RSS, RDF and Atom feeds, with a lot of features and customisation options.

Full Review: Nexuiz 2.5.2 - Free First-Person Shooter for Linux

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Nexuiz is one of the most popular shooter games which emerged after the open-sourcing of the Quake 3 engine, featuring a fast-paced game style and several game modes, like the popular DM or CTF. Nexuiz is a free, GPL-licensed, first-person shooter developed online by the Internet-based team Alientrap, and it comes with ports for Linux, Windows and Mac.

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