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Whatever You Do, Don't Buy a Chromebook

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pcworld.com: The sad truth is that the Chrome OS vision of all your computing occuring through the Internet is an unsatisfying reality. I've tried to be open to the idea and given the beta Chrome OS the benefit of doubt in its early versions. But as the ship date approached, I began to get nervous that Google couldn't take Chrome OS beyond being an awkward sub-OS.

Kogan Agora Chromium Laptop Preview

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junauza.com: Kogan broke the news that they already released a laptop with Chromium OS as its operating system. Kogan is an Australian manufacturer that has been shipping the notebook in Australia and the United Kingdom since June 7.

Measuring Android’s Fail Points

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k3rnel.net: Based on Tom Callaway’s “Fail Scale” and inspired by a recent tweet by Ryan Rix I decided to measure just how much Fail does Android have in its project.

Fedora IPv6 Test Day tomorrow

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Fedora will be holding an IPv6 Test Day tomorrow, to test the readiness of both the Fedora distribution and project sites for IPv6. View this as an opportunity to contribute to Fedora while learning about IPv6 in real time from smart cookies who actually know what they’re talking about. I know that’s what I’m going to do. See you all tomorrow in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC!

Five Things Every Windows User Should Know

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pcworld.com: Microsoft's proud proclamations that Windows 8 won't require users to buy a new PC speaks volumes about the company's longtime business model. But there are so many choices, and all too few computer users are even aware that they have them.

What computer users should know

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toolbox.com: Following is a list of what I think is the absolute minimum a computer user should know to be able to keep their machine running as problem free as possible.

64-bit OS written entirely in assembly

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hackaday.com: The folks at Return Infinity just released a new version of their BareMetal OS, a 64-bit operating system written entirely in assembly.

Ed Tech Battle Royale: Tablets and netbooks and hybrids, oh my!

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zdnet.com: A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that Dell had sent me three of their flagship educational products for review. At the same time, I received a Motorola Xoom WiFi tablet for the day job.

Interview with Ken Thompson

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drdobbs.com: The Japan Prize, one of the highest honors awarded for outstanding contribution to science and technology, was awarded jointly this year to Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie for the creation of UNIX

Some things Oracle just doesn’t get

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euroquis.nl: Yesterday at the NLUUG conference I picked up a Solaris 11 Express CD in a nice brownish CD sleeve (I say "nice" because it feels and looks different from the generic white sleeves).

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