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Helvetica at 50

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BBC: The Helvetica font is celebrating its 50th birthday. You've probably seen it a thousand times today. Why?

What's a Linux Guy Doing at Sun?

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eWeek: That's the question Ian Murdock, chief open source platform strategist at Sun Microsystems Inc., posed in a session he chaired at Sun's CommunityOne Day on May 7 prior to the opening of the JavaOne conference.

Layoffs at IBM, Novell

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IBM is laying off half of its massive Global Services group, according to Cringley. The RIF starts with 1,300, and is expected to hit as many as 150,000 employees. (!!!) Cringley says that the layoffs are a result of underbid, unprofitable services.

Bill Gates blamed for Virginia Tech shooting

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US morals advocate and publicity hound Jack Thompson has suggested that Bill Gates and Microsoft are responsible for the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech.

Nokia Internet Tablet : Sysadmins’ friend?

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A bane of the system administrator’s (SA) job is on-call work. You either end up lugging a laptop or making a dash for the nearest machine when things go wrong. . It would be nice to have something that was a bit more portable but had enough tools to fix most issues.

At Least 32 Dead In Virginia Tech Shooting

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At least 32 people were killed and more than two dozen wounded at Virginia Tech university on Monday in the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history, media said.

Fox News, CNN and the student-run university newspaper gave the death toll as 32. Officials earlier said at least 22 people were killed.

The Daylight Saving change: no savings, no point

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The US government's plan to boost energy savings by moving Daylight Saving Time forward by three weeks was apparently a waste of time and effort, as the technological foibles Americans experienced failed to give way to any measurable energy savings.

ThinkGeek offers new selections in product line

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Does playing with your Wii make you tired? Do you long for the nostalgic 8-bit clothing days? Get a whole new meaning from snooze you lose. The Lonely Guy Dream Vacation Digital Photo Frame is the next best thing to actually going.

New products include:

* The ThinkGeek WiiHelm
* SnuzNLuz - Wifi Donation Alarm Clock
* Piranhaz - R/C Battle Fish

Larry Ellison becomes Chief Monk Officer

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Larry Ellison on Thursday came to the startling yet enlightening realization that he is not god. As a result, Oracle's CEO has gone totally monastic.

News.com's April 1 edition published

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To celebrate the first day of April, News.com has published a special 4/1 edition that has compiled some less-reported headlines on all things technology, from Wikipedia to Vista and the Department of Homeland Security.

Today's Headlines include:

  • Wikipedia founder's bold experiment

  • Dalai Lama exiled to Second Life
  • Homeland Security backs privacy plan
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Thanks For Making Games Faster: Top 10 Quotes from the Linux Kernel Developer Panel

Linux gamers owe a debt of gratitude to kernel developer Andy Lutomirski for his recent work getting 32-bit programs to run faster on a 64-bit kernel, said Greg Kroah-Hartman during the Linux kernel panel today at LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America. “A lot of people thought, who cares? It turned out Valve cares,” Kroah-Hartman, a Linux kernel developer and Linux Foundation Fellow, said. All of their games are still 32-bit applications but Valve wanted them to run on the 64-bit architecture, he said. “You just sped up all the gamers,” Kroah-Hartman said on stage to enthusiastic applause. “You made their machines run faster without realizing it. Thank you.” “You're welcome,” said Lutomirski, a relative newcomer to kernel development. Kroah-Hartman, who moderated the panel discussion, was joined on stage by Linux Creator Linus Torvalds as well as kernel developers Andrew Morton from Google, Shuah Khan from Samsung, and Lutomirski, a co-founder of AMA Capital Management. Their discussion covered a range of topics from the top challenges facing the kernel community, to the toughest bugs they've fixed and everything in between. Here are some of the highlights of the discussion, below. The full session will be available soon on the Linux Foundation YouTube channel. Read more

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Raspberry Pi Devices Spread in Schools, Help Teach Programming

According to a new DigiTimes report, sales of credit-card sized Raspberry Pi devices, which run Linux, remain very strong. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that 3.5 million units have sold worldwide, with demand from China and Taiwan staying strong. The devices are helping to teach children basic programming skills and are arriving in educational systems all around the world. Read more