Misc

Anything else, off-topic, or stuff that's difficult to classify

10 world-changing social innovations

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As named in the Young Foundation publication Social Silicon Valleys, A Manifesto For Social Innovation

8. Linux software - and other open source methods such as Wikipedia and Ohmynews that are transforming many fields.

Thank you, Mr. McNealy

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Never forget that while he was unable to right Sun in recent years, McNealy wasn't just an industry giant. He changed the IT world forever.

In 1982, Scott McNealy founded Sun Microsystems with three graduate student friends -- Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy, and Vinod Khosla from Stanford University.

I doubt they knew they were making history.

Sun Founder McNealy to Step Down as Losses Mount

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Scott McNealy stepped down as Sun Microsystems Inc.'s chief executive officer after failing to stem losses at the company he founded 24 years ago.

For a fine-tuned PC, tweak BIOS

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You can spend years using a computer without ever accessing its BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). Not surprisingly, some readers still aren't clear on what it does, or why they may have to use it in conjunction with some of the lessons we've given on security and Linux.

IBM Speaks Out on Red Hat-JBoss Deal

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IBM has broken its silence about the potential implications of Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss on their current close relationship, saying that it will continue to partner strongly with both Red Hat and Novell.

Linuxchix: an African bid to educate women on IT

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LinuxChix - a women's-only computer initiative by an African group - hopes to empower the fairer sex in matters of technology and software.

Speaking Tips from the Big Leagues

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With thousands of people attending last week's Boston LinuxWorld Conference, speakers were under the gun to give top notch presentations. Because everyone has to give presentations at one point or another, it's good to see how the big boys handle things, especially in front of some of the most knowledgeable audiences in information technology. You better know your subject if you're going to address a Linux crowd.

CBC condones "software piracy"

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In the past, I've explained to friends why the CBC's use of Windows Media Player's streaming format disables access to the site for Linux and FLOSS users. The gist of this argument has been that there's no Windows Media Player software available on Linux.

Waterfall 2006 -- the year's hottest software development show

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Perhaps the most important software development show of 2006 will be held on April 1st in Niagara Falls, NY.

Freedom Toaster to allow user uploads

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The Shuttleworth Foundation's Freedom Toasters are set to receive a content-sharing upgrade, which will be music to some users' ears.

French approve copyright protection bill

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The French National Assembly approved a digital copyright bill today that will require DRM (digital rights management) developers to reveal details of their technology to rivals that wish to build interoperable systems. The bill will make it illegal to develop, distribute or promote P2P and threaten [the development of] free and open-source software.

Math For Programmers

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Programmers don't think they need to know math. I hear that so often; I hardly know anyone who disagrees. Even programmers who were math majors tell me they don't really use math all that much! Knowing even a little of the right kinds of math can enable you do write some pretty interesting programs that would otherwise be too hard.

McNealy pumps open standards, open source

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Government agencies need to move towards open standards and managed services to cut IT costs and improve service to customers, Sun Microsystems chief executive Scott McNealy said during his keynote speech at the recent FOSE (Federal Office Systems Expo) conference in Washington DC.

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OSS dreams do come true

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The Pietermaritzburg Linux Enthusiasts Group (PLEG, pronounced "pledge") recently made the dream of Ayanda Mthethwa, a 13-year-old with congenital heart disease, come true. What caught the attention of PLEG was Mthethwa's dream to have her very own laptop.

PC Collective Cracks 2nd Enigma U-Boat Message

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A distributed computing project has cracked another 63-year-old message encrypted with the German navy's vaunted Enigma machine, the M4 Message Breaking Project has announced.

One Laptop per Child's Negroponte to keynote LinuxWorld

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LinuxWorld Conference & Expo announced Tuesday that Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and former head of MIT's Media Lab, will headline its lineup of keynote speakers. LinuxWorld is set for April 3-6, 2006 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Today is National Pi Day

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Written in the USA date format, March 14 is an unofficial celebration for Pi Day derived from the common three-digit approximation for the number π: 3.14. This day is celebrated in a variety of ways.

ASCII Art - 1948 (Keyboard Art)

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WHILE purely entertaining, doodling with a typewriter gives vent to the imagination and originality of both the experienced and the hunt-and-peck typist. Fill-in pictures are the easiest to “draw” with a typewriter.

NVIDIA 7900GT + NVClock

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Since the public launch of the NVIDIA GeForce 7900 series this past week (March 09, 2006) we have been assisting Roderick Colenbrander, or better known as NVClock's Thunderbird, in appending support for these GPUs under this Linux NVIDIA utility. For those that have never used NVClock, it is a text-based and graphical (GTK or Qt) utility released under the GNU General Public License and was originally designed as the lone NVIDIA overclocking utility.

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