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Have we raised a generation of technology drones?

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I received an interesting note today from the school my children attend. In order to save precious dollars, last school year, I suggested that they begin using OpenOffice and only install Microsoft Office where there are licenses. The note I received today listed computer needs, and one of the needs listed as "Because Open Office is a lesser program compared to the Microsoft office programs, it would be helpful to have either tutorials or at least manuals for these programs."

Sirjavabean's ASCII Art generator

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Generates ASCII Art (both the "pure", or black and white, and colour, or colour, varieties) from any JPEG, GIF or PNG you care to send it.

ASCII Art generator

Damn Small Linux to offer FREE market place for merchants

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In an attempt to passively earn funding for the Damn Small Linux project, the developers of DSL are offering free storefronts to merchants. Having a store front on damnsmalllinux.org is an opportunity for retailers to increase visibility and sales without risk.

Turning kids on to computing - not

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Tis the season to be deluged with ads for all manner of crap for kids, including “educational” computer games. Yeah, right. Wouldn’t you rather give your kids something of value, and that will help them develop real skills? Instead of turning into nearsighted wheezing lardbutted obsessive-compulsive button-pushers?

SC06: A Beowulf cluster of supercomputer people

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SC06, "the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage," was held last week in Tampa, Florida. I took my video camera with me so that I could give you a little feeling of what the show was like, and even grabbed a couple of shots of the "by invitation only" Beowulf Users Group party that was held at a bar a few blocks away from the Tampa Convention Center.

The Tron effect

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In 1982, I attended computer camp. I know, this sounds like a "One time, at band camp. . ." story, but it's not. This was computer camp. It took place at the little-known Eastern Oregon State College, and it was the first year EOSC offered computer camp.

Thieves steal thousands from Portland non-profit

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Thieves broke into a non-profit that builds computers for people who can't afford them, stealing about $4,500 worth of hardware early Saturday. "Keep an eye out for laptops for sale in Portland loaded with Ubuntu Linux: if you see one of these, please call us! "

My operating system is my religion

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I am truly amazed at some of the fanatical responses to any indication that a particular operating system is below par. It seems that when someone is confronted with a statement like your operating system is no good because..... the rest just doesn't get heard.

Linspire Offers Free Services To Desktop Linux Users

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Linspire announced the first of many free services offered to desktop Linux users. FreeLinuxEmail, an IMAP email and Net file storage service developed by Messaging Engine of Melbourne, Australia, provides desktop Linux users a free server-based email and file storage service that works with both web-based and client-based email. IMAP is a superior email protocol over POP systems offered by most free email services.

Do Operating Systems Matter? Part 1

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A month or two back, I had a conversation with a vendor who I won't name here (given that I'm at VMWorld, I should probably say that it wasn't VMWare) on the subject of application and service provisioning via a grid type application.

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