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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.

What is it about Sun and crazy rumors?

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First up for your consideration, straight from the virtual pages of Forbes, we have a story about how Sun Microsystems has moved on from the bad old days of the Internet bubble, and how, in the light of this, Mr. Sun, aka CEO Scott McNealy, may soon move on.

Really?

Where the future is hatched

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Judging from the buzz around the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, this weekend - a Woodstock for geeks - the Web is back in full force. "It's reflective of what people will be talking about three years from now. South by Southwest is where the future hatches."

Famed "computer terrorist" teaches anti-hacking

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"Computer terrorist" Kevin Mitnick is one of the world's most famous computer hackers and became a cause celebre after breaking into networks and stealing software at companies including Sun Microsystems and Motorola. Now Mitnick, from the United States, travels the world teaching companies how to guard against people just like him.

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