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It’s not just Friday.. Today is Sysadmin Day!

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blog.mageia.org: Today is a day to send thanks to those who toil away in the background. They’re overworked and under appreciated. Often never thought of until something goes wrong.

12 Silly Things People Believe About Computers

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terminally-incoherent.com: Some users are like little children or small animals: they require constant supervision, hand holding and care, else they may end up hurting themselves or damaging company property. It never ceases to amaze me how many people in the business world not only do not know how to do basic day-to-day computing, but have absolutely no idea how computers and internet work in general.

How the Word 'Hacker' Got Corrupted

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smh.com.au: Hacker: It sounds vicious and destructive, just like the malevolent electronic villains it is used to describe. Hackers were once revered computer experts rather than digital terrorists.

Awesome! High-Altitude Balloon Launch At Linux.conf.au In Ballarat

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gizmodo.com.au: What’s better than launching a high-altitude balloon into space from Adelaide 20 times? Doing it live from Linux.conf.au in Ballarat. Check out our exclusive video and learn more about the project.

The Geek's Guide to the Coolest Holiday Gifts

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linuxjournal.com: Does the thought of building your own retro arcade game seem a bit daunting? Get your nostalgia fix with this authentic arcade panel and trackball designed to inject the arcade experience into any home computer or video game console.

Sys Admin Day

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  • Sys Admin Day
  • Happy Sys Admin Day
  • 10 Ways to Give Your System Administrators a Break

Newlooks - a classic touch for GNOME 3

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Since GNOME 3 has been released, have you missed the good old user experience of GNOME 2? Marcus Moeller has created a theme called Newlooks that is meant to be used within the Fallback Mode.

It is based on Adwaita but makes use of the Clearlooks colors.

http://www.marcusmoeller.ch/gnome/newlooks-a-classic-touch-for-gnome-3.html

Windows 8 Interface Wind

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  • [Rumor] Windows 8 Will Have A New Interface Called “Wind”
  • Leading PC manufacturers dropping VGA support by 2015
  • WebSockets disabled in Firefox 4

The 10 biggest tech scandals of the decade

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techrepublic.com: Choosing the worst tech disgraces of the past 10 years isn’t easy, but CNET News recently took a crack at it. The incidents that made the cut involve sexual harassment, stripper-crazed CEOs, spies, congressional investigations, and even murder.

Red Hat buys community underprivileged a bike

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orange.mync.com (AP): Bikes cost money, and in today's economic environment parents are making tough decisions about what they can and can't afford for their children. That's where George knew Red Hat could step in and help.

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Ubuntu Touch finds a home on a conflict-free, fair-trade, user-maintainable handset

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BSD Leftovers

  • LLVM/Clang 4.0 Is Running Late Due To Seven Blocker Bugs
    LLVM 4.0 was supposed to have been released by now, but it's running late due to open blocker bugs. Hans Wennborg commented on the mailing list that while the release should have happened on 21 February, serving as release manager, he hasn't tagged the release yet due to open blocker bugs.
  • FreeBSD-Based pfSense 2.3.3 Open-Source Firewall Released with over 100 Changes
    Rubicon Communications' Jim Pingle announced the availability of a new point release to the pfSense 2.3 stable series, which adds over 100 improvements and a bunch of new features. Updated to FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p16, the pfSense 2.3.3 maintenance release is here more than seven months after the 2.3.2 update and introduces several new packages, including TFTP Server, LCDproc, cellular, and tinc, a lot of improvements for the OpenVPN and IPsec implementations, as well as numerous stability and security fixes from FreeBSD. Dozens of bug fixes are included in pfSense 2.3.3 for WebGUI, graphs and monitoring, gateways and routing, notifications, Dynamic DNS, captive portal, NTP and GPS, DNS, resolver and forwarder, DHCP and DHCPv6 servers, router advertisements, HA and CARP, traffic shaping, firewall, rules, NAT, aliases, states, users, authentication, and privileges.
  • “Hi, I’m jkh and I’m a d**k”
    Yesterday, I was privy to a private email message discussing a topic I care deeply about. I contacted the author and said “You really need to make this public and give this a wider audience.” His response boiled down to “if I wanted it to get a wider audience, I was welcome to do so myself.” So here’s my first ever guest post, from Jordan K Hubbard, one of the founders of the FreeBSD Project. While this discussion focuses on FreeBSD, it’s applicable to any large open source project.

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