Misc

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

Hold Those Linux Lawsuits: Patent Standoff Pending

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As much fun as it has been -- and it has been fun -- to hear Steve Ballmer verbally backhand Linux distributors with threats of patent lawsuits, to watch the whole Microsoft-Novell Linux deal dissolve faster than a Britney Spears marriage, we all might want to take a step back and pay attention to something very important that will start this week: The US Supreme Court is going to take a look at patents.

SCO no longer matters

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You may have noticed that I don't cover news about the never-ending SCO vs. IBM, Linux, Novell, et al much anymore. There's a reason for that: SCO doesn't matter anymore.

More patent craziness--McDonalds tries to patent the sandwich

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McDonald's wants to own the rights to how a sandwich is made. The fast-food chain has applied for a patent relating to the 'method and apparatus' used to prepare the snack.

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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.

Premarket Movers: Novell Down After Deal

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Microsoft Corp.'s support agreement with Novell Inc. dominated the early session, with investors trying to sort out the winners and losers of the industry-shaking deal.

A change of pace in the UK copyfight

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It's unusual to see issues related to copyright law and its reform make much of an impact in the mainstream media here in the UK, but last week's report from the Institute of Public Policy Research, entitled Public Innovation: Intellectual Property in a Digital Age has been a notable exception.

U.S. intelligence goes Wikipedia route

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Noticing the popularity of the Internet Wikipedia in which users add and edit material, all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies have created their own secure version.

LDAP Series Part III - The Historical Secrets

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The origins of LDAP begin with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) based in Geneva. ITU began setting email standards which required a directory of names (and other information) that could be accessed across networks in a hierarchical fashion not dissimilar to DNS. The result of their work resulted in the X.500 series of standards which defined DAP (Directory Access Protocol), the protocol for accessing a networked directory service.

How Linux could save your life

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Everyone's worst nightmare; the normal comforting hum of your computer is disturbed by clicking, pranging, banging... this is an article outlining how Ubuntu (or any other LiveCD available distro) could save your life.

Old-Fashioned Methods Still Apply When You Exercise Copying Rights

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All too soon these whippersnappers will realize that the only way they are going to be able to use the tunes and movies they have purchased in digital form is to keep buying iPods and Blu-ray DVD players and music-capable cell phones. Open source offers help.

Developers are from Mars, Programmers are from Venus

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Many of us use the terms "programmer" and "developer" interchangeably. When someone asks me what I do for a living I tend to describe my vocation as "computer programmer" rather than "software developer", because the former seems to be understood more readily by those unfamiliar with IT. Even when writing pieces for this site, I tend to swap back and forth between the two terms, to try and avoid sounding repetitive. But in truth, there is a world of difference between a computer programmer and a software developer.

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