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The 'WOW' Signal turns 30

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Sci/Tech

cosmiclog: 30 years ago astronomer Jerry Ehman was looking over a printout of radio data from Ohio State University's Big Ear Radio Observatory when he saw a string of code so remarkable that he had to circle it and scribble "Wow!" in the margin. The printout recorded an anomalous signal so strong that it had to come from an extraordinary source.

Howto Setup Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse in Ubuntu

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HowTos

ubuntu geek: If you have a Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse here is the procedure to follow howto setup in ubuntu.

Thinking outside the Opera box

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Interviews

the register: Some of Opera's long-term bets are beginning to pay off. This week we caught up with Opera founder and CEO Jon von Tetzchner to discuss this, and some of the thornier challenges facing the company. So we started with a biggie - was the web leaving Opera behind?

Guitar Hero... more addictive than WoW?

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Gaming

Vincent Danen: Last week I bought Guitar Hero II with the guitar controller. I brought it home and really got into it. Had to move the PS2 out of my office or I'd get no work done.

Grandmom’s guide to Linux/Ubuntu: Downloads and add ons and Wine, oh my!

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Ubuntu

bloggernews.net: One good thing about Ubuntu is that it’s webbrowser is Firefox (Opera is also available). There are a lot of these extensions available, but I’ll just list the few I use every day. Look around and see what you like and try them. Most (but not all) work on the Linux version of Firefox.

Thirteen Blog Clichés

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Misc

coding horror: I started out in early 2004. As a result, I've developed some rather strong opinions about what makes blogs work so well, and what makes blogs sometimes not work so well. I'd like to share some of the latter with you today, in a piece I call Thirteen Blog Clichés.

OSI email group gets catty over Microsoft's Permissive License request

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OSS

linux.com: The OSI License-Discuss mailing list has been ablaze for the past few days since Microsoft submitted its Permissive License (MS-PL) to the OSI [Open Source Initiative] for official open source license approval. Chuck Swiger, an active member of the license-discuss community, thinks that lets the GPL out of the mix.

Troubleshooting Linux Audio, Part 3a

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HowTos

Linux Journal: At last we reach the final installment of this series, the question & answer stage in which we'll consider some of the common problems encountered with audio and MIDI on Linux, along with some common and perhaps not-so-common solutions to those problems. We've looked at some indispensable items for your Linux system troubleshooting toolkit, now let's see how they are applied.

I Run Linux, and I Don't Hate Microsoft

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Microsoft

Penguin Pete: Yes, you read the title correctly. I only run FOSS systems, including GNU/Linux, BSD, Open Solaris, Minix, GNU/HURD, and Plan Nine From Bell Labs. I'll even give a favorable nod to Apple hardware if I see it running FOSS software. But I am adamantly opposed to running a single byte of Microsoft code under my roof or associated with my business. Yet, I don't hate them.

What IBM learned from Linux, open source

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OSS

Matt Asay: IBM trumpets open standards so much that it's easy to forget the company cares deeply about open source, too. I much prefer this latter emphasis, incidentally, because IBM is so good at playing the "open" standards game - it's much harder to game an open-source license.

Gnome Main Menue Applet Preview

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Software

The Linux Movement: In my last post I made a quick little video of some of the New applets being developed for Awn. But there was one I couldn't get to work at the time, and that was the Awn Gnome Main Menu Applet. But Guess what i got it workign now....

PC Manufacturers Finally Embracing Linux, Sort Of

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Linux

dailytech: Dell and Lenovo are the first two companies to recently offer pre-installed open source Linux distribution on PCs and notebooks, but I highly doubt they will be the last manufacturers to take the plunge...

Ubuntu sources.list online generator

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Ubuntu

All about Linux: I have faced a number of times the prospect of entering the web address of the online repositories just because I some how tampered the contents of the sources.list file which is residing in /etc/apt/ location.

Lesser Known Applications for Linux — Learning and Hobby Tools

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Software

richardfcrawley.wordpress: This installment will review applications that serve as learning and hobby tools. It will range from beneath the surface of the Earth to orbiting the Earth.

Debating The Welcome Mat for Redmond

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OSS

Linux Today: The current debate about whether the open source community should trust Microsoft as the Redmond company continues to make friendlier overtures towards open source practices is, to me, a very interesting discussion.

Ubuntu Innovations

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Ubuntu

swik.net: In the short amount of time that Ubuntu has been around (3 years, with 6 releases) it has attained an impressive level of popularity and growth. I believe this success is due to some critical improvements that Ubuntu has implemented when compared to other Linux distributions.

Love and war: the Microsoft patent deals

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OSS

freesoftware mag: Few events have created more fodder for the blogosphere, more fuel for Microsoft critics and more emotional responses than the Microsoft patent deals with Novell, Linspire and Xandros. While putting together a list of things people hate about these deals is easy, generating a list of positive aspects is much harder.

Looking For A Couple Of Ubuntu Beta Testers

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Software

matt hartley blog: I have written a set of scripts that will allow you to backup both your Evolution and Firefox data, allow for flawless transfer to a new Ubuntu box without any hassles, keeps everything in one set of ‘master folders’, makes recovery a snap, cleans up after itself and did I mention it is completely brainlessly simple to use?

SSH Menu - Save and Open SSH Connections from the Panel

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HowTos

ubuntu blog: I was looking for a replacement for SecureCRT in Ubuntu. Something that would let me save all my SSH connections and make it possible to open a connection with the least effort.

Getting Ubuntu 7.04 Fully Working in VPC 2007

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HowTos

joshgerdes.com: I successfully got Ubuntu 7.04 working with mouse support in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 and I thought I should share my findings. This is a combination of instructions I found while searching on the Internet. I thought it might be helpful and I wanted to make a note of it on my site for reference.

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