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Aircraft Manager: Save Battery By Turning Off WiFi and Bluetooth

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ubuntumini.com: One of the sacrifices I had to make when choosing to install Ubuntu 8.10 was that there would be no way to turn off wifi and bluetooth. The battery would drain faster because I would have to keep them powered when not using them. Recently it was brought to my attention that there is a Aircraft Manager .deb.

Linux vs Windows . . . TomTom GPS

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tycheent.wordpress: My wife gifted me with a TomTom ONE 125 GPS navigator. On charging it up and connecting it to my computer, I discovered that Microsoft had struck again.

Quick Thoughts on Amarok 2.0

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jintoreedwine.wordpress: I was very pleased to hear that Amarok 2.0 had finally been released and I have been awaiting it for some time now. I had heard stories of people not liking the new interface, but I didn’t have much of an opinion on it because I hadn’t used it.

Fast and 'free' beats steady and paid on MySQL

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theregister.co.uk: MySQL, the lovable little database engine that could - for reasonable values of could - is starting to feel the pain of being an open source project distributed by a large company.

Is ndiswrapper Dead?

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workswithu.com: For a long time, ndiswrapper, which uses Windows wireless drivers to make wireless cards work on Linux, was a vitally important component of many Ubuntu systems. In many cases, it was the only way for users to access wireless Internet. Unfortunately, the ndiswrapper project’s pulse has seemed to go from faint to non-existent over the last several months.

Text Web Browsers in Linux

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linuxtuts.blogspot: These are the text webbrowsers in linux. That means you can search web or surf the net using these. You can also view html from console using these text browsers.

The Window Manager Dilemma

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raiden.net: One of the thing's that's been picking at my brains lately is the mess surrounding KDE4. I'm here instead to attack this issue from another angle. That angle is the dilemma we have with the wide array of existing Linux (and BSD) window managers.

Cool Linux Projects that Need More Publicity

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internetling.com: Always when a type of application is missing, there is bound to be a version in development. In order to attract some interest for certain slow, but extremely important projects I’ve picked out a few attractive apps which could become powerful contributors to the widespread adoption of the Linux desktop.

The Annual Christmas Online Games Speedlink Post

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penguinpetes.com: Just when you were all wondering if I'd abandoned the dang blog, I'll carry on my Christmas tradition of posting a list of online games and toys that I found interesting this year. Because at least I got Christmas off work!

The 10 Coolest Open Source Products Of 2008

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crn.com: Open Source Software is about more than just the Linux operating system. Here's a look at the coolest open source products to come across the transom in 2008.

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