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Linux vs. Wikipedia

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BusinessWeek: Crowds are not wise. Nor are they ignorant. The intelligence, or lack thereof, resides in those of us who are trying to capture their momentum. One fascinating point: once the crowds have been rallied to do their work, often a central authority possessing considerable talent is necessary to meld their efforts into a tangible product.

The Next Generation

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Linux Today: But what really floored me was Andy's youngest son, 10-year-old Greg, who chimed in the middle of the conversation and asked me (and I quote): “how hard is it to run Windows programs, like executables, on Linux?”

Net taxes could arrive by this fall

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CNet: The era of tax-free e-mail, Internet shopping and broadband connections could end this fall, if recent proposals in the U.S. Congress prove successful.

Watch Moon and Venus together after sunset on Saturday, May 19, 2007

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iTWire: At sunset look to the west and the waxing crescent Moon and the planet Venus will be within one degree of each other, being the two brightest objects in the evening sky.

What Happened To XGI Graphics?

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Phoronix: XGI Technology is still in business, but what has happened to them? We once saw hope in them for providing discrete graphics processors to take on the NVIDIA and ATI duopoly, but they have since discontinued their Volari 8 series.

Is the desktop dead?

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FreeSoftware Mag: Red Hat’s, Brian Stevens, claims that the desktop is dead. This may seem a trifle premature, but from my own perspective, that has already been the case for several years.

South Chilean penguin strays to Peru

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physorg.com: A Magellanic penguin has stunned scientists by showing up in Peru, some 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) from home in southern Chile. he penguin appeared to have been acting alone and not as part of a migration.

Original Dell PC added to Smithsonian collection

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CNN (AP): Michael Dell donated his employee badge, a PC Limited computer from 1985, and a new PC to the Smithsonian.

Helvetica at 50

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BBC: The Helvetica font is celebrating its 50th birthday. You've probably seen it a thousand times today. Why?

What's a Linux Guy Doing at Sun?

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eWeek: That's the question Ian Murdock, chief open source platform strategist at Sun Microsystems Inc., posed in a session he chaired at Sun's CommunityOne Day on May 7 prior to the opening of the JavaOne conference.

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