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The year in pop culture

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It's not always about you, you know. Except in 2006, it was.

It was all about YouTube, the Internet phenomenon that felt like the final elimination of the increasingly blurry line between the providers of entertainment and the consumers. On YouTube and its multiplying online kin, you're both.

Predictions for 2007 (and how I did on 2006)

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Let's dig up my predictions for 2006 and see how I did first. So two and two, with one partial. Time for 2007.

Penguins are this winter's hot trend

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Forget polar bears. This winter's "it" critter is unquestionably the penguin. America's love affair with penguins stretches from Hollywood to publishing to the Internet.

In Memory of Dr. Carl Sagan

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On December 20th, 2006 it will be 10 years since Carl Sagan passed away. He is remembered for many things, however what I’ll remember most about him was his pure love of spreading a love for science.

2006 Year in Review: Hits and Misses

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It was a year full of transitions and surprises, and the next year looks likely to bring more of the same. Here's a look at some of eWEEK's most interesting stories from 2006.

Time's Person of the Year: You

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The "Great Man" theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that "the history of the world is but the biography of great men." He believed that it is the few, the powerful and the famous who shape our collective destiny as a species. That theory took a serious beating this year.

Linux.com holiday gift guide

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The holiday season is approaching rapidly, and if you're like us, you probably still have some holiday shopping left to do. In the spirit of crass consumerism, we've compiled a list of gifts you may want to add to your wishlist, or for the other geeks in your life.

Penguins helping items fly off shelves

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Penguins must be flying high. People are flocking to see them on the big screen, they star in ads all over the little screen and they're splashed across advertising circulars and packaging for a scad of products.

Parade of Penguins before 'Happy Feet'

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Marching penguins, dancing penguins and, next year, surfing penguins. We're surrounded by the little critters, but they're not justa Hollywood creation --they've been popular culture fixtures for years. Among them:

NT influenced by Unix

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For several years now I've been looking for something Bill Gates said. And through Windows NT, you can see it throughout the design. In a weak sense, it is a form of Unix. There are so many of the design decisions that have been influenced by that environment.

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