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Lojban and Hacking

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I had recently discovered the Lojban language while I was surfing the net. The characteristics of this language greatly appealed to me as a debater and so, I decided to heavily invest my effort into studying this language. Consequently, I came across two free software tools that could aid my study of Lojban: KVocTrain and Mnemosyne. These are two excellent programs that definitely have a place my studies.

Linus Torvalds: World’s Greatest Geek Daddy?

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junauza.com: Though considered by many as the world’s greatest computer programmer, Linus Torvalds is not afraid to show everyone his softer side. Some of the photographs that I’m going to show to you should speak for themselves.

Bringing a Windows mindset to a GNU/Linux world

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cydeweys.com/blog: I just ran across a level of stupid so off the charts I had to immediately comment on it here lest my inaction unwittingly foster an environment tolerant of such stupidity.

5 Ways the End-User Desktop Will Look Different in 5 Years

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eweek.com: Look around your organization. What does your end-user desktop environment look like? Windows-based PCs? Docked laptops? Some combination thereof? Look around your organization five years from now, and the desktop landscape will appear very different.

Linux filesystem defragmentation flame war

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ducea.com: Earlier this week I’ve read this article: “Defragmentation of Linux Filesystems“. The title and the headline made me interested enough, to go ahead and read it and see if there was something there to show me that linux filesystems do need defragmentation. The result was that I was not convinced at all. Still the reason for this post is not a technical one, but a human one.

interesting off-topics

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  • Blogger fined for 'menacing' rant

  • Electron discovered April 30, 1897, by Joseph John Thomson
  • Microsoft device helps police pluck evidence from cyberscene of crime

Free Software Magazine Awards 2008

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Nominate your entries for Free Software Magazine Awards 2008! To nominate a project, a person or a site, just leave a comment under this story or send an email with subject “Awards” to:

Open source entertainment

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dwasifar.com: I was reading the wikipedia article on the Sony rootkit scandal from a couple of years ago, and it got me to thinking about the war that the entertainment media industry has declared on its customers. And it occurred to me that some parallels exist between that and the open source movement.

ISO approval: A good process gone bad

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redhatmagazine.com: You may have read our background article about ODF and OOXML and why Red Hat believes OOXML should not be approved as an ISO standard. This time, we focus on how the standardization process has been compromised at ISO.

Open Source Music Makes Tons Of Money

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openlogic.com/blogs: This past week, the band Nine Inch Nails released a new studio album consisting of 36 tracks on the internet. He uploaded a torrent of the album to The Pirate Bay as well as other torrent sites, all completely free.

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