Monthly Archives: September 2007

Another good blog, more cool open source software

Check out Little Ubuntu for some good stuff like this list of Awesome Ubuntu/Linux Apps you might not know about and this followup, Awesome Ubuntu/Linux Apps you might not know about V2.

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Cracking the Master Lock

Have you ever had to toss one of those Master Lock combination locks because you’d forgotten the combination? I know I have. In fact, we’ve got one sitting in a basket in our front hall that’s in perfect condition except … Continue reading

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Bees are AWESOME! Crabs are cool!

Bees (Wikipedia link) really are awesome: without them, we wouldn’t have honey! If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to look inside a hive and see how it’s made, check out Stephen Fleming’s bees in a bell jar … Continue reading

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Malicious Software, Microsoft and Linux

This is classic: My first Linux virus? tells the story of what happens when you accept Microsoft’s EULA (see my article, Declining the Windows Vista EULA). I don’t want to ruin the story, but you can read about the "virus" … Continue reading

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Emergency Shutdown

I’ve pointed to FOSSwire before, but they’re good. And this is a new one to me: Fix a Frozen System with the Magic SysRq Keys. It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while things go kerflooey on your Linux … Continue reading

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Get the Facts, RIP

It couldn’t last: my favorite resource for Microsoft FUD and unintentional support for open source software, Microsoft’s "Get the Facts" website, is no longer. Originally positioned by Microsoft to be a repository of good, un-biased information from third-party researchers about … Continue reading

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Microsoft "Open" Formats vs the World

You can’t underestimate the importance of having open standards: imagine the chaos if, 100 years ago, telephone companies dug in their heels over maintaining their own protocols for telecommunications signals, electric companies mandated that their customers could only use electricity … Continue reading

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Cleaning Windows?

This is the first post in this category: Windows "Wins", stories about some of the <irony>"wins"</irony> that you get when you’re using Windows. Lately I’ve been noticing that people spend a lot of time doing "maintenance" of one sort or … Continue reading

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Stop DRINKING Soda!

Soda just isn’t very good for you: diet soda is full of chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer, among other things; regular soda is full of high-fructose corn syrup, which will make you fat (Google HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN … Continue reading

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