Monthly Archives: November 2007

A Cultural Optical Illusion

A "Psychological" Optical Illusion shows just how much of what we perceive (eyewitness information) is colored by who we are. I’ll not give any more away; perhaps I’ve already given away too much. Enjoy!

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Groovy Retro Technology

If you think your old TV or computer is boring, imagine how it’ll look in fifty years or so. Or just take a look at these collections of images of TVs and computers from olden times: Dawn of the Computer … Continue reading

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Keyboards and Another Resource for Linux Wins, and More

I tripped over the Who is switching to Linux? blog the other day, but not for a Linux switch story–it was a story about keyboards. Now, I may not permit any Microsoft software products in the house, but Microsoft also … Continue reading

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Emulation with QEMU

Once you start falling in love with Linux, you may find yourself installing distribution after distribution as you search for the perfect one. That can be a drag if you also re-format your drive every time you install a new … Continue reading

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Stories (and more) to listen to (and read and watch)

Did you know that before television, people got most of their in-home, broadcast entertainment from radio? These days, about the only thing we listen to on the radio is music and news (with a healthy helping of public radio shows … Continue reading

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The Latest Wonder Substances: Vinegar & Baking Soda

Does your family spend a lot on dozens of different home- and person-cleaning products? Mine does, but I’ll bet we could save a lot of money (and recover lots of storage space) just be switching to vinegar and baking soda … Continue reading

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Ever Wondered about the Linux Filesystem Hierarchy?

The Linux filesystem hierarchy (link to Wikipedia/Filesystem Hierarchy Standard) can be confusing: just what is all that stuff, and how does it work? Making things even more confusing are the slight (or not so slight) variations in the hierarchy that … Continue reading

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Walmart's Ubuntu PC: Bait and Switch?

With all the attention Linux has been getting recently, especially in the form of attention from major hardware vendors, the impact of Walmart’s decision to bring to market a $200 Linux PC (Everex TC2502 Green gPC w/ Via C7-D Processor) … Continue reading

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Linux Toys

Linux Devices is a great website for news about new things that run Linux; unfortunately, it’s less great if you’re actually looking for links to those great new toys. But they recently posted an article: Open source, Lego-like computer modules … Continue reading

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Animation Backgrounds

I wasn’t sure if this blog, Animation Backgrounds, wasn’t a repeat (see previous post here, Animation Treasures). But it’s not. And it’s also great.

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