Monthly Archives: December 2007

Norway goes open!

Here’s some more good news on the open standards front: Norway mandates open formats. The article is by Arve Bersvendsen, a developer for Opera Software, and points to the original report (in Norwegian). The bottom line is that in Norway … Continue reading

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Doing DVDs with Linux

DVDs are kind of a problem, sometimes, in Linux because DVD players are supposed to be "licensed" to "decrypt" the "encryption" that most DVDs use for "protection". All those quotation marks are meant to signify that DVD "encryption" is really … Continue reading

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Bringing Mathematics to Life

If you’re interested in learning more about math, or teaching math, you owe it to yourself to check out Plus Magazine, whose motto is "Bringing mathematics to life". Not just articles about mathematical topics like The trouble with five (a … Continue reading

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Casual Gaming

People enjoy games: we’ve got a bunch of handhelds and a couple of consoles, with plenty of games, but the boys still enjoy going online and gaming on the web. It turns out that there’s an actual name for these … Continue reading

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More about swap partitions…

Swap space is one of those things that you’ve never heard of if you use WIndows or OS X, but that you’ll hear about the first time you try to install Linux. There are two approaches to swap space: simple … Continue reading

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Keeping the world cleaner with Linux

 Here’s yet another reason that Linux makes more sense: according to CNN, Switching from a Windows-operated computer to a Linux-operated one could slash computer-generated e-waste levels by 50%. It’s just nicer–and cheaper–to keep older computers working, rather than have to … Continue reading

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Reuse is always better than recycling

Do you ever check out what’s in the piles of trash set out in your neighborhood on garbage collection day? Around my home, I see an awful lot of good stuff that still has plenty of use in it–people just … Continue reading

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An interestingly shaped thing. Very interesting.

This is called a Gomboc (from the Hungarian Gömböc). Here’s an article from Metafilter; here’s a picture from Wikipedia. And here’s a Gomboc website that’s mostly in Hungarian, with some more pictures. Can you find more interesting pictures or articles … Continue reading

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Fun with Math

Think you’re a math whiz? Not so sure? This one is tough: World’s Hardest Easy Geometry Problem. It’s easy, because it’s simple–but it’s not so easy. Everything you need to know to solve it is included on that page, but … Continue reading

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Learning about Linux, Online and Free

Not much for me to add here, just a pointer for anyone interested in learning more about Linux but not interested in spending lots of money: 10 Sites Offering Free Linux Courses Online. And in case you wondered, this is … Continue reading

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