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Wil Wheaton sitting in Sheldon Cooper's "spot"

Out of the Box!

Yesterday, Wil Wheaton blogged about using Linux to access a USB scanner that wouldn't work for him under OSX. I'm not a zealot, and I truly appreciate folks being honest and sensible regarding what operating system they use. more>>

Tweet About Your Pi!

 We're looking for quick blurbs about what you've done with Raspberry Pi. If you send us a quick description, and maybe a photo, we'll pick our favorites and publish them in our upcoming Raspberry Pi issue!

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Great Feedback!

The feedback I've gotten on my "Taming the Tablet" column in issue 226 has been amazing. Thanks to everyone who has sent me their tablet setup, their experiences, and their thanks. It makes writing my column feel more like a conversation than a lecture. :)

Google Plus

The early years of the 21st century forever will be known as the age of social media. I don't know if that's something we should be proud of, but nonetheless, here we are. During the past decade, we've seen things like Friendster, Pownce, Twitter, Wave, Facebook, Tumblr, Buzz, Gowalla, Brightkite, Foursquare, Loopt, Plurk, Identi.ca, LinkedIn, Yammer and now Google Plus. more>>

Hurricate Isabel

Round and Round We Go

Hurricane season is well underway, and if you're an information junkie like me, you like to watch storms progress even if you're thousands of miles away from the tropics. I was looking for a good hurricane tracking software package for either my phone or Linux desktop, and I realized everything I'm looking for is available on a simple webpage. more>>

Minecraft. Not free.

Friday Fun: Minecraft

This week's game is one that isn't free. In any sense. It is closed source, and requires payment to even try it out. Why would we mention such a game here at Linux Journal? 2 reasons:

1) It works quite well in Linux more>>

Hulu Plus

Why Hulu Plus Sucks, and Why You Should Use It Anyway

Hulu Plus is the subscription based big brother to Hulu's free video streaming platform. It costs $7.99 a month, and really does open up the catalog of available titles. In fact, for subscribers, there are many shows that have the complete catalog of episodes from every season. (The Office, Family Guy, and many others) more>>

MAEDS

Poor and Popular

 This week I'm in Bellaire, MI at the Michigan Association for Educational Data Systems conference.  It may sound boring, but it's actually quite a great conference geared specifically toward sysadmins for school districts. more>>

Vulcan Jedi Playing Combat

Penguicon, Here I Come!

Tomorrow (Friday) starts my annual trek down state to the Detroit area for Penguicon! It's possible the combination of Linux and Science Fiction wouldn't appeal to most people, but it absolutely appeals to me. I think perhaps adding a vintage video game track and calling it "Super Penguicon" would make it the trifecta of awesome. more>>

BonziBuddy

Linux, Where Crapware Goes to Die

Remember this cute little purple ape? If you’re a Linux user, you might not, so let me enlighten you a bit. This little guy is the "Bonzi Buddy" ape. He was one of the earliest malware/spyware/crapware programs for the Microsoft Windows platform. Arguably the cutest of his breed, BonziBuddy became a widespread problem for Windows users for years. more>>

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