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eBay Seller Tip: Don't List Your Baby for €1

Those who sell on eBay generally know the elements that make a listing sizzle: catchy titles, detailed descriptions, clear photographs, quick responses to buyer queries, etc. There is one less generally mentioned, though, but clearly as important: "If you're listing your kids, expect trouble." more>>

Operation OOXML, Part 7 x 10<sup>512</sup>: The Appeals Arrive

Just when we thought the OOXML standard war was over — or overdue, if the ISO was paying any attention to the rules — it's back, and it's going to get ugly. South Africa has sounded the call to arms, and fired the first shot at the shoddy process with a formal appeal alleging the irregular irregularities have brought shame on the ISO, and cast "the processes enshrined in the Directives into disrepute." more>>

Cartoons Make it All Okay

Everyone — except perhaps those who have been living under a rock — knows that the Chinese government censors the internet. Nobody, except the Chinese government, is happy about it, but it's what they do. However, when they try to censor an 8.0 Mw earthquake, it gets a little bit strange, to say the least. more>>

Bash Regular Expressions

When working with regular expressions in a shell script the norm is to use grep or sed or some other external command/program. Since version 3 of bash (released in 2004) there is another option: bash's built-in regular expression comparison operator "=~". more>>

Yahoo Calls a Time-Out – And Drops a Player

Yahoo — the embattled search giant that just barely fought off assimilation by Microsoft early this month, has turned tail in at least a partial retreat from the closing forces of Carl Icahn. more>>

Package Management - Avoiding the Two Step

apt-get, up2date, yum, pkgtool, dpkg, rpm -- we have lots of ways to avoid compiling programs. For the most part, I don't think that it's because we don't like to compile programs, but rather because most of the modern package management tools take care of dependancies, versioning, etc. more>>

Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Be still my heart.

In an interview with contributor, Glyn Moody, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced an upcoming Ubuntu distribution for ultraportables, referred to as "Netbook Remix."

TG: Will you be coming out with a tailored version of Ubuntu for the ultraportable sector? more>>

Ya Estan Los Votos

On I brought up language translation issues. (It has to do with Spanish/English, but for you geeks, just pretend it is about C++ or Perl or something.) My wife asked me what "The votes are in!" on the cover of the current LJ meant (in Spanish). more>>

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

"The geek shall inherit the Earth." Such is the ending of New York Times' columnist David Brooks fascinating piece titled "The Alpha Geeks" (May 23, 2008). In it, Brooks offers a back-of-the-napkin history on the rise of geeks and the current power of geek culture. more>>

Linux Product Insider: RHEL 5.2

This week's "Linux Product Insider" features Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, Astaro Security Gateway 7.2, SugarCRM Data Center Edition, Struts 2 in Action, NAG Toolbox for MATLAB and eXtremeDB Fusion powers DIRECTV. more>>

OLPC Gets a Facelift – But is it Enough?

The One Laptop Per Child program has had a run of bad luck lately, including high-profile conflicts with corporate backers and rampant hemorrhaging of key talent. Now the focus of their PR campaign is the next version of the XO — but can it make up for the multitude of misfires? more>>

How to Install and Use ndiswrapper [Video]

Hardware manufacturers often don't release specifications of their products to the open source community, so programs like ndiswrapper become necessary. This video demonstrates how to use Windows wireless drivers in Linux using ndiswrapper. more>>

Microsoft Promises to Play Nice with ODF

Just months after pulling every dirty trick known to man out of the bag to secure ISO approval for OOXML — the terminally broken document format that even Microsoft itself can't get to work — Evil Incorporated has now announced that more>>

Online Storage with Wuala

At it's most basic level, Wuala is an online storage service. Like other services it aims to allow you to access your files from anywhere, even if your home or office computer is turned off. You can store any file in your Wuala 'drive' and they can be any size (up to your storage limit, of course). more>>

Bash Process Substitution

In addition to the fairly common forms of input/output redirection the shell recognizes something called process substitution. Although not documented as a form of input/output redirection, its syntax and its effects are similar. more>>

Silverlight On Its Way

For those of you itching to run Microsoft Silverlight applications on Linux, the Mono-based implementation of Silverlight, Moonlight, is on its way.

You can check out the progress here: (opens in new window).

The project's goals are: more>>

Microsoft and ODF: Has Hades Gone Sub-Zero?

Most of the time, Microsoft's public declarations are pretty easy to parse. A bit of pre-announcement here, a touch of FUD there, with the odd dollop of feel-good waffle thrown in for good measure. Occasionally, though, it produces what can only be called a googly – not to be confused with a Google – with announcements like this one about adding support for ODF in Microsoft Office: more>>

Twittering from the Command Line

Incessant status updates to your cell phone from the command line? Sure, with a little help from curl and Twitter. more>>

Ratings, Ratings, Who's Got the Ratings?

These days, just about everything has an age-appropriate rating on it. Movies, video games, even toys come with a sticker declaring that somebody infinitely more aware than the average consumer has approved that particular product for use by those X-years and up. Now, apparently there aren't enough ratings in the offline world, so the raiders — er, raters — are coming to a download near you, at least if your downloads source from the UK. more>>

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Buntu Family Theater

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Linux Journal's own Shawn Powers tells the story of Ubuntu and his family of distributions as they search for their identities. more>>