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Skype for Linux, Reprise

Publisher Carlie Fairchild's blog post on Skype 2.0 for Linux got me fired up so I went and installed it right away. I was hoping to finally see the SMS functionality included, as it has been for a long time on the Windows side. Drat, still missing. Isn't it odd and frustrating that such a core feature is absent on the Linux version?

Kokkini Zita: The Audio Software Of Fons Adriaensen

Looking at the software listed at Kokkini Zita it's easy to see where developer Fons Adriaensen's interests lie. He has written one of the best organ synthesizers for Linux, he has contributed to the LADSPA collection of processing plugins, and he has provided Linux sound researchers with some excellent tools for measuring and representing audio signals. He is also involved in improving Linux support for the Ambisonics technology of encoding and decoding multichannel audio. more>>

Skype for Linux

Skype 2.0 is now available for Linux. Significance? The latest version introduces free video calls to Linux (interoperable with Mac and Windows users).

Who is in charge of my privacy?

It should concern us that most computer users -- ourselves included -- see themselves as dependent variables in respect to large companies' privacy policies, rather than as independent variables. more>>

Back to Drupal

Ok, confession time. I love webgen but the Geek Ranch site keeps getting more complicated. We want blogs, .... Or, put another way, the dynamic content keeps growing.

I finally gave in and admitted we need Drupal. So, on to installing Drupal 6. No hosting location I work with has it on the more>>

Home, Sweet Home

We're back in the office after having a great time in Austin, TX for the South by Southwest Interactive Conference. While there we met some pretty great people who are using open source technology to achieve greatness, entertain, take over the world and what have you. more>>

Linux Product Insider

Welcome to the March 13th edition of the "Linux Product Insider", our weekly round-up of new products and services in Linux and open source.

Here is what is new and interesting this week. more>>

AXIGEN's Mail Server 6.0

iPods are Smokin', AOL's Awoken, and Hearts are Broken

The news has been hot — quite literally, for some — and we don't want to waste a minute in getting it to you. With no further delay, here's the hottest reports off the wire. more>>

Walmart Pulls the Linux Plug, Google Shakes Up Ads

It's been an interesting morning so far today, with a number of developments — both expected and not — so if you'll please take your seats, we'll be happy to begin. more>>

Internet Famous

Dana Blankenhorn and Paula Rooney over at ZDNet hit it on the head. Bob Young, Eric Raymond, Bruce Perens, Linus Torvalds -- put these men in a line-up and most people wouldn't know who they were. Is celebrity contradictory to open source? The open source community as a whole does not lend itself to "look at me". more>>

Installing Fonts on Linux

One of the things I always enjoy when creating presentations, letters, videos, graphics and other documents is playing with different fonts. Fonts can change a boring text-only presentation or paper into an exciting, stylish, wild or classic experience. Yes, it is very easy to get carried away, but that is part of the fun -- trying to achieve the perfect balance between form and function. more>>

"Open" iPhone, Intel-EU, and Cameras that Peep a Bit Too Much

It's Monday morning, time to get back into the swing of things and catch up on all the weekend's excitement. It's a fairly light day here at LJ News Central, but we have managed to pull up just a few interesting items to enlighten your day. more>>

Microsoft Acts Like the Government

It's spooky how much the Microsoft spokespeople sound like they're with the government. Microsoft's Kevin Turner was asked recently if he was concerned about the negative effects of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on its users. We are "not at all worried", he replied. Whew, thanks for feeling your customers' pain, dude! more>>

Linux Product Insider

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the "Linux Product Insider", keeping you on the cutting edge of new products and services in Linux and Open Source.

Here is what is new and interesting this week. more>>

Panopta's Monitoring & Outage Management Suite

What the Big Boys Have Been Up To

Some days are all about the Big Players — the multi-billion dollar businesses that seem to have their hands in everything. Yesterday wasn't quite one of those days but they certainly weren't on vacation either. Here's the scoop. more>>

A Copy of Your Cédula Please

In order to fix the road to the Geek Ranch, we had to secure permission from the owners of the property along the road. What was required in addition to them signing the permission form was a copy of their ID card or cédula. While that sounds easy in Houston, not so near the Geek Ranch. more>>

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Review: Scott-E-Vest

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SCOTTEVEST makes innovative, versatile, technology-enabled clothing -- jackets, fleece layers, cargo vests, pants, shorts, shirts and more, all designed to help you store, manage, and carry your electronic gadgets and other gear essentials. more>>

Desperate for iPods, Microsoft Machinations, and Darl to Get the Shove

It was an interesting day yesterday, with a wide range of announcements covering everything from MP3s to Facebook to Vista hacking and back again. There's no time to waste, so let's dive right in. more>>

Simple Machines Forum

I remember when I was a Jr. Geek and could focus on one programming task at a time. Today, besides having all too many Linux-related tasks, I have an assortment of other things to deal with. This last week, one of my distractions turned into a new programming project. more>>

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