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Free Range, not Free Beer

I was eating breakfast in my favorite restaurant today and I noticed a sign up on the wall that said: "Free Range Eggs, $4.00 per dozen"

Now at first I had the common knee-jerk reaction to the word "Free" that everyone does, thinking of the concept of "gratis". Then I realized that the word "Free" was related to "Range" and not the price of the eggs. more>>

2008 Readers' Choice Survey

The 2008 Readers' Choice survey is now closed. We received nearly 6,000 responses -- thank you to everyone who participated.

Winners will be announced in the June 2008 issue of Linux Journal (on newsstands in early May). more>>

What open code developers can teach PR

Is the real challenge for PR just "influence"? Or is it something bigger thatn that? If so, are there ways we can help PR move past its history of spinnage and into a future of usefulness? more>>

Just Say No...To DHS?

It's not every day that a U.S. state decides to declare a federal law non-applicable. It was, however, Friday when the Governor of Montana decided to do just that, and to bring seventeen other states along with him, over — of all things — drivers licenses. more>>

Why I Keep Reinstalling Linux

It drives my wife nuts when I reinstall an operating system. She'll just get used to how things are working, and then I go an format the drive and start over. We've actually gotten to the point that I'm not allowed to do anything but fix her computer, and only reinstall when things are totally botched. more>>

Linux is good for your health

Linux users pop up in the most interesting places, don't they?

In this case, I refer to a group of college students working on an electronic stethoscope that runs on a very small Linux distribution that runs from flash memory. more>>

Microsoft Takes Spyware to a New Level

Dateline: Redmond. A Microsoft employee sits in his office, sweating. Suddenly, a robotic overload explodes through the door, accuses the terrified worker of fraud, and expels him from the building, based on the obvious guilt identified by his sweating. The broken air conditioner in the room is overlooked, because nobody programmed it into the overlord's system.

Far-fetched? Probably. However, it's a lot more possible than it was a week ago, with the news that Microsoft has submitted plans to the Patent and Trademark Office for a system that would provide all-encompassing data about workers. more>>

Powerful Multimedia Command-Line Tools, Part II—Transcode

MEncoder has supported video encoding for a long time with the MPlayer Project and FFmpeg, which also now is part of MPlayer. Transcode is a new command-line tool on the horizon for video and audio transformations. Transcode used to give me horrors, but it is much better now. It does take some time to learn its wonderfully unintuitive syntax—the more>>

It's Just Not a Good Week to be Myspace

Myspace is one of the most popular social networking sites in the world, and with that popularity comes a lot of attention. Unfortunately for the site, much of the attention this week has been focused on controversy and crime. more>>

Best Cost per GB for Harddrives

Here's a script someone wrote to show what the best value for hard drives is currently at Newegg.

Open Source for the Rust Belt?

Today the San Francisco Chronicle reported that over 45% of North American investment in green technology last year landed in California. Of the $3.95 billion invested, $1.79 billion went to firms in the Golden State. That is pretty incredible, given that California's population is roughly 10% of the U.S. and Canada. more>>

Mattel, Hasbro Pull the Plug on Facebook Fun

Playing with toys isn't always fun, as users of the popular social-networking site Facebook found out with the news that the owners of Scrabble — toy manufacturers Mattel and Hasbro — have requested that a popular Scrabble-like application be removed from the site. more>>

Building a Home File Server

Setting up a file server doesn't need to be complicated. more>>

Options Tamperer Gets Harshest Sentence Yet

The former CEO of networking manufacturer Brocade, Inc. was hit with the strongest sentence handed down to date in the ongoing trials of Silicon Valley executives caught falsifying company records to boost stock option payoffs. more>>

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Review: Neuros OSD

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Need some helpful suggestions of what kind of things you can do with a Neuros OSD? How about getting the OSD to play nicely with Tivo? Neuros is even offering a cash bounty for the folks who get this done. See http://open.neurostechnology.com/node/1032 for more details. more>>

Oracle Picks up BEA for $8.5 Billion

If news days follow themes, then today's theme is acquisitions, as Oracle has announced their intent to buy BEA Systems, Inc. for $8.5 billion, the second billion-dollar acquisition of the day. more>>

Apple Debuts Envelope-Sized Laptop

The last few days — indeed, the last few weeks — have been filled with much speculation over what Steve Jobs would produce as Apple's newest and neatest offering during his "Stevenote" at the Macworld exposition. He certainly didn't disappoint. more>>

MySQL's Future is Looking Sun-y

Buying an open-source offering is the hot thing in Silicon Valley these days, and Sun Microsystems doesn't want to be left out. According to today's announcement, Sun will be picking up the open-source database company MySQL AB for a cool $1 billion. more>>

Photo of the Month

Linux Journal is once again looking for THE photo of the month. Submit your photo to publisher@linuxjournal.com for consideration. One winner will be chosen each month and their photo will run in the upcoming issue of Linux Journal. more>>

Intel in Hot Water with New York

While Intel — the world's leading microprocessor manufacturer — is facing investigations by the European Commission, South Korea, and Japan over it's trade practices, the U.S. has been a relative safe haven. That's all changed, with the announcement last week that New York State will begin an investigation into whether the company's competition tactics against AMD went too far. more>>

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