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NYU Professors Attack Java as Damaging to Students

According to a new journal article by two New York University professors, Java programming is ruining computer science students at NYU and elsewhere. more>>

Got my OLPC machine yesterday

Way back in November, I jumped at the chance to get one of the OLPC machines. For a small contribution and some waiting time, I would get my very own OLPC laptop (yes, I know that is redundant).

So, I cracked it out of the box and fired it up (like any geek) and here is what I have found:

1) I did not get one with a power crank :-( Mine has a wall wart (in a bright green colour). more>>

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Review: Tux Droid

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Advanced Linux users can really put their programming skills to the test with Tux Droid. Develop applications, code new daemons or even hack the firmware. Visit www.tuxisalive.com to get started. more>>

Linus on Why GPL3 Isn't for Linux

Linux founder and developer-in-chief Linus Torvalds met the hot-seat in the first of the Linux Foundation's new OpenVoices podcasts, and he used the opportunity to expound on why Linux is sticking with GPL2. more>>

Tell us about your favorite Linux distribution!

I've used distributions based on Redhat, Suse, Slackware, Debian and Gentoo and tried a lot of other ones listed on distrowatch. It really depends on what I'm trying to accomplish and what problem I'm faced with... I've developed my own Linux From Scratch before as well as worked from a Stage 1 Gentoo installation...

For embedded development I do custom builds using BusyBox, uCLibC and more>>

MP3 War Hits The Hague

The Hague — possibly best known as the site of international war crimes trials — was the site of a very different sort of trial Tuesday, with the Dutch RIAA being soundly defeated in their attempts to raise taxes on MP3 players. more>>

Picturing CES

So I've decided to make my next post a kind of running commentary, with lots of links and tags, in a Linux Journal Flickr set. Flickr runs on Linux, so that's one more excuse. more>>

At GM, Cars Drive You

General Motors — the highest-selling automaker in the world — is celebrating it's centennial this year, and will apparently be doing it with bold ambitions for the future: cars that drive themselves. more>>

The Neuros OSD: A New Paradigm for Consumer Devices?

Surprisingly one of the media establishment's darling devices at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is fully open, runs Linux and invites hacking - er, customization. The device is the Neuros OSD, a $200 video recorder that allows you to archive, organize and play back all of your video media, such as live television, DVDs, VHS tapes, etc. more>>

Calling All Spammers

I get a lot of spam, between 1000 and 1500 per day, but I wonder: is that really a lot of spam? I checked the Guinness site and there are no records listed related to spam so that didn't help answer the question. Failing there I decided the only reasonable thing to do at this point was to write a more>>

DVD's of Our Lives

In what is beginning to sound frighteningly like the plot from a daytime soap opera, the epic HD DVD vs. Blu-ray showdown has come to what some are calling a "definitive end." more>>

The Tide Shifts at CES

So I'm sitting in the rather vast "press" corner of a CES keynote audience, waiting to see Paul Otellini, President & CEO of Intel, give a keynote. Two years ago I sat at an Otellini keynote here. As I reported in What's Intel up to with VIIV?, it was disappointing. Will this be different? Sure hope so. more>>

Using LimeSurvey

The path to opening a Geek Ranch is not exactly straight. That is, each week there is one more strange thing that needs to be done. This week, it happens to be surveys. Not the measure the ground kind—we already did that—but the on-line ask questions kind. more>>

Say It Ain't So! Microsoft...Admits They Were Wrong?

In a move that may prompt some to keep lookout for the signs of the Apocalypse, Microsoft admitted fault and apologized last Friday for breaking compatibility in Office 2003 and then slandering the competition while covering themselves. more>>

Ladies and Gentlemen, Our Flight Has Been Hacked

It's possible to hack just about anything — even the occasional toaster — but according to FAA documents, it's even possible to hack Boeing's new 787. more>>

McAfee Warns About the Risks of Open Source

McAfee — best known for their anti-virus software and security bulletins — has issued a different kind of bulletin to investors, warning of "unanticipated obligations" resulting from the company's use of Open Source software. more>>

Hunting Linux at CES

So what's new with Linux at CES this year? That's our question. If you have the answers, let's have 'em. Because we'll be there on a Linux Hunt, just like we are every year. The difference this time is that we'd like to make this a Team Thing. more>>

Sony Gives Up On DRM

In what is being described as the "end of the DRM era" Sony's music division has decided to drop DRM from their music tracks — somewhat. more>>

Intel Gives OLPC The Shove

Intel — the multi-billion dollar company perhaps best known for its line of microprocessors — has decided it isn't really interested in providing laptops to underprivileged kids, at least not if they're XO laptops from One Laptop Per Child. more>>

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