There are a lot of things you want to have if you're going into the computer service business: quality tools, generous liability coverage, a basic idea of how computers work. If you're planning to open up shop in Texas, though, you'll be needing something else: a private investigator's license. more>>
Hewlett-Packard inched closer to matching IBM's command of the tech market yesterday with the announcement that the U.S. investigation into the company's acquisition of Electronic Data Systems has ended with a thumbs up from Uncle Sam. more>>
This "Linux Product Insider" features IronKey Secure Flash Drives, Jedox's Palo spreadsheet server, Tony Mullen's new Blender book, Hyperic's CloudStatus, Syuzi Pakhchyan's Fashioning Technology and Joel Spolsky's More Joel on Sofware. more>>
If you've ever wanted your very own top-level domain — ima.geek or noobs2.pwn — it's you're lucky day, because the guardians of the internet have opened the floodgates — provided you've got the cash. more>>
The Linux Journal recently published an article I wrote on Jean-Pierre Lemoine's AVSynthesis, a program designed for artists working with the computer as a medium for the synthesis of image and sound. I'm fascinated by that program, so I decided to research the existence of similar software. This article presents the current findings from that research.
The Mobile Linux market became a slightly more intimate group last week, as the parallel-path LiMo Foundation and LiPS Forum — that's Linux Phone Standards, you know — announced their merger into a single, powerhouse producer. more>>
The depth of Microsoft loathing among our clan is perhaps only second to our penguin loving. This loathing makes sense, given that Linux and open-source people are so fiercely merit driven, and great products have failed to end Microsoft's hegemony. But times they are a changin', for a post-Gates, post-Microsoft age has already begun. more>>
Google Tech Talks brings us this presentation describing the rate of development for the Linux kernel, and how the development model is set up to handle such a large and diverse developer population and huge rate of change. more>>
Does a system with dual Quad Core processors, 128GB of RAM,
and a Tera-Byte RAID array seem pretty tame to you?
Does writing a program with a dozen threads seem about
as complex as an abacus to you?
Does a database with a million records seem like something
you'd put on a USB memory stick?
Do you know who John Backus was?
Are you cleared for ridiculous by the US Government?
If you don't get the title,
you're probably too young to get the rest of this.
If you don't know who John Backus was
or what his contribution to computer science was
then you're also, probably, too young.
This is the second in a two-part introduction to Gnome-Inform7 (and by extension, the Inform 7 language). I'm not going to spend much time re-capping what we covered last time, so if you haven't read part one, please do so now. more>>
Three things are striking about the recent launch of Firefox 3. First, the unanimity about the quality of the code: practically everyone thinks it's better in practically every respect. Secondly, the way in which the mainstream media covered its launch: it was treated as a normal, important tech story – gone are the days of supercilious anecdotes about those wacky, sandal-wearing free software anoraks. And finally – and perhaps most importantly - the scale and intensity of participation by the millions of people who have downloaded the software in the last week.
But the question has to be: what now? How can we harness that amazing spirit, to make the Firefox Effect permanent, not just a media event that comes around once every few years? more>>