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OGG, FLAC, and more on your iPod!

Do you dislike proprietary formats? Are you an Open Source aficionado? What if I told you it was quite possible to liberate your iPod from such commercial vices? Let's go... more>>

Geeky Gifts -- Soldering Station

It has a digital readout that even displays tip temperature. Optional goodies include a solder sucker and a plethora of tips. Speaking of tips, one tip suspiciously looks like it could be used to mold proprietary or even open source penguin poop pellets. more>>

Making an Illustrated Book

One of the things we plan to do different in the Geek Ranch (see What's New Down Here?) is build a lot of domes instead of conventional buildings. The reasoning behind this is that they are quicker to build, cost less and use mostly local materials and that which is not local (in particular, steel) is used in lower quantities than more>>

Did Google Miss What Happened To Facebook?

Most anyone who pays attention to Web 2.0 news knows about the privacy face-plant caused by Facebook's Beacon service. However, it looks like the guys at Google may have missed it, given the brouhaha brewing over Google's decision to open the doors to user's Google Reader feeds. more>>

Kubuntu's Hardy Heron Won't Have The Long-Term Label

The KDE-branch of the Ubuntu family is all atwitter this week, with the announcement that Kubuntu 8.04 — better known as Hardy Heron — won't be designated as a "Long Term Support" or "LTS" release by the powers-that-be at Canonical. more>>

Geeky Gift-off

LJ Gadget Guy Shawn Powers managed to keep us busy one-upping each other in the office today -- he wanted to know who got the geekiest gift this holiday season. Of course he proved to be the geekiest of all when he went as far as producing a full video review of his gift: more>>

Hello OnStar? OnStar? Are You There?

If you're one of the millions of Americans who have an OnStar equipped vehicle purchased prior to 2002 — or in some cases, as late as 2005 — then come next week, you'll be pushing that little button in vain. more>>

Geeky Gifts -- Arduino

I wanted to start working more with microcontrollers without having to learn an architecture specific language... My friend pointed me to the arduino. It use a C "light" language so it's compatible with things I know and it's also really really cheap! more>>

Geeky Gifts -- an XO

It wasn't exactly a gift, but I wound up with an XO (One Laptop Per Child) Laptop.

It started when my wife and I decided to donate a laptop as our Christmas gift to her sisters. Then we decided to do the "give one, get one" thing and have one to use. Anyway, it's really neat! And there are several others in my neighborhood so I am hoping we can arrange a playdate for them.

Samba Gets Microsoft Protocols

The Open Source community took a step forward in compatibility last week — and perhaps, towards the eventual downfall of Big Evil — with the announcement that the newly-founded Protocol Freedom Information Foundation has hammered out an agreement to gain access to Microsoft's protocol documentation. more>>

Geeky Gifts -- I-CY Penguin

Ok, so I thought I'd go ahead and jump on the bandwagon. I got this cute little penguin in my stocking. :) more>>

Geeky Gifts -- a Pleo

Linux Journal Gadget Guy Shawn Powers asks us what geeky gifts we got for Christmas. My husband got me (drum roll please)...

A Pleo. I've named her Martha Stewart. Don't ask. more>>

A (very) Unofficial Review

And for those of you just itching to buy a Pooping Penguin based on my last post -- I figured it would be appropriate to review it, right? more>>

Geeky Gifts -- What Did You Get?

Here’s what happens when you are a Linux lover that tells his family about Open Source all the time. more>>

FBI Pays Out $1 Billion For Big Brother

The Federal Bureau of Investigation — in a move that smells more of the Ministry of Love — has announced a $1,000,000,000 plan to build the largest biometric database in the world, and to do it in the next ten years. more>>

EFF Wins One For The Bloggers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation — the web's version of the American Civil Liberties Union — hit the ball out of the park last week in New Jersey, winning a home run victory in the fight to recognize bloggers as legitimate journalists with — gasp — constitutional rights. more>>

Happy Holidays

A special note to say Happy Holidays to all our readers from the News Team here at LinuxJournal.com. Thank you for being with us this year, and best wishes to each of you from all of us.

The LinuxJournal.com News Team

Why Big Compute and Big Storage will meet Big Pipe at the Last Mile

The next big frontier for Big Linux Build-out will be at a back end that's as close as anyone can get the front lines of big video production. That is, to consumers who are now also producers. And the parties in the best position to pioneer that frontier aren't in Seattle or Mountain view. They're in your home town. more>>

DIY Paper Tux

I found this very cute project on my husband's blog, and had to pass it along.

I used to love things like this when I was young, and I suspect some of you may have kids around who need to be entertained. This might keep them (or you) busy for a few minutes. :)

Paper Tux

LinuxJournal.com Outage

There's nothing like getting a hundred or so e-mail messages and calls about your web site being down to feel loved. :-) Seriously though, thank you to everyone who wrote and called us yesterday to check in. We're back! more>>

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