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Stumbling Into eGroupWare

Recently I have been grumbling about project management, accounting and organizational software in general. Basically, Gixia and I want to just build the Geek Ranch rather than be bogged down with overhead. The reality is, however, this is too big a project to do without some back-end organization.

As I looked for specific packages for each item I was overwhelmed with more>>

Big Evil Wants to Play Nice Now?

We know, we know, we've done enough Microsoft news this week, and we promise this will be the last one — February is a short month, and we have to get our quota in or the Boss'll take away our stapler. We couldn't pass up this opportunity, however, as it's the first time in history that the "Microsoft" and "Open Source" can appear in the same sentence without the phrase "desperately wants to crush." more>>

Good Worms, Unfair Licenses, and Much, Much More

We told you this morning that it's been a busy week for Microsoft — so busy, in fact, that we couldn't fit it all in one report. Here's a look at what else has gone on this week in Redmond and beyond. more>>

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Review: X-Arcade

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X-Arcade is an industrial quality arcade game controller that injects the ultimate arcade game experience into your PC, MAC or game console (we tested on Linux, of course).

With your X-Arcade Joystick, you can reverse time and play the classics like Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Robotron, Galaga, Donkey Kong and Street Fighter. more>>

A Busy Week in Takeover Land

It's a hard life in Redmond, what with all the people to crush, hostile takeovers to mastermind, and FUD to perpetuate. This week has been a busy one for everyone's favorite Evil-Empire-on-the-move, and we've got all the details of what's made the wire. more>>

What's Next for Open Source and Public Media?

Open Source has won. We've moved into Gandhicon 4. Now what? That's the question that occurred to me yesterday, while sitting in the audience of a tech session at Public Media 2008 in Los Angeles — the big annual conference for what most of us still call public broadcasting. more>>

Playing with the OLPC XO

Thanks to super-cool Robert Nagle who loaned us his XO, we have something new to play with this week. I will add some video of the XO in action, but for now here is a photo of the XO with our lovely web page open. Check back for more on the XO. Thanks, Robert!

Truecrypt 5.0 Released: Disk Encryption Software for Linux

Truecrypt is free and open source disk encryption software for Linux. The below video demonstrates the new graphical user interface for Truecrypt 5, released February 12. more>>

Hands on with Google Android

This video was taken at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and allows us to see the Google Android device in action. more>>

Open Source is Busting Out All Over the Place

It seems like everybody wants to get a piece of the Open Source pie these days. Whether it's Sun snapping up MySQL, Nokia grabbing Trolltech, or something more sinister, like SCO trying to squeeze the jelly-filling out of just about everybody, it seems like getting your hands on some Open Source is all the rage. In that spirit, we bring you two new Open Source projects announced over the past few days. more>>

While HD Dies, Verizon Blows the Doors Off

It's been a long weekend here — complete with a long President's Day snooze yesterday morning — but there's been no snoozing on the news wires. We've got it all for you, from slumps to suits to slapstick and back again. more>>

Microsoft's DreamSpark – What a Giveaway

Yesterday, Microsoft announced DreamSpark – an ironic name, since it actually lays bare Microsoft's worst nightmare: that more and more of tomorrow's programmers are growing up using free software for their studies, which means that as they move out into the world, there will be less and less demand for Microsoft's tools, and even fewer programs written for its platforms. more>>

Fun With VMware Workstation, Part Deux

A couple of weeks ago I downloaded a free trial version of VMware Workstation out of pure curiosity to see what it was like. As of the last posting, I had installed openSUSE 10.3 as a virtual machine, which I am enjoying a great deal. This week I finally have the time to fulfill my original plan, i.e. to install WindowsXP. I wanted to get XP installed so I can use the Yahoo! more>>

Dirty Harry - A New Beginning

I noticed the other day that there's a new Rambo movie out. I haven't seen it yet but I saw some of the stills and for 62, Stallone is still looking pretty good. This got me thinking about what other old Hollywood characters might be ripe for a sequel. more>>

ZipIt Wireless -- Keeping Promises, Opening Doors

A few weeks back, I reviewed the ZipIt Z2 Wireless device. It was a neat little gadget, and in the review I stressed how much cooler it would be if it were open for developers to add 3rd party functionality. more>>

Interview With Arjan van de Ven of Intel and

Linux Journal recently caught up with Intel's Arjan van de Ven. Van de Ven leads Intel's green initiative and is the developer of PowerTOP, one of the most acclaimed power management tools on the Linux platform. more>>

SCO is Back, and This Time It's Personal

We all thought it was time to party, that the enemy was finally vanquished, that it was time for Champagne and cigars. We learned our lesson yesterday afternoon, though, when SCO smacked us all in the face with a hundred million dollars. more>>

Valentine's Special: The Technology of Love

Oh sure, love is a pretty low-tech affair — unless snookums is getting you that new gadget you've been wanting — but the days of tech-free lovin' are looking numbered. more>>

More Yahoo Woes, Net Neutrality, and The Pirate Bay Back in Action

It's a wild, wild world out on the web, and if you don't believe us, just ask the people behind today's tech headlines. more>>

A Shortcut for Creating Shortcuts

If you come from the world of Windows, you undoubtedly understand the concept of a shortcut. In the Linux world, shortcuts do exist, but they're generally referred to as symbolic links, or symlinks. They are so named because, like shortcuts, a symlink is really just a symbolic placeholder or link to the file or directory you're trying to get at. more>>