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Compute for the planet

The Bush administration's attempts to derail the global climate-change talks in Bali have put me on the verge of apoplexy. How the United States government, representing roughly 5% of the global population yet 22% of humanity's carbon emissions, chastises China and India for its actions yet takes responsibilty for nearly nothing, is shameful, immoral and pathetic. more>>

Taking Open Source To The Moon

NASA has decided to take open source into space, with the announcement that the Aries I rocket — which will be used to make the U.S. Space Program's first visit to the moon in over forty years — will be built with an open-source "brain." more>>

Waiting for the 100th Monkey

The story goes like this: back in the 50s a group of researchers in Japan were studying a group of monkeys. Every day the monkeys would spend a significant amount of time cleaning the dirt from their potatoes before eating them. Then one day, a bright young primate discovered that he could save significant time by taking his spud down to the ocean and washing it off in the water. more>>

Opera Takes On Microsoft

Opera Software — the company behind the popular alternative browser Opera — has decided to go after Microsoft with an oddly familiar claim. more>>

The Spam Also Rises

A new study released by Barracuda Networks shows that the tide of spam is rising, clocking in at 95% of the world's email. more>>

Tech Tips

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Movable Type Moves To Open Source

Movable Type — the popular blogging platform from Six Apart — has decided to open the doors to Open Source. more>>

Novell Nabs Office Depot

Office Depot — the office supply giant spread across forty-three countries — has decided it will give up it's mix of internal server OS's and transition to a SUSE-only operation. more>>

Another Ultra Mobile PC

I think I have taken neurosis to a new level. Ever since the LinuxWorld show, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the Asus EeePC. Anticipating the $200 version, I was thinking the "Impulse" buy defense. more>>

BarCamp

This week I had the opportunity to meet, (thanks to Startup Houston) Ryan Plesko and Bill Erickson who are organizing BarCamp Texas, January 26-27. more>>

Microsoft's FolderShare Meets The Trash

Reliability is often cited by Microsoft supporters as a defining feature of Microsoft software. One can almost see them reddening through the egg on their faces, with the news that Microsoft's file-syncing software Foldershare has been sharing user's files with the recycle bin. more>>

OpenOffice.org Calc: Basic arithmetic and statistic functions

For novices, functions are one of the most intimidating features of OpenOffice.org's Calc. Newcomers quickly learn that functions are a main feature of spreadsheets, but there are almost four hundred, and many require input that assume specialized knowledge. more>>

Linux Phone Standards Forum Releases First Specification

Although Google's Android is the media darling, it's not the only mobile Linux option out there. The point was reinforced yesterday with the release of the first specification from the Linux Phone Standards Forum. more>>

Vores Tuum Victum Canis

In English that means "Eat Your Own Dog Food". We do that here at Linux Journal, we use Linux and FOSS. OK, maybe its not "our" dog food since we didn't write it, but you get the point. more>>

Microsoft Offering Spyware For Free

The folks at Microsoft want to know what you're doing — they really, really want to know. In fact, they want to know so bad they'll give you free copies of their software if you'll let them spy on you for a while. more>>

Tech Tip: Keyword Search in Firefox

Firefox is a great browser, but you already knew that, right? Firefox's keywords facility can be used for a neat search trick. It is best used for a directed search engine that digs specific data -- for example, a Bugzilla search, IMDb search, LXR search or Marcel/wine search http://www.wine-searcher.com, and so on. Here are the steps: more>>

Seagate Doesn't Need Linux

Seagate Technology, the world's largest producer of hard disks, has decided it doesn't need Linux users — or Mac users, for that matter. The realization of this new philosophy comes with the release of Seagate's "Free Agent" series, which are apparently useless on anything but Windows. more>>

Fun with Photo Mosaics

Thank you lifehacker for this one. more>>

Mozilla Speaks On Why IE Bytes

Just over a week ago, Microsoft lackey Jeff Jones came out and claimed that Firefox is less secure than Internet Explorer because Mozilla finds and fixes more bugs than Microsoft. Now Mozilla is striking back at the bugs in Microsoft's logic. more>>

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