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Why Python is The Best

At the Geek Ranch we recently made a decision to implement some software in Python. Or, more accurately, I decided and there was no disagreement. Then Python gets picked as the best scripting language in the LJ Readers' Choice survey. That inspired me to write this article (and get ready for Perl and Ruby fans to start yelling at me). more>>

Yahoo: You're a Manipulator, Mr. Icahn

The Yahoo-Microsoft cum Yahoo-Icahn drama continues, with very little if any progress, but quite a bit more sniping 'ore the redoubts. This time, it's Yahoo giving the master of the hostile takeover a tongue-lashing. more>> Template Collections

Stubbornly, continues to ship with only a handful of templates. Despite the efforts of several sub-projects and individuals to change the situation, the standard download includes only a couple of slide show presentations and a few templates to accompany the wizards available in the file menu. This lack of templates is a serious handicap for many users, and often leaves a poor impression on new users who are accustomed to the selection of templates found in other office suites. more>>

"Inept Geek" to Grep Body for Deal

At the end of April, the sensational trial of Hans Reiser — the programmer behind ReiserFS — ended in a conviction for murdering his estranged wife Nina, with Reiser continuing to proclaim his innocence. That tactic seems to have given way after a month in jail, however, as the "abrasive" and "completely inept" geek is now looking for a deal. more>>


I needed an FTP client that would resume a put. I had been using a firefox plugin but it isn't available for firefox 3 yet. I had also used Kftpgrabber which works but is (newbies beware here) hard to use because it has a GUI instead of being a nice, clean, easy-to-use command line.


FTC Finally to Investigate Intel on the Record

Intel has been fighting off charges of monopolistic activity in the microprocessor market for years, with Advanced Micro Devices as the lead accuser before a range of world trade powers. Now the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is finally entering the fray — years after everyone else saw the writing on the wall. more>>

Webware for Python

Webware for Python 1.0rc1 is out there with, in theory, the real release to follow soon. That may be wishful thinking as version 0.8 was released over five years ago but let's hope it does happen.

So, what is it? From the web page: more>>

Recent Ruby News

Wow, you get wrapped up in other things and time flies. It’s been a while since I posted something here and there have been all kinds of changes in the Ruby community. more>>

Unofficial Google Shell is a Google interface that behaves similar to a UNIX shell. You type commands and the results are shown on the page.


will list all of the working commands. For instance, I can:

video linux journal

to get search results that feature all videos or more>>

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Flock Browser for Linux

Just thought I'd give the Flock browser a little love here since it hasn't gotten any yet here in our pages. Though I have just begun to test out Flock and will share more of my experiences, my initial impression is that it is cool and flexible. more>>

Free Nationwide Broadband Gets Throttled

High-speed internet access is the way of the future — at least the foreseeable future — a fact anyone still on a dial-up connection will swear to — perhaps in more ways than one. Plans have been popping up left and right to provide free coverage to various areas, but the one with the most potential to bring free nationwide access to the information superhighway has just hit a major pothole. more>>

Linux Product Insider: Myah OS 3.0

This week's "Linux Product Insider" features Myah OS, Intalio's user conference, Movial's IXS Toolkit, the book Blender 3D Architecture, Buildings and Scenery, PIKA's telephony appliances and ACT/Technico's SATA PMCDisk. more>>

It's the Year of Discovery at AMD – Discovery of Intel Irregularities, That Is

It's not uncommon for serious competitors to be at each other's throats — Ali and Frasier, Bush and Dukakis, children and the Trix rabbit — and chip-makers are no exception. Intel and AMD have been trading blows for years, and since 2005, have been locked in litigation alleging Intel took it all a bit too far. Judging from recent developments, it doesn't look like there is much chance of an end in sight. more>>

Linux is Ace at Acer

Acer, Inc. — the Taiwan-based electronics company and third-largest computer maker in the world — has decided to jump on the Linux bandwagon, and it's jumping bigtime. more>>

Googly Gadgets Come to Linux

When Google Desktop — the widely popular desktop search software with a host of other shiny features — came to Linux in June of last year, it lacked one particularly shiny feature of the Windows version: Google Gadgets. A year later, Google is finally ready to gadgetize Linux — but they want you to have a look at their code first. more>>

It's Not About the Distro

This summer, I'm changing our entire 250+ workstation infrastructure from Fedora to Edubuntu. Under the hood, our computers will be very, very different. Not a single one of my users, however, will notice. more>>

An Introduction to Gnome Inform7, Part 1

What is interactive fiction?

It all started in 1975 with a man named Will Crowther who wanted to create something for his daughters that tied together two of his loves: role playing games and cave exploration. The result was a game called "Adventure" (also sometimes called "Colossal Cave"). He wrote the game on the mainframe he used at work and while his daughters loved it, others who discovered the game did to, and they shared it far and wide. Stanford student Don Woods discovered the program on one of the university computers in 1976 and with Crowther's permission extended the Fortran original, adding more rooms and treasure. This expanded version was later ported to C and from there to countless platforms and languages. You can still download various versions of it today. more>>

Jerry Yang's No Fool

It's been a rough year so far for Yahoo. Microsoft tried a takeover, shareholders are suing left and right, and now Carl Icahn is buying up billions in shares in preparation for an investor revolt. Just as the odds are beginning to look insurmountable for Yahoo, we find out that the corner Mr. Yang has been backed into isn't quite as hopeless as it seems. more>>

Ubuntu Adds a Featherweight to its Knockout Lineup

The ultra-lightweight laptop market is a booming one, with everyone from Intel to Asustek offering a miniaturized system with a price-tag lower than the cost of a tank of gas — well, almost. Linux is the darling of such systems — though Windows is making inroads — and the day has been dawning when the major Linux players would jump into the lightweight Linux game. more>>

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Review: Rockbox

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Shawn Powers demonstrates Rockbox, an open source firmware for mp3 players.

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