The ASUS/Google Nexus 7 arrived at my door on August 1, 2012 with a lot
of anticipation from both me and the rest of the consumer electronics
world. A quad-core Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA, a 1200x800
HD IPS display covered with the latest scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla
Glass and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera were among its most notable cool
I received an interesting message from Angela Kahealani with a challenge:
"Here's what I'd like to see in Work the Shell: a full-blown shell script
template. It should comply with all standards applicable to CLI programs. more>>
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I'm often compared to the Absent-Minded Professor. I take it as a
great compliment, because in the movie, he's brilliant. Unfortunately,
when people refer to me as him, it's the "absent-minded" part they're
stressing—not the "professor" part.
In these columns, I have covered several different scientific packages for
doing calculations in many different areas of research. I also have
looked at various packages that handle graphical representation
of these calculations. But, one package that I've never looked at
before is gnuplot (http://www.gnuplot.info). more>>
Anyone with an iPhone probably is familiar with the AirVideo
application. Basically, it's the combination of a server app that runs on
your Windows or OS X machine, and it serves video over the network to an
AirVideo application on your phone. It's extremely popular, and for a
good reason—it works amazingly well.
The feedback I've gotten on my "Taming the Tablet" column in issue 226 has been amazing. Thanks to everyone who has sent me their tablet setup, their experiences, and their thanks. It makes writing my column feel more like a conversation than a lecture. :)
It may not come as a surprise to anyone who regularly reads my column
that I tried to be first in line to order the Raspberry Pi. I mean, what's
not to like in a $35, 700MHz, 256MB of RAM computer with HDMI out that runs
Linux? In the end, I didn't make the first batch of 10,000, but I wasn't
too far behind either. more>>
This week IBM released a bunch of new hardware, including 8 new Power Systems, 3 PureSystems models, and new storage technology. This is good news for small and medium businesses, because it means the same powerful hardware that powers Watson (http://www-03.ibm.com/innovation/us/watson/) is now available at prices designed to compete with commodity hardware from other vendors. more>>
The folks over at http://www.iheartubuntu.com recently put up a challenge to
the Linux community to get Netflix to work natively under our beloved
OS. Thankfully, Erich Hoover stepped up to the challenge and patched
the Wine Project in a way to allow Firefox/Silverlight to be installed
and actually work with Netflix's DRM'd Silverlight!
“Change is inevitable in a progressive society. Change is constant” Benjamin Disraeli 1867. Quite a fitting quote if I say so myself. When I started in systems administration back in the mid 90’s everything was done either remoted in from your desktop, a server, or you plugged a terminal into the back of the server. more>>
Many of my previous articles have looked at software packages
that do scientific calculations and generate scientific results. But,
columns of numbers are nearly impossible to make sense of—at least, by
regular human beings. So what can you do? The answer is visualization. more>>
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