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Just Another Tech Blog

Anything and everything having to do with technology, computers, science, and most of all... Linux! The documentation of my Linux endeavor.



A guide to building your computer

Thursday, March 30, 2006

ExtremeTech's Build It section gives excellent suggestions on what components to choose when building your PC. Very usefull information.
posted by linnerd40, Thursday, March 30, 2006 | link | 1 comments |


The Smoldering Ruins of Centralia

There is a small town in Pennsylvania called Ashland where Route 61's northbound traffic is temporarily branched onto a short detour. Beyond it lies a town filled with overgrown streets, smoldering earth, and ominous warning signs. It is the remains of the borough of Centralia. Very intersting article to check out!

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posted by linnerd40, Thursday, March 30, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


KDE 3.5.2 Released

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.2, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes.

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posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 29, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


PlayStation 2: Computational Cluster

"The NCSA has constructed a PlayStation 2 Linux cluster as a test bench for scientific computation on "toy" hardware. The cluster consists of 65 compute nodes, 4 user login and development nodes, and 1 prototype node for software installation tests. All the nodes run the Sony Linux distribution for PlayStation 2. The compute nodes fill a 24-inch rack; 5 shelves at 13 per shelf."

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posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 29, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Air Car (Video)

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

This is a car that literally runs on air! Great for city driving, and no emmisions.


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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 28, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Possibly the world's largest game collection. (Pics!)

This is the LARGEST video game collection I have ever seen. WOW! Simply amazing!

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 28, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


How To: Scanning For Viruses Using Knoppix...

"Ridding a network of Windows computers of a virus or worm can seem impossible. Viruses may cause computers to reboot and infect new machines while you are in the process of removing them. Through the use of the live-software installer, Knoppix provides a solution to this catch-22"

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 28, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


First Retail holographic Storage!

That long wait for holographic 3-D storage is finally over! A company called in-phase is selling a 515 GB per square inch drive.

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 28, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Dual Processor vs Dual Core

Will multiple processors or a dual core processor be beneficial to you, and what are the differences between them? These are the questions this article will attempt to lay to rest.

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 28, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


PC Games to be released in 2006...WOW!

Monday, March 27, 2006

This is a comprehesive list of all promising PC games slated for 2006 release. Many screenshots, Dial up beware.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 27, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Wind Power Becoming Cheaper Than Conventional Power

Wind energy power is now cheaper than convention sources in at least two areas: Austin, Texas and Colorado. A newly published report says that this trend is will likely be seen in other parts of the U.S.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 27, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


New Evidence For Life On Mars?

A new study of a meteorite that originated from Mars has revealed a series of microscopic tunnels that are similar in size, shape and distribution to tracks left on Earth rocks by feeding bacteria.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 27, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Roll Your Own Firewall

A comprehensive user friendly guide to setting up your own firewall on GNU/Linux.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 27, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


DeviantArt reaches 20,000,000 deviations.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

DeviantArt is a webpage where you can download wallpapers, skins...
It's where artists meet.

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posted by linnerd40, Sunday, March 26, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


We're Too Late to Stop Global Warming

Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. From heat waves to storms to floods to fires to massive glacial melts, the global climate seems to be crashing around us. Another bit of proof that governments are too slow and that Bush should have signed the Kyoto Treaty.

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posted by linnerd40, Sunday, March 26, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Extreme Technology: Got The Time?

Extreme Technology: Got The Time?
Time travel a reality?
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, March 26, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Could Ethiopian skull be missing link?

"Scientists in northeastern Ethiopia said Saturday that they have discovered the skull of a small human ancestor that could be a missing link between the extinct Homo erectus and modern man."
Read more...
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, March 26, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Increase your productivity in Linux with these incredible tools

This is an excellent set of tools to incrase productivity in Linux.

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posted by linnerd40, Sunday, March 26, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Extreme Technology: Extreme Undersea Habitats!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Extreme Technology: Extreme Undersea Habitats!
An amazing new type of habitat for humans, under the sea! Very interesting.
posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 25, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Particle Found to Oscillate Between Matter and Antimatter

Scientists have announced that their data on the properties of a subatomic particle, the B_s meson ("B sub s"), suggest that the particle oscillates between matter and antimatter in one of nature's fastest rapid-fire processes-more than 17 trillion times per second.

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 25, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Pentagon Putting Lasers on 747's

Laser weapons are still the stuff of science fiction, but the Pentagon is working to change that. One such weapon, now undergoing tests, is the Airborne Laser, a Boeing 747-400F that's being modified to deliver a beam that can knock missile out of the sky.

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 25, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


What's What in Linux 2.6.16

Here, in detail, is why enterprise developers will love the latest version of Linux. However, this kernel is also the first one to support Toshiba, Sony, and IBM's CELL processor, which is best known as the chip that will power Sony's forthcoming PlayStation 3 game console.

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 25, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


ATI: We Can Do Physics Better Than AGEIA and NVIDIA

ATI is not too impressed with AGEIA and NVIDIA and is saying it too is capable of performing heavy physics computations on its GPUs. Interesting read.

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 25, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


What is your CPU's Max Temp?

A good reference for you overclockers, here is an old but useful list of CPU's and their max operating temps. It goes all the way back to the AMD K5 processors and Intel 486 (not that many users have those anymore).

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 25, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Computer and programming books

High quality computer books for available for free download.

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 25, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Extreme Technology: Extreme Superyacht!

Friday, March 24, 2006

posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 24, 2006 | link | 2 comments |


London 'under water by 2100' as Antarctica crumbles into the sea

DOZENS of the world's cities, including London and New York, could be flooded by the end of the century, according to research which suggests that global warming will increase sea levels more rapidly than was previously thought.

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posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 24, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


British To Flight Test 5,600 MPH ScramJet

"If everything goes to plan, the experiment will begin at a height of 35km. As the engine continues its downward path the fuel in the scramjet is expected to automatically ignite."

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posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 24, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Thinking about installing Win XP on your Mac? Read this.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

For everyone out there excited about the prospect of dual booting Windows XP on your Mac you may be interested in reading this review from MacWorld. The article walks through the pros and cons and talks about some of the mistakes along the way. I'd say required reading if you actually want to try this.

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posted by linnerd40, Thursday, March 23, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


PhysX Card (footage of pc GRAW with/without card)

Short animation of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for PC using a PhysX graphics card. Looks like the $300 you spent on that card is beginning to pay off, starting with GRAW. Some really insane power there.

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posted by linnerd40, Thursday, March 23, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


B# - A programming language for embedded systems applications

"Because B# has its roots in the C family of languages, it will be immediately familiar to C, C++, Java, and C# programmers...the B# language caters to the embedded systems programmer with efficient boxing/unboxing conversions, multi-threading statements..."

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posted by linnerd40, Thursday, March 23, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Dell finalizes Alienware deal

So it is true. Dell has aquired Alienware....

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posted by linnerd40, Thursday, March 23, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


ATI Introduces first 1GB Graphics Accelerator

ATI has recently released information on its upcoming FireGL V7350. The card features and amazing 1 gigabyte of GDD3 Memory with a workstation graphics accelerator. All its features combined, "result in floating point processing power that exceeds a 3GHz Pentium processor by a staggering seven times."
Read more...
posted by linnerd40, Thursday, March 23, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Windows Vista delayed...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Apparently, Windows Vista has been delayed (again) untill 2007. I have yet to find a good article on the topic, but I will post one as soon as I find it.
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 22, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


A Linux desktop fairy tale

Just read... then judge...
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 22, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


NVIDIA SLI Physics Technology

After you thought NVIDIA couldn't cram any more technology into its GPUs, they come up with this. NVIDIA SLI Physics. Yeah, thats right, physics... Here are 2 articles on the topic:
Article 1 (from [H] Enthusiast)
Article 2 (from Adrian's Rojak Pot)
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 22, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


OpenBSD needs a major donor

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

OpenBSD (and as a result, OpenSSH) has lost and is losing some serious cash - to the tune of $20k per year for the last two years. If this continues, their hackathon won't happen this year. Surely the *nix community as a whole sees the value of OpenSSH. It's time to digg into those wallets people!! Help support OpenBSD and OpenSSH!

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 21, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Next-Gen Linux Game Roundup

Here's a round-up of several next-generation Linux games. These games feature modern graphics and innovative gameplay that'll keep you coming back for more.

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 21, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


PC Upgrade Planning: 2006 Edition from ExtremeTech

ExtremeTech has release their PC Upgrade Planner with a look into the future of CPUs, RAM, and GPUs.
posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 21, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


A (Re)-Introduction to JavaScript

This is a re-introduction to JavaScript by Simon Willison.
Why a re-introduction? Because JavaScript has a reasonable claim to being the world's most misunderstood programming language.

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 21, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


MIT Light Detector May Speed Up Interplanetary Communications

Monday, March 20, 2006

MIT researchers have developed a tiny light detector that may allow for super-fast broadband communications over interplanetary distances. Currently, even still images from other planets are difficult to retrieve.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 20, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Linux 2.6.16 kernel released

Latest and greatest kernel release. More info. Full changelog.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 20, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


A Closer Look at Intel's Advanced Liquid Cooling Technology

An in-depth review from hardwaresecrets.com with lots of pictures and diagrams of how it works.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 20, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


interview with XP on Mac winner

interview with Jesus Lopez (Otherwise known as blanka) who was part of the 2 man team that successfully got Windows XP to install and run on an Intel Mac. from ATAU

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 20, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


1000 Suns From Huge Concentrating Dish

The dish is 4,300 square feet, but the actual solar panel part is only 3 inches by 3 inches! This will soon be tested by the National Solar Energy Center in Israel.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 20, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


NASA Columbia Supercomputer pictures!

Columbia Supercomputer pictures with descriptions.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 20, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


What Windows Vista will do for PC gaming

Sunday, March 19, 2006

The launch of Windows Vista will not only fatten the pockets of Gates, but it will also bring with it DirectX 10. "It will offer six to eight times the graphics performance of DirectX 9.0"

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posted by linnerd40, Sunday, March 19, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


WinXP and OSX dual boot in MacBook Pro

This person has managed to dual boot Windows XP and OSX on a MacBook Pro. He claims the process was quite simple and tells you about any errors he did encounter. Links to the original HOW-TO and downloads are also encluded on the site.

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posted by linnerd40, Sunday, March 19, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Fedora Core 5 Final Screencast

Although not officially announced yet, Fedora Core 5 is available. LinClips has a screencast (video) of the release!

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posted by linnerd40, Sunday, March 19, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


IBM follows Novell with big Australian Linux contract

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Following the announcement last week of a big Linux contract signed by Novell with the New South Wales government, IBM has gone down the same path.

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 18, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Farcry: AMD 64-bit vs. 32-bit

Mouse-over the images to see the difference in Farcry graphics with a 64-bit processor, and a 32-bit processor. Big difference!

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 18, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


One Week

This is the official one week anniversary of this Just Another Tech Blog!
posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 18, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Novell Linux Xgl Technology Demonstration

posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 18, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Rare 1972 Documentary on ARPAnet

I seldom-seen look at the beginnings of the Internet we know and love. Watch the architects of ARPAnet explain what it is and what they envisioned for the future of ARPAnet and networks as a whole.

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 18, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


PS3 to ship with Linux - Official

...In addition to running Linux from its hard-drive, the PS3 is expected to be available with various Linux-based productivity packs that turn the game into a computing appliance for special applications such as digital video editing.

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 18, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Ruby Cheatsheet

A cheatsheet for Ruby, with language elements, regex and important library functions (png and pdf). I have no idea how to program with Ruby but this may help others that do. : )

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 18, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


How to write a Makefile

"make is a utility that automates the process of converting files from one form to another, doing dependency tracking and invoking external programs to do additional work as needed. Its dependency tracking is very simple and centers on using the modification time of the input files."

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 18, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Fedora Core 5 Released

It seems as though Fedora has released the next installment of Fedora Core three days early. On the Fedora Forums, there's a link to an ftp server servering isos for the x86_64 and i386 DVD versions.

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, March 18, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Math For Programmers: It Isn't As Hard As You Think

Friday, March 17, 2006

"They teach math all wrong in school. Way, WAY wrong. If you teach yourself math the right way, you'll learn faster, remember it longer, and it'll be much more valuable to you as a programmer."

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posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Code to Run XP on Mac May Become Open Source

The momentous achievement by narf2006 and blanka may soon be available to everyone! After successfully getting Windows XP to boot on a Mac, the team won Colin Nederkoorn's unofficial contest (and about $13800). The winner's code can be downloaded from www.onmac.net.
Read more.
posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Is our universe about to be mangled?

The parallel universes suggested by Quantum Theory may not be parallel at all, but interacting! This could have some disastrous consequences, such as the destruction of our universe as we know it!
Read more.
posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Smart Cars: Coming to the U.S.

One of my favorite cars from Europe is finally coming to the US! I can't wait to see them on the streets of America. The Smart Car gets 60 mpg and can reach speeds of 85 miles per hour, and will range in price from $15,000 to $25,000 fully loaded. But, is it safe with all these huge SUVs driving about?

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posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


SuSE 10.1 Beta8 Released

The eighth beta of SuSE 10.1 has been released. As with every beta release, there are some known bugs still to be fixed and others that have been fixed since the last beta. Links to the torrents of ISOs are available.
posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Proving How The Universe Was Born

Physicists announced Thursday that they now have the smoking gun that shows the universe went through extremely rapid expansion in the moments after the big bang, growing from the size of a marble to a volume larger than all of observable space in less than a trillion-trillionth of a second.

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posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


The $1000 Graphics Card! (pics)

The GeForce 7900GX2 1024MB adaptor sports a 500MHz core clock with 1.2GHz DDR3 memory support! Casual gamers "need not apply".

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posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Build a Quiet Gaming System

This article of off Extreme Tech shows you how to build a very quiet gaming system. Don't be fooled, the system specs are still stelar with an FX-57, 2gigs of over clocked Corsair RAM, and an nVidia 7900GTX. This is thing is supposed to be so quiet, you can't hear it from over a meter away.
Read more...
posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Automatix kicks Ubuntu into gear

Automatix installs a laundry list of applications, plugins, and utilities that are supposed to turn a barebone Ubuntu install into desktop perfection. You can pick and choose what you want to install, and in a couple seconds, you'll have it !

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posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


ATI Radeon X1900 XTX CrossFire and Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX SLI

This is an excellent comparision on gamespot of the most powerful graphics cards on the market, the ATI Radeon X1900 XTX (dual in CrossFire) and the nVidia GeForce7900GTX (dual in SLI). The two cards battle each other out in the most demanding games and 3Dmark05. Who won? Well, nVidia's 7900GTX of course, but ATI's X1900 XTX put up a very tough fight. See the stats, read the article.
posted by linnerd40, Friday, March 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


It can be done! Windows XP on a Mac!!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

narf2006 has proven victorious! He has succesfully made Windows XP boot on an Intel-based Mac.
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


GNOME 2.14 Released

Gnome 2.14 was released today. It contatins a lot of new features including the inclusion of Beagle which is a clone of spotlight for OS X. Another new feature is the abilty to switch users quickly and without having to log out, again a clone of Windows XP fast user switiching. Although it makes it more like Windows and OS X, its all open source

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posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


World of Warcraft player banned for using logitech keyboard

A World of Warcraft player was banned from the game for using Logitech's new gaming keyboard. The keyboard allows you to program macro's that can make playing the game easier.

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posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Africa Spilitting Apart, New Ocean Forming

Normally new rivers, seas and mountains are born in slow motion. The Afar Triangle near the Horn of Africa is another story. A new ocean is forming there with staggering speed...

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posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Power Consumption and the Modern Geek

Just how much power does a modern PC draw? What about the other gear around your house? When your monthly power bill arrives, don't be surprised at how high it is.

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posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


A First Look at Fedora Core 5

This is a look at the latest from Fedora, Fedora Core 5. The Fedora distribution is one of the most widely used GNU/Linux distributions and is the community driven effort of Red Hat Linux.
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


A Mixed Reality Interface - Very amazing concept!

Check out this video, it shows an interface where in realtime 3D animated objects on a screen interact with the users.

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posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Funny mock up of Windows

An environment in which you actually laugh at the flaws of windows instead of wanting to hurt something.

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posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Dell denies Alienware acquisition

According to CNET.com.au, Dell has effectively denied rumours that it's acquired rival PC vendor Alienware, suggesting that all speculation should be taken "with a grain of salt".

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posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Dell Acquires Alienware

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Looks like Dell will be selling AMD systems afterall, through Alienware that is. Reports comfirm the deal has gone down and is closed. This is a truely sad day.

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 14, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


AMD surpases intel in valves latest hardware survay

AMD 54.91 %
Intel 45.09 %

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 14, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Black holes: The ultimate quantum computers?

Nearly all of the information that falls into a black hole escapes back out, a controversial new study argues. The work suggests that black holes could one day be used as incredibly accurate quantum computers...

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, March 14, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Linux LiveCD with XGL running

Monday, March 13, 2006

LiveCD of Kororaa Linux with a demo of the upcoming XGL graphics technology for the Linux desktop. Finally Linux catches up with OSx and blows past windows!

Screenshots and torrent file in the link!

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Icy "super-Earth" found around faraway star

A cold, heavy "super-Earth" has been found orbiting a distant star

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Quad-Core Processors from Intel


The processor giant Intel claims that it will have Quad-Core processors for desktops and servers ready by 2007. I wonder what AMD will have out by then. Probably something that will once again beat Intel straight up... like usual.

Story from DailyTech.
posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


The code of this blog

Today I was fiddling around with the XHTML and HTML code of this blog and made some improvements (or at least I would call them that). The nice rainbow text java script came from JavaScript Kit and actually helped me familiarize myself just a bit with the cool world of JavaScript. I really learned a lot, though, from dissecting the XHTML used in code of this blog. After re-writing the code drastically, I decided the page looked too busy and cluttered so I narrowed it down. All I used was the nice little image of Tux in the header with a hyperlink to Linux.org and the javascript mentioned above. Still, I think this adds a little character to the page and gives it a more home-pagey (ha, what a word) feel. Enjoy!
posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Applications and Linux

I keep Windows XP on one of my hard drive for use with some applications that just won't run under Linux or arn't substitutable. One of these programs is Google Earth. I love Google Earth, and find it one of the most ingenious peices of software out there. But why must I switch to my Windows hard drive just to use one application? Why doesn't Google come out with a version of Google Earth for Linux? Why must things be this way? I was suprised that Google didn't offer any of their software for use under Linux. Google is a large Open Source supporter and all their servers run on a stripped down Linux Kernel. I realize there are ways to install Google Earth on Linux using WINE (see here), but not everyone can do that. I think more companies should start offering Linux versions of their products. Doesn't the future lie in Open Source anyway?
posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


5 things Ruby on Rails offers that Java + MVC + ORM doesn't

A list of 5 reasons Ruby on Rails really appeals to Java web developers and the list doesn't include blocks/closures or hitting refresh in your browser while developing.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


Unix commands, tips, and quick reference

DOS to UNIX Comparison, UNIX Tips, and UNIX commands in alpha order, File management, Job Control, vi *commands*. In quick reference form.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


An Engineer's Guide to The Matrix

A no-symbology, no-pseudo-philosophical explanation / backstory of the Matrix movies from a programmer's perspective.

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


The personal supercomputer - 16 cores under your desk

Think eight dual-core processors, 64gb (yes, GB) of RAM, but whisper quiet sitting under your desk. It's meant for researchers and scientists, but hey, so were all computers originally... (via Gizmodo)

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, March 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |


The Most Intense Solar Storm In Fifty Years Is Coming

It's official: Solar minimum has arrived. Sunspots have all but vanished. Solar flares are nonexistent. The sun is utterly quiet.
"The next sunspot cycle will be 30% to 50% stronger than the previous one," she says. If correct, the years ahead could produce a burst of solar activity second only to the historic Solar Max of 1958.

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Knoppix 5

The long awaited version 5 of Knoppix has been release!

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About SuSE Linux 10.0

Sunday, March 12, 2006

After writing the below post, I thought I might share this article from the same website about the current stable SuSE 10.0 (which happens to be the version I use). It includes EVERYTHING you need to know about SuSE 10.0 and more!
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SUSE 10.1 Beta 6 Report

This is a report from tuxmachines.org on the new SuSE 10.1 beta 6. It goes over the usual bugs and new features of the release along with some nice screenshots. I thought this was very interesting since I currently use SuSE 10.0 (which I love). Once a more stable version comes out that fixes the partioner bug, I will give this release a try.
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Whisky PC



For many of you, this may be old news, but I just noticed this simply ingenious "case." Someone has actually managed to fit a computer in a whisky bottle! Wow. I am very impressed. Check it out.
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Installing Slax on a USB stick

This little walkthrough shows you how to easily put Slax linux on a USB stick. I havn't tried this myself for lack of a USB stick to sacrifice, but it seems quite simple. Try it, tell me how it goes.
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Forbes Richest People in the World

Forbes released its anual World's Billionaires report. Of course, topping the list was Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway). There were some new faces too and much more money involved. There are now 793 people on the list, worth a combined $2.6 Trillion. The average billionaire has a net worth of about $3.3 Billion.
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What Programming Languages You Should Actually Care to Learn

This is probably my favorite tour of the popular languages we all hear debates about and which ones are actually worth their steam. It includes C, C++, Lisp, Java, Perl, Ruby, and Python.

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ac3d

Among other things today, I downloaded and installed ac3d, a 3D modeling program, for Linux. The installation, if you can call it that, was very simple. All I had to do was tar -xzvf the .tgz file and then switch to the new directory to run ac3d. My first impressions of the program were that it had a nice, simple interface (although the aesthetics seem to be lacking) and easily accessible tools. After fiddling around with it for a while, I started to like what I was using. Overall, the feel of the whole program was very smooth and simple. I am by no means a 3D modeling expert, but I feel this could be a very useful program in the real world. Sadly, the demo version only lasts 14 days and the real program costs about $60, so I don't see this application in my future, but perhaps it could be in yours! Try it out.
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Three cosmic enigmas, one audacious answer

An article in NewScientist tells about audacious new idea that may do away with black holes... for ever!
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Music based on the stock market and algorithms?

A band named Emerald Suspension has released an album called Playing the Market that is based on algorithms such as the Fibonacci sequence, the stock market, and economic indicators. Very interesting...

Post originally from Slashdot

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What is UNIX?

A question many people have asked before, what exactly is UNIX? This article explains everything very well and proves an interesting read. Enjoy!
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Google - A Rare Look At How They Do It


Ever wonder how Google stays so reliable and quick? Did you know that they use a stripped down version of Red Hat? Did you know they built their own file system? This article explains it all.

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A Guide to Understanding /Proc, the Linux Information Location

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Many Linux users don't understand how much information the /proc file system provides, this simple guide covers the basics of understanding your Linux computer.

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Alienware

Alienware is a name that has always been associated with top-quality and performance computers. Recently, I was looking around their website and happened to notice their new ALX system with quad nVidia graphics cards. Being the computer nerd that I am, I immediatly configured a system. WOW, was all I was thinking. The new 7900GTX Graphics Cards from nVidia (see here) are simply amazing. I can't even begin to imagine what 2gigs of video memory will do for gaming. If I had the money, I would much rather spend $13000 on a computer than on a car any day. Here is a link to customize the Alienware ALX with Quad SLI.
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The Quantum Computer that Dosn't Run

A couple of weeks ago I recieved a very interesting email from my dad about an article in NewScientist. It was about a quantum computer that... doesn't run? Well, I though, this has got to be interesting. So I read....

Even for the crazy world of quantum mechanics, this one is twisted. A
quantum computer program has produced an answer without actually running.

The idea behind the feat, first proposed in 1998, is to put a quantum
computer into a “superposition”, a state in which it is both running and
not running. It is as if you asked Schrödinger's cat to hit "Run".

With the right set-up, the theory suggested, the computer would
sometimes get an answer out of the computer even though the program did
not run. And now researchers from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign have improved on the original design and built a
non-running quantum computer that really works.

They send a photon into a system of mirrors and other optical devices,
which included a set of components that run a simple database search by
changing the properties of the photon.

The new design includes a quantum trick called the Zeno effect. Repeated
measurements stop the photon from entering the actual program, but allow
its quantum nature to flirt with the program's components - so it can
become gradually altered even though it never actually passes through.

"It is very bizarre that you know your computer has not run but you also
know what the answer is," says team member Onur Hosten.

This scheme could have an advantage over straightforward quantum
computing. "A non-running computer produces fewer errors," says Hosten.
That sentiment should have technophobes nodding enthusiastically.
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Linus Torvalds Forbes Interview

In an interview via e-mail with Forbes, Torvalds discusses GPLv3,
digital rights management and sharks with laser beams.
Linus indicated he wouldn't adopt a new version of the license under which Linux is distributed. Torvalds' opinion matters because his program is by far the most popular open source program in the world.

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Why People Like Linux

Here is an interesting story on why people like Linux. Surprisingly, a large survey sample found people liked Linux for its user experience, because it's challenging and fun to learn and reasons not related to Microsoft.

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Shuttleworth Proposes Delaying Ubuntu Dapper

Update! Possible delay of Ubuntu Dapper. From Shuttleworth in an email dated March 10 20:23:31 GMT 2006, "I'm writing to propose a six week delay in the release date of Dapper, in order to do additional validation, certification, localisation, and polish."

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Ubuntu 6.04 Dapper Drake (Flight-5) is released today

A look at the latest Ubuntu! Everything looks very promising. Great new theme and icons. The ISO files should be released soon.

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What is this blog?

This is just another Linux blog set up by a teenager obsessed with computers who hopes to one day become an icon in the tech world. Enjoy!
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