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Saturday, March 30
  CamWorld: Lotto Group
I think it's mostly an exercise in online communication and seeing how hard (or easy) it will be to coordinate a group lotto game play using nothing but email, this Web page, and PayPal. And it will be interesting to see how well the idea is received by the online community. And well, if we win, that would just be cool. All winnings (if any) will be distributed evenly among the ten players.
  Slashdot | "Disposable" Cell Phone Actually Repackaged Nokia
" apparently started distributing the first versions of their disposable/recyclable cell phones, which will offer 60 minutes for $30. Hop-On claims their proprietary technology makes this possible. However, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that, upon cracking open the phones, they found not the kind of disposable cell phone technology covered earlier on Slashdot, but a jury-rigged Nokia. When confronted, Hop-On CEO Peter Michaels dodged by saying the phones the Chronicle took apart were, "promotional samples only. They are not Hop-On production phones." The article also calls into serious question Hop-On's other claims, and also points out California revoked Hop-On's corporate status last month."
  O'Reilly Network: Why Caldera Released Unix: A Brief History
Our strangest dreams sometimes take on a reality of their own. In January, Caldera, the latest owners of the "official" Unix source code, decided to release some of the older versions (up to "V7" and "32V") under an open source license. While not as significant as it would have been, say, ten years ago, it is nice that everyone now has access to the code that first made Unix popular, and that led to the development of the 4BSD system that underlies FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Apple's Darwin (which in turn underlies Mac OS X). Since I was active in the computer field through almost all the years of Unix's development, I'd like to comment briefly on the Caldera announcement in its full context.
  The Push for News Returns
The Push for News Returns
In an age of information overload, a bevy of services are attempting to automate news so humans won't have to sort through headlines. Will this sort of technology ever replace journalists? - What is a charity portal or a charity mall? - What is a charity portal or a charity mall? Charity portals are Web sites that offer a directory of nonprofits, of which you'd be one of many. Their job is to attract large amounts traffic to their Web site and encourage visitors to make contributions to the nonprofits listed. Examples of charity portals include,, and
San Francisco MicroAngels is an educational non-profit teaching entrepreneurs and members how new companies use Direct Public Offerings to raise seed capital. So far 16 companies have used the MicroAngels structure and special securities laws available only to small businesses, to sell public stock to our members.
  Welcome to the Tibetan Nuns Project
Welcome to the Tibetan Nuns Project
In 1987 the Tibetan Nuns Project was founded to provide basic humanitarian aide to refugee nuns from Tibet. Food, clothing, housing, and basic medical care were organized. A sponsorship program was set up which allows donors from around the world to contribute to the effort. Now, nuns in five different nunneries -- each from a different Tibetan Buddhist tradition -- receive support through the Project.
  Slashdot | Is MOXI Toast?
Slashdot | Is MOXI Toast?
"Moxi Digital, one of the big hits of the 2002 Consumer Electronics Show in January, has bitten the dust, absorbed by one of Paul Allen's companies, Digeo. At CES, Moxi showed a Linux-based PVR and home entertainment server system that used Ethernet or 802.11a to distribute video, audio and JPEGs throughout a house. Last week, Digeo announced that it would not use Microsoft's interactive TV software." This really looked liked the best of the upcoming PVRs. Bummed to see it collapse. Here is a somewhat related and really entertaining short bit about Tivo turning 3 The Smartest Place to Buy and Sell Books, Music, Movies, Games and more... The Smartest Place to Buy and Sell Books, Music, Movies, Games and more...
eBay's has switched our reporting functionality to a batch file. Instead of receiving real-time transactions in your Commission Junction account, you'll now see transactions updated on a one to three day delay. This is due to the fact that we need to wait up to two days until a purchase is confirmed. This change went into action on Friday morning, 03/29/02. We apologize for the inconvenience and welcome any feedback. Sincerely, Todd Kevitch Affiliate Guy
Thursday, March 28
  Understanding The Voluntary Simplicity
Understanding The Voluntary Simplicity"Movement" - The Simple Living Network
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow of life.... — Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden
  Google Search: htminimalism
Google Search: htminimalism
Fresh Styles for Web Designers - Book Review - WebReference ... ... underground Web design styles, with names like SuperTiny SimCity, Mondrian Poster, and HTMinimaLism. He traces the roots of these styles to the past. He shows ... Minority Report Minority Report
In the future city of Washington D.C., circa 2080 A.D., when technology has advanced to the point where crimes can be detected before they're committed, a police officer (Cruise) in the Pre-Crimes division finds himself hunted (by Farrell) for a murder he hasn't even committed yet... (Stormare and Lagerfeldt play a Swedish doctor and nurse.)
  BBC - Top of the Pops - TOTP News
Justin's All Keyed Up
Well, what a fast mover sparkly-toothed Justin Timberlake is! Hardly a week has gone by since he split with the long-term love of his life Britney Spears and he's already got his *NSYNC sights set on another pretty lady. Justin has been spotted enjoying a cosy meal with the Grammy award-winning R&B woman of the moment Alicia Keys. According to the Sun, the pair met for lunch at a restaurant on LA's Sunset Boulevard and they even kissed and cuddled as they left. Oooh, how exciting! Rumours that Miss Keys has started practising moves with a 9ft python to impress her new boyf are unfounded.
  Yahoo! News - Hugh Grant Bemoans End of Romance
Hugh Grant Bemoans End of Romance
"Four Weddings and a Funeral" star Hugh Grant says fame has robbed him of the thrill of seducing women, the Daily Telegraph newspaper said on Friday. "When I was younger, the great excitement in pursuing women was the sense of seduction and romance and chase," Grant, 41, told the paper. "But when you are a celebrity, you discover that you are no longer the pursuer, but the pursued.
  Slashdot | Web Surfing Losing Its Luster
Slashdot | Web Surfing Losing Its Luster
"The New York Times has an article about how trolling the web is not nearly as much fun as it used to be. Reasons for the decline cited in the article include: commercialization, lack of compelling content, instant messaging, P2P, and the fact that it's been mainstream for a couple of years now. The average online session decreased from 90 (March 2000) to 83 minutes in March of 2001." It'll be interesting to see where the Net fits in relative to TV and movies for pure entertainment.
  Yahoo! Sports: NBA - Jordan plans to play next season, but knee must get better
Jordan plans to play next season, but knee must get better
Michael Jordan just might retire -- again. On Thursday, the NBA superstar said he probably won't play next season unless his injured knee improves. But he also said, "My contract lasts for next season. I have all intent of living out my contract." Responding to comments made by coach Doug Collins, Jordan said, "I would be surprised if I'm back playing next year if I'm going through the same situation that I'm going through right now."
  eye candy from the underground
eye candy from the underground
H. HTMinimaLism School: source inspiration: html code, Jakob Neilsen's brain techniques: CSS font manipulation, "liquid" screen design, heavy reliance on color for meaning, thin-loading gif logos, html/text as design home page/ design firm examples: 37signals (post-5/02), 37signals (pre-5/02), bland, jovino, test pilot collective (post-5/00), type different, a list apart, threeoh, mesa.beta.font commercial example: helmut lang, gettyone
The Daily Blog
I finally did it. I gave up my Palm PDA and switched to an Audiovox Maestro PDA-1032, which is actually a Toshiba e570 minus 32 MB of RAM. (It's one of the softest OEM efforts I've ever seen. Even though it says Audiovox on the front, it says Toshiba on the back.) Why did I go with the Audiovox? First, I really liked the product's design. Not only is it smaller and lighter than the Compaq iPAQ, Hewlett-Packard Jornada and Casio Casseopia devices we use in the lab, it also has both a Compact Flash slot and an SD memory slot. So I can connect to my wireless network using a Symbol CF Wi-Fi network card as well as have a removable 64-MB memory card. The second reason I went with the Audiovox is because it's a bargain, and I was using my own money to buy it.
  Slashdot | GPS Wristwatch for Kids
Slashdot | GPS Wristwatch for Kids
"A company called 'Wherify Wireless' has created a $400 watch with a built-in pager, GPS unit and wireless data connectivity. It's targeted at families with kids. According to their website, 'Wherify's GPS Personal Locator helps keep loved ones safe by combining Wherify's patented technology with the U.S. Department of Defense's multi-billion dollar Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites plus the largest 100% digital, nationwide PCS wireless network.' It includes a pager, clock, two-button '911' calling (parent can disable this), and remote-control keyfob (to lock and unlock it) for the parents. It is apparently water- and kid-resistant, and can be locked onto the wrist so that it cannot be removed (easily). $400 plus $35 a month... that's a lot more money than those stretchy wrist-leashes I see at the mall." There are so many things wrong with this that I don't even know where to begin.
  Yahoo updates privacy policy - Tech News -
Yahoo updates privacy policy
Web portal Yahoo has revised its privacy policy to more clearly describe how user data will be treated in certain circumstances, company officials said. The new policy states Yahoo will share information to investigate circumstances involving illegal activity such as fraud, violations of its terms of service agreement and the use of its service for potential threats. The revision also said Yahoo will transfer user information if it is acquired by another company and abide by the acquiring company's privacy policy.
Wednesday, March 27
  Yahoo! News - Collins: 'Surprised' if Jordan Returns
Collins: 'Surprised' if Jordan Returns
Michael Jordan might not return to play with the Washington Wizards next season because of his nagging knee injury, his coach said Wednesday.
  Welcome to OLD-COMPUTERS.COM !
Most of us readily associate the names Apple, IBM, and Compaq with computer hardware. But do you remember the names Acorn, Luxor, or Eagle? Starting in 1973 with R2E's Micral, a computer with a processor speed of only 108 KHz, this site archives over 500 old computers. Rounding out the "old" machines is Amstrad's PCW 16 from 1994, a robust computing wonder that clocked in with 16 MHz and an operating system named Roseanne. This homage to defunct hardware shows how far computing power has come in the past few decades.
  CodeWeavers - Press Releases
CodeWeavers - Press Releases
CodeWeavers, Inc., a leading Windows®-to-Linux® software developer, today announced the release of CrossOver Office, a breakthrough software solution that allows enterprise-level Linux users to install and operate Microsoft Office and Lotus Notes® on their PCs without the Windows operating system. CrossOver Office eliminates the need for both a Microsoft Windows operating system license and a Windows emulator when running Microsoft Office or Lotus Notes in Linux, thereby giving users a cost effective and easy way to use two of the world's most popular PC business applications.
  CamWorld: Thinking Outside the Box
CamWorld: Thinking Outside the Box
You can now run Microsoft Office apps on Linux using something called Crossover Office.
  Xbox sales seen missing target - Tech News -
Xbox sales seen missing target
Microsoft is unlikely to meet current sales targets for its Xbox video game console, owing to weak sales in Japan and Europe, according to a report released Wednesday by investment bank SoundView Technology Group. Analyst Mark Specker said that based on data from market researcher NPD Techworld, he now expects Microsoft to ship 4.35 million units of the game machine worldwide in the current fiscal year ending June 30, compared with his previous estimate of 4.6 million. Microsoft has set a sales target of 4.5 million to 6 million units for the year.
  Slashdot | New Clie Handhelds
Slashdot | New Clie Handhelds
"Sony has officially released their newest Clié handheld, the PEG-NR70, in the USA. This one has a clamshell design, a high resolution 480 x 320 screen (half VGA), Sony’s MemoryStick slot, built in MP3 player, enhanced IR port (like the Sony ‘T’ series), and a REAL SPEAKER for once, instead of the typical piezo buzzer. I want this to have my children. PalmInfoCenter has this story about this tasty new handheld. Following past trends of Sony, this handheld probably won't be available for at least 6 months for us Canadians *grumbles*."
Tuesday, March 26
  Hot Deals Club - updated many times daily with the best deals
Hot Deals Club - updated many times daily with the best deals
Barnes& - Running Linux book for $7 (thanks, Bob B. from Gainesville FL) On sale for $7 is "Running Linux" book. Order two or more books from Barnes& and get free shipping, so check out their "Book Bargains" section.
  AOL Time Warner execs forgo bonuses - Tech News -
AOL Time Warner execs forgo bonuses
Internet and media giant AOL Time Warner said Tuesday it gave stock options instead of annual bonuses to top executives in 2001 as an incentive to boost future financial performance.

What is YOUR Highschool label?
What Programming Language Are You?

You are C. You're reliable, and strong. But kinda dull. But that's ok, right?

What programming language are you??

  weblog wannabe | still trying hard to be like yours
weblog wannabe | still trying hard to be like yours
Play these logic games in Flash and see how far you can go. I've only passed Game 1, but I'm sure I'm going to go far. Well, up until Game 5 anyway because after Game 5, you're going to have to register to be a member before you can play the next games.
  Slashdot | Deep Algorithms?
Slashdot | Deep Algorithms?
"A paper presented in a recent article quotes Donald Knuth as saying the computer science has 500 deep algorithms. He mentions that Euclid's algorithm is one of the most important, and he seems to agree with the idea that CS will be mature when it has 1000 deep algorithms. What I would like to ask Slashdot is the following. What are the most important algorithms in CS? What is your favorite algorithm? And finally, what are the outstanding problems for which algorithms would be immediately placed in the "Top 1000" category." We had an older story where two scientists picked their top ten algorithms.
  Gear: GBA-TV Review
Gear: GBA-TV Review
You may have read about a device on IGNpocket that enables gamers to play their Game Boy Advance titles up on a television screen. This peripheral is finally ready for public consumption, as UVGA is currently selling the GBA-TV device. For approximately $75 plus shipping, GBA owners can purchase a kit that will give them the ability to attach a video/audio output device to the back of their system, and send the video and audio signal to any television (or VCR) with composite or S-Video inputs.
sparc64 flag day
the sparc64 just underwent a flag day. The memory model has been changed. So just reinstall if you have a sparc64, ok? You will be happy. Some compiler bugs are fixed as a result!
Monday, March 25 buying info: F'd Companies: Spectacular Dot-Com Flameouts buying info: F'd Companies: Spectacular Dot-Com Flameouts
F'd Companies: Spectacular Dot-Com Flameouts by Philip J. Kaplan.
  Hackers find new way to bilk eBay users - Tech News -
Hackers find new way to bilk eBay users
Geary is only the latest victim of an increasingly popular scam on eBay. Since January, the company has received a growing number of complaints from people such as Geary who say their accounts have been taken over and used to set up fraudulent auctions. The scam artists make a quick buck, then leave the legitimate eBay users to deal with the furor from bilked bidders. Although the company has thus far seen only a relatively small number of cases--numbering in the "low triple digits"--the new scam is a "concern" for eBay, company spokesman Kevin Pursglove said. Opening Up the PlayStation 2 with Linux [Mar. 21, 2002]
Opening Up the PlayStation 2 with Linux
Besides the sheer geek thrill of being able to do it, there's a practical reason for running Linux on a PlayStation 2. A lot of people expressing interest in this kit are hobbyists looking to gain experience in developing for a major game console. The Linux PS2 distribution makes home-brew game programming and experimentation on the PS2 platform affordable for such individuals. The only other alternative is to become a professional, licensed developer and lease a PS2 development kit from Sony--and the professional license and development kit cost many thousands of dollars.
  Slashdot | O'Reilly Showcases PS2 Linux Gear
Slashdot | O'Reilly Showcases PS2 Linux Gear
"The O'Reilly Network is currently running an article that showcases the much talked about Playstation 2 Linux distribution. Nice parts of the article include analysis by a Blizzard developer on the Linux PS2 as a gaming platform and a screenshot and pic of the hardware that comes with it."
  Slashdot | Verisign Sending Deceptive Domain Renewal Mail?
Slashdot | Verisign Sending Deceptive Domain Renewal Mail?
"Declan McCullagh's PoliTech list just forwarded a message detailing how Verisign is sending letters to people who own domains through other registrars, attempting to make them change registrar on renewal. Looking at the letter it is very unclear that you are signing up with a different registrar. Sneaky games are being played."
  Yahoo! News - Halle Berry Makes History with Oscar Win
Halle Berry Makes History with Oscar Win
A weeping, shaking Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress Oscar on Sunday night, sending crashing a color bar that has stood for 74 years. She was swiftly joined by Denzel Washington, making them the first blacks to win both the best actor and best actress awards at the Academy Awards.
Sunday, March 24
  Game creators tackle ethical issues - Tech News -
Game creators tackle ethical issues
The video game industry really cares about you. That's reassuringly evident after attending a few lectures and panel discussions at the Game Developers Conference, where game creators this week discussed everything from metaphysics to racism, all with the goal of producing games that are more fun and maybe even display a little social responsibility. Take the panel on the addictive quality of games. In a discussion reminiscent of the scene in "The Godfather" in which the five families debate the ethics of peddling street drugs, game makers wondered whether it's possible to make a game that's too compelling.
  Yahoo! News - Connelly Wins Supporting-Actress Oscar
Yahoo! News - Connelly Wins Supporting-Actress Oscar
Jennifer Connelly won the supporting-actress Academy Award on Sunday for her role as the steadfast wife of delusional math genius John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind." "By some beautiful twist of fate I've landed in this vocation that demands that I feel and helps me to learn," said Connelly, who played the mathematician's wife, Alicia. "I believe in love, that there's nothing more important. Alicia Nash is a true champion of love, and so thank you to her for her example."
  Slashdot | Sony's R&D- Linux and PS3
Slashdot | Sony's R&D- Linux and PS3
"GameSpy has an interesting article about a presentation given by Sony's head of R&D for Entertainment. It appears that there are some very interesting things in store for the PS3, plus a complete Red Hat Linux installation for the PS2 and many other toys too. An interesting read."
Saturday, March 23
  Yahoo! News - Photo
Yahoo! News - Photo
A full-size fully functional virtual keyboard that can be projected and touched on any surface is shown by Siemens Procurement Logistics Services at the CeBIT fair in Hanover, northern Germany, on Monday, March 18, 2002. The virtual interface from Developer VKB Inc. from Jerusalem in Israel can be integrated in mobile phones, laptops, tablet PCs, or clean, sterile and medical environments and could be a revolution for the data entry of any mini computer. The mini projector that detects user interaction with the surface also simulates a mousepad. The biggest computer fair of the world is open for public until Wednesday, March 20, 2002.
  Google takes on supercomputing - Tech News -
Google takes on supercomputing
Google has begun an experiment that could turn its modest toolbar software into a supercomputer to tackle scientific problems such as untangling genetic codes. The Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet search company invited 500 people to try out a new version of its toolbar that lets Windows users donate their computers' otherwise unused processing power to the Folding@home project at Stanford University. The project seeks to figure out how genetic information is converted into proteins, complex molecules whose three-dimensional structure is key to everything from fighting off a cold to transporting oxygen around the body. The work is the latest example of the distributed computing movement, in which computing jobs are farmed out in small chunks to ordinary PCs across the Internet, finding a use for otherwise untapped processing cycles. The movement has had grand ambitions to cure cancer, but thus far its chief successes have been curiosities such as the discovery of gigantic prime numbers.
Friday, March 22
  Whats wrong with this picture?
Whats wrong with this picture?
Look at the picture and figure out what's wrong with it. via memepool.
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Looks like a good move that I decided on the blogger pro upgrade today.

  Game makers grapple with online push - Tech News -
Game makers grapple with online push
As Sony and Microsoft rush to plug their video game consoles into the Internet, the people who write and publish games are still wondering how to make online gaming work. That's obvious from discussions and corporate pitches at the Game Developers Conference here, where much of the attention this week has been focused on the financial and technological challenges posed by online gaming. "I think what you're seeing is people trying to figure out what business models make sense for online gaming," said conference director Alan Yu. "Especially when you talk about connected consoles, it's a whole new business for them to go online."
  eBay's integration hits snags - Tech News -
eBay's integration hits snags
eBay has begun to fold some of its site into its own operations, and it's already running into problems. The feedback system for is in a state of flux, with inaccurate ratings for sellers and eBay warning buyers that they may be unable to leave comments about their purchases. "During the migration of feedback from to eBay, members of both sites may experience temporary issues with the Feedback Forum," eBay said in a note to members on one of its announcements boards. "We realize that this may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we complete this important integration."
  Yahoo! Sports: NCAAB - Indiana 74, Duke 73
Yahoo! Sports: NCAAB - Indiana 74, Duke 73
Duke won't go back-to-back again. Indiana is back, plain and simple. And Jason Williams' college career ends on a sour note. With a never-give-up rally and a wild ending, Indiana produced an upset as stunning as any in the Hoosiers' hoops history. After chipping away at a deficit that was as big as 17 points, fifth-seeded Indiana took advantage of another miss by Williams at the foul line to beat the defending national champion Blue Devils 74-73 in the South Regional semifinals Thursday night.
  Just Don't Call It a Hacker Camp
Just Don't Call It a Hacker Camp
A planned gathering in Colorado for young geeks probably won't be billed as the "Hacker Summer Camp" because of some confusion over the proper definition of the word "hacker." Denver security firm White Hat Technologies plans to teach network security methods and hacking ethics to computer-savvy teenagers at what the company had been happily referring to as a "Hacker Summer Camp." But CEO Thubten Comerford is now considering dropping the H word from the camp's description after a column in the Denver Post quoted Comerford as "admitting" the camp "could wind up teaching kids an illegal activity."
  Where Old Macs Go Off to Thrive
Where Old Macs Go Off to Thrive
In a back-alley in Tokyo's famous Akihabara "Electric Town" shopping district, a cramped used-computer store sells worthless Macintosh computers for prices high enough to make a geisha drop her soap. Goshu Trading is an obsolete-computing wonderland on the third floor of a grimy apartment building.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.Measure the economy through producing and disseminating timely, accurate, and relevant information in our areas of expertise. Improve accuracy, efficiency, and relevance of our economic measures and program outputs through increased application of state-of-the-art statistical techniques, economic concepts, technology, and management processes.
Thursday, March 21
Organize, collect, share your books with Singlefile
What is Singlefile? Singlefile is an easy-to-use web-based service that helps you organize the books you own, the books you are reading, the books you've read and the books you want to read. Why would I use Singlefile? You can use it to keep track of the books you've loaned to friends, or books you haven't bought/read yet, or to find out how many non-fiction paperbacks with 275 pages you own, etc. Singlefile is also great for keeping a record of your books for insurance purposes. And, in affiliation with, you can discover and buy new books you might enjoy based on the authors in your collection!
CamWorld: Thinking Outside the Box
Jason Fried of Spinfree (and 37Signals) has released Singlefile, a Web service that allows you to keep track of your book collection. Jason is one of the best user interface designers I know. In a year or two when I start my own company, I'm going to recruit Jason (and a few other people I admire). I've been discussing this Singlefile idea with Jason for about three years ever since we got in touch with each other after I asked him about creating a Web front-end to his Filemaker run-time application called BookBin which does the same thing. I also floated this idea when I was working at but the management [typically] ignored me. Back in 1999 I was playing around with the idea of developing a startup around this concept and got so far as developing some preliminary HTML mockups. I stopped development on the idea and Jason forged ahead. Singlefile is the end result. Awesome. - march 2002
I'm writing a monthly column for The O'Reilly Network called (what else?) "Megnut." My first effort is now available, entitled Attendee-Centered Conference Design. So far what's been cool about writing for O'Reilly is the opportunity to think more deeply on a topic. The observation that led to this month's column in the past would have been a simple megnut post, probably no more than a paragraph or two. I doubt I would have taken the time and effort to seriously explore the implications of my observations. But the column forced me to do this, and I really enjoyed the process.
News: Want a Windows alternative? Try BSD
OpenBSD also meets my needs best. Its basic installation is sparse without being Spartan, and provides a solid foundation to build upon. With contemporary Linux distributions, and to some degree with FreeBSD, I find myself spending more time removing software that I didn't want in the first place from an installation instead of working on adding the software I need. Also, knowing that the default install isn't prone to remote compromise saves me a great deal of time. With other OSes, I would have to spend time securing them immediately after installation.
Mauling victim's mother praises verdict
The jurors who convicted Marjorie Knoller of second-degree murder and Robert Noel of manslaughter in the dog attack on Diane Whipple said yesterday that Knoller was doomed by her own unreliable testimony. Knoller, 46, winced, gasped and looked down when the jury returned its verdicts of guilty for second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and keeping a mischievous dog that kills. Later, she turned and mouthed "help" to her parents, David and Harriet Knoller, who were seated in the back of the courtroom. Knoller is the first person ever to be convicted of murder in a dog-mauling case in California.
Slashdot | Yahoo To Try To Charge For POP3 Services
"I just saw an article on the Register that Yahoo is giving users of it's email service until the 24th of April to make a decision about forking out $19.99 for the first year. Yahoo states that this is so it can 'improve' service quality and 'reduce" spam.' The report says that it's the mailing forwarding and POP3 services, so I'm not sure that it affects the Webmail service; if it reduces the spam coming out of Yahoo!, that'd be one less domain I have to filter into "Spam," which would be nice.
Slashdot | Simpsons Guide to Math
"The LA times has done an article titled "Simpsons analysts show how math figures into episodes" based off of work done by two professors Andrew Nestler and Sarah J. Greenwald. The work is a Guide to Appearances of Mathematics and Mathematicians on “The Simpsons" . They even gave a talk on it at Harvey Mudd College. It's a fun read." There's a transcript of one of their presentations available.
PlayStation 3: The next generation
Sony moves ahead with development of the next version of its video game console. Right now, distributed computing is the name of the game.
Slashdot | Ximian GNOME and "Low-End" Systems
Gremeth writes: "This article over at LinuxandMain points out the increase in hardware requirements for many Linux applications, and gives us a good look at GNOME for low-end boxes. Powell details his journey throug the Ximian GNOME experience, starting with the download and ending in some configuration issues. A good read for those of us who have older systems."
Slashdot | The Practice of System and Network Administration
"If you're are, or want to be, a professional sysadmin, buy this book! I've been doing UNIX system administration for nearly ten years now, and I've never seen another book like this on the market. Limoncelli and Hogan do a fantastic job of describing the 'whys' behind many of the best practices in the systems and network administrator world. I wish this book had been around when I started out; it would have saved so many headaches as I 'learned the hard way.' Read on (below) for the reasons Amy is so enthusiastic about this book, and to see if it might fit your situation.
Tuesday, March 19
Slashdot | Resident Evil
Plot notwithstanding, the movie still offers a good viewing. It is a shame that George Romero didn't take the project, as was the original plan. Instead, it was taken by Paul Anderson (Soldier, Event Horizon, Mortal Kombat), whose influences show with strobe lights, dark passageways, and a loud soundtrack. Go and see it during the matinee, or wait for it on video. AfterThought: For those who are also fans of anime, here is a video you may wish to download: Resident Eva. It uses the trailer's audio track and makes good use of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Monday, March 18
Which HTML tag are you?

You're the HREF tag- you need someone to lean on and take care of you. You can be shy but you shine in difficult situations.

Faster Than The Rest
Eric Schmidt, who last year became chairman and CEO of Google, has a theory why the company founders didn’t blow it in the way of earlier search-engine competitors like InfoSeek and AltaVista. Why didn’t young tyros Larry Page and Sergey Brin, both 28, go for a splashy IPO? Why did they resist the temptation to become a media giant with sports pages, localized weather, e-shops and ad banners up the yahoo? Why didn’t they drop a few million on Super Bowl ads? “Because,” says Schmidt, “they were cheap.”
Silicon Valley Reboots
After the dot-com bubble was reduced to soap scum, cynics took to calling its epicenter “Death Valley.” Venture capitalists switched from free-spending Medicis to Scrooge McDucks (2000: $21 billion invested. 2001: $6 billion). Acres of office space, once harder to find than elbow room on a microchip, are going begging, and unemployment has reached Dust Bowl proportions. No. 3 in the Bay Area best-seller list? A book called “Dot.Con.”
Ain't It Cool News - View Article
In the end, "Panic Room" succeeds at what it aims to do; it keeps the viewer engaged with a lean, carefully-constructed teeth-grinder, free of excess. Its gimmickry is only superficial, and beneath the surface lies a gripping, minimalist action-drama that will hopefully set a new standard for action films to come. | Voicemail, Email and Fax!
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Slashdot | Attack of the Clones Leaked
"ain't it cool is running a purported review of Epidsode II. Harry Knowles is claiming to have gotten a secret screening of the film while at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Short story: he loves it." Like the department sez: I'll believe it when I see it. After Phantom, I'm willing to wait a bit to see it.
Yahoo! News - SuSE goes 64-bit with IBM zSeries
SuSE Linux has moved to tap into IBM's growing commitment to Linux with a 64-bit version of its Enterprise Server software. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 will be available for IBM's eServer zSeries by the beginning of May, the company said on Thursday.
Slashdot | Microsoft Kicks Playstation2 out of CeBit.
"According to this article on ZDNET, Microsoft complained to the show organizers, Hannover Messe AG, that Sony was breaching show rules by letting people play on Sony PlayStation 2 game consoles. While Sony has been letting people play their consoles at CeBIT for the past 3 years, that didn't really bother anyone. However, MS seemed to not like the fact and filled a complaint. What makes this even more funny is that Microsoft officials denied that the company had complained to the Messe. but the show organizers confirmed that Richard Roy, vice president, corporate strategy, had complained. This effectively forced PS2 out of the show and Sony started packing their bags on Sunday. Microsoft was also displaying their XBOX console at the show."
Sunday, March 17
GNU/Linux just works
If you've ever been stuck on the freeway with a flat tire and no jack, you know what it's like to have a Linux system crash and not have a boot disk. And although nearly every Linux distribution company asks you make a boot/recovery floppy when you install Linux for the first time, many users skip this important step. Out of the boot/recovery disk concept was born the Mini-Linux distribution. Although there are no standards for Mini-Linux distributions, it should be noted that they fill several niches for general Linux use and administration. In this article, we're going to look at three Mini-Linux distributions and the niches they fill. These niches include security, crash recovery and general administration. We'll also tell you where you can download these little gems and how to install them on a floppy for use on any system with a floppy drive.
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Yahoo! Movies: Weekend Box Office Report
"Ice Age," an animated comedy about a family of prehistoric beasts, melted the hearts of moviegoers in North America, and helped propel weekend box office receipts to their highest level of the year, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday. With strong bows by two other new releases -- the horror picture "Resident Evil" at No. 2 and police spoof "Showtime" at No. 3 -- and solid results from holdovers, it seemed there was a film for every taste.
Saturday, March 16
Inside the Ring -- The Washington Times
U.S. intelligence officials said Islamic terrorists have picked economic-warfare targets inside the United States. This includes intelligence that al Qaeda terrorists plan to attack Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Wash. The company's revenue last year was $25.3 billion. "This would clearly be economic warfare" by al Qaeda terrorists, said one official familiar with reports of the threats. via robot wisdom.
Open Source Household
Open source breeds computer literacy. Linux programming and administration, gaming and homework -- kids can do this stuff, no sweat.
Friday, March 15
Platinum Game Boy Advance
The Game Boy Advance will turn one year old in this country in June 2002, and that's when Nintendo will release the Platinum Game Boy Advance system. This unit will be identical in every way to the current GBA system on the market...but it will have a silverish Platinum color casing (similar to the extremely rare Silver GBA already released in Japan). The unit will go on sale this June 3 (eight days earlier than its true June 11 anniversary) for a suggested retail price of $79.99.
Blogger Pro™ - Power Push-Button Publishing
Secure Publishing. Publish via Secure Copy Protocol or HTTPS (SSL over HTTP) instead of FTP, for more security and to servers where administrators don't allow FTP.

hmmm, i might sign up if it shows up soon.

Slashdot | Class Action Lawsuit Against Spammer
"California-based spammer eTracks is being sued by the law firm, Morrison and Foerster (who have a very cool homepage). M & F's press release says they are "...seeking other relief, including attorneys' fees and statutorily authorized damages of $50 for each email delivered in violation of the law, up to $25,000 per day". California's anti-spam law has already held up under appeals court scrutiny so this may very well be a major setback to the spam industry." I think spammers should be forced to pay by donating an organ for each forged header.

How cool of a name is that? Judge: And the defendent is MoFo and associates.

Security-enhanced Linux
Security-enhanced Linux is a research prototype of the Linux® kernel and a number of utilities with enhanced security functionality designed simply to demonstrate the value of mandatory access controls to the Linux community and how such controls could be added to Linux. The Security-enhanced Linux kernel contains new architectural components originally developed to improve the security of the Flask operating system. These architectural components provide general support for the enforcement of many kinds of mandatory access control policies, including those based on the concepts of Type Enforcement®, Role-based Access Control, and Multi-level Security.
Thursday, March 14
The Computer Museum
My Computers thru the years. A Mini Computer Museum. I still have these and they all work. They were all tested in April 1998. The dates are introduction years, I got the UNIX machines serveral years after introduction (when they were much cheaper, but still delivering MAJOR CPU horsepower :).
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Google News
Google's News Search (BETA) service presents information culled from many of the world's news sources collected over the previous week. With continuous updates throughout the day, you'll keep up to date with what's happening now and learn about the stories that led to the most recent developments. What's different about Google's News Search is the unique grouping technology Google has developed to automatically put related stories together in the same search result. This makes it easy to quickly scan the headlines while providing the option of reading multiple accounts of a story from different news sources.
Microsoft's borrowed code may pose risk
Evidence uncovered last summer points to the Windows operating system borrowing some networking utilities and possibly parts of the TCP/IP stack, the core software that allows networking and Internet connectivity, from the open-source Unix variant FreeBSD. Theo de Raadt, a founder and project leader for another open-source Unix variant, OpenBSD, stressed that no conclusive proof exists, however. "I have asked repeatedly and never gotten proof," he said. Microsoft has never denied that it would use open-source software, just that its programmers are prohibited from using code based on the GNU General Public License, which could force the company to publish its own source code.
Less pay for Microsoft Silicon Valley staff
Microsoft on Thursday said it will reduce take-home pay for 1,600 workers in Silicon Valley later this year because it has determined that a "geographic differential" it had put in place two years ago is no longer needed to retain employees. Under the new pay system, which will take effect in August, San Francisco and Silicon Valley workers will receive a 15 percent differential or bonus, on top of their regular salaries, instead of the current 25 percent premium. While the changes will amount to a pay cut for these workers, Microsoft stressed that the differential was never presented as a permanent salary increase.
Wednesday, March 13
Yahoo! News - Girl of famed photo located
The award-winning photographer who took her picture during a five-minute session in a Pakistan refugee camp in 1984, Steve McCurry, led a team from National Geographic that tracked her down in January. The magazine announced the discovery (news - web sites) Tuesday and identified her as Sharbat Gula, perhaps 29 or 30 years old today -- she isn't sure of her age -- the mother of three girls and the wife of a baker. ''The instant I saw her, I knew that this was the Afghan girl,'' McCurry says. ''Her eyes still have that penetrating sort of look, that kind of intensity.''
Afghan Girl
National Geographic's 'Afghan Girl', Sharbat Gula, is seen as depicted in the magazine's 1985 cover photograph (L), and today (R). Having found her 17 years later, the magazine is publishing a new article on her life, and how she was located.
PBS: Think Tank
In an effort to provide more than the usual “talking head” fare of journalists sparring with politicians, Think Tank concentrates on a single topic in order to bring viewers something rare on television: Perspective. Viewers hear from historians, anthropologists, political scientists, demographers, economists, and social philosophers, as well as authorities from many other disciplines.
General Thinking
General Thinking is a network of people from all over the world who share: a passion for what they do, a commitment to quality, a capacity to think clearly and independently, and a respect for functional simplicity ... a global and online "guild" of high quality and like-minded thinkers and do'ers ... drivers of excellence ... people like:
Scruffy Thinker
I am the founder & now Fellow of nCircle Network Security. nCircle was formerly called Hiverworld, Inc. and spent the first three years performing network security audits (also called ÔPenetration TestsÕ) for medium to large Enterprise Customers. We did this for both field research and to fund the development of IP360, my vision for an Exposure Management System. The company changed its name from Hiverworld to nCircle after receiving funding in May, 2001.
The WELL is an online gathering place like no other -- remarkably uninhibited, intelligent, and iconoclastic. For an action-packed fifteen years, it's been a literate watering hole for thinkers from all walks of life, be they artists, journalists, programmers, educators or activists. These WELL members return to The WELL, often daily, to engage in discussion, swap information, express their convictions and greet their friends in online forums known as WELL Conferences.
Toilet training readiness checklist
It probably seems like just yesterday that you changed your baby's first diaper, but before you know it she'll be ready to start toilet training. While there's no magic age at which a child is ready to start using the potty, most toddlers will develop the necessary physical and cognitive skills between 18 and 24 months of age (though some aren't ready to start until they're as old as 4). Use the checklist below to keep track of your toddler's progress toward readiness.
Toddler milestone: Talking
By the time he's 2, your child will understand as many as 200 words, though he'll probably be using only 50 to 75 of them on a regular basis. Many of these words will be nouns that designate common objects he uses in his daily life, such as "spoon" and "car." Between 18 and 20 months, his pace will pick up to a rate of 10 or more a day. A child particularly focused on learning to talk can add a new word to his vocabulary every 90 minutes, so watch your language!
Slashdot | Mapping The CIA Nonclassified Network
"A security firm Matta Security in London has mapped the CIA non-classified network. Using only legal and open sources, the company mapped topology of machines and even found networks otherwise closed to the public. The company never port scanned or probed the network directly. Among items they found were emails and phone numbers of sys admins and other employees. Amazingly, they did all this in two days."
Resident Evil
the background screaming on the iste is really annoying but the trailer is awesome.
Tuesday, March 12 || hydrophobia
this one is my favorite game, mark. it reminds of rubbing my tummy while patting my head. which i am completely capable of doing, but on occasion, there's a humorous moment of malfunction. oh, and using a keyboard and mouse in a game kinda reminds me of when i used to play Quake. *sigh*
Tyson Licensed to Fight in D.C.
Mike Tyson received a license to fight in Washington on a 3-0 vote Tuesday night by the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission, setting the stage for June 8 bout with Lennox Lewis at the MCI Center. "We looked at the application that's what it is," vice chairman Michael Brown said. "It's an application for a boxing license, nothing more, nothing less. The vote came at the end of a 2-hour meeting that at times resembled a Tyson pep rally.
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Monday, March 11
Slashdot | Bang The Machine
"I saw the premiere of Bang The Machine tonight at SXSW 2002. The film is a documentary of the Street Fighter tournament scene. There's another screening March 15 so if you are near the Austin area, it is your moral obligation to watch it. I asked director Tamara Katepoo if they had a distributor lined up, unfortunely they don't. If you're looking for a film to distribute please get in touch with the film creators. The movie rocked and validated my wasted life ever since the purchase of Street Fighter 2 Japanese for SNES."
what is a text banner?
a text banner is an html table 468 by 60 (standard industry advertising banner size) with a bunch of text links. it was a dumb idea while driving home one day. i have a text only site with a simple design and i got sick of the links page. maybe this idea will catch, maybe not. would be cool though. hehehe.
Beams of Light Memorialize WTC Victims
To the strains of "America the Beautiful," two pillars of light soared skyward from beside ground zero Monday night, filling a hole torn in New York's skyline when terrorists brought down the World Trade Center six months ago.
Sunday, March 10
Slashdot | Tiqit Handheld PC
"Tiqit Computers unveiled the eightythree, basically a handheld PC (as in IBM compatible). It will even boot Linux. Comes with 128-256MB RAM, 266-300MHz, 640x480 18bit screen, and a 10GB hard drive. The brochure with images (pdf) is online."
Re: explanation of "warning - receiver ring buffer overrun"
This means the card has too much data coming in and can't keep up.
my geek code
GCS d- s: a- C+ U P+ L+ E- W+++ 
N w+ M PS Y+ PGP R tv+ b++ 
DI+++ h---- 
Saturday, March 9
Arthur Agee's Biography
Arthur Agee's success story is one that includes everything the American Dream is made of: overcoming adversity, continued perseverance and dedication to achieving a life long dream. The highly acclaimed motion picture, "Hoop Dreams," chronicles the early years of Arthur's basketball career, the film follows him as he rises above his impoverished background to earn a collegiate basketball scholarship and move towards earning his college degree.
Friday, March 8
Home PCs speed anthrax cure project
Scientists using the power of more than a million home computers, all linked together and cranking along as one, have come up with thousands of possible compounds that could be developed as a cure for anthrax, researchers said Friday. The British researchers who helped organize the project handed two CDs containing 300,000 potential drugs to U.S. and British government officials. Of these, they said 12,000 looked like good candidates for a cure for anthrax infection--not an antibiotic, but an antitoxin to counter the lethal effects of the bacteria. They added that the project was completed with unprecedented speed.
Milk the Cow, and Udder Fun Games
This new Flash, called MX, is sure to enchant Web designers who are looking for ever more wondrous ways to make their sites stand out. But Ferry Halim -- a 28-year-old accountant from Fresno, a central California city that's pretty much in the middle of nowhere -- doesn't need the latest version of Flash for his website to stand out. He doesn't even need the current version, Flash 5.

The first game he created, called Milk the Cow, has this premise: A herd of Holstein cows comes flying at you, and your job is to click on each one as fast as possible, trying to fill up a pail of milk. It's a brain-dead game to play, and because of that, perhaps, it seems nearly impossible to play it just once.

Do OS Vendors Sell Lemons?
Paller noted a report from that found that in 100 days, 37 dot-gov and dot-mil websites had suffered defacement attacks. "How could so many websites be hacked? The answer was that the system was sold broken," he told NIST's Computer System Security and Privacy Advisory Board. "Vendors sell systems with known and unknown vulnerabilities."
Upcoming GBA titles
We've cleaned house and organized our list of upcoming Game Boy Advance titles. Check it out.
Thursday, March 7 Palm M100 $49.99
This reconditioned handheld is as good as new, cosmetically and electronically. It comes with a 90-day warranty and ships in a white box with all of the usual accompanying materials-manual, CD, cradle and more.
[OpenSSH] OpenSSH 3.1 Released
OpenSSH 3.1 is available. OpenSSH 3.1 resolves the "March 7, 2002: Off-by-one error in the channel code" bug. This bug can permit privilege escalation locally by authenticated users and can permit a hostile server to exploit an vulnerable OpenSSH client.
What is Freenet? Freenet is a large-scale peer-to-peer network which pools the power of member computers around the world to create a massive virtual information store open to anyone to freely publish or view information of all kinds. Freenet is: Highly survivable: All internal processes are completely anonymized and decentralized across the global network, making it virtually impossible for an attacker to destroy information or take control of the system. Private: Freenet makes it extremely difficult for anyone to spy on the information that you are viewing, publishing, or storing. Secure: Information stored in Freenet is protected by strong cryptography against malicious tampering or counterfeiting. Efficient: Freenet dynamically replicates and relocates information in response to demand to provide efficient service and minimal bandwidth usage regardless of load. Significantly, Freenet generally requires log(n) time to retrieve a piece of information in a network of size n.
How-to install OpenBSD on a Libretto
This is a How-to document that I put together while installing OpenBSD 2.9 on a Toshiba Libretto 50CT. It walks you through preparations, the actual install, and post-install issues. The final result being a secure unix server with an extremely small footprint.
Pot Users Show Mental Deficits
Long-time, heavy marijuana users may eventually see their memory and attention span go up in smoke, new research suggests. Investigators found that, among pot smokers seeking treatment for marijuana dependence, long-time users performed more poorly on tests of memory and attention than shorter-term users and non-users. The findings show that over time, marijuana smoking can cause intellectual impairments that "endure beyond the period of intoxication" and worsen the longer a person uses the drug, the study authors report in the March 6th issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Barnes stays put at Stanford, moves into key backcourt role
Upset over the extended time on the bench, Barnes gave some brief thought to transferring before discarding the idea. When he opted to become a Cardinal, Barnes was quite aware of Arizona's reputation for producing future NBA players, but he felt Stanford would best prepare him for life after basketball. And sure enough, after two seasons as a backup, Barnes looked like a better candidate for an MBA than the NBA. A pro basketball career remains somewhat distant for the 6-foot-1 junior, but he no longer wants to leave. In fact, his contributions are a significant reason the 16th-ranked Cardinal open their Pac-10 tournament play tomorrow against USC on an upbeat note.
Safeway begins delivering online grocery orders / Albertson's also will help fill the gap left when Webvan closed down
Both Safeway and Albertson's will charge a $9.95 delivery fee regardless of order size. Unlike Webvan, which spent millions to build automated distribution centers, Safeway and Albertson's will use their existing stores. Orders will be filled by clerks pushing shopping carts through the aisles. At Safeway the carts will be equipped with computer displays showing the requested items. Safeway will deliver within a two-hour window specified by the customer; Albertson's will offer a 90-minute window. Both will offer same-day service for orders placed early in the day. Albertson's will have an option for customers to place an order, then pick it up at a nearby store for $5.95.
Wednesday, March 6
He Hacks by Day, Squats by Night
Adrian Lamo is gaining recognition in the hacking world for surreptitiously slipping into computer networks. The fact that he's homeless only adds to his reputation.
DVD Rental - Fast Easy Flexible - Rent DVD Online From The Best - Rentmydvd, a leader in DVD Entertainment services brings entertainment to your door with the click of a mouse. This innovative DVD site, launched on October 30, 2000, is focused directly on the expanding DVD marketplace. The site provides a 12,000-title database including DVD Movies, DVD Music, Video games and special interest programs. Consumers are also provided with frequently updated entertainment news, celebrity profiles, creative contests, and title reviews from professionals and consumers alike.
ClosedBSD - FreeBSD on a floppy
ClosedBSD is a firewall and network address translation utility which boots off of a single floppy disk, and requires no hard drive. ClosedBSD is based off of the FreeBSD kernel, and uses ipfw as it's native ruleset management system, and natd as it's network address translation utility.
Tuesday, March 5
BSD Today: Building a CD Bootable Firewall
This document covers the basic steps I took in building a bootable CD containing a live FreeBSD filesystem with a couple of security features enabled and configured. With this CD, it is possible to transform a PC from a mediocre workstation into a VPN Gateway or firewall or both without touching the hard drive. Why would you want to do this? Read on. - Panic Room
A 30-something divorced woman has recently moved with her daughter into a New York brownstone. The house happens to have a hidden room, which becomes the "panic room" when three thieves break in, intent on retrieving a hidden stockpile of cash.
Monday, March 4
Yahoo! News - Photo
The animated band, Gorillaz, whose members are: Noodle, left, 2-D , top, Russel, center, and Murdoc, are seen in an undated handout illustration. Dreamt up by cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, who did the comic "Tank Girl," and Blur frontman Damon Albarn, Using special effects of lights, video and film and some carefully concealed "human collaborators" during their performances, the British band is making its first U.S. tour.
Defunct site puts a price on photos
An online photo site that shut down without notice two months ago has come up with a blueprint to reunite former customers with their pictures. A message posted Sunday on notified customers that it is making arrangements to have photos burned onto a CD. Customers who want their photos returned to them, however, will have to pay a fee of $24.95 plus shipping and c.o.d. charges. The plan drew a mixed response from former customers of PhotoPoint, whose estimated 1.2 million members included some who had paid the company a $25 annual subscription fee just weeks before the closure.
Sunday, March 3
A Boy Genius? Mother Admits Faking Tests
Justin Chapman was the smartest little boy in the world. But in an interview with The New York Times after a newspaper raised doubts about Justin's accomplishments, Ms. Chapman admitted that many of the records attesting to his superior intelligence were a sham. Ms. Chapman said she falsified the records of the I.Q. test given when Justin was 3. The SAT scores, she said, belonged to a former neighbor's son. She also said Justin had studied the manual for the Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale before taking the test in April 2000. She said that Justin was unusually bright and that she was trying to open doors for him that would otherwise have remained closed.
Friday, March 1
PC Games: Rise of Nations
Big Huge Games' first project is Rise of Nations. Not surprisingly given the history of Brian Reynolds and the rest of the Big Huge Games team, Rise of Nations is a real-time strategy game that combines elements of Age of Empires, Civilization, Empire Earth, and Settlers with a few new features of its very own and focuses on the large-scale. "We're not just about having one big sprawling city," Brian explains. "We're about having lots of different villages and cities and metropolises that have different varieties and functions that work as one nation." So unlike the Civilization series where your opponents could set up shop right in the middle of a group of your cities as long as there was a free square, now your territories will be clearly defined, preventing other civilizations from constructing in your territories.
Game Boy: Enhancing Arcade Advanced
In case you missed the announcement of the game last year, Arcade Advanced will feature accurate, portable versions of Frogger, Scramble, Gyruss, Time Pilot, Yie Ar Kung Fu, and Rush'n Attack. But what's more, each of the editions will have extra modes of play tucked away that players can access. Here's a look at three of the classic games' additional features on the Game Boy Advance.
Slashdot | Thin Clients in a Computer Lab Environment?
I still am in awe of what our CIS department [] has done at Ohio State. They handle something like 200 thin clients, plus all the remote sessions. Basically, you sit down at an old, stripped down HP-UX machine or a thin client that allows you to log into one of their servers. NT and Solaris are the typical flavors--I can't remember what the other option was. Plus, if you log into the Solaris box, you can open a Citrix client and use that to be logged into an NT server. This is really nice for writing code in UNIX land, but using MS Office for the documentation. I would just love it if the EE department could get a clue and do something similar. It really would give us the best of all worlds. Oh, and you can read more about the CIS setup here.
Slashdot | BeOS For Linux
"The BlueOS guys have posted a few screenshots of their progress in porting the BeOS interface to Linux. Note that this is an intermediary step toward a BeOS clone OS. " I actually had a Be machine for a while, and played with it - nice OS, and well thought out, just a problem of very little applications for it.
The San Francisco Foundation, Beacon Initiative
Through our funding of the Beacon Initiative, we have helped involve communities in designing their programs, and assisted nonprofits in providing valuable services. Our support also helps the Initiative sustain itself through continued fundraising and capacity building. The centers already are reaching more than 7,000 San Franciscans of all ages.
CrunchBox Version 2.0
The CrunchBox security system consists of a packet filtering firewall, an intrusion detection system, and an automatic response module. It is built on the proactively secure OpenBSD operating system and features an HTML-based graphic interface for easy administration. "I'd dare to say, it's next to uncrackable" Steve Wozniak, Co-founder of Apple Computer. via openbsd journal.
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