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Training specialist Advanced Training has partnered with open source solutions company Cybersource to offer a training solution for businesses looking to migrate users off Microsoft Office onto OpenOffice.org.
Call it the revenge of the nerds -- digital style. For years, computer geeks and cyberlibertarians have howled about aggressive user restrictions programmed into music CDs, movie DVDs, and all kinds of software...Now the tide might be turning, thanks to a classic case of overreaching that has fomented a backlash against the industry.
[Ed.- Overreaching, my aunt Fanny. Sony simply got caught. How many more are there? -tuxchick]
- What if your desktop were actually a 3D environment? What if your CD or movie database becomes a 3D jukebox? Project Looking Glass is based on Java technology and explores bringing a richer user experience to the desktop and applications via 3D windowing and visualization capabilities. Interested?
OSDir has some nice shots of Project Looking Glass.
A huge number of the questions on #apache have to do with mod_rewrite. And, fairly frequently, I find myself thinking that the problem being discussed would be so much easier to solve if we could just write a Perl script to deal with it. Of course, you can, using the RewriteMap, but it's moderately hard to come by good examples of using this, either in the documentation, or elsewhere online.
Senior Red Hat executives today admitted open source software was "peripheral" to the IT strategies of most Australian organisations.
Following the release of Mandriva Linux 2006, Mandriva is mobilizing its network of Linux User Groups (LUGs). Free community installation sessions will take place around the world. Major participating locations include the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, Moroco, and the island of Reunion. More than 60 cities are involved, including a dozen in China and 15 in Brazil.
Have you ever needed a software RAID solution for a low-end server install? Perhaps you've wanted your workstation to take advantage of the redundancy provided by a disk mirror without investing in a hardware RAID controller. Has a prior painful configuration experience turned you off software RAID altogether on Unix systems? Since 5.3-Release, FreeBSD comes with gmirror(8), which allows you to easily configure a software RAID 1 solution.
Had a discussion recently with a cranky SMBer, who complained that he'd love to use open source software (especially to save money), but that neither he nor his employees felt comfortable with Linux. I did that thing that my Oliver Twist namesake got when he asked for more gruel..."Whaaaaat?"
[Ed: For those of us who still have to live with Microsoft Windows (or believe we do), here's a good article on libre software for Windows. - dcparris]
One would think that corporate IT decisions are made with the utmost care. Think again. In researching two guides to Samba-3, John H. Terpstra found that IT decision makers often choose products without due diligence, and often base their dismissals of Linux and open source software on misinformation.
[Ed.- John Terpstra is one of my personal heroes. Smart, and well-versed in real-world computing infrastructure needs.- tuxchick]
Kaminsky discovered that at least 568,200 name servers contained entries related to the rootkit. While the method doesn't translate into exactly how many end-user computers are affected, since multiple users can go through one name server, "at that scale, it doesn't take much to make this a multi-million host, worm-scale incident," he wrote.
Chinese computer giant Lenovo Group has made another step towards becoming a more significant world player, fully endorsing the adoption of genuine software in its computers in partnership with US giant Microsoft and Chinese top software firms UFIDA and Kingsoft.
[Ed: Apparently the GNU/Linux vendors aren't the only ones busy in China. - dcparris]
RealPlayer 10 for Linux, based on the open source Helix multimedia player, has reached gold status and is now available for free download. RealPlayer 10 supports RealAudio, RealVideo 10, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and Theora, H263 and others. The Mozilla-compatible plug-in allows listeners to watch and listen to embedded video directly from their Web browsers, without needing to open up the player. Source: DesktopLinux.com
TUNIS, Tunisia — A summit focusing on narrowing the digital divide between rich and poor residents and countries opened Wednesday with an agreement of sorts on who will maintain ultimate oversight of the Internet and the flow of information, commerce and dissent.
Type Managers are intentional interfaces for files that have similar or the same type of data. The type in Type Manager literally refers to a set of mime types such as images, videos, music, or e-mails...Depending upon how your client stores your messages (one fat file or as separate files) you can use your file manager to view, sort, find, etc your e-mails. Type Manager applications are file managers in disguise. They present a user interface for a specific file type. They also do something much more useful. They often do the file management for the user.
Matt Loney writes: "Asked whether this signalled a growing acceptance within Microsoft of the heterogeneous nature of its larger customers, Muglia said: "Any enterprise customer has a ton of heterogeneous environments, and we have always accepted that. We're just giving them what they want."
[Ed: Does this sound off the wall to anyone else, or is it just me? - dcparris]
'Can you please put Kylie into the photo with her cousins?" a relative asked me one day. "She was asleep when it was taken." I love a challenge. Digital cameras usually come with basic image editing programs but pasting Kylie into a photo is beyond basic.
[Ed: This is a cool little tutorial, demonstrating how to add someone to a photo they weren't originally a part of. Sounds like that could lead to some funny photos! - dcparris]
"The Barenaked Ladies are trying out a new method of music delivery: 28 songs, plus video and audio clips and a few live versions, on a 128 mb flash drive."
OpenDocument got a lot of publicity lately. StarOffice 8 and OpenOffice.org 2.0 finally arrived, and all the other makers of office suites (with the notable exception of Microsoft) have started implementing the new standard into their programs. Massachusetts recently decided to use OpenDocument as the standard file format, effectively locking out MS Office as soon as January 1st, 2007. Other countries are on their way to do the same. Also, OpenDocument recently got submitted to become an ISO standard.
[Ed: Hmmm... View OpenDocument XML in my browser without a special plug-in? I'll take it! - dcparris]
[ED- This got to be a joke or is InformationWeek seriously suggesting that a temper tantrum
by the CEO is their secret weapon? For once we really need to "get the facts" TM -bstadil]
Reports that Steve Ballmer broke into a screaming fit when he learned that Kai-Fu Lee was jumping ship to Google should warm the hearts of Microsoft fans. That's the kind of mad-as-hell attitude that, focused in the right way, will work to Microsoft's advantage
Google Inc., the most-used Internet search engine, introduced free software so advertisers can track how often Web surfers click on ads and then buy their products.
Google Analytics also will let customers see how users move around an Internet site and whether they produce a sales lead, said Richard Holden, a product management director.
The new features heighten competition for companies including WebSideStory Inc. that offer rival software. The move also shows Google's ability to use its surging ad business to offer for free a product it once priced at hundreds of dollars.
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