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Ergonomics Exposed

As you are reading this, how far away are your eyes from the screen? Is your mouse at a 90 degree angle with your elbows. Are your feet flat on the floor or on a carefully positioned foot rest? If you are like me, the chances are probably not.

Working long hours on a computer can create many physical ailments. These include eye strain and a host of musculoskeletal disorders. I should know, I have suffered many of them and need to consciously work at preventing new problems.


Stark criticism of Microsoft's Imagine Cup

By entering you agree that Microsoft will not have any obligation to limit or restrict the assignment of such persons or to pay royalties for any work resulting from the use of residuals. " So although as the legal notice states later, you are not granting a license of any copyrights or patents, you grant Microsoft an irrevocable, royalty free, fully paid up, worldwide license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with this Contest.

If you're not using Firefox, start now

  • Summit Daily News; By ERIN PHEIL (Posted by tadelste on Dec 3, 2005 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Today's article is for all you smart people out there who have stopped using AOL or Internet Explorer and are now using Firefox as your web browser. (If you don't use Firefox, it's time to start. Yes, you!)

Ooooookay. So you use Firefox. My question for you is: Do you make use of Firefox's tabs? If you said "No," you're in for a very special treat today. (For all of you who said "Yes," you can skip to the "advanced tab trick" at the end of the article.)

Writing a Widget Using Cairo and GTK+2.8

  •; By Davyd Madeley (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 3, 2005 6:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNOME
Since version 2.8, GTK+ renders many of its interface widgets with Cairo, a powerful vector graphics library. This tutorial explains how you can implement your own GTK+ widget using Cairo for the actual drawing.

Soho: The news can come to you

You can read RSS feeds in the FireFox web browser ( and Microsoft promises the next version of IE will read them. Firefox calls its RSS feeds live bookmarks. An icon appears in the bottom left of the screen when a website can send RSS. Clicking on this icon bookmarks the page. When you look at the bookmark, you'll find a submenu listing that page's current RSS headlines.

Stable Apache Release Hits

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 3, 2005 5:20 AM EDT)
Justin Erenkrantz, director and treasurer of The Apache Software Foundation, told that he was very proud of the new release.

Hewlett-Packard donates blade cluster to FreeBSD

The FreeBSD Foundation received a donation of a blade system from Hewlett-Packard for use as a third-party software build cluster. This 20-node HP BladeSystem cluster triples the speed of the build process for i386 packages.

Why Open Document Failed In Massachusetts and How it Could Have Been Different

When the State of Massachusetts announced that government agencies would adopt Open Document Format (ODF) as their official format, talks of a domino effect across the country quickly ensued. The idea was that Massachusetts would become a pillar of open standards, and too large of a market for Microsoft to ignore. Many concluded that Microsoft would need to support ODF because the demand created by Massachusetts would be large and “delaying support for OpenDocument [would] drive people to …”, as said by one ZDnet article. The state recently sided with Microsoft, but how could things have gone differently?

Evolution of the Pentium Chip - Intel in Israel

While much has been said about Intel's business in China, new ground is being broken for a multi-billion dollar facility in Israel. The next two generations of Intel chips will be born of this effort.

Red Hat and Fujitsu expand Linux Itanium porting services

Red Hat Inc and Fujitsu Ltd are expanding the relationship to bring applications running on Red Hat's Enterprise Linux and Fujitsu's PrimeQuest servers to the global market.

IPR Policies 101: That depends on what you mean by "the"

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 3, 2005 2:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Given the degree of focus that is being placed on the Microsoft covenant not to sue, especially by people that preface their comments by saying "Now, I'm not a lawyer, but…" it occurred to me that a short course on the law as it applies to intellectual property rights (IPR) policies might be in order. So here goes.

Linux email provider expands globally

Scalix, the leading provider of new generation enterprise email and calendaring on Linux, has announced that several hundred enterprises in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim have purchased Scalix for email and calendaring since it became commercially available in early 2004.

In addition, Scalix Community Edition, the free, unlimited use version has been downloaded over 5,000 times since its introduction two months ago

Fedora-netdev FC4: kernel-2.6.14-1.1644_FC4.netdev.4 is now available!

FC4.netdev.4 (kernel-2.6.14-1.1644_FC4.netdev.4) is now available. For information regarding the Fedora-netdev kernel series, please visit the following link:

Small businesses using more open source

  • Denver Business Journal; By Bob Mook (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 2, 2005 11:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When Gary Mauldin, CEO of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, died from complications from an accident on Sept. 19, 2002, Kevin Mauldin inherited his brother's job -- as well as an outdated computer network...Since the upgrade, Mauldin said the company has experienced "no real problems" with its computer system -- supporting the claims of many Linux enthusiasts that open-source technology produces a more useful and "bug-free" product than proprietary software.

Hotmail Infestation Breaks Email

Microsoft's popular MSN and Hotmail email services have apparently been brought to their knees by an as yet unidentified virus. As a result, Comcast reports subscribers are being blocked.

Customers of Canadian ISP Cogeco are purportedly managing a bit better, with one out of five messages actually reaching their targets. A Cogeco employee notes that, while Hotmail has reported the network status as normal all along, it "simply isn't true."

DebConf5 Final Report released

After several months of work, the DebConf5 Final Report has been released. The report is intended for a large audience, and includes impressions and facts from the conference. Whether you were there or not, we hope you will find the report an interesting read!

Latest Linux security threat: Alien hackers

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 2, 2005 9:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We didn't hear about this danger from flying saucer nutcases but from the ultra-respectable British publication The Guardian, which says, "According to a scientific report, planet Earth's computers are wide open to a virus attack from Little Green Men." So far, there is no evidence whatsoever that Linux is immune to alien computer viruses. Could this threat bring the spread of Linux to a halt?

First Look: Firefox 1.5

  • Macworld; By Rob Griffiths (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 2, 2005 9:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
So what’s new in version 1.5, and why might Mac users (even those who disliked version 1.0) want to take a look at it? For this release, the Firefox team concentrated on squishing a lot of bugs from the 1.0 product, as well as focusing on interface enhancements, many of which directly benefit us Mac users. There are way too many new features and bug fixes to cover in great detail, of course, but here are some of the things that have caught my eye in the last few days.

Open source in the enterprise

  • Massachusetts Software Council on Open Source; By Paul Gillin (Posted by bstadil on Dec 2, 2005 8:14 PM EDT)
Open source software has clearly turned the corner in the enterprise and is now seated at the table with the software elite. Open source represents the transition of power from the vendor to the user, OSS will nearly quadruple as a percentage of software spending over the next four years. While that's still a relatively small percentage

Linux Professional Institute appoints new President and CEO

Jim Lacey, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

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