Could this Invention Save us from our Dependence on Oil?

April 20, 2006

"A tiny chemical reactor that can convert vegetable oil directly into biodiesel could help farmers turn some of their crops into homegrown fuel to operate agricultural equipment instead of relying on costly imported oil."

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Samorost and Samorost2

April 20, 2006

In a world of bloody war-simulation video games, it is rare thing to find a game that shines out past the rest, without violence. These games are often neglected and passed off as boring or not exciting enough. But, Samorost 1 and 2 are 2 of the best games I have ever played, without a single drop or "virtual" blood shed. They are simple, point and click flash games, but are made with so much love and skill that playing them is like nothing ever done before. Samorost1 is about a little guy trying to save his "planet" from an immanent collision with another "planet." In Samorost2, the same little guy tries to save his dog from the "aliens" who took him. To start off with, I must complement the art work of the game, which is the best I have ever seen. Such simply surreality is hard to accomplish, but the makers (Amanita Design) have done an excellent job. The great, life-like background is such a beautiful contrast to the rather simple, animated figures which constitute the characters of the game. I could go on for ages about how great the game looks, but I will let the reader find that out for himself. The game play just as good as the artwork. Each level presents you with new puzzles to solve, often quite thought provoking. Playing the game was fun at another level. It wasn't that exciting, make-your-heart-race kind of fun you would normally experience in video games, but a more profound sense of enjoyment. I HIGHLY recommend these games to anyone that has ever been disgusted by the modern themes of video games. These games are legends of their own time, a real milestone in what can be done with creativity.


AMD Continues To Gain Market Share From Intel!

April 20, 2006

Intel was stung by excess chip inventories and slowing PC sales in the first quarter and it won't get better soon! Especially with AMD steadily gaining market share from Intel!

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HOWTO: Install Linux onto a USB thumb-drive with encrypted partitions

April 19, 2006

Simple instructions for anyone looking for a portable installation that they can easily carry with them for use as rescue media, system administration or as a private workstation. This is an update of the original howto (http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/179), and adds support for 2.6.16, cryptsetup with LUKS support, Udev, and Yaird.

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Easter Egg Hunting In Linux =)

April 19, 2006

Strange Ubuntu names in your Ubuntu hardrive, OpenOffice.org Star Wars Game, "The Book of Mozilla", and the Supercow powers in Debian based systems. Check them out!

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Stable kernel 2.6.16.9 released

April 19, 2006

Today's first stable 2.6.16 release is 2.6.16.9. It contains a fix for a potential inter-process information leak on the i386 and x86-64 architectures. (Update: the FreeBSD advisory has some additional information on this vulnerability, which is specific to certain AMD processors).

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Managing Linux Through Windows Active Directory

April 19, 2006

A nice article about connecting Linux Authentication to Windows Authentication.

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