Archive for June, 2006

Impish emailing with Horde

June 30th, 2006 | No Comments »

I’ve tried a couple of webmail servers over the years, and have even written my own (which turned out to be harder than I thought, but quite a fun project). But I’ve found most lacking in one or another respect – my own lacking the most. Let’s face it – email is a simple application, [...]

Linux continues to rule supercomputers

June 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

Linux has once again dominated the list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. The 27th issue of the bi-annual Top500 list, released today, shows Linux accounting for 73.4% of the top 500 supercomputers, including the two fastest machines on the planet. The Top500 list reports that Linux is installed on 367 of the [...]

Run any Windows app on Linux with 2X

June 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

Thin client software company 2X has come up with a novel way to get Windows applications running on Linux desktops – stream it from a Windows box. The company launched its 2X ApplicationServer Linux Client yesterday, which allows Linux machines to interact with the 2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services. Any application that runs on [...]

Two South Africans first to certify for Ubuntu

June 27th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and Canonical have announced the world’s first Ubuntu Certified Professionals: Fred Strauss and Khayeni Ndlovu of Johannesburg, South Africa. Strauss and Ndlovu were amongst a group of six who wrote paper versions of the Ubuntu certification exam at LinuxWorld Johannesburg on May 18, 2006. Canonical spokesperson Jane Silber extended her [...]

MIT looking for African open courseware partners

June 27th, 2006 | 4 Comments »

MIT OpenCourseWare is looking for African educational institutions to offer mirror sites for its free, Web-based teaching materials. The Open Courseware programme includes materials from 1 400 MIT courses from the 33 MIT academic disciplines and has be used globally by millions of learners and educators. Unfortunately, says MIT OpenCourseWare’s Farnaz Haghseta, the OCW materials [...]

iWeek 2006 attracts heavyweights

June 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

The annual iWeek Internet service provider-focused conference is expanding this year and already lists a number of industry heavyweights among its speakers. Chief among these is ICANN founding chairperson and premier Internet commentator Esther Dyson. Dyson has previously visited South Africa as part of Thabo Mbeki’s presidential advisory council on technology but this is one [...]

Sowetan IT whizz-kid heading for Boston and beyond

June 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

Soweto youth, Domenick Khumalo, beat out over 1300 fellow computer clubmates to win a trip to Boston, USA, to take part in the Computer Clubhouse Teen Summit. The 16 year old, who studies at the National School of the Arts, won the Intel-sponsored trip by showcasing his animation and graphics skills in a Clubhouse competition. [...]

Novell shake-up: Jack Messman shown the door

June 23rd, 2006 | No Comments »

Novell CEO Jack Messman has been ousted from the company he has been involved with since 1982. In a desperate management shake-up, both Messman and CFO Joseph Tibbetts were dismissed by Novell’s board of directors, after failing to turn the beleagured company around. Novell has had a troubled existence since its inception, achieving momentary success [...]

Microsoft, Creative Commons make strange bedfellows

June 22nd, 2006 | No Comments »

Microsoft has partnered with alternative copyright body Creative Commons to create a licensing tool for Microsoft Office documents, allowing authors to easily include Creative Commons licenses in Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents. The plug-in for Microsoft Office 2003 and XP inserts the selected Creative Commons license directly into your work, and supports a number of [...]

World Cup for geeks

June 21st, 2006 | 1 Comment »

World Cup fever is hitting every community around the world, and the one that sits behind a computer screen is no exception. Here’s our roundup of the geekiest things to come out of World Cup 2006 thus far. Why watch football on your television when you can watch it on your telnet connection? A group [...]

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