Archive for January, 2008

Portable power pack

January 31st, 2008 | No Comments »

Those of us living in South Africa are now facing the reality of rolling electricity blackouts for, at the very least, the rest of this year and possibly even longer than that. If you have a laptop and 3G connection then two or three hours a day without electricity is not unmanageable. Add the Flexopower [...]

Fires ravage local One Laptop project

January 30th, 2008 | 3 Comments » Tags:

The South African arm of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has suffered a setback following the past weekend’s devastating fires in the Western Cape. The project’s servers, which are run from Scarborough in the Cape Peninsula, were apparently damaged by the excess smoke and water in the area, and are now apparently unlikely [...]

$1million OSS innovation fund kicks off

January 30th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Sun Microsystem’s innovation awards, announced late last year, kick off today. The Open Source Community Innovation Awards Programme, is offering up to $1 million to innovative developers working on any of Sun’s six pet open source software projects. The just over $1 million in prize money will be divided up with each project offering up [...]

Nokia to buy into open source platform

January 29th, 2008 | No Comments »

Mobile deal: Trolltech has announced that it is to be bought by Nokia in a deal estimated to be worth €104 million(R1.1bn). Trolltech are the developers of QT and QTopia, both open source cross platform application frameworks. The move is a strategically clever one from Nokia as it battles new rivals Google and Apple in [...]

HP adds Linux thin client to lineup

January 29th, 2008 | 2 Comments »

Linux Devices reports that Hewlett-Packard has unveiled its first new thin clients since acquiring Neoware last year. Among the new products is a Debian-based model. The t5735 is based on an AMD Sempron 2100+ processor clocked at 1GHz. The graphics processor is a Radeon x1250, suggesting that the chipset could be AMD’s 690G or 690V; [...]

Google to give students a lesson in advertising

January 28th, 2008 | 1 Comment »

Love them or hate them, AdWords is what put Google where it is today. Now the search giant plans to run a global competition to educate Uni students in the art of running AdWords campaigns. The prize? A trip to Google Headquarters in California to meet the team that created AdWords. Perhaps some of our [...]

W3C publishes early draft of HTML 5

January 24th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags:

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a working draft for the next version of universal internet markup language, HTML 5, ten years after its last major version. The international web standards body said that HTML 5 would be a major revision, adding several changes to HTML 4, which was first published in December [...]

IBM cosies up to Linux distros

January 24th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

It would seem that IBM is now cosying up closer to Linux distributions, following an announcement that it would offer its open collaboration client solution with support for Ubuntu and that it entered a new agreement with Red Hat. Big Blue also mentioned that the agreement made with Novell last August, to use SUSE Linux [...]

Virgin spaceship to use open source?

January 24th, 2008 | 2 Comments »

Virgin Galactic yesterday revealed the design of SpaceShipTwo, which would in the future offer commercial passengers an opportunity to experience space flight. Speaking outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York Virgin Gactic president Will Whitehorn said that this would be part of a much longer development plan which would have “an open [...]

Boost your command line skills with Apropos

January 23rd, 2008 | No Comments »

Linux: Sometimes the Linux command line is the most efficient way to get a job done. But, unless you’re a guru, you probably only know ten or so useful commands, leaving you pointing and clicking in the hope of a good result. If you know what it is that you want to do but not [...]

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