Archive for April, 2008

Wildlife takes a 35 terabyte gulp of bandwidth

April 18th, 2008 | 1 Comment »

South African startup Earth-Touch.com recently launched, promising near-live footage of wildlife around the world in high definition video. Set up to challenge mainstream players such as National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, Earth Touch uses satellite links to retrieve wildlife footage from filming locations around the globe and then publish those within 24 hours. The […]

Hacking the Wii – Johnny Lee style

April 15th, 2008 | No Comments »

We first saw Johnny Lee on YouTube a couple of months ago when he first demonstrated one of his more impressive Wii remote hacks – headtracking to provide a virtual reality desktop display. Lee, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in the US, specialises in human-computer interaction and, primarily, uses the remote control from the […]

Monday fun with eSpeak on Linux

April 14th, 2008 | 9 Comments »

Looking for a way to perk up your Monday morning? Tombuntu has a good introduction to using eSpeak on Ubuntu. eSpeak is a voice synthesizer included by default in Ubuntu and available from here for other distributions that don’t include it. The most basic way to use eSpeak is to tell it what to say […]

Thusa open sources Asterisk management system

April 11th, 2008 | 1 Comment »

SA company Thusa yesterday released version 1.3.0 of their TABS Asterisk Billing System to the open source community under the GNU General Public License v2.

Mandriva releases 2008 Spring

April 9th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Mandriva today announced the release of Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring. The new release includes features such as full support for the Asus Eee, easy synchronisation with Windows Mobile 5 and later, Blackberry, and Nokia devices, a new parental control utility, the Elisa multimedia center, Codeina for easy installation of necessary media codecs, PulseAudio by default […]

Open source news roundup

April 9th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

Microsoft gets new open source chief Sam Ramji will now be running Microsoft’s worldwide open source and Linux team (roughly 120 people and counting). Ramji has been the director of Microsoft’s open source software lab. In this new role, he’ll continue to oversee the lab but also take on a more strategic role within the […]

Norwegians protest OOXML, quote SA minister

April 9th, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: , , ,

South Africa’s minister of public service and administration, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, took centre stage at a protest march in Norway today. The march was held to protest alleged irregularities in the ratification of Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an ISO standard last week. Sections of a speech, given by the minister ahead of […]

Firefox's secret robots; test your knowledge

April 9th, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: ,

If you’ve taken the time to download Firefox 3 beta 5 as we suggested earlier this week, then try this: Type about:robots into the address bar and be presented with a collection of robot facts. And if you think you know everything about robots then take the Name that Robot test and see how many […]

HP's Mini-Note PC to ship with Linux

April 9th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Hoping to steal a little of the limelight from the already popular ASUS eee PC, HP has released its own sub-notebook. The 2133 Mini-Note PC ships with VIA’s C7-M processor, clocked at up to 1.6GHz. The lightweight notebook sports up to 2GB of 667MHz DDR 2 memory on board, and a choice of 120GB or […]

Wireless providers head to court

April 9th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

The Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) yesterday launched proceedings in the South African High Court aimed at bringing much-needed clarity to the Value Added Network Service (VANS) industry and the rights of holders of VANS licences.

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