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OpenSUSE 10.3 Experience

This is not a traditional review, in that I am not going to discuss the distro in any systematic or comprehensive fashion.  There already are several reviews out there in the usual places.  Rather, I am going to outline my experiences with installing and using OpenSUSE 10.3, with an emphasis on my particular hardware.  …

Video Card Singularity

We all had some laughs when the two-bladed razor was improved with the addition of a third blade.  Late-night comedians joked about razors coming with four or even five blades. Then, we all had a few more chuckles when the four-bladed Schick Quattro actually made it to market, soon followed by the five-bladed Gillette Fusion.…

Microsoft Big Flub

One of their flagship products, Excel , has been caught making errors doing simple multiplication.  According to a Microsoft Developer blog: Yesterday evening we were alerted to an issue in Excel 2007 (and Excel Services 2007) involving calculation of numbers around 65,535.  The first example that we heard about was =77.1*850, but it became clear…

Wiki-based Legal System

The government is finally moving the legal system into the 21st century, with wiki-based laws.  The idea is that the people are the customer, and the customer should have a say in the rules.  This is, oddly, a government-sponsored revolution. Of course, this would not be possible in a government where corporations have sway over…

Microsoft Makes Life Easier

In response to customer demand, computer manufacturers pressured Microsoft into offering an easier way for users to “downgrade” their new machines.   Business customers who feel that Vista is too bloated and slow, or who find it doesn’t run what they need it to run, now can get Vista taken off, and XP put in…

Emergency Beer Opener

Some people are amazingly creative…or thirsty. (Source)

Matrix Animated Wallpaper

If you are willing to settle for a two-dimensional desktop experience, and you love The Matrix, this might be fun. The image is an animated GIF, so it is big.  (Sorry to the dial-up users.)  The real thing works much better than the animated GIF shows.   The howto is here. If you want the…

Bibliography Tool: Zotero

This is good.  Firefox now has an extension that makes it simple to store all your bibliographic information from online research.   It is at release candidate 3 stage now, well-developed and fully functional.  It is called Zotero.  It is bundled with the “Campus Edition” (the best thing since ramen noodles) of Firefox, but it…

Bezier Curves

Wikipedia Picture of the day An animated cubic Bézier curve (see other types), a parametric curve important in computer graphics. Modern computer fonts use Bézier splines composed of quadratic or cubic Bézier curves to create typefaces. Image credit: Phil Tregoning Archive – More featured pictures… Finally, I understand what Bézier curves are. Well, maybe understanding…

Just Trash It and Start Over

That is the conclusion of the most review review of the security of the Dielbold voting machines in California.  Most damning is the finding that many of the previously-reported vulnerabilities have not been fixed.