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Well some one noticed.  Check out You Thought We Wouldn’t Notice because they have noticed and are up to the challenge of telling you about.  From Apple ripping off artists to people coping handbags to fabric to websites.  If it has been copied without credit then it is here.


Here is a interesting video comparing Windows Vista Aero to Ubuntu and Beryl. Of course you can run any Linux distribution and Aero well … just Microsoft’s Windows Vista.

WINDOWS VISTA (AERO) VS LINUX UBUNTU (BERYL)The most amazing videos are a click away

So you have taken the time to creatively come up with a clever domain name for your site.  Next step you take the time to register your domain name or names.  After you register them you have to remember when the expire and when to renew so those evil domain squatters don’t steal you hard fought domain name.  Well The Linux Gazette has a great article on how to prevent domain squatters from taking your domain and how to track when your domain registration expires including the domain-check Perl script to do the tracking for you.  Well worth the read to keep your domain name.


Well with not a lot to do this weekend I thought it would be a good time to take the plunge and install the next installment of my favorite distribution: Fedora 7 x86_64. There have been some good changes with the distribution since the installation went without a hitch. Well, except for a couple of mistakes that I made but that is my own damn fault isn’t it. The installation went of with out a hitch but the one complaint I would make is the anaconda (the Fedora installer) still does not install to grub my other Linux installations unlike Ubuntu which sees them and installs a grub entry for them. It has no problem recognizing my Windows installation, however.

Other than the above the installation was a breeze. I choose the development portions to add to the default installation and KDE desktop since that is the desktop I use. Forty-five minutes later I had Fedora 7 up and running. All my peripherals were working fine, printer, scanner and internet connection. With the addition of a non standard software repository, I had installed all my codecs with the inclusion of nspluginwrapper to handle 32 bit plug ins on Firefox compiled for a 64 bit system. I also installed the nvidia proprietary drivers from livna which comes with livna display configuration which makes setting up and running Beryl a breeze.

I have read plenty of problems with this incarnation of Fedora on the Fedora mailing list but personally I think the problems lie not with Fedora but with poor vendor support (hardware) and mistakes by those installing Fedora 7. I whole heartedly recommend that you give it a try. It is a well polished distribution that a lot of people have put a whole lot of work into and it shows in the final result. Well onto installing WordPress, Apache and MYSQL for my own consumption and tinkering.

How about this? Physicists have come up with a way to change the path of light from its normal direction and travel in the opposite direction. With the creation of nanofabricated photonic material that has a negative index of refraction of the blue green region of the visible spectrum. Cool stuff. Read about it at Science Daily.

ScienceDaily: Cloaking Device Breakthrough? Negative Refraction Of Visible Light Demonstrated

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Stain for Tea Cups

Posted: February 24, 2007 in Tech News

This has to be one of the coolest things I have seen for us tea drinkers. A cup that gets better with age. The more tea you drink out of it the more the pattern that is in the cup gets reveled. I am so glad I drink tea now if I can just get my hands on these cups.

“The interior surface of the cup is treated so as to stain more in predetermined places. The more the cups are used, the more the pattern is revealed. Over time they will build up an individual pattern dependent on the users personal way of drinking tea.”– WOOD – Stain Teacup

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RIAA boycott for March

Posted: February 24, 2007 in Music, Social commentary, Tech News

Gizmodo is trying to put together a boycott of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). I suggest you go over and read the why and how they are setting this up. A little excerpt below:

“Alright, we’ve been following the RIAA’s increasingly frequent affronts to privacy and free speech lately, and it’s about time we stopped merely bitching and moaning and did something about it. The RIAA has the power to shift public policy and to alter the direction of technology and the Internet for one reason and one reason alone: it’s totally loaded. Without their millions of dollars to throw at lawyers, the RIAA is toothless. They get their money from us, the consumers, and if we don’t like the way they’re behaving, we can let them know with our wallets.”

Here is the direct link.