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Theo de Raadt of OpenBSD interview March 30, 2006

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In the interview he discusses OpenBSD and where the project stands financially.  Nice interview

Ballmer bans iPods and Googles March 30, 2006

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At his own home at least.  Ballmer reports his kids dont use Google nor do they own iPods.  While the Google thing is extreme amd he cant control what they do at school, the iPod ban is respectable.  In a world where 12 yr old girls are wearing shirts that say "Milf in training" chatting on their Cell Phones about the guy they are going out with on Saturday and buying a box of condoms while doing so, and have an iPod in their purse.  I think Ballmers doing the right thing.  Now do they use a Creative Zen or a iRiver we dont know.

Unofficial Patches for IE7 Available March 30, 2006

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Two reputable security companies have patched the flaws in IE temporarily.  Microsoft is not sanctioning these patches but I have tried the eEye patch and so far no problems.  Deyermina has released the other patch.  Both patches will uninstall themselves when MS ships an official update.

Lotus Notes Plugin for Windows Desktop Search March 30, 2006

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Microsoft has delivered a WDS iFilter for Lotus notes that allows Lotus notes messages to be indexed and searchable now.

5 yrs ago we got OS X March 29, 2006

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Another nice nostalgic article

Apple GUI Musuem March 29, 2006

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Wired is celebrating the 30 yr anniversary of Apple with a collection of Apple GUI screen captures.  Some of those old ones look extremely familiar.  My Elementary School at the time I went had only once computer.  The Apple II only on PC in the media center, so the first one is nostalgic and tells me:  Damn Im getting old!!!

Now that same school has two labs filled with Gateway desktops and every teacher has two PC's in her room.  So much changes over time.  I remember when we didnt have internet search.  If I was working on a school project I had to use Microfiche and Microfilm.

Avie Tevanian Leaving Apple March 29, 2006

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Sad news for Apple.  Avie was instrumental in the release of OS X and he was a big figure in the NeXTStep world.  Extremely nice guy too, I personally wish him the best.

MINIX 3.1.2-B2 Released March 29, 2006

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Andrew Tannenbaum has released this new version.  The most important part of this release is that it has the X Windows system.  Many have criticized Tannenbaum for his lack of interest for not taking MINIX this far in the first place but it seems he has had a change of heart.

For those in the unknown:  The Minix Homepage

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 Interesting Hardware requirements

Hardware Required

To run MINIX 3, you need a PC driven by a 386, 486, or Pentium CPU or compatible. The standard configuration requires 16 MB of RAM. An 8-MB version is also available, but it is slower due to a smaller buffer cache. Since the distribution comes on a live CD, you can test it without allocating any hard disk space, but for a hard disk installation, 50 MB is needed as a minimum, 600 MB minimum if you want all the sources.

SyncToy v1.2 for Windows XP March 29, 2006

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Handy little powertoy.  It also will install on Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 although unsupported

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Windows Vista Logo Program and Windows Vista Capable PC Hardware Guidelines March 29, 2006

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Microsoft has released the following information in regard to Windows Vista hardware requirements and the logo program.  The hardware guidelines remain vague except for the video card and RAM requirements.

 Windows Logo Program

Hardware Guidelines

 The lowest speed processor I have gotten Windows Vista to run on was a 700 mhz processor.  That remained comfortable for viewing video, listening to music and typing some papers in OpenOffice.org