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Internet radio Day of Silence in action

As we reported previously, today is the day that hundreds, if not thousands, of online radio stations are going silent, broadcasting static, or PSAs and other messages to their listeners to bring attention to the impending royalty rate hike from the Copyright Royalty Board. Across the net you can...

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AIR, what's it good for? 3 sample apps

As we reported earlier today, switching gears from alpha into beta, Adobe has revealed Apollo's true name, AIR. Short for Adobe Integrated Runtime, the framework remains largely the same but gains some new functionality under the hood. Expect to find embedded SQLite support, WebKit HTML rendering,...

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Interview: BarCamp Portland organizer Dawn Foster

Last month in Portland, Oregon, approximately 250 people convened on Cubespace, a co-working space, for BarCamp Portland 1. BarCamp, if you aren't familiar, is an unconference - an Open and free event whose content and direction is decided by its participants. It's a great way for people to come...

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Switching your family and friends to Linux

Last weekend at BarCamp Portland, I gave a brief talk on switching family and friends to Linux. I hear you asking, why would you want to do that? Well, for a number of reasons really: cost, principle, maintenance, all of the above, or any reason what so ever. In my case, my father's work PC was a...

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VMware Fusion Beta 2 available

VMware's desktop virtualization application for Mac OS X, codename Fusion (seriously, what isn't Fusion these days?), has hit Beta 2 and with it a handful of new features to boast: experimental 3D acceleration for Windows XP SP2 & DirectX 8.1, Vista support, improved networking, 64-bit OS...

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Surf TV listings with your Wii

There have been a number of things you can do with the Wii browser (tabbed browsing, watch videos) and here's another one to add to the list: TV listings. Sure it seems like a simple enough idea, but the trick is having a TV listing web site that is simple, easy to search, and is legible on a TV...

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Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring RC1 first look

The Mandriva team released Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring RC1 on Thursday and here's a quick look at the Spring release. Some of the major updates in this release are KDE 3.5.6, OpenOffice.org 2.1 and Firefox 2.0.0.2. Mandriva Linux, for those who aren't aware of it's history, first started as and was...

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Using gzip to optimize your CSS for speed

There are all sorts of tricks that web developers have for decreasing page load times and optimizing their content, here's another quick and easy one using gzip and PHP. If your web server's PHP installation supports zlib (most do), you could squeeze a few KB worth of precious seconds out of this...

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Find your happy hour with Unthirsty

It's been a long day, 5 o'clock is rounding the corner, and nothing could sound better than getting together with some friends and quaffing a pint, right? Unthirsty helps you find the nearest and greatest happy hour based on your location and preferences. In my opinion, this is a home run Google...

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Quickly speed up Mail.app with a vacuuming

Not with a real vacuum, silly, but with SQLite's vacuum command! If you fancy yourself a bit of Terminal adventure, this simple command can supposedly increase Mail's responsiveness. Especially helpful if you have a hefty mailbox like I do. Quit Mail (if it's open) Open Terminal (in...

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