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posted in February 2008

Hacking My PowerShot

2/29/2008
Hardware hacking: it isn't just for those of us with soldering-iron skills anymore, as the hacks for the iPhone clearly show.  I don't have an iPhone, but I do have a Canon PowerShot A560, and as it turns out, that's another device that can be hacked thanks to some firmware wizardry.


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Firefox, Or Pigfoot?

2/28/2008
One index of success for an open source project is how many other projects are derived from it -- or how many people have created alternate builds of the same project.  Firefox's success has spawned a whole slew of community-compiled editions of the program, and this week I've been living with one of them, code-named "Pigfoot."


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Talk To Me, Openly

2/27/2008
It's a cliche to say that open source breaks down barriers, but every day I learn about a new way that's happening. Here's one barrier that open source can help to bring down, incrementally: the language barrier.


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Will Linux Breathe Adobe's AIR?

2/26/2008
You've probably heard by now about Adobe's AIR, a way to create "rich Internet applications" on the desktop.  It's only for Windows and Mac at this point, but Adobe's plan is to eventually release it for Linux as well.


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Catching Up With Zoho

2/21/2008
Those of you curious to see how ambitious a Web-based application suite can be while still being built entirely on open standards need look no further than Zoho. The other day I spoke with company evangelist Raju Vegesna about what they've been doing in their ongoing attempt to beat both Microsoft Office and Google Docs at their own games. The short answer: quite a bit.

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SCO Lives! Aarrgh! Rawrr!

2/15/2008
The more I watch SCO's progress -- from Unix vendor to patent-wielding lawsuit machine to bankrupt has-been, and now a privately funded corporate reboot -- the more I feel like I'm watching one of those cheesy 1960s Japanese monster movies with a nigh-unkillable creature from outer space.  The super heat ray didn't work on the monster, the mysterious Element X that spews out Radiation Y didn't have any effect either, and now the scientists are falling back on the absolute last resort plan

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Hands-On With TrueCrypt 5: Open Source System-Wide Encryption

2/13/2008
Scarcely a week goes by these days without word of the theft of a computer with sensitive personal information on it.  It's gotten that much easier to protect such data with whole-drive encryption, but those kinds of solutions have typically been proprietary, like Windows Vista's BitLocker (which isn't available in all versions of Vista, either).  Now comes version 5 of the fre

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PortableApps.com, February Edition

2/8/2008
It's been a while since I checked in to see what's new in the free and open source world of PortableApps.com.  To my delight, I found quite a bit that's both new and updated -- and if you haven't checked in with the folks at PA before, you're likely to be delighted, too.


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Will MS + Yahoo = The Death of Zimbra?

2/7/2008
One of Yahoo's acquisitions back in September '07 was Zimbra, an open source (MPL) groupware product that's garnered a reputation as a solid alternative to Microsoft Exchange.  Now, with Microsoft prepping a potential buyout of Yahoo, there's real fear in the air that Zimbra may be one of the casualties.


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Why Vista Is Not 'The Best Argument For Linux'

2/6/2008
I've seen a number of people argue that Windows Vista, in all of its bloat and cost and lateness to market, is the best argument for switching to Linux.  It's tempting, and there's a lot of truth to it, but at the same time I don't think it's a good idea to define yourself by what you're not.


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Gartner Shakes Open Source's 8 Ball

2/5/2008
In a press release dated Jan. 31, research firm Gartner made a number of predictions about the IT marketplace in two to four years.  One of the eye-openers: By 2012, they claim, "80% of all commercial software will include elements of open source technology."  Wacky?  Exaggerated?  Probably not.


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What's Microsoft Really Buying With Yahoo?

2/4/2008
It's a tough question, isn't it?  Is Microsoft buying Yahoo because of its long-term and broadscale expertise with open source?  If so, to what end?  Well, I thought, maybe what they're really buying is the expertise of the Yahoo programming team, akin to what I felt was happening with Sun and MySQL, et al.  Unfortunately, the theory doesn't seem to work here.


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To Sink Or Swim In Linux's Waters?

2/1/2008
I've been running Ubuntu Linux on my notebook, a Sony VAIO TX model, for some time now.  I'm impressed with how stable it's been and how a whole raft of features like action-key support (for things like dimming the display) are available directly out of the box, without having to install additional stuff that I needed to download from Sony's site.  But because getting used to Linux itself can be jarring for Windows folks, I decided not to just dive in and hope I'm able to swim. 

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