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For seventy cents a day, you can feed a starving Ubuntu developer.

Ubuntu introduces the world to its new begging-on-the-street model of software funding, where you can decide for yourself how much to pay for Ubuntu. ($0.00)

With this, and with Ubuntu search powered by Amazon, Canonical is quickly proving itself to be the Discount Dan of OS developers.

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The original link is being hammered, so here’s a Google cache. But yeah, the basic story is that Google is telling everyone to save stuff in not just a Microsoft format, but in Microsoft’s dreaded “fake standard” Office Open XML standard (.docx, .xlsx, etc.). Why Google, why? Why have you forsaken the loon? You were the last bastion of freetardia! You should be making MS Office users downgrade… I mean upgrade their system to LibreTardOffice.

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When you value shipping dates above all else, sometimes things break.

While chasing Chrome to the top of the mountain of version 100, Firefox has again tripped on its shoelaces. Because it was so focused on perfecting the Soap Opera Rapid Development System, they forgot to see if the security bug system could handle this. Well, Firefox 16 had to be pulled, because of a serious security bug.

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Difficult to know where to begin here.

Whether you’re Nissan or Toyota, Walmart or Nordstrom, NYSE or NASDAQ, you are in the software business. Every company today, regardless of whether or not they’re a “technology” company, is in the business of building software. Today’s consumers demand it.

Nice hair, Jimbo. I’d recommend you get a professional cut, but what do I know? You’ve swerved through several successful IPOs as a marketing guru; you know what works.

Actually, I thought that Toyota and Nissan were in the “selling cars to people” business. And Walmart was in ...

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Quoted, with mucho hilarity, from eug on the Pog Blog. One day eug will grow up and become a very fine SJVN.

This one is about the wacky new Ubuntu Shopping Lens. Basically, you type in a local search for something on your PC, say a document or a program or whatever … a search, yes, I’ll get back to this in a little while … and you get an indiscriminate amount of gibberish thrown back at you. Some of which may well be, hem hem, inappropriate.

Joey Sneddon over at OMGUbuntu is really pretty even-handed about this. He doesn’t ...

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Pogson seems to have been liberated by his decision to ban anybody who knows anything about IT from his site. Freed of the need to plough constantly through his spam tray, he’s been able to spare a good hour or two to prove all the experts wrong. Mythical Man Month? Not a problem. Code Complete? Written by a Microsoft $hill. And Dijkstra

As an aside I would like to insert a warning to those who identify the difficulty of the programming task with the struggle against the inadequacies of our current tools, because they might conclude that, once our ...
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Yes, it’s the inevitable result of Chandler.

But, what does it offer you?

OSAF is a non-profit organization working on Chandler Project, a Note-to-Self Organizer designed for personal and small-group task management and calendaring.

Well, that’s nice, but I think Outlook does all that. If I want to go cheap, there’s probably something in a repository somewhere. Probably.

For a view into our daily work including detailed planning and Design and Developer Documentation, visit our Project Wiki.

Y’know, I was going to go out and train for the Brazilian Olympics. But I’d hate to miss ...

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No, not the sound of an OLPC device being dropped from a helicopter: the jungle floor is too pliable for that. And before we start in, why not take a refresher course on girlish cheerleader lunacy?

Done that? Let’s begin, then. And in passing we’ll try our hardest to ignore the fact that Negroponte looks, and sounds, like nothing so much as Al Franken in a particularly wicked SNL sketch…

Seymour [Papert] made an observation in 1968 that was very simple, but very profound, and that is, if a child writes a computer program, that child is engaged ...
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Rumors of a movie portraying the Terrorist version of Luke Skywalker have caused terrorists in Egypt to riot and storm the American embassy, on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, which as we all know is when a bunch of crazy terrorists flew planes into the twin towers and before any of you go saying they were justified several thousand innocent people died in that attack so no they weren’t justified.

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Apparently, in the glorious new world of FOSS, backwards is forwards! So, let’s start counting down from a completely arbitrary seven:

7: The Classic Menu Structure. We don’t need no stinkin’ ribbon, becoz

Being less compressed, the standard layout is also easier to read for those with limited close-up vision.

orly?

6: Common Code and Interfaces. So, evidently different from its predecessor, OOo. Also, so important to the user.

Even more importantly, many dialogs are the same between applications, which makes learning easier. For example, windows for formatting text or its background in styles dialogs are identical whether ...