njkobie writes "Dell was the unlikely star of today's keynote at IDF, unveiling a convertible tablet. While that might sound a bit been there, done that, the Inspiron Duo can be used as a tablet or opened up to offer a keyboard. The screen rotates inside the frame, taking it to the netbook form factor. It runs on an Atom processor and will be available at the end of the year, Dell said."
david.emery writes "CNN [ http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/22/technology/micros
o ft_alcatel.reut/index.htm?postversion=2007022215 ] has a short item on a Jury award of $1.52b in damages to Alcatel-Lucent, from Microsoft, for violating a patent relating to computer audio files."
lisah writes "Linux.com wrapped up a series of reports this week that covered a myriad of software packaging and installation utilities. The information on creating your own Debian packages, and where things stand with RPM generated lots of discussion on best practices while overviews of Klik, InstallJammer, Zero Install, and Autopackage gave lots of useful tips and pointers. Gentoo's Portage was omitted from the special report this time around but apparently will be covered at some point in the future."
IdaAshley (666) writes "PHP is an easy to use scripting language often used in Web applications. PHP code is parsed and translated to opcodes every time it executes, but there is no need to translate the same PHP code each time. An opcode cache eliminates that rework, making PHP applications faster."
An anonymous reader writes "According to reports by Reuters and IOL, the South African government has officially announced that all government departments are to switch to Open Source operating systems and software from this year onwards. There is no word on how long the process will take (likely years), but a joint office to be run by the Department of Science and Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will be set up by April to oversee the process."
michaelrash writes "From the article, "A fishing crew has caught a colossal squid that could weigh a half-ton and prove to be the biggest specimen ever landed, a fisheries official said Thursday. If calamari rings were made from the squid they would be the size of tractor tires, one expert said. The squid, weighing an estimated 990 pounds and about 39 feet long, took two hours to land in Antarctic waters, New Zealand Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said.""
coondoggie writes "The benefit of virtualizing x86 servers is clear: break the link between software and hardware and create the foundation for a more dynamic, flexible and efficient data center. But the road to a virtual data center isn't without its twists and turns. The move to a virtual environment must be done carefully and with an understanding of how the new infrastructure will change IT planning and management. What follows is a list of eight virtualization "gotchas" — hurdles that users may face as they deploy virtual environments — that we've compiled through discussions with IT professionals, analysts and vendors. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/022307-virt