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Submission + - Contiki: from Niche Hobby OS to PhD Thesis

blboo writes: Remember the Contiki operating system? A few years back it was used to run web servers and web browsers on really old home computers such as the Commodore 64 and the 8-bit Atari. Today Contiki has grown up and moved from being a cute hobby project to a serious embedded operating system used in research into networked embedded systems and wireless sensor networks. In fact, it has matured so much that Adam Dunkels, the author of Contiki, earlier today announced his PhD thesis on Contiki and its components; protothreads and the uIP embedded TCP/IP stack. It is an interesting direction for a niche hobby OS to take and probably quite different from what people expected Contiki to become when it first was released.

Submission + - Over One Fifth of Windows Installs Non-Genuine?

snib writes: "Microsoft disclosed Monday that, according to reports collected by the notorious Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool on millions of users' PCs, 22% of all Windows installs do not pass its validation tests and have therefore been deemed non-genuine. From the article: 'Since WGA launched in July 2005, over 512 million users have attempted to validate their copy of Windows, Microsoft said. Of those, the non-genuine rate was 22.3 percent. 56,000 reports have been made by customers of counterfeit software, which grants that user a free replacement copy of Windows.'"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Is Online Choice Not Only Good But Profitable Too?

jg21 writes: In what he calls "the old TV world", blogging venture capitalist Sim Simeonov notes that 'consumer choice == less money' since you'd make the most money if you could just turn all the TVs on in every household, tie people to their couches and prop their eyelids open. But in the age of Web 2.0 and user-generated content, the game has changed. Simeonov instances the upcoming site Flip, aimed at teenage girls, in which the girls themselves can apparently decide which brands' ads will appear during the setup phase. Seems like the long-awaited (dreaded?) future of online ads that target at the level of the individual consumer has finally arrived. In other words, nowadays 'consumer choice == more money'! [From the article: "To online businesses — both the majors and those serving niche content — choice is good and the Net's ability to support infinitely many discoverable 'channels' is the key enabler for segmenting the audience into ever smaller, better targeted, more engaged, higher margin groups."]

Submission + - Wal-Mart taking advantage of the Microsoft-Novell

AlexGr writes: "By: Martin LaMonica, CNET, January 22, 2007 Microsoft and Novell announced that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, became the latest customer to take advantage of the new interoperability collaboration between Microsoft Windows and Novell's SUSE Linux. Wal-Mart is a long-standing Microsoft partner and intends to expand its infrastructure using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. b+build-out/2100-1017_3-6152247.html?"

Submission + - The First iPhone imitation? Made from China

KESETRUM writes: Can't wait iPhone to be release? China did first (CECT Korean/China Phone Manufacture). Probably this is first iPhone imitation made by China. This Indonesia mobile online shop sell the iPhone like. According their site, this GSM phone has specs, touchscreen, screen can be rotated, touch pad, phone can be shake on built-in dice Game, camera, mp3, mp4, game and another feature. Slim form factor, and can write color drawing on screen (like graffity or jotter on PALM handheld), this online store offer delivery order for Jakarta City. The price is Rp. 1.750.000 or US$ 190. For alternatife access, see attached image from This local forum discuss about this phone.

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