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Operating Systems

The Economist Suggests Linux For Netbooks 445

Trepidity writes "In its roundup of how to choose a netbook, The Economist suggests that users 'avoid the temptation' to go for a Windows-based netbook, and in particular to treat them as mini laptops on which you'll install a range of apps. In their view, by the time you add the specs needed to run Windows and Windows apps effectively, you might as well have just bought a smallish laptop. Instead, they suggest the sweet spot is ultra-lite, Linux-based netbooks, with a focus on pre-installed software that caters to common tasks. They particularly like OpenOffice, which they rate as easier to use than MS Word and having 'no compatibility problems,' as well as various photo-management software." Besides which, does Windows offer spinning cubes for coffee-shop demos?
United States

Submission + - Obama casted from 150M nanotubes (nanobama.com)

yowlanku writes: "John Hart, Sameh Tawfick, Michael De Volder, and Will Walker have gone nano way to built NanObama from carbon nanotubes. The process explained as "The nanobama structures are made of carbon nanotubes, and the pictures were taken using optical and electron microscopes. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are tiny hollow cylinders of carbon; the diameter of a CNT is tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, and CNTs are several times stronger and stiffer than steel. CNTs are grown by a high-temperature chemical reaction, using patterns of nanoscale metal catalyst particles arranged in the shapes of the faces, text, and flags that you see in the images. Each face contains millions of parallel nanotubes, standing vertically on the substrate like a forest of trees. If you were standing next to the nanotubes as they grow, and each nanotube was a 1 foot (0.3 meter) diameter tree, the trees would be growing at over 500 miles per hour! The nanobama faces are approximately 0.5 millimeter wide, or about ten times the width of a human hair.""
Education

Submission + - OLPC hits pilot in Nepal (ankur.com.np)

yowlanku writes: ""Yesterday, 27th of March, 2008 was the BIG day for us. In coordination with Department of Education, Ministry of Education, we distributed Mero Sanu Sathi, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Laptop, to the students of 4th graders of Janajyoti Ni Ma Vi, Ugratara-8, Janagal, Kavre as a part of first ever pilot distribution of the laptop in Nepal, codenamed "Sunrise"." you can read more atolpcnepal blogThe news has been also covered by Economics times of india. OLPC Nepal is all volunteer based organization working towards implementation of OLPC vision in country. You can read more about them and support them at there wiki."
Education

Submission + - OLPC Nepal starts pilot project (blogspot.com) 4

bibekpaudel writes: "Four graders of Jana Jyoti Lower Secondary School, Janagal in Kavre district in Nepal got their new laptops on Thursday. Department of Education distributed free laptops to all students of Class 4 in the school as a pilot project with technical assistance from One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Nepal mission. The mission is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. This is the first pilot project of the OLPC project in the hilly country ridden by over a decade of internal-conflict. In South-Asia, another such pilot run is undergoing in a village near Mumbai in India.

1. http://olpcnepal.blogspot.com/
2. http://wiki.olpcnepal.org/
3. http://ekantipur.com/"

Operating Systems

Submission + - Google's Android open-source mobile phone OS (arstechnica.com)

Marvin the Paranoid Android writes: Google has officially announced Android, a its open-source mobile phone operating system. 'The Google Phone has arrived, sort of, but not in the long-rumored embodiment that many had expected. Google announced this morning that it has developed a new mobile OS called "Android" — a result of its acquisition of a mobile software company of the same name in 2005 — that will allow the company to get Google's mobile apps into as many hands as possible starting in mid-2008. Android is Linux-based and open source, and will be made available to handset manufacturers for free under the Apache license.' Google will not be making the phones itself; there are a handful of handset makers signed on, including Motorola, Samsung, and LG. As Google CEO Eric Schmidt puts it, 'Today's announcement is more ambitious than any single 'Google Phone' that the press has been speculating about over the past few weeks. Our vision is that the powerful platform we're unveiling will power thousands of different phone models,'
Software

Submission + - Top 50 Freeware for Design and Developing

Sendrid writes: Finding freeware for graphic design and programming can be a hard task. Here are 50 of the best, including some gems you may never have thought of using! Categories range from 2D graphics apps like Inkscape to productivity tools like FreeMind. This list is a great way to bolster your arsenal of free and open source software.
Security

Submission + - PARC Scientists Demonstrate Self-Encrypting Docs (itworld.com)

narramissic writes: "'Intelligent redaction' technology being developed by the boffins at Xerox PARC automatically identifies and encrypts confidential sections of documents. The technology essentially uses partial document encryption, first analyzes basic types of potentially sensitive information such as company names, people's names, and addresses, and then requires approval by the author before the sections are scrambled to anyone other than those with a software key."
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone Exploits, Metasploit Style

lol slashdot writes: Thanks to the crafty coders behind Metasploit, exploits for the iPhone are now available and readily usable, possible through the same flaw that allowed developers to unlock the iPhone.

From the article:

"This week Moore posted some payload exploits and provided detailed instructions for writing more of them. Attackers could conceivably write code to hi-jack the contacts in an iPhone address book, access the list of received and sent calls and messages, turn the phone into a listening device, track the user's location or instruct the phone to snap photos of the user's surroundings — including any companions who may be in sight of the camera lens."

Functionality to gain remote shell access to the iPhone through Metasploit was added last month.

Feed Engadget: Universal, Warner, and EMI to sell music on flash drives (engadget.com)

Filed under: Portable Audio

The major record labels' ongoing fixation with physical media continues on, as Universal, EMI, and Warner have each announced plans to sell music preloaded on flash drives. Universal says the move is "aimed at the younger, 12 to 24 year olds, who no longer believe that the CD is as cool as it used to be," but that "people still want to own a physical product." Yeah, too bad that physical product is a DAP. Predictably, the $10 flash drives will cost twice as much as normal CD singles but contain additional content -- just like that ridiculous "ringle" concept we just heard about, only with more plastic and manufacturing involved. There's no word on what format the music will be in or what the DRM will be, but it's not like it really matters, since no one is going to buy these anyway. No word on when we'll see this Stateside, but UK teenagers can expect to be patronized by the record labels sometime in the next few months.

[Via Pocket-lint]

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Feed Engadget: Acme ships a three-screened "portable" computer (engadget.com)

Filed under: Desktops, Laptops

We're not sure who exactly needs a three-screened portable computer -- mobile video editors? Al Gore? -- but Acme Portable isn't about to let any segment of the market wither away, no matter how absurd: its LPG370TS "3 LCD Surround System" is a beast, with three foldout 17-inch screens and a built-in keyboard and mouse. The machine is itself is no slouch, either, with a 2.4GHz Q6600 Core 2 Quad, dual SLI NVIDIA 8800GTX graphics cards to drive those displays, 2GB of RAM, and a 650-watt power supply. Yeah, that's portable. No word on price or availability, but something tells us it's not going to be a small number.

[Via Crave]

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