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Submission + - Meteor may have hit international space station (

adnd74 writes: "Two astronauts on the International Space Station will make a spacewalk next week to find out if a micrometeoroid strike damaged a critical part of the outpost's power system, officials said on Thursday. The station is not in any danger and is still producing enough power to support the arrival of a Russian cargo ship this month, said station deputy program manager Kirk Shireman."

A Review of the $200 Wal-Mart Linux PC 235

bcrowell writes "Wal-Mart's new $200 Linux PC has generated a lot of buzz in geek circles. Although they're sold out of stores, I bought one for my daughter via mail order, and have written up a review of the system. The hardware seems fine for anyone but a hardcore gamer, but the pre-installed gOS flavor of Ubuntu has a lot of rough edges."

Submission + - Is google not keeping a cached copy anymore ?

izzix writes: "Why almost always when you access a google cached page it shows the current version of the page and the sniplet on the search page shows the correct(old) version of the page, Probably that one google crawled. And shows a message like: "These terms only appear in links pointing to this page" Why Is google not keeping anymore this kind of data ? Are they using this wasted space to host another space hungry google services, like gmail, youtube ?"

Submission + - Hobby programming when you do it as a job?

fr0stzee writes: I've been a coder for nearly as long as I can remember, starting out when I was young on the C64 and going from there. I always loved coding as a hobby, spending many hours after school and in my spare time programming my own little games and other apps. Now though, I've been through uni and I've since been programming in a full-time job for several years. I'm nearly 30 and what I've found is I've lost that drive to do my 'hobby' coding that I used to love so much. I'd love to make my own games one day and maybe have my own software company, but I find after 8 or more hours of sitting in front of a computer at work, the very last thing I want to do when I get home is sit in front of my machine and code- I'd rather watch TV, or cook a nice meal or have friends over. Hence the dream of one day being a successful indie developer seems like it'll never really happen. Yet I have friends who have no trouble coding alot, even though they work as programmers too. So, is this a pretty common thing for software developers, or is it just that I'm getting older and not as good as I used to be? I still love coding when I'm at work and I'm still very interested in it, but the minute I step out of the door and head home, all that interest and motivation seems to go out the window. Interested in hearing your thoughts.

Submission + - How Thunderbird clutters your hard drive (

Dominus Suus writes: "Thunderbird users would probably guess that when they delete an e-mail and empty out their trash bin, Thunderbird expunges the e-mail from the related mbox file — a common mailbox storage format — and, for all practical purposes, the e-mail is gone. However, it was discovered whilst migrating from Thunderbird to another e-mail client that Thunderbird keeps deleted e-mails, with their attachments, in your profile. According to the Thunderbird support forums, this is what is supposed to happen."
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Submission + - What's YOUR Rig? (

Khyber writes: "There are tens of thousands of geeks and nerds out there that choose to build their own systems, with their own customized setups tailored to fit their needs and demands from gaming to media presentation. We've seen oddities such as the Caffeine Machine, and many DIY projects such as home-built projectors, but not everyone goes to such extremes. I've always been curious as to what other people's setups looked like, and why they were designed that way. My rig is made for gaming and guitar playing, with a bit of musical creation on the side. What does your rig look like, and why did you design it that way, and for what purpose, if any? Bonus points for any special adaptations/rigs you had to pull off to make it all work. Show your stuff, Slashdot!"
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Submission + - Top-10 Gift Ideas for the Linux Gadget Geek

__aajbyc7391 writes: Got a Linux Gadget Geek on your shopping list? You can't fail with a gift from this guide to the ten hottest Linux-powered devices gleaned from's news throughout 2007. But in case that doesn't do it for you, WindowsForDevices has an alternative gift guide for those of the Redmondian persuasion. The gadgets range from $150, for the Zipit Wireless Messenger that runs Linux, to a $2,000 tiny Windows palmtop computer from FlipStart, the company founded in 2002 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and beyond.
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Submission + - Is running a Linux PC like owning a classic car? (

Mr TM writes: Many arguments have been put forward as to why we've still not had the long-predicted (and long anticipated) "Year of Linux." But is the main reason that Linux is struggling to become mainstream the fact that running a Linux PC means living with a project PC — a PC that's always in a state of flux and you're always having to tinker and mess about with it. With Windows or Apple you have a better chance of having a stable platform to work with. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes compares running a Linux PC with owning a classic car:

"But if you want the whole classic car experience with a PC, then here's the recipe. Find an old PC, preferably one that wasn't very good to begin with (maybe an old Dell that was never that hot) and install Linux on that. There's a popular myth going around that Linux is ideally suited to old hardware. I'm not sure where this myth came from but my experience suggests that while Linux has lower hardware requirements than Windows Vista, you still have to be realistic as to the performance that you can expect from old hardware."


Submission + - EA attempts coverup of Sony rootkit in Sims 2 EP

Fizzlefist writes: "A few days ago, Electronic Arts' Sims 2 forums lit up with talk of system malfunctions and hardware failures. Some computer savvy players discovered that EA secretly included the latest version of SecuROM in the Bon Voyage expansion pack. EA's official response was to lock and delete forum posts concerning the invasive software and ban upset users from the forums, followed by denying SecuROM could possibly be responsible in any way for the widespread problems. Some symptoms of SecuROM include disabling of CD Burning software, printer and camera failures, CD/DVD-ROM drive failures and even system crashes. EA isn't bothering to help it's biggest customer base either. SecuROM naturally sticks around after The Sims 2 is uninstalled and can all but destroy a system if forcibly removed. From the FAQ posted on the forums, "We do not recommend removing SecuROM from your machine. It is used by other Electronic Arts games that may be installed on your machine." Interestingly, there have been no reports of failures in Sony hardware."

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