Bitnit writes: Phoronix has released a major update to their automated Linux benchmarking software, the Phoronix Test Suite, and more interestingly they have released their own distribution that's designed for hardware testing and benchmarking on Linux. With PTS Desktop Live they provide this Linux distribution that's to run only from a live environment off a DVD / USB key and then allows their benchmarking software to run — and only that — on this standardized software stack, which makes hardware comparisons a lot easier. With a simple Gtk interface, Phoronix is also aiming to please the Windows crowd by introducing them to easy Linux benchmarking without needing to install any Linux OS. They share more in Phoronix Test Suite 2.0, PTS Desktop Live 2009.3 Released.
zemerick writes: "I am the IT support tech at a local high school and I have recently been put in charge of digitizing all of our school's documents into a digital format. Including, but not limited to, school history, prior student records, photos, etc. I was wondering if anyone have had a similar task. We're looking for a way to outsource the job. If not, I will be stuck in a closet with 10 tons of papers and a scanner for the next 10 years. If there is a relatively fast way to do this by myself I would be up for it, but I just don't see how that would be possible. Any suggestions would be great. I live in the middle Tennessee area."