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Operating Systems

Submission + - 64bit Menuet 0.67 released

Michael135 writes: Menuet is an operating system for the PC written entirely in assembly language. It supports x86 assembly programming for smaller, faster and less resource hungry applications. Menuet includes pre-emptive multitasking, multithreading, ring-3 protection, responsive GUI, assembler and editor for applications. Networking includes TCP/IP stack with ethernet drivers, basic email/http clients and ftp/http servers. And Menuet fits on a single floppy.
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Submission + - The Emoticon Turns 25 :-) (cnn.com)

tuxlove writes: CNN reports: "Twenty-five years ago, (Sept 19, 1982) Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman says, he was the first to use three keystrokes — a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis — as a horizontal "smiley face" in a computer message."

Emoticons are now part of daily life for anyone who uses a computer or other text-capable communication device. Just about everyone in the world has at least seen an emoticon. It may perhaps be the most important innovation ever in electronic communications. I know the smiley has saved me many times from horrible email misunderstandings. How many others has it saved? :-) Unfortunately, in recent years others have tried to claim rights to emoticons, most notably the evil folks at Despair.com. In a controversial move, they trademarked the frowny emoticon and banned its use from email without a license. In their defense, the license fee is quite affordable. :-( (Yes, this one is licensed.)

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