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Comment Easy Git (Score 1) 346

I've been using git personally for about a year now and have finally reached the point where I am ready to get the rest of my group to adopt it for our work. The tool I am recommending to help with the early git learning curve is Easy Git, Easy Git (eg) is a very thin wrapper around git. It provides clear and suggestions for git usage. Unlike other porcelains, you can trivially switch between eg and git at any time. I think Easy Git can improve the initial git experience for many potential git users.

Submission + - What constitutes a good geiger counter?

An anonymous reader writes: I've always wanted a geiger counter to play around with but thought they would be too expensive for mere mortals. But after a quick Google search, it looks like I was wrong and some ex-Russian models are available for pennies. I even found instructions on how to make my own doseometer. So I thought I'd ask Slashdot: What makes a good geiger counter? What features are most useful? Let's put together a geiger counter buying guide!

Submission + - Skype goes dark, may be offline until Friday (

jcatcw writes: Skype is blaming software issues for a lengthy outage that may last for more than 24 hours. Some users claims there's a log-in authentication failure. "Those that are in stay in and those trying to sign in can't get in," according to Tom Keating. In what maybe an implicit acknowledgment, the company is recommending that users leave their client software active.

Submission + - Lenovo intros ThinkPads with preloaded Linux (

JonathanF writes: "Sounds like an ideal mix for Linux geeks: Lenovo said today that they'll ship their rock-steady ThinkPads near the end of the year with Novell's SUSE Linux distro preloaded — and supported by Lenovo itself. No word on specs, but having a solid PC with an open-source OS sounds very appealing. Like the author of the article, though, I wonder whether Lenovo is offering Novell's distro because it's worried about that Microsoft Sword of Damocles hanging over its head if it chose an alternative like Red Hat or Ubuntu."

Submission + - KDE 4.0 Beta 1 released. (

dbhost writes: "Along with this morning's cup of coffee and log reviews, I discovered that the KDE team is moving forward with a long awaited beta release of KDE 4.0 beta release of KDE 4.0. The most interesting item I found in this article is that the file manager in KDE is being separated from Konqueror into a component called Dolphin. Also according to the announcement konsole has been treated to a number of improvements such as split view, and history highlighting."

Submission + - Winnie Wrote a Math Book

SoyChemist writes: Hollywood is not known for providing a wealth of positive female role models. Danica McKellar, the actress that played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years and Elsie Snuffin on The West Wing, has written a math book for teenage girls. Math Doesn't Suck is in the style of a teen magazine. It even includes a horoscope, cute doodles of shoes and jewelry, and testimonials from attractive young career women that use math at work. It focuses on fractions and pre-algebra and uses mnemonics like calling a reciprocal a "refliprocal", because you just take the fraction and flip it upside down. Wired interviewed McKellar about the new book and her crusade to eliminate the achievement gap between boys and girls in math courses. McKellar graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA. While studying there, she co-authored a proof and presented it at a conference. After she and Mayim Bialik — star of Blossom and a PhD in neuroscience — appeared in a 20/20 episode about intellectual actresses, several literary agents came knocking on her door.

Submission + - TiVo HD (Series3 Lite) launched and reviewed (

MegaZone writes: "The TiVo HD has been officially launched, and TiVo Lovers has had one to review. The TiVo HD provides nearly all of the features of the original TiVo Series3, but costs just USD$299.99 instead of USD$799.99. The review is accompanied by over 100 photos of the new unit, inside and out. The TiVo HD platform is all new, and it holds a number of features designed for future applications."

Submission + - Superior font rendering using unpatented software (

Vireo writes: Joel Spolsky recently pointed to a quite interesting article on font rendering by Maxim Shemanarev, author of the AGG rendering engine. Shemanarev denounces the way Microsoft implements font hinting, going so far as to accuse Microsoft of stalling progress in LCD technology. He compares font rendering by Adobe, Microsoft, Apple and FreeType, and concludes by proposing a simple modification to FreeType which allows superior font rendering without using any patented software.

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