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Submission + - Microsoft Acquires Mono Development Firm Xamarin (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has acquired Xamarin, the development firm founded by GNOME's creator Miguel de Icaza who has been leading the development of the open-source Mono project for several years. Xamarin has as of late been focusing on developer tools around enabling .NET/Mono development on Android and iOS mobile platforms. More details on Xamarin's acquisition via Microsoft's blog.

Lego 'CubeDudes' By PIXAR Animator Screenshot-sm 34

An anonymous reader writes "PIXAR Animator Angus MacLane has created an incredible series of LEGO 'CubeDudes' modeled after beloved characters from sci-fi movies and comic books. From Star Wars heroes R2D2 and C-3PO to Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, the pixellated creations bear a remarkable likeness to their forebears. MacLane says, 'When I had a moment here and there I chip away at a few at a time. I'll have the body of one Dude and a head of another that I will be working on at the same time. It takes me about 10-15 minutes to make one CubeDude and I average about two a day.' The hardest part is the color palette — LEGO doesn't make purple bricks, so villains like Lex Luthor, The Joker, and Grimace are a challenge."

Server Room Smells Can Be an Early Warning 154

Barence writes "As embarrassing as it may seem, an eggy smell in a server room needn't mean broaching the delicate subject of hygiene with a colleague. It can actually be a signal that something is about to go wrong with your server setup, as this consultant discovered after days of assuming questionable personal habits were to blame. The culprit? An expiring UPS device, sending out its own unique warning signal."

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