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Journal Journal: Microsoft to Provide Users with TUX

In this ZDNet interview with Scott Charney, head of trustworthy computing at Microsoft, admitted this week that Windows Vista's User Account Control prompts are not intuitive and confuse users.

Interestingly, during the interview, Scott mentions the goal of providing users with TUX, or trusted user experience.

I wonder if they are taking the piss, as we say in the UK. Surely, he can't be unaware that this is the name of the Linux mascot.

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Journal Journal: OLPC Unboxing Pictures

My OLPC finally arrived!! I've been checking the FedEx website, checking my GMail, and browsing OLPC News.

The unboxing pictures.

In common with many other people, I finally received the little box, containing the cute little Linux lapto, that is the most obvious deliverable of Nicholas Negroponte's OLPC Foundation.

The other cool aspects are that the machine can form an adhoc mesh network, has good battery life, runs a unique Python-based windowing system called Sugar, and can be purchased for less than $200.

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Journal Journal: First Day OLPC Donors in Line for Delivery

It looks like the first OLPCs will soon be on their way to happy recipients!!

Your XO laptop is on the way.

Your donated XO laptop will soon be delivered into the hands of a child in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Mongolia or Rwanda. In one of our recipient children's own words, "I want to thank you people because you had given us the laptop and I love it so much." Your generosity will make a world of difference in these children's lives, and in the future of their respective countries.

Thanks to your early action, your XO laptop is scheduled to be delivered between December 14 and December 24. Our "first day" donors are our highest priority and we are making every effort to deliver your XO laptop(s) as soon as possible. We will send you an update upon shipment.

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Journal Journal: CSS Updated Web-Site

Finally got around to updating my personal web-site. It's been moved to its own domain on and given a standardized CSS stylesheet which might get jollied up a bit later since it's clean, but a bit sparce at the moment.
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Journal Journal: First Week on OSX 1

Just switched in the last week to a Powerbook G4 12" as my web and general 'stuff' machine. I really like it so far, and haven't found too many problems.

The first 'difficulty' was getting access to my companies windows shares though. Here's how I managed to get around some of the samba hitches ... Connect to network. I connect to a wireless usually, and make sure you can see the internet. Create a VPN using PPTP if you are connecting to a Microsoft VPN server. At this point you may be able to see shares on the windows network. I couldn't sadly. OK TURN OFF IPV6. I have no idea why this is on, but turn it off and try the VPN again. Now try doing the 'Connect to server' option in Finder. If you can connect to a windows share name, try the windows share name with the appropriate domain added to it. NT seems to be pretty smart about adding to windows names, allowing DNS resolution if something gets funky with the CIFS stuff.

Anyway, now I can connect great to my desktop machine and pull files off it.

Remote Desktop Connection

Google for this, and download for OSX from the Microsoft site. Works excellent.

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