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Cage rattler

October 29th, 2013

THE online news site Rappler.com caused a bit of a stir earlier this month when a reporter for a radio station complained on Twitter that his photo of a fire in Manila was used without permission. Erwin Aguilon tweeted on Sept. 30 that he had just noticed a photo he posted ...

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Ubuntu at 9

Ubuntu at 9

October 22nd, 2013

NINE years ago this month, a new Linux distribution was released with very little fanfare. Nobody at the time realized it, but the new distribution would eventually play a major role in taking the Linux operating system into mainstream computing, and create a community of users that number about 20 ...

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Web presentation tools

October 15th, 2013

IT’S been three years since I discovered Prezi, a Web-based tool that uses cool animated effects to add visual pizazz to online presentations. I don’t use Prezi much—as a creature of habit, I still use Keynote on my MacBook Air, and I can’t always assume I will have a stable Internet ...

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Parlez-vous Linux?

October 8th, 2013

THE French are famous for fine food, wine, fashion and art, and by next year, they will add another feather in their beret: they will have one of the world’s largest government deployments of Linux. Already, the Gendarmerie Nationale, the French police force, is running 37,000 desktop PCs on Ubuntu Linux, ...

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A Mac for a Linux user

October 1st, 2013

IN a recent piece for TechRepublic, Jack Wallen, a long-time Linux advocate, contemplates the purchase of an iMac after years of running his desktops and laptops on Ubuntu or its variant, Ubuntu Studio. As an author, columnist and a producer of multimedia content, jack runs LibreOffice for his writing, Calibre for ...

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It’s terminal but not fatal

September 24th, 2013

MANY users may not realize it, but Mac and Linux systems share a common heritage. Both were based on Unix, an operating system originally developed in 1969 by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs. Linux was developed as a free Unix-like operating while Apple's OS X was a commercial ...

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Another shot in the foot

September 17th, 2013

LIKE many people, you might have felt underwhelmed by the two new iPhones that Apple brought to market earlier this month. There was certainly nothing groundbreaking about the new flagship iPhone 5S, which features a faster processor, a fingerprint scanner and Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS7. Available in gold, silver ...

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Hero to zero

September 10th, 2013

I'VE got an old gag T-shirt that reads “Bokia – Disconnecting People.” I guess you have to be Filipino to get the joke (“bokya is slang for zero or failure), but the font used would probably be recognized almost anywhere in the world—especially in Finland, where the company Nokia grew from ...

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