November 28, 2009 | Linux/Unix, News

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The Ubuntu Linux distribution is dropping the GIMP graphics program from its installation CD. While it won’t be installed on fresh installations, the program will be able to be installed via Ubuntu Software Center. Users who have the GIMP installed will continue to have it installed after future Ubuntu upgrades. This move had generated quite [...]

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November 28, 2009 | News, Software and Downloads

Version 0.47 of the open-source vector drawing program, Inkscape, has been released. If you’re not already familiar with Inkscape, it’s comparable to Corel Draw, Xara, or Adobe Illustrator. It has fewer features than some of those programs, but also a few that they don’t. Bitmap-based drawing programs save a line as a collection of square [...]

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November 27, 2009 | Misc

The Unmask Parasites blog has uncovered a devious method being used by a particular network of malware sites. Maleware purveyors are creating subdirectories in legitimate blogs where they host their own illegitimate blogs. The illegitimate blogs are targeted toward very specific and unpopular Google search terms, such as “blue mustang picture”, “upstate ny photos”. Interestingly, [...]

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November 26, 2009 | News

Breaking news: Mininova, the torrent site, has effectively been shut down. Granted, the site itself still running, but 99% of the torrents which used to be available on the site are no longer available.  The only torrents which will be available are those vetted through its Content Distribution Service. The Mininova blog entry for this [...]

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November 26, 2009 | Linux/Unix, News

KDE is undergoing a marketing exercise in renaming itself and its various products: The phrase “K Desktop Environment” won’t be used KDE means the community and an overarching brand Various KDE products’ new names: KDE Plasma Desktop and KDE Plasma Netbook KDE technologies become the KDE Platform The KDE Applications remain the same KDE 4.3 [...]

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November 26, 2009 | News

Another chapter in the Google Is Evil Chronicles. The LA Times is reporting that Google has an agreement with TiVo to track your TV watching habits, and specifically ad-watching habits. Not only that, but it’ll track viewers second-by-second. Also reporting the story are Boy Genius Report, Engadget and Slashdot.

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November 25, 2009 | Digital Travails, Windows

As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I was hit pretty badly with a virus infection on my Windows XP installation. One of the symptoms was Windows shutting down almost immediately after logging in. Once I recognized the problem as virus-caused, I set out to root it out. Here’s a log of [...]

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November 24, 2009 | News

The wedge end of malware code can be made to resemble plain English text. That’s what Slashdot is reporting as the result of research presented at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security by security researchers Joshua Mason, Sam Small, Fabian Monrose, and Greg MacManus. What they say in their paper is that normally [...]

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November 23, 2009 | Windows

I got hit badly with some nasty viruses which ultimately led me to move from Windows to Ubuntu as my default operating system. First, I was hit with conficker!mem, but I didn’t know it at the time. I had noticed for a while that I wasn’t able to go to microsoft.com, but I loathed having [...]

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November 23, 2009 | Linux/Unix, News

The latest release of Ubuntu, the easy-to-use Linux distribution, is out. With a version number of 9.10 (which stands for October, 2009), it’s code-named Karmic Koala. Some features of the new release include: The Ubuntu Software Center. This is an application that replaces the old Application Add/Remove. It’s nice for browsing available software, and you [...]

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