February 28, 2010 | Digital Devices


Samsung announced that they are going to be producing low-power “green” memory chips based on a 40 nanometer process.

This can save up to 35% in energy cost.

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February 27, 2010 | Digital Devices


Kingston just released a mammoth 256GB flash drive for $1100.

At 700MB per movie, you could store a little less than one movie for every day of the year on this.

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February 26, 2010 | Digital Privacy

Ever wonder what information various social media and other websites have on you?

So does the government.

A site called Cryptome has released the ways in which popular websites give information to law enforcement agencies.

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February 25, 2010 | Digital Life


Remember The Visual Display of Quantitative Information? It was a book by Edward Tufte of Yale that showed innovative ways of showing a lot of numbers in intuitive and information-dense ways.

Now somebody’s come up with a poster that tries to make sense of the federal budget along the same lines.

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February 24, 2010 | Interesting Web Sites


I found out about a new social media organization service called Cadmus the other day.

If you’re active in social networking like Twitter, you probably get a lot of updates in your incoming streams.

Cadmus organizes these streams and prevents you from having to wade through duplicates.

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February 23, 2010 | Digital Rights

As you might have heard, Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili died in luge training at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver on February 12.

The International Olympics Committee has been using copyright to suppress videos of the event.

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February 22, 2010 | Linux/Unix

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The Ubuntu Panel is a system panel that appears at the top of the screen in Ubuntu. Unlike Windows, Ubuntu has two panels: one on top, and one on the bottom.

I have the top panel set to auto-hide. But, the other day, it hung for some reason. Here’s how to fix it.

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February 21, 2010 | Software and Downloads


gEdit is the main text editor for the default desktop environment in Ubuntu. It’s also available on Windows and Mac. It can open multiple files in tabs in a single window. I often have tens of files open when working on a project. It’s a pain to have to open every single file again when switching projects.

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February 20, 2010 | Digital Security

A data security company released a list of the 20 most common passwords.
Of course, these are also the top 20 passwords to avoid, too.

Click through for the list.

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February 19, 2010 | Software and Downloads


Java is an application environment (like, in a way, .NET, Perl, PHP, etc.) in which a lot of cool programs like Limewire and Azureus and some useful programs like Eclipse and Netbeans are written.

Java is usually included with Macintosh. For Windows, here’s an overview of how to install Java.

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