December 24, 2011 | News

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Google Homepage Christmas Doodle Sings Jingle Bells

Google wishes you Merry Christmas Happy Holidays with an interactive Christmas Eve homepage doodle. You click on the lights, and notes play. Once you complete the “puzzle”, the Google letters animate, and you get to listen to the tunes of Jingle Bells.

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November 8, 2011 | Software and Downloads

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GeoGebra: Free Software to Learn Algebra and Geometry

GeoGebra is free Java-based software to learn and teach algebra and geometry. Installation packages are available for Windows, Linux/Ubuntu, and Mac.

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November 4, 2011 | Linux/Unix

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Mint Overtakes Ubuntu in DistroWatch

This just in: More people are checking out Mint on DistroWatch than Ubuntu. This is the first time this has happened. Normally Ubuntu reigns supreme here as the top Linux distribution that people are interested in. Note: this doesn’t mean more people are running Mint than Ubuntu. But it can presage future trends. Especially since [...]

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October 28, 2011 | Interesting Web Sites

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Royalty-Free Photos: Public Domain Photos for Your Website

One of the things about maintaining a nice looking website is using attractive images when appropriate. The problem is stock photos can cost a lot of money. One of the places you can get free, royalty-free photos is public-domain-photos.com. It’s not the Getty Archives, but you can’t beat the price.

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October 25, 2011 | Software and Downloads

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Windows 7 Taskbar Tweaker

Taskbar Tweaker is a little app to modify the Windows 7 taskbar to your liking. Download it here.

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October 21, 2011 | News

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Google Homepage Doodle Honors Mary Blair

Ever heard of Mary Blair? Neither had I until today’s Google home page doodle honoring her on her 100th birthday. Mary Blair was a pioneering artist in the early days of Disney. She did work on Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella. She explored the use of new techniques like putting multiple shades of [...]

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October 20, 2011 | Apple/Mac

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iPhone iOS 4 Features a Teslameter

It amazes me how much stuff Apple has been able to stuff into the iPhone: accelerometer, compass, GPS all seem old today. The latest addition is a teslameter, a device for measuring magnetic fields using the iPhone 3GS or 4′s magetometer. I don’t know exactly what use there’ll be for that, but I’m sure people [...]

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October 19, 2011 | Linux/Unix

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Tint2: A Lightweight Alternative Panel for Linux

If you think the default panel in Ubuntu or Gnome takes up too many resources, or you just need a lightweight panel for the new iterations of the GUIs in Ubuntu or Gnome which lack a bottom panel, you might be interested in Tint2, a free and open source panel for various Linuxes. It’s in [...]

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October 17, 2011 | Productivity Tips

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Feather Beta: How to Make YouTube Faster

Is YouTube slow for you? YouTube’s testing out a new beta mode called Feather. It’s supposed to be a lite version of YouTube with the fluff removed for a faster response. Think of it as YouTube the way it used to be. Anyway, you go to the Feather URL, here: http://www.youtube.com/feather_beta Click on Enable. Now [...]

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October 11, 2011 | Digital Rights

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Record the Police: Cop Recorder 2

There’s been a lot of concern lately about police abuses lately. People want to protect their rights, but (many) police forces want to prevent citizens from recording them. In comes Cop Recorder 2: It’s an Android app that helps you record your interactions with the police. It’s suposed to be network enabled, though I haven’t [...]

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