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History of internet in less than 10 minutes

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Aristotle said: If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.”. I don’t know if this statement is completely true, but surely when talking about internet, it is (at least) interesting to know how this vital tool (for many of us) was born and developed to what is today. So here is IMO the simplest and well explained version of the history of the internet (having over 1 million views on youtube):


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February 12, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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Google’s new favicon – what do you think?

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I’m sure that many of you noticed that Google has a new favicon. On their blog, you can find an anouncement aboutthis change. At the end of the article, the VP of the Search Products and User Experience department writes:

“We hope you like the new favicon, which nicely integrates all of our original criteria: distinctive in shape, noticeable, colorful, timeless, and scalable to other sizes.”

Google's favicons

Google's favicons

Well, I’m not an expert in design, but … it’s just me, or this new design is far away from Google’s “original criteria” as it is perceived by us, the users. Is’nt Google about simplicity, and eficienty? Think about their website. Can you describe it as being “colorful”? Is this somehow complex and color-packed favicon a fit symbol for Google? What do you think?

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January 10, 2009 at 11:55 am

I thought Linus was from Finland …

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October 9, 2008 at 9:28 am

Top 5 Torrent Clients for Linux

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UPDATE: The article was moved (and updated). For the new location of the list please click here 

Here is a list with the most used torrent clients for Linux. While a few other exists and are listed elsewhere, I think the software presented here represents the big players, and a wide range of interfaces and features. I’m just sharing, I don’t profess to be an expert. Anyway, I hope this list will be of help to you in choosing a better torrent client.

Azureus (now Vuze)

The most future rich torrent client for Linux, but being based on Java, is also a memory and performance hogger.

“Azureus implements the BitTorrent protocol using java language and comes bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users” read more…(dead link)

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October 5, 2008 at 10:46 pm

GIMP 2.6 released!

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GIMP 2.6 is an important release from a development point of view. It features changes to the user interface addressing some often received complaints, and a tentative integration of GEGL, the graph based image processing library that will eventually bring high bit-depth and non-destructive editing to GIMP.

Read all the announce on GIMP 2.6 Release Note.

GIMP 2.6 can be downloaded from here.

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October 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm

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The world’s most comprehensive, Web tracking and analysis application?

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Woopra is the world’s most comprehensive, information rich, easy to use, real-time Web tracking and analysis application. And it’s free!”  This is how the guys behind Woopra are describing their product.

Here are some of the application’s futures:

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September 22, 2008 at 12:26 pm

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Software freedom day-today 20 spetember 2008

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Mr. Stephen Fry , introduces you to free software and reminds you of a very special birthday.

What is Free Software? This is how gnu defines it:

Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”.

Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
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    September 20, 2008 at 1:01 pm

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