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 Friday, 4-May-2007  23:11:19 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Skype for Linux 1.4 alpha has been released. I wonder if Andypoo had anything to do with it? Thanks Komodo for the link. Today, we have released Skype for Linux 1.4 Alpha, a test version which will give you a sneak-peek into how the next major release for Linux will function. Alpha means that this version is still under development and only experienced users should try it out. As we have already done with Windows and Mac we are opening things up a bit for you. So we have created a public issue tracker for Skype for Linux.

Craig sent in this article about the do not call register and some problems it is facing. More than 50,000 people had managed to register their home and mobile numbers within hours of the launch, ensuring they will no longer be bothered by most telemarketing calls, but thousands more were locked out as the system struggled to cope with demand.

ThinkGaming posted an article about starting a new WOW character. Since Burning Crusade came out 2 new races emerged the Draenei (Alliance) and the Blood Elves (Horde). With these new races I definitely wanted to create a new character. Since I play alliance I went with the Draenei and I chose to be a shaman because no other alliance race allowed you to be a shaman. So here is my journey checking out the Azuremyst Isles and the new Draenei race.

Some customers are not happy with Vista's impact on battery life. Some of Microsoft's most important customers aren't happy with the battery life offered by notebooks running Windows Vista. "It's a little scary," said John Wozniak, a distinguished technologist in Hewlett-Packard's notebook engineering department, referring to the work HP needed to do on making Windows Vista more suitable for notebooks.

Walter Schirra, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts has died at age 84. The Mercury program was America's first manned spaceflight program which started in 1958. Walter Marty Schirra, Jr. (March 12, 1923 May 3, 2007) was one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts chosen for the Project Mercury, America's first effort to put men in space. He was the only man to fly in all of America's first three space programs (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo). He logged a total of 295 hours and 15 minutes in space.

Check out this Instructable to mod a toaster to toast custom shapes. Yes, I've been caught by the art toaster rage and have made my own. Just some Aluminum foil or stainless steel and a regular toaster can do the trick.

Ars Technica has checked out Pidgin 2.0, the IM client which was formerly called GAIM before a lawsuit from AOL. Pidgin 2.0, the latest version of the popular open source instant messaging client formerly known as Gaim, is now available for download. After months of development and numerous beta releases, Pidgin 2.0 is finally ready.A significant improvement over the current 1.5.x series.

Steve Jobs is promising more environmentally friendly products from Apple after criticizim by environmental groups. Apple has responded to criticism by environmental groups by announcing plans to remove toxic chemicals from its products, including Mac computers and iPod MP3 players, as well as increase its recycling of old products. Cupertino, California-based Apple is by no means the only computer company to be improving its environmental credentials, but the announcement of a new green strategy by CEO, Steve Jobs, is significant given the attention placed on Apple by the likes of Greenpeace.

This set of pictures should give you a laugh, mounting an air conditioner Russian style!

And finally, here is another logic timewaster from Joanna.



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