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Wednesday Morning (15 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-June-2007  07:30:53 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Over at Dell's Ideastorm website there is an idea to promote their Ubuntu based PC's with an advertisement. Ideastorm users are able to promote or demote ideas they think are good or bad and at time of writing there is 14070 points for the idea. Dell should produce a new commercial for the Ubuntu PCs. It could tell the consumers of America why Dell has chosen to pre-install Linux on mainstream computers and hopefully promote the advantages of this new endeavor. Plus, it's likely that Dell's Linux initiative would be much more successful.

Fester spotted this article which says that under a new plan 99% of Australians will have access to fast and affordable broadband in two years time. The joint venture, known as OPEL, would contribute a further 900 million US dollars to provide broadband of at least 12 megabits per second by June 2009. "What we have announced today is a plan that will deliver to 99 percent of the Australian population very fast and affordable broadband in just two years' time," Howard said.

New Google Linux apps are coming. Google had also made an interesting splash at the first-ever Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit (which they had kindly hosted at their Mountain View campus) during a presentation by the Google Linux Client Team. What was it? Well, there are some "significant accomplishments" and other new Google desktop applications coming out this year for the Linux platform.

A study has found that on average half of inkjet ink is wasted when the cartridge is disposed, thanks Craig. A new study says that on average, more than half of the ink from inkjet cartridges is wasted when users toss them in the garbage. Why is that interesting? According to the study, users are tossing the cartridges when their printers are telling them they're out of ink, not when they necessarily are out of ink.

TrustedReviews have looked at why Apple ported Safari to the PC. My first thought was, hey Steve, the 90s called, it wants its browser war back. It seemed late in the day for Apple to decide it wanted a piece of that browser action. IE killed Netscape, then Firefox took over from IE, if not in marketshare then at least in, common sense share, which is something Iíve just made up.

Students are set to miss out on Vista due to department standardization on XP, thanks Cdr Zero. The NSW Department of Education and Training's said it had chosen to standardize its computing environment around a previous generation of the operating system software. NSW Education's chief information officer Stephen Wilson said that that the standardization project - which will give schools and TAFE colleges 100,000 new computers over four years - would be based on Vista's predecessor, Windows XP Professional.

Techgage have posted some Amarok tips for users of the popular Linux jukebox software, TechARP have posted a used lens buyers guide, and Hardwarezone have posted about C2D E6420 effortless overclocking.

TheTechzone have posted their final roundup of Computex. Computex Taipei maybe over but we're not done showing you all the cool stuff we saw at the biggest technology trade show in Asia. This year's event featured a lot of rain but that didn't put a damper on the show as Computex experienced record attendance and sales.

Klif sent in this page with a whole bunch of funny photochops of "environmentally friendly games" including "Need for Speed: Carbon Credit" and "Public Trana Porza 2", a bus riding simulator.



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