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Saturday Morning #2 (3 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 1-November-2008  06:36:37 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) is officially out as of yesterday. You can discuss Intrepid Ibex in our forums.

Of course, what kind of news post would this be without a review or two of Intrepid Ibex? I'll breakdown some of the key new features and talk about them. I'll start with what I think might be the most significant work my way down. I'll try and give each new major feature a grade, that will reflect its usefulness, and functionality.

Microsoft are apparently releasing Windows Azure free to developers. Microsoft and free aren't words that you expect together in a sentence. While the prolific operating system maker has been generous in offering discounted licenses to students and to developing nations, it has always made sure it got its fair slice.

Whist in the world of Windows, Cnet have another set of screenshots - this time from Windows 7. Microsoft's upcoming operating system, Windows 7, seems to be geared more for the consumer, with a lot more user interface enhancements that build on the internals of Windows Vista. You can also discuss Windows 7 in our forums.

Video conferences distort reality, according to a new study. Videoconferencing is often heralded as the next best thing to being somewhere - a cheaper, simpler alternative to traveling in person to attend a meeting. Yet a small study raises questions about whether videoconferencing distorts interactions in a subtle but important way.

Mozilla is planning to stop supporting Firefox 2 by the end of the year. "We're starting to consult the [development] community for feedback," said Mike Beltzner, the director of Firefox, prior to setting a final 'end-of-life' date. If all goes according to plan, the last update for the older browser will be Firefox 2.0.0.19. The current build of Firefox 2.0 is 2.0.0.17, which was released last month to patch 14 vulnerabilities.

Even during Halloween, the google team can still find some humour. Google, whose servers constantly crawl the Web, doesn't have anything against spiders. But zombies, well, that's another matter.

Micosoft are set to release an update for Live Mesh today.Among these updates are more granular permissions for sharing folders, better support for large monitors during remote connections, and support for drag and drop between the online desktop and local devices. Live Mesh is now also available for Mac OS X (10.5.1 or later) and Windows Mobile devices. Microsoft also announced the worldwide availability of Live Mesh.

Gizmodo have a timeline of all the lego mini figurines.We have worked with Lego to painstakingly collect and catalog almost every minifig ever produced into a photographic timeline. You will be able to see the evolution of the iconic figure, from the very first sets in the 70s that you saw in our exclusive tour of the secret historic Lego vault to the latest and greatest ones in 2008. Sensory overload ahead.

Drupal has won the best open source CMS award for the second year running.The Packt Publishing awards highlight the growing impact the open source Drupal social publishing system is having on the content management system (CMS) market, specifically with a growing number of case studies in vertical industries such as media and entertainment companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Drupal usage has grown exponentially in recent years with more than 2 million downloads and an estimated 250,000 Drupal websites worldwide.

Apparently, the DVD of the latest Futurama movie contains a humorous warning against piracy. Anyone who watched The Simpsons Movie will have noticed Bart in the intro chalking his famous blackboard with the words “I will not illegally download this movie”. Matt Groening seems to appreciate the comedy anti-piracy message as his latest movie, ‘Futurama: Bender’s Game‘, also includes some mockery of file-sharers or, on closer inspection, possibly some encouragement. Whatever the intention, it is pretty funny.

Today's timewaster is chargeball. Bounce from paddle to paddle collecting balls. Very addictive!



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