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Sunday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 26-July-2009  16:47:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Most ISPs involved in the internet filtering trial have given the technical green light to the plan, report ARN. Of the nine participating ISPs, iPrimus, Netforce, Webshield, Nelson Bay Online and OMNIconnect told ARN they had seen no slowdowns in Internet speeds or problems with the filtering solutions in place.

Microsoft are apparently planning to open some retail shops, with Gizmodo having a sneak peek at what's in store. As a part of our process in briefing creative agencies, we shared some early prototypes and concepts of our retail store plans. No final decisions have been made. As we previously announced, we are on track to open retail stores this Fall.

Fans of Hey Hey It's Saturday will be pleased (if not amazed) to learn there are two live reunion specials planned for later this year. If they rate well, Nine and Somers look certain to negotiate a new series of Hey Hey. Somers was over the moon yesterday. "It is exciting. There's been a lot of talk about the show coming back and it has finally happened," he said.

I had noticed this myself, but it's funny to see others commenting on the strange progression of Evony ads online over the last few months. More info here. To be clear, these are real ads that were served on the internet. This is not a parody.

Wayne sent in this story on DamnInteresting about the first visit to Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the oceans. Moreover, no other vehicle in existence was capable of reaching such depths, which meant that if her float tank became compromised there was no chance of rescue. Nevertheless, the stalwart scientists opted to press on.

Apparently Ubuntu have plans to make Linux application installation idiot-proof. I may know that Amarok, Banshee, Rhythmbox, and Songbird are all noteworthy Linux music players, but come on! Does anyone beside another Linux expert know that? Letting users choose a program by say clicking on "music player" and then picking one makes all the sense in the world.

Meanwhile Techgage checked out SUSE Studio. Linux is well known for being very customizable, but with SUSE Studio, things are taken to an entirely new level. Imagine taking a base template, building on top of it with your personal software choices, then configuring countless other aspects (even a SQL database), and then building it as a bootable ISO or VM. That's exactly what makes SUSE Studio so great.

From edj: the Victoria Police twitter account will be publishing live updates on drunk drivers caught in Victoria - as they occur. More info here. Last night was another disappointing success - more idiots lost their licences for drink-driving & speeding.

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