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OLPC Fork Sugar On a Stick Goes 1.0

Marten writes “It was more than a year ago that Walter Bender left OLPC and started SugarLabs.org. Now, the first version of the new project has been released. Sugar on a Stick is a USB-drive that runs on Mac and PC-style hardware. ‘The open-source education software developed for the “0 laptop” can now be loaded onto a USB stick to give aging PCs and Macs a new interface and custom educational software.’ Bender said, ‘What we are doing is taking a bunch of old machines that barely run Windows 2000, and turning them into something interesting and useful for essentially zero cost. It becomes a whole new computer running off the USB key; we can breathe new life into millions of decrepit old machines.'”

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on OLPC Fork Sugar On a Stick Goes 1.0

UK Gets Europe’s First 3G Femtocell

judgecorp writes “Femtocells have been on the horizon for a while, but the UK just got the first 3G femtocell launch in Europe, by Vodafone. The device connects to handsets in the room and links them to the cellular network over broadband. It’s a classic win-win, because it gives the user better coverage and takes traffic off the service provider’s network. The only complaint might be from the broadband provider, who could be carrying traffic for a rival. Vodafone isn’t pushing the data angle, but since it has HSPA, the product could work just fine with laptops and dongles. Femtos have been in limbo waiting for serious launches, but judging from the list of speakers at the World Femtocell Summit in London, Vodafone might not be the only one.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on UK Gets Europe’s First 3G Femtocell

How Do You Sync & Manage Your Home Directories?

digitalderbs writes “A problem plaguing most people with multiple computers is the arduous task of synchronizing files between them: documents, pictures, code, or data. Everyone seems to have their own strategies, whether they involve USB drives, emailed attachments, rsync, or a distributed management system, all of which have varying degrees of success in implementing fast synchronization, interoperability, redundancy and versioning, and encryption. Myself, I’ve used unison for file synchronization and rsnapshot for backups between two Linux servers and a Mac OS X laptop. I’ve recently considered adding some sophistication by implementing a version control system like subversion, git, or bazaar, but have found some shortcomings in automating commits and pushing updates to all systems. What system do you use to manage your home directories, and how have they worked for you for managing small files (e.g. dot configs) and large (gigabyte binaries of data) together?”

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on How Do You Sync & Manage Your Home Directories?

Verified Identify Pass Shuts Down "Clear" Operations

torrentami writes that Verified Identity Pass, operator of the “Clear” program, which allowed pre-screened passengers quicker access to US airport gates, “sent out emails to its subscribers today informing them that as of 11 p.m. PST they will cease operations. Clear was a pioneer in speeding customers through security at airports and had planned on expanding to large events. The service, where it was available, offered a first class security experience for travelers willing to fork over 0 a year and their biometrics. Customers are now left holding their Flyclear cards with encrypted biometrics. The question now becomes, what happens to all that information? This is not the first time Clear has been in the news. A laptop containing customer records was reportedly missing from the San Francisco International airport recently but then turned up shortly thereafter. Another casualty of the recession’s downturn in business travel.”

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Verified Identify Pass Shuts Down "Clear" Operations

Sony Plugs Blu-ray on a Budget With New Vaio


Amid questions about consumer enthusiasm for Blu-ray technology, Sony on Monday announced a new notebook computer positioned by the electronics giant as an entry-level Blu-ray player for mobile viewing. The VAIO NW notebook series carries an 0 starting price tag for a Blu-ray equipped model, and comes with a 15.5-inch widescreen display, as well as an HDMI output connector for use with a larger screen. It also includes the ability to turn the screen display off while allowing the laptop to continue running, saving battery life.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Sony Plugs Blu-ray on a Budget With New Vaio

FTC To Monitor Blogs For Paid Claims & Reviews

PL/SQL Guy writes “Many bloggers have accepted perks such as free laptops, trips to Europe, 0 gift cards or even thousands of dollars for a 200-word post. Bloggers vary in how they disclose such freebies, if they do so at all. But now the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention. New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers — as well as the companies that compensate them — for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest. Bloggers complain that with FTC oversight, they’d be too worried about innocent posts getting them in trouble, because the common practice of posting a graphical ad or a link to an online retailer — and possibly getting commissions for any sales from it — would be enough to trigger oversight.”

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on FTC To Monitor Blogs For Paid Claims & Reviews

Ultra-Thin Laptops To Be Next Intel-AMD Battleground

FinalAnkleHealer sends along an IBTimes article proposing that 0 ultra-thin laptops, capable of multitasking and editing multimedia content, could be the next market contested by Intel and AMD. “AMD partnered with Hewlett-Packard Co. in January to launch the Pavilion dv2. Intel launched its rival CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) chip this month and Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc were among those that demonstrated laptops based on the new technology at the Computex trade show in Taipei. … With more people gravitating toward mobile and wireless technology, consumers want smaller laptops — and most of those people would prefer doing more than surfing the Web, which the no-frills netbooks now excel at. … Acer, the first company to introduce a cheap Intel-powered CULV laptop, expects revenue from that segment to account for 15 percent of its total sales by the end of 2009. Asustek, which pioneered the netbook in 2007, plans to launch five consumer-priced ultra-thins this year.”

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Ultra-Thin Laptops To Be Next Intel-AMD Battleground

FTC Plans to Monitor Blogs for Paid Reviews

Savvy consumers often go online for consumer reviews of products & services: What some fail to realize is that such reviews can be tainted: Many bloggers have accepted perks such as free laptops, trips to Europe, 0 gift cards or even thousands of dollars for a 200-word post. The FTC is now paying attention & the agency may go after bloggers.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on FTC Plans to Monitor Blogs for Paid Reviews

AMD Outs Lying Laptop Makers About Battery Life

There’s only three endings to this story. Either the industry regulates itself, or the FTC steps in and regulates us, or we get hit with a class-action lawsuit. I suggest the industry go with the first option.

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on AMD Outs Lying Laptop Makers About Battery Life

Lies, Damn Lies, and Battery-Life Statistics

theodp writes “What if automakers measured gas mileage by rolling their cars downhill with their engines idling? They might, Newsweek’s Daniel Lyons suggests, if they took inspiration from the MobileMark 2007 notebook battery-life benchmark test, the creation of a consortium called BAPCo, whose members are — surprise — computer makers and other tech companies. Laptops score big numbers, Lyons explains, because they’re tested with screens dimmed to 20%-30% of full brightness, Wi-Fi turned off, and the main processor chip running at 7.5% of capacity. Professional reviewers see company-generated battery-life claims as a joke. ‘The rule of thumb is that in real-world use you get about 50 percent of rated battery life,’ says a Gizmodo associate editor. Leading the call for reform is the not-necessarily-altruistic AMD, who gripes that MM07 was created in Intel’s labs and rigged so Intel chips would outscore AMD chips, which draw more power when idle.”

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Lies, Damn Lies, and Battery-Life Statistics