Opera 10.50 Hits RC!

In an amazingly short period of time, Opera 10.50 has gone from pre-alpha (which is something most companies don’t release to the public) to a release candidate, which means that the product is almost finalized, with the greatest majority of bugs worked out. The Opera Team blog tells of the release – You might have…

Another Second Amendment Assault

Strange… I haven’t seen much about this.  It’s only the Second Amendment, thus not worth covering. President Giveaway, in a brief diversion from giving away more money than exists, is working on an assault weapons ban.  This shouldn’t be a surprise, as the Powers That Be don’t like the Second Amendment.  Yet here I find…

The View from the Space Station

Looking at these pictures, I can’t help but be filled with wonder and awe.  The view is from the `cupola’ of the International Space Station. I understand gravity and space well enough to know better, but I still shudder in fear that I was going to fall right into the earth, some two hundred miles…

Learn Drupal, Young Man!

In a similar vein to the wisdom attributed to Horace Greeley in the nineteenth century, “Go west, young man”, as a rejoinder to the question “What should I do?”, the word for many interested, and out of work, in the IT field, is to learn the Content Management System known as Drupal. Maximum PC tells…

Copernicus Honored With Elemental Naming

One of the benefits of being well known in scientific circles is that you can hope that one day, you will be honored with an element formed in a particle accelerator bearing your name. Quite a few science heavyweights have already been honored, though most have been physicists, such as Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, Glenn…

Are We Losing Freedom Through Social Networking?

Several things we already see today would seem to suggest that it is exactly what is happening to our society. The fact that we are told in many places to watch what we put out for consumption about ourselves on the internet, due to the unforeseen complications that may arise the next time an application…

Air Force “Boneyard” to Finally Close

Though not an official museum, the Boneyard, located in Tucson, Arizona, holds an amazing share of aviation history. The Boneyard has been featured in several major films in detail, the one that immediately springs to my mind is Iron Eagle II, which featured Lou Gossett, Jr. as an Air Force colonel that worked on the…

The Linux Distro That Boots in Just 10 Seconds

xPUD may not be the first light weight Linux distribution to take up less than 50MB of disk space. But it’s certainly one of the simplest, fastest Linux distributions I’ve seen. And that’s largely because it’s still in the early stages of development and doesn’t support a ton of hardware or software yet. But it’s…

Price Fixing? Nah, It’s Couldn’t Be

Ask anyone that has kept an eye on the optical drive market in the last 8 months if anything fishy was going on, and you would probably get 9 answers yes out of ten. The number of drive models is way down, the number of manufacturers is down somewhat, and the prices of drives are…