Using the iPod Nano on linux...

So I fell prey to Apple's marketing, and I bought a Nano for my wife's birthday. It's for her, I promise! (Sadly, the 2 day fedex shipping, turned into almost two weeks. It was stuck in China having a "shipment exception" for over 5 days.

Apple customer service claimed they …

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Open Source Mountain Biking

This past weekend I was able to go on a very nice bike ride at Soquel Demonstration Forest. Braille trail is quite nice, and something that makes it pretty unique among most mountain biking trails is that this trail evolves. The half dozen times I've ridden it, it has been …

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Using the Samsung ML-2010 laser printer with Linux

Our 5 year old inkjet printer has been making loud annoying noises and refusing to print midway through a page. So this last weekend I decided to replace it with a laser printer (we only really used color for printing photos, and since 1hour kiosks are common and cheap at …

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I have an issue with foocamp...

I have an issue with Foocamp, and it isn't because I (unlike some of my co-workers) wasn't invited. For that matter I have the same issue with Barcamp (which I may have attended if I wasn't out of state on vacation floating down the Snake River in Wyoming during that …

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August Bay Piggies Meeting

We had a small meeting tonight. Hasan gave a short presentation on his Really Really Simple Rss browser (45 minute 80 line hack). Details found here.

Previous speakers were awarded their choice of various python books, whick led into a bit of discussion about python books. It seemed that people …

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Are there areas where Open Source won't work?

One of the biggest shockers for me at OSCON happened during the first day. I was sitting in the second row of the Rails session and I looked behind me to see what type of laptops people were using. I would guess that 80% were PowerBooks. Of the x86 laptops …

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IBM opening the secret sauce for Web Fountain?

Up above Silicon Valley, IBM has a big research facility. One of the big projects they are working on over there at Almaden is called Web Fountain. Think of it as Google on steroids. A search engine that can determine sentiment (can determine what ambiguous terms on pages actually mean …

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