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Weekly Updates for 2011-01-21

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Google Global Science Fair 2011

What does Google, CERN, Scientific American, Lego and National Geographic have in common?

Science, apparently.

This year marks the first year that Google will be holding it’s annual Google Global Science Fair.

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Ubuntu has one irritating issue that has been a pain in my side for YEARS. When you set a system-wide proxy to let all your programs use a proxy on the network and set a DIFFERENT proxy, or select the “No Proxy” or “Default” option, the first system-wide proxy will persist.

One evening after a Lets Talk Geek podcast I complained about this along with Tim Haak. Stew Allen, another of the members from the podcast suggested we look at Privoxy as an option, setting one system proxy and then changing the forwarding rules as you move between proxies.

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Conky is  a great desktop information utility. Almost all Linux users have played with it at some time or another. Many build awe inspiring custom configurations for Conky that displays not only system information, but currently playing song, current weather and a plethora of other information using custom colors and images.

I have one problem with Conky and other desktop widgets – they are hidden behind your open programs. If you have followed my blog you will know that I have noted this many times before, arguing that notifications and widgets that are thus hidden are practically useless.

This weekend, while fooling around with bash I might just have stumbled upon a possible solution to my issue with notifications being hidden behind open windows. Say hello to ‘notify-send’…

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Weekly Updates for 2011-01-14

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pMailer LogoIt is hard to be excited about a mass mailer. Mass mailers generally cause two things in my life: Technical difficulties and spam.

Everyone who has ever had to set up a mass mailing system for a client knows exactly what I am talking about regarding technical hassles. Mailman is a shining example of this – an immensely powerful program that is a real hassle to set up.

One South African setup now offers an on-line solution, that along with SMS functionality is set to take care of at least the technical issues that you would encounter when setting up a mass mailer.

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I was in a bit of a conundrum with this press release offered to me by Cerebra. I am a FLOSS pundit, and here is a release announcement of Internet Explorer 9.

I decided to run the article in any case, partly because I like Cerebra – they seem like a fun bunch, and partly because IE is improving, albeit not as quickly as the other browsers are. It is still behind in some key areas.

Read on for the full press release, posted verbatim, and a poll at the end. OOH, it also includes the chance to win a holiday!

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Weekly Updates for 2010-11-26

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A crowdsourced web. Doesn’t sound too new does it? How about a collaborative crowdsourced web? Is there a service that makes this possible?

Imagine a web service where you can collaborate with a whole social network always there to help you solve your problem.

Evly.com aims to provide a service such as this, and it is launching Monday 22 November.

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Weekly Updates for 2010-11-19

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