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Surprise! Your Favorite Application Is Now Open Source March 29, 2006

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So how often does a successful Windows program go open source? Not too often, it turns out. Xara, British developer of blazing fast vector graphics software recently released the source code for their Xara Xtreme illustration program at Libre Graphics in Lyon, France and Xara LX – a Linux version of their amazing Windows illustration program.

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ZDNet wants you to boycott DRM March 26, 2006

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The video says it all.

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Bendable Concrete March 25, 2006

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gizmag Article: Bendable concrete

Very cool fiber reinforced concrete!

See-Through Concrete March 25, 2006

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Concrete mixed with glass that allows for light transmission. Reflects light kind of like a curtain.

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Color Changing Concrete March 25, 2006

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Royal Academy of Art folks designed a system for Color Changing Concrete– awesome!! Check out the video, too!

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Chronos Chromos Color Changing Concrete March 25, 2006

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“For Royal College of Art design students Chris Glaister, Afshin Mehin and Tomas Rosen, the problem with concrete is once you put it down you canâ��t change it, and people have to just get used to it. So they decided to make concrete that changes color…..”

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BF2: Euro Force and Win2K March 19, 2006

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SUCCESS! Euro Forces installed on Win2K!-RANT MODE ON-

Why EA decided to use that stupid freaking “XP only!” EAD I’ll never know. Dumbest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Everything it downloads could just as easily be made available in a simple zip file or single executable.

-RANT MODE OFF-

First I purchased the fricking expansion on the website. This is a pretty conventional process. It WILL ask you what account you want to purchase it for… this is your BF2 login, *exactly* how it appears in-game. Don’t worry if you make a mistake here because you can change it up to three times a week.

I then downloaded and installed that POS EAD thing and logged in with my EA account name. This is NOT the same as your BF2 account but rather the login that is used when you purchased the expansion.

Then I downloaded the EF expansion. At first glance it looks imcomplete but after playing it once I went back and checked the contents of my C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\EA Downloader\cache\–yourEAaccount–\ I found the folder called eagamesbf2-2006online_map_contentbf2euro

THIS folder is ALL you need (besides purchasing the game). Euro Forces is not protected by DRM but rather account protected. The contents of that folder could be zipped up, burned to disc, or if EA’s marketing guys had two brain cells to rub together, made available on the web as a single exec installer.

Anyway, I burned it to disc, bought my son his copy of the expansion, then installed the expansion on his WINDOWS 2000 computer by simply clicking on the “Setup.exe”. Worked flawlessly.

PS3 to ship with Linux – Official March 19, 2006

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…In addition to running Linux from its hard-drive, the PS3 is expected to be available with various Linux-based productivity packs that turn the game into a computing appliance for special applications such as digital video editing.

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KnoppMyth R5B7 is here! March 18, 2006

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The world’s best HTPC distribution now includes MythTV 0.19.fixes and lots of under-the-hood improvements since R5A30.2. Everyone should upgrade from previous versions. So stop reading and go download it via bittorrent at http://mythic.tv !

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Huge Dual Screen Wallpaper Database March 18, 2006

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Just stumbled across this site. Seems to have a ton of dual screen wallpapers for free, and well organized. Quite a rare find when you get most sites out there like Digital blasphemy charging for every thing under the sun.

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No more boring HTML tables! 70+ css designs for tables March 17, 2006

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A nice site with 70+ different designs you can do for your html tables. Click on the design name on the left to change the appearance. All are free to download and use on your own sites.

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Never have to open an image link again March 16, 2006

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Greasemonkey script for checking out images, with an ajax-esque overlay that makes it unecessary to open it up in a new window. Very cool

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137 Online Tools for Webmaster March 13, 2006

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An must keep one-for-all list for online free tools that help webmaster, programming, and web design to program, design, develope, optimize web sites.

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css zen garden March 12, 2006

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css Zen Garden: The Beauty in CSS Design

Rarely do you come across a website that you can actually call “beautiful”.

CSS Zen Garden is an exhibition of pure CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) created purely for asthetic value. Each style sheet is uniquely applied to the same html document. Most of these style sheets are designed by highly skilled graphical artists… and it shows!

Free MP3s from Over 900 SXSW Festival Bands Available March 12, 2006

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There are 1331 acts being showcased, from nearly every musical genre. Among them are Neil Young, Ray Davies, Herbie Hancock, Morrissey and the Pretenders.

SXSW 2006 link: http://2006.sxsw.com/music/showcases/

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