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Lord Byron II (671689) writes "OpenSUSE 12.2 has been released. The new version includes Kernel 3.4, KDE 4.8.4, LibreOffice 3.5, and Gnome 3.4. Updated versions of LXDE and XFCE are also included. The full list of features include single window mode in Gimp, better large file writes in the Kernel, better C# support in Wine, and the choice of multiple browsers (Firefox, Chromium, and Rekonq). You can download a DVD or LiveCD image from here." Link to Original Source top
Lord Byron II (671689) writes "My grandma is in her 80's, is bed-ridden, in a nursing home, and is basically reaching the end of her life. Her legs are weak, meaning that she is confined to her bed, and her hearing is pretty much gone. Her sight is good and her mental facilities are still there, but even so, she spends most of her days just watching daytime TV, like the Price is Right and talk shows. The family has tasked me with finding her an easy-to-use, not overly expensive device that would mentally challenge her. Ideally, I would like to get something iPad like so that she could play card games and such. But the Internet connectivity and advanced features are completely unnecessary. Is there a simple device that will let her easily play some games?" top
Lord Byron II (671689) writes "We spend roughly a third of lives asleep and the majority of us spend it on a mattress that is heavy, takes up a large amount of space, filthy (including mites and bed bugs), and leaves many of us feeling sub-optimal in the morning. Where do you sleep? Star Wars sleeping bag?Murphy bed?Foam mattress? What geeky solutions are there to getting a good night's sleep?" top
Lord Byron II (671689) writes "Astronauts were able to perform the repair job on Hubble in only a few days, but playing a DVD was too difficult. Once in space, the crew of Atlantis discovered that their laptops did not have the proper playback software and Mission Control was unable to assist. There's no word if they were simply unsure of which region code they were supposed to use while in orbit." Link to Original Source top
Lord Byron II writes "Although I almost exclusively use Linux on all of my computers, I keep an XP install on my laptop for those rare times when I need to run something Windows-only. Recently, a yellow exclamation mark icon has been showing up in the system tray. If I click on it, it disappears. I saw a machine about a year ago that was infected with adware and presented with the same icon, only in that case, if you clicked on it, you got an ad for a fake anti-spyware program. Both that computer and mine showed no infection according to Ad-Aware, Microsoft's Malicious Software tool, TrendMicro AV, and ClamAV.
Considering the number of hacked machines out there sending spam, participating in botnets, eavesdropping for credit card numbers, et cetera, and considering that (in my experience, at least) most AV programs tend to be ineffective in detecting these threats, how can a Windows user definitively determine if their machine has been compromised or not?" top
Lord Byron II writes "Apparently the latest version of Flash has a major flaw which allows the wholesale downloading and copying of any video that Amazon offers through their Unbox service. The worst (best?) part is that the videos are DRM free. It seems that Amazon and Adobe need to coordinate a little before they give away any more movies for free." top
Lord Byron II writes "A New York state judge has ruled that Dell deceived customers by promising low financing rates at the time of sale. When the customer would get their first bill, it would be at a much higher rate than promised. He also found that Dell failed to provide the promised level of tech support and warranty repairs." Link to Original Source top
Lord Byron II writes "K-mart has decided to stop selling Blu-Ray players in their stores, primarily because of the high cost of Blu-Ray compared to HD-DVD (now under $200). They will continue to sell the PS3 for the time being. Will lower prices speed the adoption of HD-DVD in the upcoming holiday shopping season?" Link to Original Source