My first access to the internet happened in 1991. At that time I began looking for a unique 'Nome De Plume' to create an identity on the internet. I searched for "Kevin Gallagher", and I discovered that there was already a ""Kevin Gallagher" on the internet. My next choicce was "Gallagher but that still resulted in too many hits. Finally I decided on krgallagher. I have been krgallagher anywhere I can preempt the name for the last ten years. For at least the last five years, I have been the top ten results for any Google search for krgallagher.
It is not this other person's fault that her name is similar to mine. Still, I have put a lot of energy into creating a unique persona, and she does not want to be saddled with my identity any more than I want her to have my ID. I realize that I can register a trademark, and then sue anyone that tries to use my identity on the internet. Isn't there a simpler way?" top
krgallagher (743575) writes "CNET News has an article about the HP 2133 sold by Amazon. In the market for a netbook? Amazon has the baseline HP 2133 on sale for $299, down from $499. Right away that solves one of the HP's main problems: its high price. Best of all, this is a new unit, not a refurb, and you don't have to deal with any rebates.
The HP 2133 is the one netbook model Amazon is selling has SUSE Linux and costs $299. By all accounts, Linux runs much faster on the 2133 than Vista, so it should be much more usable." top
krgallagher (743575) writes "In a 5 — 4 ruling, the Supreme Court has struck down a DC handgun ban in the high court's first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the opinion for the majority. At issue in District of Columbia v. Heller was whether Washington's ban violated the right to "keep and bear arms" by preventing individuals — as opposed to state militias — from having guns in their homes. Scalia was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, who are all considered conservative voices on the court. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often seen as a swing vote, also joined the majority." top
krgallagher (743575) writes "Toshiba hit the eject button on its high-definition DVD players yesterday, ending a two-year war with Sony.
The company said it will stop making and distributing its HD-DVD players, leaving Sony, with its Blu-ray format, as the winner in the high-definition DVD player market." top
krgallagher writes "Novell announced significant enhancements in the performance of SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server when the Linux operating system is running as a virtual machine guest in a VMware environment. To deliver this improved performance, Novell modified the SUSE Linux Enterprise kernel to support the VMware Virtual Machine Interface (VMI), a communication mechanism between the guest operating system and hypervisor that simplifies the task of virtualization and makes Linux a more efficient guest operating system when running in VMware environments. The VMI modifications, along with the paravirt-ops interface, have been accepted by the upstream Linux development community and will be included in upcoming releases of the standard Linux kernel, as well as future versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell(R)."As the first enterprise Linux vendor to provide these enhancements for the VMware VMI, Novell continues to demonstrate our commitment to providing enterprise Linux customers benefits through virtualization and other innovative technologies," said Holger Dyroff, vice president of product management for SUSE Linux Enterprise at Novell. Novell is publicly previewing the enhancements this week at VMworld 2007 in San Francisco, and the VMI code is available today to customers who participate in Novell's beta program." Link to Original Source top
krgallagher (743575) writes "An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century. The discovery has scientists excited by the prospect of using salt water, the most abundant resource on earth, as a fuel. Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations. Roy will meet this week with officials from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to try to obtain research funding." top
On the second anniversary of the creation of the openSUSE(TM) project, the community program this week marked two new milestones — the availability of the first beta of openSUSE 10.3 and the continued growth of the openSUSE Build Service. The openSUSE Build Service is an innovative framework that provides an infrastructure for software developers to easily create and compile packages for multiple Linux* distributions. The development team today released the first version of the end-user interface for the build service, with which users of any openSUSE, SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu or Mandriva distribution can easily search and browse new software for their distribution. Users of the upcoming openSUSE 10.3 can install their software with one click directly from the Web interface. In the past four months, more than 13 million packages have been downloaded from the openSUSE Build Service as developers build packages for various distributions using the tool."