TODAY the Daily Dispatch launches its first blog on our website http://www.dispatch.co.za

The blog, run by deputy editor Andrew Trench, is the first of many which we plan to launch in coming months.

A blog, for the uninitiated, is simply a web page which allows the author to post comments, pictures and other material, and which also allows readers to interact with the author – and other readers and users – directly.

Our first blog is a first step in our plan to completely rework our existing website and invites readers and web users to contribute ideas about what they would like from a future Dispatch Online.

We also hope the blog will help cement the great relationship we share with our audience in this great Dispatch and Eastern Cape community. But the blog will involve many conversations and we also intend to use it to give some insight into how we produce our news reports every day and some of the debates we have as journalists covering this community.

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Here’s a guide to making the most of your NTFS partition while in Ubuntu. When you
’re done you should be able to have your NTFS partition mounted at boot, be able to write to it and read from it and be able to lift three times your body weight without breaking a sweat.

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FIC will begin shipping a completely open, Linux-based, GPS-equipped, quad-band GSM/GPRS phone direct, worldwide, for $350 or less, in early 2007. The phone will also be the first to run a brand new, open-source Linux phone OS.

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FIC has announced an on-sale date for its Neo1973, expected to be the first low-cost, high-volume phone with a user-modifiable Linux-based operating system. Like the iPhone, the Neo1973 is a GPS-enabled mobile phone with a high-resolution screen, but no hardware keypad, and with a Unix OS.

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The newest SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, version 10, is so close to being done that you can almost taste it. This review takes a early peek at this latest, greatest Novell Linux desktop.

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I am a first-year high school English teacher, and I was looking to get computers in my room so I could have a writing lab. I was temporarily elated when our tech coordinator informed me via email that a dozen iMacs had been donated to the school and I was welcome to take a few for my room.

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Eight high resolution images manipulated for use as Beryl animated skydomes. These images play well in dual screen setups too.

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When Linspire announced this week that it is opening up its Click N Run software installation and update service to other Linux distributions — like Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu — many observers wondered: “What’s in it for them?” CEO Kevin Carmony answers that question in this brief interview.

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What does Ubuntu father Mark Shuttleworth really feel about variants of his offspring being branded Christian or Satanic? He has an interesting — and philosophical — attitude about it.

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Today marks my sixth month having nothing but Linux installed on my primary computer. If you’re thinking of switching to Linux, or are a Linux user yourself, check out this success story of a great journey through Linux, which has only really just begun.

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Waiting for Dell

August 28, 2007

In Samuel Becket’s masterpiece, ‘Waiting for Godot,’ Godot never arrives, and the play ends with our characters still waiting. I sometimes think Linux users are also stuck in a barren landscape endlessly waiting for Dell, HP, Lenovo, or another major vendor to finally deliver a mass-market Linux desktop.

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Since the Linux community has now launched Show Us the Code; The grassroots organization challenges Ballmer to bring it on: if Microsoft forks over the evidence by May 1st, Linux developers will alter their code accordingly to maintain freeware status.

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either you hate it or love it.

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Ubuntu’s Technical Board has decided it won’t activate proprietary video drivers by default in the upcoming 7.04 Ubuntu (“Etch”) release. Some people interpreted this to mean that Ubuntu won’t include these drivers in Etch, and even that Ubuntu was backing away from proprietary drivers. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has clarified the situation.

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Dell has decided to follow up on requests for Linux-installed systems by running a survey on just what people would like. Questions cover the types of systems, which distributions, etc. There is, however, no question on whether customers want systems with 100% free software. The survey is open through March 23.

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You’ve finally made the move to a Windows-free computer, you’re enjoying your brand new Linux OS, no trojans/viruses, no slowdown, everything’s perfect. Suddenly, you need to update the BIOS on your motherboard to support some new piece of hardware, but typically the motherboard vendor is offering only DOS based BIOS flash utilities.

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UNIX Error Jokes

August 28, 2007

Do you laugh when the waiter drops a tray full of dishes? Unix weenies do. They
’re the first ones to laugh at hapless users, trying to figure out an error message that doesn’t have anything to do with what they just typed. People have published some of Unix’s more ludicrous errors messages as jokes.
The following Unix puns were distributed on the

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CNet is reporting that some disturbing information about the NSA
’s data collection techniques was revealed at last Friday’s “Search & Seizure in the Digital Age” symposium at Stanford. Paul Ohm, a former employee of the Justice Department who worked in their Computer Crime and Intellectual Property division…

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The need for a Free BIOS is even more pressing since DRM and Treacherous Computing have found their way into some proprietary BIOSes and EFI. This is a huge victory that enables users to have full control over their own hardware.

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How to make money with Ubuntu :)!

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