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This is really more of a fun technical preview than something you’d really want to use, but it’s hard to argue with vim in Javascript.

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The upcoming release of Ubuntu, scheduled for final release in October, will bring some new interface improvements including a different Netbook edition.

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This completely entertaining video takes the music from various 8-bit NES games and mixes them all together into a new music video, complete with gameplay fun. The segment with the Tetris music is especially addicting—alway...

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This interesting infographic shows how scientists have contributed to their fields, and makes it look like a subway map.

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Over at Digital Inspiration, they’ve posted an extremely interesting tip that we’d never heard about before: you can search in the Start Menu without having to type the entire word for applications or Control Pane...

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Now here’s a design for a t-shirt that made us laugh—a duck getting his revenge on that annoying dog from Duck Hunt.

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Virtually all linux distributions include sendmail as the default MTA. Which is okay – it has been around for a long time, is stable and it works great (although the postfix afficionados might disagree!). But it has nothing built in for spam control which is good; it was not designed for that. So you’ve installed spamassassin and it works good but you still are getting unflagged spam emails through. Perhaps you need to try greylisting.

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Break Through [deviantART]

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One of the great things about Android phones is just how hackable they are. Here’s a guide that tells you how to use the Ruby language to turn your phone into a spy camera accessible through a web browser.

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When you’re running production servers, the one thing you don’t want to do is upgrade the kernel every time a new update comes out. Why? Because that’s the only Linux update operation that requires a reboot once it’s done—and in a production environment you often can’t have downtime.

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If you’re going to create a fountain, why not use a character from Star Wars?

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When I was a kid, I put together loads of model cars and planes, but I always threw out the runners that connected all the pieces together. Never crossed my mind to use them to construct a gigantic robot.

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If you’ve worked in the admin world for any length of time, you’ve probably run into an instance where you needed to change the hostnames on your server to match some corporate naming standard, but you can’t have downtime either. So how do you change the hostname without rebooting?

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There’s been a lot of talk about Apple’s battle against Flash, their refusal to allow it on any of their mobile platforms, and Google taking the opposite approach—but how well does it really work in practice? Ov...

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So you’re about to setup your new Windows 7 PC into your Homegroup when you realized that you have no idea what the password is. How do you find it? It’s actually pretty simple, if you know where to look.

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Birthday cake is for those who don’t have superhero cupcakes.

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Insomnia [deviantART]

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What better use for your “magical” iPad than to go back in time? This designer transformed a fruit crate into a retro iPad charging doc.

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Have you ever used the Homegroup feature in Windows 7? It’s a great way to share files and printers with all your Windows 7 computers, but if you don’t want it anymore, you can disable or enable the feature easily.

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Inbox overflowing? Sometimes it helps to show only the unread email messages, so you can more quickly scan through the list and clean out your inbox. The select Unread feature in Gmail just checks the boxes next to the unread messages, but here’s how to show only unread.

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Once you’ve done so, save the script and double-click on it to start it up—you’ll be able to scroll the command prompt window with the keyboard now. Personally I prefer using Shift+Page Up or Down to scroll, since that’s the more Linux way to do it.

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If you have been an admin for any length of time, you have certainly discovered situations where a server spikes in CPU use or memory utilization and/or load levels. Running `top` won’t always give you the answer, either. So how do you find those sneaky processes that are chewing up your system resources to be able to kill ‘em?

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What could possibly be more geeky than building your own super computer? Here’s how somebody made their own mini-sized Cray supercomputer.

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We’ve shown you how to add automatically generated text in Microsoft Word, but they changed the text in recent versions of Word from “Quick Brown Fox” to something else. Here’s how to get it back.

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