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[News] Vancouver Implements Free Data, Nin Adopts Free Elements

  • Subject: [News] Vancouver Implements Free Data, Nin Adopts Free Elements
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 22:27:49 +0100
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Developers spin City of Vancouverâs open data into maps and VanTrash

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| Developers are already putting the City of 
| Vancouverâs new open-data catalogue to good 
| use.
| [...]
| More local open-data projects are listed on the 
| Vancouver Open Data Wiki. Thereâs no doubt 
| these are just the tip of the iceberg, as more 
| projects will sprout up as time goes by and as 
| more data is released.


DS brut Creators Release Their Open Source Nintendo DS Bluetooth Adapter

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| The addition of a touch screen has made the 
| Nintendo DS a very popular console for the 
| homebrew and âhackingâ community, and the 
| creators of the DS brut have made things even 
| easier for would be tinkerers with their DS 
| Bluetooth Adapter.


Putting People Back into Economics

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| Perhaps because she is not an economist, Ostrom 
| was able to see that free-market theories fail 
| to explain many things of economic importance. 
| Perhaps because she is a woman, she was more 
| attentive to the relational aspects of economic 
| activity â the ways in which people interact 
| and negotiate with each other to forge rules 
| and informal social understandings. The social, 
| moral and political, she realized in the 1960s 
| as a graduate student, may hold many important 
| clues for how communities can govern themselves 
| and manage collective resources. Itâs not all 
| about economics (as traditionally construed).
| Most of Ostromâs work has focused on the 
| governance of common-pool resources â resources 
| that are ârivalrous,â as economists like to put 
| it. They are finite and can be used up. The 
| prevailing wisdom among economists is that 
| shared resources â forests, fisheries, 
| irrigation waters â will be usually be over-
| exploited and ruined.



Nintendo DS Sized Linux PC?

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| Processor: Marvell PXA270 312MHz, 128 MB RAM, 2.8 inch QVGA, TFT, Linux
| 2.4.19, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g, QWERTY/AZERTY + numeric keyboard,
| storage is Micro SD (up to 8GB), Dimensions are 95 mm (L) x 65 mm (W) x 15.5
| mm (H) weight is 113 g (with battery).



New Pint-Sized PC Packs a Punch

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| Although the company is playing close to the chest with its technical
| specifications, I was able to find out that the Xpack operating system is
| Linux-based and built around a fast processor with plenty of RAM and even
| some local flash storage.


The hidden world of Linux

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| There are many great FOSS projects that utilise old PC hardware and give it a
| new lease of life. The best is desktop computing with various Linux
| distribution flavours like Mint, PCLinux, Ubuntu and countless others. In
| fact it is my considered belief that the best hardware to run Linux on is
| infact (almost) any machine that is at least 12 months old. It is possible,
| of course, to select components based on the degree (and maturity) of the
| specific support under Linux but this has two major drawbacks.
| [...]
| Not only do such projects look to modify embedded Linux devices, but some
| great projects have sprung up to utilise old PCs every household seems to
| accumulate in order to fulfil a number of key uses. For example,
| comprehensive firewall distributions like IPCop or Smoothwall or NAS
| distributions like FreeNAS (although this is based on BSD.) These are not
| dirty hacked operating systems either but very mature, streamlined, low
| memory footprint distributions which run headlessly. Being totally
| administered through a web browser makes these distributions feel extremely
| professional and polished (even if the archaic hardware they are running on
| doesnât) this being coupled by the extraordinary amount of options present
| really makes these projects an extraordinary example of the flexibility of
| Linux/BSD.


Linux everywhere

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| Take yesterday as a case in point.  I checked the order status of my Elonex
| One, and sent an email to see if my order for the One can be upgraded to the
| One+ (bluetooth, and bigger internal memory).  I then caught the train to the
| Queen Elizabeth hospital, watching the in-train tv which is powered by some
| Linux flavour (given the error message I saw a few weeks back).  Visiting my
| friend Simon at the QE, heâs spotted that the tv/phone/internet screens that
| each patient has are powered by Linux.  This is of course when heâs not
| tapping away on his Asus EEE, and hopefully writing the next Da Vinci Code
| (only better).


Linux is truly everywhere

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| I spent a long time smiling about the Linux bootup screen that I had just
| seen. To begin with, it reminded me that Linux, and other open-source
| products, are now everywhere. Linux is no longer for the uber-geeks. It's not
| just for system administrators and programmers, either. Linux is now at the
| core of mainstream appliances, there even when you don't think that a
| computer or operating system might be involved.
| [...]
| Finally, Moore's Law and the general trend toward cheaper and faster hardware
| means that Linux now fits into even more places than it did before. We
| normally think of Linux as an operating system for servers, or even for
| desktop computers. But we can expect Linux to be at the heart of a growing
| number of appliances, from video-on-demand devices to digital video recorders
| (e.g., TiVo), to cellphones (e.g., Android and OpenMoko). The Linux-powered
| refrigerator, with a built-in bar-code scanner that can tell you how long ago
| you bought milk, isn't far behind.


What CANâT Linux do?

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| 1. The story mentioned above. A man installs Linux on sixteen Playstation 3s
| (with zero hardware modifications), clusters them together, and creates a
| system to simulate black holes.
| 2. Installing Linux on a Mac. I was just reading the most recent Wired
| magazine that has a good story on how Apple has created a very closed system
| where only Apple software plays on Apple hardware. Hello Yellow Dog Linux! I
| have run Linux on an iBook - it was sweet.
| 3. Routers. We all know that Linux works well on routers. OpenWRT installs
| well on many Linksys routers.
| [...]
| 11. Airplane black boxes. Montavista uses a Carrier Grade Linux to power
| in-flight recorders.
| 12. Brain surgery. Yep. This Linux-powered robot helps in brain surgery.

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