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PCLinuxOS on Heroes

PCLOS is finding its way onto desktops and laptops everywhere – even Hollywood.

It was spotted almost 23 minutes into the 13th episode (originally aired January 29, 2007), The Fix, as Zach & Claire scour online newspapers looking for clues to Claire’s real parents.

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March 3, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 2

PCLinuxOS Test Release 2 is now available for download. “This is mainly a bug fix update based on user feedback from Test Release 1. We still have a few pending issues to clear before final’.
The good news is PCLinuxOS 2007 final will be released on or before the end of the month.

Features include:

  • Kernel
  • KDE 3.5.6 final
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Flash 9
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Open Office 2.1.0
  • Xorg 7.1
  • Beryl (1.99), Compiz, Aixgl and Xgl for 3D graphics support
  • Gcc 4.1.1 and updated glibc
  • Updated bootsplash, icons, and more from the beautification project.
  • Xdg Menu system
  • Rebuild and update of our entire repository against new gcc and glibc
  • Simplified Livecd boot options.

who needs vista when we got pclinux 🙂

Here is a quick link to the CD image: livecd-TR2.iso (695MB, MD5).

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February 15, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vista orb

Microsoft’s Sean Alexander got the scoop on some select custom-built laptops by ASUS with a sleek backlit Vista orb on the casing.

Specs : widescreen (rare) Tablet PC packed with a Centrino Core 2 Duo and a bunch of extras running on Windows Vista Ultimate with Aero Glass.

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January 28, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

World AIDS DAY 2006

Take a moment with me to remember that today is World AIDS Day. Around
forty million people are living with HIV throughout the world – and
that number increases in every region every day. In the UK alone, more
than 60,000 people are living with HIV and more than 7,000 more are
diagnosed every year. Ignorance and prejudice are fuelling the spread
of a preventable disease.

World AIDS Day, December 1st, is an opportunity for people worldwide to
unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. This year, it’s up to you, me
and us to stop the spread of HIV and end prejudice.

Some of the above text was taken from (and please visit):

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December 1, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sri Lankan Airlines

October 16, 2006 Posted by | Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Airlines, Uncategorized | Leave a comment


I founed this nice site with free wallpapers for u to download

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October 5, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Watch FLV files on your media player

ohhh you may be wondering what .flv are. They are the kind of files you find on youtube, Google video and the likes. You can download those files using either Firefox extensions or various bookmarklets available…
After downloading using these few steps you can enjoy them on windows media player rather than various apps build for FLV playback which aren’t that good at all… so enjoy

First step :
Download and install ffdshow

Then :

  1. Download the packed binary file (build by “Celtic Druid”)
  2. Extract the filter file ( from the archive
  3. Copy the file to your “windows/system32” directory
  4. From the Start menu choose “Run” and enter: regsvr32

If you intend to uninstall the filter at any time run regsvr32 -u and remove the file.

Still didn’t understand how to do it, then watch this video on how to do the whole thing.

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September 9, 2006 Posted by | Firefox extensions, Scripts, software, Uncategorized, Web, Windows | 1 Comment

“Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin Killed

Famed adventurer, environmentalist and TV personality Steve Irwin,
known around the world as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was killed Monday by
a stingray during a diving expedition off the coast of Queensland,
Australia; he was 44. According to initial reports, Irwin had been
filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef, and was diving near
Low Isles Reef, about 1,260 miles north of Queensland capital Brisbane.
Irwin was felled by a stingray barb through his chest, and his crew
immediately called authorities for medical treatment, but Irwin was
dead before an emergency helicopter arrived on the scene. The son of
naturalists, Irwin spent his whole life around animals, and was raised
at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. He quickly grew into an
animal expert, with a specialty in reptiles, and was catching
crocodiles by the age of 9; later, he spearheaded Australia’s crocodile
relocation program, capturing the animals from populated areas and
either returning them to their natural environment or raising them in
the Queensland Park. In 1991, Irwin took over the running of the park,
which was renamed the Australian Zoo (and would become a major tourist
destination), and a year later he married his wife Terri, with whom he
would have two children. The footage from their crocodile-trapping
honeymoon was later fashioned into the first episode of his TV series Crocodile Hunter,
and Irwin was catapulted to instant worldwide fame, with his
enthusiastic nature, fearless animal acumen, and his trademark phrase,
“Crikey!” Irwin turned his television success into a feature film,
2002’s The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course,
and in addition to his reptile passions, was an avid promoter of
Australian tourism, including the recent Australia-Los Angeles campaign
“G’Day LA!” In 2004, Irwin suffered one of his few bouts of negative
publicity, when he fed a crocodile with one hand while holding his
infant son with the other. Coming soon after the Michael Jackson “baby
dangling” incident, Irwin was roundly drubbed by press reports, though
he firmly insisted he was in control of the entire situation and his
son was never in danger. In recent years, Irwin campaigned against
wildlife hunts in Australia, specifically crocodile safaris. –Mark Englehart, IMDb staff

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September 4, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Military tec

Motion DSP is creating a
simple web based interface that will significantly enhance low
resolution camera phone video into surprisingly high quality stuff. It
started off in 1998 as a U.S. military funded project at UC Santa Cruz.
In January 2005, Professor Peyman Milanfar, the primary researcher
behind the technology, co-founded Motion DSP.

The company compares multiple frames in a video to find and replace
lost pixels in a given frame, significantly enhancing the experience
with little increase in overall file size after compression. The
service works best when a video is not moving rapidly or in a jerking
fashion, but tends to improve just about any low quality video. To see
a demonstration, check out this page on the site that contains three different before and after video shots.

The service will go into consumer beta sometime this year, CEO and
co-founder Sean Varah told us. The service will be free and will allow
users to upload a video and download an enhanced version. But he also
stressed that the focus will be on getting deals done with the large
online video sites, such as YouTube, to enhance user-uploaded videos.

Motion DSP is headquartered in San Mateo, California and outsource
large parts of software development to Serbia. They’ve raised a
$500,000 angel round and are currently pitching a Series A round of

[ via – TechCrunch ]

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September 4, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Firefox 2.0 Beta

Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) can be downloaded from Mozilla’s FTP site, although the official Beta 1 won’t be released until July 11, according to notes published by the open-source developer.

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July 10, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment