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Ubuntu Linux Now Available to Fed Customers on GSA Advantage

Canonical's Ubuntu has become third Linux operating system approved by the General Services Administration for use by federal purchasers. It joins Linux distributions from Red Hat and Novell, already available through the GSA Advantage purchasing program.


Ubuntu is currently the most popular operating system base for developers building cloud-based computing solutions, Crawford said. The open source operating system is already used in some government agencies, including NASA, but has not been widely available as it lacked GSA schedule pricing and support.

The addition of Ubuntu isn't expected to drastically alter the U.S. government's use of open-source operating systems and tools, but does give the public sector an additional option that private industry has long enjoyed.

Crawford said he could not estimate the potential value of Ubuntu sales to the federal government. His company is also a partner with Novell and Red Hat in supporting public sector customers.

Source : PcWorld
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    Paint.NET 3.5.4 Released

    Paint.NET is free image editing and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing.
    The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for installation and shell-integration related functionality. Paint.NET can be used to enhance and clean up your photographs. Using the Clone Stamp tool, the power lines that criss-crossed in front of the Space Needle were carefully removed.
    Other operations were performed that had the effect of smoothing out the image without blurring it, adding some "bloom" (glow), and increasing the contrast.

    • Simple, intuitive user interface
    Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. It is also designed to be immediately familiar to users of the original MS Paint software that comes with Windows.
    • Layers
    Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.
    • Powerful Tools
    Paint.NET includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-use curve tool for drawing splines or Bezier curves. The Gradient tool, new for 3.0, has been cited as a huge improvement over similar tools provided by other software. The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolor tool.
    • Unlimited History
    Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody changes their mind. To accommodate this, every action you perform on an image is recorded in the History window and may be undone. Once you've undone an action, you can also redo it. The length of the history is only limited by available disk space.
    • Special Effects
    Many special effects are included for perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.
    Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels. You can also convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.
    • Open Source and Free
    Paint.NET is provided free-of-charge, and the source code (all 133,000 lines of it) is also available for free under generous licensing terms. The bulk of Paint.NET is written in C#, with only a small amount of code related to setup and shell-integration written in C++.

    Paint.NET 3.5.4 Released
    February 25th, 2010

    Whats New
    • Improved performance of the Image->Flatten command by making it multithreaded.
    • Fixed the File->Save As dialog not opening to the correct folder.
    • Fixed a crash with certain plugins and their use of the File Open dialog.
    • Fixed a very rare crash with the toolbar's font list.

    NOTE: You can either use the built-in updater, or go to the website and download it.
    There’s no need to uninstall the old version; that will be taken care of automatically.

    Download: Paint.NET v3.5.4


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    Windows Live Wave 4 header themes revealed

    The guys over at have once again stumbled upon new screenshots of Windows Live Wave 4. The screenshots reveal a new look on the header themes for some of the Windows Live services, including Hotmail,, and other sites.

    Microsoft accidentally gave some users a sneak peak when they released just the thumbnail pictures of the new themes under the Options menu on some current Wave 3 services. Today, LiveSide revealed some of the new themes for Windows Live services.

    There are a total of 16 new themes, including the Windows Live default blue header. Most of these themes are snippets from Windows 7 wallpapers including Characters, Scenes, Architecture, and Nature packages. The new Windows Live Wave 4 will also remove the “Options” menu from current services and simply add a “hover-over” pop-up window to change themes.
    Red Phoenix

    Red Phoenix

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    i tried it, for a free product (and from microshaft to boot) it's not bad at all

    nice features:
    simple, pretty fast and very lightweight when loaded and detects decently

    -buggy, in many cases when the realtime shield is on one of ur cpus get stuck at 100% when auto scanning certain files. this is a very well known issue with no solution to it. it's like random bad luck, just wait for it to happen to u.. hehe

    -requires autoupdate service to be running to update normally (can be hoaxed out of this)
    -requires geniune window (can be hoaxed out of that too, but for the record i completly oppose running ungenuine windows.....)

    final verdict

    i'm sticking with avast free 5 ;)


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    Revo Uninstaller Pro - Uninstall Software, Remove Programs, Solve uninstall problems

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    Format Factory - Free media file format converter

    hope those 2 programs will be useful :)


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    Cisco Introduces Foundation for Next-Generation Internet

    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 9, 2010 – Cisco today announced a major advancement in Internet networking - the Cisco® CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS) - designed to serve as the foundation of the next-generation Internet and set the pace for the astonishing growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services through this decade and beyond.

    With more than 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system, the Cisco CRS-3 is designed to transform the broadband communication and entertainment industry by accelerating the delivery of compelling new experiences for consumers, new revenue opportunities for service providers, and new ways to collaborate in the workplace.

    * The Cisco CRS-3 triples the capacity of its predecessor, the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, with up to 322 Terabits per second, which enables the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over one second; every man, woman and child in China to make a video call, simultaneously; and every motion picture ever created to be streamed in less than four minutes.
    * The Cisco CRS-3 enables unified service delivery of Internet and cloud services with service intelligence spanning service provider Internet Protocol Next-Generation Networks (IP NGNs) and data center. The Cisco CRS-3 also provides unprecedented savings with investment protection for the nearly 5,000 Cisco CRS-1 deployed worldwide. Cisco's cumulative investment in the Cisco CRS family is $1.6 billion, further underscoring the company's commitment.
    * AT&T, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, recently tested the Cisco CRS-3 in a successful completion of the world's first field trial of 100-Gigabit backbone network technology, which took place in AT&T's live network between New Orleans and Miami. The trial advances AT&T's development of the next generation of backbone network technology that will support the network requirements for the growing number of advanced services offered by AT&T to consumer and business customers, both fixed and mobile.
    * The Cisco CRS-3 is currently in field trials, and its pricing starts at $90,000 U.S.

    Full Article: Cisco Introduces Foundation for Next-Generation Internet: The Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System -> Cisco News



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    Microsoft announces Windows 7 SP1

    [FIELDSET="Computerworld"]Microsoft today announced service packs for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, but declined to set a release date or a schedule for getting a beta in users' hands.

    According to a company spokesman, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will primarily contain "minor updates," including patches and hotfixes that will have been delivered earlier via the Windows Update service, rather than new features. One of the latter: an updated Remote Desktop client designed to work with RemoteFX, the new remote-access platform set to debut in SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2.

    Windows Server 2008 R2 will also be upgraded to SP1, Microsoft said, presumably at the same time as Windows 7 since the two operating systems share a single code base. Besides RemoteFX -- which Microsoft explained yesterday in an entry on the Windows virtualization team's blog -- Server 2008 R2 will also include a feature dubbed "Dynamic Memory," which lets IT staff adjust guest virtual machines' memory on the fly.

    Microsoft did not spell out a timetable for the service packs, saying only that it would provide more information as release milestones approach.

    Two weeks ago, a Web site that has regularly predicted release dates for Windows and its service packs said that Microsoft had dumped plans for a 22-month development cycle for Windows 7 SP1, and instead might deliver the upgrade in the fourth quarter of this year. At the time, Microsoft declined to talk about Windows 7 SP1, with a spokeswoman saying, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation."

    If Windows 7 SP1 follows the pace set three years ago by Vista SP1, the fourth quarter is a good bet.

    After much hemming and hawing, Microsoft admitted it would create SP1 for the then-new Vista in late July 2007, announced a schedule in August, seeded an invite-only group of testers with an early build in September, posted a release candidate for public download in December 2007 and formally launched SP1 in mid-March 2008. From start to finish, the Vista SP1 process lasted just over eight months.

    That same timeline for Windows 7 SP1 would put its release in late November 2010.

    But Windows 7 SP1 may be less important than previous first service packs if a recent survey of over 900 IT administrators is on the button. According to the poll, which was conducted in January by Dimensional Research, 46% of the admins said they wouldn't wait for SP1 before deploying Windows 7. By tradition -- if little else -- many businesses postpone their migrations to a new Windows until that version's SP1 shows up.

    "That may not sound like a lot, but for IT, it's a huge number," said Diane Hagglund, the senior research analyst with Dimensional who authored the survey and the follow-up report.

    The first hint of Windows 7 SP1 came more than two months ago, when Rafael Rivera, who writes the Within Windows blog, sniffed out several keys in Windows 7's registry that add an eligibility check for SP1.


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    SP1 came out too soon, it has been leaked already, now the big question is will it have the WAT feature or not. :sneaky2:

    Marcel Hinain

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    The Microprocessors of 2015

    If you're interested to know about the latet research on the future microprocessors and how they will revolutionize technology, just be at American University of Technology- AUT in Fidar, Halat on July 8 at 5pm. A major researcher for Intel from Univ of Texas at Austin, Prof Yale Patt will present his current reserch. Free invitation.

    Marcel Hinain

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    Alongside this presentation to the scientific community, a short course by the famed Yale Patt on computer micro-architecure will be given at AUT July 7, 8 and 9 from 9 am till noon. AUT has invited students of computer engineering and computer science of other universities to attend and so far students from Lebanese University will be with us. Hope NDU, Balamand, and USEK will join. It is a unique opportunity. If interested let me know (we invited all deans at all universities but they may not be able to reach you since spring semester is over)


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    I got my Invitation 2 days Ago

    I will be attending great opportunity to meet such a guy

    Wish If the Lebanese Universities has Labs i dont have doubt that we can be leaders in research and development specially in such fields that doesn't require any big manufacturing plants and materials

    Yale Patt:

    Yale Nance Patt is an American professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Centennial Chair in Engineering. In 1965, Patt introduced the WOS module, the first complex logic gate implemented on a single piece of silicon. He is a fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.

    Patt received his bachelor's degree at Northeastern University and his master's degree and doctorate at Stanford University, all in electrical engineering.

    Patt has spent much of his career pursuing aggressive ILP, out-of-order, and speculative computer architectures. E.g. HPSm, the High Performance Substrate for Microprocessors.

    Patt is also the co-author of the textbook, Introduction to Computing Systems: From Bits and Gates to C and Beyond, currently published in its second edition by McGraw-Hill, which is used as the course textbook for his undergraduate Introduction to Computing class at University of Texas at Austin as well as the introduction Computer Engineering course at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. It is in this textbook that the LC-3 Assembly Language is introduced. He is currently authoring the third edition.

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    Marcel Hinain

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    Great! We'll be happy to see you there amd feel free to bring along other people with similar interests. Anyone invloved in computer engineering and telecom will greatly benefit from hearing what Patt has to say about the future microprocessors