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How passion for a product can lead to a full-time business

Lisa joined Simply Naturals two years ago. Married to an Army Officer, Lisa was looking for a home based business that would endure through the two yearly cycle of house moves associated with frequent postings.
When Lisa discovered the Simply Naturals Business Opportunity, it really was the answer to her prayers. This was a British Company [...]

Lost NASA Archive of Historic Viking Mission’s First Ever Exploration of Martian Surface Recovered

Indie software studio Cartesian Theatre is pleased to announce the successful digital recovery of the first photographs ever returned from the surface of Mars (see avaneya.com). The studio recovered a substantial amount of NASA’s previously inaccessible Viking mission data. The historic billion-dollar mission to Mars was the most ambitious in history. Launched in 1975, it [...]

Land Registry goes big on open data

Land Registry is today, 28 June 2013, making its historical price paid records available to download for free as part of its open data programme. This will allow developers and businesses to use and reuse one of the world’s largest property datasets, comprising over 17 million residential cash and mortgage sales in England and Wales.
The [...]

A second Free Software Foundation-certified device from ThinkPenguin: long-range USB Wifi adapter with Atheros chip

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the TPE-N150USBL long-range 802.11n USB adapter, sold by ThinkPenguin. This wireless adapter is based on the Atheros AR9271, using the same chip and firmware as the TPE-N150USB, which was awarded RYF certification in April. The RYF certification mark means that the product [...]

Vodafone seals Kabel Deutschland bid

UK telecoms group Vodafone has agreed with the board of Kabel Deutschland to buy the German cable firm for £7.7bn (£6.6bn).
Vodafone Group Plc today announced its intention to acquire Kabel Deutschland Holding AG. The planned transaction values Kabel Deutschland at €87 per share, valuing the company’s equity at approximately €7.7 billion. The transaction is to [...]

Google publishes video to show how it feels to wear Google Glasses

See more about this on the BBC web site.

Whoops - I accidentally learnt some German

I was fascinated to hear about a language education web site called Duolingo.com. According to last week’s New Scientist (2nd Feb 2013) magazine, it has been found that “students [using Duolingo.com] needed an average of 34 hours to learn the equivalent of what is covered in the first semester of a university Spanish course”.
Naturally, I was intrigued [...]

Ubuntu Spyware: What to do? — Free Software Foundation

Ubuntu, a widely used and influential GNU/Linux distribution, has installed surveillance code. When the user searches her own local files for a string using the Ubuntu desktop, Ubuntu sends that string to one of Canonical’s servers. (Canonical is the company that develops Ubuntu.)
One of the major advantages of free software is that the community protects [...]

First-ever Hardware Certification for LulzBot AO-100 3D Printer by Free Software Foundation

Loveland based, Aleph Objects, Inc. is pleased to announce its 3D printer, the LulzBot™ AO-100, received the Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification from The Free Software Foundation (FSF). As the first hardware product to ever be awarded this recognition, RYF certification meets FSF’s standards regarding users’ freedom and control over the product and privacy. Unlike [...]

A brief glance at the meme industry

To the average user of Facebook or Twitter, memes are those jokey images or videos that get shared across social media like wildfire. But, memes are more than that.
First, a little bit of ideology
To loosely quote Wikipedia:
The word meme was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976) as a concept for explaining the [...]

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