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[TechRepublic] Facebook after Australian consultants

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TechRepublic Member | November 30, 2011

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Local news in this week's Wrapper consists of Facebook looking for a few good consultants and the Rusty Wrench returns to linux.conf.au. For web fiends, we have articles on CSS3 gradients, new JavaScript decoding libraries and take a first look at Google Dart.

Linux Australia's Rusty Wrench award returns

After an absence of four years, Linux Australia's award for outstanding service to the FOSS community is back. Read more

Resource of the day

5 Tips for Choosing a Mobile Printer

Your printer can be a real jerk. Thanks to new, mobile printers, problems can happen anywhere. This white paper explains the different options out there for mobile printers and how to pick the right one.


Around the Grounds: Facebook wants Aussie consultants, Kinect for Windows

The social-networking giant is after Australian candidates to be selected to its Preferred Developer Consultant Program, and we add in a bit of Friday lightheartedness. Read more

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Decoding VP8 and H.264 video with JavaScript

A couple of new JavaScript libraries show a different way to route around the codec bickering for online video playback in HTML5. Read more

10 things to love about Windows 8

After spending a couple of months kicking the tires on the Windows 8 Developer Preview, Justin James can cite a number of promising features and positive changes. Read more

Use Synergy for smarter desktop sharing

VNC is great for remote desktops when the VNC server is actually in another location. But when you are desktop sharing between machines sitting on the same desk, there is a smarter way to do things -- Synergy, a software KVM switch. Read more

How to make your own GNOME terminals

Marco Fioretti shows you how to create GNOME terminals that are customized to your needs and highly portable. Read more

CSS3 examples: Linear and radial gradients

Ryan Boudreaux goes more in-depth on working with the CSS3 code for creating different kinds of gradients. Here, he illustrates linear and radial gradients with code samples. Read more

10 ways to destroy your reputation

If you aren't careful about protecting your reputation, you may find yourself doing damage control for the rest of your career. Read more

Getting started with Google Dart

Justin James creates a sample Dart application to illustrate how the new Google language works as a beta version. Read more


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TechRepublic's guide to geeky gifts for under $50

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Mint Linux 12 Lisa

The latest release of Linux Mint, codenamed Lisa, was released today and comes with three different variations on the GNOME desktop. View on site

TechRepublic's gift guide for Star Trek fans

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The Value of Real Virtual Storage (IBM)

Keep Your Storage Area Network at Peak Performance (Diskeeper)

Exceptional Experiences: The Key to Customer Engagement (IBM)

Redefining the Midrange Storage Landscape (IBM)

Saving 70 Percent over Microsoft Exchange with Google Apps (Google)


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Why Apple will soon need its own search engine

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TechRepublic Member | November 30, 2011

Editor's note
Read my column on why Siri is arguably the most important development in search in the past decade. Also read the news on HP coming to a decision on WebOS, Microsoft Office coming to the iPad, Samsung winning a case against Apple, and Intel's high hopes for Windows 8. -Jason

Why Apple is about to build, buy, or partner on a web search engine

Apple's Siri could change the game in search and put a lot of pressure on Google, but first Apple needs to deal with web search integration. Read more

Resource of the day

Subversion 1.7 - Why You Should Care

The new version of Apache Subversion, 1.7, is poised to reassert its dominance as the go to SCM tool. Check out this webcast to learn what's new and how Subversion is about to get better.


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Apps of the month (November 2011): Master project management

Scott Lowe highlights three useful apps: Project Management Training, iStudy P2 Project Management Foundation Exam - 220 Questions, and PMP. Read more

Track down bandwidth hogs easily with SolarWinds monitor

Brandon Carroll shows how the Orion SolarWinds network monitoring tool has helped him trace network issues. Read more

Getting started with Google Dart

Justin James creates a sample Dart application to illustrate how the new Google language works as a beta version. Read more

10 Things Call for Feedback: What's your most memorable holiday-busting IT crisis?

For many IT pros, time off is hard to come by -- and it's often ruined by work emergencies. Share your worst (or most ridiculous) vacation experience. Read more

20+ gift ideas for Star Trek fans

Geekend contributor Wally Bahny selected Star Trek-themed items for men, women, and babies for this gift guide. Read more

News from ZDNet

 

HP's limboed webOS decision expected 'within two weeks'

Meg Whitman, HP's chief executive, told a French newspaper that a decision on the company's webOS division will be made in the next two weeks. Read more

Europe wants unified privacy approach: One data protection law, one single authority

European politicians are seeking simplifying and harmonising measures to the EU Data Protection Directive, which would allow businesses to have "one law" with "one data protection authority". Read more

Microsoft Office rumored to be coming to the iPad ... but is it too late?

I'm not surprised ... but I have reservations. Read more

Samsung's Galaxy Tab sales ban lifted in rare Apple patent defeat

Samsung has won a rare patent battle with Apple in Australia, in an ongoing global legal war between the two tablet and smartphone giants. Read more

Intel's Otellini: Windows 8 'one of best things' for company

Intel CEO on Windows 8: "I think it's one of the best things that's ever happened to our company." Read more

Microsoft's tablet prospects: Caught in middle of Amazon, Apple?

Microsoft needs more than just interest to get into the tablet game. It will need some unique feature---Office integration is an obvious choice---as well as a real product/price strategy. Read more

HP: Printer hack, fire stories are overblown

HP called reports about printer hacks that could lead to fires "sensational and inaccurate." Read more

Breathing your way to success - help for entrepreneurs

A 20-minute-a-day practice that could help startups succeed... Read more

Cloud Computing Changes the Way CIOs Work

Will cloud computing, a topic frequently referred to in all kinds of conferences, be applied by CIOs in their corporations soon? Will cloud computing affect CIOs in a good or bad way? Read more

Going wireless with diabetes treatment

Diabetes is running rampant in the U. S., and treatment for the disease is evolving. Glucose meters and insulin pumps are now wireless, allowing hands-free operation 24/7. Read more


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Best tech gifts for under $100

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Insights from the Global Chief Information Officer Study - Midmarket Perspective (IBM)

Consolidate Resources With Virtualization (IBM)

Flexible, scalable business with Linux Servers (IBM)

Case Study: Signature Mortgage and Electronic Paperwork (IBM)

Application Servers: The Wind in Your Sails (IBM)


 

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Interest in Windows tablets plummets, study claims

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Consumers' interest in Windows tablets plummets, study claims

Users' interest in Windows tablets is waning and Microsoft has missed the peak of consumer desire for a Windows 8-based iPad competitor, a new study claims. Read more

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Why tablets matter for enterprise users

Patrick Gray details the reasons why tablets are relevant and states that ignoring tablet technology is inexcusable. Read more

Gmail for iPhone and iPad is a must-grab upgrade

Gmail makes for a great app that any Google Apps user should have on their Apple iOS device. Read more

Your Twitter account: A recruiter's perspective

What do recruiters look for in your tweets? We asked an experienced recruiter and here's what he said. Read more

Five frivolous (but entertaining) apps for Windows Phone 7

Got a little time to kill? Here are a few WP7 apps that might amuse you. Read more

News from ZDNet

 

Windows 8 dilemma: Consumers don't buy a tablet for the OS

Mainstream consumers buy tablets for many reasons, but rarely because of the OS it runs. This will hammer Microsoft's Windows 8 when it finally appears in the future. Read more

Android, iOS head to duopoly: We need a No. 3 stat

Android and Apple's iOS dominates the smartphone ecosystem. Is that a good thing? Read more

Apple, Google retain smartphone lead; Uphill battle for RIM, Microsoft and Nokia

Nielsen's latest smartphone 'state of the union' is in. While Android and Apple beat the trousers off RIM, Nokia and Microsoft continue to struggle. Read more

Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8

Microsoft has released a new test build of Internet Explorer 10 that works on Windows 8 only. It adds support for even more HTML5 technologies. Read more

ASUS Transformer Prime: The Android tablet to rule them all

The ASUS Transformer Prime will be available in just a week or two, and definitely looks like the tablet to beat. Read more

Microsoft: More than 90 percent of Office 365 users are small businesses

Microsoft officials still won't share numbers of Office 365 subscriptions sold but are claiming Redmond's cloud-hosted app bundle is going gangbusters. Read more

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes a commitment to privacy

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed his company's settlement with the FTC and has made a commitment to privacy. This includes creating two new corporate officer roles. Read more

Facebook settles with FTC over default privacy settings

Facebook has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). From here on out, changes made to privacy settings on the social network must be opt-in: users need to agree first. Read more

Facebook: Worth $100 billion after IPO?

Facebook will be in a rich neighborhood after its IPO and potentially be worth more than Cisco, Disney and Amazon. Read more


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Cracking Open: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

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Today's recommended downloads

Webcast: Fast-Track your Subversion Journey to the Cloud (CollabNet)

The Cloud Computing Decision (IBM)

Webcast: Business Imperatives of Cloud Computing (BNET)

Simplifying Server Virtualization (CDW & VMware)

Virtualization: Protecting Your Business (CDW & VMware)


 

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[TechRepublic] Circuit board jewelry and other perfect geeks gifts

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TechRepublic Member | November 29, 2011

Editor's note
Get that special geek in your life a unique gift this holiday. Give them cuff links made from circuit boards, a necklace crafted from resistors, or a rug shaped like a wampa (Princess Leia not included).

Circuit board jewelry is creative use for dead computer hardware

Resource of the day

Open Data Center Alliance: Usage Model Requirements

When investing in a new piece of tech, it helps to know what the requirements are beforehand. Check out this video to learn more about usage model requirements for an open data center.


 

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Cracking Open: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Bill Detwiler cracks open the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. Inside this Android-based tablet, he found hardware from Texas Instruments, SanDisk, and Hynix. View on site

Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle Fire

Bill Detwiler cracks open the Amazon Kindle Fire. Inside this Android-based tablet, he found hardware from Texas Instruments, Elpida, Micron. View on site

Cracking Open the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Bill Detwiler cracks open the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Inside this Android tablet, he found hardware from Samsung, Texas Instruments, and Broadcom. View on site



Today's recommended downloads

Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (CDW & Symantec)

Webcast: Fast-Track your Subversion Journey to the Cloud (CollabNet)

New Standards in Data Loss Prevention (CDW & Symantec)

VMware Solutions for Small and Midsize Business (CDW & VMware)

Understanding the Cloud Computing Stack: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS (Rackspace Hosting)


 

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