Feb 262013

I’ve been waiting for months for one of these, that’s beside the point.  This is just awful.

By Nate Anderson at arstechnica.com…

Marmet, West Virginia is a town of 1,500 people living in a thin ribbon along the banks of the Kanawha River just below Charleston. The town’s public library is only open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. It’s housed in a small building the size of a trailer, which the state of West Virginia describes as an “extremely small facility with only one Internet connection.” Which is why it’s such a surprise to learn the Marmet Public Library runs this connection through a $15,000 to $20,000 Cisco 3945 router intended for “mid-size to large deployments,” according to Cisco.

via Why a one-room West Virginia library runs a $20,000 Cisco router | Ars Technica.

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Feb 232013

By Danny Stieben at MakeUseOf.com….

We all know that Photoshop is the premiere application for image and graphics manipulation. It simply does everything you could possibly want, which is the reason why most professionals choose it and why your wallet has a deep hole after you buy it. But Photoshop isn’t the only image manipulation tool on the block. The leading open source alternative to Photoshop, GIMP, has plenty of power under the hood as well.

via Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins.

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Feb 232013

ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University will host the community premiere of “Three Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New” on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The 90-minute documentary, produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, will be shown in the main theatre of the Fine Arts Center beginning at 5 p.m.

via Community Premiere Of WVPBS Documentary ‘Three Rivers’ Set For Feb. 27 At Concord University | Concord University.

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Feb 222013

What a great DIY project!  From Backblaze.com…

We thought ten people would care; instead a million people read our Storage Pod 1.0 blog post where we open sourced the Backblaze Storage Pod design and introduced the world’s most cost-efficient way to store big data. The interest grew when we published our Petabytes on a Budget: Revealing More Secrets blog post that announced Storage Pod 2.0, which doubled the amount of storage and reduced the price. Since then several companies have built businesses selling Storage Pods inspired by Backblaze to hundreds of organizations around the world who are storing hundreds of petabytes of data on their own Storage Pods. Today we introduce Backblaze Storage Pod 3.0 which stores more data, costs less, is more reliable, and is easier to service.

via Backblaze Blog » 180TB of Good Vibrations – Storage Pod 3.0.

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Feb 212013

Amen to this, especially if you work in Information Technology.  By Jennifer Cloer at Linux.com…

Jobs again this year were a major theme in the State of the Union address with the President saying that we must train our students for the jobs of tomorrow. Guess what? Those jobs of tomorrow are Linux jobs. Maybe the President didn’t realize he was talking about Linux, but we know that Linux is supporting the computing infrastructure that makes our 21st century lives possible. From the phones we use to the websites we frequent to the cars we drive, Linux is running it all. And nothing underscores this fact more than year-over-year demand for Linux talent to support its pervasiveness in every day life.

via If You Don’t Know Linux, You Better Learn Fast | Linux.com.

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