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In Case Of Emergency, Break Glass

Imagine that you’re the IT Manager for a mid-sized engineering company. You arrive at your place of work one morning to find emergency vehicles surrounding the smoldering ruins of what used to be your office….


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Virtual Servers

Enter the computer room of the average mid-sized company and you’re likely to see a few high-end servers running mission-critical applications, and next to them a bunch of desktop-style PC’s providing secondary services. The reason…


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Who Has Heard The Wind

Standing in a home a kilometer away from the nearest wind turbine –one of seventeen at the Pubnico Point Wind Farm in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia –Tony experiences a sensation that he describes as “similar…



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Is Linux Ready For Your Desktop?

If you have any involvement with Information Technology, you’re probably already familiar with Linux as a server operating system. Indeed, for many applications Linux is an accepted and even preferred platform. Google has built and…


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Going Off-Grid

During the Canadian ice storm of 1998, a friend of mine was without power for almost two weeks. With electric heat unavailable, he and his family moved into their living room and camped out around…


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Wind Turbines – Music or Noise?

Some people describe it as music, others describe it as noise. No, we’re not talking about the latest wailings of the Pussy Cat Dolls. We’re talking about the sound that comes from wind turbines. Unless…


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Dual-Boot Linux and Windows

Situation You’ve got Windows XP installed on your computer, and you want to dual-boot Linux. Solution Backup your system, just in case. Download the Gnome Partition Editor LiveCD from http://gparted.sourceforge.net and burn to a CD….


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Celestial Navigation

Can you find Earth 150 million kilometers away? Move your mouse over the image to see it labeled. Have you ever wondered how those folks on the Enterprise found their way around? Imagine it. You’re…



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Using a Mac font on Linux

So you want to use a Mac font on a Linux workstation. But the font appears to have a zero byte size. And when you copy that zero byte file to your Linux machine, Linux…