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Ubuntu Linux is a new experience for me. Having used only Red Hat's Fedora Core, I was anxious to try out the recently released Ubuntu 5.10 (available from Ubuntu's Website at www.ubuntu.com). I was not disappointed. After waiting approximately 45 minutes to download the 617 MB ISO fil...
Human memory and Random Access Memory (RAM) share one thing in common: they are both very volatile. This basically means that once the power sources feeding the memories are terminated, the memories disappear forever (at least in the case of human short-term memory; more on that in a b...
I often wonder what happens to data when it gets erased. Just where does it go? What happens to it? Does it 'vanish' completely, or does it still exist somewhere, perhaps in the memory bank of the expanding universe?
My aunt and I were having an e-mail discussion about which is the easiest to use: a real photo album with pictures or a computer photo album, as on a CD-ROM. I suggested that we put all the family photos into an album rather than having them strewn all over the place in photo folders. ...
There is a concept in computers called the 'Digital Rainbow,' an idea that describes how all digital projects eventually end at a pot of programming gold. Riding the Digital Rainbow is akin to riding the light waves of a silicon world, from everything in computers and GPS systems to Ap...
Sometime between the years 1995 and 2004, Linux reached the mainstream of computer users the world over. No longer was it all about Microsoft or the Mac. Now there was a new sheriff in town, and it was a penguin packing some serious heat.
It's a little past 3 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, but I'm still wide awake (thanks to a cup of Orange Cappuccino). As the hot, misty drink invigorates me, my mind begins pondering the state of Linux as both an operating system and desktop environment for modern day computers.
In April of 2003, I stumbled upon Randy Hyde's Web site for HLA (High Level Assembly). I was originally sent to the Web site via Google, a popular search engine. I wasn't searching for Assembly Language; rather, I had been searching for a freeware BASIC interpreter. Although I found 'H...
After learning of High Level Assembly (HLA) language on Randall Hyde's Web site while searching for a freeware BASIC interpreter, Paul Panks began to create an open source text adventure game, HLA Adventure. 'I think Linux and HLA are two very positive influences in my work right now,...