I've noticed recently that a large number of PC laptops ship with their trackpads aligned off the centre of the unit, instead directly under the spacebar. This is taken to its most extreme in the Dell Studio 17-inch laptop, which has a numeric keypad on the right of the main keyboard, so the whole keyboard is off centre, and even the far right of the trackpad is still to the left of the centre of the whole unit.
I know it's not great news for Brits travelling to the US for bargains, but the pound has fallen drastically against the US dollar. As Linux Format continues to be made in the UK (despite our pleas to be transported to somewhere like Cabo San Lucas), that means our American friends should be seeing major price drops both on the newsstand and in subscription prices. Prices in Canadian dollars and Euros have also come down, although it's not as marked as for Americans.
After much hard labouring, our second special magazine dedicated to teaching programming is on sale now across the world. Unlike the previous "Code It!" special, "You Can Code!" is 100% dedicated to using Linux and other open source technologies to produce projects.
You've all heard the rumours of wild parties and 14-hour Unreal Tournament marathons at LXF Towers -- well, now you can see for yourself! We currently have a work experience placement available for a budding Linux journalist to join us in Bath for a week. As part of Team LXF, you'll help out with writing articles, attending meetings and making crucial decisions (such as which Subway vouchers to use).
Yesterday I lent someone the classic 1986 album The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths. This morning I got to work to find the album plus a cake with my name on it. Life is good.
Guess who just popped in for tea? Toshiba! And they're touting their new NB100 netbook. It's the usual fare we've come to expect in netbookland: an 8.9" screen, 1.6GHz Atom processor, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive and a 0.3MP webcam. Ports-wise it has 3 holes for USB, a video out, an Ethernet port and an SD card slot, and on your weighing scales it'll clock in at just under 1kg.
THAT TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY. UNFORTUNATELY, WITH EVERYONE WRITING IN CAPS, WE NEED ANOTHER WAY TO EXPRESS SHOUTING ON THE INTERTUBES. I SUGGEST BOLD TAGS. ANY OTHER IDEAS?
(ALSO: WHY IS THE LABEL FOR CAPS LOCK ON KEYBOARDS NEVER ACTUALLY WRITTEN IN CAPS?)
SILICON VALLEY, 17/10/08: Decked in his distinctive black turtleneck and faded blue jeans, Steve Jobs announced MikeOS 2.0 to a packed press audience in Cupertino earlier today. Billing it as a "revolution in personal computing", Jobs unveiled the new generation of operating system to a salivating crowd - some journalists were seen to punch the air in excitement when the rumoured product finally became reality.