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Rikki Endsley
Miss Bimbo meets Amelia Earhart

Mar 28, 2008 GMT

  It's hard work (really really really hard work) being a modern mom, and some people just don't make our jobs any easier. When I first heard about the Miss Bimbo game, I hoped it was a bad joke. Sadly, it doesn't look like it is. According to Karen McVeigh's article in The Guardian: "The aim of the Miss Bimbo beauty contest game, which was launched in Britain last month, is to become the 'hottest, coolest, most famous bimbo in the whole world', and contestants who compete against each other are told to 'stop at nothing', even 'meds or plastic surgery', to ensure their dolls win." Karen says that there are more than...
Jono Bacon Interview

Mar 27, 2008 GMT

Check out Lisa Hoover's interview of Jono Bacon over at the Download Squad site. Jono talks about the upcoming LUGRadio Live US event in San Francisco. Registration for LUGRadio Live is now open. Tickets for the two-day event are $10 and include full access to all talks, the exhibition, evening events, and a free bag o’swag for visitors. LUGRadio Live USA 2008 April 12-13 The Metreon, 101 4th St., San Francisco, CA, 94103 We'll see you there!
Humanitarian projects and open source

Mar 27, 2008 GMT

Tina Gasperson posted this cool article over at Humanitarian projects and open source: Working together to revitalize computer sciences. The article is about the Humanitarian FOSS Project, an effort to increase undergraduate participation in computer science programs. According to the article, women are responding well to the effort. Ralph Morelli, the professor organizing the project says, "We have a very strong pool of applicants, and we're happy that we have several female applicants. One of our goals is to try to attract a more diverse demographic to computer science. There's been some research to suggest that women sometimes respond better to the subject matter when...

Mar 26, 2008 GMT's Christa recently announced a new and improved NixNews: "After initial testing and tweaking, has been reborn into a user voted Linux news and article site. I have tagged it beta, and it just that, an early beta service that will still have bugs to be worked out. I have taken the testing as far as I can go on my own and am opening it up and announcing it’s release. Please take the time to visit, register, vote/bury the stories, and submit new posts. I would like to see NixNews grow in it’s niche as a valuable resource for information to the Linux community."
Girl Geek Dinner Amsterdam

Mar 26, 2008 GMT

The Amsterdam Girl Geek Dinner will be held on April 10. The speaker will be Fabienne Serriere presenting the topic Hardware Hacking on the Cheap: "Fabienne "fbz" Serriere is a futurist at heart, but one who believes that the future should be present during the present. She splits her time between hardware hacking, future fabric prototyping, photography, obsessing about prime numbers, and adding to her vintage and modern gadget collections. Her personal site is:" (submitted by Patricia Jung)
Make Use of Linux

Mar 24, 2008 GMT

The site has a new contributor – Mackenzie Morgan is posting Linux articles. The first few articles are up and are pretty basic but would be great for helping your friends convert to Linux. Mackenzie also writes about Ubuntu on her Ubuntu Linux Tips & Tricks blog.
GoblinX Review

Mar 24, 2008 GMT

Slackware-based GoblinX released Standard edition version 2.6 last month. Susan Linton wrote a detailed review called GoblinX packs a lot into compact Slackware-based distro. According to Susan, "GoblinX is suitable for those who want something fast, light, and small, yet that offers a lot of choice."
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