HowTo: Install the XScreensaver packages on Ubuntu

Tutorials
The XScreensaver packages are a series of fancy alternate screensavers that have a popular history. They are much more enjoyable than the boring default Ubuntu screensaver which is just... a black screen. Unfortunately the XScreensavers package hasn't really been updated in awhile and doesn't integrate very nicely into the current flavours of Ubuntu without some manual tweaking, so that's exactly what I'm going to cover right here. (more…)
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Where will you be at 1234567890 Unix time?

News
Some of you may be aware that Unix systems and its variants including Linux, Apple OS X, etc store the time in seconds using a 32-bit integer, with the 1st January 1970 as the epoch. Tomorrow morning at 10:31 and 30 seconds, eastern Australians (except Queensland who will get it at 09:31 and 30 seconds) will experience 1234567890 Unix time. Where will you be on this momentous occasion? If you'd like to check your own local time, simply drop into a terminal and paste this line of perl in: $ perl -e 'print scalar localtime(1234567890),"\n";' Sat Feb 14 10:31:30 2009 $ After that, we only have the 32-bit Unix Millennium Bug to look forward to in 2038!
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Ubuntu vs Vista Resource Usage

Misc, Review
Everyone always rambles on about how much of a resource hog Windows Vista is compared to Linux, so I figured why not find out exactly how much of a hog it really is? For this comparison, I have pitted the following versions of Ubuntu and Vista against each other: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 1 and all system updates to 29th October 2008 Ubuntu Linux 8.04.1 Hardy Heron with all system updates to 29th October 2008 Ubuntu Linux 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Release Candidate with all system updates to 29th October 2008 (just for kicks) The tests would be simple. A fresh vanilla install of Ubuntu and Vista doing four of the most common things a typical user might do everyday: Nothing View a web page Listen to an…
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Giant ASCII Tux

News
Everyone's favourite penguin, turned into ASCII art - a big one. OK, while this one is technically not ASCII art, it's cool nonetheless, especially when you take a closer look at the ASCII itself.
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