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Linux gains in Munich, Microsoft loses

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Although Microsoft’s offer for desktop operating systems and applications to the city of Munich in Germany is reportedly 3 million Euros less than that offered by IBM and Suse, Munich still chose Linux over Microsoft to switch some 13,000 computers. Now this is forward thinking and bravery, and maybe just as the article linked above says that this is like the falling of the Berlin wall as far as Microsoft is concerned. Bully to them! Open …

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The new Al-Qaeda

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fron the NYTimes Arab International Ministry, the Indianapolis group that led the crash course on Islam here, claims to have trained 4,500 American Christians to proselytize Muslims in the last six years, many of those since the 2001 terrorist attacks. The oratorical tone of these authors and lecturers varies, but they share the basic presumption that the world’s two largest religions are headed for a confrontation, with Christianity representing what is good, true and peaceful, and …

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landonize

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I picked this site up from the Xaraya mailing list, I think John Cox mentioned it first, though I can be wrong. Anyway, want to see how YOU would read this site if you were stoned? click here and tell me how you find it! 🙂 …

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Tina Arena

is one artist I really enjoy listening to. Ask to my daughters and they’ll categorically tell you that I’m an “old fogey” when it comes to music. But Tina is one “modern” talent that I really enjoy being with. Her music and voice has a presence that is completely lacking in the likes of Brittney Spears. None of that grating screaming or overdone mixing that is used to cover flawed performance, just pure, strong and ethereal …

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The negative image of Islam

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from The Washington Times Robert Crane, a former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain who converted to Shi’ite Islam and leads the Center for Understanding Islam in Somerset, N.J., said Shi’ites should lobby in Congress, found a top-notch Islamic university in North America and take part in Washington think tanks that help draft legislation. The above passage appeared in a report by the Washington Times of a gathering of Shi’a Muslims in Washington to address the negative image …

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Now read this…

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from Ahmedabad Newsline First textile industrialist Mohommad Saleem had a close shave when men belonging to the Anees Ibrahim gang opened fire near his residence. Then, Pankaj Agarwal of Prafful Sarees received threatening calls from underworld gangster Fazal-Ur-Rehman to settle the payment due to actress Shilpa Shetty. Bankim Desai, owner of Rangoli Dyeing and Printing Mills, received extortion calls from Saleem Kolsawala, a gangster with links to a Bahrain-based gang, an offshoot of the D-Company. He …

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An example of a commercial with a message

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Doug Daulton: In contrast to Mahmood’s bad TV commercials, here is a powerful example of intelligent advertising. Jerry, a fellow videophile, sent me this commercial which was banned in Canada for being too graphic. Now, I like the avante garde commercial as much as the next person, particularly when they call out the cognitive dissonace that is America’s love/hate relationship with sex. Thinking I was getting a little tongue-in-cheek dig at American sensibilities, I fired up …

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minimal_mahmood

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the theme you’re looking at now is completely and utterly inspired by John Cox in his excellent detailed tutorial on Xaraya theme building. immitation is the best form of flattery I guess, so thank you very much John! …

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Internet junkie I am

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crap happens in multiple simultaneous instances (this is otherwise commonly termed “murphey’s law”.) we had a notice from our ISP that the internet services are going to be degraded over a week because they are re-routing a major submarine cable by Dubai for the building of the Palm Island and they assured us that although the internet is going to be slow for that period, at least it would be usable. …

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