The Null Device


South Africa's government goes open-source, adopting a policy of switching to open-source software on principle, saving license fees and building up local programming skills. Microsoft, understandably, are not amused.

(I wonder how long until MS and their ilk will find some way of using international "free-trade" treaties to force governments to dump open-source-only policies as "unfair subsidies" or "expropriation" or some similar menace to the smooth running of global neo-liberal capitalism.)


An interesting analysis of arguments for invading Iraq, from the likelihood of Iraq arming al-Qaeda to the US wanting to bring democracy to the Iraqi people (the majority of whom are pro-Iranian Shiites).


This nixie tube clock looks pretty nifty. (Though I get the feeling that nixie tubes draw a lot of power and aren't exactly environmentally friendly.) (via Charlie's Diary)