Before I get started talking about some useful new technology that you'll
see popping up on more and more websites, I wanted to take this chance
to tell you about the Blowout Sale that is going on right now. A few
weeks ago, I talked about our name change, and the complete transition
to "Linspire" that we are currently undertaking. Well, as you would
expect, we've got some Lindows-branded products left that we are trying
to sell through, so we've slashed the prices.
We are also offering a commemorative Lindows t-shirt -- the last "Lindows" product we will
ever make. If you haven't done so already, get a t-shirt and show that
part of computer history with us from the early days, but you'll have
to hurry because they will only be available until September 14th, or
until we run out. You may want to buy a few as gifts or to sell years
from now on eBay as collectors' items.
You may have noticed
tiny cryptic graphics like this:
popping up on lots of news and blog sites. In case you
don't know, "blog" is short for "weblog" and is an online journal that
anyone can make. They don't require any web publishing experience at all.
If you can type, you can have your own online weblog for free (more on this below).
the newspaper, or tuning the TV to CNN, finding the news on the
Internet has always required you to go in search of the news, rather
than the news being delivered to you. This is where those
buttons come into play. You can download a program called a "news
reader," that will deliver you news from a variety of sources, similar
to how your email is delivered to you. The CNR Warehouse has two
email-style news readers called RSSOwl and Straw,
which will poll a range of news sites in seconds, and deliver you news
from all over the world. Another really cool program is NewsMonster,
which acts as a plugin for the Linspire web browser. With
NewsMonster, a sidebar on your browser will let you surf a list of news
and blog sites quickly and easily.
If you'd like to
experience this, download and install one of the above programs with
CNR, and in seconds, you can be reviewing news from Reuters,
The BBC, Yahoo!, The New York
and more. Or, if you're a fan of blogs (or what I like to call "the reality TV of the Internet"), then I recommend Doc Searls' blog (you might remember him from the Desktop Linux Summit), and the Michael's
Minute. That's right, the Michaels' Minute is now available for your news readers. (To read any of the links in this
paragraph, just copy the link locations into your favorite news reader.)
In addition to the Michael's Minute, you can now receive Linspire Press
Releases, delivered in seconds to your News Reader. If you want to make
your own blog, I suggest Easy MoBlog, or if you are a complete novice
to Blogs and web publishing, try the Linux-friendly Blogger.com (who
will even host your blog for free). So if you haven't already
got one, go get a news reader,
and find out whenever there is a
new Michael's Minute or Linspire
press release the moment they're available.
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