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Get the last Lindows shirt, while supplies are available
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 you were 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).

RSSOwl can put all the info you want at your fingertips

Unlike getting 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 Times, Slashdot, 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.)

Make your own blog for free on Linspire with Blogger

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 (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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