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- Computerworld Expo: news you can take home with you

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- Computerworld Expo: news you can take home with you

If you're going to this year's Expo you're too late: it's finished. Sorry about that.

Linux was the big buzzword this year with the largest number of stands ever showing off their open-source wares (or should that be warez?). A planned cook off between Mac OS X, Windows XP and Linux was cancelled after both Apple and MS pulled out. Read into that what you will.

For me, though, the best part of the show, apart from all the stands having coffee machines of course, was the PlayStation II running Linux.

For $599 you get a keyboard, mouse, software and a hard drive and you're away (that's after shelling out for the PS II, naturally). Plug and play takes on a whole new meaning.

The software pack includes a version of Linux along with several office applications and some other bits and pieces. On the stand they were running a word processor, a spreadsheet and a music player and boy did it look nice. Of course, if you get bored with office work you just unplug it all and you've got your old game machine/DVD drive/CD player again.

I think it's a great way to extend the gaming platform into new areas, but I wonder about the ramifications of letting someone who can use Linux near the innards of your PS II. These folk aren't renowned for their restraint when it comes to tinkering under the hood - Sony could be in for some surprises I think. Still, good on ya Sony for doing this. Sony has also released a developer kit for its other great toy, the robot dog Aibo, after months of trying to stop hackers from seeing what makes it tick. I guess if you can't beat them, join them.

Computerworld Expo kicks off - Nzoom

All quiet in OS trenches - IDGNet

Linux on PlayStation II launched in NZ - IDGNet

Expo 2002 a training ground for networking newbies - IDGNet

- Kiwi site wants your vote

Ah, it's lovely to see a local website doing well. Makes me all misty-eyed and not a little emotional.

SciTech Daily, best described as a science porthole rather than a portal (more on that later), has reached the finals of this year's Webby Awards in the US.

The Webbys was originally set up by IDG Communications (owner of this fine virtual publication) but has since been spun off into its own company and has been handing out awards for websites for six years (not sure what that is in internet time ... it's a bit like dog years, I think).

They have around 30 different sections, each with two awards: one judged and one voted. SciTech Daily is in the science section, oddly enough, and is running second only to NASA's Earth watch site, which is quite stunning but frankly isn't a patch on good old Kiwi ingenuity and know-how. SciTech needs as many people as it can to register and vote in the popular section so as to show NASA who's boss.

OK, so coming second to NASA isn't exactly bad news. SciTech's managing editor Vicki Hyde tells me there's plenty of cross-over between the two sites as various SciTech family members are also high-ups at the Jet Propulsion Lab, which says a lot.

But I figure if everyone went off to the Webby site and signed up (they take security quite seriously over there) and voted for SciTech they'd be in with a chance.

The site is a "sister site" to the very well known Arts & Letters Daily and although the two are run by different groups, anyone who has seen one will instantly recognise the layout of the other. Arts & Letters is also in the running for a Webby, although it's in the news category and so is up against the likes of the BBC. Give it a vote as well - currently it's behind an Israeli political website as well as the Beeb.

Hyde says the term porthole came from a New York Times review of Arts & Letters and is appropriate for both sites. Rather than trying to be all things to all people (tm), both sites have great depth of vision in their very narrow fields of view, just like a porthole. I never liked the term portal as all they ever seemed to be were unruly websites with no focus. However, Hyde says she will have to put up an explanation on the site to stop all those helpful people emailing her to say she's got it wrong.

The Webby Awards Website

The People's Awards - This is where you register to vote.

Kiwi site wants your vote - IDGNet

SciTech Daily Review

Arts & Letters Daily Wesite

Aardvark - Aardvark endorses the campaign to score a Webby

- Yay. Back to work.

That's right - it's all over red rover. Thanks to Andrea for filling in and thanks to Ella Daisy (currently hanging out in a front pack watching me type this) for so efficiently dealing with those awkward hours between three and four in the morning. How I ever got by at those times without her assistance I'll never know.

And so the FryUp resumes its stately procession through your in-bin. There are more of you now than when I last wrote (six weeks, crikey!), which is lovely to see. Even more read it online at IDGNet and UnlimitedNet and please, feel free to send it on to anyone you want.

The baby photos are just about ready - I have wallet-size for all of you so there's no need to push and shove, just form an orderly queue off to the left there.

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