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by | Oct 29, 2008 12:00 AM ET

Battle of the Thumb Drive Linux Systems - "These days, it only takes an increasingly-cheap USB thumb drive and a program like UNetbootin to create a portable Linux desktop you can run on any computer that can boot from a USB port. But check out the list of distributions UNetbootin can download and install—it's huge, and the names don't tell you much about which distro is best for on-the-go computing. Today we're detailing four no-install distributions—Damn Small Linux, Puppy Linux, Xubuntu, and Fedora—and helping you decide which might work for that spare thumb drive you've got lying around, or as just a part of your multi-gig monster stick. Read on for a four-way faceoff of bootable Linux systems..."

Using Your Linux Computer As A Media Center (Part 1) - "If you are a Windows or Mac user, you will be familiar with Windows Media Center or Front Row that both have the ability to turn your computer into a Media Center PC. Linux users don't have such luck as most distros do not come with a media center application pre-installed..."

5 reasons hardcore gamers will love the New Xbox Experience - "Debated, discussed, anticipated and feared, the new Xbox 360 dashboard is almost upon us. Launching as a mandatory system update on November the 19th, the New Xbox Experience as it is known completely overhauls the system's interface with a new menu layout, new functionality, and the addition of Avatars, Microsoft's equivalent of Nintendo's Miis..."

Scientists grow bigger, better diamonds - "If you thought that rock on the ring in the window of Tiffany's was big and beautiful, the diamonds treated in labs with a newly-developed method will really blow you away..."

Nearest planetary system boasts two asteroid belts - "The nearest known planetary system to Earth sports two asteroid belts, a new study suggests. The relatively young system could offer clues about how the solar system formed and might be the ideal place to look for the faint glint of an Earth-like planet..."

What Movie Should I Watch Next? - "If you frequently find yourself cluelessly searching for some good movie to watch, this article is for you. It will give you a quick overview of two little-known movie recommendation sites, that are easy to use, easy to get started and indeed help you find the movies you're likely to enjoy..."

The mysterious cough, caught on film - "The image, published online Oct. 9 by The New England Journal of Medicine, was created by schlieren photography, which "takes an invisible phenomenon and turns it into a visible picture," said the engineering professor, Dr. Gary Settles, who is the director of the university's gas dynamics laboratory..."

6 MORE Creepy Urban Legends (That Happen to be True) - "So around this time of year we like to share some of the most gut-wrenchingly disturbing stories, the kind we would tell around the campfire if we ever actually went outside. And most importantly, they're all true..."

Pie In The Sky - "Anyway, the demo presented two different styles of pop-up menus and asked you to repeatedly select the same menu item. Which menu style made the task easier? Why do you think that was?"

Husqvarna's Automower Solar Hybrid - "Just one of many questions people will have about a solar powered lawnmower that toodles about the yard like an escaped Roomba vacuum..."

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