TeX was a groundbreaking software-based typesetting system when Donald Knuth released it in 1978, and it remains popular, especially in academic and scientific publishing. MiKTeX is an up-to-date implementation of TeX for Windows. It adds a Windows installer and setup wizard, program updates, and an integrated package manager that can retrieve missing components online and install them automatically. It also includes a full suite of associated programs, fonts, templates, and tools, such as Yap, a DVI file viewer. MiKTeX is open-source freeware that runs on Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Server, but not on Windows 2000 or earlier versions. It'… Read more
We thought James Franco and Anne Hathaway made a cute couple of hosts, and we appreciated James's #oscarsrealtime updates but we also agree with Roger Ebert and the LA Times, who gave critical reviews of the remarkably tame ceremony.
As usual, the Oscar food puns for each nominee were borderline more entertaining than the show itself.
Last week we talked about a Facebook app called Breakup Notifier that would send you a message when your crush changed his or her relationship status to "single."
Well, an "accidental" change in the Facebook developer's code permanently disabled access to such notifications, so creator Dan Loewenherz clever shifted his focus to a new project called the Crush Notifier.
The Facebook Crush Notifier lets you purchase Facebook credits that allow you to select crushes in your friend list. Those individuals are notified in an anonymous e-mail, and have the option to rate you back.
If you're selected as well, you'll receive a similar message- unfortunately… Read more
Sometimes online love is even more blind than the real thing.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a 48-year-old man from Naperville, Ill., had been in an online relationship with a woman for two-and-a-half years.
You might wonder why they had not consummated their relationship, by, say, meeting. But some feel the virtual world is, for them, enough.
Regardless, last Wednesday the man reportedly called police because he believed his online love was in serious trouble--he was convinced she'd been kidnapped in London.
Clearly, this seemed like a serious matter. The man reportedly provided the police with a copy of … Read more
Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:
Doodle-4-Google gets the search giant into more privacy trouble because of the possibility of storing children's Social Security numbers
iPad 2 might get a launch date as early as next week
Amazon Prime customers get Instant Streaming video with over 5,000 titles
China launches an official government search engine with Panguso
Mint.com gets new "Get Out of Debt" tools
Yahoo! Video gets rid of user-generated content, so download your uploads before March 14th
Tired of dating people who stare at you blankly when you talk about your affection for Asimo? Dream of having a robot baby head all your own one day? Online dating site Robot Passions says it can help you find a partner who shares your love of robots--or at least thinks Gundam is pretty cool.
Robot lovers longing for a date with metal sexpot Roxxxy might be disappointed to learn that the site is currently restricted to humans. It does, however, note that it hopes to include robots among its members "once their AI is sufficiently advanced." Wait, what does one get a Roomba for Valentine's Day?
Robot Passions is part of Passions Network's extensive roster of free online dating sites, which include such other geek offerings as Comic Book Passions, Zombie Passions, Trek Passions, and Ninja Passions.
Join one site in the network and you're automatically a member of the entire network, though as you register, you can choose the sites that best match your interests if you'd prefer, for example, not to include members of the Mullet Passions site in your search for love. … Read more
Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:
Groupon and FTD get caught allegedly selling flowers for twice the price in a Valentine's Day deal scam
Sony makes the PlayStation phone official. It's called the Sony Xperia Play
Sony also launches the Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro
LG unveils the Optimus 3D, a smartphone that can capture and play 3D content
Bank of America may have had a security breach over the weekend
Google launches a site to … Read more
Is Motorola's Xoom being priced not to sell? That's the question a lot of folks are asking as a tipster pointed Engadget to a listing on Best Buy's Web site, showing the upcoming 10.1-inch tablet priced at $1,199.99, with preorders starting in Best Buy stores on February 17.
Over the last few weeks, some reports suggested the Xoom, which has impressive specs and is the first tablet to run Google's Android 3.0 operating system (Honeycomb), would be priced at $800. But for now, anyway, the Best Buy Web site seems to state … Read more
This blog has always had love at its heart.
So I know that, at this time of year, those of you who work too hard--or merely drink too much--might be feeling lonely, lost and fearing that you will never again experience the joys of asking someone's name in the morning.
I therefore give you Virtual Dating Assistants. This is a company that does all the online dating for you. Well, most of it.
Virtual Dating Assistants makes heady promises on its Web site. For example: "We do it. You date. Online dating, simplified."
Please allow me to … Read more
There's plenty of serious tech news going on in the world today, like the Intel Sandy Bridge chipset recall and two Web giants helping Egyptians communicate without the Internet, so be sure to check out the CNET home page for the latest.
As usual, we're covering the cultural aspects of tech news that interest us today, stories like Facebook offering free access on flights in Feb-roo-air-ie, Chinese immigrants finding love on the Internet a la JDate, a Chatroulette model for medical diagnoses, and a Stanford psychology study that links Facebook "one-upsmanship" to the worldwide depression epidemic.
We finish with surprising news about your favorite adult Web sites and a plea for user-submitted voice mails! We're running low, so call 1-866-404-CNET and tell us what's on your mind! Don't worry about messing up, we'll make you articulate using the magic of editing, so pick up the phone or record a video voice mail and e-mail us the YouTube/Vimeo link at the404(at)cnet(dot)com.Episode 748 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
The excitement over the launch of "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" on Blu-ray is palpable. And now, we finally have a release date for the box set.
According to the listing on Amazon, the 9-disc Blu-ray set, which includes all six "Star Wars" films and three discs with more than 30 hours of special features, will launch September 27.
The official date follows statements made last summer by Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, saying the set would be available in fall 2011, and a more recent blog post on the Star Wars site saying … Read more