Many American readers won't have noticed - why should they? - that the UK is in the middle of the lead-up to a [URL="http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/elections.cfm"]General Election[/URL]. We don't do it like the Americans, we elect our Members of Parliament, the leader of the majority party becomes Prime Minister automatically and our second chamber, the House of Lords, is full of appointees and hereditary peers. We don't elect a President - technically the monarch is still Head of State. So much for background. What's really interesting is that for the first time social media is playing its part - and even more …

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It's happened at last. Someone has come unstuck because of the contents of their blog. And, relief of reliefs, it's not me. I should explain. Among my activities as a journalist I offer media training - coaching for people who're about to talk to the press. Not how to spin or lie, but how not to be intimidated, how to stand your ground and get your message out there as well as answer the journalist's questions. It's not always as easy as it sounds. One of the questions I often get asked is: what about bloggers and other new media …

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The French parliament is now going to dump Windows in favour of open-source. More specifically, Linux. The planned switch date is June 2007, with over 1000 parliament workers switching. No word yet on what Linux distribution they're going to use, or what email client -- one thing is for sure: they're going to use Firefox as their web browser. At the moment, a number of the computers run Linux, using Apache as their web server, and a content-management system being run with [URL="http://www.mamboserver.com/"]Mambo[/URL]. "The study showed that open-source software will from now on offer functionality adapted to the needs of …

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Sleek. Powerful. Graphic. Capable. Stable. Portable. Clean-design. This new iMac G5 Rocks. At a special event today (Oct 12, 2005), Apple Computer released two new awesome pieces of hardware -- an iPod that can play video, and a new awesome iMac G5. Let's talk about this new G5 and why I want one on my desk. The new iMac G5 an all-in-one computer that features an LCD on the front, and houses the computer on the back. The keyboard and mouse plug right into the display -- the computer uses almost no deskspace, aside from the keyboard and the mouse. …

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Launched September 5, 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft has crossed the Termination Shock* of our solar system, and has entered a new region of space at extreme distances from our sun. According to researchers at the University of Maryland, Voyager made this transition December 16, 2004, and it took researchers several months to track the latest data and confirm that the explorer made the transition. Voyager will need to travel through the Heliosheath*, pass through the Heliopause*, and then it will be in pure interstellar space, and completely out of the solar system. As of mid-July, Voyager 1 was 8.9 …

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The End.