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Create Custom URL Shortener For WordPress Based Blog In a Five Minutes

You can create URL redirection service for your blog within five minutes using nothing but web server's mod_redirect module. For example, when you type or share a url io9.in/t/5159 you will be automatically redirected to http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/my-10-unix-command-line-mistakes.html. In this quick post I will explain how to create url shortener and integrate your wordpress based blog without installing any new scripts.
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Debunking the "Linux is virus free" Myth

Is Linux is virus free? The author of foobar blog provides some insight about the same. Linux users can't just catch a virus by email or downloading malware from the Internet, contrary to "those Windows users".
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Download of the day: WordPress 2.7

WordPress version 2.7 has been released and available for download. From the announcement page:

The first thing you'll notice about 2.7 is its new interface. From the top down, we've listened to your feedback and thought deeply about the design and the result is a WordPress that’s just plain faster. Nearly every task you do on your blog will take fewer clicks and be faster in 2.7 than it did in a previous version.

What is new in WordPress 2.7

For a visual introduction to what 2.7 is, check out this video (available in HD, and full screen):

Download the latest release of WordPress version 2.7, released on 10 December 2008 (via official blog).

Guido van Rossum (creator of Python) Blog

A few weeks ago Linus Torvalds started his blog. Now, Guido van Rossum started to write a diary (blog). He is best known as the author of the Python programming language. In the Python community, Van Rossum is known as a 'Benevolent Dictator for Life' (BDFL), meaning that he continues to oversee the Python development process, making decisions where necessary. He is currently employed by Google, where he spends half his time working on Python development. You can read his blog here online including some hot tips about Python 3.0 :)

Linus Torvalds Blog

Linus is best known for Linux kernel and still active Kernel maintainer started blogging. So if you're interested more about Linus and his life read Linus Torvalds's blog here.

Update: Check out the e-mail exchange between network world and Linus about his blog and other stuff.

WordPress 2.7 Native Threaded Comments Support Coming Soon

WordPress 2.7 promises to add threaded comments support along with lots of new features. Checkout Ryan's blog post about all upcoming features.

Right now the comments is in linear format. Some post has more than 100 comments and it becomes difficult to follow discussion. I've been waiting for this feature as it will allow us follow discussion easily. Most large forum like slashdot, reddit, and others do have this kind of commenting system.

Paul Vixie and Corey Shields Evaluating Firefox Guinness World Record Attempt

I was little worried about judges for Mozilla'z Guinness World Record attempt. However, Firefox team is lucky to have Paul Vixie of the Internet Systems Consortium and Corey Shields of Indiana University as judges. Paul is well known as the author of Vixie cron and DNS BIND server daemon. Corey has made contributions to many open source projects including Mozilla and the Gentoo Linux.

Checkout mozilla blog for more details.