From the computerworld:
Dell Inc. will charge customers up to $50 for factory-installed Windows XP on some PCs after Wednesday, according to the company's Web site. Vista Business and Vista Ultimate are the only generally-available editions that allow downgrades, and they can be downgraded only to Windows XP Professional. Under Microsoft's licensing terms, the less-expensive XP Home cannot be installed as a downgrade.
This is really funny, Microsoft spent over 6-8 years developing MS-Vista and now users are willing to pay not to use it. This clearly indicate that end users only pay when you have a better product, which is free from DRM crap, faster and less buggy as compare to Vista. As usual, I suggest you get Dell with Ubuntu Linux loaded for 100% peace of mind.
Most of you may be aware of date command. There is also a ddate command. It converts Gregorian dates to Discordian dates or Erisian calendar, which is an alternative calendar used by some adherents of Discordianism. It is specified on page 00034 of the Principia Discordia:
The Discordian calendar has five 73-day seasons: Chaos, Discord, Confusion, Bureaucracy, and The Aftermath. The Discordian year is aligned with the Gregorian calendar and begins on January 1, thus Chaos 1, 3173 YOLD is January 1, 2007 Gregorian.
Just type ddate:
Today is Setting Orange, the 71st day of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3173
For fun put following alias in /etc/profile (try out on 1st April ;) ):
If called with no arguments, ddate will get the current system date, convert this to the Discordian date format and print this on the standard output.. Alternatively, a Gregorian date may be specified on the command line, in the form of a numerical day, month and year.
"Dijkstra probably hates me" ~ (in kernel/sched.c)
"How should I know if it works? That's what beta testers are for. I only coded it" ~ (somewhere in a posting)
"I'm an idiot.. At least this one [bug] took about 5 minutes to find.." ~ (in response to a bug report)
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