Lawrence Roberts, Who Helped Design Internet’s Precursor, Dies at 81

In late 1966, a 29-year-old computer scientist drew a series of abstract figures on tracing paper and a quadrille pad. Some resembled a game of cat’s cradle; others looked like heavenly constellations; still others like dress patterns. Those curious drawings were the earliest topological maps of what we now know as the internet. The doodler, Lawrence G. Roberts, died on Dec. 26 at his home in Redwood City, Calif. He was 81.

The New York Times: The cause was a heart attack, said his son Pasha. As a manager at the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, or ARPA, Dr. Roberts designed much of the Arpanet — the internet’s precursor — and oversaw its implementation in 1969. Dr. Roberts called upon a circle of colleagues who shared his interest in computer networking for help in creating the technical underpinnings of the Arpanet, integrating and refining many ideas for how data should flow.


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Kodi 18 ‘Leia’ RC4 available to download now

If you were expecting the full and final release of Kodi 18 to arrive before the end of 2018, you’re going to be disappointed as it’s now scheduled for very early 2019. However, the Kodi Foundation has rolled out the fourth and final release candidate today which should tide you over nicely until then. SEE ALSO: LibreELEC 9.0 Beta 1 Linux distro (based on Kodi 18 ‘Leia’ RC3) now available New Kodi 18 ‘Leia’ Release Candidate (RC3) available to download now! The focus of RC4, of course, is on fixing bugs and ironing out remaining issues. The most notable changes… [Continue Reading]


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Here’s what 2019 holds for Paint.NET

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a time not only for looking back over what the past year has offered, but also for looking forward to the new year and what’s on the horizon. There’s certainly a lot to look forward to in terms of hardware in 2019, but there’s also a great deal on the software front. The developer of the popular image editing tool Paint.NET, Rick Brewster, has shared his vision of what the coming year holds for his software. The 2019 roadmap for Paint.NET is an exciting one, promising migration to .NET Core, support for brushes… [Continue Reading]


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Linux 4.20 Released in Time for Christmas

Linus Torvalds has announced the general availability of v4.20 of the Linux kernel. In a post to the Linux Kernel Mailing List, Torvalds said that there was no point in delaying the release of the latest stable version of the kernel just because so many people are taking a break for the holiday season. From a report: He says that while there are no known issues with the release, the shortlog is a little longer than he would have liked. However “nothing screams ‘oh, that’s scary'”, he insists. The most notable features and changes in the new version includes: New hardware support! New hardware support includes bringing up the graphics for AMD Picasso and Raven 2 APUs, continued work on bringing up Vega 20, Intel has continued putting together its Icelake Gen 11 graphics support, there is support for the Hygon Dhyana CPUs out of China based upon AMD Zen,


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