We started to circle back this week to the geographical information systems stuff that we started a couple of weeks ago but got distracted by something that is really exciting.
Some time ago we noted that VMware had started a program to encourage people to create prebuilt virtual machines (or "virtual appliances" as VMware calls them) configured to do something useful.
While the first few appliances were interesting, the Virtual Appliance Directory and the Appliance.net repository show how useful and amazing virtual appliances can be.
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