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A FOSS “Dollar” Store

It seems that Microsoft is planning to open some retail stores in “upscale” shopping malls this fall. They will be located within a few hundred feet of existing Apple stores. They will feature Microsoft flagship products such as Windows 7 and Microsoft Office, branded hardware products like the Zune media player and presumably some computers ...

A Big Cat is Captured

A relative of mine was having problems with her aging Macintosh (a G4 model) . The machine was running its original OS, Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar). It ran slowly.. VERY slowly. Any system restore disks that might have come with the computer were lost years ago. Her solution was to buy a new Mac, ...

Google’s Chrome OS

Since Google’s announcement of the Chrome OS a few days ago, there have been dozens of blogs and editorials about it. Yes, this is just one more, but with some comments that I have not seen elsewhere. First, let’s get something very basic out of the way. Some editorials say that the new OS will ...

More on eBook Formats

In my previous article I talked about the iPhone Stanza and the ePub format that it supports. There are numerous ebook formats, many developed to be used on specific hardware. For example, the .lit format is a proprietary format readable by devices that run some version of Microsoft Reader. Palm devices can read the “plucker” ...

Required Reading 5

A few days ago a friend dropped by with an errand list. On the list was a stop at a local bookstore to pick up a copy of a Mark Twain classic that was required reading for her grandson. Now this particular student owns and iPod touch. I asked her if she realized that most ...

Opera Unite

About two weeks I provided a brief review of Opera 10. This release is still in beta but a new feature has been added that has been named “Opera Unite.” Opera claims that this innovative feature will “re-invent the web.” I don’t think so. Unites imply  integrates a webserver  into the browser. Webservers are an ...

VMware vs. VirtualBox

In a previous article I provided links to get the VMware Player installed and a “workaround” to install the associated VMware Tools. The website EasyVmx.com will provide you with a configuration file and a virtual disk image.  That’s one way to do it. Another way is to use the freeware VirtualBox. Which should you use? ...

HomeBank – Don’t Count On It

The June issue of Linuc Format (#119) has a three page feature article on the HomeBank money and budgeting program. HomeBank is cross-platform and will work in Windows as well. For several years I have been using AceMoney that is not natively cross-platform but will run on Linux with the help of WINE. AceMoney is ...

Fedora 11 – Linux Done Right

In a previous post I dismissed Fedora as a candidate for my my base operating system on my new computer. I did this because of problems with my monitor using Fedora “test spins.”  I received an email from a Fedora developer criticising me for making a judgement based on development software.  And so, I patiently ...

Opera 10 (Beta) – Product Review

Although not my primary browser, I have always had Opera installed as a backup to Firefox. At times, Firefox simply will not display a page correctly, and Opera will often work. The latest beta release of Opera 10 is quite impressive. Some of the built-in features like “Speed Dial” and form filling have to be ...