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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 ...

Linux Mint 7 (Gloria) – R.I.P.

In a previous article I indicated indecision in picking the distro that will finally be in control of my desktop PC. I made a decision to install Linux Mint 7. The live CD looked promising and I could always replace it with some other distro if I had problems. Mint is supplied with a highly ...

Windows 7 .. R.I.P.

I am not a sucker. In my previous article I mentioned how you can legally use Windows 7 until March 2010 absolutely FREE! But, what then? I have read, but cannot confirm, that Windows 7 will be more expensive than Vista. I have installed the “Ultimate” version of Windows 7. The “Ultimate” version of Vista ...

Windows 7 and My New Dell Computer 2

I am struggling with space on my Toshiba Satellite laptop. The machine originally came with a 160 GB hard drive, but I gave up 30 GB of that to dual boot Windows XP. I increased the memory from 1 GB to 2 GB which helps run virtual machines but they take up some space too, ...

magicJack.. Product Review

A few days ago I was browsing in my local Best Buy store and encountered an endcap loaded with the magicJack gadgets. With a price tag of $39.99 they promise to deliver telephone service for a year. Calls to the United States and Canada are free, calls to other countries are cheap (compared to other ...

The Virtual Playground

The April issue of Linux Format (#117) has an excellent tutorial on Qemu. It demonstrates how to use Qemu to run various operating systems in a virtual environment. This is quite nice but as emulators go, Qemu is rather slow. If you use it, I would strongly recommend using the companion program kqemu. This will ...

My Linux Netbook Expectations 1

I have taken the plunge and pre-ordered a TouchBook from AlwaysInnovating. Those of you following my articles will ask “Why?” Didn’t you say that these gadgets were overpriced? Yes, I did and yes, it is. If I wait a year it will be cheaper, improved and the software will no longer be “beta.” So why? ...

Deceptive Dominoes 1

My friends will tell you that I am a game player. I am, but that description is way too broad and must be narrowed. I like social games played after dinner with a friend or two. I like simple games with simle rules and simple equipment. To me, playing a good game will involve a ...