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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 ...

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini (250GB)Product Review

On Black Friday 2008 I purchased the Maxtor OneTouch for $60, about half of its normal retail price. Its intended use was to store downloaded books, movies and operating system iso’s that, taken together, were occupying most of my home folder. Upon unpacking the drive I was a little puzzled about the USB connection cable. ...

LiveCD vs LiveUSB vs USB Install

In a previous article I mentioned that a livecd image booted from a USB flash drive is not the same as a Linux distribution installed to a flash drive. This article will explore that idea in a a little more detail. There is a website, pendrivedrivelinux.com, that contains numerous tutorials on how to create a ...

Easy ISO Handling

ISO 9660 The ISO 9660 standard was developed over 20 years ago. It is the official standard for CD-ROM. A physical CD conforming to the standard can be read by any CD-ROM drive in any OS and if it happens to be a music CD, it will play in any CD player.  The file extension ...

The Amazing Puppy

Lightweight Distributions A lightweight distribution is one that requires minimal memory and fewer system resources. Some popular examples are Damn Small Linux, Knoppix, and Puppy. There are several reasons that you might want to have one or more of these handy. A previous article discussed using Knoppix as a rescue disk. Let’s consider a few ...

A Quick Look at KDE 4

A controversial (see all the comments)  article on tuxmachines.org caught my interest. It was another salvo in the never ending GNOME vs. KDE war. In the past I have tried out KDE and decided that, for me, it was okay but I preferred the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) philosophy behind the GNOME desktop. The ...

Knoppix to the rescue

Knoppix has released version 6 of their “small” distribution. You can find a download link here. As you know, Knoppix was either the first or amongst the first to be available as a livecd. It was soon apparent that the livecd could be used as a rescue disk. With the proper programs installed the livecd ...

Should You Buy the New Kindle?

The second generation Amazon Kindle certainly has some nice features. At $359 (not including $30 case), I would think it would. Before you shell out the dollars let’s look at some negatives and alternatives. The Kindle is copying the business model that Apple was so successful with for the iPod. First, sell the device. Second, ...

Three Productivity Tools I Could Live Without

There are some things in life that you can live without but why would you want to? Especially when they are FREE! Virtual Desktops The taskbar can get crowded and unorganized. Virtual Desktops have the effect that you are sitting in front of several computers at one time. On one computer you’re watching your email, ...

Book Review – Ubuntu Pocket Guide

Keir Thomas is a computer book author. Most of his books center on Ubuntu about which he exhibits considerable expertise. He has done something a little unusual. He has written a small (around 150 pages) handbook for Ubuntu. The unusual thing is that he is giving away the pdf ebook version for FREE! The idea ...