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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 ...

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 ...