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An Enemy of FOSS

In my previous post I referenced a discussion ¬†I had on starryhope.com. In that same discussion a commenter accused me of being an “enemy of FOSS” ¬†because I promoted and actually purchased an Apple product. It was that commenter’s opinion that all computer related products should be purchased on their “philosophy of design and ethos”. ...

A Windows Dilemma And How You Might Avoid It 1

A few days ago a customer dropped off a desktop computer that would not boot. It was a Compaq model about three years old and, according to the stickers, it had Windows XP Home Edition installed. I booted the machine and was met by a message saying that a .dll was missing. I rebooted the ...

Microsoft Launches Anti-Linux Campaign

In October we will see the official releases of both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) within days of each other. Microsoft’s Vista was a disaster. Analysts and critics seem to agree that Microsoft “just has to get it right” this time. As usual we should expect advertising from Microsoft claiming that the new ...

The WordPress Learning Curve

I have several criteria in choosing the software I work with. Really good software should work “out of the box” and not require an instruction manual. It should be customizable (which may require some instruction) to meet the end user’s expectations and requirements. Finally, it should be free (gratis), and if it’s open source (libre), ...

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 ...