What OS Do You Run On Your Netbook?

July 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: linux, opinion, Ubuntu, windows 

The web is rife with articles and blog posts citing statistics of Windows vs. Linux on netbooks. Nearly all of these articles mention the stats of the pre-installed OS from online and brick and mortar stores. A quick search of NewEgg.com yielded  one netbook with Linux pre-installed and 63 running Windows XP. There were also another 15 running various versions of Vista. So it seems that those that desire to purchase a netbook running Linux have little choice from retailers. Read more

Who Needs Windows?

May 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Unless you live under a rock, or you just plain don't watch television you've seen one of Microsoft's "I'm a PC" ads. These ads focus on the idea that PC's are generally a better value than Mac's on the basis of comparable hardware specs. I agree with this generalization. Read more

Eight Reasons Your Next Computer Should Run Linux

April 26, 2009 by · 9 Comments
Filed under: gnome, linux, opinion, Ubuntu, windows 

Earlier today on PC World, Harry McCracken had a pair of articles titled "Eight Reasons Your Next Computer Should Be a PC" and "Eight Reasons Your Next Computer Should Be a Mac".

Well, since Harry didn't complete the series, I'll do it for him, so here we go. Read more

Windows 7 Won’t Close the Door For Linux

April 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Yesterday on PCMag.com, Lance Ulanoff had a post stating that Windows 7 Starter Won't Open any Doors for Android or Linux. I have to agree with Mr. Ulanoff, but not for the same reason. Windows 7 Starter Edition won't open any doors because Windows Vista already opened the door. Read more

Why I hate Dell

April 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Being the computer geek in the family means I am frequently called upon for computer emergencies. The most recent one involves a Dell computer that bit the dust. The machine wouldn't POST and gave only a memory error beep code. After several rounds of moving the memory chips to different slots and then trying new memory, I finally gave up and decided it's time to start fresh. I figured it was most likely an issue with the motherboard.

Now the folks at Dell are kind enough to use a bunch of non-standard hardware. This means that whenever you want to replace something, you pretty much have to go to Dell or to Ebay. Their power supply connector is a standard ATX connector, but they wire it differently. Therefore, you need a Dell specific power supply as a replacement. Read more

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