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[11 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,614 views]
A quick note on 2013 WWDC

 
Apple’s yearly broo-ha-ha began yesterday, June 10.  Geared to the many fine folks that create the gazillion apps available for both the Mac and iPad/iPhone/iPod, many in tech media have been waiting for this conference to get an idea where Apple is headed.  More, to see if Apple can maintain its spot on the top of the tech mountain.  One presenter summed it up nicely by saying, “[Apple] can no longer innovate my arse.”  Sadly, the conference’s success will be rated by the stock market far more than the advances …

Columns and other comments, Features and such, Technology »

[14 May 2013 | 3 Comments | 7,190 views]
The Pogoplug – decent media server for less than $25

A couple of years ago, I got an idea –wouldn’t it be dandy to convert my DVD collection to digital files, stick them on a couple of big hard drives and then stream them to my Xbox 360 in the living room and LG Smart TV Adapter in the bedroom? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to stream content to my iPhone and Android tablet, too, and how great would it be to be able to access files on the Internet from any Internet browser?
I was able to achieve …

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[4 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,337 views]
Go ahead and Jump!

There are, to be sure, a lot of applications out there that will let you log into a computer remotely and control it like you are sitting in front of it.
I’ll not get into which ones are great and which ones are not because, frankly, I don’t care. I’m only interested in getting something that works and the Jump Desktop works very well. It is available for Microsoft Windows (but, really, what isn’t?) Apple Mac OS and the most popular mobile operating systems on the planet — Apple iOS and …

Columns and other comments, Features and such, Technology »

[15 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 6,562 views]
Worried about losing Windows XP? Give Xubuntu a try.

Just a couple of days ago, we discussed Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug on support for Windows XP and suggested that concerned fans of the aging operating system might want to take a look at Windows 7 if they can’t stomach the thought of using Windows 8.
For those wanting to get out of the Windows camp completely but haven’t felt the urge to rush out and buy an Apple Macintosh, there is good alternative in the form of Linux. Yes, the Linux operating system has been around for awhile …

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[13 Jan 2012 | 2 Comments | 2,758 views]
3 free programs that deserve your attention

Not so very long ago, free programs came in roughly two varieties — buggy garbage and crippled applications that “teased” users by showing them what they could do if they purchased full versions.
Things have changed for the better over the years and it’s very possible to grab a full-featured office suite, an image editor, an audio editor and a PDF writer that can hold their own against commercial products out there. We’ll take a look at those programs in this article and point out up front that they all have …

Arts & Entertainment, Book reviews, Technology »

[31 Oct 2011 | 5 Comments | 8,832 views]
Steve Jobs bio heavy on truth, light on myth

When it comes to biographies of celebrities (and, let’s face it — Steve Jobs was a celebrity), those usually fall in one of two camps.
You’ve got the “authorized biographies” which are typically packed with fawning praise of their subjects. You’ve got the “unauthorized biographies” which are typically little more than character assassinations based on half-truths and interviews with people with axes to grind.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is more than a bit unique — an authorized biography that comes across as painstakingly true. At the first of the book, Isaacson …

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[30 Apr 2011 | 45 Comments | 45,495 views]
Ubuntu Linux 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) is out

Ubuntu rolled out its latest Linux distribution — 11.04, which has been dubbed Natty Narwhal — was released on Thursday (April 28) and comes with a couple of new features worth mentioning.
Let’s get the irritating parts of the distribution out of the way first. First of all, this thing takes a couple of hours to install, including the download over a broadband Internet connection and the expected configuration, obnoxious prompt screens, etc. The download and upgrade takes quite some time, clocking in at over two hours form start to finish. …

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[8 Mar 2011 | One Comment | 1,993 views]
Find those broken links with ease

Let’s face it — if you run an Internet site, you’re going to wind up with a broken link (or several of them) from time to time.
Figuring out which links are broken can take some time. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a program that identified those for you? Well, kids, there is such a program — it’s called Xenu’s Link Sleuth and it works extremely well. And, yes, it’s absolutely free.
Xenu is native to Windows, but I know from experience that it will work just fine in Linux …

iPhone, Technology »

[23 Dec 2010 | 6 Comments | 6,647 views]
3 apps to make that iPhone more productive, 1 to make it more fun

In some ways, the Apple iPhone has been just a little too successful.
What do I mean? There are so many great applications available that finding the ones best suited to an individual’s needs is a chore.
To that end, we at First Arkansas News present a few that are both ridiculously useful and absolutely free. By the way, we wrote about one great application a few months ago — Whistle, which allows one to use that iPhone or even get a headset and use that iPad or (I believe) iPod Touch …