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[14 May 2013 | 3 Comments | 7,201 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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[9 May 2013 | 4 Comments | 4,420 views]
BBB warning: Internet Explorer 8 vulnerable to scammers

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging all consumers and businesses to pay close attention to a Cyber Security Advisory issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 browser (IE8) that could allow scammers to access and take over users’ computers. The risk for all users – home, business and government – is high, and BBB is urging anyone with IE8 to follow the recommended steps to address the problem.
The problem was first announced Thursday, and Wednesday night Microsoft released a temporary fix. …

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[4 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,344 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 …

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[26 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 5,352 views]
Netbook too slow? Xubuntu may speed it up

Remember a few years ago when netbooks were all the rage? Well, they may not have been all the rage, but they were certainly highly visible starting around 2008 and that’s no surprise — an incredibly portable computer that could be had for around $300 was certainly worth looking at twice.
Ah, but the netbook has steadily declined in popularity over the past couple of year. In 2011, Dell announced it was pulling out of the network market and Toshiba followed suit in 2012. It seems the netbook is in the …

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[24 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 2,737 views]
Ubuntu 13.04 due out Thursday

Get ready, Linux fans — Ubuntu 13.04 is due to out tomorrow (April 25).
What’s new in Raring Ringtail, the latest version of Ubuntu? It appears that Canonical is out for refinement in the newest version of its Linux distribution — we’re talking about making the ever-evolving Unity user interface look slicker and streamlining code so the operating system runs faster than it has in the past.
While such enhancements may seem minor on paper, keep this in mind — squeezing more efficiency out of an operating system is actually a pretty …

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[15 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 6,570 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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[11 Apr 2013 | 3 Comments | 2,973 views]
Microsoft pulling the plug on Windows XP, so now what?

It’s official — Microsoft announced on April 10 that it will no longer release security updates for Windows XP a year from now. While that doesn’t mean that Windows XP will just stop working in April 2014, it does mean that Microsoft will stop its ongoing efforts to patch exploits in the aging operating system — that’s a clear concern because you’ll be on your own should hackers find a way to take over your PC.
And it’s a safe bet that people will still look for security flaws in Windows …

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[13 Jan 2012 | 2 Comments | 2,762 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 …

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[30 Apr 2011 | 45 Comments | 45,557 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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[27 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | 4,767 views]
WPtouch — making WordPress mobile

Anyone who has built a site on WordPress can tell you that the platform is one of the most flexible on the planet.
What makes it so flexible? Plugins that allow complete novices — those folks who might be able to write like crazy but don’t know a lick about programming — to customize their sites all day long. Adding Twitter feeds, contact forms, compression techniques to boost page load times and just about anything else one can think of is typically as easy as finding the right plugin and installing …