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[29 Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | 9,588 views]
Yes, there is still life in that old netbook

Just a few years ago, netbooks were very common, largely because they are dirt cheap. A netbook, of course, is simply a scaled down laptop and the most common configuration appears to be a 10.1″ screen, a 1.6 GHz, single core Intel Atom processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and a 160-gigabyte hard drive. Most netbooks came bundled with Microsoft Windows XP (not bad in terms of performance) or Windows 7 Starter.
While new netbooks are still available, they’ve been largely replaced by more powerful ultrabooks and tablets like the Apple iPad …

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[18 May 2013 | One Comment | 2,993 views]
A simple cure for the Windows 8 blues

Whether you love or hate Microsoft Windows 8, it’s hard to deny that it’s a radical departure from what we’ve come to expect from the most popular desktop operating system on the planet.
Oh, and there’s been a lot of criticism — click here to read some of the harsher comments made by industry insiders about Windows 8 and Microsoft’s response to them just a few days ago. Microsoft has called a lot of criticism extreme and the company may have a point, but a lot of complaints seem to boil …

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[26 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 5,184 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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[15 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 6,446 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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[19 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | 9,534 views]
Xubuntu — putting the zip back in Ubuntu

My, but the people over at Canonical — the group responsible for the Ubuntu Linux distribution — don’t mind a bit of controversy, do they?
For those who are late to the party, Ubuntu’s decision to promote and solely support the Unity desktop has been met with everything from joy to hostility among users. In Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), people who upgraded to that distro were met with the Unity desktop by default but could go back to the more familiar Gnome desktop by selecting “Ubuntu Classic” at the login screen. …