Life without Windows or OS X

GNU/Linux is quite possibly the most important free software achievement since the original Space War, or, more recently, Emacs. It has developed into an operating system for business, education, and personal productivity. GNU/Linux is no longer only for UNIX wizards who sit for hours in front of a glowing console. Are you thinking about switching to Linux and want to learn how to use it? Have you been using GNU/Linux for some time and want to learn even more? This is the place for you.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Could this be it? The 100.00 note book PC

Taiwan's Quanta, the world's largest maker of notebook computers, will manufacture an ultra-low-cost laptop developed by Nicholas Negroponte....

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Ever hear of Adult Swim?

Adult Swim is Cartoon Network's late-night programming block of cartoons that appeal to a grown-up sense of humor and other adult sensibilities. Adult Swim is only promoted on Cartoon Network late at night. The shows are TV- PG and TV-14. TV-14 programming only air after 11 p.m. (EST). Adult Swim programming is kind of crazy, so parents are strongly urged to exercise greater care in monitoring these programs and are cautioned against letting children under the age of 14. So tune into Cartoon Network after 11:00 pm and see if you have been missing anything.

Cedega (devil in costume?)

Not sure if Cedega is good or bad. Transgaming Technologies’ Cedega is a subscription-based application that implements a Windows compatibility layer on top of Linux. A fork of the open-source Wine project, it’s been optimized for gaming and focuses on DirectX compatibility. One of Cedega’s main strengths is its ease of installation and use, while Wine can perform many of the same tasks, installing Wine or the CVS version of Cedega can be difficult, and it’s tempting to pay the subscription price of $5 a month instead. Subscribers also get support with their installation, and can vote on which games should be focused on for future versions of the product.

For me the major downside to using a program like Cedega to run Windows games is that game makers have less incentive to port their games over, leaving Linux gamers out in the cold unless they want to pay a subscription to a corp. or continually tweak alternatives. Cedega is not the answer for the long run. I know, I don't want to be at the mercy of a single company to control all my gaming.

I know... from a gamer’s point of view, Cedega represents the best solution for gaming under Linux. The Linux gamer hates the “D” word. However, for now dual booting many be the only real option. As Linux grows in the market place, game developers will take notice. If the fokes at UT 2004 can do it why not every one else

Thursday, December 22, 2005

King Kong vs. Godzilla

Any one remembers that film?

They are the two mightiest monsters of all time battle. Both destructive monsters descend on Tokyo; it's a fight that holds the future of mankind in the balance in this knock-out film. The two fight a huge battle before they plunge into the ocean. Here is were an urban legend exists. It was once believed that if you saw the film in Japan Godzilla won and here in America Kong won. Truth is Kong is seen swimming home in both the American and Japanese versions of the film. Both the American and Japanese versions of the film end exactly the same except that in the American film you hear Kong's roar at the end and in the Japanese version you hear Godzilla's roar right after Kong's so that the audience knows that both monsters survived. There is no difference in the film itself, only the soundtrack.


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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Should Fear hold you back?

Fear is an unpleasant feeling of perceived risk or danger, real or not. Fear also can be described as a feeling of extreme dislike to some conditions/objects, such as: fear of darkness, fear of ghosts, etc. It is one of the basic emotions. There is The Distrust, a mild stage of fear, more like caution than fear. A lack of trust in an object or person. What a about Paranoia, a term used to describe a psychosis of fear, related to perception of being persecuted. This perception often causes one to change their normal behavior in radical ways, after time their behavior may become extremely compulsive. “The Terror” refers to a pronounced state of fear, where someone becomes overwhelmed with a sense of immediate danger. But we should not fear change. We must not dread things that are different. Don't be a certain way because thats the way everyone else does it. Read things you disagree with and look at things uncolored by your past. To find the truth you cant be for or against. We must try not to let fear live our lives. “CAN'T” never did anything.

Are you in the klik?

When people look around for reasons to say that Linux is just too hard, they will invariably arrive at software installations. The classic refrains include the difficulty of building from source, the problems with dependencies, and so on. Although there is some truth to some of this, building from source is rarely necessary for mainstream packages these days because recompiled applications exist for most major distributions. Again, on the issue of package dependencies, most distributions use software installation tools that take care of the whole dependency issue for you, such as SUSE’s YaST, Debian’s apt-GUI, Synaptic, or Mandriva’s urpmi to name just a few.
Have no fear the klik Client is here. Klik certainly looks like an idea whose time has come.This is great for the none techs. It provides an easy way to download and use software for most major distributions. It might not be the best or most desirable approach to software installation, but Linux distribution vendors have got to pay close attention to what is being done here in their efforts to simplify the process for their users. You can find very detailed info across the web.
So dont run but surf your way over to the klik application website to check out klikable packages.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

RebelSaid Cool

Taiwan's Quanta, the world's largest maker of notebook computers, will manufacture an ultra-low-cost laptop developed by Nicholas Negroponte, the chairman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. Negroponte, who is also chairman of the One Laptop Per Child non-profit group, has said he expects the laptops to be available to governments next year at a price of $100 each. Price seems kind of low but guess they know what there talking about. They say the laptop can be powered either with an AC adapter or via a wind-up crank, which is stored in the housing of the laptop where the hinge is located and the laptops will have a 10-to-1 crank rate, so that a child will crank the handle for one minute to get ten minutes of power and use. It has been said the first generation machine will be based on a 500-MHz processor from Advanced Micro Devices, which is one of the project's main backers, and will have 256MB of main memory, 1GB of flash memory in place of a hard drive, and a wireless LAN connection. The first of these notebooks are expected to hit the market during the fourth quarter of 2006 according to the organization. Without question... Linux will be the OS for this low price system, light editions of Edubuntu, Kubuntu and Ubuntu would be cool distributions. The freedom of those distributions make them fundamentally different from traditional proprietary software: not only are the tools people need available free of charge, they have the right to modify their software until it works the way you want it to. I bet this type of system in the market place could even drive down the price of all laptops around the world. For those looking to put linux on laptop they all ready own: look to or look to if you want to buy a high powered Linux note book.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Next Gen Linux File System NILFS

NILFS is a log-structured file system developed for the Linux kernel 2.6. NILFS is an abbreviation of the New Implementation of a Log-structured File System. A Log-structured file system writes down all data in a continuous log-like format that is only appended to, never overwritten.
The approach is said to reduce seek times, as well as minimizing the kind of data loss that occurs with conventional Linux file systems. When a Linux computer system with a conventional file system crashed during a write operation the journal notes that the write did not complete, and any partial data writes are lost when the system reboots. For example, data loss occurs on ext3 file systems, when the system crashes a great deal of time and effort is required to restore the data to the state just prior to failure and then restart the system, and data could be lost because the writing of data is not guaranteed on some conditions.
Furthermore, although Solaris and other operating systems provide a data snapshot function, the file system service must be temporarily suspended when that function is executed. NILFS snapshots can be taken continuously and automatically without disturbing the file service.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

DRM Too InterActual Player

InterActual player is actually software bundled with a lot of DVDs as a free means of watching the movie on your system.It uses your built in DVD decoder to play the movie, but adds features including, according to 3–2–1 Studios, makers of DVD XCopy, a feature that disables your ability to crack DVD decryption. It includes a semi-temporary MPEG 2 licensed codec and support for all formats of video and audio.All DVD playback software includes an MPEG 2 codec. The codec itself is licensed and has integrated digital rights that enables playback of digitally licensed MPEG content, specifically DVDs. A generic Microsoft MPEG 2 codec won't playback DVD content because it doesn't have the proper licensing. If it weren't for that licensing, any MPEG codec would function fully.It may also include spyware like features that “call home” when you watch the DVD. Running anti-spyware on the program and removing it may also disable other programs. Crazy Huh? For “free” there are things out there like the “AC3Filter” - it is DirectShow filter for AC3 decoding to play .AVI with AC3 audio tracks and MPEG2 (DVD).
DRM is not the worst of of whats going on, only the part of the commercial grab is most evident to the regular consumer. DRM is a result of the DMCA(Digital Millenium Copyright Act), created to perpetuate rights to Mickey Mouse to the Disney corporation. The worst of it is the granting of software patents. Patent law at that level will supplant copyright to some extent, and strangle creativity in the computer field outside of corporations large enough to detect valid patents and dispute invalid ones. Know what happens? The large corporations largely pay each other off or sign cross-licensing agreements, leaving the rest of the public and smaller companies in the cold.
What bothers me with a lot of products is that the "End-User License" is not readily available on the outside of the package. So if I buy a product and open it and put it on the computer and don't agree with the EULA what am I to do? We all know most stores will not accept opened software for return only exchange for the same if product is faulty. Your stuck with it,fool.
Sometimes I think that being overly zealous with copyright protection can actually cause more people to turn to piracy. If the companies that pursue anti-piracy technology don't realize this they may find even more people turning to P2P to avoid the hassles of registering and obtaining licenses for products they legally purchased.
There is absolutely “NO” way to stop pirating, because really all you need to do is play the dvd on a dvd player and have the cable go to the in port of a good graphics card and record it into premier or i movie or any other editing software, make it a mpeg or a dvd. I really don't see anyway they can possibly block that unless they put a code, hidden, on every single frame of the film and knew who bought every single one, so their kinda wasting their time i think. (Plus I'm sure there are many other ways of pirating.)

Monday, December 12, 2005

Phishing or Fishing?

Phishing is online fraud that uses fake Web sites, which look like those of legitimate businesses, to trick online users into disclosing personal and financial information that can be used for criminal activity. The term phishing arises from the use of increasingly sophisticated lures to "fish" for users' financial information and passwords. Another emerging trend is spear phishing, which will overtake regular phishing campaigns. This is a targeted type of phishing that is more effective because it goes to people more likely to fall for the particular pitch. After a few unsuccessful attempts to access your account, your Online Profile has been locked. A message says: “This has been done to secure your accounts and to protect your private information. You may unlock your profile by going to: ..." Sounds like a possible e-mail scam, right? But what if the e-mail seemed to come from the head of IT at your small business, warning about your company account? Would you click the link? Today's phishers hope so...... Antiphishing technology is currently available for both Firefox &Opera browsers.

Don't buy into a Monopoly.

Digital rights management (DRM) is the umbrella term referring to any of several technical methods used to handle the description, layering, analysis, valuation, trading and monitoring of the rights held over a digital work. In the widest possible sense, the term refers to any such management. Some digital media content publishers claim DRM technologies are necessary to prevent revenue loss due to illegal duplication of their copyrighted works. However, I would argue that transferring control of the use of media from consumers to a consolidated media industry will lead to loss of existing user rights and stifle innovation in software.
DRM can be owned...Linux users are barred from popular music services by Microsoft's unwillingness to license DRM to Linux companies. Therefore, most content obtained from online commercial sources such as Napster are out of reach. Microsoft is clearly trying to use their operating system monopoly to strong-arm control of the music industry and lock out competing Linux companies. If drm is to be used, shouldn't be open-source?
Recently RealNetworks' new business relationship with Microsoft is giving Rhapsody more exposure on the web. In coming weeks, Rhapsody will be added to the list of music providers in Microsoft's Windows Media Player program. The MSN division will also integrate Rhapsody into its search and messenger programs. Now Rhapsody wants to encourage Linux users to join their little service for a fee, however currently the web site does not allow Mac and Linux users to purchase and download music because it relies on the Windows Rhapsody client for that functionality.
Don't pay for this joke..streaming is one thing, downloading another and it remains a Windows-only affair, limiting Mac and Linux usage to streaming. For Mac users, at least, there seems little reason to switch from iTunes, which supports both untethered downloads and Internet radio. Furthermore, Napster requires users to pay an additional $.99 per each track to burn a track to CD. Songs bought through Napster cannot be played on iPods. What is wroung with this picture?
In conclusion, if there is a need for drm it should be open to any OS who wants to use it as it was meant to be used,

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Way of Centrino

Mandriva Linux has become very popular in recent years, especially among new and home users. Installation is particularly user-friendly, and it runs by default the KDE Windows-like graphical desktop environment. It is the only Linux distribution to be certified for Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology and to offer a complete integration of the Skype™ free calls service. Other key features include desktop search, interactive firewall and auto-install server functionality.

Saturday, December 03, 2005


The 5.0.59 version of Linspire was released in March of 2005. A new version 5.0.347 is now available.The version includes a number of noteworthy updates:


- improved modem support by adding new drivers and updating the hardware detector
- updated versions of pre-installed applications such as NVU, Lphoto, Linspire Internet Suite
- improved filetype support for .mp3, .ogg, .wav
- bug fixes such as removing cpudyn that was causing the slow response in certain laptops
- further improvement to modem by adding new drivers and updating the hardware detector
- improve support for broadcomm and linksys usb wireless devices
- updated Java RunTime Environment (v 1.5)
- update mplayerplug-in (v 3.01)
- includes hardware compatibility tool in utilities
- updated tutorials
- improved nslauncher for better mimetype support

Anyone who previously had 5.0 on their account should be able to get and install this version. This version does not add any new major functionality! This is mainly a bug fix release that resolves some problems with the previous release.If your machine is running fine you do NOT need this version. This was pushed out mainly for the people who could not get Linspire 5.0.59 to install the first time around. If your machine is running fine then stick with it.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Firefox 1.5

The wait is over for the Firefox faithful, as the Mozilla Foundation released the new version of the browser.ther new features in the updated browser include an automatic software update mechanism, faster navigation using the "Back" and "Forward" tabs, and the capability for users to drag and drop browser tabs for reordering.
Developers also have fortified Firefox 1.5 with new support for Web standards, adding support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), JavaScript 1.6, and new versions of Cascading Style Sheets. SVG is a language based on Extensible Markup Language (XML) for writing sophisticated two-dimensional graphics, and JavaScript 1.6 is the latest version of the scripting language. Cascading style sheets are a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standard for adding style elements, such as fonts, colors, and spacing, to Web documents.
In addition, the Firefox update adds better pop-up blocking and a host of security enhancements, according to Mozilla. Other new features include the addition of to Firefox's list of search engines and a Clear Private Data function that allows users to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.