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.

Monday, September 25, 2006

USB2.0 to IDE w/ Power Adapter

Model: BT-200

The USB 2.0 to IDE Drive Adapter implements a bridge between one USB port and one ATA or ATAPI based mass storage device port. The USB 2.0 to IDE Drive Adapter turns any IDE drive into a convenient external drive. Easily transfer files from computer or notebook, back up files, or store large file archives on hard drives. The Hi-Speed USB interface provides for easy installation with its Plug and Play design.

  • USB 2.0 to IDE Cable
  • Connect any device with an IDE Interface to a PC with USB interface
  • Transfer rate Approx. 480 MBps
  • Complies with USB 2.0 standards
  • Backwards compatible to USB 1.1 standards
  • Complies with ATA/ATAPI-66 Spe. V1.0
  • Easy to Install
  • Supports IDE and enhanced IDE hard drives
  • Supports ATA/ATAPI CD-ROM/R/RW DVD-ROM and more
  • External power adapter for IDE/ATAPI devices
  • Linux compatible

Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
Mac OS 9.2 or higher
Linux 2.4. or higher

  • USB 2.0 to IDE adapter cable
  • Power adapter and cord
  • Driver CD for 98SE

A fast review of the BYTECC USB 2.0 to IDE Drive Adapter. There are no instructions on how to install included with this package. It literally emulates your drive as a true hard drive, a non-formatted drive will show in your disk management but not as a drive on your system until you format it. However it's picky about what CD/DVD drives it will work with. “Its a cool buy.”

Friday, September 22, 2006

Linux Scanning software

For the most part, many Linux users use SANE because of the lack of driver resources that prove to be a huge problem. However, if you have run into the trouble even with SANE back-ends, then maybe you should look too VueScan. This scanning program is both commercial and effective if you are having some struggles with SANE. So its not free, however VueScan is a program that works with most film scanners to produce high-quality scans. It takes advantage of the advanced hardware capabilities of almost all film scanners on the market today. It helps you do batch scanning of film, while at the same time producing color-balanced and cropped images. As of September 14, 2006, VueScan 8.3.65V supports more than 500 scanners and 209 digital camera raw files. The Standard Edition costs US$49.95 and includes one year of free upgrades. The Professional Edition costs US$89.85 and adds raw scan files, ICC profiles, IT8 color calibration and unlimited free upgrades. You can also tested for free before you purchase it.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Linux Multimedia Hacks

Author -- Kyle Rankin
Publisher -- O'Reilly
Publication date -- November 2005

This Hacks book gives you the technical chops to enjoy the considerable multimedia options available on the Linux platform. Learn step-by-step how to do cool things with images, audio, and video. Included are tips and tricks for connecting to iPods, creating MP3s and Oggs, watching and making DVDs, turning your Linux box into a Tivo ala MythTV, and much more.

Ubuntu Hacks

Authors -- Bill Childers, Jonathan Oxer, Kyle Rankin
Publisher -- O'Reilly
Publication date -- June 2006

The book is organized in 10 chapters:
Chapter 1 -- Getting Started
Chapter 2 -- The Linux Desktop
Chapter 3 -- Multimedia
Chapter 4 -- Mobile Ubuntu
Chapter 5 -- X11
Chapter 6 -- Package Management
Chapter 7 -- Security
Chapter 8 -- Administration
Chapter 9 -- Virtualization and Emulation
Chapter 10 -- Small Office/Home Office Server

Friday, September 15, 2006

Year One of the rebel said....

Saturday, September 10, 2005

One Saturday, September 10, 2005 I made my first post. A lot of good things have happened in that year.

  1. We saw things like Xgl which is an X server architecture designed to take advantage of modern graphics cards via their OpenGL drivers, layered on top of OpenGL via glitz. It supports hardware acceleration of all X, OpenGL and XVideo applications and graphical effects by a compositing window manager such as Compiz. The project was started by David Reveman and first released on January 2, 2006. In plain english, Xgl turns the desktop into a malleable 3D environment with features such as 'wobbly' windows that can be stretched and pulled, true real-time opacity, and treating the entire desktop as a multi-faceted rotable 'cube'.There is also AIGLX which can do do the same however,NVIDIA graphic cards currently lack any support for AIGLX at all. Some of the features in Xgl and AIGLX even surpass what we've seen in Vista.
  2. We saw that the state of Massachusetts has finalized a proposed move to an open, non proprietary format for office documents.
  3. FarStone announced a plan to offer a Linux version of FarStone’s award-winning Personal Disaster Recovery(TM) software solution, RestoreIT,at Desktop Linux Summit.
  4. Koobox, the first-ever line of desktop computers offered by a major OEM to exclusively run Linspire 5.0 Linux selling at and
  5. Hewlett-Packard plan to certify SLED 10 for select notebooks: including the nx6310, nx6320, nc6320, nc2400, nx6315 and nx6325 models
  6. Linspire made their basic CNR service available to everyone at no charge.
  7. The IDC estimated that 9 million Linux PCs will be shipped in 2006, with that number growing to 17 million in 2008. So less than 4% of PCs expected to be sold in North and South America in 2008 will come with Linux.

Linux is freely available, and most are not required to register their copies with any central authority, so it is very difficult to know how many people use Linux to date. Could be as many as five million users. Most of those people now install Linux from CDROM's. Linux distributions have grown to hundreds of MBs of Linux software, and downloading that over even a 28.8 modem or an ISDN connection takes a long-long time. To date you can purchase and have shipped a distribution directly from the vendor, and you usually get some form of support, usually installation support. Even with over 3 or 4 million lines of code in the Linux kernel, there is a lot of code left to write.

What dose all this means? "It means choice." To date, the Linux desktops can't run applications like Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 or support many other consumer add-ons, but if you only need basic productivity tools,a browser to be productive, and you love the notion of less expensive software that leaves you free of Microsoft's strategies and whims. Linux is a perfect fit for you currently.

I wish every other bloger luck in their writing. “The PC has caused humankind to have critical reflections of ideas.” Share your thoughts and ideals with the world.....

Friday, September 08, 2006

Upgrade price wars: Vista vs. Linux

Sep. 06, 2006

Opinion -- It's 2007, and you want to upgrade all your PCs' operating systems after the infamous March 2007 XP Meltdown. You know, the virus attack that actually melted computers running XP, but couldn't touch machines running any other OS? Never heard of it? Well, play along with me, OK?

more here.....