Monthly Archives: August 2009

Zune software

On a whim, I tried Microsoft’s Zune software today. I don’t have any plans to buy a Zune, whether an older model or one of the upcoming Zune HD units (not at least until my faithful Sansa View gives up … Continue reading

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Linux Mint 7

I tried Linux Mint 7 for the first time today. It basically seems like a slicker version of Kubuntu. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. -JM

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Intel CULV laptops

So what, you might ask, is the Intel CULV laptop platform? CULV seems to stand for “Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage”, and it looks like Intel is targeting it at the space between full-size laptops and netbooks. Think 10 and 11 inch … Continue reading

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how to install Windows 7 on a netbook from a USB flash drive

Follow this gentleman’s directions, or this gentleman’s. I tried both, and they worked like a charm. This especially comes in handy if you want to install 7 on a netbook or some other system that lacks an optical drive. -JM

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Limewire Sucks

And this article can prove it: A Seattle man was sentenced to more than three years in prison Tuesday for using the Limewire file-sharing service to lift personal information from computers across the U.S. The case highlights a type of … Continue reading

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Windows 7 Jump Lists Are Actually Useful

I know! I was as surprised as you are! “Jump Lists”, basically, are a new feature of the Windows 7 Taskbar. As many of you know, Windows 7 lets you pin icons to the new Taskbar in sort of a … Continue reading

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Zune HD pricing

Rumors arise concerning the Zune HD’s price, allegedly to be released on September 15th. I wonder if it will make a dent in Apple’s iPod empire. -JM

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How to release and renew a DHCP IP address in Ubuntu Linux 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

Say you’ve got a Ubuntu system with a DHCP address, and you want to release that address and obtain a new one. Releasing a DHCP address in Ubuntu is quite simple. Go to a Terminal window and type this command: … Continue reading

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Apple’s Tablet Computer Will Destroy Freedom

Or so claims this article. Microsoft’s not exactly pure as new fallen snow. But it doesn’t throw its power around with anywhere near the heavy hand of Apple, and its Windows ecosystem is vastly more open than Apple’s ecosystem. If … Continue reading

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export mail messages from Netscape Communicator 7, 8 & 9 to Microsoft Outlook

To be honest, this procedure is an enormous pain to do. Netscape, perhaps just to spite Microsoft, included no export function in any version of Communicator. So there’s no *official* way to move your message store from Netscape Communicator to … Continue reading

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