Monthly Archives: December 2009

HP’s Racist Webcams & Computers

A fairly hilarious video turned up on Youtube; apparently one of HP’s motion-tracking laptop webcams has difficulty tracking black faces as opposed to white ones. Obviously it was not intentional. It’s almost certainly a software problem dealing with light contrasting, … Continue reading

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PCI expansion slot cover welds are the work of Satan!

What, you ask, are PCI¬†slot cover welds? Well, PCI¬†stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect, and it’s one of the main types of expansion cards you can plug into a computer motherboard. In the old days, your sound card and video card … Continue reading

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Women: Terrified By Computers!

Some academic cranked out a study arguing that women find the “stereotypical” computer science environment unwelcoming and so flee for that reason. Ars Technica explains why this is, to put it delicately, crap. -JM

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the best free Windows downloads

Lifehacker lists the best free Windows downloads of 2009. I’ve used several myself, and recommend them highly. -JM

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Install The Java Plugin For Firefox On Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

I’m going to be honest here; I don’t really like Java, and I wish it would go away. But much like Flash, it is a fundamental part of the modern Internet, which means that you’ll have to use it at … Continue reading

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HP Hates Windows 7

Windows 7 is fast and efficient, at least compared to Vista. So why does HP feel the need to lard up its Pavilion consumer laptops with layer upon layer of additional software? The HP Pavilion dv6000 with Vista was one … Continue reading

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Thunderbird 3

Thunderbird 3 has, at last, been released. And the reviews are pretty good. Mostly. -JM

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Install Google Chrome On Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

It’s been a long, long wait, but Google’s Chrome browser is at last available for Linux. Here’s how to install it on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. First, visit the Google Chrome website: http://www.google.com/chrome Click on the Get Google Chrome button, … Continue reading

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Dragon Age: Origins – the Soundtrack by Inon Zur

One of my more…eccentric…hobbies is collecting computer & video game soundtracks. At least a third of my music library is soundtracks from a variety of computer games dating back to at least 1990 or so, some of which I am … Continue reading

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how to make Ubuntu Linux look like Windows XP

With detailed directions from the Linuxologist. I’m not sure why you’d want to do this. XP is pushing nine years old, and making Ubuntu look like XP is a bit like making Olivia Wilde look like Margaret Thatcher. But I … Continue reading

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