Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Instapundit Argues In Favor Of Backups

Conservative blogger Instapundit relates a horror story about hard drive failure: One of my students had to make an emergency run to the Apple Store to get her paper off the hard drive of a suddenly-dead MacBook. Get an external … Continue reading

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Play SimCity Classic On Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx With Micropolis

It seems hard to believe, but the original SimCity program is now over twenty years old. The source code for SimCity was released some years ago, and a free port of the program called Micropolis is now available. Micropolis is … Continue reading

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Install Java & the Java Firefox Plugin On Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx With OpenJDK

Much like Flash, Java is a fundamental part of the modern Internet, which means that you’ll probably have to use it at some point. For Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Canonical (Ubuntu’s parent company) is discouraging the use of Java in … Continue reading

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The 5 Best Music Players For Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx (and two bonus Windows ones)

These days, one of the primary uses for a computer system, any computer system, is to play digital music files. Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is no different, and since it is a Linux distribution, there is a plethora of free … Continue reading

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Install Audacious Media Player On Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

Winamp is one of the more popular media players for the Windows side, and has been “whipping the llama’s ass” since 1997 or so. Unfortunately, while it is possible to use Wine to install Winamp on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, … Continue reading

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Install Banshee Media Player On Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx comes with the Rhythmbox music player, but the Banshee Media Player is pretty popular. It is pretty simple to install Banshee on your Ubuntu system, if you want to use it instead. Here’s how to do … Continue reading

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Install Amarok On Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

The default Rhythmbox music player that comes with Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is pretty good, but some people need a higher level of performance out of their player software. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to install the Amarok music player in … Continue reading

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Basic DHCP Server Installation & Setup On Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, and it assigns IP addresses dynamically over the network to client systems. This is way easier than configuring each system with a manual IP by hand. And with a Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx … Continue reading

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12 Best Applications For A New Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Installation

The economy remains in the crapper, and it’s getting worse, which means that a lot of people are flat broke. And often these same people get viruses on their computers so severely that Windows has to be reinstalled. Except they’ve … Continue reading

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Install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras for MP3, WMA, AAC, and DVD playback on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

Note that you should only follow these directions if it is legal to do in your country of residence. Most digital media comes in some sort of proprietary format or another; MP3, AAC, DVDs, MPEG, and so on. Ubuntu by … Continue reading

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