Monthly Archives: November 2011

help out a blogger this Cyber Monday

If you’ve found Help Desk Screeds useful, why not do your Amazon holiday shopping through the links below? Widgets If you do, you’ll send a few bucks my way at no cost to yourself. Much appreciated! -JM

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A Nook Tablet Review

Ars Technica has a (mostly) favorable review of the Nook Tablet, though the arbitrary storage restrictions on the device are heavily criticized. Both the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet are designed primarily as consumption devices, but it’s possible the … Continue reading

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A Kindle Fire review

Windows Super Site reviews the Kindle Fire here. The author’s anti-iPad animus is evident, but I think his point that the iPad and the Kindle Fire are essentially separate product categories are correct. The iPad is a luxury item, but … Continue reading

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5 System Monitoring Tools For Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

Here’s a good article describing 5 system monitoring applications for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot. -JM

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The Decline And Fall Of The Microsoft Empire

The generally pro-Windows Paul Thurrott has an article contemplating the potential demise (or weakening) of Microsoft, should Windows 8 fail. His assessments are pretty close to dead-on accurate. Microsoft is getting beat like a drum in the mobile and tablet … Continue reading

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QuickOffice Pro Is Amazon’s Free App Of The Day

QuickOffice Pro is Amazon’s free app of the day for 11/14/2011. If you have an Android device, I suggest you get QuickOffice Pro while it’s still free – it makes handling various Office documents in Android much easier. -JM

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Install Midori On Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

Midori is handy, lightweight web browser that runs off the WebKit layout engine, which means it’s very fast.It’s quite useful to use on a netbook powered by the Intel Atom processor, and any other system with a low-powered processor.  Midori … Continue reading

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Install Fedora 16 In Virtualbox 4.1.6

This is slightly stupid, but I booted up a Fedora 16 ISO in Virtualbox 4.1.6 and couldn’t figure out how to install it. In previous versions of Fedora, there was always an icon to launch the installer program on the … Continue reading

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Install Evolution Mail Client On Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot comes with the built-in Thunderbird e-mail client. However, for years Ubuntu came with the Evolution mail client, which had better calendaring capabilities than Thunderbird. For people who prefer Evolution , it’s quite easy to install on … Continue reading

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Released Today 11/11/11

It’s 11/11/11, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now available for purchase. You can get it for PC: It’s also available for XBox: And for Playstation 3: And if you’re swimming in cash, you can get the official Collector’s Edition: … Continue reading

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