Archive for October, 2010

5 Reasons A Disgruntled Windows User Should Consider Using Ubuntu

October 27th, 2010, posted in Oldies

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Since I decided to dual-boot my main laptop with Ubuntu, I’ve found myself spending considerably longer in a Linux environment than a Microsoft one. The extra speed I’ve reclaimed from my ageing Asus has made it feel like a brand new machine again, and it didn’t cost me a thing.

Linux has a reputation for being somewhat difficult, and casting my mind back to the days when I first tried it I’d have been the first one to admit it. In case you hadn’t heard, Ubuntu (and it’s associated derivatives) has earned notoriety for being as easy-as-pie to install, maintain and work with.
There are inevitably going to be a lot of concerns if you’re thinking of making the jump. I’m going to try and put some of those to bed and demonstrate some of my favourite things about the operating system.

Sony launches Google TV-enabled products

October 14th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Last night Sony held an event to debut their Google TV line of products, and what we saw was pretty much what we’d expected to see. There was a new line of “Sony Internet TV” televisions, ranging from 24″ to 46″. All are 1080P sets and come with a generous 4 HDMI and 4 USB ports. The Blu-ray rumor also proved to be true, with Sony introducing the “Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player” (such sexy names they’ve come up with) with Google TV inside. It also has 4 USB ports and 1 HDMI-in port (as well as, of course, an HDMI-out port).

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There’s a trademark for that – and Apple now owns it!

October 14th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Company granted exclusive rights to ‘there’s an app for that’ marketing slogan

Not long after launching its App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch in July 2008, Apple began turning its “There’s an app for that” marketing slogan into a geek catchphrase, dryly worked into party conversations and adapted by thousands of bloggers looking for a clever pop-culture reference.


IBM stock hits all-time high

October 14th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Big Blue just misses $140 per share in Monday session

Shares of technology giant IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reached an all-time high in mid-afternoon trading Monday before falling off slightly.


Bill Gates’ very full life after Microsoft

October 14th, 2010, posted in Oldies

How does the world’s most famous entrepreneur now fill his days? Saving the world, helping startups — and dropping kids off at school.

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The end of WIMP and the rise of Touch

October 14th, 2010, posted in Oldies


I recently bought a Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t multi-touch tablet/netbook. It was on sale for $200 off and I just couldn’t resist. I figured it’d be a great way to test out the variety of new tablet OS’s coming out and to compare them with my much beloved iPad. Even though I already have two other netbooks (my original HP mini, and a Nokia Booklet 3G) the ability to convert from a netpad into a tablet is key, and having a capacitive screen and an Atom N470 CPU just made it a really great device for the price. Here’s an Engadget review with some video.

7 Green Tips for the Paperless Professional

October 14th, 2010, posted in Oldies


Going paperless is now a realistic option to making your work life more friendly on the planet and more efficient in general. From web-based faxing, to replacing all mail with email, to toting around your own coffee mug, the benefits of eliminating paper can both preserve natural resources and save you money. Ditching excess paper can also streamline many business practices, eliminating clutter and adding searchablity, data protection and ubiquitous access. Here are seven tips to get you started on your green paperless office.

9 Ways to Instantly Code Faster

October 14th, 2010, posted in Oldies

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Doesn’t the title say it all? There are a wide variety of tools and techniques which can drastically improve the speed at which we code. Particularly during time-sensitive settings, even a savings of a few seconds per iteration can add up substantially over the course of the month. I’ll show you ten of my favorite methods in this article