Tag: Operating System

  • #Winning on Friday the 13th

    Today is Fri­day the 13th. The only Fri­day the 13th of 2011 as it works out. This spe­cif­ic date has spe­cial sig­ni­fic­ance for me — and it has noth­ing to do with movies. Since Fri­day the 13ths occur so infre­quently, and are  some­what fam­ous, I use the day as a semi-ran­dom chance to get my digit­al…

  • Looking for a smart phone? Consider the Palm Pre 2. Seriously.

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been check­ing out the Palm Pre 2 — the next gen­er­a­tion key­board / touch screen data­phone from HP. Pre­vi­ously I’d not con­sidered a webOS phone much of a con­tender against the tra­di­tion­al lead­ers (Black­berry and iPhone), but this little unit changed my mind. In this review, I’ll touch on the…

  • Lots to think about when diagnosing a slow Internet

    Occa­sion­ally I get a tech ques­tion in the inbox that is quite com­mon. So much so that it makes sense for me to put and answer the ques­tion here where more can read and bene­fit from it.  By the way, if you’ve got some­thing you’d like to ask, feel free to drop me a line…

  • Apple just made my iPod Touch even more useful — not

    Today Apple (well, Steve Jobs) announced a num­ber of things at WWDC (Apple’s World Wide Developer­’s Conference). The one caught my atten­tion  was the announce­ment of iOS4 — the oper­at­ing sys­tem pre­vi­ously known as iPhone OS. Sure, there was a new iPhone, and a bunch of oth­er stuff, but I have an iPod Touch (2nd…

  • 7 nifty things about windows 7

    Win­dow 7 has been avail­able at retail for a couple of weeks now, so I thought I’d use this post to explore some of the cool­er fea­tures and func­tions, cool­er to me, at least 🙂 And, of course, when you select fea­tures to pro­file, a nice round num­ber is always a bonus… …more This post…

  • Going back in time with Windows 7

    Ever wish you could undo a par­tic­u­lar driver or applic­a­tion install­a­tion? I have, recently in fact when I installed Adobe CS3 on my wife’s Win­dows 7 /XP dual-boot com­puter. Some­thing happened in that install that pooched the Flash plu­gin for Inter­net Explorer. It could have been a bad scene, except for a cool little fea­ture…

  • Latest Ubuntu release unleashes my laptop

    As some of you may know, my house­hold serv­er and my age­ing Com­paq Pres­ario R3230CA laptop both run Ubuntu. Well ima­gine my sur­prise when the latest upgrade to Ubuntu (7.04 Feisty Fawn) activ­ated the dormant WiFi hard­ware. Pre­vi­ous Ubuntu ver­sions did­n’t sup­port the Broad­com 802.11g wire­less, but judging from my happy res­ults, the Feisty Fawn…