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[News] How to Build a Dream Machine with GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] How to Build a Dream Machine with GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 06 Dec 2009 12:02:28 +0000
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Building Dream Machines, Studio PC and Media Server

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| Linux has a number of great media servers, 
| and this will be new territory for me 
| because I haven't paid much attention to 
| the small, quiet form-factor boxes people 
| like to use for these. XMBC, GeexBox, and 
| Elisa all look interesting. I have dreams 
| of stuffing a big hard drive full of music 
| in nice high-quality FLAC format, and 
| movies galore at my fingertips.


Mobile Gadgets for Linux Gearheads on the Go

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| Connecting to the Internet when you're 
| away from home or office basically comes 
| down to either a Wi-Fi hotspot or some 
| type of wireless broadband access. It's 
| not that hard to find a free Wi-Fi hotspot 
| these days what with Starbucks and 
| McDonald's locations within reach of most. 
| If you happen to be an AT&T customer your 
| options are even greater. The downside to 
| using Wi-Fi is you do have to find one of 
| those hotspots and get connected, which 
| can be an adventure in itself. You're also 
| competing with the rest of the patrons for 
| bandwidth.
| [...]
| Wikipedia has a wealth of information for 
| Linux users including descriptions of many 
| command line utilities with examples. It 
| also has good articles on the history 
| behind Linux (Unix) and many of the key 
| technologies (EXT file system, the Linux 
| kernel, etc.) behind it. The WikiReader 
| gives you access to all this information 
| on a tiny hand held device. It also has 
| the added safety benefit for children you 
| wouldn't want to turn loose with an open 
| Internet connection. Both the MiFi 2200 
| and the WikiReader would make an excellent 
| addition to any road warrior's travel kit.



Why Windows Vista isn't ready for geeks

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| The simple fact that an operating system was in development for five
| years and displays this level of inadequacy for a "Retail-ready"
| release speaks volumes for the quality of the product.


When Non-Experts Use Windows

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| Now I feel the need to bring up some user stories. Today I was trying to 
| help my friend fix her computer over the phone. I inevitably ended up 
| driving the 45 minutes to her house.
| [...]
| Windows should be blamed for not bringing stricter accountability
| for third-party software on Windows. There are a lot of
| irresponsible programmers out there. The irony is all of the
| proprietary third party software that has been built around
| the problems caused by third party software in Windows. Yep,
| you have to spend even more money to save money if you're a
| non-expert user of Windows. I say, Windows costs more than
| what I won't spend on it. If you tout lower usability costs
| for Windows, please think twice.


Why power users will hate Vista

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| I've been testing Vista in the last few days and I've been trying to
| wrap my head around it. I'm trying to figure an objective approach to
| it, but it's really hard, because I simply don't like most of the
| things I see. One of the reasons for this is the fact that Windows
| Vista doesn't offer anything new for Windows power users - actually,
| it's only taking away from them.


Why I Won't Be Getting Vista for a Long Time

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| Well, here are the top reasons I am not getting Vista for awhile.
| The list is rather long, but I feel its information everyone
| should know. Don't be tempted by the cool Aero Glass interface,
| because being able to experience it is really not worth all of
| these issues I have listed below. I have tested Windows Vista
| Release Candidate 1 and 2, so I have a good feel for the new
| operating system. Anyways, here are the main things that scare
| me about Vista...


Why Has Microsoft Abandoned the Power User?

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| I don't know about you, but I'm feeling abandoned these
| days, as Windows Vista and Internet Explorer are
| increasingly closed off.
| How about you -- do you see any evidence of this
| disturbing trend?


Microsoft Power Users, Part II

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| There's no Microsoft Power User "WinHEC" out there. Microsoft
| is all about the developer, and seldom seems to cater to the
| true enthusiasts. There's a loosely-constructed MVP program
| (of which I am a member, with the Windows Digital Media
| distinction), but no real company mission to listen to what's
| going on in the world outside the Microsoft (to use their word)e
| cosystem. And because of that, we end up with sloppy,
| "just good enough" experiences. My earlier post on the
| pre-beta of Longhorn illustrates my point ENTIRELY.
| [...]

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