About seven years ago, I tried to free myself from the oppression and misery of running Windows ME by installing Linux on my PC. Ever installed the Linux operating system? It’s not for the faint of heart. So, when it was recently reported that Linux-based netbooks are being returned at a rate four-times higher than their Windows-based brethren, I can’t say I was surprised.
Voodoo's Mac Air-killer has room for more goodies, including an extra operating system
By Sean CaptainPosted 06.13.2008 at 1:49 pm 9 Comments
While the MacBook Air showed how slim a laptop could be, the Voodoo Envy ($2,100; voodoopc.com) demonstrates how much can fit in that space. Using the same compact CPU as the Air, the carbon-fiber-clad Envy measures just 0.7 inch thick—a tad thinner than the Mac at its thickest point. And it packs in more features, including a slot for high-speed cellular data cards, two USB ports, and an HDMI port for attaching to a high-def TV.
Install, configure, and boot Windows XP, Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux on a single machine
By Dave ProchnowPosted 03.19.2008 at 3:47 pm 12 Comments
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Lucky you; you just received a brand new shiny PC for your [fill in the occasion: birthday, anniversary, graduation, holiday]. Unfortunately, your new rig almost certainly came preinstalled with Windows Vista, and youve got a ton of legacy software that require an older 32-bit Windows OS for operation. Whats a poor Vista PC to do?
The superstore caves to demand for Windows; but did the alternative OS fail for the right reasons?
By Gregory MonePosted 03.11.2008 at 12:40 pm 4 Comments
A spokeswoman for Wal-Mart announced yesterday that the chain will no longer sell Linux-based computers in its stores—apparently its customers far prefer the more familiar Windows operating system. In October, Wal-Mart stocked an inexpensive Everex machine, the gPC, in several hundred stores, but even with the low price tag of $199, the computer failed to keep pace.
How much portable Linux goodness can you get for $400?
By John MahoneyPosted 02.28.2008 at 7:16 pm 8 Comments
When Asus unveiled their ultraportable, ultra-cute EeePC in October of last year, they may not have anticipated launching a whole new product category, but judging by the overwhelmingly favorable reaction of users online and strong sales numbers, that's exactly what they've done. The slimmed-down, no-nonsense, Linux-powered ultraportable category that the Eee currently presides over, and that Everex's recently released Cloudbook hopes to capitalize on, is just one instance of a greater tech trend we're seeing across the board: an emphasis on shrinking form-factors and streamlined usage. In an industry that has always been about more power, more size, more capability—more everything—this is notable.
Pick your parts carefully and you can make your own computer for the price of a monthâ€™s worth of lattes
By Dave ProchnowPosted 06.15.2007 at 2:00 am 7 Comments
With antiquated components flooding the surplus-parts market and free operating systems only a click away, building a fully functional computer has never been such a bargain. No, the $72 PC won´t replace your new dual-core, Vista-shredding laptop. But with its compact size and solid-state components (no hard drive or CD drive), it´s perfect for building into custom enclosures and for specific tasks like Web surfing or playing games. The computer boots from a USB flash drive running an operating system called Damn Small Linux that can handle just about any job.
Make your iPod play games and more by giving it a second personality with iPodLinux
By John MahoneyPosted 07.01.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
Out of the box, the iPod is basically a one-trick pony. The games and applications found under the â€Extrasâ€ menu get old faster than Britney. But thanks to four years of work by a crafty group of programmers, you can now use your iPod´s processing power and scroll-wheel interface to play dozens of games, record voice memos, or browse Wikipedia, all without messing up the existing software or your music.
The secret is iPodLinux, an alternative operating system you can install free alongside the existing one on any iPod model.
Got a four- or five-year-old PC laptop youâ€™ve dismissed as useless? Bring it back to life with these tips, then use it as a spare Web and e-mail station in the kitchen or kidsâ€™ room
By Kirk SteersPosted 03.15.2006 at 2:00 am 3 Comments
PC RevivalCost: $0-$260 Easy | | | | | Hard
Start by checking the health of your hardware with a free diagnostic program such as #1-Tufftest (tufftest.com).
If the motherboard or screen is shot, forget it. Replacing either one is more expensive and more hassle than buying a new system.
Lost your user manual? Try the manufacturer´s Web site.
Check eBay or craigslist.org for used replacement parts.