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Has personal computing hit a progress wall?

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The promise of cheap powerful personal computers has for the most part been filled. For those that are not familiar with Moore’s Law it was an observation made in 1965 by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented. Moore predicted that this trend would continue for the foreseeable future. In subsequent years, the pace slowed down a bit, but data density has doubled approximately every 18 months, and this is the current definition of Moore's Law. Most experts, including Moore himself, expect Moore's Law to hold for at least another two decades. That being said we have computers that are extremely powerful when compared to only a decade ago, and those were much more powerful than they were a decade before that. With that much power have advances in use of that technology when compared to progress of that more powerful hardware keep pace?

 

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Windows 7 Start Button Creator : Create Windows 7 Start Buttons With Ease

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Windows 7 Start Button Creator is a free tiny portable tool that allows you to create a Windows 7 start orb/button with ease

    Here is what we will end up with.

Last Updated (Saturday, 03 July 2010 15:29)

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Changing Ubuntu's look: Windows 2000

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As any Linux user knows, Gnome has the ability to be changed, AKA Skinned, to look however you want it to look. From Mac OS X to a Windows OS to about anything at all. Today I will give you step by step instructions on how to change Gnome to look like Windows 2000, one of the best Windows OS versions ever, IMO.

Gnome with a windows 2000 skin/theme

Last Updated (Saturday, 03 July 2010 12:15)

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Track your computer if it is stolen with Prey Software

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Thieves are not necessarily the smartest people around. Let’s face it, someone who steals for a living most likely does not have a Doctorate (or maybe even a high school diploma. They take advantage of hard working people who may be to trusting or just have a short lapse in judgment. Most of us now use our PCs for some kind of personal business, work or other things that are important to us. It could be a simple as pictures of loved ones to important legal documents on our PCs, in either case when someone steals our PC we feel violated and could be at financial or personal risk due to the data on our computers.

 

Now PC owners can fight back. A new program called Prey will help you recover your PC. Prey is a cross-platform application available on for Windows, OS X and Linux. If your computer is stolen it will contact you, tell you where it is, send a screenshot of what the user is doing, show you what programs are running and even take a picture of the thief! You can also have it sound an alarm which may cause the thief to throw the PC in the trash, which may actually be the best outcome you could reasonable hope for.

 

Prey is a lightweight application that you configure how you like. It runs in the background and could save you a significant amount of heartache if the worst should happen. Take advantage of the stupidity of thief’s by being smart.

 

 

Clonezilla Hard Drive cloning backup software

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If you have ever had a system crash you know the pain of loosing data, system configuration, pictures, data etc. Loosing a hard drive can be a traumatic experience .... unless you have a backup plan. Most of us know you can re-install the operating system, all the apps etc but there is an easier and faster way. There are commercial programs like Ghost, Altaris etc that will backup bit for bit all the data on your hard drives. We have found a free GPL package that can be used to clone/backup almost any Operating system Linux, Unix, Mac etc. When you restore your system the data is put back bit for bit so it is as if you never lost your system at all. The beauty of this is that you can do this over a network. So one computer can be used to backup all the systems you own. Other advantages include:

  1. No need to have OS disks. All of the OS info is on the backup. When you restore the system it is configured exactly like you left it.
  2. No need to have any OS loaded at all on the system being restored. The software is used to boot and reload the hard drive.
  3. Free software you can use on any OS
  4. Many operating systems can be supported with the same system

The Cloning package is called CLONEZILLA.

Last Updated (Saturday, 03 July 2010 10:59)

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Get ANIMATED, THEMED, ICON ONLY GRUB MENU USING BURG - NOW SIMPLE TO USE!

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We all know that the GRUB loading menu that greets many of upon boot isn't the most stylish or modern looking interface - even adding a poorly pixelated picture background can't save it from looking lame. 

Well, getting a gorgeous, animated and informative boot-loader is no longer a dream thanks to 'Brand New Universal Bootloader' (more commonly referred to as 'BURG'.)

Ambiance theme

Admittedly, "BURG" may sound like something from the depths of Star Trek mythology but the letters actually stand for "Brand-new Universal loadeR from GRUB" and is based on the GRUB bootloader. A bevvy of cool features and enhancements make it an option well worth considering if you like to beautify your system. Here's a video of BURG in action: -

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 06 July 2010 17:30)

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Latest Firefox 3.6.6 in Ubuntu Linux Installation

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Firefox 3.6.6 with is now available, this version has crash protection. According to Mozilla it "provides uninterrupted browsing for Windows and Linux users when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Quicktime or Silverlight plugins. If a plugin crashes or freezes, it will not affect the rest of Firefox. You will be able to reload the page to restart the plugin and try again."

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:00)

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