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Mythbuntu revisited

Over the last year or so, I’ve played with a home-built PVR system using the Ubuntu-based implementation of MythTV, Mythbuntu.  Mythbuntu is really just a convenient way to set up a Linux-based computer with MythTV easily installed.  Anyway, previous installments… Continue reading →

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

The latest version of the popular Ubuntu distribution of GNU/Linux was released a few days ago, version 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot.  I’ve been playing with this release of Ubuntu  for a week or so on an old notebook (Sony VGN-TX5XN) since… Continue reading →

iCloud – underwhelming for this user

I updated my MacBook Pro with the latest Lion update and my iPad to iOS5.  This brings with it the much-heralded iCloud.  But I’m not exclusively a Mac user, so I’m not convinced it’ll be particularly useful.  I don’t have… Continue reading →

Geek joke: X11 (xkcd)

Well, here’s another spectacularly geeky cartoon from xkcd: I’ve just been playing with the beta release of Ubuntu GNU/Linux 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot, if I have the spelling correct), due for release this week – tomorrow if memory serves.  I had some issues… Continue reading →

Eternal Flame

OK, as well as marking the death of Steve Jobs, today’s xkcd cartoon pretty well sums up today’s experience of working with Word on a MacBook Pro: This has happened to me several times today.  It spins and it spins… Continue reading →

Removing (or hiding) iTunes!

Having written just the other day why I view the iPad as an appliance or a gadget rather than a personal computer (my judgement revolved around limits to what the user is able to do with the device), I found… Continue reading →

Is the iPad a Personal Computer?

Ars Technica has an interesting article pondering whether the iPad can be considered a Personal Computer or not (The iPad is a Personal Computer—true or false?).  This is something I have considered, in the year or so since I became… Continue reading →

Rapid software release cycles

There seems to be a growing tendency for software updates to be pushed out to users at a fixed and high frequency. I’ve kind of got used to this through Ubuntu GNU/Linux releases every 6 months (but there it’s generally… Continue reading →

Cowon X7 PMP review, Part 2

A review update for the Cowon X7 Personal Media Player. I’ve still really only explored the audio functions (though I did try the radio player). I have played about with four UCIs (User Contributed Interface, I think), which I believe… Continue reading →

Ubuntu 11.04 – I've ditched Unity (for now)

I’ve been playing around with the beta version of the upcoming Ubuntu Linux. 11.04 (Natty Narwhal).  What’s of interest to me is the much talked about (and quite controversial) change to the default Gnome desktop introduced in this release.  Canonical… Continue reading →

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