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Samsung, Linux and the Bothersome Bricking Problem

If Linux Girl didn't have to spend such a large proportion of her salary dry-cleaning her cape each week, there's no doubt she would invest those extra fortunes in some of the many purveyors of ibuprofen and other pain-relieving medicines. Why? Because of all the headaches FOSS fans are forced to en...

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This Wink Doesn’t Come With a Smile

Wink, a software package for creating tutorial and presentation screen shots, works reasonably well when it works at all. However, getting it to run may not be worth the bother, given the better alternatives available. Wink's premise is a good one for anyone who needs to create a show-and-explain pr...

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The Eternal Sunshine of the Classic Linux Desktop

Ever since it became clear that GNOME 2 would have an ongoing future in the desktop Linux world after all, flowers have been blooming unseasonably early throughout the Linux blogosphere. It all started with the appearance of MATE and Cinnamon; then it was SolusOS. Since then, Fuduntu made its offici...

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Looking Back at CES and Ahead to the Future of Tech

Part of the fun after CES is to weave the various announcements and showcases together to get a view of a future that might result from a blend of them. The goal, if you can call it that, is like imagining the cars of the 1950s and '60s, but from a 1920s perspective with then-recent developments suc...

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CES 2013: Sorting the Nuggets From the Dross

CES, the international consumer electronics show conducted every January in Las Vegas, is easier to hate than it is to love. Hype drowns out substance. Innovative and interesting products are easily overshadowed by rooms literally full of craptastic junk. Travel/logistics can be a nightmare -- esp...

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Xvidcap Records Screen Activity Nearly Effortlessly

Xvidcap is a small tool to capture whatever goes on within the borders of an X-Windows display. It lets you capture what you do either as individual frames or as an MPEG video. Recording your computing activity keystroke by keystroke is not a need every computer user has. However, this is an ideal t...

OPINION

Samsung vs. Apple: Why Samsung Wins a Pyrrhic Victory

Last week was defined largely by two interesting stories. One had Apple bringing some manufacturing back to the U.S., and the other revolved around the outcome of the latest trial between Apple and Samsung. It shows you how hard it is to read a judge, though. I thought Judge Lucy Koh would likely ra...

ANALYSIS

Intel’s Two-Pronged Evolution

It's hard to think of an IT vendor with a stronger leadership position than Intel, but the company is having trouble shaking off the perception that it is on the ropes or headed for disaster in some of its core markets. On one hand, Intel's mission-critical Itanium platform suffered when Oracle and ...

Otellini’s Departure Opens Door for Intel Outsiders

Intel CEO Paul Otellini will retire in May, ending an eight-year reign as the semiconductor industry undergoes a major market transition. Intel did not announce his successor, but said Otellini will oversee the upcoming six-month leadership transition. The company highlighted the bright spots in Ote...

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Linaro, ARM and the Road to Total Linux Domination

Well it seems like the dust may finally be settling here in the Linux blogosphere, and Linux Girl is fervently hoping for some long-overdue rest. We endured the launch of Rectangle with Rounded Corners 5; we patiently listened to the endless blaring fanfare surrounding Windows 8's debut. Is there no...

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Conquering Your Fear of Linux Failure

The fear of failure factor is one reason why potential newcomers to the Linux operating system never complete the switch. After all, when was the last time you saw a sign in a big-box computer store identifying the aisle labeled "Linux Loaded?" Most desktops and laptops come out of the box with Micr...

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AMD ARMs for Data Center Brawl

The success of ARM-based processors in mobile phones and tablets has had a tectonic effect across numerous IT markets, but one of their most intriguing opportunities is in data centers. It seems contradictory that a CPU architecture designed for power efficiency and lightweight applications would...

Multiple Screens Can Join Together in a Pinch

Researchers at the Tokyo University of Technology have developed software that lets users link up multiple mobile devices to create a giant display. You just place a number of mobile devices together in any array desired, and use the pinch gesture familiar to touchscreen users to link them up. The ...

Surface Success May Hinge on Cool Covers

The Microsoft Surface tablet made its official debut on Thursday, and many are judging this tablet by its two magnetic keyboard cover options. The keyboards are one of the main components allowing the Surface to be positioned as much as a laptop as a tablet. They could allow the new Windows 8 machin...

Windows 8 Embarks on Perilous Journey

Some 1,000 people gathered in New York City to see the long-ballyhooed Windows 8 unveiling on Thursday, and countless others watched a live stream from the Microsoft website. "Windows 8 shatters perceptions of what a PC really is," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the audience. "We've truly reimagin...

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