XP is Dead, Try Linux

Okay, this is a long one. If you have not upgraded to Windows 7/8 or you can’t go out and get the new shiny… Try Linux! You can download a “Live CD”, burn it to a blank CD or DVD, and reboot your computer. This will allow you to try it out first and see Read More …

You’ve Got a Virus!

  How to remove stubborn PC viruses This article was prompted by my experience the past two days with disinfecting one of my customer’s computers. He had managed to pick up the Trojan:Win64/Sirefef.Y infection, which typically produces this dialog box: It also prevents the Windows Security Center from running, shuts off the Windows Firewall, and Read More …

Interview: JABstone founder Joe Bureau

Due to a recent stroke in the family, I recently was motivated to look for a method of helping non-verbal people communicate without making everyone around them learn sign language, or play charades. There are a number of apps available for smartphones and tablets, notably the iPad and the Android platform. After comparing features (and Read More …

Would You Get Augmented?

Like a lot of you I’ve been playing through Deus Ex: Human Revolution lately, and I couldn’t help thinking about whether or not I’d opt to get augmented. There are quite a few different ways characters are augmented in the game, many much more subtle than the half-machine protagonist. The thought of consciously choosing to Read More …

The Synergy Project

I recently had to work from home and while I have much of the software I would normally use loaded up on my desktop I found that I needed files or software that was on my work-provided laptop. I also have some custom tools that I wrote running on another laptop running Linux.¬†While I was Read More …

New Gadgets from D-Link

D-Link has a couple of new gadgets out now that are great for those who have (or who plan to have) a Home Theater PC. First up, announced in May 2011, is the DAP-1513 dual-band wireless-N bridge, or “wi-fi bridge” to those of us who want to say what it is before lunch is over. Read More …

Quick Review: Google Docs Unleashed (video)

I subscribe to the daily email newsletter from How-To-Geek and often find it informative or amusing, and sometimes it saves me some money. Today it saved me some money. It offered a link to AppSumo.com for a free video tutorial, entitled¬†Google Docs Unleashed. This video is apparently geared towards the Marketing type, or an App Read More …

Big News from the number 1 MMORPG

That’s Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, in case you don’t already know. If you listen to The Instance, you probably already know. Effective this past Tuesday, 27 June 2011, there have been some important changes for players who had not yet bought the first expansion (The Burning Crusade) and those who are interested in trying WoW. Read More …

Build your own Chromebook for cheap

Looking for a Chromebook so you can cut your dependency on expensive commercial software? Well, I’ve got good news, and bad news. The good news is that you can buy one now. The bad news is that they start at $350 and go up. If you’re not absolutely sure that a Chromebook will do what you need, that’s a lot of money to drop on an experiment.