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LinHES R8 home entertainment system Released

LinHES R8 home entertainment system Released

LinHES R8 has been released. LinHES is a Linux distribution that can be used to convert any PC into a home entertainment system. That how it gained the “HES” in its name. Want to convert any off-the-shelf hardware into a Linux-powered settop box that can serve as a PVR, jukebox, image viewer and a game station, LinHES is one of […]

Intel announces “Thunderbolt™ ready” upgrade program for PC motherboards

Intel announces “Thunderbolt™ ready” upgrade program for PC motherboards

Intel has announced a “Thunderbolt™ ready” upgrade program for PC motherboards, desktops and workstation computers. Thunderbolt “is a dual protocol I/O innovation that dramatically increases transfer performance with bi-directional 10 Gbps speed, and offers daisy chaining to multiple devices, providing flexibility and simplicity for innovative, thin system designs like laptops and Ultrabooks.” That’s  techo-speak for: Thunderbolt is a hardware connection […]

What is the best blogging application that’s based on Django

What is the best blogging application that’s based on Django

After about six years of using WordPress as the blogging  platform for this website, I have come to the stage where I want to try something else. Something that’s not based on PHP. Not that I have something against PHP,  but I just wand to try something different, one that is based, say, on Django. WordPress has been great. For […]

What is the best blogging platform built atop Node.js?

What is the best blogging platform built atop Node.js?

After about six years of using WordPress as the blogging  platform for this website, I have come to the stage where I want to try something else. Something based on more modern Web technologies. WordPress has been great. For non-techies, it’s about as simple as it can get. I’ve never used the hosted service, but the self-hosted installation which powers […]

Shifting focus

At its launch, the focus of this website was all about providing original and detailed tutorials and reviews on Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, and posting news articles and commentaries related to free and open source software. Starting today (November 13 2013), this focus has expanded. Yes, there will still be those detailed tutorials and reviews, but any technology-related […]

MediaCore CE renamed to MediaDrop

MediaCore CE has been renamed to MediaDrop. MediaCore CE is the community edition of MediaCore, a Web application that powers a multimedia hosted platform targeted towards the educational market and run by MediaCore, Inc. It is a Python application built atop the Django Web framework. Published under the GNU General Public License version 3, MediaDrop is free to download and […]

Dark Mail Alliance aims to offer Email 3.0, with built-in end-to-end encryption

Dark Mail Alliance, co-founded by Lavabit and Silent Circle, aims to create an open source email protocol and architecture that has end-to-end encryption built-in. Lavabit LLC is the Texas, US-based company that used to provide secure email services, but was voluntarily shutdown because the owner and operator, Ladar Levison, did not want to hand over private SSL key used to […]

Yoga tablet is Android-powered and delivers up to 18 hours of juice

Yoga tablet is Android-powered and delivers up to 18 hours of juice

The Yoga tablet computer is the latest Android-powered tablet from Lenovo. The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, so we can expect more of these devices from all the players in the field. The Yoga’s main claim to tablet stardom is a Lithium-Ion battery that can keep the tablet going continuously for about 18 hours. Battery-life claims tend […]

Arduino Leonardo Touch Board makes any project interactive

Touch Board is an Arduino-compatible device from Bare Conductive Ltd, a technology outfit based in London, UK. A simple device powered by an Arduino Leonardo microcontroller board, it can be used to add interactivity to any interface. It’s the type of device that a DIYer will love. But you can’t buy it just yet, as it is in the pre-production […]

Firefox OS powers the Fireweb and Onetouch Fire

Firefox OS powers the Fireweb and Onetouch Fire

Firefox OS is now on two additional smartphones – the LG Fireweb and Onetouch Fire from Alcatel. Both were released by Brazil’s Vivo, a division of Telefônica. Firefox OS is the mobile operating system developed by Mozilla Corporation, the same technology outfit behind the Firefox Web browser. It’s built atop HTML5 technologies. Firefox OS-powered smartphones are released mostly in Latin […]

Collusion is now Lightbeam for Firefox

Collusion is now Lightbeam for Firefox

Collusion, a Firefox add-on that lets you see which ad network or service is tracking your online browsing activities, has been renamed to Lightbeam for Firefox. I wrote about Collusion sometime back in July of this year (see Collusion: See who’s tracking you – in real-time) and since then, I’ve been using it to keep an eye on which ad […]

WhiteHat Aviator: A browser for privacy and security, but is proprietary and for OS X only. WTH?

WhiteHat Aviator is a Web browser that’s just been released by WhiteHat Security, a Web security company based in Santa Clara, California. At a time when Web browsers are not in short supply, it’s tempting to ask, What’s the point of this new Web browser? Because it’s good for your privacy and security, says the guys from WhiteHat Security. I […]

HTC Fetch: What can’t you do with this device?

HTC Fetch: What can’t you do with this device?

The HTC Fetch is one of those nifty little devices that can be put to any use. When I was reading about what it can do, I thought that it was an April Fools post. But we are near the tail end of October, so that’s out of the question. The Fetch is a key fob-sized device, measuring approximately 2.9cm […]

Finalterm now has tabs, horizontal and vertical split screens

Finalterm now has tabs, horizontal and vertical split screens

Finalterm, a terminal emulator that’s being developed by Philipp Emanuel Weidmann, a mathematician and Linux Software Engineer from Heidelberg, Germany, has been updated. The first public development version of Finalterm was released a few months ago, but was slow and lacked features that are standard on existing terminal emulators. With this latest code update, I think it’s almost ready for […]

Ubuntu Tweak: The first app to install on Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu Tweak: The first app to install on Ubuntu 13.10

Installing Ubuntu Tweak on Ubuntu 13.10 or any other supported version of Ubuntu gives you a simple utility that makes it very easy to customize different aspects of the Ubuntu desktop. This short tutorial shows how to install it (in Ubuntu 13.10) and use it to modify many desktop options. Installation will be from the author’s Personal package Archives (PPA), […]

Should Truecrypt be audited?

Truecrypt is a cross-platform, free disk encryption software for Windows and Unix-like operating systems. It is generally considered a good disk encryption software, and not too long ago, I wrote a tutorial that showed how to encrypt the Windows installation of a Windows-Linux dual-boot setup (see Dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 7, with full disk encryption configured on both OSs). […]

Valve’s Steam Controller and its haptic feedback could be a game changer

Valve’s Steam Controller and its haptic feedback could be a game changer

The Steam Controller is the latest from Valve Software. First was the announcement of Steam OS, followed by the Steam Machine. Now, is the turn of the Steam Controller, a futuristic game controller or gamepad designed to be a replacement for the traditional gaming keyboard and mouse. The company has thus revealed all the tools it intends to use to […]

Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa

Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa is a star (my opinion) in the mobile processor System-on-Chip (SoC) arena. It is in direct competition with NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, Tegra 4i, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processors. The reasons I’m interested in these mobile processors are: 1. Most of the consumer computing devices that we now use, and that we will be using the most […]

Steam OS, Steam Machines and Valve Software’s “multiple partners”

I think Valve Software has grabbed the most headlines this week with the announcement of Steam OS and the Steam Machine. And Sabayon’s lead developer added to it by release the SteamBox, a remastered version of Sabayon Linux running the GNOME 3 desktop environment. So it looks like as far as Valve Software is concerned, the future of gaming on […]

Firefox OS on the APC Rock and Paper

Firefox OS on the APC Rock and Paper

VIA Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of a preview release of Mozilla’s Firefox OS that will run on the APC Rock and Paper, two small form-factor computers powered by ARM processors. Current versions of the Rock and Paper run the Android operating system and retail for US$79 and US$99 apiece. Both share just about the same specs, other than […]