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The mobile device revolution is in full swing. From Smartphones and Superphones that changed the mobile device game to Tablets that are threatening to effectively put Netbooks out of business save for a few niche applications, our mobile world is changing. This is having an impact on less than mobile computing – your large Laptops and also your venerable Desktop Computer.

Are we moving toward the death of the computer and laptop as we know it today?
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…without the hardware?

MacOS is awesome, kinda, and I find the hardware that it is generally installed upon to be very good. This article started as a full blown review, but somewhere along the line it morphed into this thought experiment. Let’s see where this goes, shall we?

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At my (paying) job, we largely sell Microsoft products. Windows 7, office – that kind of thing. We also sell and support other proprietary software.

We have very few enterprise level clients, most of our clients are smaller businesses or home users. Once in a while we do get a request of more expensive Microsoft products like – as was the case today – Microsoft Server 2008, or sometimes MS Exchange, MS CRM and so on. Accounting software or other niche software packages often make out part of the deal.

I think the Microsoft Licensing model, and other proprietary licenses, is a rip off, and here is why… continue reading…

I am in search of the perfect LDE4 distro, and this is going to be a looong series. I am going through various distros, and have not found a perfect one yet.

Recently, with my review of Linux Mint KDE two of the commenters pointed out that my scoring for Mint’s WiFi did not make sense.

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Review: Lubuntu 10.04


Lubuntu, the flavor of Ubuntu sporting the LXDE desktop environment. It is one of the newer kids on the block, and in some areas it shows. It does have the power of Ubuntu and its community behind it, and hence was our first selected distro for the Seven Day Lightweight Distro Challenge.

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Fourth Installment in this series, and today I bring you some thoughts on Linux Mint 9 KDE4.

I have spent more than a week with it, and I am very impressed. This weekend I will switch to my third candidate.

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Part three of this series, and I am writing this from Linux Mint 9 KDE4. Already I am feeling very at home with it, and already after working heavily with quite a few KDE distros in a short timeframe I begin to realise some things that I find wrong with them are KDE specific.

Is Linux Mint 9 the KDE nirvana I am looking for?

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Okay, I have spent more than a week with openSUSE 11.3 KDE4. Right now I am downloading Linux Mint 9 KDE. I have not decided on my perfect KDE4 distro, but openSUSE 11.3 is a really strong contender. In this short writeup I will explore some reasons why I might NOT switch to it as my default OS.

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On the final day of my series on using KDE4 for seven days I made the bold statement that I would switch from being a Gnome user to KDE4 if I could only find myself the perfect KDE4 distro. (Begin reading with the first day HERE)

Today I start that quest with openSUSE 11.3

This is not a review, my openSUSE review will come soon, but more an impressions and “does it fill my needs” writeup

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Using KDE 4 – Day 7


(If you are new to this series you are invited to start reading from DAY ONE)

The final day has arrived. I am considering switching from Gnome. There, I said it. Throughout this series I have maintained Gnomes superiority in some key areas, among them Ease of Use and Simplicity, and some Applications that are better than their KDE Counterparts – Evolution is one.

Right now I have to ask myself – am I ready for the power of KDE? Do I need a simple easy desktop, or can I finally take the plunge and fiddle until KDE4 is ready for me.

Read on for more on this, and VIDEO CLIPS!!! Yes I took screencasts for you guys. continue reading…