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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Want to Revive an Old Netbook? Try Lubuntu

    Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: You bought a netbook a couple years back, thinking it would be your go-to travel PC, but quickly became dissatisfied with its sluggish performance--and stuck it in a closet.

  • Opinion: Get Started With the Vim Text Editor

    A couple of years ago, I took an Introduction to Software Development class, in which we covered Unix and used Vim to write a few simple programs. I didn't really get the point of Vim at the time; I simply thought that it was the only way to edit files in the Terminal. But after looking back and spending some more time with it, I can understand why there are so many die-hard Vim fans out there.

  • Opinion: Critical Updates Coming from Microsoft Next Week

    Next Tuesday is the second Tuesday in October, and that means it is Microsoft Patch Tuesday. Overall, it is a moderate month in terms of patch volume, but the couple that are rated as Critical should be addressed quickly to prevent exploits.

  • Opinion: Five Unique Features that Set 'Mango' Apart

    With the attention on Apple this week and the unveiling of the iPhone 5...I mean iPhone 4S, it is easy to forget about other mobile devices. But, Microsoft is pushing out "Mango" to current Windows Phone 7 users, and new Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" devices will be hitting shelves soon as well--probably about the same time that the iPhone 4S officially launches.

  • Opinion: Siri: FAQs About the iPhone 4s Personal Assistant

    Apple baked in iOS 5 a surprise feature that allows you to have a conversation with your phone. It's called Siri: a voice-enabled personal assistant feature that uses the built-in Apple apps on an iPhone to find the information you ask it for. Here's what you need to know about Siri:

  • Opinion: Make Open Tabs Reappear When You Restart Your Browser

    I tend to keep a lot of tabs open in my browser. Some of them are pages I haven't had a chance to read yet, while others are items I'm queuing to write about in the coming days. The thing is, I don't want to leave my computer running just so I can keep all these tabs "live." Nor do I want to bookmark them, as I don't intend to store them permanently.

  • Opinion: Adobe Eyes Creatives With Cloud Service, Photoshop App

    If you are a Web designer, graphic designer, or other creative professional, most likely you work with the Adobe suite of products. Up until now, you haven't been able to migrate your work to your tablet PC of choice. That's about to change. Adobe on Tuesday announced two products available in the coming months that will drastically shift how creative professionals will work: Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Touch Apps for tablets.

  • Opinion: Exec: Apple--Not Piracy--Is Movie Industry's Big Problem

    Piracy is less of an issue for the movie industry than is the dominance of the digital distribution channel by a single company, such as Apple.

  • Opinion: Browsing Tips: Slow-Loading Sites, Google Chrome Tweak

    True story: I'd been getting fed up with Firefox, in part because it was acting sluggish and flaky, so I decided to give Google's Chrome browser a try. And by "try," I mean make it my primary browser for a couple weeks.

  • Opinion: Apple Seeds Final iOS 5 Gold Master Beta to Developers

    iOS 5 won't be out until October 12, but if you're a registered iOS developer, you can get your hands on the gold master release today.

  • Opinion: Webroot SecureAnywhere Brings Protection to the Cloud

    Computer and data security is becoming a much more complex issue to manage for many businesses and consumers. Webroot hopes to simplify it, and make sure you are protected no matter what device or platform you might be using with the launch of SecureAnywhere.

  • Opinion: Preparing your Lion repair kit

    Reader Mike Kohler seeks to update his troubleshooting kit now that he’s moved to Lion. He writes:

  • Opinion: Workrave Helps Fend Off Repetitive-Strain Injuries

    Do you spend a good chunk of your day sitting at a desk, staring at a computer screen and tapping away at a keyboard? If so, you're at risk for a repetitive-strain injury, or RSI, which can result from sitting in the same position for long periods or prolonged use of the hands, wrists, neck, etc.

  • Opinion: MenuUninstaller Adds a Uninstall Menu Option

    Here's a hassle that drives me nuts: Whenever I want to uninstall a program, I have to venture into Windows' Control Panel, find the uninstall tool, wait for it to show a complete list of my installed programs, scroll through the list to find the program I want to remove, and then start the process. That's about four steps too many, in my humble opinion.

  • Opinion: Microsoft reaches maturity with Windows 8

    Windows 8 is here, at least in its Developer Preview guise. It’s slick, smooth and primed for use on the tablets many of us would like to be able to use for ‘proper’ computing tasks

  • Opinion: Xobni Makes Gmail and Android Contacts 'Smartr'

    Xobni has been revolutionizing Outlook inboxes for four years with its Outlook add-in that shows everything you could possibly want to know about a contact. Using nothing more than an email address and your own logins to social media networks, Xobni pulls in data from social media platforms until the only thing you don't know about the person who emailed you is their blood type.

  • Opinion: How to Land a Linux Job

    Finding a new job can be an overwhelming prospect in just about any industry today, but for those with Linux skills, the challenges are a little bit less daunting.

  • Opinion: Google Offers Real-Time Site Analytics

    Google has rolled out one extremely helpful service in the form of free, real-time Web statistics--and one expensive yet useful service with Google Analytics Premium.

  • Opinion: Mozilla Releases Firefox 8 Beta, Includes Twitter Search

    Just days after pushing Firefox 7 out the door, Mozilla has released the beta version of Firefox 8. It includes some feature improvements, a handful of interface tweaks, and a few goodies for developers. Mozilla has also added features to the Android version of the browser.

  • Opinion: 9000 Good Reasons to Upgrade to Firefox 7.0.1

    Occasional add-on incompatibilities have been a fairly common phenomenon each time Mozilla releases a new version of its free Firefox browser, but following the launch of Firefox 7 earlier this week, a different kind of add-on problem arose.


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