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  • Opinion: Day 13: Playing Tunes in Banshee

    For Day 13 of 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux I decided to take a deeper look at Banshee. I dabbled with the music playing app installed by default with Ubuntu during my trials and tribulations trying to sync my iPhone, but I had really barely scratched the surface.

  • Opinion: Tiny Linux Plug PC Offers a Cloud Computing Alternative

    Linux-based plug computers such as the Sheevaplug have been drawing fresh attention for some time already, but on Monday MimoMonitors launched the new MimoPlug, a tiny, cube-shaped contender that's designed as a desktop PC alternative for cloud computing applications.

  • Opinion: Futuristic Super 8 Ads Remind Us of Minority Report

    A futuristic augmented reality tie-in for the movie Super 8 turns your smartphone into its own science fiction story. With just your iPhone and its camera, the movie's new app can turn any Super 8 poster in the United States into a video clip from the film. The technology behind this comes from Autonomy, which normally plays in enterprise software. But with its AR play, an iPhone app called Aurasma, you can use your smartphone or tablet to trigger cool videos and animation based upon what you're looking at through the camera.

  • Opinion: Day 11: Weighing LibreOffice as an Office Alternative

    Welcome back. For today's 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux post, I am taking a look at LibreOffice--the open source suite of productivity tools that comes installed by default with Ubuntu Linux. I examine how it works, compared with Microsoft Office, or my experience last month spending 30 Days With Google Docs.

  • Opinion: Backup on the Road

    Matt travels on business a lot. He asked the Answer Line forum for suggestions on backing up his data while on the road.

  • Opinion: Speedy, Simple, Free: Music Player Clementine is Darling

    A music player that focuses solely on music? It may seem like a novel idea these days, when most music players have become full-fledged audio and video eco-systems. But that's exactly what Clementine is: a simple, free music player that offers a full range of tools to allow you to get the most out of your music collection.

  • Opinion: Why E-Books Are Bad for You

    At first glance, e-readers and e-books seem like a good thing for consumers and business users. After all, they've been found to increase the amount of reading people do, and prices on the readers keep getting lower, putting them within reach of an ever-larger proportion of the world.

  • Opinion: Must I Keep Windows.old?

    After EddieS reinstalled Windows onto his 14-month-old PC, he found all of his old files in a folder called C:\Windows.old. He asked the Windows forum if he can delete it.

  • Opinion: Day 8: Setting Up E-mail in Evolution

    Time to move on. No, I haven't actually resolved all of my issues with getting Ubuntu Linux to display the way I would like it to on my external monitor, but I have wasted enough time toying with that, and frankly it's giving me a migraine. So, in fairness to Linux, I am switching gears.

  • Opinion: Nintendo @ E3 2011: Five Things We Learned

    With a new console to unveil, Nintendo seemed the likely champion of the press conference war. Did Project Cafe win the day?

  • Opinion: Reader Q&A: Windows XP Service Pack Woes, Firefox 4 Tips

    It's time for another reader Q&A--this week, help for someone who can't get Windows XP Service Pack 3 to install, and directions on how to reveal Mozilla Firefox 4's orange menu button.

  • Opinion: Day 7: Lessons from the Unity Trenches

    Welcome back as we wrap up the first week of 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux. I guess it says something about the complexity of switching operating systems as opposed to switching office productivity suites that we are a week in and still playing around with how to just get things installed and configured. I intended to make this post about actually playing around with the Unity interface, but after all of the helpful comments from Day 6, I thought I would try out some of the tips and see what happens.

  • Opinion: Sony @ E3 2011: Five Things We Learned

    Sony began by offering an apology, but went on to show Microsoft how to put on a show.

  • Opinion: Why Groupon Sucks for Small Businesses

    Groupon, the three year old coupon company, has been all the hype across business and tech sites lately. The company is the largest of its competitors and claims it distributes online coupons from merchants in 500 markets and 44 countries. Facebook and Google, in an attempt to get a piece of the action, have recently rolled out similar services.

  • Opinion: Why Apple's iCloud could mean your next phone is an iPhone

    iCloud may not seem as exciting as a new smartphone or tablet, but it may guarantee that I buy a new iPhone when my current one dies.

  • Opinion: Microsoft @ E3 2011: Five Things We Learned

    After the unexpected success of the Kinect Microsoft is a company at ease, and more than willing to disappoint.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 and Lion: Different Takes on Computing's Next Steps

    It's kind of hard to compare Mac OS X Lion to Windows 8, mainly because, well, while we now know a fair amount about Lion, we essentially know only two things about Windows 8: that it exists and that it has a tablet-friendly overlay as its main interface. But what I think we can say is that they're two very different approaches to bringing tablet-like features to PC operating systems.

  • Opinion: Install a Windows Service Pack That Refuses to Install

    I like the fact that Microsoft regularly updates Windows with bug fixes, security improvements, and the like. What I don't like is when the OS refuses to install its own updates, which is what happened to reader Debby:

  • Opinion: Is My Ex Spying on Me?

    A reader's estranged husband told her he's spying on her email. Could this be true?

  • Opinion: What is Google +1?

    You may have noticed that PC Advisor has added the Google +1 button to article pages on the PCAdvisor.co.uk site. But what is Google +1, and why have we added it?



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