Grandma gets her Ubuntu computer

, August 7, 2007

I delivered and set up the computer on Friday night.  We scheduled an hour on Saturday morning to go over how to operate the computer.  I don’t think they really need it because it’s so easy. For the printer, I checked Walmart to see what they carried.  There was a HP D1420 that was only […]


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Grandma’s Ubuntu computer gets a modem

, August 3, 2007

The modem showed up the day before yesterday.  I cracked open the box yesterday and got it running in short order.  I purchased a Hawking PCI Modem, model HM92P.  Unlike the mentions it gets on the web, it doesn’t come with Linux drivers.  Bummer!  I was running short on time so I bopped over to […]


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Grandma’s Ubuntu Modem Follow-up

, July 30, 2007

I’m not going to Fry’s today.  It looks like they don’t carry a Linux compatible modem. After more research it looks like there are only two Linux compatible PCI modems on the market.  I’m sure some of the others you could get working with some sort of wrapper but I’m not willing to go to […]


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Grandma’s Ubuntu computer needs a modem

, July 30, 2007

Dell doesn’t offer a modem with the Desktop configuration.  No problem, I thought, I’ll buy the PC anyway and just bop out and pick one up.  Hold on.  Before I left for the store, I did some quick research on Linux and modems to make sure that what I picked up would work.  It’s a […]


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Grandma’s Linux Computer Arrives

, July 28, 2007

Yesterday afternoon, my dog Gala went nuts barking.  It was one of her nemesis': The FedEx Lady.  She was carrying a rather large box. As a side note, the FedEx lady works extremely hard and is very friendly.  She’s also over 50 years old.  She’s often driving some sort of backup truck so FedEx may […]


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Ordered Grandma a Dell Ubuntu PC

, July 25, 2007

My mother, (my children’s grandmother) is sorely in need of a new computer. Her old one is running Windows ME and is in need of either (1) reformatting or (2) dropped into Lake Lanier. She doesn’t have Office and I can’t get OpenOffice to install on the damn thing. I also can’t get Adobe Acrobat […]


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Beautiful story of a graduating daughter, and a Linux laptop

, June 25, 2007

This story almost brought a tear to my eye.  Click here for the story. I’m trying to persuade my brother to purchase a Linux laptop, Dell or otherwise, instead of continuing down the Windows route.  Linux sure has grown up over the last several years.  It’s a beautiful thing.


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Top 10 Greatest Technologies of the last 40 years

, June 21, 2007

Today, for no apparent reason whatsoever, I’m going to list what I consider the top technologies of the last 40 years. Just out of the blue. No reason. Last 40 years. What were the top technologies to be developed or exploited? Let’s begin… in no particular order: The Microwave Oven. Just sneaking in at 40 […]


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New Camera Canon PowerShot A550 and Linux’ digiKam

, May 7, 2007

Our current digital camera is ancient.  The equivalent digital camera is currently going for about $50 and is half the size.   Our old camera, the Olympus D-490 has been a real work horse for our family for many years now.  But with REALworld coming up, and my wife needing a camera for the events coming […]


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TVEase.net : Lusting for a open sourced PVR?

, March 30, 2007

Yes I am. Lusting for an open sourced PVR. TVEase and their line of products fit the bill. Full notice: this company is just starting up and they have a full set of growing pains. Their fullfillment backlog is a problem because the guys that own the company work day jobs and build these things […]


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