Month: November 2010

Comcast: The Toll-Bridge Troll

When I was a media specialist (school librarian), I used to read a book called The Toll-Bridge Troll (say that three times fast). It was about a mean little troll that would stop people, usually poor innocent children, at his

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Argh! Pirates Going to Jail

It looks like the three men held responsible for The Pirate Bay torrent file sharing site are going to prison.  A Sweedish court of appeals upheld the judgement against them, which includes a $6.7 million judgement (as if those men

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Wikipedia’s Extortionist Fundraising

Wikipedia is trying to raise money.  That is nothing new.  It is run by a non-profit organization called the Wikimedia Foundation.  Ever so often, they have fundraisers, much in the same way PBS or NPR might truncate your favorite show

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Jupiter, Netbooks, and Super Hybrid Engines

One of the unique features of the Asus Eee PC is a function called Super Hybrid Engine (or what I like to call SHE) , which I’m told has nothing to do with the hybrid engine pictured above. On a

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Easy Samba Setup with KDE

As promised, I wrote an article about setting up Samba in KDE.  It is not immediately obvious how to set it up in KDE, but it is easy if you follow the steps I have illustrated.  I have tested this

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Network Shares for Boxee: Samba Beats UPnP

The Boxee Box is making big news, but for those of us who are not rushing out to spend $200 on a new device for our TVs, Boxee is free to download and install on any computer.  I have it

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Hulu Plus: Close But Not Quite

I just finished watching the latest episode of The Event on my Sony Blu-ray Disc player, using Hulu Plus streaming video.  It played well with a clear HD picture, and it was nice to sit in front of the TV

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Truly Readable E-Books (Thanks to HTML5)

Reading a book on a website is a bit like holding a book upside down and turning pages with your nose. Because most websites are designed with standard HTML, there is no easy way to give a user true page-by-page

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Hulu Plus, Sony Bluray

This morning, Hulu Plus seems to be available on our Sony Bluray Disc Player.  I watched a sample video without any problems (other than our bad DSL connection – thanks AT&T), but the quality was good. I have not actually

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Sun Blast Game Review (On Linux)

The makers of the game Sun Blast sent me a copy of their game for review, and I was very impressed.  It is integrated well within Linux and worked without any additional configuration.  Best of all, it has the ability

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