22 October 2009
OK, It's Windows 7 Launch Day. Sorry, but as a Linux guy, I
can't help but to make a few comments:
I'm sure Windows 7 really does solve some of
the problems users have encountered with Vista. Reviews I
have read state that it is actually a usable OS. Even
Linus gives it a Thumbs Up.
It still lacks many features us Linux/UNIX/Mac
users are used to such as virtual desktops (workspaces), X-Windows
cut&paste, Included utilities, Software Repositories, etc.
Apple's new "Broken Promises" ad is
It's 100% true, and will (should) get people
thinking. Whoever thought to include the flip-up glasses at
the end is an absolute marketing genius. It simultaneously
sets the time period and drives home the point perfectly.
Apple needs to write some advertising guy a check that would
make a Wallstreet banker blush.
Windows 7 is Expensive!
Since I am running Linux, I would have to pay the full price,
not the upgrade price. Also, there is no Family Pack. Let's
assume I have 3 PC's that meet the System Requirements:
Windows 7 Home
(or 9.10 Beta)
$199.99 x 3 = $599.97
$319.99 x 3 = $959.97
$0.00 x 3 = $0.00
What do you think? Am I likely to switch?
You're saying that it's not fair to compare a
Free, Open Source OS with a Proprietary, Non-peer reviewed OS.
OK, I'll give you that -- Let's compare what it costs
compared to what Mac users pay for upgrades:
qualified OS already installed (Single Machine)
qualified OS already installed (3 Machines in Family)
upgrade qualified OS installed (Single Machine)
upgrade qualified OS installed (3 Machines in Family)
*Also includes iLife, and iWorks, but I
won't even count that. Note that the Apple Family pack
actually allows installation on 5, not 3 machines. I am
giving Windows a big advantage here by using 3 machines in my
comparison. I also won't get into what functions are available in Mac
OS X 10.6, but would require the more expensive Windows 7 Professional
or Ultimate to get in the Microsoft OS. For reference, using
the worst case values, it is $1099.95 for 5 Windows
7 Ultimate Upgrade Version Licenses vs. $49.00 for
5 Mac OS x 10.6 Upgrade Licenses.
Again -- Wow!
These are real numbers, right from Microsoft and Apple's
websites. This is NOT fan boy-ism. (If I have made an error,
please let me know and I will correct it promptly.) Comparisons of the
Features, Security, and Usability will
come with time, and from less biased sources, but one thing is
fact: Windows 7 is
03 October 2009
New Commentary Posted -- The Green Guy with an Identity Crisis
"The term “Android” is a word from geeky science fiction.", "...
it's associated with things that are not real, or at least not yet
developed sufficiently to be practical. These are exactly the
associations I would not want in the mind of a prospective customer of
technology goods." Read
the full Commentary.
27 August 2009
(Edited 01 Sept 2009)
I told my wife to shoot me (or at least strongly discourage me) if I
ever attempt to buy another Nokia product, and now this is announced.
I guess there is plenty of time to order a bullet-proof vest
before the Nokia N900 is actually available. Need a reason
buy a Nokia N900 (Like for example to avoid a bullet wound)?
Wait for the Archos
Android MID phone or what ever Apple has up their sleeves.
30 March 2009
stock closed higher today than Microsoft's. It is
time this has happened excepting times near RedHat's IPO.
Now I understand market cap, and I am not suggesting that
means RedHat is a bigger company than Microsoft. It does
say something about investors confidence in RedHat, Linux, and Open
Source. If RedHat is a small software company that is "below
radar" of some investors, what does it say when investors find a share
of Microsoft to be less valuable than that of said small software
company? I hinted to this in my Predictions for 2009
would like to clarify
it's position on
the T-Mobile/HTC/Google/G1/Dream/gPhone/Whatever you call it
phone. My Predictions
article predicts great things for The G1's "Android" Operating
System, while my entry on 16 Oct 2008 promotes a wait and see
posture. What gives? While the G1, and Android lack
important features, and I could list another
half-dozen lesser complaints, the G1 is never the less,
Linuxslate.com's currently recommended phone for most
people wanting a smart phone. If you do not need to tether a
laptop, MID, or netbook (In other words, you do not intend to use
your phone as a modem for another device), and the other missing
features of the G1 are
not show stoppers for you, then the G1 is simply the most capable
single-device solution out there. It's real keyboard,
with standard mini-USB cables, Micro SD card slot, and
functional cut-and-paste push the G1 past even the smooth and
stylish iPhone 3G. With the passing of the CES
event with out an announcement of an Android -based Sony Ericsson
Xperia like device, and only promises of future HTC Android phones, it
looks like the G1 will be the best choice through this summer at least.
24 Dec 2008
Linuxslate.com has posted it's Predictions for 2009
relating to Linux, Microsoft, and the Mobile Device market.
16 Oct 2008
isn't there more
on Linuxslate.com about the T-Mobile G1? With a touchscreen,
Linux under the hood, the G1 is not only a linuxslate, but it will be
the largest deployment of a linuxslate in history. Here at
Linuxslate HQ, we're holding off. As mentioned in the review
of the Motorola Motozine ZN5,
it's nice to have a Linux phone with a real camera, standard
ports, and Bluetooth that actually connects to other Bluetooth devices
(not just headsets). I predict that by the middle of next
other Linux/Android phones from other manufacturers will start to
appear. They'll include standard connectors and fixes for
the issues mentioned in reviews
of the T-Mobile/HTC/Google/G1/Dream/gPhone/Whatever you call it phone.
16 Oct 2008
8.9” Eee PC Mini-Review
Target is now
selling the ASUS
Eee PC in the brick-and-mortar stores for $299. What do you get for
$299? Is it worth it? Why is this significant?
The Eee in
Target stores is basically a
stripped down Eee PC 900. Target does not advertise it as a model
900, and rightfully so, since it is missing many features that
“normal” 900's have. The Target Eee PC has only 4Gig of Solid
State storage, and is missing the webcam. Other than that, it's a
900. The CPU speed is 900 Mhz. In the box is the restore CD, paper
manual, getting started sheets, 5800 mAH 4-Cell battery, and a very
compact brick-style power adapter. There is no included slip case. The
quality is pretty good, and the 900 models, including
this one, support 2 finger scrolling and zooming (in some apps). The
feel of the trackpad buttons could be better on both the 900 series
and the 701, but that's a minor gripe. The 8.9”, 1024x600 screen
makes the unit look more professional, and allows webpages to be
displayed without horizontal scrolling. Only Linux was available at my
local store, but both White
and Black colors were in stock. The Solid State drive is on it's own
card, so swapping it out for a larger and faster one once prices come
down will likely be a viable option.
nothing (except the
webcam capture app.) is missing on the software side. Full
OpenOffice (2.0) is there, as is everything else seen on model 701
and 900 Linux Eee's.
getting connected to the net
was not a problem. I was even able to get online via my Motorola ZN5
connected via USB. I had to tell it to use a Dial-up connection as
opposed to a GSM/3G/HSDPA connection, but once the relevant info was
entered, it connected immediately – no command line or editing of
any files was needed.
to be Microsoft's worst nightmare – Linux pre-installed on a PC,
displayed in a popular nationwide store, at a price low enough to be
an impulse buy. Not only are people exposed to Linux, but also Open
Office, Firefox, and games like Penguin Racer (Tux Racer). Even if
people do decide to install
Windows, it's likely that they will at least look at the default OS.
Several people I have shown the machine to said that they had no idea
Linux was as simple and functional as it is on the Eee.
30 Sept 2008
Linuxslate.com has received a Motorola ZN5 for review. A full
review will follow shortly, but for now, here's an Unboxing Video.
Please keep checking back for the full review.
23 Sept 2008
few quick thoughts on the T-Mobile / Google G1 "Google Phone", "HTC
Dream", 1st Andriod Phone, (or whatever you want to call it) that was
announced today, and previously mentioned in my "Super
shares a lot with the iPhone - both in terms of features that are
present and features that, at least for the launch, are missing.
think it really is valid competition for the iPhone, and in some ways
it's ahead: Google Maps with compass mode and street view look a
generation ahead of Google Maps on the iPhone. Playing standard media
formats, and using the DRM free Amazon MP3 store makes it far more
consumer friendly than the iPhone/iTunes combination. I also
like the customizable homescreen, and slide up icon menu.
Including a QWERTY keyboad and memory card slot
are 2 huge hardware advantages.
of the missing features are Bluetooth profiles such as A2DP, OBEX, HID,
etc., video record, and as far as I know, voice dialing or voice
control. There is also no current method (official or hack)
It lacks a standard 3.5 (or even 2.5mm)
headset/headphone jack, instead using a proprietary connector for
audio, charging and USB.
For me the lack of standard
connectors is, perhaps not a show stopper, but, at least for
moment, when concidered along with the rest of the omissions,
will give me pause.
So what's a geek to do when he/she wants
working Bluetooth, camcorder, voice dialing, and standard connectors?
Well, you can wait for other Android devices next year, or, if you
don't need Accelerometers, 3G, GPS, and an "App Store", you may want to
consider the Motorola
ZN5 as an alternative. It's out now, and
Linuxslate.com is working on getting one for an in-depth technical
18 August 2008
Several manufactures are readying new, feature rich
Linux-based mobile phones. Linuxslate.com has compiled a
guide that will mention a few
notable ones, and speculate about whether any of these
could potentially be the much anticipated
24 July 2008
Commentary Posted. The Wallstreet Journal's All Things
posted a leaked Microsoft internal memo outlining Steve Ballmer's plans
for Microsoft's 2009 Fiscal Year. I can't help but to make some comments.
25 June 2008
New review Posted. The Wibrain B1L with Ubuntu Linux. How
the Linux based Wibrains stack up against the Eee PC, Pepper Pad 3 and
the Nokia Tablets? What should a new or prospective owner know about
this Ultra Mobile PC? Click
here for the article.
25 Jan 2008
soon: I have been working on a Web-based transcoder system
MythTV. It consists of some perl and html and requires mencoder and
ffmpeg. I'll be uploading it after I clean it up a bit.
25 Jan 2008 New
Review: Linuxslate.com reviews an inexpensive
Ethernet IP Phone currently being sold on Amazon.com.
03 Oct 2007
My first opinion peice in quite a long time. Please read my comments
relating to possible legal action over the Apple iPhone 1.1.1 Firmware
are now open! For now, you will have to email me to
register. Please post questions to those forums.
07 Sept 2007
has moved to OnNow.net. OnNow supports Open Source Projects,
Linuxslate.com Supports OnNow. Check them out for your
For now, (most of) the old content has been restored, but
that, too will only be temporary. In the near future, there will
be a new, more professional site here, including:
More articles and reviews
A more dynamic blog-style front page
Forums !! At the moment I am planning
the following forums:
Linux on Modern Tablet PC's
Pepper Pad 3
Pepper Pad 2
Classic Fujitsu Active Pen Systems (1000,
1200, 2300, etc.)
Classic Fujitsu Passive Pen Systems (LTC-500,
Other Classic Pen Tablets (IBM, Ricoh, etc.)
Linux Based Mobile phone hacking (Motorola,
MythTV on HP Media Center PC's
Other Cool Hardware to hack as it appears
20 Jul 2007
Linuxslate.com reviews a Linux slate - a really cool Linux slate - The
Pepper Pad 3. Read my "Non-Dumb" Review here.
08 Feb 2007
I have designed and constructed a "Keyboard Dock" for my Nokia 770
Internet Tablet. Yes, its kind of like the "Unslate", but it
really is a cool and useable accessory for the Nokia 770. Keyboard Dock for the Nokia
05 August 2006
As mentioned in the previous post, I just
Motorola A780 mobile
phone. Since it has a touch screen, and runs Linux, it really
posted my first How-To for this phone.
It covers building (compiling) Moto4Lin on Fedora Core, and using it to
enable certain phone features. Moto4Lin
is a great
utility for not just the A780, but many Motorola phones.
How-To will follow shortly. Get to the How-To from the Guides and Help page.
05 August 2006
Linux is getting popular in the Mobile Phone business. From a PCMAG
abandoning the familiar operating system used on its
feature phones, such as the RAZR, for a Linux- and Java-based solution"
world No. 2
mobile phone maker, which debuted the Ming smartphone
in March this year in China, shipped more than one million Linux-based
units in China alone last quarter, according to research firm Canalys."
It's not just Motorola. Nokia has
also released a major
based on Linux, and there are indications that Nokia may release more
products based on Linux.
This growth of Linux in the mobile market recently hit home for me in
A Co-Woker was showing me his new Cingular 8150. It runs
Mobile. Interesting I thought. Cingular is not a
manufacturer -- they are a Wireless Service Provider (WSP).
only prominent marking on the phone says Cingular. Cingular's
website does not mention the manufacturer. Why not?
phone is really made by HTC. HTC stands for "High Tech
Corp." -- No - Really. It
Does. On the other hand, I just bought a Motorola
It runs Linux. No need to try to hide that
name. The No. 1 and No. 2 Mobile phone
moving toward Linux, while the Microsoft OS is relegated to the "High
Tech Computer Corp." Ironic how things change isn't it?
24 May 2006
The review of the Ecotest МКS-05 Portable Radiation
been posted. Follow
14 May 2006
The site has been down for a few days due to some upstream network
connectivity issues. This is an informal, just for fun type
operation, so this kind of problem is to be expected. The
itself has been up for over 117 days with out a re-boot.
In other news, I have recieved my Ecotest МКS-05
and with the site being down, I sort of lost the incentive to start the
review. The positive offshoot of this is that I have had a
more days to evaluate the МКS-05, and thus the review
will be better
when it does get published. Oh... and I have found
something else near me that is amazingly
(Actually 2 things, although one is only very mildly
radioactive). Look for the story in the Ecotest
soon. Catch the links from the Radiation
Detector Buyer's Guide.
16 December 2005
I can't help wanting to talk about my new Nokia 770. I said I
wouldn't do a review since others have, so I decided to do something
that is not a review, but may also be useful to those considering
buying this cool Linux Slate.
Please read "Nokia 770 Internet Tablet paired
Nokia N-GageQD vs. The Nokia 9500 - How does the combination
of a Nokia 770 Tablet and a medium range phone compare to a high-end
WiFi 'SmartPhone'?" Even though technically it
Review, you can get there from Reviews.
10 December 2005
I just picked up 2 Nokia 770's from CompUSA. I have only just
it up, but I can say:
WOW !! This seems to be the device I had always hoped
would release. I think Nokia really did it right -- Both in
of the actual device, and the development
I expect the software availability and functionality of this devices
(and subsequent derivative devices) to explode unlike anything we've
seen before. I do not plan on reviewing the device, since
have done excellent reviews already. I do plan on porting
existing apps, but probably not until after the US Holidays.
20 November 2005
New Review Posted. The Tiger VuGo "Multimedia System."
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