Monday, July 30, 2007

1839 Patch Drive

There are many ways to install software in Ubuntu. Probably the best known is apt-get which has its roots in Debian (the same as Ubuntu).

Apt-get is console based and fairly easy to use, if the software repositories are set up right.

You use apt-get install Filename, and apt-get searches the repositories for a match and rpm address and it fetches and installs the program.

If you are skiddish about console commands, Ubuntu has a couple of Gui-based front end for apt-get. The first is under Applications/Add/Remove on the toolbar.

My favorite is under System/Administration/Synaptic Package Manager.

Synaptic is what I used to patch/install 1839 programs.

I wouldn't want to try that on a Windows machine.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

A new Toy (Joy) DVD (Divx) Player

Having been "Under the Weather" (Sick) lately, I just opened my Father's Day Gift, (pictured left), a DVD Philips 5140 Player that plays, well, just about everything..

An online comparison of this Joy-Toy and a previous model by Philips shows the new model shines in almost every feature.

The reviewer seemed to really like it, and in my limited testing, so do I.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

A Great Weekend for iPhone

Engadget tells us 500,000 iPhone sold in 3 days.

That IS a pretty good start for a new product. Other sites tell us less than 3% had problems with authentication issues.

A good recap of what a handful of knowledgeable New Users thought can be heard on Leo Laporte's TWiT Podcast of July 1, 2007.

My conclusions from various readings tells me the following:

1. Not anything really new is used in the hardware side of this wonder. But the implementation is what makes Apple APPLE.

2. The Cell Phone Bar has been reset by the iPhone, telling us that not very many people have been happy with the same-old same-old.

3. It's not just the technology, but how you FEEL about a product that can change everything.