Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gadget Goodies 27 -- The Side Experiment

image used under GNU Free Document License, photo supplied by Shenmuelll
Windows and Linux are complete, full featured OSes.  Anything else, not so much.  Which, for the most part, is OK. One doesn't expect a phone to do all that a full blown computer can.

I started with several Windows Mobile devices, had several Blackberry phones, then proceeded to Android.  That included a Blackberry Playbook tablet, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and a Nexus 7 2013.

The mix of smartphone and tablet may be their own corner of hell.  Not that having both was a necessarily a bad thing.  But, it generated its own mindset that was never fully satisfied.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gadget Goodies 26 -- The Experiment Continues

Screenshot copyright James King, August 4, 2014
As we mentioned, last time, we've been pretty happy with Linux Mint 17. There are both ups and downs.  We'll look at some of those, today.

Our illustration is a screenshot by James King of his Linux Mint 17 xfce setup.  On my 10" screen, things get too crowded if I throw on things like the conky window with system info that James has on his. And I wanted to show something better than the shot I had, last week, of my netbook.  Done right, like James' screen, linux can easily look and work better than Windows.  Let's talk about that.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gadget Goodies 25 -- The Experiment Begins

image copyright William E Kraski, August 2, 2014
I've been rewriting this multiple times. Hopefully, this won't be a total washout, by the time this sees the light of day.  To most of us, the circuitous route through tech details or academic business papers is nothing short of deadly boring.  To the geek or or the business student, it's an exciting adventure, traveling from situation to solution.

That's an ASUS tablet PC netbook to the left.  Model T101MT, to be specific.  And it's the beginning of this particular adventure.

In my earlier days of computing, I really didn't feel much need for portability.  Software choice was limited, so my documents on floppy were all I felt I needed.  Somewhere in the lifespan of Windows XP, Windows and software options became much more interesting.  And I wanted my computer with me.