Archive for the ‘Computer Basics’ Category

Wherein we find out that slow browsers might have nothing to do with poor coding, Flash ads, or crappy OSes.


Well… I installed and tried 360 Desktop on my Windows 7 system. Cute, but useless in terms of improving the UI. All it does is pan a panoramic photo on your desktop. You have the option of having desktop icons and application windows stay “pinned” to that wallpaper, or you can individually keep icons/windows in […]


The Question What is Linux? That question seems like it should have an easy answer. Most Linux fans think that the question has been answered well many times during Linux’s roughly eighteen years of existence. Most of the more common explanations begin by saying that Linux is a “Unix-like operating system”. That is technically accurate […]


Back in the late 90s I saw an ad for a free trial of something called VMWare workstation.  Seeing that I’d been playing around with Wine and DOSEmu (Better alternatives today are DOSBox for games and FreeDOS for legacy apps) on Linux to gain access to some legacy applications, I assumed this was just another […]


Well that was a long break!  I’m going to give my blog another try and see if I can keep it going a bit better this time.  Sorry for that loooong intermission.  🙂 Being someone who believes in using technology to make life better, one area that’s always interested me is human/machine interaction.  It’s a […]


I’m in the middle of reading Jef Raskin’s (started a project in the 70s called Apple Macintosh) book, The Humane Interface. It’s a terrific read that tells us all about what’s wrong with software as it stands today. Although Jef died in 2005, his son Aza is carrying on the work because it’s just too […]


What Is This All About? Every pioneering, epic journey worth taking from point A to point B requires asking for directions, wrong turns, heading in the completely wrong direction, or even getting lost. After all, you’re the scout. The first person to be sent out with enough knowledge to try and find your way to […]