Archive for the ‘Computer Technology’ Category

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 […]


…for someone with the artistic eye and the technical ability to be able to pull off realism with computers.  I think this is a great example of where things could go.  Specifically look at the “Teasers” section.  This is unlike any CGI work you’ve ever seen before: http://www.thirdseventh.com/ This points to the fact that today’s […]


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 […]


Difficulty Level: Moderate What is a Network Block Device and Why Would I Want One? Let me start this entry out by explaining just what a block device is, in case you’re a newer Linux user and you’re not sure. I didn’t know what one was at one point and a quick explanation would have […]