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Whatever happened to Windows, anyway?

March 4, 2008

Microsoft Windows XP
Wow. I just looked at Amazon’s top selling notebooks, and you have to get to number 6 before you find a Windows machine among them — and it’s the only one in the top 10.

  1. Asus EEE 4G (Linux)
  2. Macbook 2.4GHz White (OS X)
  3. Asus EEE 4G Surf (Linux)
  4. Macbook 2.0GHz White (OS X)
  5. Macbook Pro 2.2GHz 15″ (OS X)
  6. HP Pavilion (Windows Vista)
  7. Macbook Pro 2.4GHz 15″ (OS X)
  8. Macbook 2.4GHz Black (OS X)
  9. Nokia 810 (Linux)
  10. Asus EEE 8G (Linux)

You have to get to number 14 before you even find a second Windows machine.

Wow.

I’m just sayin’

DIY Linux HDTV – Pack a Lunch

May 11, 2005

Extremetech has yet another good do-it-yourself article, this time on building a Linux HTPC, part 4 of their “Microsoft-Free Home” series.

I was secretly pleased to see that they didn’t find this an easy task — trying to get MythTV or KnoppMyth running exceeded my pain threshold a few months ago.

They’re nice enough to warn you about this early on –

Before you embark on trying to build a Linux-based Home Theater PC (HTPC), you have to ask yourself a question: “How much time do I have to dedicate to bringing up a Linux-based HTPC?” If the answer is “not much,” then a Linux-based HTPC is probably not something you should build. Assembling the hardware is pretty easy, and the physical assembly process takes a half-hour to 45 minutes. Installing the OS can be a very straightforward affair as well. But installing extra drivers as well as installing and configuring a PVR media application (and its required packages) are not trivial tasks, and the road ahead is laced with hidden potholes.

Basically, it comes down to “what’s your time worth?” — the same hardware plus a couple of hundred dollars worth of software can have you running you running SageTV, BeyondTV or MCE on Windows XP in an hour or two.

On the other hand, if you’re a rabid anti-Microsoft type (personally, I don’t care about running Windows on my TVs, as long as it isn’t on my desktop) and have ninja-like Linux skills or time to kill, then this may be the project for you.

Introduction to dynamic pages

February 14, 2005

One of the most powerful features of blogs and other content management systems (CMS) is that they can create pages “on-the-fly” that to all intents and appearances look like a hand-built static web page.  This allows you to focus on developing your content itself, while the software generates the pages for you.
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Weblog Software Choices

February 11, 2005

What software should you use to add a blog to your business web site?  Here are the top choices, along with some considerations regarding each.
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Reach new audiences with Podcasting

February 9, 2005

Podcasting has yet to hit the mainstream, but the process has started — in the past two days, USA Today has covered the phenomenon in two different articles.  If you have (or can produce) audio content, there is still time to reach a major new audience as it grows.

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