Blogs

The Near-Death of Blog Search

The first blog search engine was PubSub in 2002. It was inventive and strange in some ways (and took some getting used to); but it was fast and did a good job of searching through syndicated postings, mostly from blogs — at least until blog spam became an epidemic that nearly killed the whole category a couple years later. more>>

Google Plus

The early years of the 21st century forever will be known as the age of social media. I don't know if that's something we should be proud of, but nonetheless, here we are. During the past decade, we've seen things like Friendster, Pownce, Twitter, Wave, Facebook, Tumblr, Buzz, Gowalla, Brightkite, Foursquare, Loopt, Plurk, Identi.ca, LinkedIn, Yammer and now Google Plus. more>>

Hurricate Isabel

Round and Round We Go

Hurricane season is well underway, and if you're an information junkie like me, you like to watch storms progress even if you're thousands of miles away from the tropics. I was looking for a good hurricane tracking software package for either my phone or Linux desktop, and I realized everything I'm looking for is available on a simple webpage. more>>

Ghandi

GandhiCon 4.x

Searches for the word "linux" have been trending downward since early 2004, according to Google. Searches in mid-2011 are about a quarter of what they were in early 2004. On the other hand, searches for "android" more than doubled those for "linux" by mid-2011. So, what should we make of that? more>>

A Way off the Ranch

As entities on the Web, we have devolved. Client-server has become calf-cow. The client—that's you—is the calf, and the Web site is the cow. What you get from the cow is milk and cookies. The milk is what you go to the site for. The cookies are what the site gives to you, mostly for its own business purposes, chief among which is tracking you like an animal. more>>

FourthParty.info

FourthParty is here

Back in March of '09, I posted Get ready for fourth party services here, calling them "a classification for user-driven services" and "a place where a vast new marketplace can open up, serving customers first". more>>

Tux Radio

In Search Of... A Few Good Developers

Occasionally I get a chance to poke my head up and see what is new and different and occasionally I get asked if I know anyone that could help.  This is one of those cases. more>>

Minecraft. Not free.

Friday Fun: Minecraft

This week's game is one that isn't free. In any sense. It is closed source, and requires payment to even try it out. Why would we mention such a game here at Linux Journal? 2 reasons:

1) It works quite well in Linux more>>

YAAAUU (Yet Another Article About Ubuntu Unity)

 I tried.  I really did.  I tried to like Ubuntu’s new Unity interface and tried hard to make it work. Unity felt ok on the Acer Netbook -- the small screen is a good match for the new vertical application launcher. more>>

Your Friendly, Price-Gouging Cell Phone Data Provider

This is sort of relevant, because it involves an incident that I recently experienced with an application on my Android phone.  Android runs the Linux kernel, so this is peripherally a Linux issue. more>>

Ebook

Ebook Publishing Using Linux Tools

Digital books, aka “ebooks” are going to change the publishing world just as iTunes and digital music have changed the music industry more>>

command line

Converting Office Documents

Now and then, office-type documents need to be converted. The latex users have always been able to produce a variety of formats from the command line, but for the OpenOffice/LibreOffice users, manual labor has been the solution. That changes with unoconv. Now you can convert to most file formats directly from the command line. more>>

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