Before you say anything, yes, I know Wireshark is available
for Linux. This time, however, Windows and OS X users get to play
too. Wireshark is an open-source network analyzation tool that is really
an amazing tool for troubleshooting a network.
After months of me promising Steam would be coming to Linux, it's finally here. The early verdict: it's pretty great! The
installer is a simple pre-packaged .deb file for Ubuntu (or Xubuntu
in my case), and the user portion of the install looks very much like
Windows or Macintosh. In my limited testing, I've found
the Steam beta to be at least as stable as Desura. more>>
I'm often compared to the Absent-Minded Professor. I take it as a
great compliment, because in the movie, he's brilliant. Unfortunately,
when people refer to me as him, it's the "absent-minded" part they're
stressing—not the "professor" part.
Anyone with an iPhone probably is familiar with the AirVideo
application. Basically, it's the combination of a server app that runs on
your Windows or OS X machine, and it serves video over the network to an
AirVideo application on your phone. It's extremely popular, and for a
good reason—it works amazingly well.
The folks over at http://www.iheartubuntu.com recently put up a challenge to
the Linux community to get Netflix to work natively under our beloved
OS. Thankfully, Erich Hoover stepped up to the challenge and patched
the Wine Project in a way to allow Firefox/Silverlight to be installed
and actually work with Netflix's DRM'd Silverlight!
I have a new day job, and as part of the hiring package, I was issued a
smartphone. I'm a little bitter that it doesn't include a tethering
plan, but that doesn't upset me nearly as much as the lack of Wi-Fi
analysis apps. See, my new job issued me an iPhone. I really like the
iPhone (it's true, I can't lie), but in order to scan Wi-Fi, I'd have to
jailbreak my phone!
Every year for our Readers' Choice survey, the venerable tool rsync
gets votes for favorite backup tool. That never surprises us, because
every time I need to copy a group of files and folders, rsync is the
tool I use by default. more>>
I have a huge collection of NASA photos taken from the Astronomy Pic of
the Day Web site (http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html) stored in a
folder in my Dropbox. No matter what computer system I'm using, I rotate
those images on my background, getting a virtual tour of the universe
on every screen. more>>
Last month, I showed you an awesome audiobook player app for Android, but
I didn't share my frustration in getting the audio files on to my phone. When
I plugged my phone in to the computer, I couldn't get the SD card to mount,
no matter what settings I changed. more>>
Every time my paycheck is direct-deposited, I contemplate purchasing a
Chromebook. Long gone are the days of the CR-48 laptops with the clunky
interface and frustrating usability. Although I never quite seem to pull
the trigger and buy a Chromebook, thanks to the developer Hexxeh,
it's possible to run the Chromium OS on a wide variety of hardware
The concept of standalone Web apps isn't new. Anyone using Prism with Firefox or Fluid with OS X understands the concept: a browser that goes to a single Web site and acts like a standalone application—sorta. more>>
Task management programs are commonplace in our busy lives, but it seems that every system lacks something. Google Tasks is nice, but it lacks the features of a more robust task management system. Remember the Milk is nice, but it charges for some of its features. Many standalone task management programs are great, but they don't sync between devices. more>>
If you're the type of person who installs Ubuntu's server edition, you're also likely the sort of person who knows how to configure network settings. For most distributions, especially those based on Debian, the process is a bit strange, but familiar. more>>
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