Bless Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for his optimism. Writing for Computerworld, Vaughan-Nichols suggests that we don't need to wait for the Year of the Linux Desktop, because we've already had it. Somehow, I missed that. Vaughan-Nichols points to HP shipping Linux, Dell shipping Linux, etc., but come on: a trickle of retail activity does not a "Year of the Linux Desktop" make.
Call me crazy (you won't be the first), but I have a soft spot for all-in-one desktops. And with my noisy, hulking Pentium 4 tower just about ready for retirement, I'm seriously eyeballing this CompUSA deal: The Averatec D1002UHCE-1 all-in-one desktop for $699.99.
This is a new system, not a refurb. Ground shipping will run you a reasonable $23. Interestingly, Circuit City has the same system for the same price with free shipping, but you'll most likely have to pay sales tax (about $42 in my neck of the woods).
The iMac-like Averatec offers some impressive … Read more
Are you a Gmail user with a huge inbox and archive? Mailplane gives you desktop-app functionality with the security of keeping your mail safe on the gServers. Mailplane works just like Gmail, offering the same functionality you've come to expect online right on your Mac desktop.
Along with e-mail, you can continue to have conversations with friends, labels for easier sorting, global access to e-mail, spam protection, and more. But even better than the online client, Mailplane integrates seamlessly with iLife apps, so you can browse and attach photos from iPhoto and music from iTunes. Drag-and-drop support makes attachments … Read more
This privacy tool comes with a lot of different options for locking your desktop; however, we encountered a glitch with its virtual desktop feature.
Desktop Lock has an easy to use interface that consists of three straightforward buttons, one for locking the computer, one for configuring your settings, and another for activating your virtual screen. The lock options let you choose what to display when the desktop is locked, such as hiding windows or leaving everything in view. From there, you can also set your hot key combinations for locking and unlocking the program. You also can easily enter banner … Read more
Before you buy that giant heat sink/fan combo for your computer's processor you may want to consider the new Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC) setup from CoolIT Systems. The company's known for its self-contained, simple-to-install liquid-cooling systems, but while its other CPU chillers are pretty pricey, the Domino is available for less than $80.
The unit is designed to quickly install into a chassis that supports a 120mm fan and works with both Intel and AMD processors, including the latest Intel Core i7 models. You get a choice of three modes: quiet, performance, and full. A micro-controller … Read more
"[Insert year here] is the year of the Linux desktop!" That has been the Linux community's refrain since at least 2001. Yet it never comes true.
I am an ardent open-source advocate, but I admit to perplexity as to why the Linux community so desperately wants its year on local systems. Who cares?
Now Netbooks are giving Linux desktop enthusiasts yet another reason to proclaim a year of the Linux desktop, despite the fact that four times as many Linux Netbook customers as Windows customers return these machines because they find Linux unfamiliar and cumbersome as a … Read more