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Caged Heat: Using Open Source in a Windows Workplace

I work primarily with Windows but let me say that I, like many of you, have no choice in the matter. We don’t live in a world where the company tells us, “Well, here’s Microsoft Office and everything we do is on a web app. Have fun!” My goodness, that would be a relative paradise… Read more »

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Attributes of Effective Project Managers

In most work spaces, individuals are at least partially motivated by their salary to contribute to the project for which they are assigned.  Leaders may possess various and commendable attributes in this scenario but they have the ability to leverage salary to motivate others.  What happens when the salary isn’t there and how does it… Read more »

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My Mom Runs Linux!

People are coming to Linux in droves these days. They each have their own reasons. It could be a desire to get out from under the thumb of proprietary software’s limitations, privacy concerns or just plain old economics. Some of them find a whole new world of computing happiness and others walk away frustrated. Why… Read more »

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Linux Emergency Mode Thoughts

I’ve broken a lot of things over the years. Quite a few of them out of curiosity. I remember in the mid-1980s my dad had bought me a digital CASIO watch. After a few months with it, I wanted to see how it worked. Avoiding the sound advice of the instruction manual, I proceeded to… Read more »

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Ubuntu Shifting The Overton Window

We’ve talked for years about the killer app that will take the Linux desktop to the mainstream.  For some the killer app is a particular game.  To illustrate, I’m still playing Civilization IV.  I’ve spent about thirty minutes trying to get it working under Wine to no avail.  I’m sure I just haven’t found the… Read more »

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Flash Isn’t Dead Yet

Adobe Flash Is like a creepy uncle. Sure, it may give us the creeps while annoying us to no end. Hell, it may even be a danger to those around it….but it also gives us access to cool stuff. Anyone claiming Flash is no longer needed is not taking media consumption into account. Your local… Read more »

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The Merits of the Open Source Philosophy

Tonight, I sent my fourteen year old daughter a sample from the book “Libertarianism For Beginners.”  If she likes it, I’ll gladly buy the full book for her to add to her library.  The purchasing process was reasonably painless as there was a clean interface guiding me from product discovery all the way through delivery. … Read more »

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Linux Mint Saves The Day

There are no two ways about it. Ubuntu blew it big time with their 16.04 release. All of the Ubuntu flavors I looked at in beta performed beautifully but the moment 16.04 became an official release something went terribly wrong. I started to hear rumblings from the community almost immediately and then I ran right… Read more »

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The Rumors Aren’t True

I was listening to my usual round of amazing Linux Podcasts this week (you know who you are) and one of the discussions that made the rounds was about hardware compatibility issues with Linux.  One of the hosts was bemoaning the issues with running linux on a repurposed MacBook and trying to get the wireless… Read more »

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Bacon and Linux

The first rule of bacon in my house is not to allow anything labeled bacon to enter the building. Real bacon, the best bacon, comes from the meat section and says something like “sliced pork belly” on the vacuum sealed packaging label. This bacon is thick cut. The perfect thickness for cooking over the grill… Read more »