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RHEL 6 for the Clueless: Initial Configuration of the Desktop

By Ed Hurst | Apr 07, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Last time, we got the basic Linux system set up. Now, you need to orient yourself. Things may look a little different here than you are use to on other systems, but nothing is nearly as mysterious as it might seem. The main menu system is in the upper left-hand corner. In the upper right is the notification area (“Systray”). On the lower toolbar, the left is where the open windows are listed, and the lower right is an iconic representation of multiple desktops with your desktop “trashcan.”

RHEL 6 for the Clueless: Installation

By Ed Hurst | Mar 10, 2011 at 11:48 PM

In the last part of this series, we prepared to install Linux. Now's the time to take the leap and actually perform the installation, a process that is typically easy enough, but may include some complications I will outline below.

RHEL 6 for the Clueless: Preparing to Install

By Ed Hurst | Feb 21, 2011 at 10:54 PM

So, we have already discussed why you may want to try RHEL as your computer operating system. Now come the preparations. Take your time. RHEL 6 will install on most computers, but you should perform due diligence and research your hardware against Linux before attempting to install it.

Nokia’s Death Wish in HP’s Shadow

By Timothy Butler | Feb 18, 2011 at 12:02 AM

The last week included major strategy announcements from two troubled cellular phone makers: Silicon Valley’s Hewlett-Packard and Finland’s Nokia. If the machinations of phone producers were a tragedy, the present act would surely be near the climax, complete with the start of a reversal of fortunes for an unlikely player and the flawed hero making a move cementing his death.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Anniversary Reminds Us How We Blew What Might Have Been

By Dennis Powell | Jan 31, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Fifty years ago this May, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. Later this year, the space shuttle will fly for the last time, marking the effective end of the country’s manned spaceflight program. And right in the middle, 25 years ago last Friday, was the loss of the space shuttle Challenger, which broke apart 73 seconds after its launch, killing seven people and, unbeknownst to me at the time, consuming much of the next three years of my life.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the Clueless

By Ed Hurst | Jan 15, 2011 at 1:08 AM

Your motives matter. The reason why you choose one distribution — “brand” — of Linux over another is to match your needs, your reason for switching from Windows to Linux. I want control, security, and long term support. I don’t want bloat, but I’m as lazy as anyone else about wanting the system to do all the work for me; automation usually means bloat. I want something which works the way I do, which solves the problems I don’t want to face. I’ll be willing to work a little for the rest of it.

The View from Mudsock Heights: The End of a Photographic Era Brings Sadness and Memories

By Dennis Powell | Jan 11, 2011 at 1:10 AM

When the word came, it was like news that an old friend had died, albeit an old friend I hadn’t seen for years. A small camera shop in Kansas the last Thursday in 2010 turned off the last machine in the world capable of processing Kodachrome film. The best color film ever made is now gone, probably forever, a victim of the digital revolution.

Office 2011: A Suite Well Suited for Macs

By Timothy Butler | Jan 08, 2011 at 4:23 PM

So, you received a new Mac for Christmas – you are probably going to want some sort of office suite for writing letters or papers, creating presentations and so on. There are a number of respectable choices out there, including Apple’s very good iWork suite. Nevertheless, Microsoft’s Office has long held the status of the gold standard of suites and its components have a long history on the Mac. In this review we investigate whether it deserves a place on your computer.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Forget the Better Mousetrap -- We’re Building Better Mice

By Dennis Powell | Dec 22, 2010 at 5:50 PM

It was a good year for mice. The headline in Medical Daily last week is typical: “Reproductive scientists create mice from 2 fathers.” It seems that through impressive scientific jiggery-pokery in the lab, researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center were able to extract a cell from each of two male mice, combine their DNA, put the results into a surrogate mouse mother, and produce a mouseling that was not genetically related to the mother at all. (What has this to do with cancer research? Good question.)

Gifts of Christmas 2010: Smart Phones

By Timothy Butler | Dec 22, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Last week, we looked at some of the most recent and interesting Android phones available this Christmas. But, of course, Android is not alone when it comes to smart phone platforms and today we have excellent contenders from the Windows Phone, BlackBerry and iOS camps, along with a handy little 4G Wi-Fi router from Clear.

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