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The View from Mudsock Heights: The Supernatural Aspects of Computer Parts Justify a Big Collection

By Dennis E. Powell | Nov 08, 2009 at 4:07 AM

My little scribbling this week comes to you from a 20-year-old, pristinely restored Northgate OmniKey keyboard. Back when the crust of the Earth was cooling and computing was young, the Northgate company was one of many upstarts that made very good personal computers. What set them apart, though, were their keyboards. They had a pleasant, clicky feel that many users loved. Northgate sold their keyboards separately, but apparently few people then bought their computers, too, so they went out of business. This made having a Northgate keyboard even cooler.

What In the World Is That? The Droid Takes Off

By Timothy R. Butler | Nov 06, 2009 at 5:25 AM

Verizon is on a bold streak. After launching the “There’s a Map for that” campaign squarely targeting what many would call Apple and AT&T’s key weakness – network reliability – the airwaves have now been covered by “iDon’t” ads that compare what the iPhone doesn’t do with what ”Droid does.” So, what does the Droid do and does it do it well? When the device launches tomorrow, do you want to be in line to buy one?

PREVIEW: The Motorola Droid Lands

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 29, 2009 at 6:48 AM

With a major ad campaign, directly targeting the iPhone, in full swing promoting the new Motorola Droid, it may be fair to say Verizon’s first Android-based phone is also perhaps its most anticipated device in recent times. Does it live up to the hype? Read on for OFB’s unboxing and short preview of this phone, which will be available for purchase next week.

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 8

By Ed Hurst | Sep 15, 2009 at 6:19 AM

The ultimate step in DIY Linux for the home PC user is building a piece of software for yourself.

enV Touch: A Different Spin on Touch Screen Phones

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 22, 2009 at 5:29 AM

Touch mania is spreading across the mobile phone world, but in a sea of phones clamoring to catch the touchscreen wave, the enV Touch might seem at first to be a mere wannabe lost behind its more recognizable competitors. But, with unique tricks up its sleeve and a good price tag, the enV Touch proves it is different, not just more of the same.

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 7: Making Adjustments

By Ed Hurst | Aug 13, 2009 at 2:56 AM
Even if you were quite active in reconfiguring the ways Windows looked and acted, you'll probably be surprised at the number of things Linux allows you to configure. Our first item is something under the hood, as it were, which should make the system automate things you need, and shut off stuff you aren't likely to ever use.

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 6

By Ed Hurst | Jul 16, 2009 at 5:19 AM

Let's add another repo. A repository, or repo, is a place where additional software packages are available for download. Out of the box, most Linux distributions are preconfigured with standard repos for downloading additional features, as well as receiving updates to the system.

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 5

By Ed Hurst | Jul 03, 2009 at 4:49 AM

Be careful using the Linux command line — it can be very addictive. You don't have to be a Linux hobby fanatic to enjoy the power of what's often called “pure computing.”

A Close Look a OakTreeā€™s Accordance, Part III: Tallying Up the Value

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 19, 2009 at 5:01 AM

Even after reading the first two parts of this series (Part I, Part II), the question from the budget conscious person may be, “Why not a different program – QuickVerse or even SWORD – that is a lot cheaper?” That is a good question, but one Accordance can easily answer in one word: flexibility.

Looking at the Samsung Alias 2

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 15, 2009 at 6:28 AM

With Father’s Day next week, ads are happily hawking a new phone for Dad as a great gift idea. Of course, many of them are anything but great, much less good gifting material. But whether you are shopping for dear old dad or for your dear old self, the Samsung Alias 2 feature phone offers a few unique tricks up its sleeve that make it worth considering. Situated comfortably below $100, it proves a budget phone does not have to be bland.

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