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+ - iOS versus Android: The text bubble witch hunt->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "There’s another petty iOS versus Android controversy brewing. Apparently some folks have gotten it into their heads that Apple is teaching people to hate anyone who doesn’t use an iPhone by displaying SMS messages in green and iMessage messages in blue.

I thought the whole “my mobile platform is better than your platform” thing had gotten plenty stupid in the past, but this text bubble holy war really takes the cake. As the owner of an iPhone 6 Plus, I can honestly tell you that I’ve never cared if somebody sent me an SMS or an iMessage text. What difference does the color of the text bubble make as long as I get their message?"

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+ - Why do some Mac owners run Linux instead of OS X?->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "It seems like a strange idea, doesn’t it? People buying Apple’s Mac computers to run Linux? After all, most Linux users are thrifty people and would probably consider Macs to be relatively expensive compared to the cost of other computers. But nominal price does not necessarily equate to the real value of Macs for some users.

For some people there is real value in Apple’s line of Mac computers. They don’t see the nominal price tag as a hindrance to buying one of them to run Linux, and they probably appreciate the build quality of Apple’s Macs. I certainly can’t blame them for that since Apple has a good reputation in that regard and it shows in the loyalty of its customers year after year.

But I suspect that some of them may also be saving money by buying used Macs instead of brand new ones. Amazon, for example, sells used Macbook Airs, iMacs, and Macbook Pros on its site that are significantly cheaper than new ones bought from Apple’s stores or web site. And these may work very well for Linux users that want to use Apple hardware without paying full price."

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+ - Why Chromebooks are killing Microsoft->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "Chromebooks are the sleeper-product-from-hell for Microsoft. They came out of nowhere and now pose a legitimate threat to Microsoft in the laptop sales category. How many could have predicted this when the first Chromebooks were released? Back then it would have seemed absurd for an upstart operating system to even have a chance at competing with Windows-based laptops."
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+ - Linus Torvalds and the cults of niceness and diversity->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "Okay, let me unload on some of this stuff. As far as being “nice” all the time goes, it’s not good for a couple of reasons:

1. Being nice all the time means being fake. Nobody – not a single one of us – is nice all the time. We’re human beings and we have moods that change frequently. If one attempts to be nice twenty four hours a day, seven days a week then that person is putting up a false facade of niceness. It’s simply impossible to be nice all the time. I’d much rather deal with an honest and crabby person than a phony person anytime."

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+ - North Korea Linux 3.0 (Red Star OS) screenshot tour->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "The desktop version North Korea Linux 3.0 is finally available for download and install, thanks to the same guy who initially brought us the server version of North Korea Linux. The ISO download has been popping up all over the place on torrent sites, but I suggest downloading it via Kick Ass Torrents.

The ISO file weighs in at around 2.61 GB, so it’s not a small download. But you should have no problem getting a copy."

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+ - No, Linux is not dead on the desktop->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "There are certain constants in life, and one of them is a never-ending spate of predictions that Linux is dead on the desktop. It's inevitable that we see these kinds of article popping up every once in a while. CIO has one of the latest examples of this as it tries to make the case that Linux is dead on the desktop.

Bah! I hate having to wade through these kinds of articles, but it's necessary to answer them lest the perception take root that "Linux is doomed!" and all the usual blather that goes along with such nonsense. Every single time I read one of these articles my eyes roll into the back of my head and various profanities burst from my lips."

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+ - Quick Look: Peppermint Five->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "Peppermint Five, the latest release of the distribution formerly called Peppermint OS, features a brand new Control Center to manage settings, as well as a rebuilt Ice SSB (Site Specific Browser) manager. Since it’s built on the Ubuntu 14.04 code base, Peppermint Five is also a long term support release."
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+ - Why the iPod touch will become the iPad nano March 29, 2014By Jim Lynch->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "The iPod touch is a very misunderstood mobile device. When many people talk about it, it’s usually in the context of playing music. But the iPod touch goes far beyond being just a music player though, it’s a pocket computer that can do virtually anything an iPhone or iPad can do (minus phone calls or cellular connections). I think that has more to do with the name “iPod” than anything else, and it’s way past time for the name to change to better reflect what the iPod touch can do."
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+ - Do distrohoppers have too many choices?->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "Distrohopping can be an immense amount of fun as a Linux user switches distributions frequently to try to find that elusive “best distro of all.” Everyday Linux User thinks that distrohoppers might be suffering from what can be termed “cable television syndrome.” While I think this is a possibility, I also think the advantages of distrohopping far outweigh the disadvantages.

I’m of the mind that more choices are better than fewer choices. One of the best things about Linux is the sheer range of choices that are out there. There literally is a distribution for everybody, no matter how eclectic your taste in Linux might be. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a visit to DistroWatch, and you can find a Linux distribution that suits your needs."

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+ - Kubuntu 13.10 Review: Kubuntu Gets a Software Center->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "The release of Ubuntu 13.10 has brought with it updates to the various Ubuntu spins. Kubuntu 13.10 is certainly one of the most important so it’s time to take a look at it. I haven’t done a full review of Kubuntu in quite a long while, so I was very curious to see how it had changed and what it had to offer.

I’m happy to say that Kubuntu 13.10 didn’t disappoint, I found myself liking it much more than Ubuntu 13.10."

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+ - iOS 7: An Estrogen-Addled Mess Designed for 13 Year Old Girls->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "There’s a real gender issue with the iOS 7 icon color scheme. The iOS 7 beta icons practically ooze estrogen! The manly, solid colors and design found in iOS 6 have been chopped off as viciously as Lord Varus’ balls and cock in Game of Thrones. In short, iOS 7 is a clam-o-rama of soft pastels that overwhelm male eyeballs, while bathing men in a sea of soft, limp nothingness.

If this is Johnny Ives’ work then it seems pretty clear that Scott Forstall was the alpha male at Apple. Or maybe it was Steve Jobs, or Jobs and Forstall together who put a masculine stamp on iOS? Either way, it’s pretty clear that iOS has totally lost its balls in iOS 7."

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Linux

+ - Linux Mint 13 Review->

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JimLynch
JimLynch writes "Woohoo! It’s Linux Mint time again! Linux Mint 13 (wow, not exactly a lucky number!) has just been released, so I hopped right on it. Linux Mint has long been one of my favorite distros. We’ll find out in this review if the latest version measures up to its previous incarnations.

Linux Mint 13 comes with two different desktop options: MATE or Cinnamon. For this review, I picked the MATE version. You can download either of them. See the install section of the review for download details."

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+ - Blizzard's Mobile Mistake->

Submitted by
JimLynch
JimLynch writes "Blizzard is generally regarded as a smart company with a savvy business model and knowledgeable developers. However, it has made a terrible mistake by not developing mobile versions of its popular games.

Oh sure, Blizzard released its Mobile Armory ages ago. And it’s fine for what it does, but it doesn’t let you play World of Warcraft on your iPad, iPhone or other mobile device."

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Ubuntu

+ - Sneak Peek: Linux Mint 12->

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JimLynch
JimLynch writes "The first release candidate for Linux Mint 12 is out now, and I couldn’t resist doing a sneak peek of it. I’ll do a full review on DLR when the final release comes out.

Linux Mint 12, as you may have heard, uses GNOME 3.2 as its desktop environment. But the Linux Mint developers never do anything quite the same as other distros. In this release they’ve added MGSE (Mint GNOME Shell Extensions) that make it possible to use the GNOME 3 desktop in a way similar to previous releases of GNOME."

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