This press release on Sun’s web site announces the new agreement between Sun and Google for Google Desktop on Sun’s Java platform. That is very nice but the last couple of paragraphs hint at something much bigger: Only the Beginning The distribution of Java and the Google Toolbar underscores Google’s advocacy of Java technology…. The […]
We have all heard of open source software. Many of us have even seen it in action (e.g., the Firefox web browser or the Thunderbird email program). One nagging concern still blocks many people from actually using open source software: how do you get technical support? Certainly paid support is the easy-to-find option for many […]
Linux Journal recently published a nice article which introduces OpenOffice.org. If you have heard me (or someone else) rave about how great OOo is but have been hesitating to try to out, give OOo Off the Wall: What New Users Need to Know About OpenOffice.org a quick read. Then download and try OpenOffice.org (it’s free).
NewsForge has an article about University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy’s conversion from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org. Unlike previous articles, this one looks back with two years of perspective. From the NewsForge article: The cost analysis was compelling — the Linux option could be implemented for around $21,000, more than $100,000 less than […]
Forever Geek has a great tidbit on how to make Acrobat load faster on Windows. This made a world of difference for me: Find the Acrobat Reader folder. On my system, with Acrobat 6 installed, this is C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader Open the plug_ins folder. Move all of the files and folders to the Optional folder […]
Ever wonder about why people like me continually rave about the wonders of open source software? One reason is because bugs get fixed really fast. Witness some of the security flaws in Firefox which were reported recently and patched within a few days. Here is a more personal example. I had been having a problem […]
Microsoft today announced the beta test of Microsoft OneCare. In case you haven’t heard of OneCare, this is Microsoft’s anti-virus “solution.” Doesn’t it seem odd that MS builds insecure software and then wants to sell us a second product to secure it? Isn’t this like buying a brand-new-but-broken safe from the store and then paying […]
I started using [email protected] for an office phone system a few weeks ago. Very cool! Basically, Asterisk is a phone system (a PBX) that runs on a PC. If you can imagine something that an full-up office phone system does, I can do it. [email protected] is a project to make Asterisk easy to install.
I’m usually an “early adopter” but seem to be coming to the blogging world a bit on the late side. Better late than never, though. WordPress was easy to install and that both impresses me and doesn’t surprise me. What does surprise me is that Verio bothered to provide a vinstall for it on my […]