Archive for January, 2006

Excellent reads for fellow Tuxers

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

I really enjoyed the following books. I suggest reading Open Sources in the proper sequence. Rebel Code was my favorite, however, as it really describes how Linux got started and the excitement that followed as it grew in popularity.
Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution (O\'Reilly Open Source) Open Sources 2.0 : The Continuing Evolution

Under Construction…

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Well, my previous web hosting provider went belly up without so much as a warning… so, time to rebuild the site and gradually move some previous blog entries (from blosxom) to WordPress. I was waiting for 2.0 to come out and it is finally here, so no more excuses.

Please bear with us as the site takes shape. Thanks.

New Intel Macs at last!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
Apple X86 Logo

Yup, you read that right, and I already have one on order! People think Macs are expensive, but actually, they are quite competitive… a new similarly configured Intel Core Duo Dell 17″ laptop runs around $2900… The new 15.4″ MacBook Pro is $2500… sure, the screen sizes are different, but the MacBook Pro also includes an integrated iSight camera, 1GB of memory on 1 SIMM instead of 2, and software people will actually use (iLife ’06).

These are good times for Apple and their customers. Here is a link to their new advertisement. Enjoy!

UPDATE: Well, I decided to purchase this through Amazon.com instead of the regular Apple Store. I save $200 in tax alone, plus there is a $150.00 Rebate. I also used my Amazon.com associates ID to get an additional 4% off, and my Amex card to save yet another 1%. That’s over $450 in savings, with an estimated delivery of the end of March (instead of the end of February).

Treo 650 as a GPS Navigator!

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Yes, it’s true! I’m using my Treo 650 smartphone as a GPS navigation device. The PalmOne GPS kit includes a small GPS receiver about half the size of a hockey puck. Simply set it on the dash of your car, enable Bluetooth on the Treo, and they connect wirelessly. Battery life for both is quite good too.

I have maps for all of the US and Canada loaded on a SD expansion card and there is still room left over! The TomTom 5.0 navigation software is awesome and very easy to use.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with this solution! Especially well suited for the road warrior who travels a lot as there is hardly any extra gear to carry.