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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wuala: Online Backup and File Sharing

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 05:30 PM

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-d...and-mozy-wuala/

"Wuala is definitely one of the most under-reported start-ups, and there's no good reason for that. It takes the best features out of both Dropbox and Mozy to create a must-have online file storage service for anyone with a computer. Developed by Dominik Grolimund and Luzius Meisser, the technology behind Wuala is truly amazing. By using a ‘grid' algorithm, Wuala can take advantage of unused disk space across its network of users in addition to data-centre storage."

Wuala presents an interesting option for online backup, storage, and file sharing, and the reviewer for Makeuseof.com certainly is impressed with the service, which is available for Windows (XP, Vista & 7), Mac (OS X 10.4 or higher), and Linux systems. As with many online backup services, users are allocated a small amount of "Free" storage space (1 GB for Wuala), and have the option to purchase additional storage if needed. Wuala, however, adds two additional - and optional - ways to gain storage, as indicated in the above screen shot: 1) you can "trade" space on your computer, which will then be used by the Wuala Cloud to store other user's files, and 2) you can be awarded space by inviting others to join the service. Be certain to read both the linked review, as well as Wuala's own website, for additional features - some of which are apparently reserved for "Pro Users" (those that Buy and/or Trade for additional storage).


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Is Your Operating System Outmoded?

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/21/...rating-systems/

"We've come so very far in the way computer operating systems treat us, and in the way we treat those computer operating systems. They multitask, they animate, they reach into the internet and pull down our favorite parts, they rarely crash and they're always on. It's a far cry from a decade ago, but I think we could go so much further.... I think there are serious opportunities for evolution available to the Microsofts, Apples and Ubuntus of the world, but they involve embracing new technologies in new ways. And stealing a ton of ideas from phones."

In an editorial that appears on Engadget, Paul Miller presents 10 "outdated elements" that he feels are keeping current operating systems from being all that they could be - along with a proposed solution for each. I do not think that most of his items are really all that important, but then my idea of an outmoded operating system is illustrated in the picture above! It would certainly be difficult to argue against easier windows management or lower costs, but his other points seem to be non-issues, already have solutions, and/or are pertinent to only certain user groups. Which of his 10 problems do you think seriously need to be fixed - and is the OS the best place to look for such solutions?


Friday, October 2, 2009

Will Windows 7 Make for More Expensive Netbooks?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 09:44 AM

http://www.notebooks.com/2009/09/29...nsive-netbooks/

"An analyst told The Standard that while Windows 7 Starter will likely fall into the current $15 XP price point, the push will be to get users to upgrade to Professional or Home which will add to the cost. According to the article, the cost of XP on a regular computer runs $50, quite a difference from the discounted netbook price, and we should expect similar differences with Windows 7. Microsoft hasn't confirmed the pricing to OEMs but adding a Home or Pro installation of Windows 7 to a netbook could bump prices significantly."

Given all that Windows 7 brings to the table over Windows XP, I'm more than happy to pay a bit more to get a much better OS on my netbook. It will be interesting to see how functional netbooks are with Windows 7 Basic - if there will be a feeling like we're missing anything significant or not. Of course, if the price increases too much, we might see Linux netbooks start to do better.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Google Announces Chrome OS

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 08:26 AM

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009...MC-R3A917316679

"Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve."

The Web is buzzing with the news this morning: Google's long-awaited "Google OS", something that people have been talking about for several years, is finally becoming a reality. Dubbed Google Chrome OS, this is a Linux-based operating system that will run on x86 and ARM processors. It won't be a reality in the consumer market until the second half of 2010, so don't get too excited yet. Will this be compelling enough to win consumers over to Linux? Most people want Windows on their netbooks, because while the browser is important, apps are still important to many people. It will be interesting to see how Google does in this market, and more importantly, how they're going to make money. Check out the Google blog post for more details.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Windows Expands Dominance To Netbooks

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/wi...and-the-uk.aspx

"On the eve of the Computex, the largest computer exhibition in Asia and the second largest in the world, we got word that PC World, the largest electronics retailer in the UK, is de-assorting (i.e., getting rid of) all of the Linux small notebook PCs in their stores and going all-Windows. It’s pretty big news from across the pond that they’re making this move, but what’s even more important is the “why” behind the decision."

When ASUS first released the EEE PC, it was host to Linux. It helped keep the cost of the PC down and allowed for very low specifications. However, as more netbooks were released into the market, manufacturers were finding that Linux based netbooks were facing higher return rates. It seems that consumers were rejecting the feel and behaviour of Linux in favour of their comfortable home of Windows. This trend has grown so strong it appears that PC World has announced it is removing Linux based notebook PC and Windows based netbooks own the US market. Does this mean that Linux has lost its chance to warm the hearts of the average consumer? I am doubtful this is the last we have seen of Linux in the mainstream and Linux does have considerable penetration in other markets, but it does show just how strong the momentum is behind Windows. Consumers want to save money, but not at the expense of what they're used to.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Moblin v2.0 Beta for Netbooks Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:04 AM

http://moblin.org/community/blogs/i...ettops-its-here

"The Moblin steering committee is happy to release the Moblin v2.0 beta for Netbooks and Nettops for developer testing. With this release, developers can begin to experience and work with the source code of the visually rich, interactive user interface designed for Intel Atom based Netbooks. The Moblin v2.0 user experience has been designed from the ground up to provide unique ways to engage with the internet, aggregate your social networking activity, and enjoy your media content. The new user experience and core applications were developed using the Clutter animation framework, leveraging heavily from GL and the physics engine."

I'm generally not a fan of Linux on netbooks - it always seemed like it was a nice-looking top layer and below that it was ugly and confusing. Even on the HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition, which has a great home screen, I found myself missing my Windows applicatons. If someone is focused almost purely on browser-based applications, a Linux netbook can work quite nicely, but the scenario breaks down as soon as they want to do something that's application based - the lack of iTunes is a deal-breaker for some people. I think that's the main reason why Linux netbooks tend to have higher return rates than Windows-based netbooks. I've downloaded the Moblin 2.0 beta, put it on a USB flash drive, and will take it for a spin...anyone else here used Moblin?


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Presto Gives Windows PCs Fast Linux Interface

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

http://prestomypc.com/

Presto is an Instant On OS solution created by Xandros. Like SplashTop for ASUS motherboards, Latitude ON for Dell and others, Presto is a custom made Linux distribution tuned for fast booting and quick access to a set of standard applications. The main difference with Presto is that it can be used on any Windows PC. It actually installs on a Windows computer just like an installation through a 400+MB installer and uninstalls just as easily. Once installed, the next time you boot your computer, instead of automatically going into Windows, you're presented with a screen to choose between Windows and Presto, with Windows selected if you don't choose in 30 seconds. I opted to install Presto's beta onto my aging Toshiba M200 Tablet PC. When I loaded Presto, it was ready to use within 15 seconds. Not technically instant on like a phone or PDA, but considering the age of the laptop, and that it normally takes about 2 minutes for me to reach a usable Windows desktop, I was impressed. Read more...


Thursday, February 26, 2009

UMPC Portal's Long-Term Impressions of the HP Mini Mi

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.umpcportal.com/2009/02/l...p-mini-1000-mie

"It has definitely been an interesting testing experience with the Mini 1000 MIE. The netbook, as you have probably read, runs a custom Ubuntu interface designed by HP. They call it the Mobile Internet Edition of the Mini 1000. I am anything but a Linux pro, so I approached this as a newcomer to Linux. Luckily, HP is marketing the Mini 1000 MIE to less experienced computer users and not Linux pros. I gave you my initial software impressions not too long ago, but I'm ready to give you some more detailed information."

I've been using the Mini Mi for a couple of weeks now, and I have mixed feelings about it, some of which are echoed in this article. It's definitely a slick interface, but underneath it's still Linux, which isn't the most usable operating system in the world. I'm continuing my tests, and will probably do a video review of what HP has done with the Mobile Internet Edition software. One of the issues I've seen, mentioned in this article, is performance. The "common wisdom" is that Windows is bloated and slow, while Linux is lean and fast. You'd never know that using the HP Mini Mi - there are screen redraw issues galore, and a general feeling of sluggish performance - and this is with 2 GB of RAM installed. Now it may be that the target market for the Mini Mi - general consumers who want an Internet-focused device - might not notice these issues, but I can't shake the feeling that the software wasn't designed for the hardware.


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