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HTPCs, XBMC, and other creative ways to gain weight!

320px-Xbmc_logo My home theater situation has gone through more than a few iterations over the years. Currently, I couldn’t be more pleased and I owe it almost entirely to XBMC, it’s extensive platform support, and the community for making add-ons for just about everything I’d need and more… Read more

VideoStream for iOS

VideoStreamI remember the days when I steered very clear from Apple products.  Everything I needed in a computing devices came with PCs and Windows, and still do.  After winning a iPhone 2G from a White Elephant gift exchange my work organized a couple years ago, I’ve slowly discovered the allure of iDevices.  Having just recently finally upgraded to an iPhone 3GS I find it’s versatility outweighs it’s drawbacks almost every day.  From all my music in the car with my Jabra Cruiser to games to extremely useful Apple-approved and jailbreak apps plus a quick and responsive phone for SMS, MMS, e-mail, and phone calls, this pocket-sized device connects me to almost everything and everyone.  Now it gets better with VideoStream

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iPhone and Jabra Cruiser previous and next buttons

Being an avid believer in “where there is a will, there is a way”, I’ve finally discovered a solution to a moderate annoyance I’ve had with an otherwise fantastic device – the Jabra Cruiser.  I picked up one from Amazon for about $40 a couple weeks ago and it’s a vast improvement over any FM transmitter (roadtrip/itrip) I’ve used so far.  It turns out the issue isn’t actually with the Cruiser itself but with the iPhone’s half-assed support for the AVRCP bluetooth protocol.
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The end of “Are you sure you want to move this file?” dialog – SuperCopier

Although the more I use Ubuntu, I still like my windows setups despite the occasional annoyances.  One that I battled most recently, enough to actually search for a cure, is the “Are you sure you want to move [insert system or read only file name here]”.  For a quick copy this isn’t such a hassle.  Trying to move a terabyte of stuff is a whole other story completely.  Moving large files to multiple drives at different times, becomes frustrating after setting up the move, then walking away for a few hours only to find it hasn’t gotten past more than a few files before asking this question about a system or read only file.  Windows has it’s perks and it’s faults, just as every operating system does, but after more than 10 years of multi-gigabyte drives accessible to consumers who use your operating system you’d think they’d have an option of sorts somewhere that allowed us to ignore this message for good. Read more

Cendio AB – SeamlessRDP

Well I’ve tried yet another platform merging solution just today and it’s got some great advantages but only if you’ve got a decent internet connection between you and a Windows machine running somewhere.

I love using Ubuntu and being able to add whatever software I want to it on a whim without illegally downloading software or worrying about viruses BUT… every once in a while I either need to test or use a Windows only program where one of my other virtualization modes won’t cut it. Read more

Terminal Server Patch at sala source

I found this while searching around for seamless remote desktop solutions for Ubuntu to Windows XP.  I’ve just lived with the Windows XP one concurrent user limit for years, it never occurred to me to search for a solution to free myself from such a limitation.  It’s not likely that most users or even power users would find a need for this but when you want to run more than one windows application on a native windows environment while using Linux and you only have a Windows XP/Vista/7 box at your disposal then this patch comes in handy!

Terminal Server Patch at sala source.

Ohh Dropbox… where have you been all my life?

Windows Live Mesh?  Heck no… Ubuntu One?  Still not doing it for me.  What’s this?  A file synchronization client for Windows, Mac, Linux (GNOME), and iPhone?  *faints*

Enter the Dropbox (

Since I’ve recently gone back to school I’ve had a hell of a time keeping my files synced between my desktop and netbook.  The band-aid was to use a USB stick but to be honest it’s been such a pain.  From keeping track of it, making sure I always had it with me, just having to plug it in and unplug it, and hell… I’ve even lost one or two of them before but with Dropbox all I need is an internet connection once in a while to synchronize files and I’ve got everything I need where and when I need it.  Your first 2 GB are free!

Dropbox – Home – Online backup, file sync and sharing made easy..

Unite Windows and Linux With a Single Mouse Click! – Windows/Linux Symbiosis… an easier method. – Softpedia

I found an interesting article on how to use Windows apps on Linux without going through some of the headaches of using WINE.  VirtualBox looks a lot like VMWare but with something called “Seamless Mode” and VirtualBox is free.  I wish I had known about this prior to forking over money for VMWare so long ago.  I doubt you can use this VirtualBox to play games but everything else would work just fine and with less time spent configuring WINE.  I’d still prefer to use WINE if I could but that’s not always possible for most people.

Unite Windows and Linux With a Single Mouse Click! – Windows/Linux Symbiosis… an easier method. – Softpedia.

Multi-Protocol IM Comparison Chart

Here’s a brief list of what I’ve found comparing some of the most popular multi-protocol IM clients.  I’ll try to update this here and there when I have time! Read more

Multi-Protocol Instant Messengers

I started this post thinking that I had found the latest and greatest of Multi-Network Messengers but after a little research I’ve found so many new ones that I haven’t even heard of. Even though it doesn’t have a linux version yet, my new favorite is Digsby. Remember back when Trillian came out, back when it was free and that was still all we had if we didn’t want to run 3 or 4 different messengers side by side? To be fair, I’ve only used Trillian, Pidgin, Empathy, Nimbuzz, and now Digsby. Read more

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