Showing posts from February, 2011

Ubuntu Netbook Remix on HP Mini 110

Note: This article is written for the Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 release. The current release of Ubuntu is 11.10 (as of Jan-12) and no longer offer the Netbook Remix, although the standard edition is said to work on netbooks.  For a long time I have been looking to try out the Netbook release of the famous Ubuntu Linux distribution, and see if it made my HP Mini 110 any better than running it with Windows 7. Ubuntu Netbook Remix is a optimised edition of the desktop Linux system with a custom layout and interface that is intend to ease and enhance the netbook experience. As the desktop edition, the netbook remix comes with Firefox, OpenOffice, Empathy just to name a few to get you started on your way. I have installed this onto my HP Mini 110 (HP Mini 110-1135TU) and it is now running great. However, there were some things I had to do before it was 100%. Out of the box, the wireless card does not work. Standard Ethernet does, but wireless cannot be found. But before I go into that

Windows 7 SP1 is out

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 is now available. Not that exciting really. No new features. Just a bulk load of the updates you probably already have. You’re Welcome!

Sony looks to pull music from iTunes

Music giant Sony is looking to pull its music from the all popular Apple iTunes store after Apple rejected Sony e-reader application. The music industry has been, for a long time, looking for a way to pull out of the grips of the Apple iTunes store and it looks like Apple last app rejection to Sony could be the beginning of the end. Since rejecting Sony’s e-reader app from the App store, Sony is now threatening to pull all their music from the iTunes store and looking to put more effort into either their own ecosystem and alternative system that has yet to hit the market. For now though, the music is still available and will be for users to download through the iTunes store.

Guitar Hero’s last show

Activision this week made the announcement that they will be shutting down the Guitar Hero franchise. The once-popular game Guitar Hero were the player would use a toy guitar-shaped controller to “play” along to the music will no longer be developed as Activision will be shutting down the division that develops the franchise including DJ Hero. Less than two years ago, the game reportedly brought in $2 billion to the company however that is no longer the case as sales continue to decline. The high cost of licensing fees and royalties further meant that the game was no longer profitable. For those who still play and enjoy the game, downloadable content will continue to be available for some time to come.

Nokia to use Windows Phone 7

Nokia and Microsoft have gotten together to create, what could end being a shakeup to the smartphone industry. Nokia devices will now run Windows Phone 7. Nokia will be dumping their native mobile OS Symbian and will be adopting the new Microsoft platform as their new smartphone operating system. This new move will see a boost to both companies sales. Nokia and Microsoft will be working together in development while Nokia is set to define the Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Bing will become Nokia primary search service across Nokia’s devices and Nokia Maps will become apart of Microsoft core mapping services such as Bing and ad services.

NSW Election Twitter Feed: The Fun I Have

The Daily Telegraph site is running a campaign on the NSW Election, and currently they have a monitor going for the Twitter hashtag #NSWElection. I thought I would have some fun with it.

Foursquare for sex (NSFW)

As my friends will tell you, I am a huge Foursquare fan, but this is taking it to the next level. See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor .

Apple Store coming to Penrith

According to the Apple site for future stores, Penrith NSW will be getting one. The famous Apple stores have gained the reputation of being shiny and selling nothing but the handful of products that Apple offers. And now Penrith will be home to one. Who would have thought? I now look forward to my work receive increasing amounts of questions and support enquires regarding their new Mac or iPhone. By the way, I recommend you read this blog on the views of some of the workers of the Apple Store:

New Windows Home Server released for testing

The next installment of Windows Home Server was released to the public for testing. Windows Home Server 2011, codename Vail, has been promoted to Release Candidate status and is now available for download and testing. One of the most outstanding missing features is the famous Drive Extender technology which was pulled from the software late 2010. Drive Extender was the technology allowing users to add and remove drives on the fly as well as providing a data duplication system. It has been said that this technology was removed because the software being incompatible with the systems of Microsoft's larger partners, leaving enthusiasts confused and betrayed. While the drive extender may be gone, WHS 2011 still comes packed with features like Media Streaming, PC Backup, and Remote Access. If you would like to be apart of the testing process, go to the Microsoft Connect site and sign up for the programme.