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9 Reasons You Must Get Dropbox

December 28, 2012 1 comment

If you haven’t heard of Dropbox you’re missing out on one of the best things to hit computing in the last decade.  It’s a cornucopia of digital goodness.  And it’s free.  Here’s a list of things it can do for you. Read more…

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Netflix Finally Comes to Linux

December 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Netflix just might run on every computer in the world – unless it’s running a standard Linux distro.  Though dedicated appliances like the Boxee Box run Netflix on Linux, the company refuses to release universal support to the Linux community at large.

We finally have a reasonable way to run Netflix natively on Linux using Wine.  No more choppy playback from Windows VMs on your penguin lovin’ PC.  Your Mythtv frontend can finally include Netflix in its arsenal of mind-numbing media madness.  This has been a long time coming.  Catch details in the links below or do a search for many more.

http://www.iheartubuntu.com/2012/11/ppa-for-netflix-desktop-app.html

This show is great.  Heard it first here…

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Lower Your Phone Bill: $70 to $10

December 27, 2012 3 comments

Think you can lower your monthly phone bill from $70 to $10?  Want to add a free line for that chatty child in your home?  You can do all that and more by picking the right VOIP solution.

I have been using GV (Google Voice) on my home phone for a couple of years now at no cost.  I recently called “the man” at the phone company and told them to put their copper pairs back on a spool and take a hike.  Now I’m keeping %85 percent of my phone bill every month.  Hey – 85% is an “A” grade in Canadian schools (No “eh” reference intended).  The savings is great and the features are awesome if you can attain acceptable reliability. Read more…

Infinite Jukebox

December 27, 2012 Leave a comment

The Infinite Jukebox slices up a song and plays it in a continuous and never-ending loop.  Think of it as auto-remixing your music.  Upload your own MP3 or listen to a few featured songs on the site.  This is a great way to wear that catchy tune out so it’s no longer stuck in your head.  😉

http://labs.echonest.com/Uploader/index.html

Longer UPS Life

December 26, 2012 Leave a comment

A good UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is an important part of any reliable computer system, but they’re expensive.  When I found one of mine with four legs in the air one morning, I decided to give it a shot of Liquamycin instead of taking it to the slaughter-house.  Fixing the UPS seemed “greener” and I hoped I could make it better-than-new without giving too much money to the vet. Read more…