It seems like a normal day to our poor protagonist who thinks he’s going shopping to buy a budget laptop but little does he know that he’s being hunted, hunted in an urban jungle…
It’s the year 2017, after many years of false prophets rising and falling, the masses have gathered for what must be the saviour, the one true device that will bring us all the anticipated freedom we cry out for…
I’m sitting at my desk and need to plug in my USB drive, hmmm, resting my cheek on my table while I use my hand and amazing awareness powers to try to get to the back of the computer should work…right?
In the Avengers movie, there’s an artefact called the Tesseract which is a cool looking cube. It emits a blue light which would make an impressive tech addition to my desk. Since it’s Friday and I’m looking for fun tech, guess what I found…
Purism may conjure up images of a noble and selfless ideology but in this case the US based company Purism has security and privacy in mind. They’ve been in the news recently because of their crowdfunding campaign to build an open source smartphone but today, I’m more interested in their laptop range.
I spent several years as a mobile IT guy and met many users along the way. Travelling from office to office, putting out IT fires, sometimes feeling like the hero, swooping in to save the day and other days feeling like a counsellor listening to users expressing their IT woes.
Now that the dust has settled and the shock for some people has subsided I think it’s time for me to give my two cents about this subject of Ubuntu changing from Unity to Gnome.
My Chromebook is one of those models where sound is not supported under Linux and even after getting it to work on and off I’ve realised that the best option is to live with a workaround.
Fitness bands like the Fitbit are premium and well made products but there are other manufacturers who have taken the fitness tracker concept and produced alternatives that are 4 times cheaper in some cases. The question is, are they just pretenders or viable alternatives?
Formatting your Chromebook’s internal drive to run both ChromeOS and Linux requires a large enough internal drive and can be done even if you’re not a Linux expert.
One app that has consistently impressed me is gThumb, it’s a good balance of features and being easy to use. I made this movie desktop wallpaper using only gThumb.
Svetlozar recently asked which distro he could use for his old PC and I recommended Linux Lite 3.4 because it’s designed for low spec computers and it’s strength is how easy and user friendly it is.
The journey to the creation of Linux Distros is a shining example of daring to challenge existing ideas about software and through new ideas and new philosophies, innovating to find another way.
The Intel NUC is a barebones little PC that might be mistaken for a lightweight machine, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find this could be your perfect Linux PC.
There’s seems to be a lot less tablets on the market in recent years and this tablet is a welcome alternative to other higher priced tablets.
Let’s take a look at how this laptop works under Linux because at a $200 price point this Cloudbook has some pretty good specs.
In this post I’ll install Linux Mint on my Chromebook and give you a quick look at the distro. My Chromebook only has a 16GB hard drive so I’ll use an SD card permanently plugged in to boost home drive storage.
In this post I’ll show you how to create a Linux USB drive or DVD disc so that you can boot your computer, laptop or Chromebook into Linux.
Let’s look at how 5 lightweight Linux distros fair on a Chromebook. I’ll compare basic usage as well as gaming and ease of use.
I keep seeing headlines about Ubuntu phones and reading articles about how great Ubuntu on a phone can be.
For Linux users (or readers who want to start using Linux), this is my round up of some of the most popular Chromebooks that support Linux.
Maybe you tried Linux on your Chromebook and didn’t like it or it just didn’t work as you wanted it to, well, going back to Chrome OS is pretty simple to do.
John’s custom SeaBIOS is able to modify a Chromebook’s BIOS so that it can boot from a USB drive in order to install Linux. Some of you may be wondering, what’s the difference between the RW_LEGACY and BOOT_SLOT BIOS mods?
In my original guide many of you have asked how to dual boot Chrome OS and Linux on your Chromebooks. I’ve come up with this how to along with the video guide to make the whole process easier to understand and follow.
In this post you can use my script to run any fixes and tweaks needed to get your Chromebook working under Linux. To make this script better please feel free to add your suggestions to add a feature.
The first time you build a PC from scratch is an exciting learning experience. I’ve tried to make these instructions as detailed as possible and hope that you will find them useful.
I built this computer in February 2016 for myself. I needed a video editing PC that would last and so I decided to choose the new Intel 6th generation processor (codenamed Skylake).
For some the computer case is an afterthought it’s just the casing right? For others it needs just as much consideration as all the other components on the list.
Many custom builders are really not sure what to look in a Power Supply Unit or PSU and end up just buying one without too much thought.
In the old days deciding which hard drive to choose was as simple as looking at the capacity of the drive. Nowadays there are several choices to make like interface types, speeds, storage technologies and physical sizes.
The graphics card has evolved from just rendering graphics on screen to also having a powerful on-board processor. That’s why you’ll commonly see a graphics card being referred to as a GPU, a Graphical Processing Unit.
By now you will hopefully have chosen a processor and motherboard for your custom build PC, it’s now time to decide which memory modules to buy.
Motherboards support so many features and new technologies that picking one can start to become a bit overwhelming. If you’ve read some of my other posts you’ll know I like breaking things down logically into steps. I’ve come up with 8 steps that will hopefully make the selection process simpler.
Picking a processor for your new PC is a difficult but important decision. Intel processors currently have an edge over AMD processors and so I will be focusing on Intel for this build series.
Welcome back! I assume you’ve read the first post in this series: why build your own PC. Hopefully you’re back because you want to learn more or have decided to build a custom computer of your own.
Before you start choosing parts and building your custom computer you should consider whether it’s the right choice for you, after all, why not just buy a pre-built computer?
Recently after several frustrating hours of trying to edit videos to upload to YouTube I came to the realization that my computer just wasn’t up to the job.
The new Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015 version adds more processing power and a backlit keyboard.
Elementary OS is a pretty cool Linux operating system and when paired with the Toshiba Chromebook 2, you could say you have an alternative to a Macbook.
Striding confidently towards my desk with a satisfied look on his face, this is what my work colleague assumed. The expression on his face was one of welcome over to the Apple side, you have made a wise decision.