Three years ago today I hopped a bus out to the Koodo store in our local mall to plunk down $650 to buy the BlackBerry Z10. I think this was the most anticipated tech purchase I’ve ever made and I couldn’t have been happier.
More than four years on, the BlackBerry PlayBook remains my favourite tablet. It is the most comfortable tablet to hold for an extended period of time, the screen is great (particularly outdoors) and has the best speakers on any tablet.
“So that I can continue to use computers without dishonor, I have decided to put together a sufficient body of free software so that I will be able to get along without any software that is not free.” – Richard Stallman, GNU Manifesto
I first started using PDAs back in the 90s. Starting with a Palm III, I continued with PalmOS up to the Tungsten C. From there, I moved to my first smartphone, a BlackBerry 8300, happily replaced by an iPhone, and then back to Palm with WebOS. From that point, I switched between Palm and BlackBerry […]
Here are a few handy commands: Grab the first 200 characters of each line of a log file: cat access.log | cut -c 1-200 Limit Apache to 40 connections to any IP address: iptables -I INPUT -p tcp –syn –dport 80 -m connlimit –connlimit-above 40 -j REJECT –reject-with tcp-reset Trace a process to see what […]
Through an odd sequence of events I’m now the owner of a BlackBerry Passport. I chose this device despite deep reservations of owning such an odd beast. What follows is a mostly unedited day-by-day log of the first week of my getting used to the Passport. The short version: it’s odd but awesome.
I started writing this review in late January. Since then, the main developer of this one-man Linux distribution has announced that he will be shuttering the project. Of course, being Open Source, it will never really go away. I wish him all the best. For the record, here are my thoughts on CrunchBang Linux.
I’ll admit it freely: I’m a Debian guy. That said, I recognize that Red Hat Enterprise Linux has it’s place. I run it on a few servers here and there and it is a rock. One frequent sore point for me, however, is SELinux.
I recently upgraded the internal drive of our 27″ mid-2010 iMac from the original 1TB Seagate to a 2TB Seagate SSHD. At under $150, it’s the perfect balance of speed, price, and capacity. I highly recommend the drive. Read on for details….
I’ve been happily running elementary OS’s Freya beta for months now. It has a few rough edges, but it still the most polished and usable Linux distribution I’ve had the pleasure of using. However, for the last week or so I’ve been experiencing an odd bug with the window drop shadows.
Today I review the best ThinkPad to date: The X220. Released in 2011, it represents the pinnacle of ThinkPad design. In my opinion, it’s been downhill ever since.
Someone at work recently asked about batch conversion of NEF (Nikon RAW files) to JPG. Here are a few approaches:
I was out at a fantastic show yesterday and recorded video with my phone. The audio was great, the video not so much. So, how to extract the audio from the MP4?
After quite a bit of research, I think I’ve found my perfect pair of headphones, designed right here in Ontario. The PSB M4U1 offers a fantastic listening experience.