The unlikely BlackBerry Passport review

The unlikely BlackBerry Passport review

Posted by bhall

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.

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Computing Simplicity with CrunchBang Linux

Computing Simplicity with CrunchBang Linux

Posted by bhall

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.

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Fun with Red Hat: Disabling SELinux temporarily

Fun with Red Hat: Disabling SELinux temporarily

Posted by bhall

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.

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Olyphant Upgrade: Seagate 2TB SSHD

Olyphant Upgrade: Seagate 2TB SSHD

Posted by bhall

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….

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Freya quick tip: Odd shadows? Update your Intel drivers

Freya quick tip: Odd shadows? Update your Intel drivers

Posted by bhall

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.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Review

Posted by bhall

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.

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Shell tricks: batch converting NEF files

Shell tricks: batch converting NEF files

Posted by bhall

Someone at work recently asked about batch conversion of NEF (Nikon RAW files) to JPG. Here are a few approaches:

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Shell tricks: extract audio from mp4 in Ubuntu

Shell tricks: extract audio from mp4 in Ubuntu

Posted by bhall

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?

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PSB M4U1 Headphone Review

PSB M4U1 Headphone Review

Posted by bhall

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.

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Toshiba R600 Review

Toshiba R600 Review

Posted by bhall

Step in the way-back machine while I review a remarkable laptop from 2009 that in many ways can go toe-to-toe with the latest Ultrabook.

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BlackBerry Z30 Review

BlackBerry Z30 Review

Posted by bhall

Exquisite. That is undeniably the best word to describe the BlackBerry Z30. It’s been my daily phone since I bought it.

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Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

Posted by bhall

The summary: The 1020 is a one-trick pony, but it is an excellent trick. If I wasn’t so smitten with BlackBerry OS, this is the phone I’d use.

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Back on the horse

Back on the horse

Posted by bhall

I haven’t posted much on this site for most of 2014. I’m not going to write more about it here but the short version is that, personally, we’ve been through the ringer in 2014.

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Congratulations Ubuntu

Congratulations Ubuntu

Posted by bhall

PPAs, LTS, Ubuntu One, Mir, Unity, JeOS, juju, DevOps, OpenStack, Ubuntu TV, Ubuntu Touch, Ubuntu Phone, Wubi, Steam support. Wow.

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Ubuntu Awesomeness

Posted by bhall

OK, so I do worry about Canonical from time to time, but this should in no way be taken as a slight against Ubuntu. I think it’s fabulous for a host of reasons. Here’s a new one: The LTS Enablement Stack. Let me explain…

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