Reviews


Writing Tools for the Modern Writer
April 11, 2014, 4:54 p.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

There are quite a few tools dedicated for writing out there. But I was looking for something that supported Markdown, version control and sharing capabilities. I've rounded up the three services I liked most (and which I use for different scenarios - writing short documents, blog posts and a novel). So here they are (not ordered by ranking): Typewrite Draft ...


Free Book Sources
April 4, 2014, 1:04 p.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

Here's a roundup of a few sites that offer a plethora of books and texts for your reading pleasure. For those of you with no time on your hands, here's the list: Project Gutenberg Archive.org / Open Library WikiBooks Oreilly's OpenBook Goodreads ManyBooks Feedbooks Free Programming books on GitHub 1. Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg is one of the biggest and ...


I have discovered a taste for DeaDBeeF
April 2, 2014, 1:54 p.m. by Roland Taylor

I don't know why it took me so long, maybe it is my aversion to the overly minimal, but recently, with my computer's age beginning to show showing its ugly head, I've learned to embrace the minimalism that I've been one to avoid. In this quest for peace, I've come across a not-so-new music player, that has made me a ...


The Mayan Calendar is back
Dec. 9, 2013, 10:27 p.m. by Roland Taylor

If you need a lightweight and easy to use calendar app for your desktop, look no further! elementary's smooth and clean calendar app (Maya, now renamed "Calendar") is back. Your eyes. Feast them! Calendar is fast, easy to use, and in my experience so far, seems to be relatively stable (though it's still a work in progress so expect bugs). ...


ZHackers Volume 2
Oct. 28, 2013, 4:15 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Boom As many of you should know by now, ZHackers Volume 2 (Ubuntu Software Centre Edition) is out! (Live and... well... not so much, if you catch my drift). Once again, I've had the privilege of taking a peak, and a chance to see where this zombie novel unlike all other zombie novels is going. And where is it going? ...


Windows 8.1 vs. Saucy
Oct. 18, 2013, 5:15 p.m. by Nathan Osman

Alright, time for a showdown! This weekend has kept me busy since not one, but two new operating systems were released. For those who are curious, that would be Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) and Windows 8.1 (from the fine folks at Microsoft). I am the unofficial "system administrator" of the three computers lying around our house (four if my Raspberry ...


Ekiga - an Alternative to Skype®
Sept. 19, 2013, 10:01 a.m. by Nathan Osman

In my experience, Skype® for Linux doesn't really work all that well. In one case, the video was flashing blue. In another case, the calls would unexpectedly end. Because of these issues, and because I really did need a good VoIP client, I decided to look for an alternative. One of the names that stood out was Ekiga. Since the ...


The long awaited ZHackers Review
July 2, 2013, 7:10 p.m. by Roland Taylor

It's yet another zombie story, yet its not just another zombie story. Its the zombie story that just might cannibalize all other zombie stories. In fact, it's not really even about the zombies. It's... O_O! ZHackers! ("Okay calm down, calm down" I hear you saying). Pre-ramble Written by David Jordan, ZHackers was the first novel to be sold on the ...


uTouch Styled Icons with a "touch" of awesome
June 11, 2013, 11:27 a.m. by Roland Taylor

See that? It's called Beauty, and it's the work of none other than Georgi "Me4oslav" Karavasilev (of Unity Tweak Tool fame). Featuring icons for some of the most common apps (with more being added daily), this promises to be a winner of an icon theme (new Faenza anyone?). Originally for Android, these icons can be used for any OS, and ...


Google Inactive Account Manager – The solution to your online data when you’re no more
April 16, 2013, 8:36 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

Google released the Inactive Account Manager a few days back, and if you still haven’t checked it out, here’s a look at it. Google Inactive Account Manager is a tool that helps you decide what should happen to your Google Account and your Google data incase your account is not accessed over a period of time (subtext: you’re dead or ...


KDE 4.10 - pure elegance
Jan. 4, 2013, 7:54 p.m. by Roland Taylor

I've got to admit, I'm not a huge KDE fan since I got accustomed to Gnome/GTK/Unity, but, as of 4.10, things may just be changing. From the changes in animations, to the wonderful adjustments to the default theme, to even the default wallpaper, KDE 4.10 is looking like something I can live with again. I'd highly recommend it to anyone, ...


Work quickly on text documents with ReText
Jan. 4, 2013, 7:45 p.m. by Roland Taylor

If you're into markdown, or if you just need a really good text editor for managing your blog posts and simple documents, then you need to look no further than ReText. ReText is a simple, but powerful markdown editor, with preview support, and support for exporting to various common formats, as well as wordpress sites via a plugin. ReText is ...


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