Archive for the 'Linux' Category

Virgin Mobile Broadband with Ubuntu

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

I have being meaning to get myself a mobile broadband USB modem for casual use. It makes sense if you do not want to shell out $15-$20 for wifi an hour. Whenever I take my family for a holiday on the cost, or find myself waiting at an airport I can just get online. The […]

Ubuntu 9.10 is great

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I just updated 3 machines to ubuntu 9.10. My Desktop, my netbook and my mythtv machine. All of them were updated flawlessly except my notebook where the grub2 configuration was not updated… Chaos followed until I figured out that the kernel being booted was messed up and subsequently figured out that I needed to fixup […]

Wistrons Pursebook with Arabic Keyboard. Cool.

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

I was looking at the new Pursebook at engadget [link] and I noticed that the keyboard had Arabic characters. Kind of exciting I as I am planing to get myself one of these new ARM netbooks when they come out later this year. Having an Arabic enabled keyboad would be a big plus.

Book Collection Managment for Linux

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Once upon a time, the options available to Linux users interested in managing their book collections were limited. The situation was so bleak that I attempted to create my own web-based application. That app was fine until I tried to host it on my 64MB VPS and failed (RoR had a footprint of 60MB all […]

Dell Mini 9: Good Netbook but Pricing All Wrong

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

I have not found a netbook that I feel 100% comfortable with. All the products out there have either too much or too little. The EEEPC901 comes the closest but is a bit too expensive for my taste (I would guess it is all the extra SSD). Zein’s perfect netbook: o Linux based (No Windows […]

The year of the low cost Linux machines

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Is this a poor geeks dream or what? It is like I have been dreaming for a small low cost laptop for years and then all at once every one wants in on this market. Acer is looking to enter the low cost laptop market with 8″ – 9″ designs. Gigabyte also announced that it […]

Even more low cost Linux PCs

Friday, January 11th, 2008

If the cool (and cheap) Linux laptops were not enough, Shuttle is going to produce $200 Linux PCs. Sure the specs are not so good, but that looks like a good mythtv frontend to me. Or maybe a NAS that doesn’t have to live in the closet?

The perfect Laptop

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Different people like different things. Different people fantasize about buying different things. I fantasize about gadgets. My latest fantasies have been about the ASUS EeePC. The 4G model sells for $399, has a 7″ 800×640 screen, runs Linux and looks beautiful. This is the sort of laptop that I have always dreamed of having yet […]

The perfect email setup… for me

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Email has always been a problem for me. Using web interfaces is a pain. Even the new JavaScript, single-page apps nowadays are bloated and slow. You can’t compare them to evolution, thunderbird or even outlook 🙂 Most Email Service Providers (ESPs) do provide POP3, but POP3 doesn’t support folders and is not a good option […]

Making the most out of a 64MB VPS

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

About 2 months ago I got myself a Virtual Private Server(VPS) from I am paying $5 a month for a Xen virtual machine with 64MB of RAM and a 4GB hard disk. I have lots of plans for my VPS. The most essential is hosting my website (basically this blog plus a small rails […]