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APT-GET performance improvement

On some network connections (particularly my corporate network), I had this issue when APT-GET was updating the repositories or downloading packages that it just would stand still for a minute or so and continue then.  This would happen after every 100KB or so.  I have found the following settings that improved the performance a lot […]

Paul Thurrott – no wonder nobody takes you serious.

In the latest email newsletter from Paul Thurrott he had the following piece of wisdom: Oh Good, I Was Just Hoping for Another Webmail SolutionIBM continued its long slide into irrelevancy this week by releasing yet another corporate email solution that no one was asking for. Actually, it’s more of a competitor for Google Apps, […]

Why did Compaq (HP) do this?

This is from my Lenovo T60: and this is from my Compaq Presario CQ61-140EI: Notice the difference?  Yes, the FN and CNTRL keys are swopped around.  Imagine the confusing it is causing.  I am pressing CNTRL-C and CNTRL-V but nothing gets copied.  That is because of pressing the CNTRL key, I am pressing the FN […]

IBM and Canonical takes on Africa

From Bob Sutor’s blog … partnership between IBM and Canonical to provide a software package for users of netbooks and other thin clients in Africa. The package, which can be configured in several ways to provide both netbook-based and cloud-based software, is expected to drive new business for local partners by taking advantage of open […]

New Compaq Notebook running Ubuntu Karmic

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I got a new Compaq Presario CQ61-140EI Notebook.  I did not had much choice in the hardware so had to take what I got.  The specs of the machine is as follows: Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400 (2.16GHz) 15.6 LED HD Brightview Widescreen 250GB Hard Drive 3GB DDR2 SDRAM 802.11 b/g […]

Compaq Presario CQ61-140EI: Sound problem and solution

I just got a new Compaq Presario CQ61-140EI and installed Ubuntu Karmic Alpha 6 on it. More about that in a future post.  One of the main issues which a lot of people had is that sound works through the headphones but not through the internal speakers which btw is Altec Lansing speakers.  The first […]

IBM opens African Innovation Centre under me – Cape Town.

And that ‘under me’ mean literally, I work in the same building and the IBM Innovation Centre is right below me, so yes, I technically sits right on top of it :). As reported in the press, IBM has opened their second African Innovation Centre in Cape Town, the first being in Johannesburg.  Although I […]

What is the Nokia N900 all about?

From Ari Jaaksi, he heads Maemo @ Nokia It is all about1) Internet (browsing, chatting, sharing, talking ….) first2) Open source & collaborative development for consumers3) True computer experience in a small package and I have added a 4th — Be able to make calls with it anywhere, anytime. This is exactly what I want […]

IBM move away from Microsoft.

Via Linux Magazine 360.000 IBM workers have been told to stop using Microsoft Office and switch to the Open Office-based software Symphony. As an IBMer, I am not so sure about the “told to stop”, well not in South Africa at least.  At the moment we are encouraged not to use Microsoft products as far […]

What is your cellphone radiation level?

How much radiation does your cell phone emit? It’s easy to find out the answer thanks to the Environmental Working Group’s new online guide to cell phone emissions. The non-profit research and advocacy group ranked over 1,000 different cell phones according to radiation levels. It looked at the publicly available, but difficult to find, specific […]