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GoogleTV Reviewed

A couple of weeks ago, the price of the Logitech Revue with GoogleTV dropped to $99 – http://goo.gl/n5Hvw. This was finally low enough for me to grab one, give it a try and see how it compares to or complements my home-built MythTV/Boxee machine. I have also played around with the Boxee Box in the past, which currently…

My Favorite Lesser Known Android Apps

The guy sitting next to me on the plane home from Florida was a Droid Incredible user; while we were sharing app recommendations, I realized I had a few recommendations of lesser known apps that really rock that I should share with people.  Everyone knows about Angry Birds, Google Sky Map and ShopSavy … but…

East Bay Mini Maker Faire

BerkeleyLUG and the Ubuntu California Team will have a Linux/Open-Source-Software booth at this Sunday’s (Oct 24) East Bay Maker Faire in Oakland.  We’ll be showing off cool projects based on Free and Open-Source software (Linux in particular) and ways to use Ubuntu to give some of your old hardware a new life.  Stop by and see…

Android and App Development

I love Android. It is flexible, feature rich and becoming more polished every day. Development is happening at a breakneck pace. It uses Linux at its core and is mostly* open-source. The asterisk is because certain elements of a typical Android install are closed, like Google’s gmail and market apps (which both have OSS alternatives)…

Linux Friendly Audiobooks

When people first think of getting audiobooks online, they probably think of Audible.  But, Audible has one really big problem: DRM (Digital Rights Management).  I.e. every book you buy from Audible is encrypted so that you can only listen to it using a very limited number of applications and media devices.  There is no application…

Best Equation Editor for Linux

It is no secret that the equation editor in OpenOffice sucks (well, there are a few folks out there that think it is great, but not many).  The equation editor in MS Office is pretty awful, too, for that matter.  What I always wanted was an equation editor of OpenOffice that used Latex as the…