Google OS in 2010

android-netbook

Image via venturebeat.com

Everyone has been predicting a Google OS to compete with Windows for years, yet it never managed to show up. It turns out that a Google OS is ALREADY OUT. It’s called Android. In it’s current form Android is being rolled out as a mobile phone operating system, but it turns out that’s not it’s only intended application. Google intends to expand it to be a sort of universal operating system that will span set-top boxes for televisions, mp3 players and other communication and media devices and services. The image to the right is Android running on an Asus EEEPC 1000H netbook.

So what right? I’m sure that’s not what Microsoft is thinking at this point. The price point for a netbook is pretty low already. Without having to pay for Windows (yes yes I know there are other Linux variants out there… which are ALSO cheaper) they’d be even cheaper. Since Android is designed to run on mobile phones, the footprint must be small… implying that less hardware is required to make it run. Imagine a super cheap, ultra portable computer running the same familiar OS as your phone. Now think of Chrome, Google’s web browser, and the richness it allows developers to build into the browser’s relationship with the desktop — all of this could usher in a new wave of more sophisticated web applications, furthering the distance and reliance on the traditional desktop as we know it. Before we get to ahead of ourselves… don’t expect this puppy to run Photoshop, Windows and the desktop aren’t going to be dead by 2010. But Google is positioning itself to attack Microsoft head on with the combination of it’s already dominant search, applications like GMail, a designed-from-the-ground-up browser for the web 2.0 world called Chrome, and now Android.

You can read how Venturebeat got Android running on the Asus Venturebeat.com.

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Try Linux risk free without replacing Windows

Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way. Are you curious about Linux and Ubuntu? Trying them out has never been easier! With Wubi you have a safe and easy way to give Linux a shot without damaging your Windows installation. No terminal commands, disk partitioning or disk formatting is needed. The best part is that the installation itself takes about one hour. So why try Wubi?

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  • No need to burn a CD. Just run the installer, enter a password for the new account, and click “Install”, go grab a coffee, and when you are back, Ubuntu will be ready for you.
  • You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application. Wubi is spyware and malware free, and being open source, anyone can verify that.
  • Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application.
  • Wubi and Ubuntu cost absolutely nothing (free as in beer), but yet provide a state of the art, fully functional, operating system that does not require any activation and does not impose any restriction on its use (free as in freedom).

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.NET 2.0 and C# 3.0 on Linux

The Mono project was first conceived by GNOME cofounder Miguel de Icaza as a means of accelerating desktop Linux application development and enabling Windows developers to bring some of their existing skills and code to the Linux platform. Although the Mono project has generated some controversy and has received criticism from a small but vocal cadre of Linux users, the development framework has been enthusiastically embraced by a rapidly growing number of application developers.

This release includes compilers for C# 3.0 and Visual Basic 8. It comes with a comprehensive set of Microsoft-compatible APIs, including a cross-platform implementation of Windows.Forms 2.0 for desktop application development. Mono 2.0 also includes its own desktop API stack based around open-source technologies like GTK+ and Cairo.

Mono is also being adopted increasingly by major software companies that want to bring the power of an embedded multi-language runtime to their cross-platform applications. One such adopter is Linden Labs, the company behind the Second Life virtual reality system. Integrating Mono into the Second Life platform as its primary scripting engine has dramatically improved the performance and reliability of script execution.

Mono is licensed under a combination of the permissive MIT/X11 license and the Free Software Foundation’s Lesser General Public License (LGPL). The source code is available for download from the Mono web site. For more information, check out the detailed release notes and a blog entry published this morning by de Icaza.

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Fix Stuck Pixels on LCD Monitors

Not to long ago I purchased a new Dell 22″ WS monitor. I love the thing, but shortly after getting it a single stuck pixel appears. In normal use of the computer I don’t see it, but as soon as I reboot or go to something with a black screen there it is… glaring at me, taunting me that my new monitor isn’t perfect. I over course placed a call to Dell, and receive the response that it’s acceptable for up to 5 stuck/dead pixels to happen on a monitor. I replied that is like saying “sorry you’re new Ferrari has a paint chip but up to five paint chips is ok by us”. That didn’t get me anywhere… ce la vi.

If you’re not familiar with a stuck pixel it’s a bright dot of colour most noticeable when the rest of the screen is black. Stuck pixels are fairly common on high resolution LCD screens. Stuck pixels sometimes start working again with time unless they appear black on a white background, these are known as dead pixels.

Enter JScreenFix. JScreenFix is a Java applet that helps fix stuck pixel. When I first ran across it I thought it had to be a joke. Guess what? It worked! JScreenFix claims to repair most stuck pixels in under 20 minutes, and mild screen burn-in within 12 hours. I ran it for about 5 minutes (max) and the pixel was unstuck and my monitor looks brand new.

So what are the highlights?

  • Runs in web browser.
  • Fixes most stuck pixels on LCD screens.
  • Removes image persistence on LCD screens.
  • Reduces burn-in on plasma screens.
  • Runs on Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

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How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu!

Monkeyblog has created a graphical guide for all new users with a Windows background using Ubuntu.

Having problems installing something on your new Ubuntu operating system? “Where’s the EXE?”, “Where do I need to extract this to?”, “How do I run it?”, “Where did it go?” – have you been thinking questions like these? Don’t worry, installing software, themes and other things on Ubuntu is actually very easy! This guide will help you understand with screenshots, instructional videos and to-the-point language.

The guide shows graphical step by step processes for installing applications in Ubuntu… check it out at Monkeyblog.

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