Energy Crunching Granola

I recently installed the Granola energy management software to my netbook just to see if it would eek out some extended battery life time. Initial results  look good and battery time has indeed been increased with no apparent effect on perceived speed or response. Granola is available for linux and Windows desktops. It can also…

The Keyboardist’s Mini Toolkit

I’ve always loved the keyboard to get around my desktop rather than a mouse. For those of us who are not yet 100% consuming content via a touch screen (which has its place,don’t get me wrong) then the option to search and navigate by keyboard is a great boon to productivity I find. My two…

This week I ‘ave been mostly

This week ,and for no other reason than that I was curious as to the outcome, I’ve restricted myself to using only a very low power consumption computer. I’ll be able to see quite what an impact on electricity consumption that’s made by early next week. I’ve had an interest in off-grid living for a…

That Certain Obsolete Niche

There’s been a much reported view of late via Dr. Mark Dean, who had a hand in the design of the original IBM PC, that we’re moving into a post PC world where the desktop computer will join typewriters, incandescent lightbulbs and a handful of other consumer items that have passed the peak of their…

Using Audacity To Record Audio Streams And System Audio

There are various bits of software out there for recording live Internet audio streams but many people often overlook the simple free solutions already available. Audacity is a piece of free recording software that is cross-platform and can easily be set to record from your computer internal audio. Once recorded it will offer you the…

A Minty LXDE desktop at last

Linux Mint have issued a release candidate of their popular open source operating system based on the ultra lightweight LXDE desktop environment which is ideal for use on lower specification computers and netbooks. A quick test even from the live CD shows that the desktop is still fully featured though in common with the Xfce…

Netbook On The Starting Block

With Asus promising a £130 netbook sometime in 2009 the low cost netbook niche is joined by Maplin’s offering which receives a temporary price cut down to just below £140. This gives you a 7 inch screened netbook with a debian sourced linux pre-installed on a 2GB nand flash inbuilt memory. Expansion via USB and…