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Jack M. Germain
Hologram Debuts Open Source Cellular Modem for IoT
10/05/17 4:12 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 752 Words

Overall, the primary advantage of the Hologram modem, from my perspective, is helping accelerate time to market, said Azul Systems' Green.

A potential disadvantage is moving from designs using off-the-shelf boards to configurations that meet high-volume cost targets. That issue could impact...

Jack M. Germain
BitKey Unlocks Mysteries of the Bitcoin Universe
06/01/17 3:20 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1053 Words

Technologies and software solutions that make my computing life more secure and more functional are always the anticipated outcome.

However, cryptocurrencies clearly are my match. I have no interest nor need to delve into the shady world of bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies,...

Jack M. Germain
Tomahawk Music Player Takes Listening to a New High
10/31/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1053 Words

This flexibility is important to me as a user because I work on all three.

Tomahawk is intuitive, with a very uncluttered display. That holds true for its interface on all of its supported platforms.

Another performance factor is its...

Jack M. Germain
Samsung's Galaxy Note II Is a Phabulous Phablet
11/27/12 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1763 Words

I have not been able to keep my hands off this marvelous gadget. I have hardly touched my Asus Android 10.1-inch tablet since upgrading my two-year-old HTC phone for the Note II. This newest release is pricey -- US$699, or $299 with...

Jack M. Germain
Cub Linux Is a Worthy Chromixium Offspring
09/09/16 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1220 Words

When I reviewed the Linux hybrid Ubuntu-based Chromixium distribution in May of last year, I liked it so much that I continued using it on some of my aging hardware. I found that it ran super-fast on my new gear, and I...

Jack M. Germain
SQL Server on Linux Shows Microsoft's More Flexible Side
03/09/16 12:27 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 799 Words

Brave New World for Microsoft
SQL Server for Linux is an expansion play by Microsoft, according to Jack E. Gold, principal at J.Gold Associates .

"There's a pretty substantial Linux community out there that Microsoft would love to sell...

Jack M.Germain
Fresh Raspberry Pi Has Better Hardware Baked In
03/01/16 12:03 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 807 Words

Audio support is a combined 3.5-mm audio out jack and composite video. The hardware includes a camera interface (CSI) and display interface (DSI).

The Pi board can play 1080p video at 60 frames per second. It sports a new power supply rated...

Jack M. Germain
Ubuntu Studio Is a Treasure Trove for Creative Types
11/17/15 11:20 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1147 Words

Xjadeo is a simple video editor that syncs audio from jack transport. RecordMyDesktop lets you do just that by making a video recording of everything you do on your desktop. This is a handy way to visually document a how-to topic.

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Jack M. Germain
Purism's Librem 13 Linux Laptop Is Sleek, Private and Secure
11/12/15 5:07 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1841 Words

Known Issues
My list of glitches is very small. That says volumes about the reliability of the laptop and its software.

Bluetooth connectivity is not yet working, so its function key combination does nothing.

The solution -- an...

Jack M. Germain
AV Linux Dazzles Both Eyes and Ears
05/08/14 6:18 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1175 Words

AV Linux uses Jack for its sound control. This is a low-latency sound server. Add the preloaded Compiz support for dazzling eye candy. The combination gives AV Linux a near-perfect desktop environment that forms the basis for using it over other distro...

Jack M. Germain
Linux Mint 16: No Surprises, but Plenty of Solid Improvements
01/14/14 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1093 Words

I tend to leapfrog over every other Linux Mint release on my various computers. Overall, though, the improved performance and more mature Cinnamon make Linux Mint 16 an easy choice to replace Linux Mint 15 on my workhorse desktop and laptop computers.

Jack M. Germain
CrashPlan: A Good - but Not Perfect - Linux Backup Plan
01/09/14 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 995 Words

It's possible some of the difficulties I encountered may not occur in other platform variations, but since my primary focus was reviewing the Linux version, I did not test those other options.

The free download for Standard CrashPlan version 3.5.3 is a...

Jack M. Germain
Kazam Screen-Recording: Do Try This at Home
12/19/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1137 Words

For example, on most of my Linux distros I use the stock GNOME screenshot app for convenience. This single-frame screenshot taker tool works well on Ubuntu's Unity desktop, Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop, Xfce and LXDE.

Recording screen sessions with other applications...

Jack M. Germain
Manjaro Smooths Out Arch's Rough Edges
12/12/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1221 Words

The latest release -- version 0.8.8, or "Ascello," which came out last month -- failed to impress me with its cantankerous loading, but once I got it running -- which did not happen on all of my gear -- I was pleased with...

Jack M. Germain
Terminator Ends the Terminal Window Blahs
12/05/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1002 Words

Using It
I installed Terminator on nearly all of my desktop and laptop gear. Some came via a distro-specific repository. Others arrived via the Synaptic Package manager. In all cases, the installation process was smooth and trouble-free.

One of...

Jack M. Germain
Task Coach Keeps You on Target and in Control
11/21/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1185 Words

Nothing prompted me to save the file with a name. I knew that the Auto-Save box was checked, so I never gave a file name a thought.

When I exited the program and returned to it for a second session, the task...

Jack M. Germain
PCLinuxOS Makes Desktop Linux Look Good
11/14/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1136 Words

Getting It
Despite my assertions that installing and using PCLinuxOS epitomizes ease and flexibility, the downloading process could be better. You need to go to the particular linked page for the version you want. A standard linked index would be...

Jack M. Germain
Ubuntu's Saucy Salamander is a Slick but Spiritless Upgrade
11/07/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1482 Words

With Saucy Salamander on one of my two main office machines over the last few weeks, I am getting used to Ubuntu's more radical desktop features and find them less jarring at this point.

One new thing visually is the face...

Jack M. Germain
Linux Lite Is Heavy on Features and Usability
10/24/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1163 Words

It is one of the few out-of-the-box experiences I have had in testing Linux distros that let me actually be up and working in under five minutes.

That is not to say I haven't spent time installing various preferred packages. That's the...

Jack M. Germain
Xnoise Makes Sweet Music - Once You Get It Installed
10/17/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1052 Words

I was able to view my library and open titles instantly without having to wade through layers of right clicks or cascading menus.

A Hassle-Free Interface
Using Xnoise is a sonorous pleasure. Its interface does not try to cram every...

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