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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...

Jack M. Germain
Chromium OS Vanilla Is a Plain-Jane Browser-Based Distro
10/10/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1322 Words

Its download size is around 250 MB.

Build Mentality
The builds in this OS project do not automatically update. So you must download each new release and install it anew on the USB drive.

The Vanilla build is...

Jack M. Germain
Kdenlive Delivers Near-Pro Video Editing - If You Have the Right Stuff
10/03/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1231 Words

Second, my test computer had MLT 0.8.0 installed. I needed to get MLT 0.8.8.

I followed a few links from the developer's website to track down a tarball of the needed library, but I luckily had my distro's software updater refresh. That...

Jack M. Germain
Wireless Aside, Cr OS Linux Delivers the Best of Two Worlds
09/11/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1021 Words

This is a recurring problem with one of my laptops, but I can almost always get a wireless connection from at least one of the other two.

No Chrome OS Clone
It is easy to be misled about exactly...

Jack M. Germain
CherryTree Takes the Pits Out of Pruning Your Notes
09/04/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1176 Words

Keeping track of my bits and pieces of information across several computers running Linux and Microsoft Windows has long been a problem. CherryTree is a sweet solution that keeps my information local and cloud-free. CherryTree is an outliner-style hierarchical note-taking application that features...

Jack M. Germain
Zero In on Research Control With Zotero
08/28/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1009 Words

The left column includes My Library, which contains all note items. It also holds stock details that you labeled as Duplicate items and Unified items. A trash folder is also shown so you can access previously deleted material.

The middle column...

Jack M. Germain
Gotta Access Linux Files? Paragon ExtFS Delivers the Goods
08/21/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1034 Words

When I absolutely must cross the Great Divide separating the Windows partition from Linuxland on a computer in the workplace, Paragon's Universal File System Driver in ExtFS comes to my rescue. It grants me full access to Linux partitions while running the Windows...

Jack M. Germain
Netrunner Sprints Ahead of the Linux Distro Pack
08/14/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1120 Words

I spend an inordinate amount of time testing and using different Linux distributions. My experiences with these sometimes-obscure distros and other Linux applications are the subjects right here in this weekly Linux Picks and Pans report.

After putting so many Linux distros...

Jack M. Germain
UberStudent Pushes Users to the Head of the Class
08/07/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1200 Words

While my student learning days are long gone, some of these specialty applications are very useful for note taking, task planning, and project organization for the non-school things I do.

(click to enlarge) Under the Hood UberStudent is built from the Debian...

Jack M. Germain
Midnight Commander Will Whip Your Files Into Shape
05/22/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1055 Words

It is reminiscent of the Norton Commander file manager that I used in my early DOS and Microsoft Windows days. It is also no stranger to the Linux desktop. Two decades ago, when the Linux desktop was much less inviting graphically, it...

Jack M. Germain
Cut Yourself a Tasty Slice of Gnome-Pie App Launcher
05/15/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1025 Words

It even helps me avoid Ubuntu's Unity ulceration.

Gnome-Pie's name comes from the pie-like submenu system you can create with Gnome-Pie's configuration settings. The concept is similar to the OPie add-on that exists for World of Warcraft. Each slice of the pie...

Jack M. Germain
Ubuntu's Raring Ringtail Is Kind of a Snore
05/08/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1385 Words

At first I worried that Linux without multiple virtual workspaces would force me to reject Ubuntu completely. Then I discovered that the default setting disabled that key Linux feature. Visiting the System Settings/Appearances/Behavior tab fixed that by checking the Enable box.

This...

Jack M. Germain
Speedy Synapse Fires Up Searches and Launches
03/27/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1376 Words

Even better, Synapse does not break my working rhythm the way clicking on a more traditional launch dock does.

Synapse combines finding files and installed programs with opening them. Its simple interface is a sheer pleasure to use. As you scroll thorugh...

Jack M. Germain
Fuduntu: An Innovative Old Linux Revisited
02/27/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1166 Words

First Impressions
I was particularly pleased with the tweaking done to Fuduntu to improve battery performance on my collection of notebooks and netbooks. It was not my imagination that I could work unplugged longer.

I ran the same applications...

Jack M. Germain
Recoll Looks High, Looks Low, Finds Your File With Ease
04/04/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1134 Words

These include both native and external support for text, HTML , OpenOffice , MS Office, PostScript, MP3 and other audio files and JPEG. Add to this list formats including PDF (pdftotext) and RTF (unrtf) formats.

Powerful query facilities let you conduct Boolean...

Jack M. Germain
Cryptography Pioneers Win Million-Dollar Turing Award
03/03/16 12:09 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 678 Words

It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing. He was a key contributor to the Allied cryptoanalysis of the German Enigma cipher during World War II.

Overdue Recognition Cryptography is...

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What should be the role of adaptive accessories, like Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller, in video game competitions?
Anyone should be able to use them in any context, including in competitions.
Only people with physical limitations should be allowed to use them in competitions.
They should be banned entirely in competitions due to the potential for unfair advantage.
Their use should be limited to special competitions set up for gamers with disabilities.