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Jack M. Germain
Chromixium Adds Polish to Chrome
05/29/15 2:37 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1660 Words

Chromixium sole developer Rich Jack's innovative version 1.0, released last month, is a Chrome OS clone that runs on nearly any aging or newer computer with the user's choice of the fully open-sourced Chromium Web browser or Google's Chrome browser.

Either...

Jack M. Germain
AV Linux Update: Good but Not Better
11/26/16 11:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1385 Words

What's Inside AV Linux
My last review of AV Linux version 6 was in May of 2014. That release was a complete makeover of its predecessor. This latest release also is completely different from its predecessor -- to the point...

Jack M. Germain
The Perils of Mobile App Insecurity
02/04/14 9:33 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1320 Words

They both are the predominant operating systems in their categories, according to Jack Walsh, mobility program manager at ICSA Labs .

"The malware writers are going to spend the most time where they can get the best returns. Attackers are going to...

Jack M. Germain
OTA Report: Consumer Services Sites More Trustworthy Than .Gov Sites
06/22/17 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1414 Words

The Online Trust Alliance on Tuesday released its 2017 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll . Among its findings: Consumer services...

Jack M. Germain
Ardour: An Audio Editor That's Hard to Master and Tough to Beat
11/16/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1030 Words

It let me mix all the channels, samples and effects. I could save the configurations with the specialty plug-ins intact. This allowed others involved in the project to work more collaboratively from their remote locations.

Not Flawless
I was not...

Jack M. Germain
RoboCyberWall Aims to Block Linux Server Hacks
10/04/17 4:30 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 825 Words

RoboCyberWall on Tuesday launched its proprietary precision firewall solution bearing the same name. RoboCyberWall is designed to protect HTTP and...

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
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
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
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
WiFi Routers Riddled With Holes: Report
02/06/18 3:27 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1482 Words

Most WiFi router vendors have not patched numerous firmware vulnerabilities discovered more than two years ago, according to a report Insignary...

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...

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