Installing Fedora on the Aspire One (D255)

Dec. 30, 2010, 11:59 a.m. broadband , netbook

Trying to figure out why the Aspire netbook ships with Windows 7 Starter. They could have shaved a little bit off the price by shipping it with linux, Instead of charging extra for a useless OS. They don't need to make us go through the trouble of installing linux on our own. Fortunately installing ...

gpg: decryption failed: No secret key

Dec. 28, 2010, 11:45 a.m. netbook , security , X11

GPG (or PGP) is something that even geeks often have trouble with so I was happy that I had a working installation of gnupg with keys properly setup. Then I needed to decrypt a file while on my newly aquired netbook running Fedora 14. It seems the GPG package on Fedora 14 is different from what I've ...

Replacing the display on an HP Nx7400

Dec. 25, 2010, 10:48 p.m. HP , Toast , LCD , Macbook , swap

Blank screen disease is something that plagues not just Macbooks but other computers as well. Recently my uncle's HP Compaq NX 7400 was infected by it. While most of the time blank screen issues can be traced to a software bug, on this occasion it turned out to be a dead LCD. In fact dead LCDs are ...

Review of the Aspire One D255

Dec. 19, 2010, 4:45 p.m. aspire , Macbook , netbook

I've been having the Acer Aspire D255 for two weeks and I just love it. Netbooks are often derided as not having enough processing power for anything useful. Most people just use their computers for browsing, email and word processing and for that even a lowly Intel Atom processor has far too much p ...

Bank Call Center Security Measures

Dec. 14, 2010, 12:45 p.m. security

Let us for a moment supposed that you got mugged in the parking lot, or that you got wasted and lost both your wallet and the phone. While you are passed out the mugger or the bartender decides to buy 100 grand worth of jewelry using your credit card. Thinking the transaction suspicious the bank ...

Macbook boot failure

Dec. 13, 2010, 5:22 a.m. bootstrap , Macbook

While I was working in frenzied rush to finish off my MBA asignment, the hard drive on my Macbook died on me. I managed to make do with another disk, until the assignments were out of the way but thought to reinstall OS X on it afterwards. What ought to have been a rediculously easy task turned out ...

A dying macbook

Dec. 8, 2010, 12:39 p.m. Macbook , toast

This is a prequel to yesterday's post about the Macbook and the netbook. The macbook showed the first signs of it's terminal illness in October and it had to come at the most inconvinient time. But that's the way hardware failures always happen.I had two MBA assignments falling due with in a day of ...

From a Macbook to a Netbook

Dec. 7, 2010, 1:29 p.m. Macbook , netbook

A dead Macbook and a netbook.You might think that moving from a Macbook to a netbook is a step in the wrong direction. Nay not so. Not when the Macbook is dead. Not when the macbook required major surgery several times during it's lifetime to keep it running. Will give you more details about these ...