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Ubuntu Audio, YES! Windows XP, NO. 2009-12-13

I run a dual-boot Ubuntu64[1] and Windows XP system. The windows partition really exists for a single purpose, and I occasionally just reboot the machine, choose the XP partition from the Grub menu, and all is well.However, a few weeks ago, I upgraded Ubuntu, but when I rebooted the machine and chose the XP partition, I noticed the sound[2] stopped working. What!? The audio worked fine in ubuntu!The Secret: I had to completely power down the ...

hack your iphone earbuds... 2008-09-23

I've been complaining (inwardly) about my iPhone's earbuds since I first tried them on. Who knew it was so easy to just hack them!iPhone / iPod Touch Headphone / Earbud Replacement

Pondering a Robotic Lawn Mower 2008-09-13

Last weekend my gasoline powered lawn mower died. This prompted a search for a new mower, during which I stumbled upon some of Friendly Robotics' Robomow; a line of battery-powered robotic lawn mowers. Now, I have to admit that for the past 15 years or so, every time I've mowed a lawn, I've thought about the possibilities of a robotic lawn mower, and I'm not at all surprised that there's a company producing these. At first ...

Why Bluetooth headsets didn't catch on in the '90s 2008-07-12

Mac mini disassembly 2007-03-05

I've been a mac user since my wife bought me a Min in 2005. During that time I've enjoyed being a Mac user, but until now I've not performed a lobotomy on my little mac. I finally decided to upgrad to 1Gb of Ram, and thanks to NewEgg, this was fairly inexpensive. Also, thanks to Russel Beattie and smashsworld.com, I found it fairly easy to get into the mini.Though I only upgraded the RAM, I ...

My Wife's New Laptop 2006-12-23

Well, the semester has ended, so I've been working from home (trying to catch up on all of the "extra work", and, while out to the gym, My wife gives me a call and starts asking about laptop specs!? It turns out she's got her eye on a nice little bundle at Radio Shack!It seems they had an HP Pavilion dv2000 notebook (Turion 64 - 2Ghz/512Mb Ram/100Gb HD/nvidia Geforce go 6150) with a bundled 6 ...

ebay? 2006-06-30

I recently thought I'd look through ebay for a low-end, cheap laptop... Possibly something for around $200, just fast enough to comfortably run a light-weight window manager (like fluxbox). While there were plenty from which to choose, I couldn't help but wonder at some of the (notice the quotes) "advertisements" in the descriptions!One item was listed as something like: Super Fast Dell Laptop - like new!. Then, in the specs, I found things like this:Processor: Super Fast ...