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Entries for January, 2011

Fix That Annoying ‘Laptop Battery (estimating…)’ in Ubuntu

If you’re reading this, you know what I mean. The power manager applet in Ubuntu never estimates your remaining battery time, and forces you to dig deep into the battery properties to find its current percentage. According to the maintainers of the applet, the problem is not a bug, rather a problem with the ACPI in the […]

How-To: Speed Up Windows 7 Networking

Windows is not too great at many things in my opinion, but one of the things that it truly lacks is fast networking. I have found that Windows is far slower than my Linux OSes when it comes to file transfers to my SMB/CIFS server. I found a few things that seem to help a […]

How to Speed Up Your Computer With RAID, and Why You Don’t Need an SSD

HDD, SSD – What? A hard drive (HDD) is a computer component that utilizes spinning magnetic disks (platters) and read/write heads to store information permanently. Hard drives are what is known as non-volatile storage, meaning that the information is retained after the power is removed, such as when you turn your computer off. Hard drives have […]

Windows 7 Black Progress Bar Theme

Just a few days ago I thought that I would try to make my plain Windows 7 system look a little bit better. I had thought that maybe changing the colour of my progress bars would do the trick. I set out to find a patched aero.msstyles theme file on the web, and found a […]

Why Ubuntu Unity Will Suck

Ubuntu 11.04 codename Natty Narwhal, which will be released in April, will implement many new and drastic changes to the OS, and they all have to do with one thing…Unity.

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