Mar 172015
 

Guest post by Dane O’Leary

Home automation is all the rage. Over the past couple of years, this relatively new gadgetry has grown from a subset of consumer electronics into an extensive and thriving tech industry. Part of what makes home automation so popular is its promise of convenience, security, and its ability to streamline what, until recently, had been disparate, incompatible technology throughout your home. It doesn’t hurt that home automation has become more affordable with many of the available options being versatile, compatible with most products on the market, and just plain cool.

Many home automation systems are based on the Linux operating system. In fact, many of the earliest mainstream home automation systems — like CorAccess Companion and Control4 Home Controller — were developed based on a Linux variant. Today’s models offer built-in processors and much more power, but with a much more accessible price tag. Here are some of the best Linux-based home automation systems that $300 or less can buy.

Continue reading »

flattr this!

Mar 102015
 

calibreReading books is still one of the most preferred activities by a lot of people, but with ebooks things became even easier. However, if you are an avid reader you do want to make sure that your books are organized efficiently, so this is where the importance of Calibre comes into play.

This application has been created with the main purpose of keeping your books in a single, organized place, but as time has passed, the app has definitely become much more than that. One of the things you will like in Calibre right from the start is the fact that it comes with complete support for a variety of ebook types. No matter if you use an Amazon device such as the Kindle, a Nook, Kobo or Sony based reader, you can easily organize and view the content of these files with ease.

Continue reading »

flattr this!

Mar 012015
 

Quick, what’s the first thing you think about when you hear the term “Linux”? If your answer is among the lines of “old-fashion complicated-to-use operating system that’s anything but user-friendly”, you’re clearly thinking of what Linux used to be, and not about what Linux is today. You see, Linux has come a long way since the old-days, when you needed to be technically-savvy to use it. Linux has gotten better, faster, and more powerful than ever, and 2015 might just be the year Linux takes a serious swing at Microsoft’s domination when it comes to desktop computers. Here’s why.
Continue reading »

flattr this!

Feb 122015
 

ssr Linux is a great operating system for a wide range of users, be it gamers or people that are passionate about listening music or creating videos for example. No matter what category you belong to, you can rest assured that recording a video with your gameplay sessions or the way you use an application is very easy, as long as you have the right tools.

SimpleScreenRecorder is a QT based app that was specifically designed to provide you with an impressive set of features that just make screen recording under Linux a piece of cake.
Continue reading »

flattr this!

Jan 182015
 

rednotebook Documenting processes and systems or just keeping a diary of the daily happenings are things that many computer users are doing very often. RedNotebook is a professional application that allows you to create a log or journal of all those tasks as well as document issues with your network. The app can be seen as a professional journal for IT experts, although it can also be used by home users as well.
Continue reading »

flattr this!