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Cost-Conscious Companies Turn To Open Source

TheZorch I got suggestions (249 comments)

Using GIMP in place of Photoshop to cut costs is one thing. Also, a good alternative to JAWS is needed for Blind users. The screen reading software is $900, the company Freedom Scientific is charging such a high price because they know people will go to their state's Rehabilitation department for help getting the software. Because they have a monopoly on such products they can do as they please, but the OSS community could change all that.

more than 6 years ago

What Needs Fixing In Linux

TheZorch Ubuntu Needs to Be Fixed! (865 comments)

There is a major problem in Ubuntu which the Ubuntu community seem unable to comprehend. n the Screen Resolution dialog in Ubuntu 7.10 it was possible to change what type of monitor you are using if X.org was unable to properly detect you're hardware. This functionality was removed from Ubuntu 8.04 and Ubuntu 8.10 and Kubuntu 8.10 with KDE4. The Ubuntu community seem completely unable to comprehend why this is a problem, however users who try Ubuntu and install the drivers for their video cards find themselves locked in at a resolution of 640x480 with no clear way of fixing the problem. In 7.10 it was as simple as opening the Screen Resolution dialog and changing what monitor you have, but now that functionality is gone. This is a big problem that can put off new users from ever giving Ubuntu or Linux in general any serious consideration and that is unacceptable.

more than 6 years ago



TheZorch TheZorch writes  |  more than 8 years ago

TheZorch writes "We have a 15" Apple MacBook Pro with both Mac OS X and Windows XP Professional installed on it. We use Mac OS X for every day use and Windows is kept for those games which aren't Mac native (and won't run in Parallels because it doesn't do 3D acceleration yet). We're running out of room on the Mac OS X partition mostly because of GarageBand and all of the add-on packs we want to be able to use with it. We have over 1TB of USB storage but we can't install iLife to any other drive but the system volume and most other Mac software doesn't give you the option to change its installation destination.

So, we have two qeustions really.

1. Can applications be moved once they are installed in Mac OS X?
and ...
2. Is there a way to boot a MacBook Pro from an eSATA drive?

Recently I got ahold of a FirmTech SATA II Expresscard/34 adapter and eSATA II two drive housing. Installing the card and drives in Mac OS X and Windows was pretty easy and it works really well, but is it possible to boot from these drives at all? I haven't been able to find a Firmware setup screen to see if the MacBook Pro recognizes the card before it boots the OS, and when starting up BootCamp gives only the standard boot options for Mac OS X and XP. Is there a way we can at least boot Windows XP from one of these SATA drives on the FirmTech SATA II card? Or, if there is a way to move installed applications from the system volume without blowing things up I like to know how its done.

Please help, we really need answers if there are any."

TheZorch TheZorch writes  |  more than 8 years ago

TheZorch writes "I'm looking for a free online Podcast hosting site which offers RSS feeds. The feeds are important for submitting to iTunes. I found Odeo however uploading to the site is difficult and hangs about half-way most of the time.
Currently my Podcasts are being stored at Archive.org, the Creative Commons Internet Archive, but the site doesn't generate RSS feeds which allow you to post your podcasts on iTunes. Uploading large files via HTTP is a pain even on a cable modem. I'd prefer to be able to do it via FTP.

Does anyone know of a good free Podcasting host with RSS feeds and reliable uploads for large files.? You're assistance would be greatly appreciated."


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