What Linux Will Look Like in 2012

In 2007, Microsoft released Vista amid much hoopla.
Today, over a year later, Vista has been called a triumph by a select few.
It has been reviled by many, many more.
Vista supporters claim that its nbumbers compare very favorably with those of XP a year after its 2001 release.
I was there. I don’t recall any “I Hate XP” movements on the web.
Prediiction: Four years from now, barring a massive overhaul of Windows which would turn around users’ perceptions of Microsoft’s customer service, Linux will be taking a big enough share of home and business users’ desktops to have a significant effect on Redmond’s dominance.

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iTunes U

Do you have an iPod?
Are you interested in furthering your education? For FREE?
Then today’s FamilyFirst pick is for you: iTunes U.
You see, an iPod is more than a music playing device.
It can also be used to help you learn!
Here’s how they sum up what they have to offer here:

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Foodpairing

foodpairing.jpgWhat foods go well with what foods? Have you ever pondered that question?
The fact is that some foods simply go better with certain other foods.
I’m not talking about obvious ones, like meat and potatoes. I’m talking more subtle combinations, like, say, salmon and cauliflower.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? That’s because the two flavors complement each other.
Today’s FamilyFirst pick is called Foodpairing. Here’s their mission:

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Belkin

My old Linksys router kicked the bucket yesterday. It had been “coughing up blood” for a while, randomly dropping connections, but it served me well for the last five years.
So, I strolled into the local discount store to buy another. I’m not using wireless at this point, but I went ahead and got a wireless Belkin router. The world is rapidly moving towards wireless, and I might as well get ready in my house.
Setting up my Linksys wasn’t too difficult for me, after all, I am a professional geek. But it would have been pretty hard on a layman.
It was with that in mind that I plugged in my Belkin CD-ROM. I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy it went.
You see, we nerdy types tend to avoid things like setup wizards. We prefer to just jump in and do things manually. Wizards are generally written for newbies, and we impatiently blast through the baby steps. But the Belkin wizard was different.

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History of the Button

While researching an article on pushbutton transmissions for my site IRememberJFK, I stumbled onto this quirky, fascinating, fun offering: The History of the Button.
The webmaster, Bill DeRouchey, is simply obsessed with buttons! The kind of buttons you push, that is.
His articles may go deeply in depth about buttons and where they originated, what they do, why they exist, etc. But sometimes it’s just a lightweight little lark that will put a grin on your face.
Just check out some of his categories on pushbuttons: apple, appliances, cars, cheese, and women. Unfortunately, the women buttons are NOT designed to help clueless husbands understand them better!

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