Low End PC Archive for February 2002
Articles on Low End PC
Around the Web
Tune-ups and upgrades, Jerry Pournelle, Byte.com, 02.25. First
eliminate the viruses, the decide what to do with the old 133 MHz
- Humor. If cars were like
operating systems, Jeff Adkins, The Lite Side, Low End Mac, 03.04.
What if cars were designed like Windows XP, Mac OS X, and Linux?
- Rights. Digital
security fomenting a feud, Declan McCullagh, Wired News, 02.27.
Intellectual property protection vs. your right to copy in the digital
- Opinion. The Web is for
serving, not surfing, David F. Carlson, osOpinion, 02.27. "The
three central tenets of the Internet are peer-to-peer, distributed
control and free speech."
- Low-end. PC
makers soon may be forced to recycle, USA Today, 02.25. Our advice
- keep reusing those old Macs and PCs until they drop from exhaustion,
- News. Senators
propose recycling fee on new PCs, Jonathan Skillings, ZDNet, 02.22
California may impose a recycling tax on new computers. Hmm. Check out the OS-free
PCs at WalMart.com, Drew Cullen, The Register, 02.22. "Naked"
1 GHz Duron and Celeron models for $399, Athlon and P4 from
- Hands on.
A Linux guy looks at FreeDOS, Russell C. Pavlicek, NewsForge,
02.15. A DOS installation that takes 35 MB? What's up with that?
- Opinion. A modern, low
resource Linux distribution and all the real reasons why we need
it, Marco Fioretti, Linux Journal, 02.13.
- Dark Side. Check
the fine print, Ed Foster, The Gripe Line, InfoWorld, 02.11.
Microsoft - newly security conscious - retains the right to access your
computer and modify their product.
- Humor. Dellmentia,
Unintendonitis, and X-ema, Jeff Adkins, The Lite Side, Low End Mac,
02.11. Glossary of new computer-related medical conditions also
includes Torvaldic Shock Syndrome, Low Enderoids, and Punditrella
- Tech. USB
2.0 and FireWire - Killing some myths with tests, Jeff Lewis, Mac
Opinion, 02.08. Real world testing shows performance is comparable -
but which is faster?
Dell discontinues Itanium workstation, Ken Popovich, Extreme Tech,
02.07. Chip sinks on maiden voyage. We first labelled it the "Itanic" chip on Low End Mac in
NY challenges McAfee covenants, Yahoo/AP, 02.07. State contends
restrictions on product reviews restrict free speech.
Tired of viruses and bugs? Ditch Microsoft, Mac Net Journal, 02.07.
"I have found the best antidote to Internet viruses and computer
security concerns is to avoid Microsoft products like the plague."
- Consumer. New
Vermont "opt-in" privacy law faces legal challenge, Computerworld,
02.07. Law requires customer consent before a business can share their
- Opinion. OS themes are only
skin deep, Kelly McNeill, osOpinion, 02.07. "What advocates of
'theme' or 'skinning' software fail to realize is that OS consistency
is only truly realized when an entire platform is universally
- Opinion. Piracy, value, and
unrippable CDs, Jody Dugan, My Turn, Low End Mac, 02.06. Cost vs.
value - why we copy our music.
- Opinion. Dumping Dr. Evil's
junk, Eric Schwarz, The Power of Mac, Low End Mac, 02.06. Living
without Microsoft, one application at a time.
- Opinion. The
laptop vs. desktop dialectic, Charles W. Moore, Mac Opinion, 02.05.
"...once you begin using a laptop it's highly likely that you will be
ruined for desktops forever."
Rogers mulls new fees to curtail "bandwidth hogs," Globe &
Mail, 02.02. Rogers proposing three-tiered plan for light, moderate,
and heavy users.
- more in the Jan. 2002 archive