Reviews

Bodhi Linux: a featherweight with style

Bodhi Linux: a featherweight with style

In anticipation of a new Ubuntu release and in need of a fresh install on my Dell “test” laptop (11.6 inch, i3 1.2ghz, 4gb RAM) I thought I’d use the time to test drive some other distros. One that has been near and dear to me for some time is Bodhi Linux. When I first decided to get off the Apple money train and assemble my own desktop, I started with a super low cost bare bones... »

Cinnamon 1.6: a stable (finally) choice for the Unity challenged

Cinnamon 1.6: a stable (finally) choice for the Unity challenged

  During the great GNOME/Unity debates of the last two years, the Ubuntu spinoff Linux Mint gathered a large following. Mint head Clem Lefebvre and the rest of his Mint Team attracted many devotees who wanted to hang on to the classic desktop that many had come to love in GNOME 2. Part of that effort produced Cinnamon, a fork of GNOME 3 that just hit a milestone with stable version 1.6 this ... »

HP Envy Sleekbook 6 Review

HP Envy Sleekbook 6 Review

Regular readers of RefuGeeks will know what we don’t really do many hardware reviews, but last week I treated myself to a new laptop so I thought I’d write a quick review about the device. The laptop I opted for was a HP Envy Sleekbook 6 – it can’t quite be called an Ultrabook as this is a trademark of Intel that requires a device to have an Intel CPU and also an SSD, neith... »

Living on Firefox Pt. 3: Trying to Tame the Fox

So it’s been roughly five days of living in Firefox. I installed and synced the browser successfully across my two laptops, tablet and phone and was ready to get to work. During the last two days, I went about using Firefox for my daily needs: email, writing google docs, content management for a website with WordPress, note taking and more. I can’t report that everything went well. But I’ll ... »

How Lightread converted a reluctant RSS reader

How Lightread converted a reluctant RSS reader

Although I do nearly all of my news reading online, I’ve never been a big fan of Google Reader. I developed a habit long ago for simply bookmarking my favorite sites and visiting them when I had the urge to check in. For regular news I use Google News and have lately mixed into that routine Pulse Reader. Google reader seemed like a good way to organize all my favorite sites, but I was never craz... »

Montior Your Training With Strava

Montior Your Training With Strava

If you’re anything like me then fitness is important to you. I personally like to regularly go out on by bike, out running and I’m also a regular gym visitor. When going out running or on my bike, I usually take my trusty sports watch to time myself, I have a number of set routes that I have saved in Google Maps, so I can then compare my times to see if I am getting better or worse. ... »

Linux Deepin 12.06 Review

Linux Deepin 12.06 Review

I’ve been meaning to review Linux Deepin for quite some time now and I’ve finally had a chance to create virtual machine and put it through it’s paces. For those of you that don’t know, Linux Deepin is a highly customised Ubuntu/Gnome 3 distribution that focusses and ease of use and good looks. So let’s take a look… First Impressions The first thing I noticed ab... »

HootSuite – Social Media On Steroids

Social networks are in abundance and we are all addicted too them. I personally have Google+ & Twitter plus Google+, Twitter & Facebook pages for my two blogs. All together that equates to eight (yes eight!) social networks to update. When a new post is released on either of my blogs, it’s nightmare to update them all. So, after some research I came across HootSuite. HootSuite is a d... »

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