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Book: iPhone Hacks

The iPhone is an internet-connected multimedia smartphone. Chances are if you own an iPhone (or iPod) , you long to discover its hackability. And a new book from O'Reilly iPhone Hacks can help you do just that. This book covers over 100 tips & tools for unlocking the power of your iPhone / iPod touch. With this book you can pushing the iPhone and iPod touch beyond their limits.
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Ubuntu Linux Usability Testing with Girlfriend

Finally someone is doing Ubuntu Linux usability testing with a girlfriend. The new user was given a couple of common tasks over a default installation of Ubuntu. I hope, the Linux distributions can learn a lot from this article and improve Linux user experience on a desktop computer. From the post:

Erin's knowledge of computers is limited to word processors, spreadsheets, Photoshop and a reasonable amount of browsing on the Web. Fairly standard stuff for a university philosophy student. All I did to the system (before leaving Erin at the log-in screen) was to install it and create a user account for her. She had no problems logging in, and loved the stylised heron background. Then I gave her one by one the tasks I'd set her. I didn’t give her any help at all.

=> The Great Ubuntu-Girlfriend Experiment (via slashdot)

Asus is extending the idea of Low-cost Linux based computer and gadgets to desktop PCs, TVs, and Monitors.

Asus has named the upcoming additions to its Eee PC family of low-cost computers, soon to be augmented with a small form-factor desktop machine, an all-in-one system and a TV. The details are as follows:

a) E-DT - Desktop PC, No Monitor - Cost between $200-300.

b) E-Monitor - 19-21" screen all in one desktop computer like iMac - Cost around $499.

c) E-TV - 42" Plasma with computer technology on board running Linux.

More information available here. What do you thing? Would you go for such cheap TV / Pc?

If you are a proud owner of IBM / Lenovo laptop / desktop computer use vpddecode command to print the "vital product data" information without opening your case or rebooting the system. This information is hardcoded on almost all IBM and Lenovo computers BIOS. It will show following information:

=> BIOS Build ID
=> Box Serial Number
=> Motherboard Serial Number
=> Machine Type/Model
=> BIOS Release Date
=> Default Flash Image File Name

Command to display BIOS information

WARNING! These examples only works on IBM/Lenovo Computer or Laptop systems

Open terminal and type the following command as the root user:

$ sudo vpddecode
# vpddecode

This software is must if you dual boot between Linux and Windows laptop / desktop computer.

I've already written about Explore2fs and other programs to grant read and write access to Linux ext3 partitions / files from a Windows box. There is a new program called Linux Reader which allows safe and quick access to alternative file systems. This program plays the role of a bridge between your Windows and Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems. This easy-to-use tool runs under Windows and allows you to browse Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems and extract files from there. From the project home page:

First of all, DiskInternals Linux Reader is absolutely free. Secondly, the program provides for read-only access and does not allow you to make records in Ext2/Ext3 file system partitions. This guarantees that the interference in an alterative file system will not affect the work of Linux later. Apart from this, it is necessary to note, that it gives you an opportunity to use common Windows Explorer for extracting data. A preview option for pictures is one more pleasant point, which is worth mentioning.

How to Read Ext2 / Ext3 File System From Windows Computer
(Fig 01: Linux Reader in Action under Windows XP [ image credit diskinternals.com ])

Download Linux Reader

=> Download Linux Reader [diskinternals.com]

HowTo: Tunneling VNC Connections Over SSH

Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is a desktop sharing system which uses the RFB (Remote FrameBuffer) protocol to remotely control another computer. It transmits the keyboard presses and mouse clicks from one computer to another relaying the screen updates back in the other direction, over a network.
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