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Design your own Netbook, Notebook or Gamer PC

How does being able to create/design the specifications of your next notebook, netbook or gamer’s notebook PC sound to you? I’m sure every notebook or netbook owner would want to voice out their opinion on how the next netbook or notebook will come out of production.

Well, here’s an exciting idea introduced by Intel and ASUS.

… consumers can collaborate with each other and with Intel and ASUS to design innovative new products. The plan is for the two companies to deliver to market what could be the world’s first community-designed PCs.

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Pinoy Linux users: What is the count?

At work, I’ve always pushed Linux as a viable operating system for business. I believe that it’s a very stable and robust environment for enterprise servers. Most of the time, the only real obstacle to adopting the Linux operating system is lack of knowledge and the hesitance (fear?) to use something new.

I started using Linux even before kernel 1.0. I remember having to download the kernel source and compile my own kernel. Nowadays, someone has already done that for you and all you have to do is use it :-). You can even order a computer with Linux pre-installed.

This weekend, I’ve finally gotten my self to register as a Linux user at (finally after being a Linux user for more than 10 years). My Linux user counter number is 480092.

While browsing the site, I can’t help but notice that the total registered number of Linux users for the Philippines is just 995. I’m very sure that it’s more than that! So if you’re a Linux user, I encourage you to register and be counted. Let’s put the Philippines on the world map as a major Linux user!

If you’re a Pinoy Linux user, I’d like to hear from you. Maybe you can post a comment, pingback or trackback to this article. If you are a Filipino Linux user and you’ve written an article about your Linux experience, you can contact me and give the link to the article and I’ll try to write about it here on my blog.

HP Mini 1000 netbook has Ubuntu

HP has introduced a new line of netbooks with competitive pricing of as low as US$379. The HP Mini 1000 line of netbooks will be using Intel’s Atom processor instead of a VIA processor (used in HP mini-note 2133). You now have the option of getting an HP netbook which has an SSD installed (8GB or 16GB).


Memory configurations are 512MB, 1GB and 2GB plus the usual USB ports, wifi and webcam. The display comes in 8.9 or 10.2 inches at 1024 x 600. It would have been nice to have the option to order it with a 1280×768 10.2 inch display. The new HP netbook line can be pre-installed with Ubuntu that sports HP’s unique MIE interface (why create a unique HP interface?). For the gals, you’ll like the stylish Vivienne Tam Edition that will be available in mid-December in the US.

Hi HP, I’d like a 10.2-inch 1280×768 display, aluminum black body, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 2GB, wifi, HSDPA, 20GB SSD, SDHC slot and Ubuntu Intrepid (for that mobile broadband support) if you please. Thanks.

WordPress 2.7: SVN has been updated with new screens

Just to whet your appetite on the upcoming WordPress version 2.7, I’m posting a couple of screen shots of the new look and feel. Some pretty good usability features are going to the next version. The new version is replacing the top menu with some nice looking icons on the left side.


The change will maximize the screen area for tasks like editing or creating a post. This should be a welcome feature with the increased popularity of netbooks which offer less screen area.

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WordPress 2.6.3 now available

WordPress 2.6.3 has just been released which fixes a low risk vulnerability in the Snoopy library. Snoopy is currently used to fetch the feeds shown in the Dashboard.

The new version is available at the WordPress download page. If you don’t want to download the whole release to get the security fix, you can download the following two files and copy them over your 2.6.2 installation.

  1. wp-includes/class-snoopy.php
  2. wp-includes/version.php

If you have ssh access to your blog, here are the commands to update by just replacing the two files:

cd ~/public_html/wp-includes/
mv class-snoopy.php.1 class-snoopy.php;mv version.php.1 version.php

The NetBook Battlefront … 1 point for Windows?

Over the past couple of days I’ve been reading about the higher than normal return rate of Linux netbooks. Being a Ubuntu user, I was curious as to the reason why that would happen. I believe that Ubuntu (eerrr, Linux) πŸ˜‰ is a better operating system than Windows XP and much better than Windows Vista but why are they opting for Windows?


It seems that it all stemmed from the reason that most of those who bought the Linux netbook was expecting something that would look similar to Windows in terms of interface. Being a Windows user myself, here’s some of my thoughts about the situation on what I’ve been seeing in the currently available NetBooks.

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