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Will WebOS Pick Up Where Android Falls Short?

For what seems like forever now, we have seen an ongoing war between rival technology companies Apple and Google, both of whom have managed to tap into the constantly growing mobile industry with their feature-rich operating systems; iOS and Android.  With both companies being huge in the public eye, many have taken up one platform or the other, often times citing features or traits that they claim makes their platform superior to the others.  While many iOS users are quick to cite the large selection of mobile applications available for Apple’s mobile operating system, many Android users are just as quick to point out that Google’s flagship operating system is open source and can be used on a wide array of devices.

While these are fair points, the fact of the matter is that in more recent months Google has taken a number of steps to lock down how end-users and hardware manufactures are able to go about using the operating system.  In all honesty, the changes that Google has imposed – inclusive of delaying the release of source code to the general public and only allowing pre-release versions of the OS to be run on emulators instead of on actual devices – don’t affect that many consumers.  However, even though run of the mill end users likely have little care about this change, Google’s decision to impose stricter restrictions has caused them to step on the toes of one very important group; hardware manufactures.

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Windows 8: Microsoft’s Game of Catch Up

It’s no secret that Redmond-based Microsoft Corporation went through somewhat of a rough patch and a sizable public image meltdown when Windows Vista (early 2007) failed to meet the expectations and needs of consumers.  Seeing as how the release sported the most significant jumps since the release of Windows 95 in terms of both GUI and features, many saw Vista’s failure in the mainstream market as a huge blow for the once legendary software company.  But with the release of Windows 7 in 2009, Microsoft was able to bring a beautiful and highly functional operating system to the table.  Sure, many would argue that the OS was still a bit bloated, but when it boils down to it the release was a great come-back for Microsoft.  Even back in 2009 we saw Windows 7 gain an unprecedented adoption rate with consumers.

Fast forward into 2011, and Microsoft is back at it again.  This time around Microsoft has brought in an entirely refreshed interface that I think is much cleaner than what we’ve seen with Windows 7.  If you’ve seen the screenshots and demo, you too probably notice the distinctive similarity between the current state of Windows 8 and the established look and feel of the company’s Windows Phone 7 mobile platform.

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The One Issue That Stands in the Way of Mass-Marketed Linux

It seems like just yesterday that I was a user of the ever so popular Microsoft Windows operating system.  But truth be told, I have been using Linux as my primary desktop operating system for nearly a year now.  In this time, I have learned a great deal about the operating system and have honestly found my experience to have been an insightful and eye-opening one.  Having said this, I am now at the point where I cannot (easily) fathom my return to Windows anytime soon and have – despite going through a number of issues towards the beginning of my transition – become quite comfortable and satisfied with the Linux “way of doing things”, if you will.

Having personally gone from Windows to Linux, I have often looked at it as a very promising operating system not only for “geeks” and “nerds”, but mass-society as a whole.  With rapidly growing distributions such as Ubuntu focusing highly on user-friendliness and hardware compatibility, it’s easy to see where Linux could easily become a mass-market product in the next couple of years; a concept that the iSnick blog recently covered in a post about Ubuntu’s potential for OEM installations.  However there is one single problem with a consumer implementation of Linux that could potentially put a damper on Linux’s widespread use by individuals such as you and me.

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Clean Installs: Why They’re Important and How to Make Them Easier

In a past post on how often one should do a clean install of their operating system, Jeff pointed out that the need for operating system re-installation varies between different people.  However, no matter who you are or what you do with your computer, at one point or another you are more than likely going to have the want or need to re-install your computer operating system and start fresh.  This is often seen as a tedious and time consuming task.  Because of this, I’ve decided to write this post explaining why re-installing your operating system is important, as well as a series of tips that will allow your re-installation process to go as smooth as possible, and ultimately allow your computer to be up and running in a minimal amount of time.

Firstly, we need to fully understand what a re-install is.  Think of your comptuer hard drive as your brain.  Over time, your brain collects a lot of information; both useful and useless.  After a while the excess of useless information begins to bog down your brain (or in this case the computer hard drive), and make you less sharp and productive.  Think about it.  Surely there is a program that you installed ages ago (or maybe even one that came pre-bundled with the operating system) that you no longer use or have a need for.  While you may simply choose to uninstall said program, the fact of the matter is that the program leaves behind remnants of itself in the form of registry entries and unused system files.  When you multiply this reality by the number of useless files and programs on your hard drive, you end up with a lot of “garbage” on your system.

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