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Gmail Notifier Applets for Ubuntu

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workswithu.com: Given the popularity of Gmail, it’s not surprising that a score of desktop applets have emerged for notifying users of new messages. I recently set out on a quest to find the best one. Here are the results.

A Free Open Source Alternative to Microsoft Visio

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makeuseof.com: Do you diagram? Chart? Maybe you sketch room layouts or wiring schematics? How about flow charts? Well I think we have a solution!

learning a new shell: zsh

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xylld.wordpress: So I’ve decided to start learning a new shell. I see so much talk about zsh and finally, I’m going to attempt to learn to use it. I installed it and started using it and a few things are immediately different.

Top 10 Google Chrome Artist Themes

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junauza.com: Adding to the list of Google Chrome themes, Google recently introduced a new set of themes that are created by well-known artists, illustrators, architects, musicians, filmmakers, and fashion and interior designers from around the world resulting in a colorful combination of art and technology. Here are some of my favorites:

Exaile 0.3.0 is a Music Player for Ubuntu

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howtogeek.com: Exaile is a solid choice for Ubuntu users to manage their music collections. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, lyrics, artist/album information via Wikipedia, Last.fm scrobbling.

Linux Software Picks: Six Alternatives to Photoshop

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maximumpc.com: Although many graphics professionals turn to Windows or Mac OS to execute their designs, Linux is far from helpless in this area. While it helps that Adobe Photoshop, the undisputed gold-standard program that most professionals use for raster graphics, runs on Linux through Wine, there are several native Linux programs that offer some of the same functionality.

Flash Player becomes runtime environment for any platform

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h-online.com: The new version is the first to be based on the runtime environment developed by the Open Screen Project and works with the Windows, Linux and Mac OS X desktop operating systems as well as with the Windows Mobile and Palm webOS.

Linux Google Chrome Shines

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  • Linux Google Chrome Shines
  • Fast, simple and now stylish: Google Chrome with Artist Themes
  • New Artist Themes for Google Chrome Are Super Slick
  • Google Chrome Artist's Themes Work Fine On Linux

Master Dolphin in KDE 4

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maketecheasier.com: Dolphin is KDE 4’s default file manager, and is a departure from KDE 3, which relied on Konqueror for file management. Unlike Konqueror, which functions as a web browser and many other things, Dolphin is specifically used for file management.

First impressions of GRUB2

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stargazer.at: If a known computer magazine writes about the new grub2 version, it cannot be that bad at all, isn’t it? True, Grub2 is still unfinished, but it should be already quite useable. So why not giving it a try?

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