Ben McCann

Co-founder at Connectifier.
ex-Googler. CMU alum.

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My first experience with Ubuntu


I just got a laptop loaded with Lucid Lynx and have had a bit of a mixed experience adjusting.  I’ve actually used Ubuntu a bit in the past, but only minimally and never as my primary computer until now. First reactions I like the default background. Have the fonts improved?  Fonts have always looked bad Read More

openSUSE 11.2 Setup and Review


openSUSE is my favorite Linux distribution.  Linux in general has some usability frustrations as a desktop user, so I hope to share some of the ways they can be dealt with.  If you have questions of your own leave a comment. Fix horrible bug that breaks buttons GDK has a horrible debilitating bug that was Read More

openSUSE 11.1 Installation and Setup


openSUSE 11.0 was the best Linux distribution I’ve ever used.  I was hoping openSUSE 11.1 would continue the great strides of late, but it’s a bit of a mixed bag.  One of the most frustrating things for me is that support for remote access is falling by the wayside.  VNC used to be better integrated Read More

Setup and Configure openSUSE 11.0


Let me start off by saying that openSUSE 11.0 is the best Linux distribution I have ever used.  There are some rough edges surrounding KDE 4, but the package management in openSUSE 11.0 makes huge strides over that offered in previous versions.  If you want to get up and running with openSUSE 11.0 then there Read More

Essential Linux Commands


Getting started on Linux can be challenging.  Largely because the first time user won’t have any idea how to track down potential problems.  The following Linux commands are essential to get additional information about your system when something goes wrong. Machine info sudo lshw -html > hardware.html – Creates an HTML page showing what hardware Read More

Running Quicken Premier 2008 on Linux with Wine


Wine attempts to create a Windows-compatible layer on top of Linux to allow you to run your favorite programs. Recently, Wine had its 1.0 release and has gotten quite strong when compared to earlier versions.  Quicken works reasonably well with wine-1.1.6 and later. With wine-1.1.5 and earlier you’ll need to use a WINE override.  That Read More