Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Review: Linux Mint 7

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Linux Mint 7 is a distribution based off of Ubuntu. For those people who do not know where Linux Mint has been developed in Ireland.

Mint is a w0nderful distribution to use. Mint is very easy to use and I had no problem using it.Mints signature color is green… like mint leaves. The 7th release of Mints code name is Gloria. All of Mints releases are named after females which is better then some of the crazy code names I have seen before. (None of which I can remember.)

So far I like the color (“Mint Green”), the ease of use (“really easy to use.”)

I find the easier it is to use the more people will use it. I have not usually said anything about security but really with Linux you are more secure then with any other OS.

I believe that this version is based off of Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope.”

Over all I would give it a 5/5 as it is a very nice distribution and of its ease of use.

Ryan Orser.

Review: Ubuntu 8.04.3

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I have installed Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS in a virtual machine. The specs of the virtual machine are the same as they always are:

  • 512 mb of RAM
  • 8 GB Hard Drive

When I installed the OS it was a no brainer as it was so easy. I tend to forget how easy it is to install Ubuntu or its’ derivatives since I do not install Linux distributions all that much.  Since the install was no problem I had nothing but the easiest thing to do… wait. It only was installing for 5 minutes and then it was done.

After the install came the restarting and booting up of the VM. All I had to do was login and then I installed the updates. There were no problems and everything worked.

Thanks Canonical for having the last LTS to work so well and not give any problems like the 2 that came after it (8.10 and 9.04.) Those have had many problems and I have Ubuntu for a server to run these websites. I have had no problems with 8.04 at all.

Ryan Orser.

iPod and iPhone Applications Review: Bubbles

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Bubbles is an iPod Touch and iPhone application that is, well, different from the other bubble popping applications. Bubbles is a “game” that you can create bubbles by placing one or two fingers on to the touch screen and drag them around. That creates the bubbles that are going to be on the screen. Then you can pop them just by tapping your finger on the bubbles… it is harder then it looks, trust me as I have played this until I fell asleep because I was so bored and that was when I was on the bus to go see my grand parents. Luckily this game will not last much longer on my iPod as I cannot seem to find a use for it… maybe I will play it while someone is giving a lesson at school if it isn’t so great being back to Math 11 for an upgrade to get a better mark. Who knows what I will do with this game, and I may just keep it on for a little while longer just to see if this program gets any updates and if it does I will write about it if it isn’t any better then before.

Overall I have to grade it… well maybe give it to a grinding wheel as there is almost nothing to grade it that will give it a good mark. For the fun category maybe for a little kid this maybe fun to play with for about 5 or 6 minutes but there will be no enjoyment as someone, the kid or the person who is hanging out with him gets bored I will give it a 1/5 on the fun that comes with it. I would give the functionality, though there is little of it a 2/5 for a small but unworthy bonus. I guess I have to give it something so that it will be out of 15… hmm. I really think that I should put in a boringness factor which would give it a high mark though in my opinion it would lower the mark. I will give it 0.5/5 for the boring factor as I do not want to give it a negative score. I am not really that hard a marker but if there is something that really bugs me then I will say it … and this is one of these things that bug me a lot. So in the end I will give this a 2.5/15 (that is 1 for the fun factor, 2 for the functionality, and a -0.5 for the boringness factor.)

I hope these developer(s) keep working on it to get to the next level of fun. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Create different color bubbles?
  2. Be a little more creative
  3. Maybe try making different shaped bubbles. Anything might help it.

I hope that this criticism is not to hard on them as I cannot really create iPhone or iPod Touch Applications as I do not have a mac. Though I would like to say thank you for your work in making the iPhone or iPod Touch a better toy or phone to have.

Ryan Orser.

Brasero: The Default Ubuntu CD/DVD Burner

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Brasero DVD Burner is a nice looking, easy to use burner application for people who just like to have the default applications that come with the OS. (Operating System). I do like Brasero, though I would use the program GnomeBaker as I find it faster and easier to use then this program. Overall this is a great program and I would give this one a 4.5/5.

Ryan Orser.

DeVeDe: A DVD Authoring Tool

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Well you may be asking what type of program is DeVeDe? It is a DVD authoring program where you can put video clips or movie files into a DVD that will playback your movies or clips. I found this program in the Ubuntu Repositories along which I will be reviewing a few others along with it over the next few days or weeks.

DeVeDe is very easy to use. I opened it up clicked on a few files to put them in changed a few settings and then press create. It is really that simple to create a DVD that will work in Linux.

I really am liking this program a lot. I have not been able to do this before in Linux and I hope this great program gets even better. Many people might even try this out which would be great for the developers to get some bug fixes in.

Thank you for reading,
Ryan Orser

Blogged with the Flock Browser

Review of Flock 2.0 Beta (two)

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Flock is a great browser which is for people that are very social. I for one am not very social, though I am going to not make any judgment for this in any part of my review.

This browser is cool looking, fun to use, and enjoyable to work with. I really do like this browser and may get my mom to use it after a while.

This browser has built in blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and much much more. Right now I am using the Digg and Facebook integration on Flock. You can figure out my Facebook name, and you can add me if you want, though do not expect me to go on very much.

This blogging feature is great as I am using it to write this post with it. Hopefully this works or I am going to write this all over again.

Flock is very nice to use and I may use it again sometime. Overall I believe that this is cool and I would recommend it to anyone. I will give this 4.5 out of 5. Remember this is a beta.

Ryan Orser

UPDATE: Screenshot:

This Feature is how I posted todays post.

Blogged with the Flock Browser

Civilizations Revolution (Nintendo DS) Review

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Civilizations Revolution is a game from the Sid Meiers Civilization line of products. This time around the games have been released to the game consoles like Nintendo DS, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. There is not a PC version, though I hope that it may come out or have Civilizations 5 come out soon. So with Civilization Revolution there are 14 leaders for 14 civilizations, so as you know there are 1 leader per civilization.

There are a couple of modes: Play now or Play online. I have not been able to play online as my wireless settings are not quite right so I have been playing by myself. I love the campains that you can get to play. I have played the lightning round and the attack of the huns. I have won 2 of 3 games. The first game I lost because I attacked to often and the opponents became great generals. The last 2 games were pretty intense and luckily I won which is pretty hard with a touch interface, well that is what I find.

Anyway this game is not really that bad, though can get a bit boring if you try to figure out how to play. I would give this game a 3/5.

Ryan Orser’s Windows Vista Review

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

I have been using Windows Vista for over a week now. Why I chose to review Windows Vista I am unsure, but for reasons unknown I installed it. In the future I will review Windows Vista SP1 even though it’s likely the changes will be small.

The specifications of my laptop are as follows:

  • AMD Turion 1.6 GHz tl-50 Dual Core,
  • NVidia Geforce Go 6150
  • Broadcom wireless
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 80 GB Hard Drive

I’ll be covering these topics:

  • The Hardware
  • How does it run?
  • What I like and dislike

I was not surprised to discover that Vista is a resource hog. It takes about 2 minutes to boot the OS, log in, then load wireless, sidebar, and a whole lot more stuff. The Windows side bar takes the longest to load its five widgets. I use a clock widget, weather reporter, CPU usage monitor, calendar, and currency converter. The CPU usage stays over 10% all the time, even when I’m not doing anything. That makes me sad.

Vista: a turtle could probably crawl up and down the stairs a couple of times before it loads. There is nothing that is clearly slowing it down, except maybe all the sidebar widgets. The overall visual theme is a lot better in my opinion than XP’s and previous versions. Applications seem to load quickly, though they should be with all the RAM and CPU power this computer has.

Here are my likes and dislikes about Vista:

First the good:

  • The default wallpapers are very nice
  • The visual theme is pleasant to the eyes.
  • It runs smoothly, without any stability problems.
  • No BSODs!

And now the bad:

  • Takes almost 2 minutes to load.
  • The lack of visual customization makes the interface get boring after a while.
  • Microsoft need to find a way to get it to run faster.
  • The Microsoft help line always asks you to restart your computer.
  • The wireless can get screwed up after waking from hibernation.

Overall, Vista is better then XP but does not beat Linux. I may be biased individual, but I think that Linux loads and runs faster as well as being more customizable. I do like Vista and I may come back to it, but I can’t help liking Linux a lot better after all the problems that I have been through with Vista and other Windows versions.

The ratings:
3/5 for usability
4/5 for GUI
1/5 for customizability
3/5 for performance

Overall rating:
11/20. An okay OS, but it can’t beat the competition.

If you would like to give feedback, please use the “leave reply box” to leave me a comment.

Mandriva One 2008.0 Review

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

This installation of Mandriva 2008 only took about 20 Minutes. I installed the KDE Live CD onto my laptop harddrive.

Mandriva has its ups and downs though this is the first distro that I have used in the last few weeks that will actually configure your wireless and nvidia graphics card for you, and the graphics card runs xgl. Compiz Fusion was already enabled (which i like), I only had to configure the wireless to work which had only taken less than 2 minutes.

I like how this distro was able to download in less then 2 hours on bit torrent which was ok while downloading at 150Kb/s. I also downloaded the gnome Live CD which you can install via running the live CD while playing with it. The Gnome Live CD was downloading at only 20Kb/s at the most during the download and probably started seeding at around 2 AM.

The interface was easy to use and change. I am using KDE 3.5.7 which is a nice change from Gnome (I am only trying this out for a little while.) I would recommend Mandriva to anyone that likes a French Distro that really almost works out of the box.

The only problem that I had with the installation was when halfway through the setup it changed to Spanish? hmmm, I say that I can only understand English, really I cannot believe that the installer has that bug.

Well over all I will pronounce this distro one of the most useful of all the distributions that I have tried. Overall a 9/10!

Ryan Orser

next for review is g-os (otherwise known as green-os)

Open SuSE Linux 10.2 Review

Monday, November 19th, 2007

OpenSuSE 10.2 Review:

I know its’ a little late for this now because 10.3 is out, but I am going to review OpenSuSE Linux 10.2 anyways.

Here are the pros:

  • Uses Gnome, KDE, or any other Window Manager that you can select from a list.
  • Works on my laptop, though I did need to put in the commands for the installation, after the installation the boot loader didn’t need to have the commands put into the xorg.conf file. 
  • Installation was 32 minutes long (NEW RECORD for installation time!)
  • Has the old version of Pidgin (Gaim (An instant messaging client) which is always good to have)
  • Has the kernel.
  • Has Xorg 7.2.

Here are the cons:

·         Is now out of date.

·         I should upgrade



Things I should find out are:

·         How to install Broadcom wireless driver

·         How to install Nvidia Graphics

That is all for now, Mandriva 2008 is coming up next for review,

                        Ryan Orser.