A good idea to recycle that old computer

Every few year we tend to change computer, the hardware can’t cope with modern demands, so that machine usually end up gathering dust somewhere in a cupboard in case the new one get defective or that we don’t know what to do with it. Sending it to the recycler is a good idea or course, its way better than in a landfill.

However, there may be some use to it, especially if you where planning to get a NAS to share file or printers across computers in you home network or when you are away from home.

Of course, you could buy a NAS; they are relatively cheap, but why buy when you have a working old computer at home and can get free open-source software to do the same thing.

What I recommend is Amahi Home Server (http://www.amahi.org/). It will transform that old computer in an easy to use server that will enable you to share disk space across computer securely and it will be able to provide others service when your not home like music streaming, vpn, etc.

The VPN apps could be very interesting if you frequently your device over open wifi network in public places where you are susceptible to be spied on by any hacker on the same network. With a VPN connexion to you home, I’ll the surfing and transaction will be encrypted securely becoming virtually undecipherable by would be snoopers, making you surfing safe anywhere you are.

It does not require a very powerful, the minimum requirement is: 1GHz CPU, 4GB Disk, and 512MB RAM. A 10-year-old desktop could do this. You could attach all these USB hard drive you have and centralize the storage and manage who can see what. It is also practical when you forgot a file at home; you can login to your server from anywhere and get that file where you are now.

You can even manage it remotely, so you do not event need a screen and keyboard attached to it, so it can be stored out of the view.

There is so much apps available for this server that I am sure you’ll find a use for this old box sitting there picking dust.

NAS: Network Attached Storage
VPN: Virtual Private Network

New toy

Just got an android phone just for the fun of it, I got a cheap Samsung Galaxy 550.

I mainly use my Ipad and will still do so, but I thought it could be interesting to see what is on the other side after all theses years of using apple’s product.

So far I am impressed with what this little 98$ phone gives. Android itself is o.k. but it is no ios. I think it is easier to work with an iPhone/iPad, you can still get a lot done if not more with Android, but you will need to be a geek to do so.

Will keep you updated on how is life with this.

iTtunes LP for books ?

The way it’s described it sound like it! But do you want a book with multimedia embeded? It’s been done before! It was called a cd-rom in the 90’s and the web afterward!

Could it fly? Can’t say I heard the lP on iTunes are a succes!

Rumor: Ebooks for Apple Tablet, From Harper Collins [Rumors]

According to the WSJ, HarperCollins Publishers is in talks with Apple about providing ebooks for Apple’s tablet. It’s speculated that ebook markets such as Amazon’s would
seriously suffer if such an arrangement were finalized.

Based on explanations by Brian Murray, the chief executive of HarperCollins, the reason Amazon would initially have something to fear is that “e-books enhanced with video, author interviews and social-networking applications could command higher retail prices for publishers than current e-books” in the future. Apple’s tablet would, of course, be ideal for such enhanced content, and we already know that they’ll be digging for mags, newspapers and college textbooks but this is some of the first we’ve heard of Apple negotiating with publishers for regular e books.

Ah, I suppose we’ll be able to speculate some more on January 27th, in the meantime—on the tablet or not—”enhanced ebooks” sound like a blast. Just imagine how often you’ll say that something was way better with the author commentary. [WSJ]

Wozniak’s love the Nexus

Et tu, Brute?

On Gizmodo: Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak’s Favorite Gadget? The Google Phone [Apple]

Yes, you read that right. Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and Gizmodo guest contributor extraordinaire, has confessed that his favorite gadget is Google’s Nexus One. Oh Woz, my darling, you just broke my iPhone-powered heart.

We know that Woz picked up an iPhone right when it first came out and it’s
perfectly OK that he picked up a Nexus One right on its release day, too. But proclaiming the Google device as his favorite gadget? Ouch.

I do wonder what his reasons are for that proclamation when he also explained that an iPhone is still his main cellphone.