Beware a softie bearing gifts…Microsoft giveaway?

I make no secret of my opinion that Microsoft should never be allowed the dominance on any form factor that its enjoyed over the years on the desktop.  After many years of introducing users to Linux and indeed other alternatives, it always amazed me that such simple features of Linux that I take for granted…

APP FOCUS: Blowtorch 1.1.3 for Android & a consideration of MUD

I am encouraged by the the release of ebook readers and their massive popularity.  As readers of this blog and listeners to the audio-cast will know, I am not a big fan of TV & Film, infact if it wasn’t for the PS3 and the once a year tradition of Doctor Who, I’d happily throw…

Pearltrees – A link sharing service – rediscover the web!

There are times when you are surprised by the most unlikely sources.  After spending years heckling BBCclick, they finally highlight a service which was not merely old news served up in traditional wishy-washy BBC style. The service which I am going to be looking at for this article was PearlTrees. Pearltrees is probably best described…

CREATIVE COMMONS: Oleg Serkov / Countdown

Its not often I designate an entire post to CC artists,  I believe the last time I did that was Jono Bacon and Severed Fifth.  Oleg Serkov is one of my more recent discoveries and his album had a track featured at the end of Episode 23 of the TechBytes show. So how to describe…

Entanglement – Browser based HTML5 fun!

Ive always maintained that there is a market for those simple, addictive games on any platform.  You might be waiting for a download to finish, an email to come through or a message to pop up in IRC.  Whatever it is though there are always a few minutes of void to fill and this is…

Netrunner 2 – Blacklight – A new release!

Regular readers to Openbytes may remember the coverage we gave to Netrunner.   The first release “Albedo” impressed with its speed and its removal of Mono, which for some is not seen as the “gift to the world” its touted as being.   If you want a recap you can read that review here. The…

Around the Web – Some gems Ive found on my travels.

Thought I would add a regular article which covers some of my discoveries on the net which have not received a post of their own but deserve a mention.  If you follow @_Goblin on Twitter then you may be aware of most of these, but for those that don’t hang on every tweet I make…

A boost for legally shared media – new TV & movie titles!

This month marks the release of two titles which having been receiving an increasing amount of publicity – rightfully so as they are free to download / share and possibly give a insight into a new viable business model for some commercial projects today. If you are reading this imaging an indi project as something…

Android – My “must have” applications.

Ive been a happy user of Android for a while now and thought it would be interesting to look at my choice of “must have” apps for the OS and importantly ALL THESE APPLICATIONS ARE FREE! I am hoping this will stimulate a little debate and also I get a few suggestions for things to…

Proprietary software in Ubuntu? – Good or bad?

Where is Linux today?  When you look at the sheer volume of blogs, posts, comments and projects involving it you can easily see that the world of Linux (and indeed FOSS) is gathering pace.  I wonder if you, as I did, first dipping your foot into the waters of FOSS by using an alternative to…

Google Chrome OS – Built on Linux!

Information released! After much speculation (and a few faked screenshots) it appears we finally have word from Google as to what & when. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will…