Author: Pete Vagiakos


Tablet market is slowing, Apple and Samsung still on top

International Data Corporation (IDC) has come out with some very interesting data for the first quarter of 2014, and they practically confirmed what everyone was suspecting all along: that the tablet market has reached its peak point, with phablets getting a big chunk of its pie.


Rockstar’s latest games survive Gamespy’s shutdown

In a sign of things to come for many online services that are all the rage these days, Gamespy announced that it will be shutting down its servers last month. The end date is May 31st, and every game you own that has use of its servers for the multiplayer component will be in trouble.


Nokia joining the Justice League

So Nokia Microsoft is full steam ahead with releasing new Windows Phones out there. And keeping up with the Superman theme (don’t forget that they released a Lumia 925 Superman edition) they actually codenamed an upcoming handset as Superman.


Windows XP users get no love anymore (update: seems they do after all)

Windows XP. Oh how we loved thee. But yes, it’s time to finally move on. I mean I get it, really. The vast majority of people started getting into computers and the Internet in the 2000s – and guess which operating system was popular back then. But you do realise that it was released in 2001, right? 13 years ago. Which is ancient history in computer standards. For those of you who are older, that’s like using MSDOS 3.30 right about when Windows 98 was released. Oh wait, some of you did


A fresh start! (take #90873)

For the past few years I’ve been rather silent in the writing department. I had a column over at Rage3D for some time, imaginatively called Kombuting (you can find it here under Rage3D Editorials) but for the past year, there was nothing from me. So I decided to do something about it. First of all, I revamped this blog; transferred it to WordPress hopefully with great success. So here’s the plan. This will be a plaform to share my thoughts on everything currently making the headlines, whether that’s some new graphics card that costs one gazillion dollars, new tablets and...


Debian and Plymouth

I’ve used Ubuntu for the past few years, and I’ve watched it become more and more bloated, to the point that it was almost unusable on my work PC (P4, 2GB RAM). So I took a friend’s advice and installed Debian Squeeze, and oh boy, what a difference it has been! More snappy, and half the RAM. Anyway, since then I’ve been adding stuff to my installation, and Plymouth was one of them. Here are the instructions to get it installed just in case someone actually uses Debian: 0. Install v86d package. 1. /etc/default/grub Replace GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”…” by GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash nomodeset...