techtangerine Meditations and Musings on Tech

Who killed Encyclopaedia Dramatica?

In April 2011, the url of Encyclopaedia Dramatica began redirecting to OhInternet. In a span of a few days, an important part of the Internet subculture Anonymous had disappeared. And was replaced by a website similar to the dozens of websites that commercialize Internet phenomena. Here’s some investigation of what may have happened.

Enabling Hardware Virtualization on a SONY VAIO VGN-CR320 Laptop – An Experience

SONY disabled hardware virtualization on some laptops by providing these laptops with rudimentary BIOS Unlike typical BIOS, the BIOS provided simply did not have the feature for users to enable or disable hardware virtualization. But thanks to an assortment of Internet hacks, it is possible to enable hardware virtualization on some VAIO laptops.

Five cases that highlight “evil” at Google

While Google has become associated with computing and the Internet in general, it attracts more grumbling and raised eyebrows than other heavyweights, such as Microsoft. Its unofficial slogan, “Don’t be evil,” is sounding ironic as questions are being raised about its practices.

What is a Creative Commons License and why you should use one

With the rise of digital media and the Internet, reproducing copyrighted material has become stupendously easy. If you create digital content, and if you acknowledge (and maybe appreciate) the easily reproducible nature of digital media, you can modify your traditional copyright to be less adversarial towards those who will share your content by using a Creative Commons License. This post gives introductory information on how to do the same.

What to consider before buying a GPS device

Not all GPS devices are created equal. Some will give you seamless service for years to come whereas others may end up in an Kijiji fire sale, a testament to your lack of diligence. This article provides some essential considerations to be made before purchasing a GPS device.

An Introduction to Linux, for Windows n00bs

When I first started considering Linux, I could not obtain answers to some very basic questions. Neither Wikipedia nor the Linux documentation were of much help. This article intends to fill those gaps. It is intended for Windows users who are considering Linux for the first time. This article is non-technical and fairly opinionated as opposed to those consensus driven Wiki articles.

Wallpapers themed on original Mughal Paintings

Based on the design guidelines outlined in a previous post, I have created some more wallpapers themed on original Mughal paintings. I have taken three original Mughal paintings and used image editing software to combine various aesthetic elements.