I Survived Without Windows For a Whole Week

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer


No Windows Allowed
No Windows Allowed


I started with the goal to use Ubuntu Linux on my computer exclusively for a week. I wanted to go seven full days without using Windows. I knew the only way I can learn about new software, especially operating systems, is to dive in – to make it necessary to survive using only the tools and software available in my new Linux environment.

Manage Your Gmail With Outlook.com

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer



Most of us have more than one email address. It's practically a necessity nowadays. There are a lot of good reasons. You may want to keep your personal email separate from your business email. You may need one as a backup for lost passwords, or you may want a disposable address to give sites so you receive less spam in your main inbox. If you want to use Microsoft's Office Online you will need an Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) email address. If you want to use Google+ you will need a Gmail address. You get the picture.

Windows 9 - Will It Be Everything You Want It To Be?

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Microsoft stumbled badly with the release of Windows 8. What happened and why, became bottomless subjects for the blogging technorati. A consensus formed that they rushed a touch UI out the door because Apple once again one upped them in the tablet market with the iPad. 

Stream Netfilx with Chrome on Linux using HTML5 - Finally!

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer


NetFlix using HTML5 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Netflix and Linux fans have been waiting patiently for a native Netflix player. Well, they have been waiting. The best solution will ultimately be based upon standards like HTML5. In fact Netflix offers an HTML5 video player now, but the only browser that supports it is Internet Explorer 11. Obviously, that isn't a solution for Linux.