Caffeinated Pixels

Fueled by obscene amounts of coffee and a love for all things 8-bit and shiny, Pete wants to share his experiences with you. He'll try not to twitch and fidget too much, so as to not distract you from sharing his Apple vs. PC thoughts and comparisons, wistful yearning for a return to classic gaming, and focused spout-offs inspired by a life circling around computers, video games, and gadgets

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Peter Redmer's blog

First Impressions of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS: Viable Alternative to Mac or Windows?

For years now, I've been tinkering with dozens of Linux distros trying to find the perfect match for my free OS needs.  Admittedly, I have had neither the patience nor the skill to use solely Linux and have always used Mac or Windows as my "main" OS.

The newest distro of Ubuntu, cleverly named "Lucid Lynx," is quite a few steps closer to becoming a true replacement for the big guns, and I was pretty impressed in the time I spent with it.

Weighing In On A Potential "App Store" For Macs

You knew it was coming.  I think pundits have been wondering for years whether Mac desktops and laptops might get bound to an App Store environment, becoming fully-rooted residents of the infamous walled garden, planted right next to the fully bloomed iPhone and budding iPad.

Apparently, Sir Jobs has ambiguously denied a random email asking if such a store is in the works, although it's unclear what his answer does or could mean.

My theory?  A Mac App Store of some kind, integrated into iTunes, will exist someday very, very soon... whether we like it or not.  What does that mean for Mac users?

Opera Mini for Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch: Worth the Hype?

If you're a fan of free software, alternatives to big names, or an all-around browser geek, you're probably familiar with Opera.  This program has been around a long time, and is a decent (or superior, depending on opinion) alternative for Internet browsing.  It's a popular choice on lots of portable or embedded devices as well as mobile phones.

My Current Favorite Apps and Games for the Apple iPad

Of course, I had to get an iPad at launch, being a "Mac guy" and an early gadget adopter at heart. What really makes the iPad special is the great library of third party applications that are already available in the App Store.  These apps greatly enhance what your iPad can do.  Here's some of my current favorites and must-haves, all of which I recommend full force that you buy or at least try!

Netflix (Free)

Netflix instant streaming on iPad. Nothing more needs to be said.  It's perfect.  You need a subscription to use it, of course.

Review of We Rule for iPhone: Farmville, But Not Really

Farmville.  The mere mention of the name can either whip people into a drooling frenzy of exitement and pure joy or a bloody, hateful, destructive rage.  Regardless of which side of the debate you are on, Farmville (playable on Facebook) is extremely popular and here to stay.  We Rule for iPhone aims to capitalize on this by creating its own social, micromanagement based game.  It's been featured on the App Store and is primed to be well-talked-about, for better or for worse.

What is We Rule?

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