Articles By Scott Spanbauer

Linux: A Least-Cost Alternative to Windows

If you're looking for an alternative to Windows Vista and you prefer not to go "back to the future" with XP, you might seriously consider the Linux open-source operating system as an option

Published on: September 15th, 2008 Scott Spanbauer

How to set up a virtual machine

It's great to have multiple computers. On the first of them, you can install a database or crunch spreadsheets. On another, you can simply browse the Web, listen to music, and check your

Published on: September 15th, 2008 Scott Spanbauer

Kick that vexing Windows habit with these Linux applications

For many users, getting started with Linux is surprisingly easy. New, friendlier versions of the free operating system, such as Fedora and Ubuntu, feature straightforward menus and automated installations that make switching from

Published on: April 14th, 2008 Scott Spanbauer

Facebook, Ning or LibraryThing?

With hundreds of millions of user accounts, MySpace is the Internet's most recognizable (and reviled) social network. From teenagers to grandmas, seemingly everybody has a page. But Rupert Murdoch's online leviathan may not

Published on: February 26th, 2008 Scott Spanbauer