Symbian gets Swype… Finally.

I first wrote about Swype on these pages back in February; now, more than six months later, it’s finally available for a select number of Nokia touch screen handsets — like my Nokia N97.

One of Swype’s founders is also partly responsible for the T9 predictive text-entry system for number pad handsets. And like T9, Swype will shortly become the de facto standard for touch screen text entry. Just you wait…

My favourite Linux wallpapers (so far).

I maintain that computers are the hot rods of the 21st century, and changing up your desktop background is the first and easiest step to pimping your ride.

Today I thought I’d share my favourite Linux wallpapers so far — if you see one you like you can download the full version from my Flickr account, but it’s probably better to get it from the official source, which I’ve also linked to where available…

Clonezilla – a monster backup utility.

Ah, the first of the month — time to back up my data to optical media, my NAS, Dropbox… And this month there’s a new tool in my arsenal. It’s called Clonezilla.

Developed at the National Center for High Performance Computing in Taiwan, Clonezilla will make a byte-for-byte, partition-for-partition copy of whatever you tell it to. And of course it’s free — even better, it’s been released under the GPL for everyone to benefit from…

Gigolo – it mounts what it’s told to.

Anyone using the GNOME desktop environment with their Linux distribution will probably be using Nautilus as a file manager as well. Among other handy features — like tabbed windows, for example — Nautilus has support for mounting Samba shares (like my NAS) built-in.

As I’ve chosen the more lightweight Xfce for my netbook the default file manager isn’t Nautilus but Thunar — a very capable app in its own right, but without any Samba support…