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Flipping the Linux switch: Disturbingly easy installs, now with sound and action

Last week, we walked through installing Ubuntu Linux. It's not a particularly hard process, and Ubuntu is great because it clearly illustrates the basic steps every Linux distribution goes through when it installs on a hard drive. Even if you don't use Ubuntu or a derivative, just looking at the installer screenies gives a nice story arc to a generic Linux install. New users often find the first ...

PackageMapper: Google Maps for UPS/FedEx/USPS routes

It was really the inevitable Google Maps hack: PackageMapper uses Google Maps to draw a map of your incoming package's route, and works for UPS, FedEx, and USPS. Even neater, it can show you the routes for many packages at once so you get an at-a-glance view of where your  packages are. Now if only there were a service that would do this in real-time (i.e. how far is the truck away from my ho...