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Flying on a budget carrier for business is bad for the ego, but necessary

LAST week your correspondent was put in a quandary. Having been booked to speak at an event in Ireland, the organiser sent through the travel itinerary. Ryanair. Not just Ryanair, but no-frills Ryanair: no priority boarding, no checked baggage and no option to choose seating. The cheapest of the cheap. I was mortified. Having recently been pleasantly surprised by a (pointless) business-class seat for a similar engagement, I now found myself at the opposite end of the value chain.

My first instinct was to throw a hissy fit and demand that the organisers double check the flight, like a z-list celebrity shouting “don’t you know who I am?” at a maître d’ when he can’t get a table. Thankfully, the moment quickly passed and common sense took hold. This was the very definition of a first-world problem. If I had been booking a flight at my own company’s expense I would have grudgingly used Ryanair too. Travel budgets tend to be fixed in absolute cost, which is to say that cheaper trips means more trips.

Others don’t always see it that way. At one event (in…Continue reading

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HandyLinux Is a Great Toolbox for Linux Newbies

HandyLinux is a distro that offers a simplified approach to using the Linux desktop operating system. HandyLinux first appeared about three years ago. The latest version, 2.5, was released in early June. The developers make it easy to peel off the “Handy” layers to reveal a more standard Linux environment as users learn the system. Those who no longer need the IT tools included with the initial installation can remove them easily.

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Augmented Reality Mobile Game Puts Pokemon in Real World

Pokemon Go, the highly anticipated augmented reality game from Niantic Labs, is finally available for download for iOS and Android mobile devices in the U.S., as well as in New Zealand and Australia. Niantic, the former Google unit behind the popular augmented reality game Ingress, has teamed up with The Pokemon Company and Nintendo to bring the iconic Pokemon title to mobile platforms.

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