TechAirlines – The First Year

Exactly one year ago on August 5, 2009, TechAirlines had took off for the first time at 9:40 pm GMT. Today, TechAirlines celebrates its first blogoversary.

TechAirlinesYear in Review

The Very Beginning

TechAirlines launches as a small blog focused on tips, tricks, and news in the technology world. I was very new to the blogging world, and an absolute newbie to WordPress, hosting a website, web design, and just about everything related to keeping this running.

2 weeks later, we opened a community forum to interact with our readers more.


Slowly, we expanded to cover just about everything in the tech world, including software, web design, security, blogging, social media, and more.

Most Popular Articles by Pageviews (Most Popular First)

VirtualBox 3.0.4 vs. VMware Workstation 6.5.3 – The free VirtualBox against the premium VMware

VirtualBox is free software from Sun Microsystems while VMware Workstation costs $189 USD for a single user license. With one being free and the other being paid software, why am I comparing them? Wouldn’t VMware be better? Well not necessarily. VirtualBox comes on very strong.

VirtualBox 3.1.2 vs. VMware Player 3.0 – Another battle of the virtualization software. This time, both of them are free products.

Do you want to run multiple operating systems without going through multi-booting? The most popular way to do this would be virtualization. I previously compared the free VirtualBox against the premium VMware Workstation. But VMware also offers a free version of their virtualization product, known as VMware Player. How would these two free products compare to each other?

Facebook: Add a Dislike Button – An unofficial way to add one of the most requested feature to Facebook.

Facebook lets users comment as well as “Like” items on walls and newsfeed, however one of the top requested features is a “Dislike” button. There are several fan pages and groups trying to get “1,000,000 for A Dislike Button”.

GIMP vs. Paint.NET – Battle between two free image editors

Do you need something to spice up your images? The built in tools in Windows like Microsoft Paint not enough for you? Can’t afford Adobe Photoshop? The two most popular free applications to edit images on Windows would be GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) and Paint.NET, but how do the two compare to each other?

A Brief History of Microsoft Windows – A detailed timeline of the history of the most popular operating system

Are you a PC? Microsoft Windows is the most popular operating system in the world with over 90% of the market share. How long have you been using Windows?

With Windows 7 just released, its nice to look back at the long history of Microsoft Windows. This is a timeline of Microsoft Windows starting from Windows 1.0 in 1985 all the way to 2009 with Windows 7.

Portable Ubuntu Remix – Install Ubuntu as a portable application

Portable Ubuntu Remix is essentially a portable Ubuntu operating system that runs directly in windows

AVG Free 9.0 – Free Basic Security – Review of AVG Free 9.0

Many internet users lack security software on their computer, whether its a firewall, antivirus, antispyware, or all of them. Many security software like Symantec and Panda Security costs a subscription fee, however some users do not require a full featured security suite and just require bare security necessities. That’s when free alternatives come in. One of the most popular freeware security suite is AVG Free Anti-Virus. AVG has just released Version 9.0 recently introducing a few new features and a claim for faster performance and scans.

First Looks at Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Beta – Overview of the first public beta of Ubuntu 9.10. This post generated a Digg effect on October 3, 2009 where we received a sudden surge of traffic.

Ubuntu from Canonical Systems has a tradition of releasing a new version of the Ubuntu operating system (as well as official derivatives like Xubuntu and Kubuntu) every six months. Back in April, Ubuntu 9.04 was released. Its been almost 6 months and that means, Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) is about to be released. The beta was released on October 1, 2009 and this is a first looks at whats new in Ubuntu 9.10 Beta.

Change Firefox’s Awesome Bar Search Engine – Change the default search engine that Firefox uses when you type something into the location bar (also known as the Awesome Bar)

One of the awesome features of Firefox‘s “awesome bar” is the keyword search. When you type a term in, it will search through your bookmarks and history, however, if you submit that term when its not a complete URL, Firefox will try to guess what you’re looking for. How does it do this?

Is it a Real Box or is it VirtualBox? – Review of VirtualBox 3.1

Do you need to run multiple operating systems? Is multiple booting not for you? How about the easiest way to run multiple operating systems? Virtualization!

There are a few virtualization options out there, one in particular is Sun VirtualBox.

Thank You to Our Friends, Partners, and Sponsors

A big thank you to all of our friends, partners, and sponsors:

Creastery – Personal website and technology playground
Evilfantasy – Blog about computers and security
Security [CENTRAL] Forum – Forum all about helping each other stay safe on the web
The Abbey Rose – Personal journal/blog about computers and security

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The Future

Let’s make our second year even better! TechAirlines will soon become DoFollow blogs, meaning that your comment links will now have an influence on your Google Pagerank. This will be implemented very soon.

I plan on setting goals and a post schedule to publish more articles. If you would like to contribute to TechAirlines or become a partner, feel free to contact us.

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Brian is the co-founder of TechAirlines. He is a developer currently focusing on mobile and web development. He is currently a sophomore at Stony Brook University, majoring in Computer Science.