Archive for July, 2007

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My experience with Vista.

July 20, 2007

This post is about my struggle with Windows Vista.

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Recycling.

July 17, 2007

I usually don’t like to recycle news articles from Digg / Slashdot / OSNews but I found just another news story about why it is so important to know what your computer is running. I found this downright frightening so I decided to post it.

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OpenMoko / iPhone

July 9, 2007

I’ve been in a bit of an argument over the iPhone and Apple and what that means for Freedom. Nonetheless, I was given the argument that Apple is helping rid the world of DRM and succeeding…which I found amusing. This post isn’t to bash Apple, but rather to point out that many people fail to see there is a free alternative to post of the pieces of technology they use. So when I see something like the OpenMoko phone, it makes me hopeful for the future of technology. I’d like to see a few more videos of it running before I go out and buy it. It should work on my network according to this page but we will have to see. It seems like this is part of the responsibility of asking for free software, it should extend from our desktop to our phone to our electronic voting machine. Either way, I think I’ll be picking one up at some point (Phase 2 however). I wish it had been more visible in the community like the OLPC project was.

On the Xubuntu side, I’ve been swamped so I haven’t been able to get much documentation done. I have a few projects to complete and some travel to do but I should be back to hacking on docs real soon.

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UIs

July 6, 2007

I was reading the Mozilla Planet when I came across a great post by Alex Faaborg about User Interfaces. Before I switched to Ubuntu, GUIs was all I knew and I thought command line interface (CLI) had gone the way of the dinosaur. Instead, I find uses for both type of UIs. Anyways. Alex does a great job of talking about hybrids and what they could do for the user. It reminds me once again why tools like Katapult rock so hard.

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Packaging and Video

July 4, 2007

In the last day:

– I tried my hand at packaging something yesterday night and needless to say, my Debian control file was not correct. (Roughly, the control file is the file which shows dependencies, package name, etc. The output of apt-cache search <package>). I’ll give it another shot at some point, but it was a good experiment and taught me a lot about building packages.

– Started the process to upload the Ogg Theora version of the talk John Meinel gave about Bazaar. The real credit goes to one Chicago Ubuntu LoCo member, Aaron Taddei, for filming and encoding the video. I’d like to upload it to Google Video, if anyone has a quick command line way of converting from Ogg to Avi, please let me know. (I’ve never played with video before)