Sunday, February 27, 2011

Someone Like You

Normally, I post the song lyrics here but in Adele's case (especially with "Someone Like You") I believe it's irrelevant. She is the only one who can make you feel what the song is about. I also normally post the album versions but in Adele's case, it's her, performing the song, in front of a live audience. This is the only way to listen to an Adele song.

Chrome Browser Acts More Like an OS, But Security Is Unclear - Yahoo! News

Google says the new feature will see use "checking for server-side changes and pre-emptively loading content into local storage," and it's not hard to imagine how apps could use the feature. A chat application could listen for messages, for example, and then pop up a new window should somebody want to message you. A cloud office suite could watch for changes made to your online docs and download them locally, ready for you to work on them instantly when you choose.

This is why Chrome/Chromium is dictating the tempo of innovation in browsers and getting the market share. This browser understand the game and while the rules of the game is still being written, Google already has big plans.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I am trying Epiphany-browser today. This is an open source browser developed for the Gnome desktop environment. I must say that it took a long time coming but Epiphany is ready for primetime. I love Gnome. So a browser that's tightly integrated with it has been sought after. Tight integration is well and good but the browser must have the features demanded by the average internet user. These features include bookmark management, password management, built in security, tab browsing and update management. It must do all these without sacrificing speed and resources. I've tried Epiphany lots of time before and I believe this time it has found the right balance. http://amplify.com/u/arsqn http://amplify.com/u/brsqp

Friday, February 25, 2011

How To Help Libya

The international community can isolate Gadhafi and forces loyal to him. The United Nations actions now may address crimes against humanity.

Amplify’d from www.ottawacitizen.com
The UN Security Council must impose sweeping sanctions on Gadhafi, his family and regime retainers responsible for the repression. Their assets should be frozen immediately and an explicit travel ban should be enforced.

The UN Security Council must impose sweeping sanctions on Gadhafi, his family and regime retainers responsible for the repression. Their assets should be frozen immediately and an explicit travel ban should be enforced. While the U.S. and European Union consider these steps, Canada should initiate its own sanctions to encourage similar action.

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How To Help Libya

The international community can do a lot to prevent a worsening of the situation in Libya. It can impose a no-fly zone. It can impose an arms embargo on Libya so that forces loyal to Muammar Kadhafi wont be able to wage a wider war against his people. They can freeze Libyan assets abroad. The United Nations can send a statement warning the leader of Libya that if he uses violence upon his people it will be seen as a crime against humanity.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We should treat Kadhafy of Iran like Kim-il-Sung of N. Korea. He is willing to kill Libyans to remain in power. His regime is based on the cult of his personality. He is grooming his sons to succeed him. http://amplify.com/u/br7hu

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hey Walker, firefighters, teachers and caregivers do not deserve your attacks and they are way out of your league. If you want a fair fight you better stick with Democrats. http://amplify.com/u/br417
Bush invents WMD's to justify war in Iraq. US did not find WMD's. Walker gave tax breaks to corporations and create the budget deficit. He calls it a crisis. His solution is to bust the unions. http://amplify.com/u/br40s

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Night Mubarak Stepped Down In Twitter Graphics

You Tube video of twitter network when Mubarak fled.

Rachel Maddow really hit the nail on the head about what's happening in Wisconsin and Ohio. So now that we know that the so called budget crisis in Wisconsin resulted from the action of Gov. Walker who then went after public workers union rights to collective bargaining, the Democrats and their action to run to Illinois and derail the vote on the budget bill makes perfect sense. Rachel Maddow is calling it the battle for the survival of the Democratic Party. I don't believe you, Gov. Walker, were elected to bust unions and there wasn't a budget deficit when you receive the budget. The tax breaks you gave to two corporations and the resulting lower tax revenues created the Walker budget deficit. http://amplify.com/u/bqyci

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ray Lamontagne: Gossip In The Grain

A Falling Through by Ray Lamontagne  
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09 Ray LaMontagne - A Falling Through.mp3 (10538 KB)

Similar Artists: Van Morrison, Nick Drake

Genre: Singer-songwriter

Discography: Trouble, Till The Sun Turns Black, Gossip In The Grain, God Willin' and The Creek Don't Rise

My Favorite Track:  A Falling Through

Laid our blessings on the ground,
The softening of sound 
Draws us closed again 

Stay, stay and watch the coals 
Till they cease to glow 
Like empty promises 

Why, Why did you go, why did you go away? 
Why, Why did you go, why did you go away? 

Baby? 

There's nothing I can say 
Nothing I can do 
To bring you back again 

This of life I know is true 
It's all a falling through 
And so I reach for you 

Why, Why did you go, why did you go away? 
Why, Why did you go, why did you go away? 

Don't you care 
That it may seem unfair? 
(You steal things you ought to borrow) 
Don't you find 
That it may seem unkind? 
(I'd rather breathe than drown in sorrow) 

Why, why did you go 
Why did you go away baby

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmania.com/a_falling_through_lyrics_ray_lamontagne.html
All about Ray Lamontagne: http://www.musictory.com/music/Ray+Lamontagne

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Email Management and Work Interruptions

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How does work work for you?

 

 

I start out work by turning on my computer. I open my IM client (Empathy) and connect to the social websites which in my case is Twitter and Facebook. I also use an email client called Evolution (very much like Outlook in usability) to fetch and send my emails to and from the Gmail server. Everything is there-everything. Interruptions and distractions are always just around the corner.

 

I open an email, read the sender's name and then the message. Soon I'll be verifying what's on the message by opening a browser or a browser tab. Most probably I could be clicking a link found on the message itself. Most probably I could be looking at an image attachment. Most probably I could be watching a 5-minute video linked to by the message. I could be verifying a previous email mentioned in the message. The point is that a single email message could turn into a labyrinth.

 

The best advice I can give you is to be aware of the level of distractions you can afford. You should stop chasing down the rabbit hole if you've reached that satisfaction level. Keep your eye into finishing the unread stuff in your inbox. Use flags and bookmarks if you know a message needs to be answered right away. Don't answer it right away. Go back to it. Use custom folders where you can put priority emails.

 

How do you check people's identities? My first instincts teach me to go to my local addressbook. Evolution automatically stores contacts if I reply or send email to somebody. I check Facebook or Friendfeed, or your regular Google search.

 

It would help if you sync the desktop addressbook with your mobile contacts.

 

Do email search a lot.

 

Learn how to use email filters. This is easy when you use email clients. I like using email clients even as I use Gmail because I like playing around with the archives. If everything is in my hard drive I can do that. If it isn't in my email I would have to say it didn't happen. I tend to ignore something that's not in my email.

 

I also use feed readers because of my dependence on email. The feed reader is like a big net I throw to catch items staying around the fringes. Feed readers can also do search. You can also bookmark items you want to remember or highlight. Sometimes you discover feeds that belong in the mainstream. I subscribe to the feed's email list converting the feed into an email subscription. In reverse, email subscriptions can loose their relevance so I convert them to feeds.

 

If your contacts have blogs you can follow those blogs in your feed reader. Most blogging services can help you subscribe to other bloggers. For example, Posterous will get all updates to all the blogs you subcribe to and create a single RSS feed from that collection.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

 

The movie presents a world where one can erase memories. In fact the title comes from an Alexander Pope poem about two characters who are exploring how to handle their relationship. I like the scene where Clementine and Joel skates over a frozen lake. It comes as a good metaphor for any relationship. Clementine slips and bruises her butt. Her impulsiveness leaves Joel fearful to venture out. So they lied down and stared at the stars, hopeful.

 

Of course like all relationships, they both find faults and annoyances about each other. These imperfections finally drove Clementine to seek professional help. She decided to forget Joel. She wanted to erase her memory of him. Later it would happen also to Joel.

 

Eternal Sunshine is not chronological. It coils up into itself. It reconstructs reality. It shows the gradual blotting out of Joel's memory. It shows his struggle to hold on to a piece of Clementine because he still loves her. A struggle that is futile. In the end they listened to each other's declaration of hate against each other and could not believe their own words. Their taped confessions before their memories were erased seem to them unreal yet stark.

 

Jim Carrey plays Joel and Kate Winslet plays Clementine. With the way the story is presented, as a series of memories, it could have been messy but thanks to brilliant acting I symphatize with and feel the difficult situations the characters are in. Jim Carrey's performance in The Truman Show is just a teaser when comparing it to his performance in Eternal Sunshine.

 

You should watch this movie. You should watch it a couple of time more afterwards. I have a feeling that it gets better everytime you watch it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Get Over It

Get Over It by Eagles  
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Get Over It by The Eagles


I turn on the tube and what do I see
A whole lotta people cryin’ ’don’t blame me’
They point their crooked little fingers at everybody else
Spend all their time feelin’ sorry for themselves
Victim of this, victim of that
Your momma’s too thin; your daddy’s too fat

Get over it
All this whinin’ and cryin’ and pitchin’ a fit
Get over it

You say you haven’t been the same since you had your little crash
But you might feel better if I gave you some cash
The more I think about it, old billy was right
Let’s kill all the lawyers, kill ’em tonight
You don’t want to work, you want to live like a king
But the big, bad world doesn’t owe you a thing

Get over it
If you don’t want to play, then you might as well split
Get over it

It’s like going to confession every time I hear you speak
You’re makin’ the most of your losin’ streak
Some call it sick, but I call it weak

You drag it around like a ball and chain
You wallow in the guilt; you wallow in the pain
You wave it like a flag, you wear it like a crown
Got your mind in the gutter, bringin’ everybody down
Complain about the present and blame it on the past
I’d like to find your inner child and kick it’s little ass

Get over it
All this bitchin’ and moanin’ and pitchin’ a fit
Get over it

Get over it
It’s gotta stop sometime, so why don’t you quit
Get over it

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Meryl Streep As The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep will play the role of Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain's former Prime Minister. Kara Swisher of All Things Digital reports the following photo of Streep is going viral.

I can see the likeness.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Using Google Search In Real Time

When the events in Cairo, Egypt and the demonstrations against the Mubarak government showed itself as a 24 hour news worthy spectacle, I needed to follow every tweet and video clip out there related to the event. But there's just so many sources. I settled on my browser like many in the web and typed "Egypt" or "jan25" in the Google search box.

But this will give you general facts and maybe news two weeks ago. That's ancient as far as the subject of your search goes. On the sidebar of your Google page, click Latest and make sure the search is for Everything. This Google feature saved me from missing interesting points and got me little known facts about the subject.

Hope my tip helped you.

Update: While you're at it you might be interested in enabling https for Google search. If you are in sensitive locations and privacy is important (as well as security) note the "SSL" logo right beside the Google logo. This means your searches are encrypted.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Debian 6.0 Squeeze Release

The Debian 6.0 release named Squeeze is ready for your use. Many linux distros like LMint and Ubuntu are based on Debian. Congratulations to the Debian community.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How To Apologize If

you did not get something right about Egypt and the Egyptians, read this blog by Sarthanapalos.



If you get passed the swearing, the points are logical and valid. I believe in forcefully communicating your opinions but I don't engage in pointless debate. If one is wrong, open your eyes and adapt. We could benefit from one another's views. We need not be right all the time, just respectful of the truth.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Camera, Kids, Duct tape

Awesome site! I'm an instant fan. Go to Awkward Family Photos. Enjoy. Need I say more.

My Observations On The Egyptian Crisis (2011)

The protests were spontaneous and leaderless. It was caused by economic and political problems which Hosni Mubarak could not solve. The Egyptians drew inspiration from the Tunisian uprising which was very successful in ending another long and entrenched dictator in North Africa, Ben Ali. The spark for the revolution is a scene out of the Vietnam era. Remember the photos of the monk who set himself on fire? This time a young fruit vendor decided to make a social statement by setting himself on fire. It seemed to me like he started a fire that might consume the Arab and Muslim world in North Africa and Asia. When the revolution in Tunisia ended in expelling a dictator, western analysts are quick to alert all long time strongmen in the region about their fate. The trouble in Tunisia started in December 2010. Weeks later Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak might not escape his people’s wrath about his mismanagement.

I can’t ignore the comparisons between Egypt’s uprising now and the Philippines’ people power revolution in 1986. The direction and fuel for the uprising is coming from the people. There doesn’t seem to be one controlling political (or religious) group able to stir the momentum to their agenda. Although the former UN official in charge of nuclear weapons proliferation came home and is interested in standing before the protesters and speak to them. El Baradi is no Cory Aquino. The crowds don’t look up to him as a leader. It would be a shame if all the liberals and pro-democracy elements of this revolution is superseded by a religious autocrat as is the tradition in the region. The Egyptians involved in the revolution are very articulate and well educated. In Iran the same well educated throng buckled under the pressure of returning religious leaders. In the Philippines, the Roman Catholic leaders played a significant role in ousting the dictator but Catholic hierarchy has long ago shed the medieval ways of heavy handed participation in politics. 

Update Gnucash 2.6.16 --> 2.6.18

It's a long road to this update. It isn't a normal update at all. I had to manually compile goffice0.8 and webkitgtk as well as gnu...