Showing posts from July, 2011

The Family's First Television

'One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.' When Neil Armstrong said those famous words, the whole world was literally watching. I was only discovering this magical mesmerizing box of light and images. I was a boy of three and I had to ask mother's permission to go to a neighbor's home to watch the first man on the moon. The world's love affair with the television has begun long before this though. But no other event pushed this electronic device out to the masses like the moon landing. My family got our own television set two weeks after the global event. I like to think we got the television because father saw the potential of the technology but mother will later tease us that he was just anticipating a boxing match by Gabriel 'flash' Elorde. ( I very much doubt this.*smile*) It doesn't matter which event I should thank. I got Sesame Street when I was five. I watched The Twilight Zone and Star Trek when I was ten. Our first television …

Finalists for the Stirling Price [Photos]

These are very beautiful designs of buildings from the best of modern architecture. These are not surprisingly finalists for the Stirling Price. 1. The Royal Shakespeare Theater
2. Evelyn Grace Academy
3. Olympic Velodrome at Olympic Park, London (London Olympics)
4. Crushed Glass Museum in the Ruhr industrial region, Germany
5. An Gaelaras Cultural Centre
6. Angel Building (office block)
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I Love Ubuntu

It's easy to forget that what you have in your hands is the best operating system in the world. I've been using Linux since 2005 and I've been following the slow march of the penguin since. I am not a linux zealot. I don't go around trying to convert windows users to linux. I have a few friends I have introduced to this operating system and they also continue to use it everyday. The latest wonder for me started when Updates offered an upgrade to a new kernel. The kernel is the core of the linux operating system. I accepted. Afterwards, I thought that such an important change to the system should have repercussions. And it does. After downloading the kernel it prompted for a reboot to complete the installation. Reboots are uncommon in the linux update world. When GDM showed up I knew I have a problem with the graphics. Somehow the kernel update broke my Nvidia drivers bindings. Make sense. New kernel needs new instructions to the graphics drivers. When the new kernel…