Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A chinese tycoon offers to buy 300 km2 of...

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A chinese tycoon offers to buy 300 km2 of Iceland to develop for a hotel and golf course. The offer is 100 million dollars. The planned land purchase is 0.35% of the land area of Iceland.
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What's the point of the social media? Like...

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What's the point of the social media? Like you throw fresh meat into a crocodile enclosure and then let the wild animals bite and tear and regurgitate...yuck. Then it gets interesting.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Ubuntu Desktop Over the Years

The Linux desktop wasn't at the top of developers priorities. It took Ubuntu to focus on the general users and highlight new users to Linux.
So I've been trying to find images and screenshots of my own desktop over the years.

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This was circa early 2007. I'm using Ubuntu 7.04.

I started manipulating the panels and fonts.



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While this is a year later with Ubuntu 8.10.






 I got a brand new computer at this time with Nvidia 8500 GeForce  and my desktop feels solid and nimble.
The Gnome 2.32 desktop environment is at its most mature. I guess if there's such a thing as the golden year of Gnome this is it.
The next big thing to happen to the Ubuntu desktop is Canonical's best move in terms of leaving its mark on the desktop. It's the coming of the Ubuntu font. Although the next image doesn't have the Ubuntu font, it was a good illustration of what an appropriate font can do to a desktop.

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This is Ubuntu 9.04 with URW Gothic font at 11 pts. I am using the Dust Sand theme here.
Another area of changes and improvement is the evolution of icons and icon sets. I am using a mash up of icons in this next image.

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This is Ubuntu 9.10.
The next evolution of the Ubuntu desktop defines elegance and style. It is one of the most stable I've used and Ubuntu 10.04 would be singled out by any Ubuntu fan as memorable.

This is Ubuntu 10.04, the Long Term Support LTS version of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 10.10 will feature the Ubuntu font by default and finally bring out its default themes: Ambiance and Radiance.

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This is Ubuntu 10.10




















Guake!

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