Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween Everyone

Reality Halloween


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Plan For Stowing Slaves In Ships

How do you describe something as efficient as this when it is applied to human beings?



Faces In History

How many famoust personalities in history can you identify?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Reblogged:Boosting User Efficiency in Ubuntu 11.10

I touched on some user annoyance and efficiency issues in my last post. Here's a great resource on the topic of efficiency how-to in Ubuntu 11.10 and certainly a must read for Ubuntu power users if you want to use Unity. 

Configuration Settings and Shortcuts in Ubuntu 11.10 - Efficiency Boosters 

 by Naweed Chougle.  


I Didn't Miss It

It's not true that Macs don't suffer malware. They do. No operating
systems that I know of (been using computers since 1988, or was it 1989)
is immune to it. I've used Windows-3.1 to XP. I used Macs for 6 months
at work and in that time yes it got infected.

On the other hand I started using Linux in 2006 (March, it was a
birthday gift) at home, mostly as a hobby at the start. I am now using
Linux at home, in my laptop, and at work. Not once did I have a problem
with malware. I don't miss it. I remember how paranoid I was when it
comes to virus in the Windows machines.

Maybe I got smarter as a user. I got wiser as I got older perhaps. I
know that malware for the Windows PC is in the thousands. There's none
for Linux, in the wild at least. Eventually, when Linux distros get a
market share above the 10 percentile maybe an enterprising hacker might
be interested to code a virus that can force it to its knees, who knows?

Donato Roque added you to his circles and invited you to join Google+

Donato Roque added you to his circles and invited you to join Google+.
Join Google+
Google+ makes sharing on the web more like sharing in real life.
Circles
An easy way to share some things with college buddies, others with your parents, and almost nothing with your boss. Just like in real life.
Hangouts
Conversations are better face-to-face. Join a video hangout from your computer or mobile phone to catch up, watch YouTube videos together, or swap stories with up to 9 of your friends at once.
Mobile
Lightning-fast group chat. Photos that upload themselves. A bird's-eye view of what's happening nearby. We built Google+ with mobile in mind.
You received this message because Donato Roque invited d327roque.wnykm2ze7p@blogger.com to join Google+. Unsubscribe from these emails.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dual Boot Experiences: Ubuntu And Arch

I have been a long time Ubuntu user. Last June I decided to install Arch Linux in my PC, side by side with Ubuntu. First I want to widen my linux skills beyond Ubuntu and secondly, with Unity in Ubuntu and Gnome-shell everywhere else, I wanted to find out which is the best. So I made a new partition and download the Arch iso.

Arch of course, is a minimal distro. I can choose any DE I like from Gnome to KDE, Xfce to E17. I chose Gnome-shell. 

Now that I can boot to both Unity and Gnome-shell, which one do I prefer?

I must say Unity looks cool and awesome. In 11.10, most of the bugs are gone. (although I had to smile when one of the open application icon suddenly disappear when I used the alt+tab). If I want to add an application in the Launcher, I can accomplish it with drag+drop. It's a snap. If I want an application on a certain workspace I just type alt+spacebar>workspace[n] same as in Gnome-shell. 

If I want the mouse to do the job, I have to go to super window mode (hit super window key) and drag the window to the workspace. Nothing unique to any of the DE here except I noticed that in Unity I can hit the right as well as the left superkey, very considerate for the left-handed. 

In Gnome-shell an extra (empty) workspace is created whenever you move/open an application. In Unity, the default is always 4 workspaces. I don't know how this impacts memory usage over time. I find resource usage in Unity higher than Gnome-shell although this speaks more about the distro than the DE. How can I say that? I can enable the gnome-shell in Ubuntu 11.10 too and resource usage is more or less the same as Unity.

Annoyances? I cant' start working until the notifications (from twitter and facebook) are finished. At least the notifications in gnome-shell is interactive. The Ubuntu devs have to rethink that. Users can't remove gwibber because its back ends are part of the Unity desktop. Adding salt to the wound, I really don't use gwibber because I use the twitter client which means I open the browser.  Same with facebook.

Themes work on Unity as well as in the windows of Gnome3. Note I said the windows (as well as the icons). Whenever I try changing the theme for the gnome-shell itself I encounter an odd thing. I can't use the type-to-search in the dashboard. As soon as I type the first letter everything freezes and I have to do a hardware reset to log back in.

Finally, I use the Gnome-shell most often. This doesn't speak of my preference either way. It speaks of my delight in using a distro that doesn't seem to burden me with a lot of scripts and assumes that i can find my way around. It's refreshing. I'm talking about Arch. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Google Plus Games Is Addictive

Google+ games include 'Dragons of Atlantis', 'Angry Birds', 'Mafia Wars 2' etc. I am increasingly engaged on several games here. Engage means several hours everyday. Hey it's free and social.

 

This could be the start of something bad and addictive I think. Like when I start scratching something until my finger bleeds.