Thursday, February 28, 2013

Waiting for Ubuntu Touch

When Ubuntu for Phones was announced,it is the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices which will become the reference device for developers and app makers. Now that the Preview version of the Ubuntu Touch is out, there are now 25 other devices to add there. 

I'm in the market for a smartphone and I really want Ubuntu Touch but I can't decide which device to get. In a perfect world, the manufacturers themselves make sure that their device works great with the OS. But this is Linux. But this is Ubuntu. But this is Open Source. You say I can't have it, I say I will port it.

Some reports are coming in (and it's not even a week yet) that Ubuntu Touch developers and voluteers are working to make the OS available to as many android smartphone and tablet as possible. The tech blogs are mostly giving the Ubuntu Touch high marks for elegance and smooth operation. 

Unless the OS becomes available in many manufacturers' phones and tablets as pre-installed, porting it will be the solution. Canonical, the corporate backer of Ubuntu Touch, can do better than that.

Firefox and Chromium

I've had this issue before and I thought I had it licked. Chromium doesn't render my blog at Danny's Space properly. Everything is black and dark. I know I'm connecting because when the mouse hovers over the dark page links are showing.

So use Firefox I heard you say.

Ya well, I'm a heavy Google Drive user and upload a lot of stuff. It works a lot better with Chromium. I can upload a folder with a mouse click and forget about it. Firefox fails to run the necessary javascripts and applet. I can still upload individual files though.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Outlined

Libraries aren't just storage spaces for books. I was nine years old and in 4th Grade when my refuge at school was the library. It's two classrooms with bookshelves on all sides. It was right next to the principal's office. I guess they put them on this side of the school building because most kids don't want to go purposely there. It was quiet and secure and I love books. 

My first stop in the library are the travel books. Well I like to read adventure stories and history as well as geography. I like that that they put these books at eye level and they put the math books on the high shelves. I would read for hours and then try to find the meaning of the words later in the dictionary and the encyclopedia. This was before the internet. 

This library has only one door. It's the entrance and exit in one. I go around  the room, finding the books I want to read. The reference books are in the middle of the room. I will sit on the floor for hours after classes. Feed the fishes in the aquarium or volunteer to return the books in their proper places. I like the colored pictures of the Amazon rain forest and the Grand Canyon. It has a great collection of National Geographic magazines too. 

On the left hangs a mural of Jose Rizal, our national hero, with his eyes looking directly at me. He has a pen in one hand and he is turning a page of a book he's reading. I will learn later that he wrote those books himself. It must be tremendously rewarding to have written books and people read them years afterwards. 

Libraries are a lot like a carousel. You start the ride and it's fun. Fun feeds your imagination which opens you up to possibilities. I ride my imagination around this room, feeding the fishes and being watched by a big man with strange eyes. I'm quite sure I'll be all right even if I over reach for that math book. At the end of the day, there's just one door to exit. 

Waiting For Ubuntu On Phones

I'm still living the Google Drive world with its docs and ALL file format compatibility. I'm checking my google mail on my PC and my phone.And getting notifications wherever I am. I can check what my friends are doing and chat with them. By that I mean give my 5 word comments on twitter or in a growing thread in their blogs.

So do I need one operating system to rule my devices. Certainly not. I can do a lot with a smartphone and its apps. 

Ubuntu's proposition is that a single user experience is the goal. To achieve the goal, the way is one operating system to rule the desktop, laptop, tablet and phone. After Microsoft's domination of personal computing, the suggestion of one OS sitting on all platform is going to be met with doubts even with an open source OS.

As a desktop user and smartphone user, I can believe in the vision of enhancing the user experience. I mean why dock a phone or use a usb when you can just jump from phone to desktop and vice versa.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Firefox introduces PDF viewer to browse the Web without interruption

 
 

Sent to you by danny via Google Reader:

 
 

via The Mozilla Blog by Mozilla on 2/19/13

Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux introduces a built-in browser PDF viewer that allows you to read PDFs directly within the browser, making reading PDFs easier because you don't have to download the content or read it in a plugin like Reader. For example, you can use the PDF viewer to check out a menu from your favorite restaurant, view and print concert tickets or read reports without having to interrupt your browsing experience with extra clicks or downloads.

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Firefox for Android now available to 15 million more phones, in more languages and with more personalization

Firefox for Android  is now available to more Android devices with ARMv6 processors, bringing a better Web experience to almost 15 million more phones. This includes popular phones like LG Optimus One, T-Mobile myTouch 3G slide, HTC Wildfire S and ZTE R750.

There are many ways to personalize your Firefox Web experience and to customize the look, features and functionality. Firefox for Android introduces easy-to-use themes that let you change the look of Firefox without getting in the way, personalizing your mobile Web experience in just a few taps.

Firefox for Android now includes Traditional and Simplified Chinese locales to support a growing set of language preferences

For more information:


 
 

Things you can do from here:

 
 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Prometheus: A Sort of Review

Prometheus – Ridley Scott 2012

Halloway, played by Noomi Rapace, is a scientist who discovered that ancient civilizations knew we
came from another planet and went in pursuit of a star map to investigate. This is a nice premise. That we did not evolve from the apes but was seeded here by another race. Darwin says that we evolve (evolution) from other animals because we can. Evolution hasn't given us direct evidence that we did in fact evolve from the apes. Just because we can evolve doesn't mean we did. On the other hand, there are ample evidence that meteors and space dust that bombard planets provide a healthy medium for water and other stuff of life, perhaps even DNA, which can start life somewhere else in the universe.

Halloway along with a team of scientists, engineers and others traveled to this destination in the map to find out the truth.



The film is ambivalent about the scientists being wrong or right. For me they were half right and halfwrong. Halloway calls the protohumans “engineers”. “We called them engineers. They engineered us.” said Halloway. In the movie Halloway is described as a believer. I believe this refers to her faith on humanity. That human beings are at their best when they are being human. Her faith also include science and humanity's effort to understand where he came from through science. Unfortunately, her faith also includes trusting that man has the best interest of the universe at heart. Halloway believes that man will choose to be the universe' savior if he can.

Instead of engineers busy at creation, the crew of Prometheus found a store of capsules full of
dangerous biologically manipulated creatures created for killing. What if these engineers are throwing the dice when they manipulate the basic building blocks of life. Some times they create beautiful diverse life in the process of trying to create. Some times they stumble into a nightmare soup. Or maybe they were creating a biological weapon all along.
Weyland, played by Guy Pierce in heavy make up, financed the trip and brought along himself and his daughter played by Charlize Theron. Weyland's interest is to get the secrets of creation itself and maybe prolong his own life. He ignores his own daughter and shows great regard towards an android played by Michael Fassbender. His daughter is only interested in the company's bottom line. The android showed goodwill towards humans and one point Weyland referred to him as his son.



Michael Fassbender plays an android who may lack a soul but makes up for it in spades. Good guy, saved lives, makes the human feel he's one of them and all that some humans take for granted. There's this scene after watching a movie (Lawrence of Arabia, my favorite epic), he stands infront of a mirror and combs his hair. Here's an android, alone, no human contact and mindful of how he looks.

One more point to be made is the opening scene of one of the protohumans taking a poison and literally disintegrating down to his DNAs. I think it shows the tendency of human beings for self-destruction. I also feel that the protohuman in this scene is shouting defiance at others in the space ship above. It's like he doesn't like what's about to happen next and ending his life is his act of protest at some authority above.


Danny's Space Is Now In Google+

Hello to Google+.
I can automatically put up my blogs and post them to Google+. It just make sense to me.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Back To Using Ubuntu Unity and...

I had to delete my Arch Linux partition. I have a problem with sytemd and it freezes at starting a graphical interface. I have no time or inclination to troubleshoot it. To be fair about it, the nvidia driver update might have something to do with the problem.

I am using Ubuntu 12.10 Unity now. It is slow. Okay, you want me to use the lens, right. Before it can populate the results with images, it takes 5 seconds of computing time. That's eternity to most users. Gnome 3.6 desktop search sources does not include my documents, pictures, music and videos. Not so useful does it? I use the GNOME desktop search application for that and it's faster than unity's.

I like Firefox in Ubuntu 12.10. I am using version 18.0.2 now. It's fast. No significant crash. Mozilla finally managed to solve the memory leaks. I've been using Firefox for 15 hours without closing it. Very good.

No more Evolution. hurray! I am glad that Thunderbird is the default mail application. Thunderbird delivers a more consistent experience. Mail search is top notch. It is easy to configure and if you are new to e-mail (really?) it offers you a free account.

I wish I could say a good word about Gwibber. But Thunderbird has a new social feature called Chat. You can enter your Twitter account and Facebook account details and have it handle your messages if you are so inclined.

Ubuntu went back to Rhythmbox. While I could use the default music player here, I very much prefer Audacious. The version that comes with 12.10 is 3.2.3. I know that I've been using 3.3.x back in Arch Linux. What's the difference? Well the latest edition of Audacious has better search.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

When People Surprise Me

I was surprised by people before. They suddenly smile at me or I might receive a pleasant comment from otherwise distant people. I threw a question to some random duo manning the checker box at the town border. They usually charge large trucks for use of the road. It might be a slow day though. I asked them if I could throw some sacks of discarded sand, soil, rocks and refuse at an adjacent and vacant lot next to them. Next thing I know they were volunteering to do it themselves. I had to smile hard. It's a very beautiful day.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Problems Resolved_9th February 2013

Hi Reese

I intentionally used the blogger site new post tool to test it. I also visited grc.com/shields-up to check my internet vulnerability. I am back using Ubuntu 12.10 Unity. I am using OpenDNS and dnscrypt-proxy to encrypt dns traffic.

I decided to let Domer go all the way. I told him I will not accept his proposal for continued use of our space. I will not accept his deposit. I will be demanding his additional water and electricity payment for the period January 18 - February 8.

I can send messages in the twitter site now using Firefox. Finally resolved. I don't have to switch to Chrome/Chromium to send twits.