Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Sent to you by danny via Google Reader:
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.
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:
- Download Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android
- Detailed release notes for Firefox for for Windows, Mac and Linux
- Detailed release notes for Firefox for Android
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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.
Monday, February 18, 2013
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
Saturday, February 9, 2013
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.