Sunday, March 29, 2015

GNOME 3.16 Is Out

It's GNOME 3.16 everybody!

http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.gnome.announce/12087
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Reply To The One Who Wished Me An Unhappy Birthday

I'm sorry you wished me a rainy day today
You wished me an unhappy birthday
You said I am evil and that I should die now
I'm sorry you feel that way about me.

You called to wish me an unhappy birthday
I searched my head why? of all days,
You called to wish me an unhappy birthday
I am hurt beyond words, I don't know what to say.

I liked you but I didn't dance with you
You said I lied
Strange but I liked you.

You called to wish me an unhappy birthday
Strange but I listened 'til I cried
The tears come to kiss me.

(This poem was inspired by the song
Unhappy Birthday by The Smiths)
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Just A False Alarm

Listening to "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" by The Smiths.
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Somebody Else's Total Eclipse

Europe was watching the sun get blocked by the earth's moon yesterday. I watched the video clip from the BBC. I faintly remember experiencing a solar eclipse when I was a child in the 70s. I live in Southeast Asia. It was weird and awe inspiring because my science teacher had explained everything to us about planetary motion, light and shadow, before hand. I would later in my high school classes learn about geomety and algebra and the mathematical equations that govern physics and motion. It doesn't lessen the awesome power and wonder whenever the heavens show its intricate presence.

 It's 2015 and we have sent machines to land on the moon and the planets. We still have to stand on the surface of another planet. How can we not want that? How do we stay still while so much lay undiscovered? We will always ask questions. We will want answers. Someday we will all conclude that the answers can only come if we go.

When I go out into the woods, I carry my old boys scout compass. I like to play lost but sometimes I do get lost. Knowing what to do when one is lost doesn't lessen the sense of adventure, it only makes it more satisfying. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Waiting For Libreoffice 4.4


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Saturday, March 7, 2015

PLDTHome's Ultera: Bad Execution of A Good Idea

LTE technology is a promising wireless broadband. Most western countries have their own versions or implementations.

I just began using PLDTHome's Ultera today. Right off the bat I know there's going to be a problem. While PLDT did not invent 'caps' or usage limits, their execution smells like a scam. I'm a canopy user and they finally migrated me to Ultera, an LTE product. My canopy speed is 1.5Mbps and no caps. Ultera began last year without any caps, then moved to 30% slower speed after reaching usage limits, now they openly proclaim they are throwing their subscribers back to the stone age with 256Kbps.



My house is next door to SMART's base tower. I didn't have problems with my canopy account. It's stable signal and 15ms PING makes up for the slow speed (1.5Mbps). It doesn't have usage limits. I've been using it since 2005.

SMARTbro subscribers were handed off to PLDTHome. PLDTHome decided to migrate canopy users to ULTEra. I now feel like a baton in a 4X100 relay race.

Now instead of browsing the internet at 1.5Mbps, ULTEra counts up to less than 15 minutes then throws me out of my promised speed of 10Mbps down to 256Kbps. Meanwhile they're still charging the same monthly fees per subscriber. How many 'additional' subscriber did the system accommodated because they implemented the caps, I wonder?


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Guake!

Guake is a drop-down terminal application in GNOME. Installing Guake is easy. Use your distribution's package manager, most distros hav...