Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ubuntu Software Center makes it easy

At some point I'm going to have to discuss the frustration with installing applications that are not found in the Ubuntu Software Center. However, at this time, it's good to know that there are plenty of options in each category a ton of applications to choose from in the Ubuntu Software Center (USC), and that using USC is easy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The next step

I've moved up to a full installation of Ubuntu 10.10 yesterday.

I got a desktop with Windows on one partition and Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat installed on its own partition.
Up till now, I had been using the Wubi installer to get acquainted with Ubuntu and, although I'd seen enough to know it would be well worth further exploration, it was clear a real test of its performance couldn't be had in such an environment.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Twitter for news

Last year, during the G20 session in Toronto, the ground shook. I first wondered if some political bombing or subway crash had occurred. News sites seemed jammed...but Twitter started showing an increasing number of people asking "was that an earthquake?" and "did you feel that tremor, too?"

Within three minutes I knew that indeed an earthquake had occurred, with the epicenter in Quebec just outside Ottawa and that it had been felt as far east as New York City, as far north as Barrie, as far west as Detroit and as far south as Baltimore, just because I could see the tweets of real people in real time.

My approach to Empire Avenue

I get the impression that most people who've already embraced Empire Avenue have all their eggs - LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, a blog - in the one basket that is themselves. So, all their social presence is plugged into a single identity.

Empire Avenue, assuming all people are like the above, only allows you to connect to one Twitter account, one Facebook account,, whereas I might have liked to add all six of my blogs and their respective Twitter accounts to my single Empire Avenue account, I can't.

But I think I've found a way around this limitation.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I hate WordPress (sorta)

I maintain six blogs - five in Blogger and one on my own domain using WordPress, a decision made on a recommendation. I find WordPress to be a royal PITA.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Some light on the dark side

Previously, I tried to explain a little of why there are still Palm OS-5 die-hards out there, myself included. Now that I've begun experimenting with an iPod Touch, it's time to share some first-hand reactions to the new standard.

Are there holes in Dropbox?


The Information Age
Ours is the Information Age. Pieces of information - data - are the currency of the times. Data are created, supplied, demanded, stored, distributed, lost, destroyed, aggregated, replicated... and there are human beings involved every step of the way, because information is a product of the human experience.