21 January 2011

New Beta Version of The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine

There’s an FAQ for the new release on their blog.

[via:Hacker News]

20 October 2010

Nokia N8 and the fall of Symbian

The light side to this killing Symbian business would be that Nokia has no choice but to focus on MeeGo, and with a bit of skill in leadership, product design and marketing, it could become a somewhat popular smartphone platform with an engaged developer community.

Meego is based on some of the same software which currently makes Linux a worthless piece of shit on the desktop (yeah, I know Arch Linux is perfect for your command center in mom’s basement, but it’s significantly less so for wide consumer use and corporate deployment). Nokia throwing all it’s weight at Meego could potentially make a lot of difference for everything related to X11 based Linux desktops on consumer devices. Android is a Linux kernel, BSD userland and something completely different than what most people mean when they refer to “Linux”.

Right now, Meego is of course deader than Symbian as the application market i minimal, and nobody will care until the likes of Evernote, Spotify and whatever kids are playing these days runs on Meego. There’s at least metric buttloads of software written for Symbian over the years.

[via:Mathias Lindholm]

29 September 2010

Free Your Mac’s Media Keys from iTunes, The One-Click Method

It’s the need for nonsense like this that degrades Apple’s laptop’s from “fucking stellar” to just “among the least insufferable on the market” or “a random Unix system I can do actual work with.”

[via:Leo Loikkanen]

12 July 2010

Spotify releases native client for Linux

This version requires Premium until Spotify figures out a “reliable way to display ads” in Linux. The Windows version has worked pretty well in Wine for years and will probably continue to do so.

30 June 2010

F.lux: adapt your monitor’s color settings to the time of day

EDIT: Thomas pointed me towards Redshift, an open source adaption for Linux.

[via:Chris Helenius]

17 June 2010

WordPress 3.0 released

Finally some features that really improve WordPress’ level of usefulness a general purpose CMS.

[via:WordPress]

1 June 2010

Google ditches Windows on security concerns

[via:Brad Feld/RT]

26 May 2010

How Richard Stallman Browses the Internet

[via:Hacker News/RT]

13 May 2010

ipads will replace netbooks desktops laptops fffuuuu troll journalist sheep apple rage crop

I dislike the kind of reality distortion field and hype machinery the original article adds to. Still, I think the attitude the picture (huge scroller) messages is disturbing and represents exactly the kind of deep lack of understanding most technical people have for everyday computing needs.

Most people want and need devices and services that perform well and reliably, are easy to manage or manage themselves. Modern PCs just don’t perform well in this area. It’s easy to ridicule, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someone with money to burn actually was to prefer using two iPad over a piece of shit EUR 500 laptop for all less keyboard intense computing tasks.

Semi-related food of thought – self maintaining software: Google Chrome OS’s design goals (auto updating, browser-only OS, may not be usable for netbooks, but I do want something like this on public terminals I maintain), Google Chrome and Google Pack (installs updates automatically, even for third party software like Firefox and Flash, using a very tasteful process automated by Windows’ scheduled tasks).

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

29 April 2010

Valve Time

[via:Andy Baio]

Steve Jobs on Flash (on Apple’s mobile platform)

[via:Rasmus Andersson]

20 April 2010

Nearly every digital copier stores an image of all processed documents

Copiers have been equipped with hard drives for the last decade, but nobody’s paying any attention to the security implications.

[via:Waino]

CSS3 Spotlight

[via:Joonas Mäkinen/RT]

18 April 2010

Not only is this My First Cubicle-type product intensely depressing, it’s also stupid. Since when have moderatly gifted children actually needed special-made computers and software?

[via:Maija Haavisto]

7 April 2010

Qubes: a Xen/Linux based, open source local virtual machine based desktop OS

Read the introduction post on Rutkowska’s blog (which you might have stumbled over before if you remember Blue Pill).

The project sounds tremendously interesting as it might end up giving anyone access to strong desktop security/sandboxing of a type already available in an “enterpricey” form in products like Citrix XenDesktop.

[via:Mikko Hypponen]

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