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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sidux

Two words to describe Sidux.


Snappy
Advanced


I recently installed Sidux on my box for the reasons stated above. Debian Stable had snappiness but wasn't that advanced. Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex is advanced but is not snappy.

I have been ultra busy lately, trying to aggresively lease out 2 commercial spaces. That explains my thirst for computer responsiveness. 

In mission critical scenarios, the PC must be ready to do what I need it to do before I know what it needs to do.

Sadly, I haven't found a distro that meets my speed requirements. Sidux is fast, but not yet as fast as XP on the same box. In any distro, switching tabs on firefox is a 0.71 second affair. 0.38 seconds away from my intended speed of 0.33 seconds. Whether you like it or not, I will say that I can switch between 3 tabs in 1 second on XP.

Waiting for 0.71 seconds to a second to switch between tabs on firefox/iceweasel is damningly unacceptable. 

For now, that performance would have to do. That'll do pig, that'll do.

Synaptic

For some reason, Synaptic isn't preferred on a Sidux box. Unacceptable.

Video / Movie Playback 

I didn't really know what I did but movie playback is awesome. I might have installed some proprietary codecs, but it feels as if they were part of the distro - I could be terribly wrong with this assumption.

Apt-get

Apt-get is the preferred package management system so more apt-get install foo stuff here.

Simplicity

Overall, Sidux's ease of use dannybuntu rating is on a level headed 6.34 of 10.

Conclusion

Darn it I am so sleepy my head is tilting without my consent.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Extend, Embrace Extinguish - Microsoft Sets Up Open Source Shop in the Philippines

Microsoft creates open-source lab in RP

By Lawrence Casiraya
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:17:00 08/07/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- Microsoft is now preaching interoperability, announcing it will open its first open-source lab in Asia Pacific in the country.

The lab will be located at the National Computer Center (NCC) headquarters in Diliman, Quezon City. It will be stocked with hardware and software and will serve as a test and evaluation facility for open source developers who want to make their applications interoperable on the Microsoft platform.

D3 Systems, a local firm that develops mobile applications running on Java (an open source programming language), will be the first to use facility, Microsoft announced in a briefing Thursday.

"There is always a great potential in the Philippines in terms of the skills of developers here," said Ken Wye Saw, Microsoft's vice president for sales and marketing in Asia Pacific, when asked why the software firm decided to create an open source lab in the country.

From: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/infotech/view/20080807-153256/Microsoft-creates-open-source-lab-in-RP


Huh? First the rice donation, now this?

Wohoho: Danny Shoots! and Scores!! - Google Games (Lively): Told You So!!

Hot off the freaking press. I found it while wandering in the arid landscape called the intarwebzors.

God I hate it when I am right.

A few months - (weeks?) ago I said "google ought to be a games publisher"

Well now they did, well sort of. If you consider Second Life as a game then I am right.

Check out Google Lively


Second Life, you are in for a fight.

Create your own virtual space

Chat and interact with your friends in rooms you design


Express yourself

Customize your avatar and stream personal photos and video

Add your room to your site

Invite your friends to chat and help decorate


For now it is still brewing in Google labs and of course is in beta form. So hang in there fellow Googlites, and see you soon (or not apparently it's for Windows XP/Vista only. Why Google? Why?