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09
Dec

Seeding The Clouds at WatItIs 2009

watitis.jpgYesterday afternoon, I gave a talk at the University of Waterloo as part of their annual WatItIs technology conference. WatItIs is "WatITis is a one day conference for those involved in IT planning, support and decision making at the University of Waterloo." As such, it tends to cover a lot of ground, when it comes to the technology it explores.

sm_ubuntu_user_logo.pngA couple of weeks ago, I bought my five year old son an Acer Aspire One netbook. Not that he really needs a netbook, but it's another item in our ever-growing arsenal of tools designed to help him develop the skills he needs to develop. That's not really the story here. The story is that the Acer netbook came with Windows XP pre-installed.

27
Nov

Mixed Messages

This morning, I filled up my car, as I often do, at the Shell station near my house. I use Shell not because I think they're a wonderful petroleum company (are there any?) but because it's the closest to my house. As I often do, as I fill up, my mind wanders to pretty much anything my eyes land on, including the advertising on the pump itself. Which got me to thinking, as I often do, about the mixed messages on that pump. Consider the following.

vpower.jpgThe industry has been trying to tell us that it cares about the environment and, because it cares, it adds up to as much as 10% ethanol to our fuel. If you believe the ethanol industry, ethanol is much better environmentally, and should be encouraged if, indeed, you are the sort of person who cares about the environment.

26
Nov

What Kind Of Bird Are You Booting?

sm_ubuntu_user_logo.pngConsider this a Thanksgiving post. I know most of you are away eating, or arguing with family. Up here, in the Great White North, Thanksgiving was back in early October so I'm sort of working today. You might say I'm indulging in a different kind of bird. Just what kind of bird, however, was something I was very curious about.

25
Nov

The Earth should have rings, like Saturn.

 After looking at this rather cool animation, I am sold. I think the earth should have rings, just like Saturn. As an astronomy buff from forever ago, I can tell you that while Jupiter is very cool in a backyard telescope (and took my breath away during the great comet crash of 1994), Saturn is a singular, and spectacular, jewel in the night sky.

25
Nov

The Earth should have rings, like Saturn.

 After looking at this rather cool animation, I am sold. I think the earth should have rings, just like Saturn. As an astronomy buff from forever ago, I can tell you that while Jupiter is very cool in a backyard telescope (and took my breath away during the great comet crash of 1994), Saturn is a singular, and spectacular, jewel in the night sky.

sm_ubuntu_user_logo.pngThere's a provocatively titled article by Robert Strohmeyer over at PC World that professes "The Future of Linux is Google". It waxes prophetically about how Google will eventually dominate all that is Linux and Open Source, and that "it's time for the Linux world to rally".

18
Nov

Doctors All, Car Crashes, and Insurance

sm_ubuntu_user_logo.pngA few days have passed since the big exciting release of the Karmic Koala. Reviews are mixed with people claiming it's the greatest Ubuntu release of all time, and others saying it's an utter disappointment. That's to be expected, of course. People focus on different things and some people will find themselves running a trouble free release. Others will notice weird video problems, flickering screens, and application crashes.

30
Oct

Give Me The Dang Button!

I should probably start out by letting you know that it's now official! Yes, Ubuntu/Kubuntu and all the other *buntus are out in release 9.10, the very Karmic Koala. After months of running 9.10 alphas, followed by betas, I am now running the official Karmic release. Feels good to be official for a change.

22
Oct

Penguicon, and a GoH, no less!

I am excited, and honored, to report that I've been asked to be a Guest of Honor at the 2010 Penguicon, a combination science fiction convention and Linux and open source get-together all rolled into one. This isn't as strange as it sounds. Linux, including free and open source software, tends to be quite popular with the science fiction crowd. Conversely, it isn't hard to find a Linux user who digs science fiction.

Did I mention I'm going to be Guest of Honor? :-)

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