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Monday, 20 July 2015

The Acer 13" Chromebook (Nvidia Tegra K1)

A little over four months ago I bought one of these slim devices when my main workhorse laptop showed signs of nearing retirement. A little Chromebook seemed just the ticket for streaming videos, checking web mail, browsing, researching, downloading and uploading and editing documents online. Of course it's not a full laptop, but as a backup device it did just fit the bill and I have since found it's really all I need when travelling or on the go.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Looking for Alternatives to Systemd

The introduction and acceptance, often without much debate or end user involvement, of the systemd daemon into most Linux distributions over the last 1 1/2 years or so is a reality, and I'm not planning to take sides here or rehash any flame wars. As far as I'm concerned, the battle has been fought and the choices are clear. If you have several or even only one computer and are responsible for maintaining them then you're a System Administrator. If you do more than just boot up your machine and do typical consumer stuff like watching or even editing videos, surfing or writing emails and letters then you will at some point have a need to start and stop services, write a script to reset permissions at startup for a piece of software that won't play ball etc.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Fallout 4 Revealed at E4 2015: Trailer. How About Linux Support?

E4 2015 revealed a game I've long been waiting for - FALLOUT 4! I don't play much these days due to time constraints, the last really new one I played was Fallout NV when it came out, plus trying to catch up with the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series (still only half way through the first one, but playing them backwards, so had finished Call of Pripyat and Clear Skies previously). A much belated impression of the original Shadow of Chernobyl will eventually turn up here one day.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Google's Vint Cerf Worried About Coming of a 'Digital Dark Age'

Quite a privileged position to be in to worry about something like this if you look around in the world but he's right, of course. Even though the embedded video appears to have been deleted, you can access the full interview and several more clips from the link below.

Read the whole story Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age' (BBC Science).

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Slackware - Same as Always

When taking this screen shot of my Slackware 14.0/14.1 amalgamation (started out as Salix in 2009), with Xfce 4.10 it occurred to me that it looks pretty much the same as always when compared to earlier screen shots from that period. Rooting for traditional interfaces. This should be easy and intuitive for anyone who started out with Windows for Workgroups or Win95.

A toast to keeping things simple and efficient, the way they are.

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