Washington Post Reviews Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 is getting publicity not just from tech blogs and tech magazines, but also from mainstream media such as the Washington Post. It’s not the first time that a major newspaper like the Post has printed an article about Ubuntu. Apparently, the same author reviewed Ubuntu 6.06 several years back. Certainly, any exposure of Ubuntu to non-techie readers is a welcome change.

It’s great seeing different perspectives of Ubuntu. Here are a couple of quotes from Rob Pegoraro’s article from the Washington Post.

Linux may run TiVo video recorders and live inside Android phones, in addition to running much of the Internet’s servers, but it still lags on home PCs.

Will that change anytime soon? A new version of a consumer-oriented edition of Linux, Ubuntu (http://ubuntu.com), offers hope for Linux optimists but leaves room for doubters, too.

A fair assessment. The author continues.

Ubuntu does not, however, include the junk that’s standard issue on new Windows PCs, such as expiring trial versions or pushy security utilities. Neither can it run any Windows viruses, trojans, spyware or worms.

This has always been the biggest selling point of Ubuntu.

But Ubuntu also leaves out two things Windows users rightly expect: built-in support for common media file formats and all their computer’s parts.

To me, this is the biggest shortfall of Ubuntu. It’s the constant tinkering to make Ubuntu work with proprietary media file formats. To Linux purists, a distro release with non-proprietary software is the only choice. To most users, they just want a system that works with less tinkering, and less reading of forums to find solutions.

Compared with Windows XP and 7, Ubuntu 10.04 booted up and shut down much faster. But it needed more time to sleep and wake up and fell far short in battery life. With the screen kept on, two Web pages refreshing themselves and a music library playing, the Dell ran for two hours and 25 minutes in Linux, 23 minutes less than in XP. In the same test, the Sony lasted just under three hours in Ubuntu — but ran for another 80 minutes in Win 7.

This is another area Ubuntu can do better with regards to the battery life.

Overall, this is great exposure of Ubuntu. I’m hoping to see more articles as Ubuntu becomes more mainstream.

Install Android on the iPhone

Installing the Andriod operating system on your iPhone is certainly doable. That’s if you’re brave enough to try it. It has to be a jailbroken iPhone2G or an iPhone 3G with firmware versions 2.0 and 3.1.2. By the way, the hack will not work on the latest iPhone 3GS as well as the iPod Touch and the iPad. And one more thing, there is a great possibility that you can brick your iPhone if you don’t follow the detailed instructions. If you are still interested in running Android on the iPhone, you can check out this blog post as well as read the instructions found here.

30th Anniversary of Pac-Man

I just launched Google Chrome. I have Google.com as my home default. I was greeted to a Pac-Man game on top of the Google Search form. Being a gamer, I played for a little bit. After the game, I was redirected to a search page with results from keywords of PAC-MAN 30th Anniversary. I didn’t know today that is the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man. That was real cool way for Google to remind Google Chrome users of a big event in video game history. Pretty neat.

Google Wave Finally Is Here

I’ve got my surfboard ready waiting for the Google Wave to come along. It has been a very, very long wait. I’ve asked for invites when the Wave first came out six months ago, but not one invite came my way. The initial buzz faded and was quickly forgotten. Today, Google caught unsuspected surfers when the Wave showed up out of nowhere . Google Wave is an application that combines e-mail, IM, document sharing, blogs, wikis and multimedia management. Anyone can sign up to Google Wave by going to wave.google.com and logging with their GMail or Google account. Check it out. Don’t miss the wave.

Google Calendar Has A New Look

If you haven’t use Google’s Calendar lately, you might want to login and check out the latest new look. Here’s the announcement from Google:

So we rolled up our sleeves and we tweaked the layout, we twiddled the colors and we tuned the text…and this week we’re pleased to show off a fresh new look for Google Calendar.

OpenOffice Isn’t Dead

A recent article by ZDNet article said that OpenOffice is dead. Is it really? There are thousands who use OpenOffice on a daily basis. How could it be dead? Google Docs may be a better alternative to MSOffice, but it won’t work offline. To most people, OpenOffice is still the right choice over MSOffice because of cost. Granted not too many people use it, but to say it’s dead is like saying Safari and Opera browsers are dead because they don’t have too many users. They may not have the numbers, but each have their own loyal following. By no means it’s dead.

Locking Down My Facebook

I’m not really a big fan of Facebook. I use it only because everyone I know seems to be using it. I’ve actually turned off my Facebook account twice because of privacy issues. The recent software glitch prompted me to take another look at my Facebook profile. So, the other night, I took another stab at locking down my Facebook account. Thirty minutes later, I think I got it. It’s somewhat secure. I think. I don’t expect it to be ever as secure as Fort Knox.

The only question is, is my account usable? I have no wall, no photos, no videos. Just my name and a contact link. I’ve relaxed it just a bit since then, but I still don’t have a wall. If you want tips, here’s a link from Jason Perlow of ZDNet. He talks about locking down your Facebook profile in 20 minutes. If you do a Google search how to lock down your Facebook account, you’ll come up with pages of articles.

Create A Website Based On One Color

Are you thinking of creating a website based on one color? One cool tool you can use is a Color Palette. This particular tool will create for you 10 shades of the base color with varying degrees of opacity. The top row emulates opacity over a white background, while the bottom emulates opacity over black background.

The opacity values are 100% opaque, 75%, 50%, 25% and 10% on the top row. The bottom row begins at 85% rather than 100% and continues on as the first. To make it more interesting, you can use different colors other than a white and black backgrounds. I use the color #365215 for this blog. Here is the varying shades of colors using this tool.

Firefox 4 Promises To Be Fast

Mozilla promises to have a “super-duper fast” browser when Firefox 4 surfaces sometime in October 2010. Mozilla Firefox faces tough competition from the lightning-speed Google Chrome, who have been outpacing all competition in terms of browser market share.

To reverse the market slide, Mozilla Firefox 4 will need to match Chrome’s speed and offer a few more enhancements. Support for HTML5, 64-bit computing, a sleeker and a simpler interface will certainly help. Mozilla will also add dedicated application tabs and the ability to install add-ons without restarting the browser.

Beta releases of Firefox 4 will be available sometime next month. An October release is still five months away and Mozilla does not guarantee it will meet the release date. Firefox 4 release date can possibly slip by a month or two.

In the meantime, Google Chrome will continue eat away the browser market share. Experts are saying Firefox 4 is market-neutral meaning it will probably not have any lasting impact to the market share when released.