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Joining the Dark Side You Are Not

Posted by rom on February 4, 2006

ExtremeTech‘s Jason Cross writes about his switch from Microsoft-based music players to Apple’s iPod. No, you are not joining the Dark Side, Jason, but you have seen the light! How can it be the Dark Side when Apple supports free and open source software? When Apple uses a similar core to Linux?

Apple=Darwin=Open Source=freedom. Freedom is good. Good is not Dark! 😛

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Waiting on the sidelines

Posted by rom on February 4, 2006

Right now, I am in good company waiting for the next generation MacBook Pro notebooks from Apple. I am no professional photographer but the fact of the matter is, until pro apps from Apple gets released, I believe Apple is still fine tuning the rest of the applications (specially Rosetta) for the new processors.

Once the MacBook Pro is released locally this month, it will be the first Dual Core product in the market. I am sure that there are some kinks to iron out considering that it is also Intel’s first public release. Nobody has ever used a Dual Core product yet.

Whilst it is true that the speed increase is humongous, the question is “is it stable and without critical bugs?” Judging from the literature available on the ‘net so far, I believe that it is and some bugs can be solved thru software but then again, let us wait and see.

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Travelling light

Posted by rom on February 3, 2006

In a few weeks, I will be travelling down south for the JEDI Night party. Since I will only be spending one night there, I have decided not to bring my notebook and simply bring my iPod (for entertainment) and my digital camera.

Without my notebook, I may need to access the ‘net for email and news. I already have Cross-platform Portable Firefox on the iPod shuffle along with Portable OpenOffice.org 2.0.1. For some strange reason, however, I can’t copy Portable Adium – it spits out an error message. Apart from OpenOffice.org, all the other portable apps run on the Mac. Anything else I missed?

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Is there still hope?

Posted by rom on February 3, 2006

Over at the PLUG mailing list, one of the topics being discussed is the talk of Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth, to the government CIOs yesterday. Mark Shuttleworth’s pitch to the government to support Open Source may have fallen to deaf ears as far as the majority of those in the PLUG mailing lists are concerned. These come from the fact that some of them have tried to help government agencies streamline their IT operations and budget by providing Open Source solutions only to be shot down by some government bureacrats incorrectly citing some bogus technical merits of some proprietary solutions!

Is there still hope? I still believe that there is. However, I do admit that it is not a pretty picture as well since I do know that there are people “in power” who are just plain and simple dumb-asses when it comes to procurement.

My take on this, let’s all try to counter these bad asses with good deeds and hopefully, somehow, somewhere, those good deeds will have its effect felt all the way up to Malacanang!

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True colors

Posted by rom on February 3, 2006

Just took a color test and found out that my color is…

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An afternoon with Ubuntu Linux founder, Mark Shuttleworth

Posted by rom on February 2, 2006

I spent my entire afternoon listening to Mark Shuttleworth‘s talk on Ubuntu Linux and Open Source. Actually, I attended two sessions, first for government CIOs and another for NGOs and Educators.
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The first talk was all about getting government to support Open Source and to be familiar with what Mark’s company is about. The funny thing is, I really do not know if the audience had a clue as to what he was talking about or they’re bored. They did not even ask questions, well, they did ask one and that is it. Oh well…

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The second session was with educators and NGO and that was when people started asking questions. It was evident that those who are familiar with Open Source are the colleges and universities. Oh well.

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Heads-up: Firefox 1.5.0.1

Posted by rom on February 2, 2006

From Mozilla.com.

Here’s what’s new in Firefox 1.5.0.1:

  • Improved stability.
  • Improved support for Mac OS X.
  • International Domain Name support for Iceland (.is) is now enabled.
  • Fixes for several memory leaks.
  • Several security enhancements.

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Java Champions!

Posted by rom on February 2, 2006

The Java Champions are featured in a Java Developers Journal article. There are two from the Philippines – JP Petines and yours truly. Although we have nominated a couple of Filipinos, we do want to have more until the Champions start reducing the number of applicants per year.

If you know someone who is passionate about Java, please let me know.

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Cool Adverts!

Posted by rom on February 2, 2006

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Check out the iTunes Music Store and get ESPN‘s cool TV commercials!

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How to Fix a Dead Pixel

Posted by rom on February 1, 2006

I had my previous powerbook replaced due to tons of stuck or dead pixels (thanks, Apple!) – yes, more than 10. I don’t know – they just appeared like zits!

Anyway, I still have a powerbook with a single dead pixel but I will try this tip and see if it will magically disappear.

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