I decided to try something new and I’m now running a blog on My Opera: http://my.opera.com/d6chung
So after a few weeks of fiddling around, I decided to switch back to Unity on my Ubuntu system, which forced me to do a format+reinstall since there was no easy way to downgrade from a GNOME3 install.
The main reason why I chose to return to Unity was because that I felt that GNOME3 is incomplete. For example, I experience issues going on battery power (on my notebook) where the screen goes dim after inactivity but movement doesn’t brighten the screen back up – I have to explicitly readjust the brightness. I Unity doesn’t have this issue probably because it’s still using GNOME2 so hopefully by 11.10, they figure out this issue.
I’ve come to realise that the reason why I use an Ubuntu system is stability (I know, people can argue that I could use Debian for that) and to see what UI advances Ubuntu is willing to experiment with. However, I still get to play with GNOME3 on my ArchLinux system so I’m not saying goodbye to GNOME3.
The magic key combination that I really needed in Unity was Super+W, the window picker. Now that I found this feature, Unity isn’t all that bad because now I don’t have to deal with the dock and its responsiveness. So, for me, Super + Typing gives me quick launch, similar to gnome-do and Super+W lets me get an overview of what’s going on.
So for the rest of this release’s lifetime, I intend on staying on Unity. I look forward to see what 11.10 brings!
So I’ve been trying Ubuntu’s Unity for a month or so for the 11.04 release and recently tried GNOME3. This post is my brief review of the two desktop environments since I believe Ubuntu is planning to ship with GNOME3 for the 11.10 release. Keep in mind that this is just personal preference and so this is not an objective review — it’s not like I timed myself or observed users for this.
Now that I am a member of both services, I feel that I am in a better position to compare the two services. I plan on keeping the two services (unless something drastic happens with Blockbuster) because one can offer something that the other doesn’t. I discuss my opinion of the services here.
I know, I shouldn’t be reading YouTube comments lest I lose faith on humanity’s intelligence but I found this gem that had me literally face-palming. A double face-palm, even!
shorta913 1 year ago (9 up):
so your saying you hate all racist people, yet you call americans fucking dumb…isnt that being racist?
fourseasonsfun 2 weeks ago
American is not a race idiot, its an ethnicity.
This is just a reminder for myself: if procmail is unable to deliver mail, check that its permission is set to u+s (/usr/bin/procmail).
In case you don’t know what age gates are, these are an extra page on a website that forces the user to enter their birthdate before entering the site. What really irritates me is when they use lock-out mechanisms to make entry more difficult. Usually, when I encounter such an interface, I lose interest on what the website could have presented and leave. Common lock-out mechanisms include using drop-down boxes and disabling drop-down boxes (especially birth year) until the other parts are answered (day and month). Even worse is if it’s some Flash applet that forces my browser to use up even more CPU…
My suggestion to all these websites is to utilise the user agent string. Let me enter something like “I’m an adult! Let me in!” in the string and I can happily browse the web without silly interruptions. No, actually, I hate that idea. Here’s a better one: DOWN WITH AGE GATES!!!
If you’ve been following this story, you should be aware that Sony recently removed the “Other OS” feature, which allowed the PS3 to boot into a Linux kernel, as of firmware 3.21. However, one could still access PSN by using a proxy to trick the PS3 into thinking it has the latest firmware installed. However, as of today, Sony has altered the PSN authentication process such that the actual login into PSN fails.
Many people have different positions in this situation but I shall briefly give you my two cents: I believe that it is unethical for Sony to announce that they are committed to keeping a feature yet a little more than a month later suddenly change their mind. Essentially, Sony lied and they have lost my, and I’m sure others’, trust. No longer can I believe anything that comes out of Sony. I will need to remain skeptical with anything they announce for they have proven their words are meaningless.
Also, I need to say that I am quite surprised to find people giving in to Sony’s decisions (read user discussions). Especially those who seem to believe that Linux users are “hackers” and that the Other OS feature was a “hack”. These people are clearly ignorant of what this feature was (and I suppose what Linux is in general). Note that I make emphasis on the fact that a feature is being retroactively removed. It could be any feature, not just Other OS. For example, say they removed themes. I’d still be upset and I’m sure others would be as well. If they remove themes from future models, sure, that’s fine because we know what we are agreeing to purchase but if they remove themes for all models then those who made the earlier purchases may feel cheated. Likewise, this is how some people, myself included, feel about the removal of features of all models.
Until Sony makes a worthy compromise or restores this feature, I cannot support the platform any longer. What’s the point of supporting a platform that is iteratively losing features for those who made explicit purchase decisions for an earlier model? Taking out features in next iterations to lower the costs is acceptable as long as they respect those who made the decision to purchase older models that supported features that influenced the purchase. To retroactively take out features to me is a slap, no, more like a punch to the customer’s face.
Here is what I think Sony should do:
- All users can still log into PSN but they can only join games whose host is running the same firmware as the user. Why remove access altogether when you can easily contain them?
- Allow access to the store for all users. Why shut out potentially paying customers?
- The compromise would be that new media won’t work.
Or, they could just properly fix the “security issues”.
EDIT: So now that I cooled down a bit, I was able to give this subject some more thought. From their recent actions, Sony is clearly making a paradigm shift. At the same time, users have the choice of not joining Sony in this shift, that is, those who remain in firmware 3.15 or below. This shift started emerging ever since Sony released the slim model. So essentially, the PS3 is now split into two partitions: one that is feature-riddled, the fat PS3, which really does everything, and another that is feature-stripped but is market-focused. So Sony is asking its customers the following question: do you wish to join us in this paradigm shift? It is your choice.
Personally, I would rather not have my PS3 lose features. However, I do like where PSN is going and with the Move approaching, I actually may consider purchasing a slim model exclusively for PS3/PSN use, which is what you can only do with it anyway, while keeping my fat PS3 for PS2 (60 GB model), NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis gaming via emulation in Linux.