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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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    Chromium OS ARM and x86 build scripts

    Hi Kenny, those two links you gave cann't connect. Would you please paste it again, thanks a lot.
    Posted 03-08-2011 at 04:37 AM by hellfire911 hellfire911 is offline
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    GNOME Shell: Still not as mature as what the mockups tell about it

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    Originally Posted by Kenny_Strawn View Comment
    Well just what about this do you find offensive?
    I don't think he found anything offensive, I think he just said he's glad to use another WM so he doesn't have to worry about GNOME's progress.
    Posted 02-13-2011 at 09:53 AM by MTK358 MTK358 is offline
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    My blog here has a new home on Blogspot

    Works fine for me with Firefox 4 Beta 11.
    Posted 02-13-2011 at 09:51 AM by MTK358 MTK358 is offline
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    My blog here has a new home on Blogspot

    I don't have any problems w/ Google Chrome.
    Posted 02-06-2011 at 02:03 AM by lupusarcanus lupusarcanus is offline
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    My blog here has a new home on Blogspot

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    You know scrolling with mouse on your new blog is painfully slow,
    Same here...maybe you could do with a little less transparency? It's a killer on FF's renderer.
    Posted 02-05-2011 at 10:22 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
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    My blog here has a new home on Blogspot

    You know scrolling with mouse on your new blog is painfully slow,
    Posted 02-05-2011 at 12:56 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
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    GNOME Shell: Still not as mature as what the mockups tell about it

    Maybe it was the mere mention of another window manager existing... some people get touching about their wm of choice... though, probably not as touchy as people with their OS.
    Posted 01-31-2011 at 01:12 PM by lumak lumak is offline
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    GNOME Shell: Still not as mature as what the mockups tell about it

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    Originally Posted by MrCode View Comment
    It's because of things like this that I'm glad I use Xfce.

    (Not trying to slander your post, Kenny, just voicing my opinion )
    Well just what about this do you find offensive?
    Posted 01-30-2011 at 06:00 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    GNOME Shell: Still not as mature as what the mockups tell about it

    I would rather see an improved pen based input than another on-screen keyboard
    Posted 01-30-2011 at 12:22 PM by lumak lumak is offline
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    GNOME Shell: Still not as mature as what the mockups tell about it

    It's because of things like this that I'm glad I use Xfce.

    (Not trying to slander your post, Kenny, just voicing my opinion )
    Posted 01-29-2011 at 09:56 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
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    Bug #1 in My Family: The fact that I don't have a say in how rules are made

    another suggestion:
    study hard, get a job (try Microsoft ), earn your own money and get a separate house!
    Posted 01-28-2011 at 10:40 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
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    Bug #1 in My Family: The fact that I don't have a say in how rules are made

    Then again, they are your parents. The best thing to do is not care. Make them feel poweless to punish you... And or have a calm dicussion as to their reasoning.
    Posted 01-26-2011 at 10:57 PM by lumak lumak is offline
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    Ubuntu 11.04's Unity: What's new

    What I meant was that Unity is a Compiz plugin instead of a Mutter plugin, meaning that it can run alongside other Compiz plugins.

    And especially in Ubuntu, most of the visually appealing plugins that have become very popular (Desktop Cube, Rotate Cube, Shift Switcher, etc.) will still be able to be used. These visual effects plugins will still be supported by Unity, but not by GNOME Shell.
    Posted 01-21-2011 at 11:41 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Ubuntu 11.04's Unity: What's new

    Thanks for the review. I'm thinking Unity looks a bit more promising than Plasma (KDE). However, I haven't actually tried Unity yet. I'm a wait and see person :P

    However, some issues with what you said. "Clutter-based UI to a Compiz-based UI" Compiz isn't a user interface. Infact, Compiz in the most pure form is a window manager that accepts plugins to complete all its tasks and at the base simply only allows you to move a window to the top layer by clicking on it. It also allows the plugins to access the composit manager effects.

    Also, "people will be more familiar with it than they will with GNOME Shell ... use the visual effects they are already familiar with" is arguable. I know nothing of either but I found the plugin system annoying when starting compiz with an empty configuration. Especially considering you have to enable window movement ;P
    Posted 01-21-2011 at 07:02 PM by lumak lumak is offline
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    Ubuntu 11.04: The OS to beat

    Ahhh yes, if only those proprietary software manufactures loved to make software for non-proprietary OSes. Because, as we all know, Linux users expect everything to be free and won't pay for anything. And if they do come by your software its either reverse engineered, pirated, or used in a way not intended by the manufacture. Because all Linux users are experts on the matter ;P
    Posted 01-21-2011 at 03:25 PM by lumak lumak is offline
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    Ubuntu 11.04: The OS to beat

    I don't hate proprietary software entirely. Only proprietary operating systems. Any user level software (that is, that runs in the GUI) *can* be proprietary. It's when the OS is proprietary that I hate it.
    Posted 01-21-2011 at 01:24 AM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    3DTV isn't really 3D if it isn't holographic

    Technically, if you could produce that type of jacked up parallax coating, you could have a 1080p image that was really a left and right eye interlaced images. HOWEVER, that quality would be even more degraded than a normal 1080i image as normal 1080i changes which row is drawn on each frame. This is why you end up with the 'comb' effect when you don't process an interlaced video image properly. Why reduce the overall image quality when doubling the pixels per inch is better and easier for 1080p in both the left and right? Either way, the coating would have to be shaped like this:
    /|/|/|/|/|/|
    |\|\|\|\|\|\
    /|/|/|/|/|/|
    |\|\|\|\|\|\

    instead of what I would imagine would be
    /\/\/\/\/\/\
    /\/\/\/\/\/\
    /\/\/\/\/\/\
    /\/\/\/\/\/\

    As you can imagine the first one would be far more difficult to machine. either requiring a mold or a time consuming laser cut. The one below would probably just need a strait line cut.

    But! I have no idea if the one below is the way a 3D lcd parallax barrier would look. I just know this is how they look on hologram cards that are supposed to be for 3D pictures but often have an animation when moving from left to right.


    As far as a touch screen 3d screen goes, you would still have a 2D touch interface. You can not have true 3d interaction until you have holograms. Well, headgear displaying 2 screens with left and right as well as motion tracking for hands is already possible. But head gear is annoying and nobody want to wear sensors on their hands.

    On a related note, I saw and got to play with an interface tool that had an arm attached to a stylus. You could freely move the stylus without restriction but it was tied into a 3D scene and it would provide true barrier restrictions and textures. e.g. it would not let you pass through objects and rubbing the tip across the virtual surface would provide the same feed back. Ice would be smooth and slippery and wood or something else would feel rough and restricted. But that interface was looking at a 2D flat screen and the perceived depth had to be visualized by the user. Attaching that to an glove type interface could provide force feed back to your headgear. But if you could imagine. 2 primary arms and at least 10 minor arms attached to the primary arms. Lots of things to break.
    Posted 01-17-2011 at 10:56 PM by lumak lumak is offline
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    3DTV isn't really 3D if it isn't holographic

    What about merely covering a pane of glass with a parallax coating and project onto it from the rear? Or how about use interlacing (such as what you would find on 1080i screens) to render the left and right images onto the same screen? Just ideas.

    Where 3D really matters in holographic style, however, is on toch screens like those on tablet PCs. It would in those cases allow completely realistic user interaction but would also require twice the computing and graphics power. Hopefully, however, with multicore ARM processors coming it won't be all that hard. And the nVidid Tegra would also be a good idea in this case.
    Posted 01-16-2011 at 11:26 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Ubuntu 11.04: The OS to beat

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kenny_Strawn View Comment
    (2) support for commercial software
    I thought you disapproved of, even hated, commercial software?
    Posted 01-16-2011 at 04:13 PM by brianL brianL is offline
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    3DTV isn't really 3D if it isn't holographic

    One thing that I read somewhere but didn't think of before is that 3DTV is not quite like real 3D because in real life, your eyes have to change their focus to view objects at different depths, but in a 3DTV, your eyes are always focused at the same depth (the screen), no matter how near or far away the appearant object is.

    The problem is that it's not known yet if when small children watch too much 3DTV, will their vision be permanently damaged because the lack of association between depth and focus?
    Posted 01-16-2011 at 03:55 PM by MTK358 MTK358 is offline

  



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