* Posts by stuhacking

15 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Sep 2010

Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever


Wait... Linux is actually a bit patchy?

Stop the presses!

Ubuntu has raised peoples' expectation of Linux as a user friendly desktop offering. Of course, up until now Ubuntu has been a fairly standard Gnome + openoffice built on Debian platform. Nothing terribly risky and everything nicely matured.

Now the public are getting a first look at the true face of Linux... Unstable packages still in development, Hunting for those tricky configuration options, helper programs that aren't bundled with the associated package, dependencies on specific versions of volatile libraries.

Perhaps this should be left as an unstable track until it's ready for prime time..,

Man matches machine in Jeopardy! showdown



I believe IBM employees can use whatever platform they want provided it allows them to work effectively. I wish other I.T. companies would start to adopt this policy.

Personally, I can't stand Thinkpads and would take the MBP any day.

Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding


Flickr was your *primary* storage?

Too bad for you.

In defence of Comic Sans


Comic Chat

Comic Chat was great! There's even an interesting paper about the project: http://kurlander.net/DJ/Pubs/SIGGRAPH96.pdf

Sadly, it seems as though Windows users had already eschewed aesthetic creativity in favour of bland, grey boxes and spreadsheets.

Apple $10k winner hangs up on 'prank caller'


Lost iTunes content

Yeah, this happens all the time. That's why Apple are universally hated by consumers and don't produce the most popular line of personal media devices.

Now, I'm as cynical as the next guy when it comes to the *cost* of digital distribution, but I've haven't heard any reports of lossage in a long while. FUD sensor tingling.

Garmin tells iPhone users where to go


Junction View and Lane assist...

I drive one of those fancy cars with windows. I look out of the window and see a clear view of the road ahead complete with signposts, lane markings and scenery. Heck - I even have 3 fancy slabs of glass that show me where I've just been.

Keep your £30 GPS app, I'll continue to plan my routes in advance and exercise a bit of observation on the road.

Stop: An example of a road sign.

Google Chrome OS mauled by Richard Stallman

Jobs Halo

Not the same thing at all, really

On iOS devices, the apps are stored and run locally, The configuration is stored locally, email is stored locally depending on how you set that up, music files are local, documents are local, etc, etc...

I don't need to browse the filesystem because the applications create an abstraction for me - and I'm glad of that particular time saving mechanism. iPod knows how to fetch my music, Address book knows how to get my contacts list, Safari knows where my bookmarks are. No - A filesystem browser would be a painful thing to have to use on a phone or any small form factor media device.

The criticism of Chrome OS is that files are stored remotely and google apps are running remotely with no option to say "I *want* to keep some stuff local."

Infinity Blade


Let's be realistic, folks...

... It's a £3.50 handheld game. Were you expecting Dragon Age mobile?

In all honestly, it's pretty entertaining. You can drop in for a quick 5-10 minute game and be entertained by the fluid combat and awesome graphics. The RPG mechanic is there to satisfy the need for levelling up and buying better gear.

Remember that this is only the first iteration of the first game to use the Unreal 3 engine- Multiplayer will add a new dimension; There's plenty of opportunity for updates. I wouldn't write it off yet.

Apple iPhone 4 vs... the rest


Grid of Icons

My 2000 Palm IIIe used a grid of icons. I'm sure the paradigm extends back further, even, than that.

This year's comedy Xmas No. 1 contender: Silent song 4'33"


Worthwhile cause...

...However, Rage against the machine was better because the song was good and the band got involved and put on a charity gig.

This lacks the same sense of meaning. I'll probably still join in for the chance to knock Cowell off the #1... not that he cares.

BlackBerry boss renews disdain for Steve Jobs


I remember

When Palm went the way of the Apple (by removing the screw on backplate) it was time for a lot of folks to jump over to Handspring. I never actually owned any extra modules because even then it felt like the slow death of PDAs was beginning and 'smarter phones' were on the rise.

I do miss graffiti though.

Top Ten Retro PC Games


Well then...

...maybe Lucy should get a blog.


2 Things:

1) I question the retrosity of some of these games. Black and White? KOTOR? Even Unreal Tournament is pushing it slightly.

2) So, is this list in reverse, or what? Hasn't the author read a top ten list before? Or is it just an arbitrary selection of unordered games?

We're scraping the bottom, crack open the next barrel.

Suck on this: It's what Duke would have said.

iPhone app tagged as terror tool

Black Helicopters


If we start to see everything as tools of terrorism, then the terrorists have already won.

Microsoft adopts invisible mobile pitch


Microsoft will sell you...

... the phone you don't want to use.