It's that time of the year when everyone seems to be recapping on what was good, bad and ugly on various topics. So it only seems fair that I present you with my selection of top 10 in Tech for 2011..
In the US, for the first time in a very long time the government are going to be in situ this wednesday to vote, do what ever it is they are doing to try and get the Stop Online Piracy Act passed or at least to the next stage.
Realistically does it matter if the pass, fail, whatever, long term the future of copyright and censorship has nothing to do with this act, its' down to the consumer and the internet.. It's you and I not the US Government who hold the future..
I have very fond memories of the first time i found Firefox or Phoenix as it was known almost 10 years ago in 2002. It was a breath of fresh air compared to the then seemingly bloated and slow Internet Explorer browser. Netscape was still around at these times and as Phoenix became Firebird, and Firebird became Firefox early features such as Tabbed Browsing, Plugins and Extentions set Firefox far ahead of the competition.
Love it or hate it, the Adult Entertainment Industry has helpled shaped the tech world for over 40 years, from the early VHS / Betamax wars to todays 3D TV it has lead the way in innovation for media as a mass form and the rest of the movie industry could learn from it.
I've done a few write up's on my blog about Subsonic however none of them were a proper review. So i've put one up. Covering What this is, stup, media, codecs and performance. this is great software especially if you're and Android user. However it's not limited to Android as the Web Interface is special too..
This is a followup to a couple of article's i've written about Subsonic, the first was a comparison with AudioGalaxy the other a bit of a puff piece really. This software however deserves a complete review as it's only having been using it for a week and a recent update i've really found out just how powerful it is.
A really good system for streaming your media, audio and video over the internet to your remote mobile and desktop devices. Works on any *nix system with a LAMPP stack.. and a uPNP router..
The title of this blog post pretty much sums out how I feel about IT sometimes. On a daily basis i'm introduced to problems which are often of an amazement to me.
Let's face it dropbox dropped its guard and proved it's not as secure as it needs to be. Opening the door for a service which is doing Dropbox better and more secure than Dropbox..
Ensuring your security on any system is essential, while Linux offers many security enhancements over other OS's when it comes to the Internet you can never be too safe. Lastpass offers an incredible solution on a cross platform level for securing your Website access and making sure you only ever have to remember one password, but use as many as you like.
When it comes to getting what you want off the interent, its pretty fair to say, that there is an application and a set of instructions to do this. In this day and age its fair to say that getting media off the web should be the way that media companies distribute. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. Unfortunately they don't they bog you down with Websites, DRM, Magma and lots more.. Well This is how to get your media another way..
Standard Disclaimer: Your use of this software and configuration is at your own risk. Check the legality of downloading TV shows in your area. This post is purely for the sake of information.
Google have just released Google Currents and although its US only there are AFK files for the rest of us on Android devices outside of the US.. I have to say, its aimed fair and square at Flipboard and does what it does VERY Well.
This is the sort of thing we need on the Linux Platform, a Gnome interface for this would work wonders...
As concerned global citizens, we call on you to stand for a free and open Internet and vote against both the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and work collectively to build the world we all want. We urge you to show true global leadership and do all you can to protect this basic pillar of our democracies worldwide.
If Ubuntu is getting into the mobile platform then it needs to understand a few things, the first and most important is the message are sending out to the world with their world wide litigation against samsung over look and feel. The interface looking like IOS5 will cause you problems, this is Apple territory and as such must stay so.
In a recent post Ubuntu Mobile Phone Concepts on the OMGUbuntu site. concept art for a new Unity style touch interface and this design is very good.
The hatches are coming down slowly on the underground downloading of media, its just starting now, the various lobbies are chipping away at the BitTorrent sites and the various Indexing services such as Google are self governing themselves to slowly stop providing links to other locations hosting shared media.
There are options however and this time they are Linux compatible and require very little fiddleing.
It is no mistake that setting up a business is expensive, the IT side of it especially so. This expense is even worse during the current financial climate where you could really be investing the money in other areas of the business.
Traditionally the path to go down would be a Windows server, Windows Applications recurring licence costs etc. I'd like to introduce some alternatives for businesses which provide well supported systems at a fraction (if any) of the cost of the commercial alternatives. All of which run on Linux keeping the server costs down.
This isn't a technical guide, its not going to explain how to set any of the suggestions up, i've put this together to show there are cheaper more cost effective long term solutions than the usual business fare.
Just been reading an interesting Techcrunch article "Solving eMail overload with a company-wide ban" in which Thierry Breton, CEO ofAtos, wants his “zero email” policy to be in place within a year-and-a-half.
I have to think my place of work and come to the conclusion Mr Breton may be onto something. eMail is less of a tool and more of a hindrance in many cases.
I'd be interested in feedback from anyone who has suggestions for reducing email..
This brings out the inner geek in me.. Its the worlds largest model railway.. The video quality is great and it is indeed huge.
Just found this on Read Write Web...
Here's our nominee for most evil Web service of the week:FindHisPorn.com. For a one-time low price of $49.99 only $19.95! Limited time offer!, you can allow a dubious piece of Java voodoo onto your PC (Windows only) and let it scrape the contents of your hard drive and show you all the porn it finds. It's just perfect for spying on that special someone in your life.
Find His Porn is cynically exploiting the paranoid and freaked-out, violating privacy, jeopardizing security and taking people's money. It has been created under a total veil of secrecy. Oh, it's also "perfect for ✓ Boyfriends, ✓ Husbands and ✓ Kids" with the "goal of empowering women everywhere." With its marketing finely tuned, Find His Porn profits off of people's engrained norms, broken trust and technical ignorance
You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbor.
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk.
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.
While you are sitting there wondering the plight of Ubuntu or if Gnome 3 is worse than KDE4.. take a look at this post, it sort of all falls into perspective..