Thursday, June 30, 2011

Valve is practically GIVING their games away

The Valve Complete Pack is normally $215.81, but is on sale for $49.99. That is insane. And it's not even that it is 77% off: it's that some of the best games ever are in that pack: Half-Life and all it's derivitaves, Half-Life 2 and Episodes 1 & 2, Left4Dead 1 & 2, Team Fortress 1 & 2, Counter Strike Original & Source, and Portal 1 & 2.

Let me repeat that: Portal 2 is in the complete pack. Normally, Portal 2 is $49.99 individually, and now you can buy it and get a shit ton of other amazing games.

Seriously. Every time I go the the page for the Complete Pack, I cry a little, because over time I ended out buying all of the games in it and I ended out paying way more than $50. I actually just bought Portal 2 separately for $33.49, which is still an amazing deal, but it can't touch the Complete Pack. Seriously, no jokes: if you even slightly game on the PC (and don't mind using Steam), buy this pack.

The only bad thing about this pack is that they keep adding games as they come out, which makes it an even better value for gamers who have not yet bought it, and that makes me jealous.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I know this isn't really "nerdy," but I writing about computers and such really gets monotonous and I'd like this blog to be a bit more open.

I've always been a fan of Cryptozoology (the study of creatures that may or may not exist). Even back when I was a kid, things like Nessie and Bigfoot and even Aliens fascinated me. When I volunteered at the library several years ago, the shelves I were assigned to keep clean and organized happened to be from about 000-100, including both Computer Science and Paranormal! I read a few books back then and even looked up some videos and articles online, but it kind of fell on the backburner.

The recently, as I've been getting to know Jupiter Broadcasting, I discovered "Bryan Lunduke's Jupiter Files". While there weren't that many episodes (at least that he posted on his blog) it definitely reminded me of how much I love the paranormal and so I decided to take up that passion again.

In terms of what I believe, I really can't say that I've investigated any one cryptid enough to believe that it exists. Instead, I just love the possibility! I love science and facts as much as the next guy and I could just turn my nose up and say "Come back when you have concrete proof!", but it's so much more fun to say "Wait, what if a plesiosaur is living in that lake?" To me, it is the closest thing in this world to a real-life fairy tale. And as long as you stay away from going crazy over it, what's the harm in believing a strange possibility?

I feel like now is when I talk about how I was abducted by aliens or went on a date with Bigfoot, but I haven't really had any special experiences.(...yet...) But I have had a few that are just a and I guess it would be cool to share them.

In our house, my younger brother's room was directly across from the bathroom and then down the hall was my bedroom and my older brother's bedroom. We all used that same bathroom to brush our teeth and such to get ready for bed, and so one night, after I had already turned out my light, I got up and went down the hall to do something (I can't remember what), and I passed a figure on the way down. Because the light and the hall was out and the light in my room was out, there was barely any light in the hall so I couldn't make out any features. This was not a shadow or anything like that, it was a solid object, it was just too dark to see its face or features. It was about the same height as me though, so I just assumed it was my younger brother. (I was short...we were the same height all growing up, until he passed me later on.) I really didn't think much of it at the time, except I can remember wondering why my younger brother was going toward mine and my older brother's room. Well, when I got to the end of the hall a few steps later, I looked into the bathroom to see my younger brother, gargling some Listerine. My older brother was much taller than me at that point and the figure definitely did not have longer hair or glasses like my what was it?

In the same house, my bed was parallel to a wall with a window facing the street of a cul-de-sac. One night, while I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep, the window was filled with a blue-ish glow. It faded in quickly and got very bright, almost bright enough that it seemed like it was day with the blinds closed, and then faded out quickly. It was only a matter of seconds, but I was still concerned. I leaned up, lifted a blind, and looked out, and there was nothing.
I was used to car lights occasionally finding their way to the window, and this was definitely not that. First of all, my bedroom was on the second floor and parallel to the street, meaning that I got a small fraction of the light. Second, car lights would just barely creep through the blinds because I always closed them so that they would primarily block light coming from below. Third, I've never seen car lights that blue before.
My only other thought is that the people in the house across the street were doing something, like trying a new camping light, but it would have had to have been very focused on my window specifically, like a flashlight, because I can't think of anything that would need to put off that much light in all directions. Plus, it still would have had to been from at least the same level of the window, because of how I closed the blinds. It definitely could've been the kids (whom I played with) playing a prank on me or something from their bedroom on the second floor, but I find that the fact that the light distinctly faded instead of switched curtly lessening the chances that it was a flashlight or something like it.
To me, it was just too bright, too full, and too high to be a car or anything else I can really think what was it?

Those are my stories thus far. I can assure you that no, I was not dreaming in either one. I distinctly remember a continued consciousness up until and including both events (and I think I even pinched myself in both cases just to be sure).

That's why I love Cryptozoology: the stories. It's not the creatures, for me anyway, it's people's stories. It truly is like reading a fantasy book for the first time as a child.

Family problems with Ubuntu

As much as I hate to say it, my family has asked me if I could switch the PC back to Windows. It's not that I want to push Linux on them; it's that my mom almost entirely uses programs like Firefox, Thunderbird, and OpenOffice and I see no real reason to have her use Windows for that, especially since Linux is more secure than Windows.

Most of the problems have been with Firefox 4. Flash won't display right in Facebook games; certain sites won't submit form data correctly; clicking certain "Submit" buttons sometimes doesn't work. Stupid stuff, to be sure. On top of that, though, my brother was trying to use Google Voice to call someone and discovered the the audio was terribly, terribly noisy when he tried to use the microphone, and he couldn't fix it no matter what he tried (which was actually a good amount). Lastly, a problem that I have been unable to solve for quite some time is that VirtualBox will freeze the system occasionally when starting the Windows XP VM.

It's little things like this that push people away from Linux. As my brother has said (paraphrased), "It seems like Linux solves a lot of problems, but you have to deal with a ton of stupid stuff that you just assume should work." I realize that things like Firefox having issues is not necessarily Ubuntu's fault, but my mom doesn't know that. When she comes to me for help, she says "I'm having a problem on Linux," no matter what the problem is.

The main reason they want to switch is that we are actually going to soon be living several states away and she's afraid that she won't be able to deal with Ubuntu without me. I think that she's going to be "out of luck" when a problem arises on any platform.

I'm going to try switching them to openSUSE for a month and if it doesn't work out, I'm going to have to (regretfully) switch her back to Windows. But here's hoping it won't come to that.

PS - This is the first time I have been discontent with something and not really "ranted" about it. I'm not really mad at Ubuntu, I'm just disappointed.

[UPDATE 7-12]
Well, it turns out openSUSE let me down. I decided to /home directory to its own partition to make it a little bit safer (and a smoother distro hop), but YaST refused to let me do it. I persevered as long as I could, but eventually I just said "screw this", ran downstairs and grabbed my Mint 10 KDE DVD. It quickly and easily set up my partitions, I copied the data over, and ran the install.

My family have been out of town so they really haven't had much time to try it out, but I don't think they've had many problems yet. It took me a few hours to set up Skype just because it is a 64 bit install and that didn't play nice with the Logitech webcam. The only other problem they still have is that every time they run MintUpdate, a box pops up that says "Fix the broken packages first." Of course, then I go to Synaptic and sift through the "Broken", and there's nothing. So I don't know what's up with that.

But I set up a nice alias in the terminal so that all they have to do is type "update" and it will run "sudo apt-get update", which works fine, so they should be good.

(I've been really grooving on aliases by the way.)

Monday, June 27, 2011

My Steam Desktop

I know I said I was taking a vacation, but I booted into Windows a few times to play some games (finally beat Overlord!) and to be frank, Android -both on my phone and on my tablet- has been annoying the HELL out of me, so I decided to take a few minutes to create a little "Steam-esque" desktop. Nothing fancy, just a few tweaks like a theme to make my desktop look more towards the Steam sort of thing. It makes sense, since my other Win7 profile is torched since I moved the profile folder onto an EXT4 partition, and so I created a whole profile just for using Steam. The profile, by the way, is named "Steampunk," so that might explain the gears and other things.

So without any further introduction, here's a nifty little slideshow, which I believe you can click and it will show some little nifty images if you feel so inclined. I'm going to try to give all credit where I can, but if I miss an icon here or there, please don't be upset.

The coolest part is that I've tried to keep from using the taskbar completely, being able to minimize to Rocketdock and using Svift to launch any applications not in the dock. I've had a few problems with Rocketdock only minimizing certain applications, but it's still a cool concept. There's still a few other things, like sometimes the taskbar still reserves screen space even when it's hid, and I haven't made a good theme for the date applet yet.

Here's a (hopefully) comprehensive list of everything:
 I think it's pretty sweet. I've spent way too much time that I should, since I've been trying to cut back on using the computer and this.....well, isn't cutting back. But in any case, it was a fun project and hopefully now I can put it aside, play some Steam games, and stay off my computer.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Blogger goes mobile....FINALLY

I've wanted this for quite some time, mostly because it seems like a dirt simple feature that should be there. Anyway, all Blogger blogs finally have the ability to turn on Mobile device support and I've turned it on for this one. So if you happen to want to read (haha! "Read!" As if I had any readers!) this blog on the go, point your mobile browser over here and you should see a nice, clean, minimalistic skin that better suites your phone.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thoughts on the EEE Pad Transformer

Since my ties to the internet are basically now are restricted to the Transformer itself, there's no time like the present. The reason I didn't write up my thoughts on it right after I bought it is that I tend to get a tad blinded by my excitement for new tech items, especially their blind spots. So I'd like to say that this is pretty unbiased; I'm used to the device and I know alot of it's ins and outs. But as I was getting ready to write my thoughts down, Google released a firmware upgrade (3.1) which COMPLETELY changed the device.

Before we really get going, I need to make one thing perfectly clear: The Transformer is not a tablet/netbook; it is a tablet with a keyboard. The distinction here is subtle but critical. Many people will want to compare this to a netbook, in which case it will often fail, but that's because it is not meant to function as one and it cannot. The real reason behind this is not hardware; it has all the hardware for an awesome netbook. It's the OS. Android -even Honeycomb- just is not a netbook OS. (Before anyone mentions running Debian or Ubuntu in a chroot+VNC, that doesn't prove that Android is a full desktop any more than saying Mac is a good gaming system because you can run Windows in a VM.) Even with how open and free Android is as a platform, there are still many things that I find that I could do on an Ubuntu desktop that I cannot do on my Transformer. That is perfectly fine as long as you are expecting it. I was, and I that's why I chose the Transformer.

With that out of the way, let's get on with it.

The hardware itself is pretty standard, although still impressive. The screen is 10" and has a BRILLIANT viewing angle. (Seriously, I had like 6 people all standing around watching at once.) It has a front cam which is good, but I haven't found many apps that take advantage of it, especially where it counts. (Skype? IM?) The rear cam, however is also good, with very high quality, of what I've used. It's got a microSDHC port on the device itself, which helps to extend the storage, even though 16GB (or 32GB in my case) is more than enough for what I want the device to do. Now then, onto software.

With 3.0.1
My only other Android device I've ever owned is an LG Optimus V. I love Android because of it and it's a fine phone, but it's definitely not snappy. Things tend to lag a bit on it and while Android runs fine, it's definitely not a fluid experience. I like using it.
When I started using my Transformer right after I got it, I FELL IN LOVE with Android. I know that term is cliche, but that's just the phrase that kept coming to mind as I used it on my tablet. ("I LOVE THIS!") Everything was superfluid smooth, even the most intensive apps opened in just a second, and the home UI felt more intuitive than almost any UI I've used. It had everything going for it.

While I was concocting this post in my head, I was actually SEARCHING for negatives, just so I could actually make it interesting. The most I could fine was things like:
  • The ASUS apps (most notably MyLibrary, which I was looking forward too) almost all sucked. Not a big deal.
  • The Market had a few bugs when trying to install (sometimes it would crash the first time when trying to install, others it would only download and not install.) In any case, having to go in and click "Install" twice was annoying, but not a dealbreaker.
  • When having autocorrect turned on, you could not press backspace after the last word. You had to go before the last letter then delete all that and- it was just a weird bug, okay?
  • My Linux box could not detect it when connected via USB. (Plus their sync suite is only on Windows.) Really only means I have to use a microSDHC.
  • The microSD is very flush with the device and the spring is very strong so my microSD actually shot across the room several times.
There were other insignificant things, but those are there real things that noticably effected using the device. Other than that, it was a perfect experience, in terms of an Android tablet, I think. It pimped Honeycomb.

With 3.1
I updated mostly because of the Market crashing bug and because I figured that hopefully it would add some more nice features. (3.1 is a decent jump; I figured it might be like jumping from 2.2 to 2.3.) I was right.....but I was not expecting the whole user experience I had grown to love to go to shit. Just like it's hard to describe how amazing the experience was on 3.0.1, it's hard to describe just how terrible 3.1 fucked it up. But I'll try.
  • Everything just runs slower. ALOT slower. I click an icon to launch an application -even one that's already running, like Firefox- and it takes sometimes up to 10 seconds before it opens.
  • The Market literally -no exaggeration at all- took just as long to boot up as my desktop Mint install, from GRUB to login. That's not even powering up the device, that is launching ONE APP, not a graphically intensive one either. That is worse than Cydia.
  • Pressing the Home button takes 4 or 5 seconds at times to return you to the effing homescreen.
  • Flinging between homescreens is sometimes jerky.
  • Pressing an icon to launch an app sometimes doesn't register because the device is lagging.
  • Browsing with Firefox is extremely slow and painful. No, this is not Firefox's fault, because it ran perfectly and fluidly on 3.0.1. Now, if I want to swipe and see what tabs are open, my entire device freezes for a second.
  • Even staying on the same page in Firefox, scrolling will frequently freeze.
  • 1080p video -which was once near fluid- is now jerky and unwatchable.
  • Local non-HD video even lags at points.
It's not like the update didn't fix some things; like it improved the Market app by fixing the crashes and making it where going back brings you to the same place in the search that you were at before. It added nice little arrows on the WiFi icon for upload and download. It tweaked the box for setting a wallpaper to account for both portrait and landscape. It even added a kickass app called "Movie Studio" for recording and editing videos.
All of these things are awesome and welcome, but they are NOT worth completely ruining how the device runs. I will gladly put up with 100 tiny insignificant tweaks that I'd like for an otherwise perfect experience.

I feel very pissed and sad at having to write this post. I was so incredibly happy with the 3.0.1 experience, and having it so completely change with 3.1 is disheartening and maddening, not only in idealogy, but also having to use a device with many aspects that make it unusable at times.
It definitely should not be the specific hardware; the Transformer has very good specs on the market right now, right up there with the other Honeycomb tablets. I have considered the possibility that it is specific to my device, but I don't think it's very likely. I've also considered just trying to restore back to factory settings, but I really hate the idea of losing all my apps and preferences and having to build them back up. But if I get pissed off at 3.1 enough, I might just have to.

Right now, I'm just hoping that the next update will make it all better. It's a longshot, but I can dream.

I still would recommend the Transformer as a tablet; it's an awesome device....with the 3.0.1 firmware. -Bry

[UPDATE 6-21-11]
 Apologies for the lack of formatting. Apparently, not only does the mobile Blogger app not have the ability do things like bold and underline, it also does not auto-parse the new lines and turn them into HTML.

But in case you're wondering, it's getting worse and worse. I feel like if I don't revert the firmware back soon, I'm just going to end out never using this device again. THAT'S how bad it is.

[UPDATE 10-4-11]
I waited for a long time to put Ubuntu on it (natively) and in the process, I installed Prime 1.6, which fixed everything. I can now safely say that this tablet is still awesome, because obviously it was just something wrong with my update, or at least custom ROMs can perform better than stock.

...needless to say, the Ubuntu thing ended out bricking it, which is how it remained for a good month or so until school cleared out enough that I could try to fix it again. It is fixed now though. :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

A month vacation

I've been thinking about it and I really want to take a break from technology. Unfortunately, there's a better chance of pigs flying out of every hole of hell after it's been frozen over, so I'm going to try to just take a break from my desktop. With the exception of a few Steam games.

It's really not that big of a deal since I got my Transformer tablet and finally got the keyboard as well, so I can very comfortably type and surf the web. (Like I'm typing this post right now.) But I just spend too much time on the computer and internet, doing random things like sorting the funny pictures I have collected over the years, which ultimately ends out being a waste of time.

The post title is really misleading because this blog is part of my "vacation" from other things, but I'm hoping that this will help me to focus more on more productive things. That doesn't mean I'll stop posting here, especially with some scheduled posts I have coming up, but it will probably hinder it (which is a good thing). Anyway, I hope it goes well.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Video Vednesday: Real Life Mario Kart

Not to beat the Freddiew horse to death, but he has astounded me again in making another awesome video, aptly titled "Real Life Mario Kart". This guy has some serious talent.

Certainly not trying to plug Freddie, but he opened up a store on District Lines that has a few shirts about this video. Snag one if you want.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Epicly epic song 2 "Geeks in love"

Whereas "Nerdgasm" is a bit more fun, this one is actually rather sweet. It's called "Geeks in love," and it's a serenade for nerds. (Who else will sing in binary?) It's on Rock, Paper, Cynic, which is one of my favorite webcomics. I haven't really taken the time to listen to all of his music, but this one itself is awesome.

Clicking here will teleport you to his page


What I hate: Kissing Apple's Ass

First article: It’s A Good Day To Be An iPad Competitor . . . Oh Wait, It’s Not

His Quotes:
  • "Apple has released three revolutionary products in the last decade alone: iPod, iPhone and iPad."
  • "Apple showed many ways how the iPad 2 can fit into your lifestyle."
  • "It’s not just about the hardware. Apple delivers the whole experience that nobody else can."
 My Notes:
  • A decade is a very, very long time when it comes to electronics; ever heard of Moore's Law?
  • No Apple product at all fits into your lifestyle unless you believe that "Mac is a lifestyle." Apple products are designed to work with Apple products, and if you are praising Apple for that, you've just gone full retard.
  • Of course it's not about the hardware. No one person -even geeks- just sit their with their device turned off saying "Man this thing has got a nice screen/camera/processor." It's how you use the hardware.
    But at the same time, there is always a demand for nicer hardware, and to just brush it off because "OMG APPLE IS AMAZING" is stupid. It's so funny how quick Apple fanboys are to jump to how good the screen or some other feature is on certain Apple products, but when one comes out that is simply unimpressive, it becomes "Oh, I don't care about that. I never did!"

Second article: Deciding on a tablet by comparing specs? You've missed the point

His Quotes:
  • "When it comes to tablets, it's not about the specs. It's about user experience. It's about the way we use the device and how the device fits itself to the way we want to use it."
  • "Anyone who has used a netbook for light surfing, for e-mail, and for enjoying media and then tried out the iPad gets it."
  • Sure, the Xoom does better multitasking. Sure, it has lots of nifty bells and whistles, chips and ports. But chips and ports are not why people buy iPads.
  • People buy iPads because an iPad does everything the user wants it to do and more than the user expects. It does so beautifully, revolutionarily, and, dare I say it, magically.
My Notes:
  • It's true, "user experience" is the goal. But hardware does matter. Hardware limits what the "user experience" can be (as does firmware). Plus, when you are being charged more money for a device that has vastly inferior hardware, claiming that the "user experience" makes it worth it is malarkey. Especially in mobile devices where the user experience can change.
    Example: The iPhone 3GS was not meant to run iOS4, and I can attest to the fact that it runs a hell of a lot slower than iOS3. So not only are you paying more money for less hardware, you are paying that money in the hopes that Apple will not make your user experience shitty later on. Now that is true for all mobile devices nowadays, including Android; it's a risk every user has to take. But you just cannot push launch user experience as a replacement for good hardware. The two are both important, but not interchangeable.
  • Um, I'll call BS. Once again, people automatically assume that netbooks and tablets are for the exact same user market. They're not.
    Also, I love how he says "iPad" instead of "tablet." Bias much?
  • Seriously, what the hell? Why does he compare the Xoom to "why people buy iPads?" This is why everyone thinks every other tablet is an "iPad copy": instead of looking at a product on its own merits, they look at it in terms of a user that wants exactly what an iPad has. Maybe some of us do want an SD card slot. In fact, I know we do.
  • "Everything the user wants"? One word: Flash.
    Also, anyone who ever uses the word "magically" seriously when describing technology should be sent away and never allowed near any form of it again.

 I don't believe in the devil, but the people that wrote these articles pocketing the checks they inevitably received from Apple is the nearest thing in this world to selling your soul to one.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ads: People want to have their cake and eat it too

The thing about technology (mainly when it comes to computers and the internet and what have you) is that people really want things to be free. They don't want to pay to search, watch, chat, or anything, and for the most part, they get their way; most sites have at least some version of a free service, like Dropbox. The part that people fail to realize is that -believe it or not- it does cost money to do these things, so they put advertisements in their free products.

It just astounds me that people want (a) a free product with (b) no advertisements. They want to have their cake and eat it too. Actually, they want to have two cakes, eat them both, and then not give any cake to the people that gave them the cake.

Anyway, it just doesn't work that way. Sites and services want to make money; that's kind of the whole idea behind why the authors/developers do what they do. But people tend to forget that, and just focus on themselves: they don't want advertisements. How dare an ad appear on my page! So they install Adblock Plus or edit their HOSTS file or what have you, effectively blocking 99% of the ads that pay the developers of the sites they use.

Do not get me wrong, there are many times I want to block ads and I believe that it is just, like talking ads, ads on sites that are just link-baiting, and sites (particularly blogs) that have at least 5 different ads per page, and have their articles spread out over multiple pages. There are also some gray areas, like ads in Youtube videos (Come on, Google, having 3 text ads per page plus all the partnerships you have doesn't pay for it already?), but otherwise, little text ads  here and there don't bother me. No, I don't click on them, almost ever, but the fact that they are there is fine with me.

Google itself is an advertising company. They release a free web search, email, blogging platform, photo managing site, and much, much, MUCH more, and all they ask in return is that they advertise. (I'm not going to get in to Google tracking you to advertise more effectively; advertising can definitely be abused.)

On a quick side note, it's funny also how easy it is to tune advertising out on the web. It's very easy to (subconsciously) train yourself to ignore that part of the page on Google, Gmail, or Facebook. But beyond that, ads are so amazingly lame. They're like tiny little infomercials, and no one takes them seriously unless you are a fool.

One site that does advertising right is DuckDuckGo. I realize that I kind of pimp DDG alot, but I swear I mean everything I say. DDG is the first site where the ads actually catch my eye because they are more than just empty words, and the sites that advertise there seem to be strictly higher quality of anywhere else I've seen.

So on a closing note: choose either $ or ads, some sites do advertise intrusively and should be banned from the internet, and DuckDuckGo has amazing advertisements.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My Favorite Windows (XP) Programs and Why

[I've moved to Linux, but I wrote alot of this post out a while ago and I don't want it to go to waste. Keep in mind that alot of this was written while I was on XP and some of these don't really mesh well with 7]

When I started FreewareWire, I made sure to stress that I really don't like picking the "best" of freeware, because there is rarely one freeware that's perfect for everyone in every situation. But that doesn't mean I can't have favorites. What's important is that you have favorites for reasons, and if in the future those reasons ever change or become nulled, then you can find new favorites. Anyway, here we go.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

5 Types of Linux users

1. The "Superior" users
They believe that yes, using Linux does make them superior human beings, and anyone caught using Windows or anything else might as well be a monkey flinging poo. Furthermore, most of them use distros like Gentoo or Arch and also look down on any other distro, especially "kiddie" ones like Ubuntu or Mint. They talk constantly about how much how great their Linux machine is, but they could give a rat's ass if Linux ever actually grew in market share. (In fact, many of them don't want it to.) They are completely content using a niche platform and will gladly let you know that they are superior to you.
2. The "My way is best" users
Somewhat less in-your-face than Superior users, these believe that freedom is great....but their way is the best. While they claim to love the plethora of apps and distros out there, any one that diverges from their personal preference is deserving of rejection. They will criticize you if you suggest an app that they don't like or a framework or runtime or anything that does not strike their fancy. Most of the time, the extent of their argument is "This app is better than that app" or "That app sucks." Most of the time, these are power users that believe that every Linux user should also be a power user, otherwise, they should "just go back to Windows." When it is revealed that their way has a problem (whether it be with an app, a distro, or Linux as a whole), the normal response is "If you don't like it, don't use it," rather than acknowledging that a fix is required. In the end, their unspoken motto is "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion....but you're wrong."
3. The fresh converts (AKA newbs)
For what is Linux without newbs? Not that this is a bad thing at all, for everyone was once a Linux newb....except maybe Linus Torvalds. As Linux grows in popularity, more and more people are discovering Linux and trying it out. While this group itself does not necessarily contribute to the "face" of Linux, per se, it does reveal how the other groups react to users trying to adapt to a new Operating System; most of them are "If you don't like it, go back to Windows" or the even more classic "RTFM."
4. The Freedom Fighters
It's not enough that Linux is free, it has to be open source, so they forbid anyone using applications like Skype. But more than that, they believe that Microsoft is the corporate manifestation of the devil himself and that anyone that is even seen with them is damned to eternal torment, so the Mono project is not allowed. But even moreso, the Linux kernel is not allowed to have anything but 100% open source free (libre) code in it and Linus Torvalds is an evil, evil man for allowing proprietary binaries to get into the kernel. They believe that anything other than Linux or BSD is slavery, even for those that rarely use a computer. Overall, the Freedom Fighters have very high standards of what "freedom" means to them, which is acceptable, until they try to start shoving it down everyone else's throats.
5. The Rest
The quiet, well-behaved community that just enjoys using Linux as an Operating System. Some are dedicated enough to write blogs or podcasts about Linux and others merely use it on their computer day to day, but in the end they all want it to genuinely feel like a Linux community.They know that Linux has its faults, but they still want to see it get better. They like the variety of apps and distros because it means that not everyone has to like the same one, and while they might have biases or opinions toward one choice or the other, they respect the right that other users have their own biases and opinions as well. They believe that the goal of the diversity in the Linux world is not trying to see what choice is "best", but trying to motivate and force each option to be the best that it can be, all the while giving enough alternatives to make everyone happy. If the circumstances allow it, they might suggest using Linux to a family member, friend, or coworker, not in hopes that they would take money away from the big bad corporations, but instead that the other party might see an optional alternative, one that excels in many different ways. But in the end, they know that "Linux is freedom" but believe that freedom should not be forced on people.

(There are "Linux Evangelists" of all types: from the "Superior" users that go out of their way to brag about their Linux setup to the peaceful "Rest" user that casually suggests it in conversation. Each has their own agenda that they push along with Linux.)

[/bias] Leave your thoughts. Unless you disagree with me, because then you are wrong. :P

Random quote from a random person

YOU ARE NOT THE AVERAGE COMPUTER USER. And most people on planet earth will never reach your level of competence.

And so the question remains–What is the real goal here? Is it to give people freedom to go away from Microsoft and Mac? Or is it to stroke your egos as “Uber-Linux Users” and look down on the masses who would never touch VIM with a 1,000 foot pole, have no freaking clue what an IDE is for programming, and don’t really give a flying rat’s turd whether they use KDE or Gnome as long as the damn thing works?

If you want Linux to remain irretrievably niche, then fine–keep spouting off that you’d never do things the way Jeff has suggested here. But you’re not helping the goal of improving Linux use, and if that attitude stays in the community, it’s never going to be anything more than niche, because no one will have the vision to be making the right choices to take Linux where it needs to go.


Just a quote that struck my fancy while I was reading Bryan Lunduke's blog.

Also, whilst reading all of the other (negative) comments, it still confounds me that "Linux is freedom" is always thrown around, but Linux users are always a hair length away from criticizing how any choice but their own (whether it be distros or apps) is inferior.


PS - "If you ever find yourself talking to a Linux nerd, just randomly finish off a sentence with 'RICHARD STALLMAN!'" -Me

Video Vednesday: LoZ in Mario Paint Composer

I really cannot do this video justice so I'll just give the title, which so aptly sums it up: Legend of Zelda Super Epic Medley Made in Mario Paint Composer


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Video Vednesday: Rocket Jump

Freddiew does it again, taking us back to the days of yesterday...the days of the Rocket Jump. Well, me anyway. It reminds me of so many hours of getting outside maps in Halo 2. Ah, fun times. Anyway, really don't need to say more. Freddiew is still an amazing filmmaker and amazing at special effects.