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Wearable what?

So,  a wearable computer, have you ever heard of those? Probably not. I mentioned those in my last post and there's still not a group for them, or anyone other mentioning them  besides me and those old TLDP-pages.

 So, Steve Mann "Invented" the modern wearable computers. I'm not talking about intelligent clothes, pdas or silly wrist-worn computers one would not catch me in public with alive. I'm talking about a small computer that is preferably running some flavour of Linux, that is always with you and always ready for input and augments, that is empowers your mind in some way.

 That's part of Mann's definition of the wearable, and I actually like it.

 When you walk around with your wearable, you shouldn't look like a geek. At least I'd like not having a backpack full of pc hardware and a helmet with a screen, however this (the right one) is something I could wear. Figuratively speaking only, because I'm not going to stuff my boards into my underwear like he did.

 So, Like I said last in my last post, I'm going to build a wearable for myself and I'm already planning it.

I'm most definitely going with a BeagleBoard as my cpu, some hacks with kopin vga microdisplay as my covert sunglasses display. I still need to decide my chorder because there is no twiddlers anymore, research how to use batteries and how to connect that displaythingy in a vga port.

I'm going for a INX like menu based user interface, mostly because I think there is no better solution for vga resolution and the wearable experience is better if there is no need for the mouse at all. It could be different if I was going for some augmented reality, but babysteps for now. Also I think it would be better for me to simplify my computer usage so I want to switch to command line for most things and only use X for stuff like Gimp and Blender.

And really, the wearable computer is a real thing, it can give you nightvision, invisible post-it notes in your office, you can have dictionaries and wikipedia always with you, code everywhere, maps and gps, to-do lists and notes, plan your interior in 3d in real life, play Quake in corridors with friends... Just see what youtube finds with "augmented reality". It's a sad thing they never took off, probably because of good displays being pricey, but it's still possible for them I think.

 

It's Time For Change: Part I

The Linux community can always be a better place.  I have always pictured the "perfect" Linux community as one that is helpful and kind to others, nonexclusive, professional (not in the sense of business formality) and free of bureaucracy.  As picturesque as that is, I have doubts to whether that will ever happen.  Too many people have attitudes that limit the community.  I cannot recount how many people have told me they want to use Linux but don't want to get around the online community.  In this series of blog posts, I plan on addressing several sticking points that are not helping the Linux community, basically a subject per part.  We're close, but we're not there yet.

The Activism Needs to End

Anyone remember the failed "BadVista" campaign the FSF ran a few years ago?  Remember the protests in the hazmat suits?  How about the protesters against the OOXML document format?  Or even the student who ran across a stage behind Bill Gates with a sign that said "FLOSS" on it?  Ever feel a little... embarassed?  I'm not saying that the people protesting are not fighting the good fight, because they are, just not in the best way.

Thankfully, the FSF seems to be changing it's tune.  It's turning to actually creating better products than the competition, rather than having a fit because the competition has a lock on the market.  The truth is that there are better ways to approach software injustice... and step one is to not blow it out of proportion.  It's just a piece of software -- remember that.

Protesting, of course, is not the only form of activism.  There's also the issue of what is said online.  Of course, I could make a 1000 volume book on the junk that happens online.  People say a lot of stupid things -- mainly because they feel free from the consequences that could be faced in the real world.  It's a shame, it's a freak show, it's the online community... not much that can be done there.  However, there are a few things that can make things better for everyone.  First, attack blogs need to go.

When I think of an attack blog, the first one that comes to mind is "Boycott Novell."  Just a few minutes on the site makes me nautious.  So many self-pointing links, angry rants (and pointless rants?...  irrational rants?), and images disparaging Microsoft, it leaves me almost embarassed to say I know of anything about Linux.  It's not that the site fights for a competitor, it's on our side.  The site just goes about it in the wrong way - primarily by demonizing a company, and even more specifically demonizing individuals.  That's not good.  It makes us look bad and very unprofessional.  I mean professional in the sense that we can stand competition, we face it with our own offerings, and we do not stoop to such low levels as attacking individuals.  Remember, it's just a piece of software!

So, instead of activism, we should keep focusing on what we do best: software! If we stick to that, how can we go wrong?  If we fall behind, it may not be because of the software, but if it really is better than the competition, people will use it.  Remember that the business world is a dirty place, and sometimes someone will sleaze by with a plan that will hold us back.  Help somebody on the forums, IRC, or mailing lists.  A little kindness goes a long way -- a lot further than any sleazy business plan because you end up with another happy user using your software, a user earned by hard work, not just paying someone off.  It is also important respect the competition, because that will give us a good reputation with end users, and possibly make things easier when working with the competition. 

I'll follow up soon with Part II.  I'm not exactly sure what topic I will hit at just yet, but the Linux community has given me a lot to work with.  ;-)

 

 

 

Good programmers have small brains!

I found this great little article about one of the most important skills required to be a great programmer. I loved this quote.

"most of programming is an attempt to compensate for the strictly limited size of our skulls. The people who are best at programming are the people who realize how small their brains are."


Its so true! Acknowledging your limited capacity will definitely make you a better programmer. Ever had that NullPointerException and instantly blamed the framework your using or the JVM? Remember a good tradesman never blames his tools.

Heres the article: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000051.html

 

Linux Distribution Chooser

Linux Distribution Chooser is thery intresting thing. I get 90% Gentoo and 90% of Slackware :)
 

Hello Everyone!

Hey Everyone! I'm Thomas. Uhh...yeah read my about me section if you want to know more about me haha.
 

U.S. Army upgrades PCs to ... Windows Vista?

A first news, what I read today, about ...

I thinked, what U.S is use on yours PC - Linux,MS and other systems. But it.s

not that.

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Enigma machines and the second world war

UK Snubs Support For Home of WWII Enigma

I usually don't post news and neither rumours, I prefer to keep this blog as geekly as possible but when I've read this article I was so disappointed and I've decided to report it as well, please follow other posts if you're interested in tech things.

I'm a retrocomputing maniac, I love old mainframes, computers and each piece of equipment that represents the latest technology (of the period), I also love history and when technology meets history you'll ever find a retrocomputing guy

Enigma was one of the key factors for Second World War (from my point of view), a device with some aura all around, a mix between technology and magic. There were exaggerating things around it, from films to strange stories but it's nice and happy to talk about it.

Since this device is one of my favorites I was angry after reading this article so I've decided to share with you. 

 The article is here:
http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/uk-snubs-support-for-home-of-wwii-enigma--939

What do you think about it ?

 

 

First Post (always wanted to say that)

Really just posting this to test out the system and to say hello. Hello.  Ok, now that that is completed I'll get down to something a little less inane.  I've been using Linux since around the time of Red Hat 4.2. A KDE user since 0.1 (on FreeBSD then)

My first Linux distribution was of all things called Alzza Linux, a Korean distro based on Red Hat, and hard as heck to install because I don't read Korean. (I was living in Korea at the time) Later, I was a hard core user of Mandrake until Gael Duval departed, and a long time "answer man" (of many) on the Mandrake Linux Experts mailing list. 

These days I can be found using Kubuntu (don't do Gnome, like XFCE, I think LXDE rocks.) Android, and Debian.  My main laptop, Netbook, Handheld (N800 and 770) and phone (G1) all use Linux.  My one concession is that my wife is on OSX.  

I've been recently given a new lease on life, or in more accurate terms, laid off, and have taken a bit of time for myself and my family, now I'm hitting the boards and look for work, nationwide.  

I plan of periodically dropping in.  Posting some "hey look what I found" and "ooh neat" type articles that I really hope will help others as much as learning how to do them helped me.  

Peace 

James

 

At first ...

Hello www.Linux.com !

With a first page of this site - I want to say - it,s good place to community and 

to find friends, who like computers, IT_technology and our Life.

Best Wishes ALL.  ;)

 

Sigh - Lost

Sigh - Lost my first blog post - ;)
 

Hello, my name is Eric

Hi, I have been using Linux since 2003.  I have taken a couple of Linux administrators courses at a local community college.  I learned from Jeremy Anderson,,,,I consider him to be the Guru of Linux. 

 

Since taking the courses, I have spent the majority of my experiences at figuring out how to use Linux on Laptops, realizing that if Linux is to become mainstream, it needs to move past the traditional desktop, but to laptop.  Which leads to issues in the proprietary drivers, and configuring wireless.  Which I have gotten fairly proficient with.  I am now finding out an issue with some of the video cards...as I have duplicate laptops...Dell 1501 Inspiron AMD 1800 and a 1900  Dual-Core laptops...one will install Fedora, Open Suse, Centos, and Mandriva...and one won't...it will only take Centos with out any major issues.

 

I have been building desktops, and I have build a laptop...really I rebuilt a laptop because of how everything is limited with laptops....

 
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