Submitted by nlippincott on 5 May 2013 - 1:11pm
With Unity having replaced GNOME as the default user interface for Ubuntu nearly two years ago, I continue to read articles and posts debating the usability of this new user interface. Many long-time Linux users dislike the new interface, and the debate over its usability verses GNOME continues. I have been using Unity since it has appeared in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, its first appearance in an Ubuntu long-term-support release. I like the interface, I have made the switch, and I haven't looked back. I previously wrote about how I think Unity gets it right.
Submitted by nlippincott on 23 November 2012 - 6:22am
I use a vehicle GPS whenever I travel for any distance, whether I know how to get there or not. In addition to providing navigational directions, it give me lots of data including estimated time of arrival, distance to the next turn, distance and time remaining, current speed, and an on-screen map. It is an amazing little piece of technology that combines use of radio signals, precise timing, and trigonometry. I have a TomTom brand GPS and am extremely satisfied with it.
Submitted by nlippincott on 15 October 2012 - 12:00pm
I have had a Discover Card account for several years. I recently received an e-mail from Discover saying that there has been an important change to the terms and conditions of my account, and that I should log into my online Discover account to read the changes. I tend to be vary careful about reading the terms and conditions for the various services that I use, however, I find that most computer users routinely ignore them. I read the terms and conditions that accompany the new customer agreement, and I found something I felt was quite disturbing.
Submitted by nlippincott on 24 July 2012 - 7:57am
On my personally owned computing equipment, I have one one Windows partition installed; on my laptop (about which I have previously written), which dual boots with Ubuntu. When it comes to my personal computing needs, I use that Windows partition for maintaining a few specific devices for which no Linux-based maintenance software exists, namely my TomTom GPS, iPhone and iPod, and Logitech Harmony remote control.
Submitted by nlippincott on 26 June 2012 - 1:56pm
I tend to hang on to hardware for a long time. My laptop, for instance, is going on probably 7 or 8 years old. It has been two months now since the latest Ubuntu version, 12.04 LTS, a.k.a. Precise Pangolin, has been released. I have been routinely upgrading (re-installing, actually) to the new Ubuntu release once a year, with each ".04" release. I like to do a fresh, clean install rather than upgrading; it gives me a chance to "clean house".
Submitted by nlippincott on 4 June 2012 - 9:41am
I have been a subscriber of Sirius XM (formerly Sirius Satellite Radio) for about five years. Sirius XM also offers their content via Internet subscriptions, where you can tune in on your computer, iPhone, Android device, and specifically-designed Internet radios. I have two satellite receivers on my account; one for the car and one in a home dock. The Internet service was previously offered for "free" (i.e. included with your paid satellite subscription), but now requires an additional charge.
Submitted by nlippincott on 7 May 2012 - 7:38am
Every so often, a computer comes my way that is suffering from "Broken Windows"; a perfectly good piece of hardware that is rendered useless by virtue of catastrophic software problems within the Windows operating system. It's a shame, really. I have see perfectly good computers thrown in the trash just because Windows doesn't work any more. Of course, there are Windows recovery tools (e.g. restore points) to revert the system to previous configurations, which may or may not get the system working again.
Submitted by nlippincott on 23 March 2012 - 5:59am
Next in building my site from the ground up, I'll add the administration overlay. This is provided by default in the standard Drupal installation, but is available only to administrators. The administrative overlay is nice, and makes working with content a much nicer experience. So, I want my editor to be able to use this interface as well.
Submitted by nlippincott on 19 March 2012 - 9:19am
In this third installment, I'm going to add a user to my site. This user is responsible for the content of the site. The user should be able to create content (articles and pages), hook pages into the menu system, manage the publishing settings, and delete content. This is not something that is provided in the standard Drupal installation. But for my purposes, this is something I need very often for sites I build. The user should not have access to the administration functions; that's my job.
Submitted by nlippincott on 11 March 2012 - 8:49am
For the second instalment in this series, we'll add three features to our minimal site that are normally included in the standard site installation; a main menu, a "Basic Page" content type, and a "Filtered HTML" text format.