Green Man Gaming web site experience
I wanted to buy the XCOM Enemy Unknown Pack (Update: sorry, the link is dead), but this was a major pain:
The Tomorrow Girl and Other Stories
Aaron Diaz's art is hypnotizing, and the stories awesome (also in the overwhelming sense). It is the best kind of hodge-podge with stone-age anti-intellectualism satire, trans-humanism drama, weird daydreams, unresolved mysteries and more.
A superior Linux experience with Awesome
Awesome actually lives up to its name. Short and sweet, here's why you should try it:
Quit social job sites
I just quit two social job sites, and I don't expect I'll start using another one. After several years' membership I find that my occasional hillbilly-style urge to peek through the work-life curtains of acquaintances is not outweighed by the cons:
Ubuntu getting unreadier and unreadier for the desktop
I'm pretty sure that isn't a word, but anyway. Since upgrading to 13.04 yesterday, I've found the following bugs:
last.fm to Spotify migration
When last.fm announced on 2012-12-13 that they were pulling out of Switzerland in mid-January, I requested a refund (Update: sorry, the link is dead) (unsuccessfully so far) and started looking around for an alternative immediately. Spotify seems to fit the bill nicely, and barring any glaring privacy or stability issues it's probably worth a threefold price increase.
15 ways to attract blog readers
Spyware in Ubuntu!
Although Richard Stallman's tone is often too confrontational and absolute, this time it's rather shocking news: According to him, in some versions of Ubuntu, any file searches you do are sent to Canonical, and from there to Amazon, to customize ads (like Google does with email). The details are few, such as which search interface we're talking about, which versions of Ubuntu are affected, and how to actually turn this off (I looked in what I thought were likely places in the System Settings app of Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS without any luck), but if this has actually reached mainline releases it's bye, bye Ubuntu! Sending user information to somewhere which doesn't provide a service which that user has requested is wrong, and sending it to a third party is just despicable.
Review: Liars and Outliers by Bruce Schneier
tl;dr An enormously important book about understanding and optimizing security in the 21st century.
Ubuntu Unity 3D first impressions
Today, for the first time ever, one of my computers was able to start Ubuntu Unity "standard." I guess it had to happen sometime - I only had to try 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04, with open source and AMD proprietary drivers, on four different computers before the magic happened and I actually got a functional desktop (that is, not just garbage graphics, crashes back to the login screen or a crash so bad even the Magic SysRq key sequence didn't work). I've no idea what they just updated to fix it, but let's see what's in the box...