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  • 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 (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...

  • stackexchange.com abbreviation

    Wouldn't it be nice if there was a short form for stackexchange.com? Like sexchange.com or simply sex.com? Imagine trying to convince the sysadmin that you really need access to security.sex.com...

  • HDMI audio output hell

    This is a gigantic PITA. I can't believe some people still think proprietary software has good support for proprietary hardware - Even with a relatively simple setup like this, many hours of searching forums, installing and reinstalling drivers, fiddling with the BIOS and sound settings still hasn't produced any sound.