• Compiz,  News,  Open Source,  Ubuntu

    Unity and the Bicycle Shed

    I head an allegory at Scale9x from the head of the OpenShot video editing program last week that I think is pretty amusing and profound: “If you set out to build a nuclear power plant, there will be 2 people who know how the core reactor works, but everyone in the company will have a strong opinion on what color the bicycle shed at the front gate should be” Once Ubuntu repaints the bicycle shed by switching to Unity, it sure will be interesting to see the reactions from various segments of the community! Some people will hate it, some will love it, but it should shake up things for…

  • News,  Open Source,  Ubuntu

    Scale9x!

    I’ll be heading to Scale9x next weekend! SCaLe is the Southern California Linux expo, and I’m really happy to be heading there to help out with the Ubuntu booth at the expo, and to meet other Linux folks from all around the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico! We’ll have 3 or 4 people heading up from the San Diego area (like me) to help on out at the Ubuntu booth, and to meet the other California Loco team members from the LA area, and from the San Francisco area. I’m pumped to meet everyone, the fledgling San Diego community can use all the help it get! 🙂 So, come…

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    Back!

    If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been the last few months, the short answer is simply “here”: View Larger Map (also known as my school’s Electrical Engineering Building) I was working on my Senior Design Project, which was to implement an out-of-order Alpha processor using the Verilog Hardware Description Language. Put simply, me and my 3 team members made a 200MHz processor with roughly the Pentium 4 architecture for our senior design project/thesis. The class is known as a trial-by-fire introduction to hardware description languages, and we came through with good grades (and the fastest clock period in the class). Point is, I haven’t had a lot of free time…

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    Pandora Goes Pay

    The popular music streaming site Pandora radio,  has buckled under the streaming radio royalty rates imposed by law through the lobbying of the labels, and has been forced to limit the site’s usage to 40 hours a month. Users who use the service more than this will have to pay a surcharge of about $1. “Pandora One” subscribers ($36 per year) will not be affected by the limits. The notification, sent to the inboxes of current Pandora users, says that this will only affect 10% of the users. I love the service, and probably fall into that 10% category. I may just have to shell out the cash to keep…