Archive for the ‘Computers and Internet’ Category

Still to be convinced by linux

December 30, 2008 1 comment

I’ve had a few days to play around with my new netbook and one of the first things I’ve had to do is get used to is Linux. Acer’s version of linux installed on the One is ‘Linpus‘ a variant of Fedora and it takes some time to get to grips with when you’ve grown up with Windows. There’s plenty of similarities, but just when you think you know what you’re doing you hit another brick wall. The way linux lets you install apps direct from preinstalled ‘repositories’ is great, until you want something that isn’t there. As soon as you stray from the most simple actions you have to get into command line code. Now I like getting ‘under the bonnet’ of computer operating systems and tinker around, but why in this day and age do you need to know code just to add a desktop icon or google earth?! Come on linux it might be fun for computer geeks but you’ll never take on microsoft if you can’t make things a bit easier for the average computer user.

“Linux is more user friendly”

I’m afraid not yet. I don’t want to be spoon fed, but Linux still has some way to go until it matches the ease of use of most Microsoft products.

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Net Book Revolution

December 27, 2008 Leave a comment
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Image by Mr Ush via Flickr

This is the first post from my new Acer Aspire One netbook. I’ve only been playing around with it for a few hours but so far I’m really impressed. The screen’s great, nice a bright, and startup takes seconds. In short it’s sleek, speedy and considering the spec, really quite speedy. I went for the Linux version because of cost but it’s really intuitive to use yet still customisable enough for people like me who like to get under the bonnet.

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OS Openspace API

November 16, 2008 Leave a comment

When Ordnance Survey finally released the API for their digital maps last year the new possibilities available to developers seemed endless. Despite the fact that 1:25000 maps aren’t available (come on OS!) there are now a few sites out there that are making good use of the data.

OS OpenSource

If you just want to see what Openspace has to offer click here, where you can see a basic large ‘slippy’ map.

If you save your walking routes from your GPS, this page is great. It allows you to overlay your routes as .gpx files onto 1:50000 os maps. I hope to integrate this into my site at some point in the future when I get the time.

New year, new resolutions, new blog …

January 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Right 2008, we’ll see how long my good intentions last this year. Again I shall try and update my blog more regularly. One reason this doesn’t happen is often because of the time an inconvenience of having to log into my blog etc, hopefully with a new browser I’ve discovered this should become a little easier.

Flock is a brand new web browser based on Firefox. I’ve used firefox for a number of years now and find it greatly superior to Internet Explorer. Flock has all the best bits from Firefox plus lots of extra tools for social networking and blogging. For example this post it is being written directly from Flock itself. You can also easily blog from other sites as you surf the web, making updating your site much more sponatreous. Flock is very well intergrated into a number of social networking sites such as Facebook, allowing you to see all your friends and access most of Facebook’s options the touch of a button. It’s also great for aggregating rss feeds and viewing multimedia, so give it a try at

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Test post from ScribeFire (formerly performancing)

The first few pages of this new blog will be full of things like this with me testing out the blogging tools are previously used on my other blogs.

ScribeFire allows me to update my blog directly from Firefox, which is useful …

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Custom List: My sites

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