Like last week, these are some interesting posts I found around the web, along with some commentary from me.
things I don’t have that many do — Lists like these always make me reconsider whether I really need certain things in my life. Of course, I have most of the items listed, but I had this in mind when I got my hair cut shorter recently, and when considering other purchases. I worry a little about Leo not having health insurance, though.
Should I Upgrade to Ubuntu 13.04? — Yes, they could have added more features, but I’m happy they focused on fit and finish. It’s noticeably faster, even running on a USB stick, so I’m considering upgrading from 12.04 LTS.
Can I Get DRM-Free Movies and TV Shows Without Pirating? — Pretty much sums up the state of things. I’m still unhappy about a TV season I bought in iTunes; I’m avoiding purchase of digital video unless they’re free from DRM, and you should consider doing the same. Rental is an okay option (e.g. Netflix, etc), but doesn’t seem like the end of the conversation.
These are some interesting posts I found around the web this week, along with some commentary from me. You can check out last week’s roundup too. :)
Four-part series shares story of Guitar Hero's Iowa roots — I had always been curious about Budcat, especially as an Iowa City company that made something so recognizable. Sad that it ended without warning, but I’m hopeful for what the former team members have made since then, especially the Ouya game.
It just works: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Linux Ultrabook review — I’m happy to hear Dell is being a good member of the open source community; I had chosen System 76 instead because of what I had heard aobut Dell in the past. I’d really like to see Ubuntu catch on as a desktop for developers, and it’s great to see this as a realistic, well supported option. If only the hardware could be configured (maybe 4GB RAM instead of 8?).
Lilbits (4-17-2013): Old computers never go out of style — Too many people throw out old computers, rather than repurposing them. Although many of these are ancient by many people’s standards, I think it’s worth remembering that you don’t need the fastest machine on the block to do useful work.
the future of advertising – One of Leo’s first posts in a while. I can certainly agree with his perspective, but so many people have become so used to pervasive advertising in return for free goods or services that going the opposite direction is an uphill battle…
Alienware Joins the Ubuntu OEM Family – Clearly, it’s a good thing that Steam for Linux was released. It’s exciting to see major vendors picking up Ubuntu, although it has quite a ways to go before becoming mainstream.
Your Degree Isn’t a Ticket to a Career – I know this is especially true for software engineering. You always need to be constantly improving and pushing yourself to become better at your craft (including networking with others in your field).
Buy Your Groceries Sensibly – A reminder that Trent (the author) lives in Iowa too. Fareway and Aldi are always great baselines (I tend to prefer Fareway, as they’re based in Iowa)… however when you need more than staples, you sometimes need to shop elsewhere (your local food co-op isn’t a bad place to start, if you know their sales).