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September 11, 2006

David Black Rails Workshop in Malmö (free)

As has already been mentioned elsewhere, Polar Rose will bring in Ruby on Rails guru David Alan Black for a free 1-day workshop in Malmö this coming Sunday, September 17.
More details including sign-up at polarrose.com/workshop. Please pass this on to anyone who might have interest.

This will hopefully be the first in a series of workshops that we will host for the community. Other ideas and workshop candidates (due to costs, preferably from Europe or here on business) are welcome.

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September 06, 2006

Gratisavis fra Information

Information blander sig lidt uventet i den store aviskrig med 15:15. Dog ikke i form af husstands- eller trafikomdelt spam, men som en PDF i A4 format.

Inden det gik op for mig at der var tale om en elektronisk distribueret nyhedsupdate var jeg nær ved at få kaffen galt i halsen. Information er en af de få aviser (sammen med Kristelig Dagblad og -- indtil videre -- Børsen) der reelt ville kunne profitere fra den nuværende stillingskrig hvor man i vigende grad kan se forskel på de Ritzau- og Reuters-nyheder som pushes af betalings- som gratisaviser, alike.
Information kørte for et par uger siden en fantastisk kampagne (kan desværre ikke finde den online) hvor budskabet rundt regnet var at når 'de andre' (gratisaviser, onlinemedier, 24-timers nyhedskanaler, mv) håndterer det brede, kan Information gå i dybden. Jeg var næsten solgt og overvejede at hoppe tilbage som abonnenent.

Nu kommer så 15:15, idag 8 A4 sider, lige nok til at underholde mig de første 15 minutter af den daglige tur hjem fra Malmö. Jeg tvivler på at jeg får taget mig sammen til at duplex printe, men hvis jeg kan hente den som et feed enclosure vil jeg bruge 10 minutter på skærmen, især når Sony får snøvlet sig sammen til at release deres E-Ink Reader.

ps. The Economist's "Who Killed the Newspaper" fra sidste uge er -- ikke uventet -- en must-read.

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September 02, 2006

Ubuntu Grief

My only grief of leaving Ubuntu will be firing up Mac OSX -- and not Ubuntu -- for O'Reilly EuroOSCON (European Open Source Convention) which I will be co-chairing later this month in Brussels. I guess I'll just have to lug along my old X31 Thinkpad, at least for the closing keynote by Ubuntu's sponsor, Mark Shuttleworth.

Apropos EuroOSCON, I've been given a 35% discount code (euos06nnd35) to hand out, so they're no excuse to miss out on the fun!

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Back to Mac

Unlike my fellow alpha geeks, I've long resisted a switch to Mac. Windows held my desktop in it's grips for way too long until I finally switched to Linux (Ubuntu) 18 months ago. The switch to Ubuntu was as much a motivated by a test to force myself to run all core applications in the browser, as it was a general displeasure with the bi-annual reinstalls of Windows. Add a dash of vanity of not wanting to become a latecomer to switching to Mac and Ubuntu was the easy (uhm, only) choice.

The first weeks with Ubuntu was a mixed pleasure with central nomad functionality like suspend/hibernate and Wi-Fi networking not working as intended, but an (automatic) kernel update and Redhat's Network Manager put a quick fix to that. However, I was admittedly still spending between 5 and 10 minutes more a day on nuisances than I was on Windows, something I was slow to admit.

The big break came last Tuesday when Ubuntu sent out an update to Xserver (the desktop GUI) which crashed the system. The fix was easy but slow to appear so I wasted a couple of painful hours trying to remedy. By late afternoon I had to dash downtown to pick up a late wedding present for a friend and nothing seemed more convenient than to stop by for a glossy black MacBook.

As everyione in sight has told me I should have done this years ago -- what a thrill! While akward at first the experience was easily comparable to programming my first HyperCard applications using HyperTalk in high school back in 1991. While 15 years have gone by Mac has finally claimed back my desktop.

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