I want one!
a dual-core 1.2-GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU (same as in the Galaxy S II), 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a microSD card slot for memory."
for it to be useful. It is unclear how this works when plugged into another PC, but that’s what the article implies – sorta like a virtual machine running inside another OS.
Walk into an internet cafe in China and plug this in. Flash the firmware when you get back home and you don’t have to worry about anything being added to the system at customs.
Read an article over at LH earlier this week that convinced me to buy some more backup storage before the price hikes rippled through the external storage market like they already had for the internal HDD market. What? you ask? The price for internal drives has change from $65 to $129 for a slow 1.5TB 3.5" disk since the flooding in Thailand. Some of the non-tech specific retailers haven’t changed their prices to reflect the coming HDD shortage, so getting some storage to fill your needs for the next 6-12 months might be a good idea.
- Stable / Works Every Time
- Different Storage Media
- Offsite / Remote
- Restore Tested
When you are looking for a total backup solution, those are the things you want from it.
There are many different levels of “learning linux”, just like there are many different levels in “learning” any OS. My Mom has been a Linux user for over a year now. I don’t recall there being any “learning curve” for her. She told me that last time I visited that it was easier than WinXP for her. She’s running Lubuntu, though she doesn’t know or care about that.
I haven’t read the new version yet, but have dropped it onto my tablet for those times when stuck waiting someplace. It should be considered alpha, so expect typos at this point. Read it for the ideas, not to copy/paste code.
Perl Dancer WebApp Framework
If you would like to use a really solid, web-app creation, perl module, I can completely recommend Perl Dancer. Wrote a little server a few months ago and it has been running non-stop without issues all this time. It makes the simple things trivial and … well, I’ve only done simple things so far. ;) That entire app (including the DBIx backend) is only 350 lines of code. Modern Perl rocks.
Today I needed to reboot my main desktop to prevent a stupid setup of processes from running. I'm working on a presentation about a backup tool and had kicked off a snapshot. A large number of processes were running, so rather than hunt them all down, I decided that a reboot would be the easiest answer. I don't reboot this desktop very often – perhaps once a month – so changes made last week or earlier don't always sit in my mind as being all that important, especially changes made to a daemon used for authentication to other systems. Should something like that really prevent a local GDM-based login from working? Before 30 minutes ago, I didn't think so.
In Windows Media Center, 7MC, and probably earlier versions, you can change the filenames created for recorded TV shows to be something more useful. This may not be new information to you, but it was to me.
Sorry for delving off F/LOSS topics again.
So I was reading a blog over at ZDNet about why some guy had decided to switch back to Windows from Linux for his server. He says he was ranting, so I'll cut him a little slack. I'm certain the David is a smart guy. I'm not certain he is very smart when it comes to UNIX/Linux administration. He seems to have expected that MS-Windows administration skills transfer 1-for-1 to Linux. They do not. Improper expectations.
For the last 5 yrs or so, I've been using a group of tools to process TV recordings to remove commercials and then convert them from MPEG into something more efficient for storage. Complicated scripts were used to feed the inputs and outputs between the different tools; going from the recorded format – mpeg2 – comskip – cutter – transcoder – closed caption dumper – container. A $46 upgrade to one of the existing tools has changed most of that. The best part is that subtitles and closed captions aren't harmed and the audio track to be included in the output file can be selected. WTVConverter.exe doesn't let us select the audio track. Usually, that isn't a problem, but sometimes it really is.