April 2006


Via Neil Gaiman. A visit back to the happy days of the 70's, where sensitive health issues were always handled with a smile and a song

Found on Launchpad, as a bug filed against Ubuntu Dapper…the bug titled “Microsoft Has A Majority Share”:

Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace. This is a bug, which Ubuntu is designed to fix.

Microsoft has a majority market share | Non-free software is holding back innovation in the IT industry, restricting access to IT to a small part of the world’s population and limiting the ability of software developers to reach their full potential, globally. This bug is widely evident in the PC industry.
Steps to repeat:
1. Visit a local PC store.
What happens:
2. Observe that a majority of PC’s for sale have non-free software pre-installed
3. Observe very few PC’s with Ubuntu and free software pre-installed
What should happen:
1. A majority of the PC’s for sale should include only free software like Ubuntu
2. Ubuntu should be marketed in in a way such that it’s amazing features and benefits would be apparent and known by all.
3. The system shall become more and more user friendly as time passes.

Amen.

Singing, dancing sheep in a top hat warns of the dangers of the Internet. It’s already damaged my mind…go ahead, you know you want to.

And today’s gold star goes to David, for catching th’ Zippy reference in th’ last post…

Listening to the sound of the repairman putting the finishing touches on the tile in the shower…for those of you who are counting, this will be the first day our shower has been working since Friday (I know, I know…but I did steal a shower at the hotel when my parents came to visit, so it’s not quite that foul). The landlord’s son is also crawling around on the fire escape, but I’m not sure what that’s about…

Not a whole lot to report…looking forward to tomorrow’s scheduled release of the Ubuntu Dapper beta (especially since espresso has now been fixed on powerpc, and hopefully will not leave me with a mangled bootloader this time!) and doing some banging on the OpenSUSE 10.1 RC…also may try and build a 2.6.17 kernel this week, and see if the wireless driver situation has improved at all. Couldn’t get a working kernel out of -rc1, but I see that -rc2 is out. *fingers crossed*

The show is progressing nicely, and the goal of having everything blocked/taught by this weekend seems to be reachable. Not that it’s not going to be a push, but if I can make tonight work like it needs to (read: 2 1/2 hours of music rehearsal in 1 hour), life will be good.

I hear the sound of tile being packed up, which means shower time is nearing…so to the shower, to the grocery store, and to rehearsal! More soon…

Went to the park yesterday with the intention of writing new lyrics. Oddly enough, this came instead:

April, waiting for the green

Tuesday, and there’s a riot brewing –
Every which way but up,
the green is coming in.

In over sidewalks, in over streets –
Over hollow, homebound tunnels,
streetlights, somedays covered in.

Colors coming out in sunshine,
Smiles and sundresses greet today.

On the outside, stone and glass rise
Pushing forward, pulling outside
asking, wanting, needing
more than self
and less than whole,

But it is April, and the robin and I
Are waiting for the green to come.

-steve przybylski, 4:59 pm 4/11/06 – sheep meadow, central park

Scott Kurtz, of the excellent webcomic PvP, has the final word on convergence.

(Actually, the previous day’s strip nails the ancient Mac/Windows conflict quite brilliantly, but does not include a panda, angry or otherwise. Which, as we all know, makes it automatically inferior.)

It’s kind of a hack at the moment, but Vista has been installed on an iMac.

I know that it’s best to wait ’till next year, get a nice 64-bit Core Duo MacBook Pro (anyone else hate that name?), and have a computer that will last me the next 2-3 years (until I burn it out)…but man, I want to be one of the people playing with Boot Camp/Parallels/XOM!

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