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Stephen Webb & team have lead an effort to bring Unity 8 to Ubuntu 14.04, which was done in parallel of other great work the team has landed for Ubuntu 14.04, e.g. locally integrated menus, hiDPI support and Mir support in SDL. Just in time for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS the team has landed more improvements to make […]

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Prakash Advani

Mozilla Thunderbird is one of the most powerful email clients. However I used to find that it used to keep the active window open while sending emails. This was a bit irritating specially if the email has large attachments.

On searching for background send, I found that the feature exists but doesn’t show up in the preference. You need to enable it.

After enabling it, it works very well. The only thing you need to be careful is not to send an email and immediately close your email client or shut down your PC. What happens is that email will not go as it take a few minutes (depending on the size of the email) for the email to go. The good part is that the email don’t disappear, they still in the Outbox.  It will try to re-send the next time you start Thunderbird, but there is no way for you to know if its gone or not, unless you check.

Read more: http://woikr.com/howto/send-emails-in-background-in-thunderbird-tips/

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Prakash Advani

 Google is currently in the best position to challenge Amazon because they have the engineering culture and technical abilities to release some really innovative features. IBM has bought into some excellent infrastructure at Softlayer but still has to prove its cloud engineering capabilities.

Amazon has set the standard for how we expect cloud infrastructure to behave, but Google doesn’t conform to these standards in some surprising ways. So, if you’re looking at Google Cloud, here are some things you need to be aware of.

Read More: http://gigaom.com/2014/03/02/5-things-you-probably-dont-know-about-google-cloud/

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Prakash Advani

Outernet will provide Free WiFi, across the globe. Will be accessible in all areas, including the difficult terrains and will bypass all the Censorships and Firewalls of different countries.

Developers say they are less than a year away from deploying prototype satellites that could someday soon broadcast free and universal internet all over the globe from high in orbit.

The “Outernet” project being bankrolled by the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) of New York is currently in the midst of conducting technical assessment of the project, but say by June they hope to develop test satellite in order to see how long-range WiFi would work if beamed down by a tiny 10x10x10-centimeter payload called a CubeSat.

Read More: http://rt.com/usa/outernet-cubesat-free-internet-153/

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facundo

Ma, cosa facciamo?


En otras palabras, ¿qué ando haciendo? Como verán, escribiendo poco en el blog, :p

En parte la culpa la tiene que en el laburo hay mucho ídem (la semana que viene es el Mobile World Congress y estuvimos terminando unas cositas de lujo que se usan desde el Ubuntu Phone). Pero no sólo laburo es el tema... estoy empujando varios proyectos en paralelo, y la familia estuvo de vacaciones.

Bah, no toda la familia, Moni empezó a trabajar a principios de Febrero, Felu está en casa todo el día (al final este año no lo mandamos a colonia), y Male tuvo de vacaciones a la chica que la cuida a la mañana. Ergo, mis mañanas, durante un par de horas, eran complicadas. Esto en el trabajo lo compensaba trabajando más tiempo a la tarde, lo cual también me quitaba tiempo libre.

Male y Felu, jugando

Pero bien. Ya casi estamos en ritmo para el resto del año, así que quería contarles un poquito algunos avances en varios proyectos, que aunque no cerré ninguno como para contarlo por separado, está bueno que se vea el progreso.

Al que le metí más pata las últimas semanas es Encuentro. Más allá de algunas correcciones menores, estuve laburando para meterle un feature interesante: un nuevo backend de datos (que no voy a comentar hasta estar seguro que funca bien). Pero para eso necesitaba una biblioteca para parsear SWFs. Lo que encontré por ahí estaba roto o incompleto, y con el código muy ofuscado como para toquetearlo (no los culpo, parsear estructuras binarias es un dolor de oido, y la de SWF en particular es recontracomplicada). En fin, el tema es que necesité hacer la biblioteca yo. Y la hice, ¡muy divertido! Pero mucho trabajo. Acá está, para que la aprovechen si necesitan: Yet Another SWF Parser.

El otro proyecto de software que estuve empujando un poco es CDPedia, en dos frentes muy relacionados. Por un lado, tener un único ejecutable al que uno llame con varios parámetros y haga "todo solo" (hoy en día la generación completa de la CDPedia implica muchos pasos manuales). Por otro lado, que la generación sea en otro idioma que el castellano. Ambos frentes se juntan en la idea de tener una máquina que vaya generando sola CDPedias de distintos idiomas. Ya llegaremos.

También estuve un par de días agregándole un feature a Magicicada (que se iconice) y corrigiéndole un bug molesto (cada vez que una transferencia terminaba había un efecto feo con el porcentaje de las otras). El único detalle que le quiero agregar para que me sirva en todo lo que lo uso es tener un botón de "publicar", que me deje elegir un archivo y lo publique (linkeándolo desde el directorio de Ubuntu One si fuese necesario).

A Linkode, lo tengo abandonadazo, pero ya lo voy a retomar. Y también le estoy tratando de meter algo de tiempo a Preciosa, la aplicación de Martín para que no nos mientan con los precios y poder comprar más barato.

Para complicarme la vida, se me pinchó un disco de la compu (un Western Digital Caviar Blue de 500GB). Empezó a hacer ruidito, y podía acceder a veces sin problemas, y a veces se turulaba. Julia me dió la idea de apagarlo por software (hdparm -Y) para que no se siga deteriorando mientras obtenía el reemplazo, así que aguantó varias semanas sin problema. Finalmente compré un Seagate de 3TB, y el otro día lo reemplacé sin mayor inconveniente, pudiendo rescatar todos los datos (con el detalle, ojo al piojo, de que hay que crearle una tabla de particiones tipo GPT, porque la común que usamos toda la vida solamente sirve hasta 2TB).

Y en el medio de todo, cerrando el contrato con el hotel donde vamos a hacer el PyCamp este año. Es en Villa Giardino, como el año pasado, ¡y ya pueden anotarse! No dejen de venir, es el evento de programación más divertido y productivo del año, :)

En fin. ¿Qué ando haciendo? Mil cosas :D

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Prakash

GoGrid CEO John Keagy says if an organization wants to use a true open source database, like MongoDB, Basho’s Riak, Hadoop or Cassandra, Amazon is not the place to go.

“We want to be an open source alternative,” he says. “If you’re not worried about lock-in then use (AWS). If you’re an enterprise that wants to be able to scale indefinitely and have a flexible architecture then you should identify those needs early and embrace an open source architecture.”

Read More: http://www.computerworld.in/news/gogrid-wants-to-be-your-open-source-alternative-to-amazon’s-cloud-databases

 

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Prakash

The company has been advertising to hire an engineering director who will “lead GoDaddy’s internal infrastructure-as-a-service project by adopting and contributing to OpenStack,” according to an ad posted to LinkedIn and the OpenStack Foundation website.

The ad doesn’t offer much more detail and GoDaddy did not reply to a request for comment so it’s hard to know how extensively it plans to use OpenStack. But adopting OpenStack to run internal operations would be in line with recent comments made by the company’s CIO, who told a publication called Business Cloud News just last week that the company is planning a big internal shift to the cloud and will use open source software to execute this vision.

Read More:  http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/401451/godaddy-goes-openstack

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Prakash

PayPal has spoken publicly and regularly about its private OpenStack implementation and recently said that 20 percent of its infrastructure runs on OpenStack.

But it’s only a matter of time before PayPal starts running some of its operations on public clouds, said James Barrese, CTO of PayPal.

“We have a few small apps that aren’t financial related where we’re doing experiments on the public cloud,” he said. “We’re not using it in a way that’s a seamless hybrid because we’re a financial system and have very stringent security requirements.”

Read More: http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/400964/private-cloud-poster-child-paypal-experimenting-public-cloud

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Victor Palau

I am pleased to announced that Logviewer is now published in the Ubuntu Touch store.  The app no longer runs unconfined but uses “read_path” pointing to “/var/log/” and “/home/phablet/.cache/”. If you think there is another interested log path let me know and I will try to include it.

Also, one feature that landed by popular request is submitting a selected section of a log to pastebin , thanks to Popey for the image:

pastebin


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Victor Palau

[Ubuntu Touch] Logviewer

I have been recently doing some android development for Techfunder, one thing that I have found really useful when testing my app is using CatLog. CatLog allows you to check the app and system logs on the go. This is extremely useful when you have a crash while you are not close to your laptop.

This motivated me to look into writing a similar app for Ubuntu Touch. So here it is: LogViewer!

logslogsettingsunitylog

This app, like CatLog, is for developers and requires unconstrained running. You will need to install it manually:

  • Download click package from launchpad
  • transfer to your device and install:
  1. adb push com.ubuntu.developer.vtuson.logviewer_0.1_armhf.click /home/phablet/
  2. adb shell

  3. su phablet
  4. cd ~
  5. pkcon -p install-local com.ubuntu.developer.vtuson.logviewer_0.2_armhf.click

When you launch the app, you will get a list of .log files in /home/phablet/.cache/upstart/ , if you click on an specific log, it will be displayed in a similar manner to tail -f. You can pause the autoreading, clear the screen and copy to clipboard parts of the logs from the bottom menu.

You can also access other files, change font size of the logs and the size of the text buffered from the settings page.

You can see the code and contribute :) in launchpad:

https://launchpad.net/logviewer


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Prakash

Other countries should take a leaf from here, and not do the same mistake. Once you select a proprietary technology, you are stuck for life!

Some government decisions haunt the citizens of the country for a long time and the same is happening in South Korea right now. Thanks to a government decision made almost a decade ago, the South Koreans are stuck using Internet Explorer as their primary web browser.

All this goes back to 1990s, when Korea developed its own encryption technology, SEED, to secure e-commerce transactions. Consumers were supplied with a digital certificate, protected by a personal password, for any online transaction in order to prove their identity. For websites to be able to verify these certificates, the technology requires users to install a Microsoft ActiveX plug-in.

Imagine the irony, on one hand South Korea is supposedly one of technologically advanced countries, with the fastest Internet speeds, while on the other the citizens are forced to use a single web browser, and perhaps the worst one at that, when there are so many alternatives available.

Read More: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/how-south-korea-became-slave-to-microsoft-internet-explorer-223429

 

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facundo

Cada cosa en su lugar


Esta es una frase de Anthony Bourdain en uno de sus programas de No Reservations.

Mise en place: it's my religion, a fundamental principle, the Tao of cooking. It's the practice of setting up your personal station, having all your components ready, the amounts you need and where you want them, and all your favorite tools to grab at a moment's notice, without the burden of delay or thought.

Traducido libremente por mí, es:

Poner en lugar: es mi religión, un principio fundamental, el Tao de la cocina. Es la práctica de armar tu estación personal, teniendo todos los componentes listos, la cantidad que necesitás y donde los querés, y todas tus herramientas favoritas para usarlas al momento, sin tener que esperar y sin pensarlo.

Reconozco que aplico a diario el mismo concepto. En mi computadora, que es donde trabajo, para ser lo productivo que me gusta ser, tengo que tener un montonazo de pequeñas cosas bien ordenadas... o sea, aplicaciones instaladas y configuradas como a mí me gusta, archivos con datos donde los quiero tener, las ventanas acomodadas donde estoy acostumbrado, etc.

Por eso me cuesta tanto reinstalar el sistema operativo desde cero (lo hago cada par de años), porque me lleva un tiempo considerable el dejar "el entorno de trabajo como corresponde".

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Victor Palau

We announced today a new solution to dual boot Android and Ubuntu on the same device. Over the last few weeks I have recently blogged about a Contacts import app for Ubuntu and  Techfunder, an Android app for crowd funding projects. What I didn’t mention before is that I have been developing and testing both in the same device!

I have been dog-fooding and developing a small part of our dual boot solution for a couple weeks now.  During that time, I’ve not only been able to boot between Android and Ubuntu as a user, but also as an application developer.

Dual boot brings no compromise to the SDK experience of either operating system.  I run Ubuntu SDK with QTCreator and Android’s ADT (eclipse-based) on my 12.04 LTS laptop.  And while the SDK for Android is more mature and fully featured, I still find Ubuntu (an particularly QML) much faster to prototype apps.

Dual boot is also about making the application developers life easier and cheaper.  Having to buy extra devices for testing new apps can be a put you off. You can now develop for Ubuntu by jusr re-using your Android device.. without having to disrupt your android projects!  For example,  yesterday I was working on applications on both sides, and I was easily booting back and forward and collecting logs in each side.

I hope to see more integration in between both development environments, I think it will be particularly neat to have something like  Android Monitor tool (aka DDMS) working for both OSs.

Btw, I have just released version 2.0 of Techfunder! Including home screen widgets, search and more categories. Don’t forget to check it out:

Get it on Google Play


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facundo


Aunque estoy viendo un montón de cositas (sólo, con Felu, o toda la familia) bajadas de Encuentro, Pakapaka, Ronda, etc (con mi programa, obvio), pude ver varias películas anotadas (el viaje de ida y vuelta a Londres ayudó bastante acá :p).

  • 2 guns: +0. Violenta, pero bien armada. Si te gustan las pelis de "pistoleros", adelante, si no no tiene sentido.
  • Carancho: +0. Cruda, muy dura. La historia está bien, mostrando un submundo que desconocía, las actuaciones impecables.
  • Cool it: +1. Muy interesante película alrededor del concepto de "hay que trabajar sobre el cambio climático pero no es lo más importante, y lo que se hace no es lo mejor". Para pensar bastante.
  • Crazy, stupid, love: +0. Otra comedia romanticona, pero mostrando también interacciones complejas a nivel familia (nada del otro mundo).
  • Elektra Luxx: +0. Varias historias mezcladas, ninguna completa, pero interesantes. No es una película clásica, pero está buena. Sencilla, pero comunicativa.
  • Finding Bliss: -0. Cuenta algunas cosas piolas, pero en general es rara, y como que le falta para que valga la pena.
  • Friends with benefits: +0. Una comedia romanticona, simple, para pasar el rato, pero bien.
  • High fidelity: +0. Una historia interesante, bien contada, personajes bárbaros.
  • Internship: -0. Por momemtos divertida, pero es una de esas películas que vimos mil veces.
  • Limitless: +0. Más allá de toda la acción que es casi de relleno (pero no sobra), una interesante película sobre qué harías si pudieras utilizar mucho más de tu cerebro... y qué precio estarías dispuesto a pagar por ello.
  • Powder: +0. Una historia pequeña pero muy bien contada, donde quizás el elemento más notable es el menos importante; varios actores muy conocidos, todos están bien.
  • The Lincoln Lawyer: +1. Mezcla de peli de abogados con thriller donde no sabés quien es bueno y quien es malo, hasta que todo se desanuda. Aparte de la historia en sí, me gustaron las actuaciones, y también la fotografía.
  • The Man from Earth: +1. Difícil contar de qué va la peli sin spoilearla, pero es muy buena para pensar, razonar y ver como otra gente reacciona con esos razonamientos.
  • The lone ranger: -0. Johnny Depp casi, casi, casi salva la película. El resto, poco y nada, más que muchos tiros y explosiones naif.
  • The resident: -1. Tres actores bárbaros para una película absolutamente predecible, que no hace más que repetir lo mismo que otras mil películas del género. Un fiasco.
  • The rite: -0. Anthony Hopkins *impecable*... pero la historia en total medio pelo, aunque amagan plantear dos o tres cosas para pensar... en la suma, bleh.
  • Your highness: -0. Con este película terminé de confirmar que no me gustan las "parodias"; incluso estando bien hechas y con actores decentes. Por otro lado, Natalie Portman está espléndida, :)


Y las anotadas nuevas (no todas son películas que acaban de salir o van a estrenarse en el futuro: hay algunas recomendaciones también).


Finalmente, el conteo de pendientes por fecha:

(24-Sep-2008)   15   6
(21-Ene-2009)   18  18  12   1   1
(09-May-2009)   13  11  10   5
(15-Oct-2009)   17  16  15  14
(01-Mar-2010)   18  18  18  18  16   4
(12-Sep-2010)   19  18  18  18  18  18   9   2   1
(14-Dic-2010)   13  13  13  13  12  12  12   5   1
(13-Abr-2011)       23  23  23  23  23  23  22  17   5
(09-Ago-2011)           12  12  11  11  11  11  11  11
(06-Ene-2012)               21  21  18  17  17  17  17
(27-Jul-2012)                   15  15  15  15  15  15
(26-Nov-2012)                       12  12  11  11  11
(09-Feb-2013)                           19  19  16  15
(19-Jun-2013)                               19  18  16
(21-Sep-2013)                                   18  18
(20-Dic-2013)                                       14
Total:         113 123 121 125 117 113 118 121 125 122

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Prakash

You gotta love it when one vendor helpfully announces what another vendor’s plans. That’s what apparently happened Monday when Rackspace Chairman and co-founder Graham Weston was quoted in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO blog  saying that Salesforce.com would start running OpenStack’s open-source cloud technology.

Read More: http://gigaom.com/2013/12/17/salesforce-com-will-adopt-openstack-says-rackspace/

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Victor Palau

I have a lot of contacts in my phone… I am sure you will have more, but syncing over 500 contacts to Ubuntu phone using the command line for Syncevolution gets tedious.

So I wrote a little QML app to do the trick for you. Unfortunately, to run a system command the application has to run unconfined, so I have not yet submitted it to the store.

But if you want to install it yourself it is pretty simple:

  1. Download this file
  2. push the downloaded file to your phone, like so: adb push com.ubuntu.developer.vtuson.contactsimporter_0.9_armhf.click /home/phablet
  3. then run this to install it: adb shell “sudo -u phablet pkcon -p install-local  /home/phablet/com.ubuntu.developer.vtuson.contactsimporter_0.9_armhf.click”

You should be good to use it now, the app looks like this: (and if you want to check out the code is here)

contactsimp


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Prakash

According to a new Gartner report, around $3.9 billion will be spent on cloud services in India from 2013 through 2017, of which $1.7 billion will be spent on software-as-a-service (SaaS). The overall public cloud services market in India is also set to grow 33.6% this year to touch $404 million, an increase of $101 million from the 2012 revenue of $303 million, said the research firm.

Read More: http://www.cxotoday.com/story/india-to-spend-39-billion-on-cloud-services-by-2017/

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Prakash

Rubin began as a robot engineer at lens manufacturer Carl Zeiss and had a brief stint at Apple as a manufacturing engineer before devoting his working hours to developing computers instead. However, robotics remained a hobby, with Rubin both building his own and amassing a collection of robots from Japan. The Android operating system’s name was no accident: Rubin’s coworkers at Apple started calling him “Android” because of his love of robots, and he adopted the name for his own purposes years later.

Now, Google has allowed him to build those robots all day long. “I have a history of making my hobbies into a career,” Rubin told the Times. “This is the world’s greatest job. Being an engineer and a tinkerer, you start thinking about what you would want to build for yourself.”

Read More.

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Prakash

OpenStack, a non-profit organization promoting open source cloud computing software, wants to increase its presence in India.

The organization has formed a three -pronged strategy—launching new products and features, tapping organizations deploying cloud computing, and training the vast channel base of its alliance partners who have a strong presence in the country.

Mark Collier, COO, OpenStack, affirmed, “After the US, India and China are the most important countries for us. We will target the large organizations that are either in the process of deploying, or have a cloud computing strategy in place. And cloud computing requires a lot of business transformation because of the cultural shift and dramatic changes in processes.”

 

Read More: http://www.crn.in/news/software/2013/11/15/openstack-keen-on-indian-market

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Prakash

This was shared by my friend Sudhir Pai, found it very inspiring and thought of sharing:

What’s Most Important In My Life

Put simply, what is most important in my life is cultivating the ability to help people be happy, and to relieve them of the suffering they experience. My No. 1 aspiration in life is to leave each person I interact with at least a little bit better off than I found them.

Sometimes this means taking a lot of time to help someone. Many times it means simply making eye contact and smiling to others as they walk by.

This effort is so important to me because I have become acutely aware of how much pain I feel when I have done things that contribute to the suffering of other people, and how much joy I feel when I help someone to be happy and/or suffer less.

The ability to help people be happy and suffer less is what I call true love, which I think has three essential components: kindness, compassion, and equanimity.

- Matt Tenney

 

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-tenney/most-important-your-life_b_3920338.html

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