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Ubuntu: Next Up - Get Rid of the Menus

tcr! · Jan 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Ubuntu Wants to Replace Menus with a HUD

Current menu-driven systems, says Ubuntu, require users to read too much, even though they already know what they want to do. They are hard to use from the keyboard (unless you already know an application’s shortcuts) and “force developers to make often arbitrary choices about the menu tree.”

The HUD concept allows users to simply say what they want to do and then do it. Thanks to fuzzy matching and its ability to learn and then prioritize commands you regularly use, this approach should give advanced users an advantage over the menu system.

Who doesn’t like talking to their computer? I bet this would go over real well in the cube farms.

#linux

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My work is never done

tcr! · Jan 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Now that I’m done with sodared.com, it’s time to port the code to tcrbang.com so we can similar functionality over here.

I always got big plans.

#tcr

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Googlers Must Like to Drink

tcr! · Jan 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

What It’s Really Like to Work at Google ~ LockerGnome

Drinking? While working? While you might crack a beer on your desk at 4 p.m. on a Friday, drinking is just part of the job at Google. The software engineer even revealed that “some managers even pressure their teams to drink.” Googlers also celebrate a “TGIF” every Friday, where even more booze flows freely. During these sessions, a New York Times best-selling author might speak, or Lady Gaga might perform, with Googlers filling the cafeterias of multiple buildings to listen and watch. Other times, it’s a very casual happy hour that often lasts late into the evening — all while never leaving the cozy confines of their home away from home. Luckily for these Googlers, the Mountain View campus is now starting to serve meals on weekends. (Hangover brunch, anyone?)

Ignoring the drinking part, family is far more important than a job/career. The latter comes and goes, the former is with you for life.

#google

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SOPA ‘Under the Hood’ Examination

tcr! · Jan 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

A technical examination of SOPA and PROTECT IP (reddit blog)

As you have probably heard, there are two pieces of legislation currently pending that we, and others like us, believe seriously threaten the internet. I wanted to take some time to delve into the text of both of these bills, and outline their potential consequences as I am able to understand them. As you can imagine, this is a complex issue, and as a result this is going to be a complex post. I highly encourage you to set some time aside to read this thoroughly. Grab some caffeine, we are going to be here for a while.

As a disclaimer, I am not a lawyer, I’m a sysadmin. The following is not legal advice, but rather an outline and personal interpretation of critical portions of the legislation. If you own or operate a site that may be affected by this legislation, I suggest having your legal counsel look at these bills. If you’re a brand new startup with little to no money for legal counsel, well, best of luck to you. The internet may no longer be a friendly place.

It is a bit long but definitely worth the read.

If anything, just skip to the “In Conclusion” section.

PS: reddit has loads of good links, it’s in my top 5 favorite sites to visit.


Update:

The Oatmeal’s take on SOPA:

The Oatmeal - SOPA

Google’s take on SOPA:

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/sopa-pipa/

#internets

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You, Too, Can Design Your Own Unicorn

tcr! · Jan 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Custom Unicorn

Make your own..

Learn more about the project..

#enchantments

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keamoose keamoose · Jan 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I, too, designed my own unicorn. Here are my unicorn specs:

tcr! tcr! · Jan 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Now that's a very nice unicorn! I, too, enjoy that we can share unicorns via JSON code!

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Ken Relaxing After His Bath

tcr! · Jan 10, 2012 at 1:00 am

Ken relaxing after his bath

#photos #maggie

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Here’s the Poop of a Unicorn

tcr! · Jan 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Unicorn Poop

Unicorn Poop!

Magically Delicious! Unicorns may manage their elusiveness but they left behind some fanciful evidence of their existence and I was able to recreate their leavings.

I keep thinking it’s a cup cake with rainbow frosting.

#unicorns

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Drunk Darth Vader Gets Tasered

tcr! · Jan 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

Drunk Darth Vader Gets Tasered

BREAKING: Darth Vader Tasered and Pepper Sprayed in Florida

So, long story short, Darth Vader was minding his own business being drunk and lying down in the middle of a public road when a lowly Trooper asked him to move and then TASERED and PEPPER SPRAYED HIM.

The writer stays in touch with his inner-Empire.

#starwars

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When I’m Late

tcr! · Jan 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

When I’m late, traffic seems to move at its slowest.

And I find myself wondering, WHO’S THE F#CKIN B%TT PLUG IN FRONT HOLDING SH!T UP?

#trafficnews

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Users Are In Charge, Not You

tcr! · Jan 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

The Un-Internet

It isn’t a reflection on the moral quality of the leaders of the companies, to want to control their users. But it’s a short-term proposition at best. Either the companies learn how to take the lead from their users, or they will be sidelined. […]

The Internet always finds away around your best intentions.

#internets

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