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The Future of The Appalachian Independent

I’ve mentioned here a few times before that I am involved in a local non-profit internet-based news outlet.  My role as a Technical Intern is to assist the Senior Tech staff in implementing, securing and moving new features out for the site.

Recently, we’ve been moving ahead with some new plans, and are going to introduce some new community-based features for AppIndie in the near future.  I’d like to talk about just a few of these today.

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Geek Porn #2: The Screenshots

So, I received my Adobe CS4 Design Premium, and finally got a chance today to do the installation. After 48 minutes of exciting installation time, where I was not allowed to use Firefox, it’s finally installed, and after the jump, you can see the results. Continue reading

Comic #2 – Devices That Need Not Be Twitter Ready

Twitter Ready Device Concepts

Twitter Ready Device Concepts

Recently my friend Chuck Danner and I had a conversation about a news article featuring a Twittering washing machine, in which we discussed alternate appliances that should be Twitter ready.

My mind, the way it is, tends to take these simple everyday conversations and blow them way out of proportion, thus giving me fuel for this blog.

No armadillos were harmed in the making of this comic.

Windows 7 Beta 1 Public Release!

Product keys are available! Follow these instructions

I got a 32 and 64-bit key, just in case. Everyone still advises going elsewhere for the actual ISO, as most of the straight-from-Microsoft downloads crap out at about 350Mb. I’m happily downloading the 64-bit version currently, and will probably be able to report back on Monday about what it’s like.

I have been none-too-happy with Microsoft lately, but am willing to give Windows 7 a try. I doubt I will switch back to Windows full time, but I have never used the DirectX 10 capabilities in my video cards, so I’m excited about this release!

Also, I am working on Comic #2, inspired by my friend Chuck Danner. Stay tuned for that!

David Allen’s “Making It All Work”

I just received David Allen’s new book, Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. I’ve reviewed Getting Things Done in the past on Worthless Genius, and am eager to start reading this new book and gaining some insight into the world of productivity which seems to be foreign to me.

I have adopted a few of the principles in Getting Things Done, but have not been able to fully integrate those concepts into my daily life. I’m hoping to gain a new perspective on this, and give it a better go this time around.

Expect a review later when I finally finish reading this book.

Entertainment: Podcasts – The Linux Action Show

Linux Action Show

Linux Action Show

I wanted to touch today on a podcast that I have found immensely helpful in my search for open source bliss. The Linux Action Show is a show that has been running for a very long time. The long episode format was entertaining throughout their run of 90 episodes, and always kept me coming back for more.

As with Mysterious Universe though, all good things come to an end. Bryan and Chris will no longer be releasing episodes in a long format, although there will be a ton of new content in the future. I was seriously disappointed when I first heard the news in October, but after seeing what kind of content they can push out to a much wider audience, I have ultimately come to terms with the change.

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Project Visions: iGoverness – Part 4: Back to Basics

Part 4 of our feature on improving our education system using modern technology and the iGoverness idea comes straight from Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. If you have not read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 yet, please go back and read them so that you know the motivations for the following article.

When originally envisioning this vast project, I had the idea that I wanted to use my son as the first student for this process. He will still be going to school as a normal child would, but I would like to provide him an extra tutor for anything I can think of that he would need later in life. In effect, this would help me mature this project along with my son’s knowledge, thereby helping to flesh out the majority of the program as time goes on.

I began thinking about the timeline of the overall project, and when I would want to get started. As I was watching my 2 year old son sitting at my computer chair, engrossed in Sesame Street’s website, watching Big Bird asking him to click on the objects that start with the letter “B”, I realised that there is a lot of things we need to do before he could be able to truly navigate any interface, let alone a program that is going to help teach him for the rest of his life.

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