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I’m Falling In Love With An Android…Phone

an android with love in its eyes

A few weeks ago, something happened to me that makes geeks the world over scream with happiness: my cell phone contract had reached its end with my previous carrier.  To normal folk, this might not seem like that exciting of an occasion, but to the geek species, this is almost like having a second birthday.

Suddenly faced with a decision that will once again lock me into 2 years of ridiculous fees, unchanging phone hardware and the prospect that I would have to use yet another phone that I would not enjoy, I decided to shop around instead of going with the only local carrier with decent coverage here in my area.

I said goodbye to US Cellular, and went out into the world to find a carrier/phone combo that met my needs.  Each one of the providers had a major flaw, but I decided I had to look past that flaw in order to find a device that was exactly what I needed.

So, Sprint became the clear choice, regardless of the fact that they do not have a retail store in our area.  Now to decide which phone I wanted to use.


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Resistance and Creativity

This may be an unorganized mess of a post, so please stick in there.

It has been a long time (far too long) since I last updated the blog. I have been getting a steady stream of hits to some of the relevant posts here on Worthless Genius, but truthfully, everything has been a bit stale.

I’ve updated the theme here, to make it look a little nicer, and a bit more modern, but that’s just about all the work that I’ve put into the blog lately.

The lack of update could be due to a large number of unrelated circumstances, or it could simply be that I’ve been lazy lately. So, I just want to touch on a few ideas that have been circling around in my head for the past month, with a brief explanation.
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Software Spotlight: RadicalCodex

RadicalCodex 1.0

RadicalCodex 1.0

There has been a lot of controversy lately about the viability of commercial, closed source applications running on Linux as a platform. The purists believe that all closed source applications are inherently evil, and should not be allowed to run on Linux, as it spoils the world of freedom. The other side of the coin are the people thinking about the future of Linux as a viable platform for even our grandparents to use.

I subscribe to the latter point of view. I’d like to point out one amazingly awesome piece of closed source commercial software for Linux.

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Software Spotlight: Synergy

I wanted to change things up a bit from the droll rants and incoherent ramblings. Today, I’d like to spotlight a program that I use on a daily basis, and kind of “share the love” with anyone wanting to streamline their computer use.

Synergy
The Synergy Project is a software component that provides KVM functionality through a server-client software product.

Do you have multiple computers that you use constantly, and have a whole bunch of keyboards and mice laying around your workspace? No need to buy expensive KVM hardware, just download and install the Synergy software to your PCs, regardless of platform.

Not only can you share one keyboard and mouse across multiple computers, the clipboard is constantly shared across the setup, allowing you to easily move text and URLs from one machine to the other.

The Setup Process
Using the plain server/client setup, things can be a little hard to handle on the OS X/Linux side. With the Windows version, there is a nice GUI application for configuring both the server and the client.

With the OS X and Linux versions, configuration must be done through the configuration files, which use a fairly cryptic format.

Well, not to worry, there are GUI tools out there. On OS X, I use Mac OS X Synergy Configurator. With Linux, I find that the QuickSynergy program works wonders.

My Setup
I use two computers on a regular basis. I have a G4 iBook that sits next to the monitors for my desktop PC which dual-boots Ubuntu and Windows XP, which runs the Synergy Server.

Using the GUI tools, it couldn’t be easier to get things up and running.

I use this software the entire time I sit in front of my computer setup, and it couldn’t work better. This software has allowed me to successfully unclutter my workspace, with only one keyboard and mouse across the platform.

So, go, download the software and get started right away.