After spending a week with my Kicstarter backed Ouya, I must say, it’s still in beta mode. I’m keeping in mind it’s a $99 console, but honestly, I didn’t want to have to do that. I don’t want to make excuses for the device just because it didn’t set me back $400.
I let my Son-in-law who is a very avid gamer take it for spin this past weekend, and he wasn’t impressed. His first surprise was how cheap-ish the controller felt. Compared to an Xbox controller, he has a point. Second, we tried to play a few games, but they wouldn’t load, and we tried to download a few games, but the download speed was so slow that it took an hour to download one game. Again, not impressed.
I’m not calling this device a failure, far from it. I know that it will get better over time. But I certainly thought the software part of the system would be a lot more solid than it is.
Here is the PDF of the presentation on GitHub.
The following is a list of plug-ins that we discussed during the presentation. All links are valid as of this post but not be in the future.
Web hosting with BlueHost (*affiliate link)
Analytics – Clicky or Google
Cache – W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache
Backup – BackWPup or VaultPress
My daughter brought me her HP laptop that was running Windows Vista, but now won’t boot. Like many users, she had years worth of data and no backup. All she wants are the photos and a few assorted documents. After trying various hard drive utilities, with no luck, I decided to try and create a bootable Ubuntu (Linux) USB stick. I know from past experience that booting Linux on a USB stick should get us by Windows but still allow us to get files off the hard drive.
Following these directions (I am using a Mac, but there are options for Windows too), I was able to create a bootable version of Ubuntu 12.10. Rebooting the laptop with the USB stick plugged in, I was able to boot to the USB stick, and start up Ubuntu. And like some kind of magic, the Ubuntu Desktop appeared. Bringing up the File Manager tool, and finding the folder where the photos and documents are located, I was able to download all 20GB worth of files to another USB hard drive I had plugged into the laptop.
Now we can rebuild the system using Windows Vista (because the system was built specifically for Vista, mainly because there aren’t any Windows XP/7/8 drivers for the video/network/sound cards.
I might be able to make Windows 7 work, but it will be a stretch. I may just install Ubuntu 12.10 on the laptop and call it good. She’ll have a system that is easy to use and will give her fewer problems. I guess it also means I’ll have to do a little training.
People are lining up to be one of the first inside the new Microsoft retail store in Citycreek, downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Here are a few pics.
I just finished a ninety day fitness challenge with some folks, including Alex Lawrence. We have been using a Facebook group and Twitter under the hash #tmfit, to track our progress and as a form of accountability. Most of us tracked our calories with MyFitnessPal. This tool also let’s you track exercise, and you can share with your friends.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be as open about my weight loss as I would need to be. I have a considerable amount of weight to lose, and will take quite a while to reach my end goal.
Speaking of goals, in the past 90 days, I managed to work out at least 5 days a week, some weeks more. I reduced my calories to 2000a day or less before taking workouts into account. I managed to reach my original goal of losing 20 pounds between January and March. Mission accomplished. I lost a total of 33 pounds.
I’d love to connect on MyFitnessPal, its great for tracking and accountability.
The next 90 days are going to be interesting. As we move into spring and summer, I’m hoping to move my exercise out doors. For me that means billing, riding a bike, and camping. So here’s are my goals for the next 90 days:
1. Workout at least 5 times a week, more if possible.
2. Add 2 days of weight training, and at least 4 days of cardio.
3. Continue to eat less than 2000 calories.
4. Reduce my sugar intake. This will be hard to measure but I’m mostly trying to build awareness.
5. Go hiking add many times as I can.
6. Get a road bike. I have a mountain bike but I really need a road bike.
7. Go camping at least once before the end of June.
8. And finally, drink more water, a lot more water.
That’s it for now. I’m stepping up my public accountability her on the website. Also going to try and take more pictures of my progress. I’ll also share my activity from MyFitnessPal.
Here is a pick from day 1 and about day 90.
Would you use Flipboard to curate your own magazine? I think its kind of a cool idea. I’m not sure I would spend a lot of time building a magazine product, but I’m sure many will be using it to promote their content. Flipboard: Now You Can Publish Your Own “Magazine” http://readwrite.com/2013/03/26/flipboard-expands-platform-enables-users-to-create-their-own-magazines
Lead image downloaded from the ReadWriteWeb article. It’s not used with permission,
A feature of the iPhone that is very annoying is the low megapixel rear facing camera. For the longest time I wondered why can’t Apple fit a really nice 13MP camera in the iPhone. And they could. But maybe it’s not about megapixels any more. I ran across this from HTC today, http://www.htc.com/www/zoe/, the Ultra Pixel Camera, which will appear in the new HTC One. The company claims a 300% performance increase over a 13 megapixel camera. I’m not really sure what that means, but the specs talk about “advanced CMOS Sensor, ISP, and optical lens system that captures significantly more light than most 8 or 13 megapixel cameras.”
I know most people are used to measuring a cameras value by the number of megapixels (I am/was one of those people). However, of the picture quality can be improved digitally, then I guess I don’t care what the megapixels are, only that it produces a very high quality true image.
This Verge review of the HTC One kinda puts the Ultra Pixel camera to the test and didn’t care much for it.
I was watching the video in this post and at time index 3:03, Mark Zuckerberg says “Our policy is to literally hire as many talented engineers as we can find.” Zuckerberg goes on to say their system limits are in part due to lack of resources to help the build what their products. Sounds like a good problem to have. He mentions lack of training as a reason they aren’t able to find enough engineers. And I’ll give him that, many of our schools aren’t teaching the critical skills people need to build the technology of the future. I can attest to this first hand after a recent semester in college, the technology classes are outdated or not relevant.
I didn’t want this to turn into a rant about education, but the bottom line is, Colleges and Universities need to be as forward thinking as companies need to be. It’s not good enough to spend $100K on a degree and have to start with little or no knowledge of the tech field.
In this same video, Will.i.am talks about how our world runs on technology yet very few of us know how to code to make things work. I agree. Even a basic understanding of computer code can be valuable. And there are plenty of online learning tools.
I’m not really looking for a job, and despite what personal feelings you may have about Facebook, I have my own, working for this company as an engineer would be very cool. So Facebook, let’s talk! Here is my LinkedIn profile.
If you want to be like the big kids these days, it might make sense to spend some time learning how to code.
What most schools don’t teach.
Photo found here
I found this Tweet today, and it really resonated with me.