Awesome Projects

This is part three, in my ongoing series on the Awesome window manager. For an introduction to what Awesome is, read part one, and for some of my complaints/gripes about Awesome. This post is more a collection of "things that should be done about awesome." In a lot of ways this post brings up a number of points that aren't necessarily specific to Awesome, but rather provide a good (start) to and an idea of what people who aren't programers can contribute to open source projects.…

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Awesome Problems

This is a continuation of my earlier post on the awesome window manager read there for the background. I'm going to focus on some of the challenges that I've had trying to use Awesome. Applications made for Awesome The truth is that most (linux) applications work pretty well with awesome, so linux users won't need to find new programs. GNOME and KDE apps all work fine. Having said that there are some applications which are more suited to the "Awesome" environment.…

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iPod Touch #2/Phone

So despite being a huge geek and pretty technically savvy, I'm not much of a gadget person. I have a cellphone--but who doesn't these days, and mine's 3 years old and seems to only barely have an address book--and an iPod, but it's old reliable and not sexy. The iPod touch that I got as part of a promotion when I got my new computer sits unused most of the time.…

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Awesome Thoughts

I've been meaning to write a post about awesome for some time now, but I always seem to have a problem figuring out how to approach awesome. In part because I feel like an utter newbie, and in part because it presents such a radically different way of thinking about computer interaction that I don't really have a good way of explaining it or my issue. Not only does this make it difficult for me to figure out what I need to do, but it' makes it difficult to contribute to the project by working on the wiki (which I think needs to be done.…

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Linux Update

So I, um, bought a computer last Friday. People who followed the lead up to the purchase of my current computer--which took six months, or a year depending on who you ask--will be surprised that this happened so quickly. For a while now I've wanted to have a computer that would be able to always be on so that I could download big files when I needed to without needing to fuss with making sure that my laptop could be on all night, or similar such concerns.…

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Calendar-ing

I remember once in high school (lets call this 2003/04) I bought an 8.5x11 paper calendar. This was after the age of PDAs (indeed I think I had a PDA at that point), and damned if it wasn't the best calendaring experience I'd ever had. I kept track of things, I knew what was going on beyond the obvious, it was pretty good. Other than that, I've not really (until now) used a calendar in my day to day work.…

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Why Are we Still Using Passwords?

So, I was tooling around the internet (it's my job!) and I came across yet another website that wanted me to "create an account" in order to do something that I wanted to do. And so I did. I mean, this is what we all do on the internet, right? And then it struck me--a bit late--that this was patently absurd. It's already a little odd/annoying that seemingly every website on the internet forces us to create and manage a new account/identity, let alone multiple identities on the same service.…

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