Friday, May 13, 2011

Mark Shuttleworth: "200 Million Ubuntu users in 4 years"

The "father" of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth, sets a goal for 200 million Ubuntu users by 2015. 200 million users would be great, because this would get software firms to focus their products also for Ubuntu and Linux in general. Hardware support will get better with official drivers releases. Linux already has great software and good hardware support.

200 million users will attract malware creators as well. Today you won't see much malware targeting Linux distros or MacOS, but as more people start to use them malware developers will roll up their sleeves and get cracking.

“[Our] goal is 200 million users of Ubuntu in 4 years. We’re not playing a game for developers hearts and minds – we’re playing a game for the worlds hearts and minds. and to achieve that we’re going to have to play by a new set of rules.”

Twitter is down now...

What's up IT guys? Keep the services alive... :p

Blogger Apologizes for the Outage.

Blogger users were unable to post for 20+ hours, blogs were set in a read-only mode and none could post new content. But things are almost back to normal now. I'm missing some statistics but that's ok.

Official Announcement:
What a frustrating day. We’re very sorry that you’ve been unable to publish to Blogger for the past 20.5 hours. We’re nearly back to normal—you can publish again, and in the coming hours posts and comments that were temporarily removed should be restored. Thank you for your patience while we fix this situation. We use Blogger for our own blogs, so we’ve also felt your pain.

Here’s what happened: during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, we experienced some data corruption that impacted Blogger’s behavior. Since then, bloggers and readers may have experienced a variety of anomalies including intermittent outages, disappearing posts, and arriving at unintended blogs or error pages. A small subset of Blogger users (we estimate 0.16%) may have encountered additional problems specific to their accounts. Yesterday we returned Blogger to a pre-maintenance state and placed the service in read-only mode while we worked on restoring all content: that’s why you haven’t been able to publish. We rolled back to a version of Blogger as of Wednesday May 11, so your posts since then were temporarily removed. Those are the posts that we’re in the progress of restoring.

Again, we are very sorry for the impact to our authors and readers. We try hard to ensure Blogger is always available for you to share your thoughts and opinions with the world, and we’ll do our best to prevent this from happening again.

HTC Flyer In Europe Stores Today

Today HTC throws a new competitor in the tablet market with the availability of the HTC Flyer across stores in Europe. The 7-inch tablet will come in 2 flavours. One 32GB 3G version and another 16GB Wi-Fi only version. Of course the 3G version will also include Wifi connectivity.

The price tag for the 32GB 3G model is 600£ (680) and for the 16GB WiFi model will be at 480£ (500).

Specs overview:
  • CPU: 1,5Ghz
  • Memory: Internal 32GB, RAM 1GB (incl. MicroSD expansion slot)
  • OS: Android with HTC Sense
  • Screen: 7 inch touch screen 1024x600
  • Camera: 5mpx rear, 1,3mpx front facing
  • Weight: 420 grams with battery.
  • Other features: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and more.

Complete list of features can be found here.

First ever Wi-Fi Mouse

Sorry for the delayed posts, but Blogger was down for 20hours.

HP unveiled an “industry's first” WiFi mouse. It's the first mouse that connects with your computer without the use of a USB dongle, but uses the computer's Wi-Fi receiver. Other features include long battery life, of up to 9 months. Five customizable buttons. A four way scroll wheel and ambidextrous design. HP also introduced the Link5 technology. It's a USB receiver that allows instant connection of compatible PC accessories with one receiver.

Link-5 delivers reliable connectivity using 2.4-GHz wireless technology and has an intelligent sleep mode to ensure the longest possible battery life. The latest Link-5 accessories lineup includes:
  • HP Wireless Mini Keyboard: Just the right mobile companion for a tablet or entertainment PC, this full-featured keyboard is lightweight and ultra-small in size.
  • HP Wireless Ultrathin Wireless Keyboard: Offering a stylish look and feel, this keyboard is durable, full-featured and a great value.
  • HP Wireless Elite v2 Keyboard: Featuring a sleek, ultra-slim design, this keyboard offers superb performance and comfort.
  • HP Wireless Optical Comfort Mouse: Offering a comfortable, secure grip for use in the right or left hand, this mouse features an optical sensor with adjustable sensitivity that works on most surfaces.
  • HP Wireless Laser Comfort Mouse: Using a laser sensor with adjustable sensitivity, this mouse delivers optimal performance and works on most surfaces.
  • HP Wireless Mobile Mouse: Designed for users who are on the go, this mouse delivers reliable wireless connectivity at a great value.

Source: HP