We kick off season 5 of Knightwise.com by cutting into a hot topic : Ubuntu on Mobile phones. Oblivious to the announcement Canonical made a couple of days ago about bringing Ubuntu to the Mobile phone, we talked to one of their lead developers in December of 2012. Alex Chaing tells us about the development of an Ubuntu distribution for mobile devices. What were the hurdles, how is it done and how do YOU get it on there. A sneak peak behind Canonicals roadmap, a geeks guide to getting Linux on your tablet.
We close of the year (and season 4 of Knightwise.com) with the video coverage we shot at the “Softlaunch” event of Belgians first ‘Internet only’ TV-Content provider : Weepee.tv. You Cable-Cutters can watch and learn what it is, how to get it, how it works and what other geeks might think of it. Will this be the death of classic television for geeks or just a fab ? Find out in KW408.
We bring you a showcase from an interview we did on the Nosillacast podcast that is perfect for the holiday season. Find out ways to make your geeky and non geeky friends happy with this free geek gift guide, packed with tips and tricks to make the ultimate stocking stuffer .. without spending a single sliver of gold pressed latinum.
Give a free computer.
- Create bootable usb disk: ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx
- On windows uunetbootin: unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
- Make persistant
- Crashplan crashplan.com
- Skype account
- Picasa account
The gift of free applications
The gift of free music
- Podsafe music blog.blogtalkradio.com/blogtalkradio/17-places-to-find-podsafe-music/
- itunes – Music Podcasts, Spacemusic podcast, Chillcast
The gift of free knowledge
- Khan Academy khanacademy.org
- TED Talks ted.com/talks
- iTunes U
- Itunes podcasts about a certain topic
- The internet archive archive.org- books, movies, podcasts and audio
- Thank you for the donations, Keep them coming
- Donate to the show and get a free eBook “The best of Knightwise.com” for Christmass
Strange things happen when you start sending out googlebots through cyberspace to hunt and peck for every mention of your name , sometimes the results are as predicted, sometimes they are strange .. and sometimes they come up with this. Looks like somebody named their kid … after Knightwise.com. We only have one thing to say : It took you long enough !
I think its from the bottom of my heart when I say : Boy its good to be back ! After being offline and almost off-planet the last couple of weeks, popping my head back into the realms of cyberspace feels very good indeed. For those of you who don’t know : A couple of weeks ago I ran into some serious health issues. Using her preferred techniques of shock-and-awe, mother nature decided it was time to “tap me on the shoulder” and remind me that I was NOT invincible and my application to join the Avengers was not filed under ‘realistic’. Time for a Kernel Panic !
I say it lightly , but it was pretty serious. In all fairness both myself and my family got a big scare as we were reminded what a delicate an precious thing our “health” is. One moment I was having dinner with the lovely Niejana, an hour later I was in hospital hooked up to heart monitors and with doctors wanting to shove me into MRI’s and bombard me with X-rays to find out just what went wrong. I won’t go into details but let just say that I had some acute bad clusters on my harddrive and those did not only endanger my OS but also threatened to corrupt all user data. The probable cause of this : Trying to fit to many hours in a day, never settling down, never taking time to relax .. trying to ramp up the RPM’s on life’s little treadmill and ignoring the “Overdrive” warnings that both my body and the people around me flagged weeks ago.
So for the last couple of weeks I had to (and still have to) take it slow. Have enough rest, don’t try to overreach and in honesty : Stop and smell the roses sometimes. Its been a scary couple of weeks but things are looking up. After three weeks i’m back to work and tentatively (and with moderation) pick up my hobbies and my online life. I have encountered my limitations and got a peek at how precious (and fleeting) life can be. I hope it changed me for the better.
The people responsible for you being able to read this post are of course the doctors and nurses at both the Vesalius hospital in Tongeren and the UZ Gasthuisberg in Leuven who took excellent medical care of me..
But most of the praise goes towards my beloved wife Niejana. She saw something was wrong, got me to hospital and along with her family took care of me these last couple of weeks. She makes sure that I don’t fall back into the rush and kinda protects me from the ADD-overdrive-Gnome that lives inside me. She had red-flagged my lifestyle weeks before the event and the last couple of weeks have been very stressful for her. But thanks to her love and devotion, I can still roam cyberspace, instead of roaming the big beyond.
I also want to thank you guys and girls for the countless emails, posts, comments and postcards wishing me a speedy recovery. Both Niejana and myself were touched by your kind thoughts and it was a big motivator in getting well. So as we turn a dark page and begin an empty slate …. Lets get this show back on the road.