Don Mcallister is probably the master, no, the emperor when it comes to screencasting and making instructional video’s for Mac and IOS users. His website “Screencasts online” is packed with great instructional video’s for both payed and free users. One of these screencasts for the “non premium” users (or a ‘free screencast’ ) deals with the must have tools for your Ipad (or Iphone for that matter) called Goodreader.
For those of you ignorant of this fantastic application : It is the missing link between Steve Jobs’ original idea of a filesystem for the ipad , and the ‘sane” version of that idea. A filestructure, SSH connection, Download functionality, Dropbox syncing .. just about everything at the tip of your fingers. Its been my favorite tool to shove data over the wall of Apple’s walled garden towards my Linux and Windows machines. If you have some time to spare : Catch Don’s screencasts and consider becoming a payed member for more goodness. Download Part 1 and Part 2 of the Goodreader screencast and visit the site for more.
In my never ending quest to find interesting Linux Distributions I have stumbled upon this little gem called Uberstudent. A Ubuntu-Derivative targeted at the student or the educational professional. It takes me back to the days of College Linux, an obscure little distribution that got me started in running Linux back in 2003. ( It’s long dead now , I only found some vague mention online)
What I liked about College Linux was the apps it came with but also all the cool links. These days distro’s focus on the kernel and the graphical interface, but seldom look at the functionality they can offer to their target audience. Like college Linux, Ubuerstudent does just that. The graphical user interface and the included apps are good, but the web based links and services included in the start menu are a true treasure trove. As an educational (or knowledge junkie) distro , Uberstudent is top notch and worth to give it a try. Find Uberstudent here.
The great thing about OSX (and all Apple technology for that matter) is that there aren’t a lot of buttons you can press. This makes for simplicity and ease of use. For stark designs and intuitive interactions with technology. And that’s great. Until you feel the urge to customize something or want to change a certain setting. Guess what ? In good old Windows we had tons of buttons to press , but in OSx ? No buttons.. just sheer frustration ! Time to slit your throat with a blunt usb thumbdrive ? No ! There is hope. OSX is built on a Unix core , thus underneath all that shiny mac-ness hides the terminal .. and that very terminal allows you do dive deeper into the center of your operating system then you thought possible. We don’t need to stinkin buttons ! Just open up the command line, choose your worst frustration or deepest desire from the list and Copy Paste.
Want some Widgets ON your desktop instead of your Dashboard ? Want to send the PING sidebar in iTunes into Oblivion ? Want a 2D Dock instead of a 3d ? Just go ahead and hit up this Fabulous list Mathias Bynes Dotfiles
If connoisseurs of Technology in general are terrible at one thing, then it must be their predictions. The question “How do you think the world of technology will look in 5 to 10 years time ?” will get you the most bizarre of answers. Just look around you. We are in a world where the kings of the mobile phone (Nokia and Motorola) are dragging their feet in both sales and innovation. We live in a world where our tablets are replacing our desktops but when I walk outside to hop into my flying car .. its not there. Somehow we are terrible at predicting the future. The mythical year 2000 has come and gone more then a decade ago and, even if we have made great leaps in technological progress, some of those things touted years and years ago to be ‘the common thing in the next millennium” still aren’t there. Let me share some with you in this great info-graphic. When did Scifi writers envision some inventions that we have today .. and how late where those inventions on their predicted due date … (click on the pic to get the full chart)
For those of you with a real taste for “tomorrows technology” as envisioned years ago, grab your personal jetpack and subscribe to the paleofuture blog.
Season 3 of KWTV kicks off with a review of HTC’s ONE flagship phone the HTC ONE X. We run it through its paces and take a good hard look at this Tecra 3 Quad sporting chocolate brown goodness. Will it be enough to chase away the hordes of Samsung an battle the Unicorn tears that are sprinkled in Apples iPhone ? Find out in this episode of KWTV.