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)
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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.
We return to season 3 of the Knightwise.com podcast with a behind the scenes look on what it takes to get the show out there. What gear do we have, how do we use it and more importantly : What workflows we use and how that tech works for us. Enjoy a deeply technical behind the scenes look on how the bunny is pulled from the hat.
With the whole rebranding redesign of Knightwise.com going on on the background, one of the things we wanted to upgrade was the logo. originally designed by fan of the show Sharky it portrayed the “Knightwise.com Heron” in side profile. With the rebrand we decided to turn the logo around and spread the Herons wings. Friend of the show Kris Hendriks chipped in his skills as a web/graphic designer and is responsible for the new redesign. Whith the update of the RSS feeds the new Knightwise.com logo can also be found in the iTunes store and I thought it would be appropriate to put that hard work on display in the Apple store in Amsterdam I visited this weekend. So in all its glory : The new Knightwise.com logo.
While looking for content for the next intro tune for the Knightwise.com podcast, I came across this little gem : The sound of a dial-up modem slowed down 700 times. I am not really sure to be completely spooked by this sound or to sit down and have it playing as some kind of background ambient track, because its a bit of both. If you ever complained dial-up was slow, imagine how beautiful it would have been if it was 700 times Slower.
Download of the week : Until a while ago I used an app on my Mac (I have even forgotten the name) to download any Youtube video’s I needed for the podcast or for some of my presentations. When upgrading to Lion, it decided (or rather Lion decided) it wouldn’t work anymore. Tough 🙁 I had found some alternative online sites to do it but searching for solutions like this is one of those internet ratholes like looking for free mp3 ringtones.) When twiddling around with it I had one of my favorite cross-platform download apps open in the background : Jdownloader. I use Jdownloader for multi-url links and long running downloads. Its free, its cross platform and it has this handy “url catcher” where it notices when you copy a url to your clipboard and then offers to download it. When the activity window for Jdownloader started blinking I checked out the “link grabber” window and was amazed to find that not only it had “caught” the url of the Youtube video I copied, but it offered to do something more. Jdownloader will offer to download AND CONVERT your Youtube video into several sizes like : MP3, FLV, MP4, Webm and more (depends on the video) So this tool is something that should not be missing in your application folder on ANY of your systems.
With the end of the month approaching the new release of Ubuntu is coming ever closer. With 12.04 we are seeing the 3rd incarnation of this popular operating system featuring the highly contraversial Unity interface. Canonicals bold move in choosing a completely different way of letting you interact with your desktop have been the subject of much debate. We’ve seen die hard Ubuntu fans leave in a huff and switch to Linux Mint and even the revival of older graphical user interfaces like Kde or Gnome2 because people don’t like to “switch” to Unity just yet.
Its a good thing linux is open source. You will always have a choice in what desktop you want to work with. What if you DO want to stick with Ubuntu (and not move to mint) but don’t want to use Unity ? Perhaps you might want to give Lubuntu 12.04 a try. Featuring the nice LXDE interface it gives you something that “kinda looks like Gnome 2” without being outdated and does give you Ubuntu 12.04 underneath the hood. The video below features the Alpha release , by now Lubuntu has moved on to an even more recent version.
So what are your plans for the end of April ? Are you still sticking to Gnome 2 ? Have you faced the music and dance to Unity ? Or are you silently crying on Mint 12 ? Share your thoughts in the comments and Download Lubuntu here.