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The past 19 months have been brutal for us, equipment-wise. Between 2 floods-of-the-century less than a year apart, and an unprecedented demand for computers, our inventory has dipped lower than it has ever been. For the first time in our history, we are out of machines while 17 Taylor Texas kids are still in need of computers. It's not your money we need.....
A selfless act and a new Linux computer set some truly amazing life-changing wheels into motion. Fact is, something happened to Diane and me 2 months ago that can be described as no less than an "Oprah Moment"...a number of circumstances that accumulated into nothing less than a True Magic Moment. Stick around...Linux is a part of this.
Instead of seeing kids running through sprinklers in their front yards, you saw those same kids, along with their parents and family, digging through tons of snake, spider and disease-infested debris...trying to salvage anything from their destroyed lives. Highly venomous and aggressive water moccasins were a constant threat during flood clean up and recovery all over Central Texas.
Jason has a career in movies, television and the gaming industry, supplying voice talent for those mediums. Although Jason has a successful career in Hollywood, his true passion is using perfectly good computer components and combining those parts with his environmentally-friendly plastic cases and the Ubuntu operating system in order to produce an amazingly functional computer.
As I turned back to them before closing the door behind me, mother and child were weeping and embracing the blue flower on the computer screen. It was all I could do not to join them.?
"I'm sorry there kiddo. You can't watch a lot of videos or use your school's website because they depends on Flash. I'm also sorry that you can't play on miniclip.com or use some of your apps. Java doesn't work on your computer. But hey...ain't using Linux great anyway? Make sure to tell all your friends how great Linux is."
Google's act of stripping Java support from Chrome severely cripples that browser. What they intend to replace it with still remains to be seen. Is Chrome following Apples lead in refusing to include Flash? At first blush, it would certainly seem so.
Just a while back, we announced that I had an unusually good idea. I mean given the fact that most of my ideas can cause spontaneous fires and strange weather patterns it was good. So when I get a good idea, it's refreshing when no one reports any serious injuries.
As we enter into the holiday season, we at Reglue would like to start a tradition. Regardless of your preferred participation of the upcoming holiday season, we want to extend to you a chance to make a local child's life a bit brighter.
Since 2004, I've been known first as a Linux Advocate. Everything I do on a professional and sometimes personal level, substantiates that fact. There are some that consider their friend going to work for Microsoft akin to your brother joining the Confederacy while you and your other brothers are in the Union camp.
See...that's where personal and political dogma gets questionable.
In the realm of Open Source software development the adage "good enough" is often interpreted as this software is good enough for general use. It should read "good enough for me", speaking only from the software author's perspective. Here's what I mean.
Employee turnover seems to be a big problem, at least at the Austin location(s). A good friend who works the swing shift for call center server support told me bluntly:
"It's like the D-Day landing at Normandy. People are dropping all around me, but I keep pushing on."
In April of 2012, in the product forum for Google, Julio G. Alvarez pretty much told the Linux community to chill. A native Linux client for Google drive was forthcoming. You can read the specifics here along with a new petition to get them off their backsides.
16 months later, we are still without a native Drive client for Linux. They aren't even bothering to send someone from out behind the curtain to talk to us. Their position seems to be "let them eat Insync cake". Which pretty much sucks from any seat in the house since The Dynamic Duo of Advertising had their road to riches paved by Linux.
By the way boys....it was us that bought you those Gulfstream G5's. You don't seem to be able to remember that.
We recently started a fund drive for our effort, Reglue.org. But in times when many people are finding it harder and harder for their dollars to stretch, Reglue has found a new revenue source, and it's one most anyone who works in computer tech can assist.
You can fund a kid's tech non profit with your computer junk.
it's a mantra all of us have heard at least once. "There is no "I" in team". And it's true that a group effort more often than not is responsible for reaching goals. But every now and then, it all comes back to one person, one decision...one thing that changes history for many. This is an acknowledgement of one person's impact that changed everything for an organization.
The Australian government, which had previously decided to mandate the Microsoft-driven Office Open XML format within its departments, has now proposed requiring instead that any office suite used by the government should, at a minimum, support Open Document Format 1.1.
Really? I gotta wonder what (internal) forces mandated this. I have many people I consider friends Down Under and to a (wo)man they all agree that Australia is a Microsoft-owned continent. At least in Government and the Enterprise.
We'll watch and see what happens.
While the main focus of Reglue.org is insuring that financially-disadvantaged kids have a computer, we often answer the call for a more community-oriented effort. This was one of those times.
I installed the 12.04 Ubuntu release on a spare partition yesterday, in preparation of using the Ubuntu Customization Kit. My intention was to use UCK to respin a game DVD for our Reglue Kids. Our last LTS was 10.04 and we used that respin successfully for a number of years. So while we are waiting for SolusOS 2.0 to come out, and the subsequent Reglue Respin, I thought a nice game DVD would be fun.
Uh...it would have been except.....
But, but Ken..., can a one man show meet the obligations of not only Reglue, but of their userbase in general? If Fuduntu folded, what are the chances that Ikey will one day decide it's just not worth it?
I thought long and hard about this. If I did not know the developer as well as I do, I would say without reservation....
No. We would go with a more mainstream solution.
Some will blame the fragmentation of the Linuxsphere. Some will say that too many choices have diluted the product and confused the customer. I'm not going to disagree with that theory. Friend and colleague Dietrich Schmitz argues that point strongly. So if we are to embrace that particular theory, what is to be done? Let's fragment it some more.
To say that I coexist with Chrome is more accurate. Two months ago, I absolutely despised Chrome. It was a white-hot hatred that transcended the Mortal Plane. I'm sure such powerful emotions were the trigger for some short bursts of telekinesis around me.
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