A few months ago, I learned about a initiative called "Story Bundle". Today, the latest bundle was announced.
The concept behind this is really cool. The bundle is designed to expose people to a variety of independent authors in a fairly safe manner. Here is how it works.
For a long time, when I heard the word "instrumental", I thought classical music, movie soundtracks, and elevator music, or maybe Kareoke.
That changed a few years ago. I started listening to a variety of instrumentalists in a variety of genres. I don't know why, exactly. I guess it was really a combination of several things.
One of the biggest keys to properly keeping fish is the one thing almost nobody seems to know about.
Commonly referred to as "The Nitrogen Cycle", this one detail can mean the difference between a successful aquarium and having a bunch of dead fish.
Granted, this isn't the only factor, but it is one of them.
The first web browser I remember using was Netscape, back in 1994 when I was in college. Later, when Internet Explorer came out, I tried it, but kept coming back to Netscape.
Eventually, Internet Explorer drove Netscape out of business, but not before Netscape spawned a spin-off project that today is known as Mozilla Firefox. I found the transition from Netscape to Firefox seamless, and I have used it ever since. To this day, I have a hard time using Internet Explorer, and I avoid it whenever possible. Not everyone agreed with me in this assessment, however, as Internet Explorer was long the most popular browser on the web. Firefox started chipping away at that lead, but the progress was slow.
There are a number of services that will let you "name" a star, but when you really get into it, you find that none of them are truly legit. But what if you could not only name your own star, but all of the planets and moons? What if you could write your own history of that star system? And what if you decide that this particular star system has entirely the wrong number of moons, so you change how many moons it has?
Actually, you can, as long as you don't mind not seeing the star in the night sky.
I do not normally watch "reality TV."
Of course, "reality TV" is a description that covers a wide range of shows. One of my favorite shows on TV is "Mythbusters," which is non-fictional, so it could be described as "reality TV", but I have a hard time with that qualification. The same with the now late "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe." I also enjoy "Auction Kings," "Pawn Stars" and "American Pickers," but again, while they are non-fiction, I have a hard time qualifying them as "reality TV."
When I first heard about a website that offers hundreds of thousands of music tracks for free, with the only catch being that it doesn’t have anyone I’ve heard of, I was a bit skeptical.
Not about the free songs. I’ve spent enough time with free software to know that sometimes people are more interested in sharing than in getting money.
I was skeptical that I would find anything I like.
I thought I’d kick off my “Fish Friday” features with a friendly word of warning.
If your first fish is a goldfish, you are probably doing it wrong.
Don’t get me wrong. I like goldfish. They are colorful, hardy, and playful.
But they are a lousy fish to start with, mainly because “common knowledge” on how to keep a goldfish is absolutely, completely and totally wrong, and is guaranteed to end up with premature death of the fish.
Today was the official release of Ubuntu Linux 12.04 Precise Pangolin.
Ubuntu is just one of literally hundreds of Linux distributions, but since its release in 2004, it has been one of the most popular.
Ubuntu Linux is an operating system that is an alternative to Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OSX. It comes pre-installed with a powerful office suite (LibreOffice), web browser (Firefox), email program (Thunderbird), music player and organizer (Rhythmbox), internet chat program (Empathy), and photo organizer (Shotwell), among many other things.
Yesterday, Google unveiled a new service called Google Drive. I thought it might be a good idea to answer some questions about it, because I know some are probably wondering.
What is Google Drive?
Google Drive is the latest in a rather competitive field of “cloud-based” storage. Basically, the “cloud” refers to any computer that you have information stored on that you (or your company) don’t actually own.