.NET is Going Away

I've have been saying for years that anyone investing time, money, or skills in .NET was foolish.  I feel no sympathy for any .NET developer who will one day find themselves obsolete. 

By editor on 18 September 2011 |

MySQL Server on Ubuntu Linux Server

I've been using Ubuntu Linux server since version 8.04 LTS.  On this server I ran several hundred websites with MySQL databases.  The server was a virtual machine and it ran well.  One day I upgrade this (supposedly) perfect server to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, oh what a bad move that was.

By editor on 12 September 2011 |

VLC Media Player

VLC or Video LAN Client media players is both useful and useless at the same time.  Useful because it can play almost any kind of media file on almost any platform, useless because it's user interface is flawed.

By editor on 07 September 2011 |

The Failure that is Linux

Operating systems such as Ubuntu, RedHat, Fedora, Suse, Mint, or Centos can never replace a Windows or Macintosh system.  As much as I wish Linux was a serious operating system, it simply is untrue. 

By editor on 07 September 2011 |

X11 Makes me Cry

The display server is what makes your Linux desktop show graphics.  You may know it by other names such as X11, X, or the GUI.  Unfortunately, this component of the Linux desktop is very old and outdated.  It is based on code and technology from the 1960's.

What is worse, the X11 display system is not an operating system component.  X11 it merely a program that runs on top of Linux, and you run your GNOME desktop inside X11 (in a way).  When X11 crashed, so does your entire desktop.  This is very similar to DOS and Windows 3.x.

By editor on 03 September 2011 |

GNOME 3 Shell is a Failure

When GNOME 3 was announced I got excited.  Then when GNOME Shell was announced I got sad.

After using GNOME 3's Shell for about 15 minutes, I thought to myself  "in what way is this better?".  It takes more effort to find and launch your programs, I can't minimize my windows, and their is no task bar that tells me "at-a-glance" what I have running.  Worst of all, where are my desktop icons!

The desktop metaphor has worked well, why change it?

By editor on 02 September 2011 |