Two improvements to Google Earth

In wide views, it should show whole-Earth (or whole-Mars, etc) images like the Blue Marble instead of a patchwork of smaller images. There should be a “fovea” at the poles to avoid the problem of hundreds of converging strips when zoomed into the poles.  This happens for both the planets and sky views, making Polaris […]

Is Ubuntu getting any better?

Here’s the same Ubuntu Forums experience polls charts as in Ubuntu release quality, but I’ll keep this one up-to-date with each release: These charts lump together upgrades and clean installs, since the ratios are similar for both, and it shows more clearly the overall trend. Feisty (1,387) 47% 23% 30% Gutsy (5,479) 22% 44% 34% […]

Jaunty fresh install notes

Similar to the Intrepid fresh install notes, I kept notes while installing Jaunty from the CD on my Dell Inspiron 8600, trying to see it the way a complete newcomer would. Again, the language selection screen is ugly. Again, you have to reboot after checking the CD for errors. Currently it says “Press F4 to […]

Ubuntu newcomer experience

I recently got a new hard drive, and installed Ubuntu on it from scratch.  I decided to put myself in the mindset of a newcomer and see how the experience compares now that I’ve been using it for two years. My unorganized notes: Language selection screen after booting from CD is jarring, not totally intuitive, […]

Kensington VideoCAM

This is super old-school and likely no one has any use for it anymore, but I once mirrored the Kensington VideoCAM webcam Windows 2000/XP drivers from this site, which are no longer available online: The Unofficial Source for Kensington VideoCAM Support By Orson Teodoro [horsie619@aol.com] http://www.geocities.com/trypt0/videocamsupport.html The text of the website itself is available on […]