testing the new Ubuntu on a beginner

A great if albeit sexist named article about testing the new Ubuntu on a beginner. I would say it mirrors my over all feeling that for the most part the OS works great but it’s biggest problem seems to be the programs and how the OS interacts with them. Finding linux programs needs to be easier, Installing needs to be easier and help with where the program went after installing could be better as well.

Switching to Ubuntu

at the very least I would like to. Ubuntu 8 is pretty hot and seems to have a lot polish that makes it feel really complete and solid. The fact that I can install it on windows as an app is just amazing.

so far these are the things that are keeping me from switching completely:

  • Photoshop
  • all the music players suck... I still don't love winamp but it does the job the best for me.
  • FireFox also still displays ass on linux.
  • I wish Wine worked better.

But hopefully these things will be able to be fixed in the next couple years and I can make the full jump over.

The Business of Being Born

This would have been great if some of it was in Michael Moore file Sicko as it got so much publicity. I’m no expert on medicine but it seem pretty obvious our entire health system is pretty messed up. So it’s no too surprising that birth has the same problems.

It’s even so ingrained that in the book Egalia’s Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes, which tried to reverse all gender stereotypes, the women still had births in a hospital instead of with a midwife.


Books I Am Reading in Beta

I’m now putting Books I Am Reading in to Beta. I was going to try an attempt to do this with some fanfair but think I’ll just go for a quiet beta. Hopfully everything goes well or I might just drop it back to Alpha.

Currently the site works well for my needs but I do know there is alot more stuff to add. Things like comments, reordering of lists and possibly some better way to keep track of friends are the directions I would like to go.