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Farewell, Internet (Download Squad)

Apr 12th 2011 2:38PM @Drakkenfyre I agree with what you said but calling Paul and Josh Apple-biased is kinda funny. I never saw them this way myself.

New Firefox Nightly and Aurora logos unearthed, and how to enable channel switching (Download Squad)

Apr 11th 2011 7:49AM These icons are such a cool play on words, and they look good too.

Google Chrome logo updated, now flatter, cuter and more balanced (pictures) (Download Squad)

Mar 16th 2011 10:31AM @vandy73

Whatever you call it, the Firefox icon/logo still looks better.

Google kills me with their reach for "efficiency". Remember that UI designer that quit because he couldn't take it anymore when he was asked to prove that his design was better than what was deemed more efficient. There are things that are beyond the grasp of human knowledge. We can barely prove some of the slightly more complex math that we use, let alone prove that a topological structure that is made to be user friendly proved efficient even though the user friendliness aspect of interfaces is beyond any mathematical system ever known to civilization. You cannot prove a system based on the human usability principle because human usability is simply not defined.

Google consistently kills design for efficiency and this icon/logo is one more casualty.

Google Chrome logo updated, now flatter, cuter and more balanced (pictures) (Download Squad)

Mar 16th 2011 6:14AM Ugly, the more reason to stick with Firefox 4

Diaspora Alpha hands-on: a video review of Facebook's competition (Download Squad)

Nov 26th 2010 10:56AM @Crazy Serb

I can't disagree more. If we all just left an idea without trying to do something different with it then we will have one cellphone, computer, car, house, email client, etc.

Social networks have only recently taken off and it is still too early to say that one will give us what we want forever. Also a little competition is healthy for the market.

In contrast, twitter hardly has competition although there have been attempts like identi.ca, miio.com, zannel.com and the long dead pownce.com. The reason they all failed to take over twitter or be competitive enough was that twitter's market share isn't big anyway.

On the other hand, facebook-like networks have more momentum and it is early to talk about a network that hasn't differentiated itself yet. This is an alpha release (not a beta) of something built by a bunch of students trying to create a new kind of social network. The purpose of diaspora is that you be able to comment on your friends' activities without being forced to create an account with the same service they are using. You own your identity.

Firefox 4 maxes out SunSpider benchmark (Download Squad)

Oct 30th 2010 12:20PM I feel happy :)

note: no naughty replies please

The Linux credit card -- with Tux on the front and everything (Download Squad)

Oct 29th 2010 12:55PM I want one and I'm not a Linux regular :)
Linux has powered the internet and made it feasible to expand. This is worth such a commitment, just to say thank you.

Statistics show European Microsoft Windows browser ballot screen to be useless (Download Squad)

Oct 27th 2010 5:17PM One thing to note is that the ballot screen is introducing to a population something that is alien to them. I recall Google interviewing random people in the street and asking them what a browser is. Most people would call it "that blue e" and perceptions are hard to shake off. The most the ballot could do is educate people about the existence of other browsers. It is up to us (mostly Firefox users) to go out there and tell people how to use the ballot and what it means to them. It is difficult but I don't see any other way. People who don't know what a browser is will probably look for "the blue e" and click on it anyway.

Statistics show European Microsoft Windows browser ballot screen to be useless (Download Squad)

Oct 27th 2010 4:48PM You are scientifically correct with your approach. I also agree on that measuring trends before and after is the only viable option as having a control group is impossible. We can't have another Europe to use as a control group and I can't think of a way that is in a natural setting. It will have to be carried out in a lab.

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal - Unity replaces Gnome as default shell (Download Squad)

Oct 27th 2010 5:02AM You are so dramatic. Ubuntu is not specifically designed for people who use GIMP on a daily basis but rather for the F-Spot group, i.e. Mom and Dad. GIMP is a professional image editor and I love it but it is not what I or you will use to organize photos. Ubuntu is targeting the regular consumer and is not competing with other Linuxes for that matter. All the other distros are focused on giving you developer tools and more of them. I really don't use the 5 or so DVDs that I have to download to get that X version of some distro. That is so user unfriendly especially when you are not a geek or hacker and I always end up using only the first DVD because I don't want the kitchen sink installed as well. Ubuntu is not an attempt to steal geeks and hackers from other distros but rather trying to make Linux useful for communities at large. Linux has been around for ages but most of the other distros are so horrible to install, upgrade or use and have a very steep learning curve to the point that people are paying Microsoft loads of money to be able to get online and chat and send emails. This is the crowd that Ubuntu is trying to serve.

The likes of Suse and Debian are not trying to better Windows or Mac OS, they are trying to better Linux. In their wake they have left the average computer user, who doesn't program for a living and only uses a computer as a tool, clasping onto proprietary software to get online and print photos. This is a shame for the open source community. What is the point of having all this wealth of tools that are so hard to use that it is easier to pay money to get what you want done. I personally love GIMP, but I don't think my parents use either GIMP or Photoshop to organize and print photos. Not that they won't want to use such programs on a daily basis, but these apps are not even suitable for such usage.

Unity is nice and simple and doesn't need getting used to. There is nothing to learn to start using it, but you could write a manual about GNOME. Besides that, I believe (not 100% sure) Unity is a derivative of GNOME.

Now if you need GIMP just head to the Synaptics Package Manager like I did.

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