Dan Blair - Addicted To Technology

Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu 14.04 is here and ready for you to use. I have upgraded my laptop and tested it out, this has been a good release with a good amount of improvements. The major improvements are in the Unity interface in my opinion. The desktop environment does not feel half baked or unfinished anymore. To me the Unity interface feels much more fluid and smooth and with hardware support in the Linux kernel, which underpins the OS as a whole, more robust than ever, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is pretty much the complete package.


The Banana Pi

I am a big fan of the Raspberry Pi. It has many uses and is well worth the small price tag that accompanies it. If you are learning to code or learning about hardware there are projects for you. It was not a surprise to me that the open hardware Raspberry Pi would spawn similar devices but I wasn’t expecting much.


Windows XP Is Now Dead, You Should Try Ubuntu

It is official, Windows XP is finally dead. Windows XP was released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001, and generally released for retail sale on October 25, 2001. The operating system was almost 13 years old. The good news is if you are developing for the web you don’t need to worry about Internet Explorer 6 any more because that died with XP. Microsoft would have you believe that they only way to go is to Windows 7 or maybe even Windows 8 if you are brave and Some will move over to a Mac. That is the case for a lot of the users out there but for some, you will be tempted to try an alternative OS that you have heard people talking about.

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The Micro: The First Truly Consumer 3D Printer

The first truly consumer 3D printer should be incredibly intuitive, easy to own, and seamless by design. This project has already beat it’s goal of $50,000 by $1,550,000. If that doesn’t show you how excited people are for 3D printing then I don’t know what will. This project, the Micro 3D is a small, cheap, consumer 3D printer that is aiming to be on the market by August 2014. This is shaking up the world of 3D printing because traditionally you are looking at over $1000 for a 3D printer. These guys want to sell them for less than $500.


Prairie Dev Con 2014 Day 1

This week os Prairie Dev Con 2014, a 2 day conference in central Canada focused around development and technology. This year the theme is the Web and Mobile. Today was day 1 of 2 (3 if you do the work shops) and so far it has been a pretty awesome experience. This morning we were greeted after a non-continental breakfast by the keynote speaker Joel Semeniuk, co-founder of Imaginet Resources Corp talking about The Coming Tsunami of technology opportunity coming to the tech industry.


Atom Editor Open Sourced By GitHub

The Atom editor is GitHub’s answer to the problem you didn’t know you had.. you needed a new IDE remember? This is an IDE written in JavaScript by GitHub to make writing your applications, especially those hosted with GitHub a lot more fun to write. The IDE Was released ten weeks ago as a Beta and I had the opportunity to try it out. The IDE is only available for Mac but will eventually be available for Windows and Linux.


Pokemon Master at Google

Google has announced today that they are now accepting a new type of position at their growing company. The title is Pokemon master, a role that can obviously only be filled by the best of the best. Starting today through the 2nd you can use the augmented reality feature added to your Google Maps application to collect all 150 Pokemon around the world. You will of course have to act fast because there are going to be many competitors for this position.


Ubuntu 14.04 Beta Download

The beta of the newest version of Ubuntu – 14.04 is available for download. There are some exciting new UI enhancements and some under the hood changes.

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Android Wearables Are Here

I regularly use my Pebble smart watch, it is great to have access to so much information at a glance to my wrist. The only real downside to me is that I am just such a fan of the Android operating system it is a shame the device isn’t running it. Well now today it has been announced on the Google Android blog that that is becoming a reality.


Google Summer of Code 2014

Tobi Mueller started coding when his grandfather, who works in IT, gave him access to a spare PC. It was a sweet 286 machine which Tobi learned to program with the then-popular teaching language Pascal. He eventually became interested in free and open source software, but it was Google Summer of Code (GSoC) that helped transform Tobi into the free software contributor he is today.