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Archive for November, 2009

Review: Isaac Asimov, Forward the Foundation

Forward the Foundation is the last  book Asimov wrote for his Robot/Foundation metaseries. It is the second book about Seldon’s efforts to develop his psychohistory science, a way of predicting the future using statistics. The events in the book take place after Prelude to Foundation and before the first book of the original Foundation trilogy. […]

Review: Asimov, Prelude to Foundation (1988)

The story centres around Hari Seldon, who proposes a statistical way to predict the future of humanity, during a talk at a conference on Trantor, the Galactic Empire’s capital planet. The Empire’s aide Eto Demerzel, as well as the Emperor’s main challenger, the Mayor of Wye, both want to make use of this new tool […]

Kubuntu Karmic installation

I upgraded my desktop box from Ubuntu Jaunty to Kubuntu Karmic today as well, since I find the latter’s advantages over the former outweighing its disadvantages. Among the advantages are the standard availability of Firefox 3.5, the out of the box working of sound (no hassle with sound systems this time), and faster booting up. […]

Kubuntu 9.10: Slightly more impressed

Kubuntu 9.10 seems to have the same problems waking up from sleep/suspend on my Vaio, but at least it has the decent sense to tell me its the compositing manager that’s in trouble, and then shuts it down, so I can go on working. What’s actually worse than in Ubuntu is the screen artefacts. The […]

Karmic Koala: not impressed

This weekend Canonical released their new OS, Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”, and I upgraded my Sony Vaio laptop. So far, I’m sorry to say, I’m not impressed. The first thing I noticed was lots of screen artefacts. The login screen as well as the desktop had lots of green and red pixels all over them. […]