Thursday, February 16, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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OS X Mountain Lion Announced

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 04:00 PM PST

In an unprecedented move, Apple have announced the next version of their Mac operating system in advance. Check it out in Apple’s video above. This seems to be another update where iOS features are merged into the desktop operating system.

It’s interesting that they’ve named this operating system “OS X Mountain Lion”, dropping the “Mac” name. There’s all sorts of speculation about what that means. What do you think?

Featured Desktop: Joli OS

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 02:01 PM PST

I’ve become quite lazy in my use of Linux. I spend much of my time in OS X, and don’t have much time available for tweaking drivers or trying out new distros. I’ve found an easier way. This is a screenshot of my Linux netbook today. (Click the image for a full-size screenshot.)

I’m using Joli OS from Jolicloud, which differs from other distros in several ways. Firstly, they use a great-looking HTML 5 interface that resembles the iPad. That’s not a major selling point for me (it’s good to know that the full power of Linux is just under the hood), but my grandson loves it. What I love most is that they personally test the distro on every piece of hardware they support. In my case, it means that it works out of the box with the normally frustrating Intel GMA500 chipset in my Acer AO750h netbook.

The HTML 5 interface also includes a basic file manager, with Dropbox and Google Docs support build in. It’s handy, and includes a button to fire up Nautilus when I need to do something more serious.

They also make it easy to install software. They have a curated library of thousands of web and Linux apps that can be installed with one click. And these apps are synchronized over all your machines. For apps not in their library, apt-get and Synaptic are still available.

What do you think of my Linux desktop? Let us know in the comments.

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Japh Thomson Video: Code Quality Standards And Best Practices

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 03:19 AM PST

Last November our roving WordPress Evangelist (and now Wptuts+ editor) Japh Thomson spoke about code quality and best practices at WordCamp on Australia’s Gold Coast. He was brilliant. Japh told me himself.

Unfortunately due to a technical glitch the video of his talk was unavailable. Well, it was recently unglitched, and you can catch it on, or embedded below. Enjoy!

The video goes for about 35 minutes, and is full of great insights. And a great view of that fancy laser-etched MacBook Pro of his. Great job, Japh.

Your Say: What is the best text editor?

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 09:13 PM PST

Textmate by Ryan Joy

A text editor is an important tool for most of us. And choosing the right text editor is important, very personal, and often controversial.

That became obvious when we asked which text editor you use back in October. 26 different text editors were mentioned, in 89 mentions altogether. And there was a lot of talk about customization, and the reasons for switching from one text editor to another. Many people seem to use more than one text editor.

We listed the Top 5 editors in the poll, and the two most-mentioned editors were neck and neck. So it’s time to remove all doubt. Vote for which text editor you think is best.

May the best man… ah, app… win!

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