Archive for June, 2008

Today is WWDC 2008

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Ryan Orser will be covering this from the internet via engadget.com. The conference starts at 10 AM PT which is less then 2 hours away.

A Review of Sony Vaio VGN-NR285D Laptop

Friday, June 6th, 2008

This laptop is only available in Canada, though you can get similar laptops all over the world. This laptop compared to my other laptop was the easiest to work with Linux. I had all the video and wireless cards working right out of the box with Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. The only thing was when I went to Windows it was always slow, taking away my valuable working time and then one time it would not boot. I decided that for windows to be on it, which was a problem, would be a giant thorn in the side, when I was working on a computer meant for speed. So I went to Ubuntu and I cannot believe what I have seen! The battery life is longer on Ubuntu then on Windows Vista, plus the whole computer runs faster then my last laptop seeing as I had an AMD Turion X2 TL-50. I enjoy the whole thing and how I could just have any Linux just boot up and work, which has always been my dream since becoming a Linux user back in January 2005. I really have enjoyed this adventure that seems to twist and turn at every stop and start. Okay back to the laptop. The specs are:

  1. Core 2 Duo T5450 1.67 GHZ each core.
  2. Intel x3100 accelerated graphics
  3. Super Multi-layer DVD and CD Burner.
  4. 4 USB 2.0 Ports
  5. A VGA port
  6. Firewire port or maybe a mini usb port
  7. A microphone and a headphone ports
  8. A SD and SDPro card slots
  9. and finally a modem port and ethernet port.

Pictures will come up on the blog as soon as possible, while I try to get this school year over with. I guess I have made the switch to Intel from AMD for a long time coming as I have thoroughly enjoy having my laptop work out of the box with Linux.

Over all I have enjoyed every minute with my laptop and Hope it keeps on going for a long time, but if not I have a 2 year extended warranty that I would happily use.

A Review of Dream Chess.

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

As a old chess player I have been around looking for chess games to play. I had not been able to play since I was 10 because no one will actually play with me since I beat my mom in 3 turns… I have always enjoyed a good game of chess so I have decided to try out this new 3d chess game. What you need are a video card that supports 3D acceleration and a computer that can run the game. Since I have not played chess in a while I chose the easy level to play against, to build up my skills that were lost.

The GUI looks very nice with its 3D acceleration making the game very easy to distinguish the different colors, pieces and the art work from behind the board at the far side of the board to which you play. I am really liking this game so far and it may show. Be sure to turn off Compiz-Fusion or you will have a lot of slow down in the game. There are a few different piece themes that you can use, which I will not list here as there is not going to be enough time to list them yet, though I will update this post later with them.

Overall I really do like this game and I would recommend it to anyone. I would give this game a 5/5 for looks and feel, easy of use, and for all the fun I have had with it.

Ryan Orser

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Ryan Orser Podcast Season 1 Episode 9

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Todays Podcast features the new Songbird music application, how to use Songbird and why there was a long time between podcasts. The next Podcast will come out Wednesday June 11th, 2008.

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A Review of Songbird.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Songbird is another program based on Mozilla and is a cool music application as you can change the themes, called feathers, download music though it does say if you you like it buy it, please take the hint as it will help the artists make some money… if they ever do get money from their soundtracks, I personally do not know.

There is a whole list of add-ons that you can download and install. All of them are placed in categories. The categories are: Appearance, Play back and Management, Content and Discovery, Web browser, and Developer Tools.

I have only tried out the Appearance themes which I find are the nicest I have ever seen. The overall look and feel is something that comes out of Firefox as it does have the web browser functionality and I have been using the Ubuntu theme for Songbird, plus this theme is pretty awesome!

This is release 0.5 and is working pretty well at any rate.

Overall I can say for sure that this will be one of the most popular music players in the future. I do wish this player had iPod support and would be able to add on to the iPod from playlists, though if that did happen I would not use Rhythmbox anymore. The player looks a lot like iTunes which I used before hand before I went to Linux and all of my fun distributions I have tried.

Spicebird

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Many people may ask: What is Spicebrid? Spicebird is almost exactly like Thunderbird but with a twist. You can download Spicebird here. This is a email, newsfeed, rssreader, and so on and so forth but it really has a nicer interface when you go the the preferences menu. This jumble of fun has instant messaging, email, calendar, and a home page which shows a couple of clocks and a couple of rss feeds. You can even add applets to the applications home page. For example some of the applets in the menu are:

  1. Add Calendar
  2. Add Date and Time
  3. Add Agenda
  4. Add RSS Feed
  5. And last but not least the Add Mail Folder View.

This program runs very smoothly and could be the next big thing for all in one email clients. Overall I would give this a very nice 4/5 for the looks, feel, and ease of use.

Ryan Orser

New Laptop

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Yes I did get a new laptop because my old laptop motherboard died last Thursday. Since then I haveĀ  replaced the laptop, worked out a few bugs to get Ubuntu working on this new one. I grabbed a Sony VAIO VGN-NR285D which has 2 GB of RAM, 200 GB of HDD, and a Core 2 Duo T5450 processor. Not only does it run Ubuntu with Compiz without any trouble I got wireless working out of the box! I have never had this happen before. Later I will give a review on how Ubuntu Hardy Heron is on the Sony VAIO.