Chris J Powell

iOS 5 is here, RIM and the Grim Reaper, Ubuntu 11.10 today!

Ok so the “non-fanboy” jumped on board with the official release of iOS 5 for both my iPad and my daughter’s iPod Touch and well I must say I am underwhelmed at this point.  I chose to basically do a clean install and return both devices back to original settings and while the upgrade went smoothly with only minor firewall hiccups it is the time after the install that well I found to be quite…well…meh.

To be honest I have not played with all the new features but I can not seem to get the Home Sharing to work, wireless sync through to a Virtual Machine version installed version of iTunes is a no go…the new Safari moves things in the right direction, Twitter integration…great but not really any different than it was before, iMessage will be a non starter for me because…well why?


I will say though the news stand does intrigue me, the iPad Camera (as the iPod Touch Camera) still suck so no gains there, Photo Editing…well I paid for some apps to do this so too little too late.


For all you Apple Fanboys out there you may have a different opinion but for me…this would not be a deal breaker and I would still expect a device that costs more than $500 to have proper file system access so that I can actually do something with the 3 Terabytes of media that I have available to me without having to fight with the device and configure buggy 3rd party apps.  but that is me.


RIM has the Grim Reaper Knocking at its door


What do you get when you mix a hardware failure with an inefficient backup plan that failed to jump in to save the day?  Well RIM I would like you to meet the Grim Reaper, he is here to take what little loyalty you still had with your Blackberry product line and flush it.  How the mighty fall, first the Playbook which if they had a developer community at all could have been a success but no apps means no sales…that is just the way it is.

For those of you who have not heard, RIM and its email and messenger services have been in the dark for the past 3 days…globally!  Now when your servers go down on the biggest day of the year for your main competitor…well 70 million disgruntled customers is not something that anyone wants to have but it has happened to Canada’s Tech Giant.


The writing is on the wall, Death is at the Door and I would not be surprised to see RIM snapped up and broken appart before the end of the year.  Another sad song for a great Canadian Tech Innovator.


Ubuntu 11.10 officially available


So I have been using Ubuntu 11.10 for about a month now in its Beta and Release Candidate forms and I can say with some certainty that this is the best version from Canonical that I have seen yet.  I am used to the Unity Desktop, the pieces fit together nicely and its timing could not be better.


With Apple finding its stride in the world of a Post PC era, Windows chugging away with its new identity and there not really being an alternative beyond those two offerings…it is refreshing to see that there is an alternative that works with modern hardware and even better is completely FREE!

For those out there fighting the good fight…it is is such a good fight in the Occupy Wall Street and its global spin offs…Fight the Power…download Ubuntu…move away from the Man and unite!  Ok that is about all I can stand about that topic, I really don’t understand what they are trying to accomplish or if anyone anywhere is really listening to what they have to say at this point but in a free and democratic society…even if you want to talk gibberish…it is your inalienable right to do so…to exercise that right.


But back to Ubuntu.  Also known as the Oneric Ocelot, 11.10 comes to us much more polished than its predecessor Natty Narwhal back in April 2011.  Some of the features that have been upgraded or added include:


  1. Gone is the native Gnome Support…you can still install it…but it is not directly part of Ubuntu.
  2. Deja Dump which is a native Backup Utility
  3. Mozilla Thunderbird enters as the new default email client…I will miss evolution but I look forward to getting familiar with an old friend
  4. The big news with this release is ARM support!  What does this mean…well Ubuntu 11.10 can now run on basically any piece of hardware out there!  Full OS no scaled back altered or modified tweaks, nothing but Open Source Goodness.  So if you have a Playbook, TouchPad or even a cheap Chinese Tablet…maybe Ubuntu is for you!


Well the day waits for no one and fortune favors the bold so it is off to work I go…hi ho, hi ho!




Chris J Powell

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