A new thing called “sporn” hits the intertubes
Erv writes a post: SPORE: Obvious happens, EA shocked which points out a flaw in the plan by EA games to take over the world … they may be causing the “The Internet is ruining society” scenario du jour.
You see, spores (entities that users, players of the game, create on by what is all accounts amazing entity-creating software) created in this new universe are automatically converted to readily available animations, automatically uploaded to You Tube. But they can be very racy, even pornographic.
EA has been taking down sporn YouTubes and Sporepedia entries, and putting sporn makers accounts in ‘time-out’. Evidently it is someones job to sift through every single uploaded creature to make sure they arent ‘naughty’
And Crossover 7.0 is out.
CodeWeavers, Inc., a leading developer of software products that transform Mac OS X and Linux into Windows-compatible operating systems, today announced the release of CrossOver Mac 7.0 and CrossOver Linux 7.0, both available for purchase immediately.
Both version of CrossOver 7.0 will include support for Microsoft Office 2007 (including Outlook 2007), newer versions of Quicken, and the Adobe CS and CS2 line of products, particularly Photoshop. source
According to the Codeweaver’s web site, this should run EndNote 7.0 pretty well but not flawlessly. Might even run EndNote 8.0, but more flawfully.
EMACS, the geekiest of all editors assume that the world works that way. The idea of a wrap-around line is something Emacs can handle, but astonishingly, not by default. Well, that may work for writing and reading certain kinds of files, but the benefits of having this be the default for a modern text editor are highly questionable. This is why I don’t use EMACS, though I love the idea of a text editor being an operating system. (Well, a meta shell that functions as an operating system, anyway.)
I use Gedit (G-nome’s editer).
If you use Linux, you probably use Ubuntu, and thus you probably use Gedit as well. What you may not know is that Gedit can be enhanced (as with EMACS) with numerous plugins and stuff.
For instance, you can make Gedit act like a terminal in-line. This way you can type code, execute it in place, and get the output in your document. This is cool, for instance, for messing around with scripts or interpreted languages such as R, a statistical package. Garbage in, garbage out, garbage all over the page.
One of the most significant functionalities in gedit that I don’t believe is a plugin is its ability to handle regular expressions in the search or search and replace functions. If you do not know the meaning of the prior sentence, then you don’t know about a world of wonder and amazement. It would be like knowing about eating but not knowing about French food. Or knowing about sex but not knowing about … whatever. It would be like being a Windows user all your life. How depressing.
(By the way, did you know that Microsoft Nework owns the domain “www.windowssucks.com”???)
I personally have added very few plugins, though some (such as some of the programming modes) came with the distro installed and turned on. There is a current review of gedit plugins here, and you can get the official plugins here.
You can also write your own plugins or get third party plugins.
The point here is that I installed an important piece of software without “closing all applications, saving all data” and I did not have to reboot. Now, if this was a bad application that would crash a system, it might have been a good idea to save the data before actually running it. But such applications are so rare in Linux that it is hardly worth it.
Anyway, the review cited above gives gPodder a good recommendation. So do I. It seemed to work just fine when I used it just now to check out Mark Decker‘s recent interview on the aforementioned radio show, and my own interview in early May on Academic Freedom, with Mike.
The only real differences between gPoder and iTunes, as far as this review indicates and as far as I can see, are: gPodder is much, much faster to load and does not link you to the iTunes music store. Try it, you’ll like it.
As you probably know, there are many different distributions of Linux. Here is a somewhat tongue in cheek review of the current status of some of them from http://www.linuxjournal.com/ Linux Journal. Gentoo users, do not watch this, please.