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Quick Update Cards Stickers

So I guess it is becoming more  common for me to blog about what Maia has been doing. This time how ever this is an update on cool stuff she has orignised for our Loco and meeee.

Firstly way cool shiny bubble like puffy stickers for laptops. Then comes to awesome business cards as Ubuntu Members we can get  cards printed.

Here is a pic of mine. These are possibly the geekiest things I have ever owned they even have my GPG fingerprint on them

Monday, October 18th, 2010 General 3 Comments

Ubuntu Books, The Unboxing

So today I was happy enough to be greeted with a nice shiny brown box . Filled with new books Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu Desktop.

These books were a present to our Loco from Heather Fox and Debra Williams-Cauley see for more details.

Problem with this is that the idea behind these books is they were supposed to be shared among the Loco and every one was supposed to have a chance. Our loco Ubuntu-ZA is spread all around and way way across the county.  So sharing doesn’t seem like a realistic option. So I am looking for suggestions as to what we can do with these snazzy new books.

Before I requested them  Maia suggested we will decide when we get them so now it is time. Possible options are

  • Random raffle and give them out to the winner.
  • Make it a prize for a competition such as designing our new Ubuntu-ZA T-Shirts(or any thing else we can think of)
  • ….
  • Insert your ideas here?

Any how I am never very good at these type of things so for now I will keep them safe until we can decide what to do with them.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 General 4 Comments

Community Is More Then Just Numbers

Hopefully this gets me back into the whole blogging thing.

I have been meaning to write this for some time but oddly enough real world requires time and effort as well. We don’t often realise that Ubuntu success isn’t as much because it is a great distro but rather it is a great community.

Although this applies to most groups with in Ubuntu I would like to use this post to direct my thanks at Ubuntu-ZA. Over the last few weeks we have noticed an uptake in the number of users that pop into our irc channel #ubuntu-za or on the mailing list with issues we might have found simple or mundane but you guys have been there in full force to help out, educate, enlighten and enrich their lifes for the better.

One such case deserves special mention Kilos. He came into #ubuntu-za as a complete new user to Ubuntu. He was a Windows man before. He mentions on his blog one particular case where he was trying to mount a Floppy drive no one in #ubuntu-za had even used a floppy drive in years and yet for hours people offered help and guidance talking him through it.

I don’t want this to sound one sided on the contrary, Kilos has put far far more effort into learning then we as a team have given back. I just felt it was necessary to point this out for references. It truly amazes me how one can learn things if one puts the effort in.

Any how I am rambling I just feel it prudent to share his blog, to think that ubunu-za could have such an impact one some ones life amazes me.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 General 1 Comment

Stellenbosch Ubuntu Hour

Today I was presently surprised to see a mail from Maia. She had set up and gotten started on Ubuntu-za’s first Ubuntu Hour!! Can some one say Awesome?

Of course when first reading her email I thought what no internet lets move it to the University Library, clearly not the point of Ubuntu hour which I was pointed out to by Anthony Hook so thanks 🙂

Anthony I hope you don’t mind but I paraphrased same of your points and added them to the Wiki so that others don’t make the same mistake I did.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 General 2 Comments

Blackberry Development on Linux

Dear Blackberry.

Would you please stop packaging your RIM development platform (That is written in java and runs perfectly well on Linux) in .exe format that does funky checks and api calls that fails to run in wine. Thanksbye.

On serious note I see many forum posts “Can I install this on Linux” to which all reply “No sorry you can’t” Ye you can install it on Linux but you can copy the installed files over to Linux go figure.

I would go into more details but seriously all you need is a windows box to install the files and copy them over 🙂

Also if you would like to install your applications using Linux. Take a look at barry-utils you will need at least 0.15 since bjavaloader was only included in this release. Debian has this version and there is a bug on launchpad requesting an update at least for lucid.

Monday, November 23rd, 2009 General 7 Comments