By now volumes have been written about why Canonical will replace its own Unity desktop with GNOME so I won’t bother to express any further opinion on the matter. The only thing I will say is well done GNOME!
I use KDE, but GNOME is awesome too. No doubt Canonical will hack the shit out of it, but nonetheless a real open source project will get a hell of amount of publicity from the move.
Forking Linux distributions is hard, developing display servers is hard and developing desktop environments is even harder so often it’s just best to use what’s already being actively developed.
To that end, enjoy some exciting developments in Plasma land…
I’ve been experimenting with Divi Builder of late for some visual Web design.
Modern WYSIWYG design with Divi.
To be honest I don’t much about the world’s WYSIWYG options (anyone remember Dreamweaver?), but this one seems to do the job well enough. And it’s focused on WordPress which is great as you can still use WordPress as intended if you like.
There’s also Elementor, an open source alternative. It’s creators sell premium options for it.
Late last year Facebook made splash with the announcement of Workplace.
Social networks for business are nothing new of course, but when The Book puts its weight behind the concept you know something’s up. Enterprise social network software vendors have tried to carve out a niche with collaborative portals for years – all with limited success.
Will Facebook dominate the space? From first glance it looks like it has a compelling story to tell compared with both traditional enterprise software companies and the likes of Google, Twitter and LinkedIn (Microsoft). Facebook is a familiar interface and many people use it to collaborate every day.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for Facebook is whether people will actually use it for productive tasks instead of simply a social space for coworkers.
What’s the alternative?
There are plenty of commercial and open source social enterprise options so Facebook hasn’t captured all your data yet. One that stands out is BuddyPress.
BuddyPress is private, feature-rich, open source and based on WordPress, the familiar content system used by millions. Given the ubiquity of WordPress, BuddyPress could be the little social network that could provide a viable alternative to cloud-only options.
An easy way to collaborate with coworkers using WordPress? That is worth sharing.
For the love of sanity can Microsoft give its users the option to reboot when it suits them after an upgrade?
I’ve been stung a few times now by Windows 10 taking upon itself to reboot during a “window” of time after a forced update. A forced restart after a forced update if you will.
What is the problem? Well, if you are working on a few different things and an update appears you have a set period of time to manually restart the system before it’s done for you. And when it’s done for you all your apps and working documents are shut down. Thanks for that.
As far as I can see the only way to prevent this is to watch your notifications like a hawk and if the dreaded restart required notice appears shut down your system gracefully and restart it. And even if your PC is in sleep mode it will still be rebooted automagically!
At the very least put a notification in front of the user and don’t hide it in the sidebar.
A few “apps” in Facebook’s ecosystem appear to have fallen under the radar of its security checks. I was invited to verify my account by a app under Facebook’s app.facebook.com domain but the email was sent with an Exchange server, not ZuckMail 🙂
Facebook phishing app
What (if any) process does Facebook have to shut these down?
We finally moved into our new house we have been building for the past 18 months. As you can imagine it was a bit of a (err, BIG) nightmare, but it’s rewarding when it’s all over and you move in.
I could write a book about the whole saga, but I’d really rather get on with my life.
The only thing I’ll write now – in case I never jot another word about it again – is to offer a few simple words of advice. If you do ever build your own house try to take as much control over the project as you can. Be an owner-builder and manage the trades yourself. No builder is ever going to care about your house project as much as you.
Using a builder is seen as the “safe” choice, but that means nothing if you end up spending as much time catching, and then fixing, the builder’s mistakes. Quality controls are almost non-existent in the building industry and this is no doubt a symptom of demand infinitely exceeding supply in the housing market. The builder simply wants to get each project done and move into the next one.
Anyway, live and learn. If I ever do build another house I know who will be managing the project.