Saturday, October 15, 2011

Google Buzz comes to an end

Reported out of Slashdot.org this morning is Google is shutting down the Google Buzz social network.

Google Buzz was considered as Google's answer to Twitter where users to could post their status right within the GMail. However the service sparked major controversy and privacy issues when it was released as it was implemented to all users without so much as a warning as well as all updates where publically readable.

After much backlash, these privacy concerns where fixed, however Google Buzz continued to declined on user base and popularity.

Google recently released another social network called Google+ and Buzz's closure is to allow them to focus on developing this network.

Google says:
In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.
 On the same blog post, Google annouced they will be closing other services like Google Code, Jaiku, and University Research Program for Google Search.

The full blog post can be read here.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Creating a Bootable Linux USB Thumb Drive

An increasingly common method for install operating systems these days is to boot from a USB Pen/Thumb Drive and install the desired operating system over USB.

While providing a faster install, in comparison to optical media, for Linux operating systems, this can also be setup as a live OS running from the USB, allowing it to be booted from any computer, while saving all your data and settings.

However when it come to creating a Bootable USB Thumb Drive with Linux installed, this can be a task in itself without the proper tools (especially for Windows users like myself). For some months now I have been using one tool in particular to painlessly setup a bootable USB drive allowing me to install a Linux OS right from the USB drive.

Pendrivelinux.com offers a range of guides and tools for running Linux OS from a USB Thumb drive and this is where I have found the Universal USB Installer. This is a Windows tool that allows to setup a USB Thumb drive to be bootable with your choice of Linux distro.


You can either have the desired OS disk image pre-downloaded or the utility can download it for you. This can be down from selecting which distro you want setup on your USB drive, pointing the utility to the disk image and selecting with USB drive you want to install to.

It's simple, easy to use and works every time.

Universal USB Installer - http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

For creating a Bootable USB Drive in Ubuntu, use Startup Disk Creator. Instructions can be found on their download page - http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

Steve Jobs dies aged 56

Apple's former CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs died today aged 56.

Steve Jobs (Image: Apple Inc.)

Jobs has been for a long time now battling Cancer and today he lost that battle. While Steve has on several occasion taken leave from the company due to health concerns, all of us in the technology industry knew this day was coming. Although this news was still shocking for everyone.

I found this news over Twitter, were people littering this streams with well wishes and retweets of the news of his passing.

Steve Jobs founded Apple Computers along with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, and from then the company has many ups and downs. However since Steve Jobs return to the company 1997, Apple Inc. has been on the increase of profits and innovation. Not only have we seen new designs in Desktop and laptop computing, but revolutionary (and evolutionary) devices such as the iPhone which took over and redefined the smartphone market, the iPod which redefined the way we listened to music, and the iPad which showed the world (and Microsoft) how tablet computing should be done.

The world is today morning the loss of what they are calling a visionary, genius and man on the levels of Einstein. Jobs was able to turn a failing company in to billion dollar industry icon.

Does this mean the end for Apple? Certainly not. Many people are unaware that Steve Jobs hasn't been behind the latest innovations at Apple while the company still shows its ability to amaze and dominate the industry  Tim Cook was recently announced as the successor of Steve Jobs as CEO who has continued to drive the ideals and innovation that Steve has ingrained into the culture of Apple over the years.

Steve Jobs will be remembered as a great business man and a visionary. Fair well Steve Jobs.