There is a new Humble Bundle (#5) of games out now. It includes up to 8 games, which are cross platform for Linux, Android, Mac and Windows. This is a fantastic way of distributing games, and allows indie developers to get their product out into the marketplace. It is also a clear indication to developers that Linux is a viable market for game development – if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will see that there are more Linux downloads than Mac, and that Linux downloaders pay the most for the games. Did I mention that you have to pay for the games? but you get to choose how much you pay. Go forth and game!
Forget about the zombie apocolypse, forget about alien invasion. The real worry is skynet. With the recent announcements around the advancement of nano technology in computing, fully autonomous robots will be here any day now. Maybe if John Connor had known about that big red kill switch, we wouldn’t have had to endure the third Terminator movie.
This time, it’s not Dotcom on the receiving end of the red hot poker of authority, rather he’s giving some back. Some may say that this is inappropriate given the man is effectively under house arrest in respect of the MegaUpload debacle. However, since he’s technically – although in this instance not practically ([cough]destruction of a business with nothing more than a “megaCONSPIRACY”[/cough] – innocent until proven guilty, why not have some fun with some kiwi politicians?
Having recently converted to Android from my iPhone 4, I have been very happy with the range of apps to replace what I had on iOS. In many cases, I’m finding the apps better. The Android ethos seems to be more about function, rather than design and aesthetics. However, one area where I’ve found the Android to be lacking is in respect of the “todo” category.
Don’t get me wrong, there is no shortage of “todo” apps. However, they seem to be lacking in the features that I want – well one feature to be specific. They don’t allow you to create todo lists within a list. They only seem to provide two heirarchical levels – namely, “categories” and the “todos” themselves. Whilst this may serve most people’s purposes – I assume it must, otherwise, todo app makers would have implemented the feature (surely) – for me, having many levels of hierarchy is important for the way I work.
When I was an iOS user, I had found the perfect app for managing tasks – 2do, made by Guided Ways Technologies. There were two killer features of this app that I loved. First, you could create projects and checklists within a category. This meant that I could organise my “Work” tasks within the framework of “projects”, rather than lumping everything willy-nilly under that ubiquitous category. Secondly, you could add tags to tasks (yes, I know every task manager allows you to add tasks), such as people or words and then (and this is what’s cool) create persistent folders based on tag filters which update as you add new tasks. Whilst many todo apps have similar features – for example Astrid (now) allows subtasks, and you can save filters, it doesn’t have tags – none of them, that I’ve seen so far, have all of them.
The sad thing was that this app wasn’t in the Android Marketplace (now “Play Store”) … until now. 2do has finally been ported to Android, and I’m very pleased. It’s a pay app – it was on iOS also, but I don’t mind, because it’s a damn good app, and I’m happy to pay for damn good apps.
2do has all the other features you would expect of such an app, including priorities, desktop sync, due dates, start dates, notes etc, etc. However, if you want some pretty sophisticated management of your tasks – and if you’re using a task management app, you will probably be into organising stuff – 2do seems to be streets ahead.
Now we live in a digital world, where the majority of content is delivered over the internets. But you don’t get something for nothing, and copyright ensures that this maxim holds true in the digital age. So it’s important to understand how the maths that drives copyright works. You can’t be a true netizen (I can’t believe my spellcheck accepts that as a valid word) without being copyright-math-numerate. Ted talks to the rescue:
Keep this page open in a tab in your browser at all times. Once the stress has built to breaking point and you feel like you’re about to explode, push the button.