April 11, 2012

To The Mountain

So it's my holidays from uni at the moment. I've been making use of my week off by sleeping a lot! (And of course watching anime, but that's another story.) So today, I went to Mt Tamborine to look around the place and bushwalk through the rainforest. The scenery was great and I saw many interesting shops! Here are some pics to enjoy. =)

Setting out
First destination: Thunderbird Park
Enjoying lunch at the S'marge Cafe
My awesome 'Hamburger with the Lot'
Posing in front of a few gift shops
Finally seeing the waterfall whilst bushwalking
Musk Pencils
So this ends my brief day at Mt Tamborine. I had lots of fun! There were lots of gift shops varying from lollies, chocolates, candles, souvenirs, clocks, clothes and more! It was like a street full of gift shops. Also there were a few cafes to satisfy your hunger. In the end, I bought a packet of 'Musk Pencils' to try out and guess what, they tasted like sweet chalk! Seriously! That's what I thought they tasted like. I don't mind it I guess, but its not really my favourite. It was an interesting and entertaining day to remember.

Bye, Ubuntu 10.10

The end has come for Ubuntu 10.10 users. Released in October 2010, Ubuntu 10.10 was notable for introducing the first Ubuntu distro to feature the Unity interface as well as using Shotwell as the default photo manager. Ubuntu 10.10 also brought a refined installer with new check screens and 3rd party software options to the user.

Announcing the news on the Ubuntu Developer mailing list, Canonical's Kate Stewart writes:-

This note is just to confirm that the support period for Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) formally ends on April 10, 2012 and Ubuntu Security Notices no longer includes information or updated packages for Ubuntu 10.10.
The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 10.10 is via Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal).  Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NattyUpgrades.  Note that upgrades to version 11.04 and beyond are only supported in multiple steps, via an upgrade first to 11.04, then to 11.10. Both Ubuntu 11.04 and Ubuntu 11.10 continue to be actively supported with security updates and select high-impact bug fixes.

Latest Chrome OS Build Looks Like Windows

Take a look at the screenshot above. Notice anything similar to Windows? That's right. The latest Chrome OS build has managed to redesign the UI into a somewhat similarity to Window's taskbar. First, to all the Google lovers that will be defending the platform in the comments, we know that Microsoft, Apple, and Google have all copied ideas from each other, such as Apple’s ‘Notification Center’ on iOS being a closely modified rip from Android. But this, this is not even trying.

So basically. everyone knows that Microsoft and Apple have copied various design features from Google, could this be a retaliation? If so, it needs to live up to the standards if it wants to take over the OS scene. Simply taking the best from both Windows and Mac OS X, combining them, and calling it a new OS, may not be the right strategy for improving the computing platform for us users. Consumers are looking for Google to innovate, not copy and paste. After all, Google always comes up with new and cool stuff that most other companies would not even think about. So what you think?