Microsoft’s latest version of its Windows operating system is out today. Windows 8 brings with it big user interface changes and the biggest being the desktop replaced by apps/widgets. The operating system is designed to be used on tablets, touch screens and pc’s so the desktop is now an app and internet Explorer 10 comes in two versions (nightmare for web designers). A mini version for handhelds and a desktop version. Continue reading →
If you use an iphone and use the app store to find and download your apps then you may have noticed an increase in app stores on the web. I find Itunes a pain to use and prefer finding apps using a web browser rather than through the iphone.
I have put together a list of app stores for the iphone here.
Appboy is an iPhone and iPad app directory that enables you to review, download and create categorized lists of apps.
SmokinApps is a directory for mobile apps, but also features app reviews with “editor’s ratings” to help you learn and discover the best apps for iOS and Android.
Chomp is a beautifully-designed iOS app directory that enables you to discover and review apps.
AppsFire is a social apps directory with heavy Facebook integration and mobile apps for discovering the best apps on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Appitalism is a community-driven mobile app director for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and other devices.
AppStoreHQ aggregates app reviews from around the web and on Twitter and organizes them to create a leaderboard of the “hottest” iPhone, Android and iPad apps.
Appolicious combines social networking, journalism and technology to help discover iPhone, Android and iPad apps.
The latest release of Ubuntu was released recently and I upgraded my Microsoft free laptop to the latest build to see what you get.
At first I was a bit worried about upgrading as I was on version 8, and not version 9 as this for some reason would not install cleanly.
The upgrade also fixed the issue of none of my browser except for opera being able to run Flash. But now I can return to my Firefox with web developer toolbar again.
The integration with social networks is also a new feature, with the all in one messaging system from empathy. It allows me to be logged into facebook messenger, yahoo, msn etc all at once.
The biggest change for me was moving the maximise and minimise buttons to the top left just like the mac. Takes a little getting used too.
All in all the latest version of Ubuntu is worth upgrading to and at this rate will not be moving back to Windows soon. Only thing now is that I need filezilla functionality to be the same as the PC version and notepadd++ ported over without using Wine.
The fokes from Mozilla release Thunderbird 3 yesterday. If you are still using outlook express or windows mail then I recommend you check out Thunderbird 3. I have used Thunderbird 2 for a number of years now and prefer it to Outlook, which is microsofts premium do all email client. The problem with out look is that is is bulk, takes too long to load and is difficult to find emails through search.
Thunder Bird 2 searched for emails fast but Thunder bird 3 looks like it adds an extra level of intelligence to get the email you want.
Over the weekend I decided to reinstall a new operating system on my home laptop. This was because windows xp had started to grind to a very slow speed and it was taking an age just to start firefox and my email. It got to the point were I just did not turn my computer off in order to save time. So I decided to do a Matt Cutts and try and run my home office Microsoft free.
I chose Ubuntu as my operating system and downloaded Ubuntu 9.10 as an ISO file which could be burned. I had to do this on another computer as my CD drive was knackered. This posed a problem with installing as I had no CD drive. So I had the option of taking the hard drive out and installing into a laptop with a working CD. But luckily my father in law has the same laptop and I just swapped the drives around.
Now for some reason 9.10 would not install as it caused the installation procedure to crash and remain incomplete. So I started again with Ubuntu version 8.04 which has long term support. This installed cleaning without any problems.
Once configured I installed the following apps to get me into a developer ready mode.
I also use syncplicity on windows to keep my password database syncronised between home and the office. Ubuntu provide their own app call Ubuntu One which gives you 2GB free space. But the do not have a Windows client for the office. Also Syncplicity uses .net 3.0 framework, which cannot be installed over wine. So I will be know on the look for a windows/linux client for file syncing.
All this took me a good part of Sunday to complete. But the final result is a very fast old laptop with all the features I need to carry on developing.
There are a lot of excellent free Windows comprehensive repairing and fixing tools around the internet.
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