The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves… to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection [and] opens the door to foreign influence and corruption….

— George Washington

I Cast Mine Pod at Thee!

Lately I’€™ve been listening to the UbuntuOS podcast about the Ubuntu Linux distro. It’€™s a good show, for sure, though there’€™s a bit too much down time where the guys are just sitting there saying, “Yeah… uh… so linux is pretty cool, yeah….” It really does remind me of my conversations with my brother, but with some more varietous viewpoints.

The people on the ‘cast are constantly citing website addresses or terminal commands. It would be useful to develop a technology that would allow the people speaking on the podcast to send text directly to the listeners. Imagine the show mentions a website, and up pops in the corner of your screen or your media player a notification window. Why not use libnotify/notification-daemon? Actually, such a technology already exists in the form of Vorbis metadata. At least one program, called FreeCast, seems to have a feature like that.

Last night at some absurdly late hour (as if 2:30am isn’€™t late) I read a the keynote from OLS. I was very impressed with the debunking of the “Linux has no device support” myth. It’€™s worth a read.






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