koppie — Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:57
Well ok, God made the heavens, but I made this.
Ever wonder what it would be like to stand on a moon of Mars and look up at the night sky? What about Jupiter? Saturn? Here you go:
koppie — Tue, 07/24/2012 - 03:06
For a while now I've felt that the Linux desktop isn't just "as good as" Windows / Mac OS; it's better. But is such an issue even relevant, as everything goes to the cloud? Yes - here's why.
koppie — Fri, 03/09/2012 - 21:55
I am still a lawyer, even if I don't act like it much any more. But I have a client right now, a criminal defendant, and it's time to write a motion. I haven't written a motion in three years; my new laptop is set up for web design, not legal practice. But this was one of those skills that was beaten into me very effectively, so I know what I need.
koppie — Wed, 10/26/2011 - 21:09
I've blogged before about how I hate it when an operating system takes away features that I like. Two years ago, I left KDE for this reason. Two years later, I'm leaving Gnome. Their sin? Removing support for Compiz. I want my spinny cube. To be sure, Gnome 3 has some very nice features, and it's beautiful. But the Gnome developers made a conscious decision to remove support for a popular feature, a feature I lean on heavily.
koppie — Sat, 07/30/2011 - 11:42
Two new awesome cloud-based services have popped up in the last couple weeks: Google Music, and Spotify. They both offer awesome new ways to enjoy your music, but which one is better? Meanwhile, there's a spoiler hidden among those clouds . . .
koppie — Thu, 07/07/2011 - 22:14
It seems awfully harsh to give this fine piece of software a thumbs down, and perhaps it's undeserved.
koppie — Mon, 01/03/2011 - 11:59
Earlier today, Nathan was digging through my drawer and found my old recorder flute. I played a couple simple tunes for him and he LOVED it - he's never really seen me create music before. Well, my silver Bach Stradivarius trumpet happened to be lying right under the bed. So I pulled it out for the first time in ten years. I oiled the valves and played a couple simple tunes on it. Even with my rusty lips, the horn sounded pretty good, and Nathan wa
koppie — Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:15
Macs are kind enough to ship with built-in backup software. How considerate, right? Well, not really; it's just another excuse for Steve Jobs to dig his claws into your wallet. See, the fancy Time Machine software only works if you buy another Apple product to go along with it. But what if, like me, you've got a Windows or Linux-based media PC? Can't you use that as a network drive? Of course you can. Here's how.
koppie — Thu, 11/18/2010 - 01:08
My computer was starting to get a little funky (the printer stopped working - totally not the printer's fault), and I had a brand new version of Ubuntu sitting right here, so I figured, what the heck.
I was in for a treat.
koppie — Sat, 08/28/2010 - 00:18
I remember the early "dot-com" days in 1999 and 2000. It was an exciting time, and as a college student I had front row seats: a new computer, high speed internet access, plenty of free time, and surrounded by fellow students with a loose set of morals, especially when it came to things like pirating mp3's. No one really knew what the internet would turn into. One very popular technology was Voice Over Internet Protocol, or VOIP. Back then, it meant a website with a telephone keypad that let us make free long distance calls.