Keep in sync with Xmarks

xmarks

While I’m putting together my final review of Moon OS I thought I’d talk a little about a plugin I use a lot these days. Xmarks started initially as foxmarks, a Firefox plugin for backing up your bookmarks and actually syncing them each time you add/remove links. Adding a plugin to firefox is such an easy and, importantly, quick procedure that it meant you could share your bookmarks between two places effortlessly.

That functionality continues today with Xmarks but has been improved and expanded to include other browsers.

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Meandering through Moon OS part one

MoonOS Logo

September 9th, 2009 brought with it the third release of Moon OS codename Makara. It’s been on my periphery for a while now, seen in a similar vein to Elive but instead Moon OS presents itself as an installable OS rather than Elive, which I’ve alway found to be appealing if a little unpredictable. According to the website it’s powered by Ubuntu but I see a definite minty hand in how it’s laid out, certainly the grub gfx boot.

One of the stand out things I take from the website, screenshots and now I’ve booted from the cd the actual system is quite how good looking it is. Not too pretty, not too slick but slim and salubrious. I must admit I like the green. Having been an Ubuntu man for some time I’ve become used to Browns and oranges, a hint of red perhaps but mainly earthy colours on my Desktop. Green seems like a sensible progression and although I’ve never liked the green of OpenSUSE, Moon OS has it spot on.

But I digress, lets see some screenshots shall we?

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Tweeted this week 2009-09-13

  • We need more ip addresses! Bring on ipv6, 340 trillion, trillion, trillion can’t be wrong. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8227117.stm #
  • Speech Debelle wins Mercury prize… fair enough. Just glad Kasabian didn’t win, ‘cos they really need the money and recognition.. #
  • Oh stuff the olives Giovanni! Thanks Define Theatre for a great show, nice to get a bit of culture on a saturday night http://bit.ly/17FNfc #

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Google Maps Online Monopoly

Finally a use, if a purely entertaining one, for google maps other than to find your house!

According to ITProportal.com:

Just like the traditional board form of the game, the online version of Monopoly will let players purchase properties, as well as build football stadiums and other attractive sites along with houses and hotels.

Furthermore, the Chance cards will enable users to build prisons and waste-yards on their rivals’ streets. The Monopoly game is reportedly hitting the floor on 9 September.

Players will start the free version of the game with three million Monopoly dollars, and can snap up Downing Street for $231,000, as well as Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue, where White House stands, for $2 million.

I like the fact that the initial release of this game will be free to play with a possible Premium version coming afterwards. Fun for everyone for free, as most google apps are. According to the game’s official website, “The goal is simple. Play to beat your friends and the world to become the richest property magnate in existence. Own any street in the world. Build humble houses, crazy castles and stupendous skyscrapers to collect rent”.

I think it’s a great idea and I hope it’s successful, I know I will be playing.

Tweeted this week 2009-09-06

  • Watched bruno last night: not laughed like that since borat! "why are you so anti-hamas? isn't pita bread the real enemy?" #
  • You've got to love radio1 : played tenacious d tribute, followed by biffy clyro – golden rule: great work soundtrack! #
  • I can tweet from my desktop with a widget.. how are you supposed to say that with a straight face? #

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Kubuntu 9.10 Kapture – a networking desktop

Well, after a little shuffling and sorting I decided to install Kubuntu Karmic Koala Alpha 5 on a spare partition on one of my hard drives. It recently became spare when I erased its former occupant: Windows 7. It was just taking up space…

After a bit of a lagging installation I find myself, having just clicked the “don’t restart” yet button, wanting to show off a feature I found completely by accident. A now included Plasma Widget for Facebook pictured below and the nano blog widget.

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