So, my wife and I have been working on consolidating our blogs into one place, and we’ve decided to move everything to Blogspot (partly because more of the blogs were there to begin with, and partly because Blogspot allows use of a custom domain for free). This blog will remain up as an archive, but all new posts will be on the new one. The address will be moved, so josh.erquiaga.net is still the best address to get to the blog. See you on the other side!
Whoa! I just looked at my last post and realized how long it’s been since I updated. Collin James Erquiaga arrived on June 3rd, 2009. He weighs 8 lbs, 7 oz, which is at least a pound more than any of the babies in our family were. He’s probably the cutest baby boy I’ve ever seen (though I am probably bit biased). We’re so glad he’s here, and Heather and I are both starting to adjust to the reality that comes with that. Check out the cute picture!
Heather had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and was able to get a recording of the baby’s heartbeat on her cell phone. WordPress apparently won’t let me add script code, but if you head over to our family blog, you can hear it too!
You may (or may not) have noticed that my blog has changed addresses! You can now get to it by going to http://josh.erquiaga.net. I’ve had the erquiaga.net domain for a while now, and I’m just getting around to actually using it. So, welcome to the (slightly) improved blog!
My guess is no. I really want to like Linux, and use it all the time. It appeals to the computer geek in me. Unfortunately, I’ve also found that I don’t have the time or the energy to deal with Linux, especially when it takes hours or days just to get my wireless network connection up and running (and let’s face it, a computer isn’t very useful nowadays if you don’t have an internet connection).
This is why Linux in it’s current form will never be a mainstream operating system, no matter how many computer makers pre-install it on their machines. Despite whatever perceived flaws Windows has (including Vista), for the vast majority of machines you can just install it and go, and all your hardware will work out of the box. Apple makes it even easier on you, because they only have a limited amount of hardware that their operating system has to run.
The moral of the story is that until you can install Linux on anything and just have it work, it won’t be a mainstream OS. People don’t want to spend days on a forum and running obscure terminal commands to get their computer working.
So, today I finally uninstalled Chrome. I had thought that perhaps I would use it solely for the "turn-a-webpage-into-a-desktop-app” functionality, but even that is problematic, mainly because of the fact that Chrome is not a full-featured browser (is that too much to ask from a browser that has been in development for two years?). It works fine for Google Apps (though there are some weird rendering issues with Google Calendar that I don’t get with Firefox), but if I click on a link to anything (say, an article from Google Reader) the link is opened in Chrome (of course) and is generally mangled by Chrome’s rendering engine. Maybe one day I’ll use it (though I doubt it, unless it can somehow match the functionality of Firefox – or day I say even IE).
Microsoft labs just released a really cool concept called Photosynth, which basically stitches a bunch of photos together into a 3D type image. You can check out the reference ones they’ve done at their site (here). I went ahead and stitched together some of my Macchu Picchu pictures (here). The synth wasn’t great (apparently only 24% synthy, or 24% matchability), but it’s pretty cool none-the-less. Now that I know how Photosynth works (they have a video guide here if you want to try your own), I can take pictures of the cool places we go that will be “synthable.”