Matt Hartley was a co-founder of the ever popular and once iTunes front page featured podcast, Weezy and The Swish. These days, Matt works diligently as a consultant for Earth Networks (WeatherBug), proprietor of the largest privately owned weather station network on the planet. In between his duties at WeatherBug, Matt writes on Linux and Open Source projects for QuinStreet. For those looking to connect with Matt, he can be found on Twitter, YouTube and Friendfeed.
In addition to everything above, Matt works on a joint project with his wife called The Home Makeover Diva and provides volunteer services as an assisting project coordinator for the WebcamStudio project. Matt also maintains this Website and everything that goes with it.
Previous to his online career, Matt maintained a successful computer repair business. Most of his clients were high-end, big spending home users that were tired of half-baked solutions from his competition. Matt retired from his computer repair business a few years ago as to pursue new interests on the Web.
My experience with various desktop Linux distributions dates back to early releases of Red Hat, but really took off with early versions of Knoppix. From there, I traveled to Linspire 4.0-5.0, SimplyMepis 3.1, Debian and then finally settled on Ubuntu. Most recently I made the permanent switch to Linux Mint.
My problem solving and troubleshooting dates back to solving a Flash/Audio issue on Linspire 4.5 with a minor piece of code. Since then, I’ve offered up scripts, work-a-rounds and other ways to make the Linux experience as painless for new users as possible.
These days, I spend my time answering questions, writing articles and providing common sense solutions to problems that crop up for the casual Linux enthusiast. I’ve shared tips on selecting software, peripherals among other items of interest to ease the transition for newer Linux users.
But there is other news as well, Some good news, some maybe not so good but necessary. But after it is all said and done, the project named "Reglue"... the project that places computers into the homes of disadvantaged kids, should bear all of your names. Without you, Reglue would not have enjoyed a sliver of the success we've had over the past 5 years. And that lays bare a testament to the power of the global Linux Community.
Wow, Windows 10 is a mixture of fast and ugly. It's definitely faster than Windows 7, even on a single GB of RAM. But once you open that start menu, the ugly just POURS in. I can squeeze out some of the ugly, but sadly Life at a glance appears to be "fixed."
The over all design is, well, flat. And as someone who hates bloat, that's okay. But trying to do, well, anything on this release feels like I'm being advertised to in full force.
I'd say one could choke this one down IF you're willing to overlook the privacy nightmare built in, the ugly start menu and Cortana acting like a needing ex. Baring this, it's great to see Microsoft catching up to features Linux users have enjoyed for years. No, I'm not talking about a personal assistant. That's a feature I'm fine with us missing out on.
Thankfully, my daily computers all run Ubuntu MATE. Installs faster, doesn't nag me, respects my privacy and is ad-free. :)
It'd be the app for when I crap.
This is one of the many reasons that I love my job as a developer. Not only can I create cool things for other people, but some of the most amazing things I have made, I have made just for me :). For example, one of my most useful apps is an internal one that helps Jake and I out on a day to day basis. Our users would have zero use for this type of application, but for us, it is invaluable.
All i have to do is point the Raspberry Pi to the webpage, and it shows my information. Works completely without user interaction on startup as well, just plug it in and it will find the wifi and display the page.
One drawback is that it is a bit heavier than I initially thought it would be, meaning mounting it could be a pretty major issue. This baby might just have to sit on a table somewhere...
Unfortunately with this one, I can't end with "hope you enjoy my work!" Being a developer opens up a world of possibilities if you look outside the box a bit and are willing to learn. If this kind of thing interests you, then please, go out and learn a bit about coding- it can be pretty fun! There are so many resources available and people to help you. I really love how this project turned out and it is quite the statement/conversation piece for any room if you are into that sort of thing ;)
Original Inspiration: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/magic-mirror/
Confession, I've always had a crush on Peg Bundy, and she still looks hot imho.