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Torben Gundtofte-Bruun
Works at Raiffeisen Bank International
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Impressive demo: Ubuntu on tablets

That's a really smooth transition between tablet mode and window mode, but I assumed it would require a powerful device. Then they showed the same thing on a Nexus 4, and because its screen is smaller, hey why don't we just connect a bigger one while we're at it? Just... Wow.

Via +Jan Moren​.
Making videos is hard.  It's taken a lot longer than I hoped to get this finished.  Anyway, here you go - Convergence In Action.

All the Unity & Mir code will land in the trunk once the teams are happy with the quality.  Some of it is already there.  We're still not quite satisfied with Xmir, there is more work to do around the input stack, so please bear with us while we get the bugs ironed out and then we'll get the alpha version ready for you to try on your own devices.

If you can get to MWC, come and see us in hall 8, 1F41.  If you can't, that's why we made you this video, and I'll capture a few moments from next week and share them here.

Filmed in Potatovision.

(Huge thanks to everyone who helped get us this far.  Thanks for staying up late, getting up early and working through lunchtimes to fix bugs, add features and get the demo's working.  It is enormously appreciated.  Go Ubuntu!)
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Linux for experts
My last post got me some responses. Now how about this amusing conundrum for all you advanced Linux people? 

I want to install wine but as you can see from the link, in order to do that, Ubuntu wants to remove my graphics drivers. That doesn't make any sense to me at all! 

Explanations are welcome, solutions even more so. I put a bounty on this question -- in case virtual brownie points are useful to you :-)
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What happens when you let a two-year-old sit on your lap while at the computer? He closes your browser with 25+ open tabs that you weren't finished with, that's what.

The browser history is not all that useful when it contains all the gunk you visited after those open tabs. I have no idea how far I'd need to go back. Wife suggests to take this as a zen exercise and leave it be.

Ommmm. :-)
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Chrome "Previous Tabs" option... I use it when my One-year-old wants to take a seat in my lap while at the computer...

I know the situation all too well +Torben Gundtofte-Bruun!
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This may help to explain why Google is, I believe, slowly but steadily losing our trust.
I used to be a great fan of Google, but that feeling is being eroded. This article is very interesting as it shows how things have changed, how things have slipped from awesome to worrisome.

I'm looking for alternatives to their still-awesome services, primarily of course Gmail. There are plenty of alternatives, and many that I could either host myself or pay to have it hosted in Switzerland -- but none are that good. 


Say what you like about Apple, and I can complain about them at length, you always know what to expect from them. (A gorgeous velvet glove enclosing an exquisitely sleek titanium fist.) But Google seems increasingly to have fragmented into a hydra with a hundred tone-deaf heads, each with its own distinct morality and personality. That wouldn’t matter so much if trust and awesomeness — “don’t be evil!” “moonshots!” — weren’t so intrinsic to the Google brand … which, to my mind, gets a little more tarnished every year.
Dear Google: what happened? Android sales are falling. Chrome has become a bloated hog. Analysts are calling you "the new Microsoft," or worse, "the new..
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+Torben Gundtofte-Bruun, I have not lost trust in +Google!  
There is No Need IMO to switch to an alternative.

There is a lot they are doing, that requires me to "join in."  However, it has nothing to do with trust.  I can certainly arrange to develop my own tools to do what Google allows me to do on their ecosystem, but with the ease, and low effort, of using their "at no additional charge" products, I will take the opportunity to run with them.  

I maybe too young to remember most of the MS products.  However I have used Windows 3.1.  Even with a Bob-like character who taught me to use two hands to type on a keyboard.  I got my "Hotmail" (and ICQ) in the late 90's.  I worked for MSN Internet services during the Butterfly phase.  I got distracted, then I took a leave  #Offline  for a season.  By the early 2000's I got back onto the net.  Not really pulling a livelihood from cyberspace, I did a bit of the MSN Messenger, Dabbled with Skype, then enjoyed IRL for another stint.  By 2008 I decided it was time to buy a Mac.  Then I opted for an iPhone.  I enjoyed the ease of not "building" my own computer, but, I felt a bit restricted by the "Apple" exclusivity.  I went heavily into "Shareware" and Open Source, where I enjoyed the liberty of customization, and lower price.  

It was about this time that I switched to gMail, and within two years was sporting +Android, and I am ever so glad I did.  Google, I figure, knows everything.  It is not so much that I feel Google is eternally Awesome, and immune to being driven by The–God–of–Money.  It is the direction that The Internet seems to be heading, that is less then comfortable.  

There was a time, when it was less than hard to find what I wanted to know.  Today, I am spoon fed "INformation" that is related to "Past" queries.  When I was relatively "New" to the Net, all that "History" was non-existent.  So I could see a lot more "New Knowledge."  

For me, to enter a string of words in a +Google search field, I will probably get stuff related to my profile.
I can go to a Library to find what I already know.  But to find unrelated content for discovery, I find +Google+  fascinating.  (Yes, there are algorithms to "Suggest" people that may interest me, and determine what is in my stream.)  There is content that humans upload that I can discover, that is undeniably unrelated to my profile (That is my on-line constructed data file of "What I am doing, or about to do, that is of commercial value.)  
If there is any "Lack of Trust" issue, it is found not with +Google, but +TechCrunch!  Are they trying to work the stocks?  Do they have an agenda to manipulate mass opinions to sell shares of one company, to boost the value of another?  

I am remembering Apple, back in the early 2000's when Steve Jobs was saying, (paraphrase) Microsoft is not our competition, +Sony is.  I don't remember what happened to stocks of ANY of those companies for those dates. (Good luck searching the Internet Archives by dates ;)

Here, from my perspective, the article is talking about Google, and comparing them to Microsoft in terms of being a profit hungry corporation.  Wasting moneys on frivolous gadgets, and products with minimal shelf life. [ Interesting Journey ]

We seem to be in the end of an era that began in the early computing stages, this is the transitional time from, I guess 2005, where we are leaving the confines of Local Storage.  We have been untethered from the infancy of computers, grown through the stages of independance, we have courted into the relationship of constantly connected.  Now moving into the age of technotronic–Technology, and electronic devices that enrich our routines and replace our traditional rituals; they become fixed on our person, and relied upon throughout our tasks–civilization. 

In 2008, I wanted my next "computer" to be "Boxless."  I did not desire to be cloud based, I thought that I could have SSD's, and Drives that would read SDs, and USB sticks, and HD DVDs & Blu Ray Discs.  with wireless keyboard and trackballs.  Then I realized a huge increase in hearing radio ads talking about Monthly subscriptions for Office.  The audience didn't even need to have the program stored on a local drive.  (I think it was near to the last time I bought a physical DVD too.  I never got Blu Ray discs.  I never even bought a player!  I am a huge fan of Full length Motion Picture films too!  It seems like I can never get enough of them.)  

The ChromeBook is probably my next "computer" purchase.  I also plan to research Arduino, and build the "2008 Boxless System" I had earlier imagined.  Not from lack of trust.  But Stubbornness to embrace change, I am not convinced into a move: to fully endorse the cloud for all my storage uses.  The use of Google, on one level reminds me of the Apple restriction, but it is The Internet, there are way more tools than just Chrome browsers available.  It is the multiplause of going from Android to Mac, to Windows, to BlackBerry, to Linux, and back to any of them with no real hardship.  That is the most liberty I have had in computing since I first plugged away on the Commodore 64!  Hello Awesomeness!  

With Chrome, I can "Broadcast" my screen from the Chromebook, onto a Large Screen of choice.  The lack of "Retina Display" or a limit to 14" in screen size is no problem.  The programs and services that Google releases to us, the end user, or even the copyright holder, are done using electronic devices based on structures that rely on infrastructure that was laid down at least a century past.  These sources of power, come from generators broadcasting electricity over cables strung during an Era when corporate America was beginning her rise to fame!  

The structures erected to feed this power were done at a fraction of the cost, (The wages wouldn't have to be great, there was a depression, if there was any work to be done, that is likely where the workers will flock!)  We today are still paying down fees for the "debt."  If there is anymore "Lack of Trust" I dare say it is towards the Mammon Electricity Companies!  

The Microsoft workers, naturally, would also seek employment in a "profitable" environment.  At least where there is a wage to be had.  

If there is any complaints about an unassailable firehose of money, I'd say it were the electric companies.  It could be wirelessly emitted, and produced with zero mechanical parts.  Of course, it would require a complete overhaul to every electrical system used today.  (And I consider that this would take place in my lifetime, and it makes me reluctant to invest in "expensive" electronics.  Albeit, there will always be people who will use converters, or patches to tap into old frequencies.)  +Elon Musk is doing wonderful things with storage, and transportation of electricity.  Thankfully here is a visionary with dreams, and desires beyond the limits of what is current.  

Reading this article also reminded me of TBS.  When Cable merged with Movie Studios, and NEWS became a 24h broadcast.  There were a lot of powerful figures moving in the seats of boardrooms, and departments of importance.  A lot of moneys were being funneled into areas of questionable importance.  AKA, The Internet.  

Today, it is the Goods, and Products that are advertised that bring me to a place of disgust.  I am living in the easiest time to be alive on planet earth.  In my opinion, of course.  If I think I need anything, I can go run to a couple corporate stores, or do a quick query into an online search field–+Google I find is the easiest for me–then next thing I know, I got what I wanted.  

I am not the only one who feels this way either, I have discussed this with friends, and business associates.  We can have anything we want, it is simple to have it today. (or whenever it is needed)

If there is a "Lack of Trust," I would say it is with these stores of mass produced items collecting dust on countless items of inventory, remaining over-priced, and under appreciated.  I know that I cannot produce these items for the cost I can pick them up, but the lack of quality, and the restraint of originality are gross disappointments.  More and more each passing year, the value seems to be dropping, but the price increases beyond a reasonable inflation rate.  

I'm not interested in rehashing #Occupy .  There should be still people sitting in the parks, because Capitalism has still not ended.  In fact, I too want to enjoy the perks of capitalism.  Free Enterprise is what can allow for greater creativity in the marketplace.  

If the clients pour the Kool-Aide, and the audience is ready to drink, why shouldn't the glass enjoy the fruits?  Google is being filled with tasty treats, and the users are still thirsty for the drinks.  The marketplace is still open for trade.

It is not necessary that your admiration towards Google gets shaped by the plots and theatrics of skilled writers.  Just as the Maps are given to navigate our amazing Earth (and soon Mars!)  Allow your online experience to be enjoyed with Google; for as long as they remain.  Through their many developing changes, and structural maturity.  Even "Awesome" Google can retire for Mature Google.  (FYI Mammon is not the only "M" word to describe a giant!)  

It is our choice where we want to put our wealth.  Some folks have more of it, and can afford to devote it towards missions to far off planets.  Others feel it is more appropriate for robot K–9's.  And furthermore, some may argue that it is best devoted to being spent on themselves.  I hope that everyone acts with wisdom, and goes above and beyond simple words of a post, that they look past the ease in which parts can become a separate entity, that they distinguish the true beast, and  marvel at the destruction soon to be borne.  

[P.S. +Jon Evans thanks for your article.  I enjoyed the thought–provoking content!]
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Voyager finds restaurant at the end of the universe
Reports indicate the food is out of this world, but the place is lacking in atmosphere.

I'll see myself out.
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Did they think to bring a towel...?  
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I very much like #Ubuntu Linux and in particular its #Unity desktop UI because it really simplifies the overall computer experience. We've all heard how Linux is the nerds' wet dream and we don't care - we just want a user-friendly computer. Unity is that.

Except for one thing -- some idiot decided it would be smart to always hide the menu bar: it won't appear until the user moves his mouse over it, despite not knowing where it even is. Is it in the top panel (where the clock is)? Is it at the top of the current window? Well, you can't tell, so good luck.

That's one of the most idiotic UI design decisions I've suffered (and I say this even despite being a user of Lotus Notes). Given that Unity is marketed toward new Linux users, that's not really a smart move. The typical retort is that it's meant to save screen space, but let's face it: not a lot of users have diminutive screens these days; huge 17" laptops and 24" desktops are pretty much the norm.

Finally, after four years* of living with this problem, someone has taken mercy on me. It's not the default setting, and there isn't even a nice user-friendly way to control it, but the upcoming version can be configured to always show the menus.

I can hardly wait until April.


* bug report from March 2011:
If you hate the way that Unity's global menus fade out of view after you mouse away, Ubuntu 15.04 has a little extra to win you around.
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HA....I especially liked the comment about Lotus notes.
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Linux for slow computers
After trying to repair my wife's little old netbook (mini-laptop), I just gave up and started fresh instead. I backed up her data and wiped the machine, then installed Ubuntu (that's one of the Linux brands).

The modern versions didn't run very well so I downloaded a version from 2012 instead which seems to work like a charm. I used to be a die-hard Windows fan but these days Linux is winning me over every time I touch a machine.

And all of this is completely free. Isn't that neat?

(I'd be dead in the water without Google, though!)
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Yep +Leo Vendler, it's reminiscent of my youthful explorations in Windows 3.1's .INI files and MS-DOS config.sys. Now that computer hardware is as inaccessible as the engine in modern cars, and Windows is all closed too, it's good that there are still ways to "get our hands dirty." That's how I learned to be smart with computers -- I would love for my kids to do the same (but perhaps be (even?) smarter about their career choices).
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Truth, via +Yonatan Zunger: Many years ago, Bob Laughlin told me something that stuck with me: that we often seek out understanding because it gives us a sense of control. Alas, sometimes it gives us little more than a clear view out the front window of a bus being driven by lunatics.
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Terra forming, literally.
What a sight. What a surprise. What a slim chance of seeing it with his own eyes.

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  • Raiffeisen Bank International
    IT Professional, 2010 - present
    Founder, 2012 - 2013
  • Microsoft, IBM, Siemens, Maersk, Allianz ... lots of big ones and some really small ones, too.
    (Various exciting jobs!), 1993 - 2009
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Technology geek, handyman, parent, and all-round nice guy :-)
Google+ suggests that I fill this text box with a short description of me, so that you can tell you've found the right "Torben". Let's put it this way:

If you've seen the rest of this page, and you're still not sure whether you know me, then you don't :-)

For everybody else, a few highlights:

I'm an identical twin. Man that's fun!

I'm from Denmark, but I've also lived many years in Sweden, Germany, Japan, and currently Austria. I speak 4 languages fluently, plus one or two more rather badly.

I'm a father of two wonderful young boys, and I'm very active on a great parenting Q&A website.

My education is a hybrid of IT, economics, and organizational change. That makes me a bit of a Swiss army knife, and I've worked in software, shipping, insurance, banking... Every kind of business that uses software. Right now I'm doing anti-money-laundering, which is more exciting than you'd expect, and probably safer than the kind without "anti".

I'm very good with tools, whether IT or mechanic. Nobody can assemble IKEA furniture faster (and better!) than I can. Yes, you may challenge me. Or hire me; I'll bring my own tools. I've always been the local software and hardware guru in the office, and I leave a wake of wiki intranets wherever I work.

On computers:
I've used Macintosh in the good old days before it was Unix-based. I don't like OS X because it requires so much mousing. I did like my (jailbroken!) iPhone because the hardware is fantastic; I absolutely hate iTunes. Switching to Android made me much happier.
I've used DOS and Windows since forever, and I really miss Windows XP. I'm trying to get used to Ubuntu on my home computer and I'm doing great. Ubuntu's "App Store" is awesome, and so is the Ask Ubuntu help community.

I'm generally soft-spoken but driven by clear principles.
I'm not religious; I believe in science. 

I'm a facilitator - what I do best is help others be great.
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I'm a quadrilingual identical twin, married to a trilingual fraternal twin :) :)
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