May 312010

I have been avoiding Facebook like the plague. I’ve been receiving invites from friends since 2005 but I had real concerns over privacy. Due to recent press over Facebook’s privacy woes it turns out I was justified.

The feature set of Facebook is hugely impressive and I do admit I’ve long wanted to sign up and share my pictures, status updates and more with family and friends – but only family and friends.

While reading about alternatives to Facebook I came across Diaspora. This is the first piece of software I’ve been genuinely excited about in years. The idea is that you host the open-source server running your social profile. That means you have complete comtrol over what you share. I even have a computer waiting for the task.

I’ve pledged $10.00 to support Diaspora and I can’t wait to see the final product.

You can make your own contribution to Diaspora using the Kickstarter widget in my sidebar.

May 202009

I have been using either Red Hat or Fedora for years on a server I ran at home. I just made the switch to Ubuntu after giving up on RH as a WAP. The problems started with my Prism 2 wireless card requiring firmware be loaded at boot-up. The firmware didn’t always “take” with Fedora sometimes causing multiple reboots before the card would work. On a whim I tried Ubuntu and everything worked right out of the box. I followed the instructions given at Ubuntu’s wiki site and had my card up and running in no time without having to boot over and over.

Ubuntu has been running flawlessly on my old Dell Dimension 4400 doing duty as a file share, data backup, and WAP, and firewall.

Goodbye, Fedora. It was just barely OK while it lasted.