Pure Kubuntu 13.04

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. These removal commands were created based on what Ubuntu, Xubuntu, etc. packages were added to a default Kubuntu 13.04 installation. It's possible that the commands might remove some other packages you have since added to the default and want to keep. If that's […]

Pure Ubuntu 13.04

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. These removal commands were created based on what Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc. packages were added to a default Ubuntu 13.04 installation. It's possible that the commands might remove some other packages you have since added to the default and want to keep. If that's […]

Do non-Nexus, non-rooted Android users really have no choice?

I get where the ACLU is coming from, but I don't know if I agree that the customers didn't know what they were getting into and now have no recourse: ACLU Seeks Carrier Smackdown Over Android UpdatesMaybe back in 2009 or 2010, they could have made a good case. Back then, consumers didn't know that […]

Solution to Chromebook won’t wake from sleep problem

SymptomsI've greatly enjoyed the new Samsung Chromebook with ChromeOS. The one huge problem I've encountered is it sometimes not waking from sleep. I'd open it and the power light would be on, but the screen would be dead. The only workaround was to force a shutdown and then boot up again. Very annoying.Dead endsI did […]

Django doesn’t make light of slavery (and random other thoughts)

I've been reading a lot of news stories (and, unfortunately, comments as well) about Tarantino's newest film, Django, and here are some of my random thoughts.RaceFirst of all, I'm a big admirer of Spike Lee, but he admittedly has not seen (and refuses to see) Django, so his opinion on the film shouldn't be a […]

Samsung Chromebook First Impressions

I've read literally hundreds of reviews on the Chromebook (the US$249 light one that's slightly more expensive for the the 3G version—both versions of which are completely sold out at Amazon, Best Buy, and the Google Play store). Finally got one, and here are my first impressions.Taking it out of the boxYes, the bump in […]

This American Life: Racial Slurs Okay, Swearing Not Okay

In last week's This American Life episode, they put two instances of the (theoretically anti-Japanese but really just anti-Asian) racial slur "Jap" in a fun white American–centered nolstagic narrative about World War II (both instances are quoting people): And now the War Department received thousands of letters from eager volunteers-- that is, people eagerly volunteering […]