The old style glass car headlamps were marvellous. They were tough and sturdy in construction and hardly ever went wrong. However, as is so often the case these days, glass headlamps have been replaced by cheaper plastic ones. Initially they look just as good but after several years they start to tarnish and go cloudy.
I have heard it said that directors like using shaky camera shots for action scenes as it makes it more real or exciting. However no one is fooled by this. In the cheaper films you can still see the vehicles travelling at ten miles an hour in the car chase sequence, and in the bigger budget films it just serves to distract from what would otherwise be good special effects.
I have finally succumbed to the 24/7 connected world and have purchased a Google Nexus 4 running a vanilla, as in unmessed about with, Android JellyBean. The SIM contract I have also allows for unlimited data, which is handy as there is no wireless where I live.
I also wish to tether my phone to my laptop and get Internet access when away from home. Phone tethering is when you turn your mobile phone into a broadband router, connecting it to the laptop via either a wireless hotspot or USB cable. I also want to make use of a VPN when away from home for security reasons. So I did some research and this is what I found…
I am quite often asked about Linux as an alternative to MS-Windows, about viruses on Linux or even does Linux slow down like MS-Windows. Being an Open Source advocate you would think that my answer would be clear-cut. However it is not as simple as it looks.
Most of the material that Ricky Gervais has produced I have thoroughly enjoyed. The rest I have either simply not seen yet or, whilst acknowledging that it was very clever and acutely observed, found too excruciating to watch (e.g. The Office). However I have wondered about the man himself. Sometimes I got the impression that there is a bit of a cruel side to him. Something of the school bully about him.
I have just upgraded to using Gdm3 on my Debian machines. I quickly noticed that the font path setting specified in my
/etc/X11/xorg.conf file was not being honoured. I use a font server and have
"unix/:7100" as my font path.